January 10th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly I would like to thank you all for your generosity at the end of last term in giving gifts and contributions to gifts for all staff. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

It has been lovely to welcome back all the children this week. They have launched straight in to learning with great enthusiasm. Reception have been trying very hard to work independently in some writing tasks and Year 1 have been getting very excited about their new topic, ‘Polar Explorer’, and are looking forward to finding out all about penguins. Year 2 took part in a drama workshop about Florence Nightingale on Tuesday and Year 3 have been re-telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood and coming up with some very creative alternative endings. Year 4 have been imagining life as a gladiator and Year 5 have enjoyed reading the story of Shackleton’s trip to the South Pole.

Year 6 have started their topic on the Victorians, looking at culture across the globe during this time as well as learning about the evolution of plants in science. I have been most impressed by some of the facts the children have been sharing with me. Their knowledge of these topics is deeper than mine!

It has also been exciting to see the contractors finally start to lay the astroturf in the infant playground. They have assured us that it will be all finished on Monday afternoon and ready for use on Wednesday 15th January. I know the children will love it and we will ensure that junior children are able to enjoy it with their chums, as well as the infants.

Zones of Regulation

Some of your children will have shared with you our teaching about the Zones of Regulation. This approach is designed to help children (and adults) self-regulate, in part by teaching them to identify and articulate how they are feeling. There are four zones:

  • Blue Zone Used to describe a low state of alertness. The Blue Zone is used to describe when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
  • Green Zone Used to describe the ideal state of alertness. A person may be described as calm, happy, focused, or content when he or she is in the Green Zone. The child feels a strong sense of internal control when in the Green Zone.
  • Yellow Zone Used to describe a heightened state of alertness. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, or fear when in the Yellow Zone. The child’s energy is elevated yet he or she feels some sense of internal control in the Yellow Zone.
  • Red Zone Used to describe an extremely heightened state of alertness. A person may be experiencing anger, rage, explosive behaviour, panic, extreme grief, terror, or elation when in the Red Zone and feels a loss of control.

It also helps children develop appropriate responses to a problem. For example, someone cutting in line or missing a goal does not warrant a red zone response.

We will be holding an introductory talk for parents at 2:15 p.m. at the juniors on Friday 31st January.

Junior Spring Reading Challenge

Your child should have brought home a copy of the new reading challenge today. This challenge will run until Friday 24th April and involves your child reading books and completing activities to earn bronze, silver and gold badges. Please check the sheet for more information.

Foodie Futures – Sustainable Food Choices Theme Day – Thursday 16th January

Our caterers, ISS, have planned an exciting themed lunch, Foodie Futures, for next Thursday 16th January. As well as looking at how they can act more responsibly behind the scenes in their kitchens – reducing plastics and food waste, recycling, composting and more – they’ve also been thinking about what they can do to help share and promote positive messages to children around sustainable food choices. Foodie Futures is a themed day, designed to prompt conversations on how we can support a healthier, more sustainable environment. It will consist of ‘Waste-Less’ Tasters and Feedback Board/Stations. There will be no menu change for this day.

Parking

I am sorry to be writing to you again about inconsiderate parking. We have again received a complaint from one of our neighbours on Chestnut Grove that they were blocked in by parents when they needed to get to hospital. This is not acceptable behaviour and reflects negatively on the whole school community. A reminder that you must only park in designated spaces, out of courtesy, to avoid disrupting the lives of our neighbours and to avoid injury to our children.

Closing dates for Reception/Nursery Applications 2020

Please note that the closing date for on-line applications for Reception 2020 is next Wednesday, 15th January 2020.  The closing date for Nursery applications is Friday, 6th March 2020.

Junior P.E. – Reminder

As you will be aware we have changed our approach to getting children changed for P.E. on outdoor P.E. days. Parent representatives were concerned about the amount of kit that was getting lost and we therefore agreed to trial a new approach. I apologise that this change has therefore been introduced more rapidly than I would usually like and would like to thank you for bearing with any confusion.

To recap… on days when their class has outdoor P.E., junior children can come to school wearing their P.E. kit, including plain black or blue tracksuit trousers and trainers. If they have a matching plain black or blue tracksuit top, they can wear that, otherwise they should wear a school jumper. This term outdoor P.E. days are as follows:

  • Tuesdays – Year 4 and Year 5
  • Thursdays – Year 3 and Year 6

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘Do ideas come from inside or outside your head?

School Uniform: Hair

We have been noticing that a number of children are not tying back long hair. This can prove a distraction while working and also can make the transmission of head lice easier (something I am sure we all wish to avoid!).

Please could you remind your children about the importance of this, and we will do the same.

Swim Lessons, St Richard’s Pool, Ham

If you are interested in swimming lessons for your child, we have been advised that there is immediate availability with Springboard Swimmers at St Richard’s Pool, Ham in small groups of only 3 children.  Currently there are spaces on Tuesdays 6pm and a new evening just added – FRIDAYS – lessons 3.30pm – 6.30pm.  They are also taking bookings for group and One 2 One sessions in February Half Term and Easter.  If you are interested, please get in touch by phone on 020 8894 6640 or email admin@springboardswimmers.com or you can find an application form and much more information on their website www.springboardswimmers.co.uk

Kings Kids Choir
We have been advised of an exciting new children’s choir which is being launched next week. The King’s Kids choir has been running for a year but to date has been exclusively for home-schooled children in the Kingston area. The choir has become so popular, however, and they have received so many requests for an after-school choir that from next Tuesday 14 January, they are expanding and opening the choir up to all children in the borough between the ages of 5 and 13.

The sessions will be held every Tuesday evening during term-time from 4.15-5.15 p.m. at KingsGate Church, 161a Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1QT (next to KFC, near Kingston Station). There will be three separate choir groups – 5-8 years, 9-13 years and a very small group (maximum five places available) for children with special needs who would not enjoy or manage being part of a large choir.

The first, FREE taster session of the new King’s Kids Choir will be on Tuesday 14 January 2020. Costs to be confirmed – but they aim to keep these as low as possible. Parents will be present while their children attend this choir.

If you would like to register your interest, or find out more about costs, you can email kkidschoir@gmail.com.

SCL Holiday Club

Please see the attached e-flyer for SCL holiday club in February half term and note the exclusive early booking discount of 15% by using code HOST15 when you book by 31st January.

Drama Club at Infants

There will be no Drama club for Year 1 or Year 2 next Wednesday 15th January. The session will be made up on Wednesday 1st April.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for this term:

  • Tuesday 14th January – Year 6 Trip to Natural History Museum @ 9:00 a.m. #
  • Wednesday 15th January – Year 1 Trip to SeaLife London Aquarium @ 9:00 a.m. #
  • Friday 17th January – Year 1 & 2 Drama Workshops “Around the World” from 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday 21st January @ 9.30am – Nursery tour
  • Friday 24th January – Year 4 Roman Workshop @ 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Monday 27th January – Year 3 & 4 Choir at Malden & Coombe Cluster Concert, Rose Theatre @ 2:00 p.m. #*
  • Tuesday 28th January @ 9.30am – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February – Year 6 Junior Citizen 2020 Programme, Chessington World of Adventures @ 12:00 p.m. #
  • Tuesday 4th February @ 9.30am – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February @ 9.30am – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 25th February @ 9.30am – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 3rd March @ 9.30am – Nursery tour
  • Thursday 5th March – World Book Day
  • Friday 6th March – Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Workshop at 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited