January 24th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Finally, the opening of the infant play equipment has happened. I am sure you will have heard about it as the children are loving playing on it. One child described it as their best day in school, ever! I know that it has also become an additional attraction to the ever popular Connect.

Across the school, we have continued to be busy as usual. Reception have enjoyed writing about what happens in the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ and Year 1 have been exploring primary colours, through looking at the work of the artist, Mondrian. Yesterday, Year 2 visited Christ Church to learn about how people make commitments to God and were shown how special events are carried out in the Church. Year 3 have tried their hand at being an estate agent; looking at how persuasive language is used on websites to make houses sound attractive. Year 4 are now experts in Roman culture following their Roman workshops today and Year 5 have continued in their study of Shackleton’s trip to the South Pole; writing letters from the perspective of the explorer. Year 6 have been looking at local history, comparing maps of New Malden and seeing how it has changed since Victorian times.

Zones of Regulation Talk – Friday 31st January @ 2:15 p.m. Junior Hall

The Zones of Regulation is a strategy to help children understand and articulate how they are feeling. We have started using it throughout the school and children are already finding it helpful. Next Friday, Mrs Burkinshaw and Mrs Stevens will be explaining to parents how the Zones work, how to talk about the size of the problem and strategies to help children manage their feelings. It can be used at home as well as at school. You don’t need to book, just turn up.

If you have children at the infants and would like them walked up to the juniors for 3:30 p.m. please email the office (office@ccnm.rbksch.org). We can’t walk all the infants up, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.

Parent Volunteers at the juniors – just 15 minutes per week!

We would love to provide more support for our children who are still taking off with their reading and spelling. We are therefore looking for volunteers who could give 15 minutes around drop off times. This could be 8:40 – 8:55 a.m.; 8:50 – 9:05 a.m.; 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. on any day. If you would be interested, please contact the office.

World Book Day: Thursday 5th March

This year, we thought it would be fun (and not too demanding!) for everyone to wear a hat to school for World Book day and we will learn about books with hats in!

Message from Mrs Honeybone

A huge thank you to our parent gardeners who came in at the weekend to begin the huge task of clearing our nature area around our pond.  What an amazing difference already!  We are hoping to open up the area and know our pupils will be so excited to take their learning there.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘Is it natural to be greedy and if so, does that make it ok?’

Reminder: 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 next Friday 31st January.

FREE Girls Community Basketball Session

Please see the attached flyer if you would be interested in a free Girls Community Basketball Session on Saturday 1st February at The Kingston Academy. School Years 3-10. All abilities welcome!

Chelsea Women’s Football – Free tickets

We have 4 four complimentary tickets to give away to the Chelsea FC Women v West Ham United Women’s game on 2nd February at 2:00 p.m. If you would like some or all of these, please contact Mrs Brooks who will issue them on a first come first served basis.

Growth Mindset Workshop – Thursday 30th January

Gill Hines is running a workshop on the Growth Mindset; a theory centred around the belief that intelligence and learning can be developed and improved. The workshop is about the things a parent can do, say and demonstrate that will help their child or young person develop a more exciting outlook on themselves and their world. These workshops have been very positively received by our parents in the past. If this would be of interest to you, please see the attached flyer.

Year 5 Cake Sale

Well done to Year 5 who managed to raise £115.15 at their cake sale last Friday.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of this term:

  • Monday 27th January – Year 3 & 4 Choir at Malden & Coombe Cluster Concert, Rose Theatre @ 2:00 p.m. #*
  • Tuesday 28th January @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Friday 31st January @ 2:15 p.m. – Introductory Talk for Parents on Zones of Regulation (Junior Hall)*
  • Monday 3rd February @ 10:00 a.m. – Year 5 to visit Baitul Futuh Mosque#
  • Tuesday 4th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February – Year 6 Junior Citizen 2020 Programme, Chessington World of Adventures @ 12:00 p.m. #
  • Tuesday 25th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 3rd March @ 9:30 a.m. – 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
    • @ 10.45 a.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