It has been a musical week! On Monday, I was at the Rose Theatre to see the Year 5 & 6 choir perform in the Kingston Music Festival, yesterday I went back to see the Year 2 choir in action. The singing was of a very high standard, and I was proud of both choirs who did amazingly well. I am very grateful to Mrs Huggett and Mrs Bond whose skills in teaching the songs was evident. This morning, Mrs Bishop had organised a Year 3-5 music concert. There was a lovely variety of performances, with the children singing and playing instruments with such skill and enthusiasm.
It has also been a week of sport. On Tuesday, eight Year 5 boys represented Christ Church in the Kingston Schools Sports Partnership cricket finals held at Kingston Grammar Field, winning two of their four matches. On Wednesday, five Year 5 and 6 boys and girls attended the Tri Golf festival at Chessington Community College. They had a lovely time chipping and putting, and learning a bit more about the sport of golf. There are photos of these competitions, and more, in the attached newsletter.
Our admissions criteria are staying the same for 2019 entry. However, the governors are reviewing the criteria for 2020 entry to ensure that we best serve the local community. One aspect they are considering is the list of churches named in the policy: Christ Church, St. John’s, New Malden Baptist Church, New Malden Methodist Church, St. James’s, St Joseph’s and New Malden United Reformed Church. The governors are investigating whether there are other churches that serve the local community, but which are not listed. If you are aware of a church, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the governors do decide to propose a change of the criteria, there will a full consultation in the autumn.
We have reached the stage of the year where we are reviewing different aspects of our practice in preparation for the new academic year. One topic we keep discussing is Home Learning, because this is a very controversial area and one where opinions vary widely. We have been very struck by research findings which show that homework can have a low impact on children’s learning. (For those interested in the research: John Hattie, in his seminal work has identified 254 factors that can impact learning, giving each an effect size in the range -0.9 to 1.62. Homework has an effect size of 0.29, less than chess (0.34), drama (0.38) and outdoor adventure (0.43).)
We obviously want to make sure that we all focus our attention on the activities which are the most valuable use of our time in this busy world. We want to make sure the learning at home we expect children to do has the biggest impact. There are some things we know parents can do that really help their child’s learning:
- Hearing your child read and reading to your child – this is the most effective way of improving your child’s reading and writing.
- Talking to your child about their learning, asking them to explain what they have learnt and showing an interest in their discoveries.
- Practising speedy recall of times tables/number bonds
- Reinforcing every day maths skills, like counting, telling the time, reading timetables and practical measuring skills
These are things that can done all the time, regardless of what your child is learning at school. We currently also set targeted activities to reinforce learning in English and maths. We would like to find out your views about which activities are most valuable. Please could you complete a short survey here.
Summer Fair Reminders
Please be reminded:
Year 2, 3 and 4 choirs will be singing at the fair at 1.15 p.m. Please make sure your child is there at 1.00 p.m. to prepare.
Year 2 will be performing country dancing at 1.40 p.m. Please make sure your child is there with plenty of time to get ready and prepare.
As the weather heats up, please ensure that your child is protected against the sun and the heat. Please send them into school with a named water bottle, encouraging them to drink plenty, and a cap or sun hat. Make sure you have applied sun screen to your child before school.
Autumn Term Clubs
The list of clubs for the autumn term is here. More information will be sent out in the coming weeks.
Junior Sports’ Day – Friday 29th June
We look forward to welcoming you to Junior Sports Day! Here is a timetable for the morning:
- 8.40 a.m. Children arrive at school dressed in PE kit, hat, and with a full water bottle and go directly into their classrooms.
- 8.50 a.m. Teachers will register the children, give them a wrist band in their House colour and begin to walk over to the field.
- 9.05 a.m. Children are seated on field, grouped by House.
- 9.15 a.m. Traditional, athletic sprints for each year group begin on the track.
- 10.00 a.m. Children begin the sports carousel which includes exciting events such as tennis, shotput, golf, football and cricket. The PTA is kindly providing water at each station for the children to fill up their water bottles.
- 12.10 p.m. Awards ceremony to announce the winning house and celebrate all our wonderful sports girls and boys!
- 12.15 p.m. Children begin to make their way back to school.
- The PTA will be on site selling hot drinks and cakes, so please have your breakfast and morning cuppa with us. You may wish to help us to be even more environmentally friendly by bringing your own travel cup.
- The School Health team will be here with their ‘School Roadshow’ which will have information and leaflets on the services that they offer. Please come along and chat to them!
- We have invited a specialist sports company, The Elms, to provide event management and sporting expertise!
- Former Christ Church pupils from Coombe Boys’ and Coombe Girls’ Schools will be supporting the children at each event and keeping score.
Mrs Brown would like to thank all her gardening leaders who have worked so hard to make the front of the Junior site look so colourful. The plants are looking amazing and the girls’ dedication to planting, watering and weeding has resulted in a lovely display. They give up their break times to help and have chosen most of the plants themselves. Thank you!
Kingston Borough Cricket Academy Trials
Twenty:20 cricket will be conducting trials for the Kingston Borough Primary State School Cricket Academy next Friday, 29th from 4.00pm to 5.00pm. Children currently in Years 3, 4 and 5 who have a strong interest in cricket are encouraged to trial. As you may know, our Junior site was chosen as the location of the Academy, so if your child is successful in the trial, they will attend training on the Junior playground. Please see https://www.twenty20cricketcompany.com/state-school-cricket-academies for more information and to book your child’s place on the trials.
Class Photograph orders
Following Pret-a-Portrait’s recent visit to take school photographs, we just wanted to remind you that the earlybird deadline for you to receive a 10% discount on the school pictures finishes on 28th June 2018. If for any reason you have lost your original viewing instructions please don’t worry. Pret-a-Portrait will be more than happy to help and you can contact them directly on 0800 021 7626 or email@example.com. Here is the sitting ID for each class:
- Rainbow AM CHIN13009VRTVRT
- Rainbow PM CHIN13002MLFMLF
- Reception Blue CHIN13003QXCQXC
- Reception Purple CHIN13004MKHMKH
- Year 1 Orange CHIN13005BCBBCB
- Year 1 Red CHIN13006CXSCXS
- Year 2 Green CHIN13007PDZPDZ
- Year 2 Yellow CHIN13008NVFNVF
- 3BC CHJU20009DMNDMN
- 3H CHJU20002RYWRYW
- 4A CHJU20003HFMHFM
- 4G CHJU20004KPYKPY
- 5S CHJU20005KBBKBB
- 5W CHJU20006CFLCFL
- 6B CHJU20007DZJDZJ
- 6S CHJU20008CCDCCD
Year 1 and Year 2
Please remember KS1 are dressing up as pirates on Friday 29th June. We have Rainbow Theatre visiting, children will be watching a play called, Jolly Roger, and have a lot of fun being in role as pirates!
SCL Summer Holiday Club
Dates are available to book now (the summer term dates to follow). To book go to http://wearescl.co.uk/holiday-club-newmalden or call SCL on 0345 644 5747. A flyer is attached.
Bikeability Courses – SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2018
Free Bikeability training for children in Year 5 and above who live or attend a school in Kingston or Sutton
Bikeability Level 1 & 2 Courses 10.00 – 12.00. Various venues in Kingston and Sutton This week-long course (depending on numbers) introduces young cyclists to riding on quiet residential roads. Training includes:
- Bike checks
- Control skills
- On-road cycling
- Highway Code
Advanced Bikeability Level 2 / Level 3 AM or PM. They come to you A 2 hour one-to-one session aiming to give young cyclists the ability to make road journeys independently. Two trainees can share the session. Only suitable for Level 2 achievers in Year 6 or above. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the full name of your child so they can check their records. Training may include:
- Route planning
- Traffic lights
- Main roads
Tabitha White, Headteacher
This week’s ParentMail messages
Juniors – Dance Club performance letter, Gymnastic club showcase letter, Reminder Year 6 Medical form for IOW trip, Inter Primary Football Finals (selected Year 5 and 6)
Infants – Year 1 and 2 Dance performance letter, Year 2 dancers’ letter
Whole school –