School Newsletter

More animal and human bodies, sats and special visitors! Firstly a huge well done to Year 6 this week for showing so much passion, resilience and hard work practising for their sats. These practices happen three or four times in the year to support the children to be ready for the experience, as much as to assess where their learning is. We are delighted that all pupils are making the usual excellent progress and are well on track to evidence what they know in a formal way come May when the real sats take place.

Obviously we are very aware that they are just one part of the children’s success, but they do tend to be used by secondary schools to assess and track expectations in secondary provision. While Year 6 have been hard working this week the rest of the school have continued their topic based activities. In addition to these our Voice 21 partner Catherine Pass visited us on Wednesday and was astounded at the quality of speaking throughout school, praising CVPS for embracing the programme so thoroughly. We are delighted that Sarah Koratzitis has been invited to speak at the ‘Voice 21’ 2020 London Oracy conference in March. Amanda and I visited this last year and it was an excellent opportunity to see oracy in action from other schools. We have highlighted our ‘showcase day’ for oracy at CVPS in the diary at the back of the newsletter. Please keep Wednesday April the 1st free to be able to pop in to see (and hear!) what we have been doing. All families welcome. It will be a salad day which I’m sure you’ll enjoy as salad is great for good health! (Speaking and Listening all Day!) Around school we continue to welcome in great visitors to support our children’s understanding and enthusiasm about science. Early years has explored the roles of doctors, with a special visit from Elaine Gorton, who works in our local hospital. We also had a visit from the school nurse Jane Crudace to explain to the children all
about healthy teeth and the importance of calcium in a balanced diet.

In key stage 1 it was great to hear from a local vet. The children were inspired and learned all about how to care for animals, by checking their heart rates, scanning them for ID, and how to care for them when they are poorly!

Year 5 pupils visited the children in early years and spent time with them while they learned through their usual activities. Year 5 learned about the different ways to
interact with younger children and as you can see from some of these photos, the joy that young children can bring to things.

All the children bring us great joy as we see their enthusiasm for learning and the many ‘lightbulb moments’ they have throughout each day. Our school is enriched, vibrant and a wonderful environment to be because of them – and we thank you for choosing CVPS as their ‘special place’ to learn!

Cold weather reminders

Please remember to send in a hat, warm socks and gloves on forest school days. Ideally let the children keep a set at school and we will send them home if they need a wash!

Parent governor role

If any parents are interested in joining our governing body supporting the leadership and management function of the school please let me know as we have vacancies available. The role involves having the capacity to visit school during the day and to attend a tea time meeting at least once every half term. Our last parent governor who has just completed the usual four year term, encouraged other parents to be involved saying, “I would like to say that I enjoyed my time as a parent Governor within the school and learnt a lot from the experience. I would encourage other parents to volunteer for such a role.” We would particularly benefit from parents who are able to offer skills as educational professionals.

Please speak to Debbie Wylie if you would like further information or check out the governor section of the school website. Letters to all parents will be going out next week in school.

Attendance and Punctuality

  • YR 99%(4)
  • Y1 97%(9)
  • Y2 100%(9)
  • Y3 98%(6)
  • Y4 94%(5)
  • Y5 98%(7)
  • Y6 99%(6)

Well done to Y2 this week for excellent attendance.

Achievement awards

Kindness Champions – Jack Gauthier and Maison Lawson

Ashleigh’s Outdoor Idea

Very soon it will be the RSPB national bird watching week; in preparation please can you attract birds into your garden by creating a bird feeder or a nest.

Dates for your diary

Please check all the dates below so you don’t miss out on what’s happening this coming term.