We enjoyed a great time on our annual Harvest celebration event at St Nicholas Church where we remembered to be thankful for the foods we have. The children each took turns in their classes sharing the vast array of different learning variations that they use as a focus for their understanding of harvest with a different emphasis in every year group. It was lovely to see all our supportive families sharing in the occasion, and we are thankful to the church for hosting us so warmly every year.
Halloween and Bonfire safety
We have spent time in our achievement assembly reminding the children about how they can help themselves to stay safe over the holiday period.
Stop, drop and roll should they come close to candles or fires in Halloween outfits. (These dress up clothes are not covered by the usual flame retardant requirements being classed as toys not clothes).
And stranger danger safety to be considered if they are out on the streets trick or treating. Never going into houses owned by people they don’t know.
Check out the Child Accident Prevention Trust guidance on lots of ideas to keep the children safe during the autumn season…
We will continue to collect food for the local Hope Centre Food bank until the end of the first week back so please feel free to keep up the donations until Friday the 11th November.
Online Parent consultations Weds 16th Nov
We will be hosting online parent consultations on Weds 16th November using the same online systems that have worked so well in the past, with an allocation of ten minutes per family. (please ensure that your email address on our system is up to date, and keep an eye our for the invite which will be sent out at the start of the week after half term).
Book look Fri 25th Nov
We know how popular our book looks have been with families, and so we have added in a book look date for Friday the 25th November at 1pm. Families are invited into school that day so your children can boast about their work in their books. Early Years will have a stay and play option available that afternoon! Try to save the date as those who don’t have someone from their family or a close family friend there become very upset.
Congratulations Little Angels
We were delighted to learn that Little Angels achieved the outstanding grade during their recent Ofsted inspection in September. The report is available to read online. Huge congratulations for all the hard work that has gone into this achievement. As a school we work very closely with the Angels’ team and so were very pleased to learn about this excellent achievement!
We continue to work hard to sustain strong attendance levels as we firmly believe that all children have an entitlement to strong learning
opportunities by sustaining regular attendance and punctuality at school. Our Education Welfare Officer (EWO), has been asked to be present at school next half term to support families to be able to come into school on time as there is a small minority of persistently late children who are regularly embarrassed by coming into school late. Please don’t be surprised if you are spoken to by the EWO if you arrive late into school.
Paul’s Outdoor Idea
Thank you to all the children who brought in the different coloured leaves, there were some beautiful ‘colour charts of leaves’ – well done.
Half term is the perfect time to get outdoors and go exploring. Put down those screens and try out our fun idea for the whole family.
Return of the journey stick – we love a journey stick at CVPS
This is a simple activity for children of all ages to track your trip to the woods.
Look out for a good-sized stick and wrap some colourful wool around it. As you’re on your walk, get the children to keep an eye out for interesting objects that will remind you of your journey – a flower, a feather, a pretty leaf – and attach the, to your stick.
(Please don’t pick wild flowers or plants, look for petals or leaves that have fallen to the ground.)
When you get home, use your stick to tell the story of your walk as a family. We would love to see videos of photos on the Facebook pages.
Thank you again and I hope you have a safe half term getting outside as much as possible.
Family Support Worker Amy’s Update
I’ve found some wonderful activities to keep the family entertained over the half term. Royal Quays at North Shields are running a series of free events up until Christmas. Please see the picture for further details. There is a Halloween Roman Pot making session at Segedunum on 24th October – free of charge! This may be especially good for those children that have been learning all about the Romans. There are some creepy craft activities at the Discovery Museum on 25th October.
Here is a link to the activities run by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums: www.twmuseums.org.uk/ways-to-play
Kindness champions – Olivia Simm, Willow Burgess, Elliott Hopkinson, Amelia Nicholson and the whole of Y6!
Swimmer of the week – Daniel Culyer