School Newsletter

EYFS from CVPS are the first to visit Walker’s Urban Mushroom Farm! We are so proud of the children, staff and parents who were the first ever school visitors to Walker’s Urban Mushroom Farm on Thursday this week.

There was lots of learning about how to grow mushrooms, using recycled coffee grounds, what oyster mushrooms look like, and tasting sessions too. The children even got to plant their own mushrooms, using the especially collated ‘mushroom mix’ which I’m
sure wasn’t the magic kind! The children were so well behaved, and supported well by a great mix of families who joined in with the trip. Thank you so much to everyone who came along. You can always tell a great EYFS trip by how many fall asleep on the journey home, and there were lots – especially children(!). That was despite trying to keep them awake! A huge well done to Kirsten Hurst for sourcing, planning and leading the learning expedition – her first at CVPS!

STEAM week is finally here!

The children have been looking forward to our STEAM week next week, which will be filled with special visitors, exciting themes and scientific challenges, and a chance to showcase on Friday between 1 and 2pm. In order to ease parking at the front of school, children whose parents
come and visit the STEAM showcase will be able to leave school by 1.45pm once parents have had a chance to see the special activities on display!

Accelerated reader

A huge thank you to the parents who have been in school helping to catalogue and put stickers into our reading books. We will be releasing the reading books back to the children today and Monday. Please continue to encourage your child to read, as we are now able to add considerable number of new books to our current stock.

The children heard all about the new reading programme in assembly from Mrs Costello, our English coordinator this week, and our individual reading assessments start next week! We anticipate that the new programme will be rolled out by the start of Easter!

Congratulations to …

James in Year 1 and his new baby brother. Both boys look really happy together in the photo. If you have any new baby siblings to share with our CVPS family please feel free to send into the CVPS office on We are looking forward this week to a safe delivery of our first set of twins due! Hopefully we can share photos next week!

Ashleigh’s outdoor ideas …

Community Forest School Day

Don’t forget to diary in Saturday the 6th April which is our Community Forest School day from 10 til 1pm. Come along and help us to plant, clear and spruce up our outdoor learning areas, and enjoy a hot dog cooked on our fire at the end! We’ll be all set for the summer with some great vegetables being planted, and tended over the coming weeks.

Promoting a love of reading!

We are delighted to welcome Linda Graham from Sunderland University who developed research in our school last year. Linda is coming to share with our reception families about how to promote a life long love of reading at a special workshop on Weds the 3rd April from 8.45am. This is targeted at children in early years but all parents are welcome.

REAL Planning

We are thinking about the summer term plans and are already excited to be working towards themes and activities that promote our passion. Please check on the timetable below for the staff release days so that your children can be prepared for different staff teaching them on
one day in the week. We always carefully consider who steps in for planned training. REAL planning for teachers is as follows:

  • Mon 1st Apr EYFS
  • Tues 2nd Apr Y3/Y4
  • Weds 3rd Apr Y5/Y6
  • Thurs 4th Apr Y1/Y2

Attendance and Punctuality

  • YR 99%(0)
  • Y1 97%(5)
  • Y2 98%(0)
  • Y3 100%(2)
  • Y4 97%(0)
  • Y5 98%(4)
  • Y6 100%(0)

Homework returns (%)

  • YN 60%
  • YR 58%
  • Y1 63%
  • Y2 79%
  • Y3 83%
  • Y4 76%
  • Y5 78%
  • Y6 100%

Well done to Y3 and Y6 this week for 100% attendance. It’s is also the third week of 100%
attendance for Y3 and Y6. Well done to Y6 for excellent homework returns!

Achievement awards

Kindness Champion this week … Jake Taws-Bertram and Emily Taws-Bertram

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