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Week Ending 25th June 2021


Current attendance results, from September, are as follows:


Whole School Percentage is in line with the national average, and raised slightly, at 96.91%


1st place goes to Green 2 for 98.32% attendance.

2nd place goes to Green 1 for 98.28% attendance.

3rd place goes to Yellow 2 for 97.94% attendance.


Current attendance results, for this week, are as follows:


Whole School Percentage has risen slightly to 95.28%

1st place goes to Green 1 for 99.69% attendance.

2nd place goes to Indigo 2 for 99.0% attendance.

3rd place goes to Indigo 2 for 98.4% attendance.


A highlight for me this week has been watching the children in bubble sports days. The whole event was organised superbly by Mrs Parnell and teachers then planned their year group events individually. The children were either in Team Japan or Team GB and they were great competitors. Despite sports days happening in year group bubbles, instead of the whole school with spectators, they were all a great occasion. Children were excited and they competed well. Events involved running, throwing, jumping and some old classics in Reception such as the ‘sack race’.


I have been so proud of the children this term so far. They continue to rise to the challenges with their learning, aim high and ensure positivity during this very tricky time.


This week we unfortunately saw the year 1 bubble closed to a positive LFT for a staff member. The whole year group had to isolate as that staff member works across both classes as part of their contract. At that point, the bubble closed until the test was confirmed using a PCR at a testing centre. Luckily, the test came back negative and the staff member is ok. This meant that the bubble could end isolation straight away and the children can return to school on Monday.


This situation made us all realise that despite restrictions lifting, we still have a job to do with regards to track and trace and isolation periods (involving home learning). When isolating, home LFTs do not exempt close contacts from isolating and isolation rules from the government stand. I am aware of double vaccinated people continuing to test positive for COVID-19 and a school in Nottingham (5 miles from school) is currently closed due to 4 positive teachers. Keep safe everyone!


This week, the year 4 children have impressed us with their maturity and attitude whilst carrying out the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). They used their quick recall facts of timestables and did their absolute best to answer the questions in the time allowed (quick fire recall I would say!) Well done everyone and we look forward to analysing the results as soon as they are released. 


The year 1 children have also been impressing us with their Phonic Screening Check (PSC) whilst recalling their knowledge of phonics from sessions carried out since Reception. The children were smashing as they read out a list of 40 words during the check (and some even include 'alien words' to try and test them!) They are trying really hard, especially when so much learning time has been affected over the last two academic years. Some of the checks continue next week and results will be shared with the end of year reports. 


Well done, everyone! Four and a half weeks to can do it! 


Next week, some sports days continue (Year 3 and 6) and then we can share the final scores and winners! I can’t wait to see more competitors soon as part of Team Japan or Team GB.


Have a great weekend, everyone!



Warmest wishes,

Mrs Bates