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Breakfast and After School Club

10/07/20

We are hoping to partially reopen Breakfast Club and After School Club in September, but please bear in mind we will need to run this provision differently in order to follow government guidelines and reducing the mixing of children from different groups and will therefore have to run a limited service.

This provision should only be used if you do not have any other alternative childcare.

Please note that this is a request form for the entire Autumn Term (September to December). Please select days which you need the provision for. These will then be the days that you child should attend every week until the end of term 2 - there is no option to change the days on a weekly basis.

There are limited spaces available for both Breakfast and After School Club. We will write to you to confirm if your child has a space. Following this, all bookings should then be paid for in advance using ParentPay.

If children do not attend regularly or if sessions are not paid for in advance places will be withdrawn and offered to children on the waiting list.

In order to give us enough time to group the children and respond to you please complete the Google form at the following by midday on Wednesday 15th July. Any requests later than this date will go onto the waiting list.

 

GOOGLE FORM LINK:  https://forms.gle/31angFu12rRsme1r8

 

If you have more than one child please complete it once for each child.

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Return to School in September 2020

10/07/20

Children's school reports are being sent home by post today, and so you should receive them early next week.  Inside the envelope you will find details of who their teacher will be next year.

 

All children are expected to return to school in September, and further details about what schooling will look like will be shared with you all before the end of this term.

 

We have created a new transition website for you all to see introductions from your children's new classroom staff, details of the curriculum that they will be studying, and a "getting to know you" form for your children to complete so that their new classroom staff can learn about them too before the start of term.

 

The trantision website can be found here:  https://sites.google.com/swale.at/wps-transition-website-2020/home  or by going to our website and selecting "transition 2020" from the 'links' dropdown menu.

 

We very much look forward to seeing all of our pupils returning in September.

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Virtual Sports Day Week

03/07/20

This week was our Virtual Sports Day Week, hosted by Teamtheme.

Look at how well our Year R staff got on - did you beat them?

Virtual Sports Week

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Shorts for Short Lives

03/07/20

We have just received a message from Demelza thanking us for our donations so far!

We have raised nearly £50, which is enough to cover the cost of specialist day care for a child in the hospice.

There is still time to donate. You can also take part at home,

Please send your teachers pictures on Google Classroom of you in your 'funky shorts'.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Well done to Ms Burgoyne for organising this. 

 

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Staff Development Day

02/07/20

The Staff Development Day planned for this Friday, 3rd July, has been cancelled.  Instead, it will be held on Wednesday 22nd July ahead of the Staff Development Day already planned for Thursday 23rd July.

 

The last day for children who are in school this term will therefore be Tuesday 21st July.

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Milo and the Magical Stones!

29/06/20

On a small island in the middle of the sea, a mouse named Milo makes an extraordinary discovery - a magic, glowing stone hidden in a deep crevice.

 

Join Mrs Cresswell as she discovers whether this discovery will bring the mice delight or disaster.

Click here for the full video

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Key Worker Pods Celebrate the Queen's Birthday!

19/06/20

This week in the Key Worker Pod, we said goodbye to our little furry friends and celebrated the Queen turning 94. 

 

This week we have been writing letters to the Queen (which have been posted to Buckingham Palace) designed a cake and some invites to her birthday party. On Friday, we made our own picnic including some yummy cakes made by Mrs Cope  and took it outside to the field. After that, we played some croquet.in the hall pretending we were really in the grounds of the Palace! 

      

We also said goodbye to our 6 furry friends. The Duck family were collected just before lunch but luckily not before we had a chance for some final cuddles and playtime in the hall! We have absolutely loved watching these little ducklings grow into teenagers and can’t believe how big (& noisy!) they got! 

  

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Duchess of Cambridge Assembly

19/06/20

This week The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Oak Academy and presented an assembly for them about the importance of spreading a little kindness for our mental wellbeing.

 

This assembly is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools Platform. It was developed in collaboration with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness, and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/kindness


 

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/#

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EYFS Outside Equipment

16/06/20

Please may we respectfully ask parents dropping their children into Year R pods not to let them, or their siblings, play on any of the equipment set up outside.

 

The equipment will have been cleaned and antibac'd ready for the day's activities, but if children and siblings play on it beforehand it needs to be thoroughly cleaned again before the pod children can use it.

 

Thank you for your understanding and assistance in this.

 

EYFS

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Duck Tales!

16/06/20

We thought you’d like to see what our little ducklings have been up to over the weekend!

  

They went home with Miss Kierans, and her dog Ted kept a close eye on them to make sure they didn’t escape. They enjoyed some time outside in the fresh air, and even had their first swimming lesson!

   

They’ve had a wonderful time with Miss Kierans and Ted, but are now back at school with one of our key worker pods.

   

Please see a few videos below:

Having a swim

Splashing About!

Hatching 

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The Snail and The Whale

15/06/20

Miss Hornett is reading a story called "The Snail and The Whale" where one tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale.

 

Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world.

 

But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day.

Click here for the full video

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Big Bad Owl!

15/06/20

Ms Daniells would like to read you one of her favourite books - Big Bad Owl!

 

Feeling cranky? Out of sorts? Perhaps a teeny bit tetchy? Then flap off over to Scowl’s grumpy branch for a good old grouch and grumble... Everybody wants to cheer Scowl up, but there’s one thing that makes him the happiest owl in the world – and that’s being in a good old grump!

click here for the full video

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Your Grandparents Are Zombies!

11/06/20

You are a deep-sea explorer, like your older siblings.


 

While your older brother and sister made international headlines unearthing the Lost City of Atlantis, you are a bit more ecologically-minded.


 

You are certain that species exist in the deep sea that no one has found before. Scientists confirm this to be true.


 

What secrets to the universe can you uncover?


 

Join Mrs Mendham as she rolls the dice to determine how the story ends!

Click here for the full video

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Highsted Test

11/06/20

As you may already be aware, the Highsted Test is an additional 'optional' test for local girls to sit in order to have access to their local grammar school in September 2021.


If you would like your child to sit the Highsted test you need to register her details between 1 June 2020 and no later than 4:00 pm on 29 June 2020. You will be required to provide evidence
of your registration for the Kent test when completing your registration for the Highsted Test.


You should be aware that the testing date has yet to be confirmed due to restrictions relating to Covid-19, however, we advise you to register your child for the test within the scheduled window for them to have an opportunity to sit the test.
 

Should you require any further additional information regarding testing arrangements, please contact admin@highsted.kent.sch.uk where you queries can be answered.

Parental Letter Highsted Test 

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Egg-citing News!

10/06/20

This week we have had some very egg-citing visitors in school!

 

On Monday, 6 duck eggs were put into an incubator and were kept toasty at 37 degrees.

 

On Tuesday morning, Donald Duck hatched before waking up all his brothers and sisters! Dappy Duck followed then along came Dorothy Duck! After lunch, twins Daffy and Daisy were born with Donut appearing at 2pm! 

 

All the ducklings are happy and healthy and we left them all snuggled up together underneath their heated bedroom! 

   

  

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