Newsletter July 2017
04 Jul 2017

Open Evening - Wednesday 5th July from 5.00 to 7.00 pm

Come and join us with your children to find out more about some of the things that have been happening at Petts Hill this academic year, whilst collecting your child’s end of year report. All of our classrooms will be showcasing the children’s learning and achievements for this year.

Curriculum Updates

Find out about the standards of work in the class your child is about to move into and meet their new teacher. Around the school you will see displays of work showcasing our very own Petts Hill’s Creative Curriculum as well as our Everyone Writes Projects.

Enabling Enterprise

The year 6 pupils will be running the Enterprise Stalls that they had prepared for the Summer Fair. They vary from making bespoke bracelets to activities such as icing biscuits and selling fruit kebabs. There will also be a stall selling a few of the items donated and a penalty shootout competition in the playground. Refreshments will be available in the school hall. If any of you had planned to make cakes for the fair these will be sold alongside the refreshments.

In the school hall you will be able to find out about this year’s Summer Holiday Project using Espresso as a starter. There will also be an opportunity for parents to see the new KS2 reading scheme that was introduced earlier this year.

Why don’t you join in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge 2017 is called Animal Agents. The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Here’s how you can get your child off to a great start.

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

Summer Concerts

Lower Team Concert – There’s a Sunflower in my Supper! (Nursery to Year 2):

  • Tuesday 11th July at 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 12th July at 9.15am

A delightful moo-sical about Daisy the cow's dream to grow a glorious garden. The children have lots of new songs to sing to you as well as show you what they have been learning about the environment.

Upper Team Concert – Petts Hill goes Wild in the West! (Year 3 to Year 6)

  • Thursday 13th July at 9.15 am
  • Thursday 13th July at 7.00pm

Children in the upper team will be singing and acting their way through the story Cowboys, Indians and Saloon Girls coming together to defeat the McNut Gang!

Please note that we are expecting that parents will support us by sending their children back to school for an evening performance. This enables some parents to attend who would not usually be able to, as well as being a special event for the older children participating in an evening performance.

The children and teachers work hard on the end of term performances and I hope that all parents will be able to support us with this, even if they choose to see the daytime performance themselves.

Childrens' University

This term we are celebrating our first graduates for the Children’s University at Brunel University on Thursday 6th July. We have 17 graduates who will be receiving from bronze to gold awards for the out of school learning that they have achieved this year.

The Children's University (CU) Trust is a charitable trust that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. They celebrate achievement and reward participation through awarding certificates.More information can be found at www.childrensuniversity.co.uk 

We will be re-launching this in September 17 so more children can sign up.

Stranger Danger

In school we have again reminded children about how to keep themselves safe including reminding them of not talking to strangers. Please remind children that they should NEVER speak to strangers, no matter how friendly they appear to be.

Important Dates for the Summer Term

Book Amnesty: Please search your cupboards and shelves for any Petts Hill Library or Reading Books and return them to the class or office before the end of this term. Thank you.

Summer Concerts: Admission to the concerts will be by ticket only. Tickets are free and will be available at Open Evening onwards. For health and safety reasons we do have to restrict the number of people who attend the concerts. Please support us by getting your ticket before the event.

End of summer term: Thursday 20th July at 3.15pm

Wednesday 6th September: Start of new school year 2017 - 2018

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