Newsletter April 2015

 

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Tel ~ 01706 648174 Blogsite ~ www.lowerplace.net Twitter: @Lowerplace_PS April 2015 Newsletter 29 WHAT’S COMING UP? Monday 4th May ~ BANK HOLIDAY, SCHOOL CLOSED Thursday 7th May ~ General election, KS2 Hall in use as a polling station Monday 11th May - Friday 15th May ~ SATS WEEK Friday 15th May ~ Parent & Child SATs Celebration Morning Friday 15th May ~ Go Green Day in aid of Springhill Hospice Wednesday 20th May ~ Police career visit to Year 3 Thursday 21st May ~ New Reception class intake open evening, 6:00pm-7:00pm School closes ~ Friday 22nd May at 3:15pm Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May ~ HALF-TERM HOLIDAY (Back in school at 8:50am on Monday 1st June) Dear Parents and Carers A warm welcome back to the summer term. I hope that you had a pleasant Easter break. You will notice that we have quite a few additions to our school grounds. In the original KS1 playground we now have a sheltered area that has a living roof; this will blossom over the coming months. It can be used for outdoor learning as well as a shelter for parents and children alike. It also provides shade when the weather gets a little warmer. I look forward to seeing how our staff and children use the area. There are also a few additional planters around school, further improving the aesthetics of the outdoor area. Look out for the additional signs for the Secret Garden and along the paths. There are some new ‘eye catching’ placards that hold our school motto ‘A Place to Shine’. You will have also noticed that the ramp across the KS1 playground has been resurfaced and finished. Have a look at the pictures below! If you remember we were granted planning permission for our playing fields to be fenced. This work took place over the Easter break. This is a much welcomed secure boundary which allows us to take children onto the field safely. In the past we have had all manner of obstacles that prevented us from using the playing fields regularly, such as litter, dog fouling, discarded needles etc. The new fencing means that we can keep the area clean and safe and protect our children. Mr Lomax and Mr Lowe as P.E. leaders are very excited about our new fenced field and are already planning sports day and other outdoor sports. We can now also hold tournaments on site as well as develop our Forest School work further. We welcome back Mrs Davis. She will now be teaching in class 5B until the end of the year. She is still Assistant Headteacher so you can continue to see her or Mrs Bi if you have any issues in KS2. Please continue to check our blogs and tweets to see what is going on in school. Mrs Earl YEAR 6 SATS TIMETABLE SATs week will be from Monday 11th May to Friday 15th May. We expect both Year 2 and Year 6 to have 100% attendance, as this is a very important week for them. During SATs week, there will be a special Breakfast Club for Year 6, from 8am each day in the KS2 dining room, which is free to attend. We’ll be hosting a SATs Celebration Morning on Friday 15th May. Date Monday 11th May Tuesday 12th May Tests Level 3-5 English reading Level 6 English reading Levels 3-5 English punctuation, grammar and spelling Level 6 English punctuation, grammar and spelling Wednesday 13th May Thursday 14th May Levels 3-5 mental mathematics Levels 3-5 mathematics paper 1 Levels 3-5 mathematics paper 2 Level 6 mathematics paper 1 Level 6 mathematics paper 2

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At Lowerplace Primary School we provide high quality teaching and learning experiences in a caring and supportive environment, where all members of our school community reach their full potential. We respect and value each other, raise self-esteem and develop positive relationships. We aim to foster our values throughout every aspect of school life and the achievement of these underpins the behaviour policy. Our Behaviour System is called “Good To Be Green” and is actively taught throughout school - we don’t just assume that children always know how to behave. Children start to learn about their behaviour by knowing the Golden Promises that the system is based upon. The Golden Promises are discussed with the children regularly. All children and members of the school community are expected to behave according to them. The Golden Promises are: We encourage our children to SHINE, which means to be: Socially Responsible High Achieving Independent Nurturing Empowered to meet life’s challenges      Communicate well with others Always try our best Listen to each other Always follow instructions Respect people and property The Good to Be Green Behaviour System In each classroom there is a chart displaying the child’s name and behind each name the child has three cards, which are used alongside positive reinforcement to the school’s code of conduct. EVERY MORNING ALL CHILDREN START ON GREEN, REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED THE PREVIOUS DAY Green Card The majority of children will have a green card displayed by their name. This is because they follow the code consistently. Yellow Card Occasionally children will need a reminder of behaviour expectations in school. If a child needs reminding twice of our expectations they will be asked to change their card to yellow. Red Card If a child continues not to follow the code, they will be asked to change their card to red. There will be a rare occasion wh ere a child’s behaviour will take them straight to red e.g. physical fighting and verbal abuse. The class teacher will speak to the parent of any child who receives a red card; whether it is a straight to red card or red following a yellow. The most important part of the Good To Be Green system is to reward good behaviour. We want to recognise that the majority of the children at Lowerplace will consistently follow the ‘Good to Be Green Code’. We do this as often as we can: Green All Day Children who are green all day are rewarded with a stamp/sticker on their Good To Be Green card. Once the card is full they can select a small prize from the Good to Be Green Shop and receive a certificate. Green All Week If a child is Green All Week they receive a ‘Green All Week’ sticker and a raffle ticket. The raffle is drawn every Friday, in class, for a chance to win a prize. Two tickets are chosen from each class. A Green All Week child from each class will also be chosen and commended in Gold assembly. They will receive a Green All Week certificate. Green all year Children who have been Green All Year receive a prize and special commendation. Postcards & Stickers and other rewards Class teachers award children with a ‘Good to be Green’ postcards in order to promote good behaviour as well as good learning. These are sent home in the post. Teachers are also encouraged to use ‘Good to be Green’ stickers to emphasise and promote positive behaviour and good choices in class and around school.

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We have been using the Good To Be Green system for two years now, and we’ve noticed some real improvements in children’s behaviour. In 2013, 113 children stayed Green All Year - which means they NEVER got a yellow or red card. In 2014, this had more than doubled, to an amazing 269! That’s 55% of the children at school! In 2013, 182 children went Straight To Red at some point in the year - which means their behaviour was really inappropriate. In 2014, this had also improved, with only 75 going Straight To Red. We can also see improvements during the school year: 714 yellow cards in the Autumn 2 half-term this year, down to 484 in Spring 1 half-term. We had 113 Red cards in Autumn 2, and that has reduced to 109 in Spring 1. The children who have been Green All Term get a reward at the end of term. In Autumn we had a Daylight Disco, in Spring we had an Easter Egg Hunt, and in Summer we’ll have a visit from the ice cream van! Here are Year 1 enjoying their Easter Egg Hunt last term. Classes in the Parents Portacabin MONDAY 9am-10am: Coffee Morning 10:15am-11:15am: Zumba TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 9:30-11:30am: Islamic Studies 9:15-11:15am: Driving Theory 9:15-11:15am: Soft furnishings and garment making 9:15-10:30am: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) This week Lowerplace Primary School have celebrated St George's day by exploring historical sources and pictures. As a class, we have questioned pictures of St George and the Dragon and talked about our thoughts. Questions across the school ranged from 'What does it take to become a Saint?' to 'Is it ethical to clone a dragon?' Children have been busy blogging their answers, so why not head over to your child's class blog and add your own thoughts! FACTS ABOUT ST. GEORGE:       Born in Cappadocia in Turkey His parents were Christian Became a Roman soldier Protested against Rome's persecution of Christians Imprisoned, but stayed true to his faith Died at Lydda in Palestine For children in Year 3 or above, Dinner Money is £10.00 per child, per week, and is payable to your child’s class teacher or the Office every Monday morning. If dinner money arrears fall more than two weeks behind, the service will be withdrawn and you will need to make alternative meal arrangements. All children in Reception year, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal, but don’t forget that if you’re receive certain benefits, you can apply to Rochdale Council for Free School Meals status, which means your child will continue to eat for free throughout Key Stage 2 as well. Just ask at either school office for an application form. Also, please remember that if you wish your child to switch from school meals to packed lunches, or from packed lunches to school meals, you must let the office know THE WEEK BEFORE you want the change to start. This lets the office tell your child’s teacher and the lunchtime organisers, and to order the correct number of school meals from the kitchen each day.

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Promoting British Values at Lowerplace primary school At Lowerplace Primary School we ensure that through our school vision, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance: “To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” Over the coming Newsletters we will share with you each one of these values. This months value is: The Rule of Law The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Ask your children about the Rule of Law. For more information, please ask at the Infant Office. Please note that clubs are only open to those year groups indicated. Football and Cricket will be held on the School Field in fine weather. Tue Tue Wed Wed WED Thu Thu Thu Thu KS2 Football for Y5 & Y6 KS2 Basketball Club for Y4, Y5 & Y6 KS2 Football for Y3 & Y4 3.15 - 4.15pm KS1 Hall* 3.15 - 4.15pm KS2 Hall 3.15 - 4.15pm KS1 Hall* KS2 Cricket for Y5 & Y6 3.15-4.15pm KS2 Hall* Mad Science Club KS1 Multi Skill/Sports for Y1 and Y2 3.15 - 4.15pm KS1 Hall 3.15 - 4.15pm KS1 Hall KS2 Badminton Club for Y5 3.15 - 4.15pm & Y6 KS1 Poetry Club 3.15 - 4.15pm KS2 Hall KS1 Room near office KS2 Field DOGS IN THE PLAYGROUND It has been brought to our attention again that there are certain individuals that are bringing their dogs onto the school yard. Please be advised that this is not acceptable for health and safety reasons. There are also quite a few children that become distressed around animals. Please consider this a polite reminder not to bring your dogs into school. Tying them to the railings is also prohibited. Do you know about the law and dogs? It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, e.g.: KS2 Athletics 3.15 - 4.15pm Governing Body You may be aware that School Governing bodies constituted under the 2007 regulations must reconstitute under the 2012 regulations by 1st September 2015. The DFE have produced publications explaining what this has involved. Mr. John Kenmure is our new chair of Governors until the newly reconstituted governing body is in place in September.    in a public place (e.g. school) in a private place (e.g. a neighbour’s house or garden) in the owner’s home The law applies to all dogs. Out of control Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:   injures someone makes someone worried that it might injure them (it is important to consider this in relation to children at school) Follow us @Lowerplace_PS A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if:   it injures someone’s animal the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal Penalties     Uniform Standards Please can you ensure that children wear the correct footwear for school every day – i.e. black shoes. There is a small minority of children that are continuing to wear trainers or trainer shoes with white soles. These are not acceptable. Your child will be asked to ensure they have the correct footwear and may be requested to change into pumps. You can be fined up to £20,000 or sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed. If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to 5 years or fined (or both). If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’. If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine (or both). If you allow your dog to injure a guide dog you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years or fined (or both).

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