It has been a busy week in Primary a Year 2 trip, reports sent home, a parent workshop on reporting and assessment, class parties, a Christmas sing-along and Brilliant Britannica! There has been time for lots of lovely learning in class too.

Class News

In Year 1 Avon this week they learned about the value of teamwork while making some Christmas decorations for their classroom. See how long they made their paper chain!

Y5 Teme looked at how heating a mixture of water and sugar will separate the two materials. Please see the gallery for some pictures of the children inspecting the experiment.

Year 5 Thames children have been decorating their Christmas biscuits for design technology and busy making Christmas jars of sweets for Brilliant Britannica.

Year 3 Stour children shared their amazing topic presentations about space and planets. Zsofi and Pratyush talked about what we humans can do to save our planet.

Brilliant Britannica

This week, KS2 classes had bee busily creating Christmas craft for sale which was fun enough in itself, but then they got to sell the items to raise money for charity. They also got to buy wonderful Christmas craft to display in their own homes and enjoyed the food stalls, hot chocolate and chimney cakes!

The choir and orchestra were incredible as usual and the event was a festive and fitting end to a successful term. Thank you to all families who came along to support the event we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Primary ‘Food Raising’ Drive

Many thanks to everyone who donated non-perishable food items this week for our food drive. The idea was proposed by Sara from Y6 Trent who wanted to give something back to the community. Donations will be collected by her dad this evening and taken to (Wesley óvoda) to raise a smile for some families in need this Christmas.

Thank you to Sara for her big-hearted gesture and work on this initiative.

Reporting and Assessment Parent Workshop

Thank you to everyone who came to the Reporting and Assessment parent workshop on Wednesday. We discussed how and when we assess your children, the purpose of assessment to help your chid develop and progress, the tracking and interventions and how we use this data to communicate with parents and colleagues; I hope this was useful to you. The workshop presentation will be available for download on the parent portal shortly.

Class Parties

An end of term treat, the class parties were a wonderful celebration of a term of progress and learning. I enjoyed seeing the smiling faces, the dance moves, the games and the noise of laughter and children having fun. Thank you so much to the teachers, class representatives and parents who worked together to make this a fantastic end to a great term for our children. Thank you!

Key Stage Assemblies

On the first day back after the Christmas break, Friday 10th January, the Primary will split into Key Stages for their key stage assemblies. Parents are welcome to join as usual, but please note that KS1 will be located in room 4 instead of the auditorium.

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is a great way of finding out information and is growing all the time with suggestions from parents. This week, I have published a report of your child’s Winter Report and also the Assessment and Reporting Workshop.

You can find them at the below pathways:

School Profile – School Reports – School Reports – Winter Report 2019

School Information – Documents and Files – Events and Workshops – Workshops – Reporting and Assessment

The Class Representatives asked for information on registering a parent portal account and may also be able to help if you are having difficulties in your first log in. As always, I would be happy to help anyone who asks too.

As always, if you find any information missing or unclear, do either let me or your class representative know so we can continually improve what we communicate and do.


A sea of happy faces, dressed in their Christmas best, was a wonderful sight for our sing-along assembly. Each year group led the Primary school for a song and the teachers also joined in with their own rendition of ‘All I want for Christmas’. What a fantastic way to end our first term’s assemblies! Many thanks to Ms Bilski for running the assembly!

Many congratulations to all of our stars of the week - you can find their pictures and reasons for receiving them in the display in reception.

Congratulations also for those children who appeared in the Merit Book – please feel free to flick through the golden pages; the book is stored outside the Primary Office and parents are encouraged to take a look – it does make your children proud!

Stars of the Week

Eco Warrior award: Year 4 Taw

Concerns and Queries

This is a reminder to parents that if you have any concerns or worries, please contact your child’s teacher. You can find all email addresses under the teacher’s picture on the school website:

The Key Stage Coordinators are also very lovely and willing to help. You can contact them here:

KS1 Coordinator - Rosie Wolland:

LKS2 Coordinator - Justyna Bilski:

UKS2 Coordinator - Ryan Phillips:

I hope you all have a incredible Christmas holiday with your families! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Marie Moreton

Head of Primary