FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 17: 10.6.22
The Platinum Jubilee
I hope you all enjoyed your local Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We had a great celebration in school. The Heads of School, School Council, Mrs Hall and Mrs Betts (Governor) planted a cherry tree in the morning and we had a whole school street party in the afternoon. The children were all dressed up for the occasion. Thank you to all the staff and Friends of Clavering for supporting and helping to organise the event.
Year 6 Crucial Crew
On Monday 23rd May, Class 6 attended Crucial Crew organised by Uttlesford District Council and TIC Box Productions (Theatre Inspiring Schools) via Zoom. First, they watched a film about a Year 7 pupil called Paul who got involved with County Lines. Afterwards, they took part in a workshop led by the actors in the film, to discuss what had happened to Paul. The workshop was with other Saffron Walden schools, and everyone had the opportunity to interact with the cast and ask ‘Paul’ questions about his experience of being part of a gang. All the children found it an interesting and informative experience.
Kwik Cricket – Years 5 and 6
This week, KS2 have taken part in their first week of cricket coaching through the Chance 2 Shine cricket programme. Each class had an hour’s session learning catching and batting techniques. The children worked hard and are looking forward to their next five sessions.
Class 4 Forest School
Before half term Class 4 enjoyed their first forest school session of the summer term. They enjoyed building dens and playing with ropes to build swings. They can’t wait to go again soon!
Essex Year of Reading
Michael Rosen on Language and Play – Thursday 16th June 10-11 (ONLINE)
Michael Rosen is one of Britain’s best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults. He is also a broadcaster, Professor of Children’s Literature and very much a national treasure. Michael has published in the region of 200 books for children and adults, including “The Sad Book” with Quentin Blake (Walker Books) – a meditation on bereavement written after the loss of his son, Eddie; “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” with Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books) – made into an animated film for Channel 4 broadcast Christmas Day 2016 - and “A Great Big Cuddle” with Chris Riddell (Walker Books) . His YouTube Channel ‘Kids’ Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen’ has had over 55 million views.
In this session Michael will perform and discuss the importance of play and talk in language development in young children.
The session is aimed at Parents, grandparents, carers, Early Years Professionals, and anyone who works with young children and is open to all.
On Wednesday 25th May, Years 5 and 6 went to Saffron Walden cricket ground to take part in a cricket tournament. The boys played in the morning and the girls in the afternoon. All the children played well and Clavering school qualified for a place in the next round against other Saffron Walden schools. One of the boys and one of the girls’ teams will be representing the school at the next round on Wednesday 15th June. Well done everyone!
Quad Kids – Athletics
On Wednesday 8th June, 4 boys and 4 girls from Years 3,4,5 and 6 represented the school at Quad Athletics at JFAN. At the beginning was a parade of Commonwealth flags to commemorate this year’s event in Birmingham. There were four events: standing long jump, howler throw, sprint and a long- distance run 400m/600m. All the children participated in each event against children from lots of other Uttlesford schools. Luckily, the weather was good for sport as it was warm and sunny. A big thank you to Mrs Selwood, Mr Upton and Mrs Lawless for helping to supervise a group of children compete in the events. All the children tried their best and were very sporting in their attitude – well done all!
The children gave great effort with the Year 3/4 teams coming in 11th and 12th out of 16 and the Year 5/6 teams coming in 8th and 14th
Essex Wellbeing Service – ‘In Your Area’
The Essex Wellbeing Service has a handy search function called ‘In Your Area’, which allows you to enter your location to view local services in either a list or map format. This page also includes ‘Live Well, Link Well’, which can help to find and connect to well-known support organisations across the county, such as United in Kind Coaches, HeadsUp and access to virtual support plus much more. They have asked us to share this information with staff and families.
The school office should be notified on the first day of each absence before registration at 9.00am and this should be followed up in writing on the day of return.
If your child has been vomiting or had an upset stomach, a 48 hour leave of absence from the last episode is required. For guidance on other illnesses please contact the School Office or refer to the document on the website in the ‘Attendance’ section – “Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings”.
School starts at 8.50 a.m. We have noticed several children are consistently arriving late for school – ‘late’ is defined by not being within the school gates by 8.50 a.m. Please make every effort to be at school on time and if you know that your journey will be disrupted by road works, do allow time for this.
Please note that lateness is recorded on a per pupil basis.
This is a gentle reminder not to use mobile phones whilst on the school site. This is part of our safeguarding policy for all of our children.
Application for leave of absence for term time holidays
Guidance from the Local Authority:
“Leave of absence may only be granted by a person authorised in that behalf by the proprietor of the school. As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.
If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.”
Please note occasional days for birthdays and treats cannot be authorised and cheaper prices cannot be considered to be a valid reason. No leave of absence will be granted during our assessment weeks or the first week of the Autumn term. Medical appointments, if at all possible, should be made outside school hours. Siblings of children attending medical appointments should remain in school.
Free School Meals Funding
You can register for Free Schools Meals Funding if you meet the criteria below.
If you have a child in Key Stage One and are receiving the free meal, which is part of the universal offer, you could be missing out on this additional funding for the school, which will support your child with their learning, if you meet the criteria below. You have to apply for this funding. If you think you meet the criteria below then please follow the guidance below and contact the school office.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
6th June INSET day
w/b 6th June Phonics week
8th June Years 3 – 6 athletics pm
9th June Year 6 residential trip meeting with parents
10th June Sharing Assembly with year 4 parents
20th June pm FOC Fun Run
22nd June Athletics festival KS1
23rd June New Reception Induction morning
24th June Sharing Assembly with year 1 parents
27th June Sports Day 10-12
29th June KS2 Commonwealth Athletic 10–1pm
1st July Tray Day
8th July Sharing Assembly with year 2 parents
11th – 13th July Year 6 Residential Year 6 Residential
14th July FOC school disco
15th July Sharing Assembly with Reception parents
18th July Parent Evening – early
18th July Class Swap 11–12
19th July Church Service
19th July Parent Evening – late
20th July Leavers’ Assembly
21st July Last day of term
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending May 20th
Reception Jude – for his brilliant story ideas about an ant
Year One Jacob – for trying really hard in his learning and great effort making good choices
Year Two Phoebe R – for always having a positive attitude and being a helpful member of the class
Year Three Penny – for always working hard and showing kindness to others
Year Four Rowan – for great focus and effort in Maths looking at tenths on a number line
Year Five Lacey – for being a kind and supportive friend and for settling in class 5 really well
Year Six Beau – for good team-work in DT making bird boxes.
Week ending May 27th
Reception Cruz – for his amazing sketch of Buckingham Palace
Year One Buddy – super effort with handwriting and great concentration
Year Two Alfie – for always being a kind and helpful member of the class
Year Three George – improvement in attitude to learning
Year Four Luke – excellent effort with his poetry writing and performance
Year Five Kayleigh – for demonstrating great keenness and effort
Year Six Daisy – for her effort and focus in lessons
For children who have achieved their personal best:
Nell – for excellent progress in reading
Luna – for excellent progress in writing
Alfie – trying very hard with his Science work
Seren – for excellent story writing
Esmee for a great improvement with her Maths.
Dougray for fantastic effort and improvement with his writing.
Ruby – for excellent progress in Maths, writing and spelling.
Sebastian – for improvement in writing, spelling and presentation of work.
Luke – great effort and improvement in English and understanding in Science.
Ava – great improvement in pace of working and confidence, particularly in English.
George – for engagement and contribution in class across all subjects
Anna – for being a kind and supportive member of class, always helping others when needed
Miley – for improving the content and structure of her writing.
Rory – for always willing to help at lunchtime and being a great role model.
Cartoon Attitude to Learning Awards
We have our super-hero learning behaviours, which the children created in their house groups during friendship week last year. This term the children worked hard on independence, championed by “Indi-Panda”. Two children from each class were nominated for a special award and will enjoy a hot chocolate treat with Miss Allsop.
Reception: Marnie and Alfie
Class 1: Jaxon and Kyle
Class 2: Evie and Bella
Class 3: George and Tilly
Class 4: Max H and Rosie
Class 5: Syd and Amelie
Class 6: Conor and Olive
Each week the kitchen team present an award to the class or individual for good manners –
16th May – Greta – picking up coats in the dinner hall
23rd May – Elise – trying new foods
23rd May – Bella P – trying new foods
The It Didn’t Go Unnoticed Award
Luna B – for being kind and helpful to others
WRITER OF THE WEEK
|W/B 16.5.22||R Henry for writing all his numbers to 100|
1 Seren for an excellent ‘free write’ story
2 Teddy for writing the time independently
3 Evie for creating a good word bank for her sonnet
4 Rio amazing effort writing a biography
5 Matilda S using good personification in her writing
6 Tommy for an excellent start to his Brazil report
Look out for our next edition of ‘Friday Focus’:
The fortnightly Friday Focus is a chance for every class at Clavering to share their learning with the Clavering School community. It is a great opportunity to find out what each year group has been up to and engage in conversations around learning.
If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a good weekend.