Ofsted Inspection - March 6th 2018
I have just been told that we have a one-day short inspection from Ofsted tomorrow. I have attached a letter to parents from our inspector together with a parents’ guide to school inspections. Our inspector will want to gauge the views of parents and I would ask as many of you as possible to give your view of the school (hopefully positive!) at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk. By noon tomorrow.
School will be closed tomorrow - Friday 2nd March
We have made the decision together with the other schools in the Ember Learning Trust to close tomorrow.
It has been difficult for many members of staff to get to school today and with further snowfall predicted for this evening, followed by freezing conditions tomorrow, it is likely to be even more difficult tomorrow.
In addition, there is no running water in several classrooms and we have had to close some of our toilets which has caused further problems.
I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but I hope that by giving an early message it will enable parents to make alternative child care arrangements.
Regards Nick Fry
Hindleap Warren - Year 4
06:45 - It seems a lot more quiet this morning. Must have been that jam-packed day!
06:00 - It seems lots of the children are very eager to get up and ready for the day!
11:20 - We hope you've got your washing machines ready for the mud... Today's 'forest adventure' seemed to cause a lot of mess!
20:00 - The children definitely look tired after a day full of laughter and activities. It's been brilliant to see them all having a go and supporting each other. Our Stars of the Day award ceremony is up next and then it's off to bed for the final night.
12:30 - We have arrived, had a tour of the centre and are now sitting down a lunch of pasta! Lots of smiling faces.
18:30 - All of the children have finished their first activities, which have included rock climbing, orienteering and walking through the muddy river! Lots of excitement about the southern fried chicken at dinner (KFC may have run out but we haven't). Swimming or a movie night coming up next.
22:30 - With so much excitement and anticipation about tomorrow, it took the children a little while to get settled but things are now quiet and everyone is getting ready for a new day.
Congratulations to Eleanor D in 6A, who designed the winning 'Kindness' value poster
We will be holding a ‘TDJS Spelling Bee Competition this half term.
Spelling heats will take place in classes during the week beginning 22nd January, so children should aim to learn the spellings (for their year group) over the next week. The words will be read in isolation and in the context of a sentence when tested. Children will be expected to be able to write the correct spelling and also spell the word out letter by letter (using letter names rather than sounds) if asked to.
Children do not have to enter the competition, however, we want to encourage as many children to be practising these spellings on a regular basis at home and this is a great way to ensure this happens. Many of the spellings are spellings which children have previously had to learn as part of their spelling homework.
Two winning spellers from each class will go through to the final. Words in the final round will not be given out to be learnt at home but will be selected from the National Curriculum word lists appropriate for each year group. The final, where an overall winner for each year group will be crowned, will take place during an assembly in the final week of half term. We will keep you posted on the results. Happy spelling!
Information about what topics are being covered by each Year Group this term is to be found at the bottom of the Curriculum page. The link below will take you there.
Well done to all those that took part in the District Athletics at Kingsmeadow. We are delighted with the results - joint winners of the track events and outright winners of the field events.
SPORTS DAY RACES - Monday 3rd July
9.15 Year 3
10.30 Year 5
12.45 Year 6
2.00 Year 4
Year 6 trip to France
The real test of the week as packing begins! The weather is a lot cooler this morning - ideal for the trip home. A stop at a boulangerie is planned to break up the journey and to add to the wonderful experiences that they've all had this week.
The coach travel is going well. The trip is due back around 5.30pm (traffic permitting). AMENDMENT.... it is now due around 6pm. Please park considerately to allow the coaches access to the playground
Another warm day with a trip to Amiens. Today the children have visited a french supermarket and hopefully spent their money wisely!! They have visited Amiens zoo and let off steam in a play park.
6pm The latest photos below are of the boat trip that they are currently enjoying.
The evening ended with pizza and bowling. So much fun!!
Another great day ahead with the market and beach in Berck-sur-mer to enjoy. Weather is glorious ☀️☀️
The trip to the market is going well ... "Je voudrais acheter..." (well all sorts!!)
... and now they're on the beach. Doing what children do best ... having fun.
After another good evening meal the trip are having fun in Albert Square
So it's WW1 day today - Thiepval, Wellington Quarries and Arras.
Lots of lovely photos being sent - they have all been added below.
9.15am Coaches set off!
12.20pm Year 6 have safely arrived in France
3.50pm Arrived at the hotel... all safe and sound!
8.30pm. Playing on the field by the hotel after a meal of burger, chips and ice creams
Year 5 Trip to Osmington Bay
ARRIVAL TIME HOME......
Year 5 are on their way home. Traffic is heavy and arrival time is looking closer to 5pm. We do apologise if this causes a problem. We will update this page if there is any further news.
More activities taking place this morning. Then after lunch Year 5 will be returning. We will update you if the return time changes significantly from the expected 3.30pm
8.30pm. Year 5 are rocking it down at the disco tonight!!!
Loads of activities taking place today - more photos added below. So impressed by many brave children conquering their fear of heights. The weather is still good although a little cooler today. Lots of smiling faces to be seen.
The sun is shining and there is so much to do!!!
Photos added below
3.53pm...... Both coaches AND all the children have safely arrived. The weather is glorious. Now the fun really starts!
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Year 4 trip to Hindleap Warren
UPDATE - two coaches are due back at 2.30pm today. One coach has broken down and the children are due back at 4pm - parents of children on the broken down coach have been contacted by text
Wednesday 22nd February
11.05am - they have arrived safely!
1pm - They have eaten a lovely lunch of soup, spaghetti bolognaise and the fruit and yoghurt. They are now armed and ready for a fun afternoon in the rain!!! Miss Hodkinson reports "we're all enjoying a jam-packed afternoon of activities here from forest adventure to rock climbing. it's drizzling slightly but a little rain makes it all the more enjoyable!!"
Thursday 23rd February
7.30am An excitable night of DVD watching and swimming followed by yummy cookes and hot chocolate! Although it took a long while for children to get to sleep they are all up and raring to go to attack their next challenges. A cooked breakfast will set them up for a day outside. It's windy and damp but that is not going to stop us having a great time.
10.45am - Rain is holding off!!
Friday 24th February
It's sunny!!!! Team building exercises today, climbing, Hindleap animals, adventures and orienteering amongst the activities on offer. Fish and chips for lunch. Then heading home - get your washing machines ready!!
Children will be ready to be collected from the playground around 3pm (traffic permitting). Please come through reception and the school hall and NOT via the car park.
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