By now you should have received the letter, which was sent home yesterday about the lockdown practice that we have introduced with the children. The children were all very positive, and understood that it was a sensible precaution to practice if we needed to stay inside the building rather than evacuate. A number of governors were present when this was introduced and if anyone has any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel welcome to speak to Mrs Navas, your child’s class teacher or one of the governors.
We do hope that you feel this is a positive step and part of our continued commitment to keeping everyone in school safe.
Thank you to everyone who baked cakes, bought cakes or supported our Foundation Stage children and staff with their fund raising Bake Sale yesterday. The money raised will go towards the purchase of more resources to further develop the
Foundation Stage outdoor area.
It’s half term already!
We break up today for half term. It has been a particularly busy few weeks, with years 2 and 6 completing their tests. Well done to them for their hard work!
Have a lovely half term break everyone.
We have a training day on Monday 3rd June, where the staff will be working on curriculum development and planning for the next year. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday 4th June.
Last week the Key Stage 1 children had a visit from the RNLI as part of their topic on ‘Water’. They learned about the importance of staying safe in water and also about the RNLI safety procedures. In addition, they had fun learning about the different flags and enjoyed getting dressed up as lifeboat rescuers.
Good Luck Year 6!
Next week is Year 6 SATs week. The children and staff have worked incredibly hard all year to prepare for this, and the children have made great progress. They should be really proud of themselves and confident that they are ready for everything that next week will bring.
We will see you all at Breakfast Club on Monday morning, which will be provided to all Y6 pupils free of charge on the 4 days of the tests.
Enjoy your weekend Year 6– relax and have fun.
Welcome back to the start of the summer term.
This year seems to be going so fast!
Please can we remind everyone that summer uniform is now permissible but can everyone please continue to bring a cardigan/jumper and a coat to school so that children can be warm when playing out on the field. We would also like to remind parents that children should be wearing school shoes and NOT trainers.
May Day Bank Holiday
Just a reminder that school will be closed next Monday, 6th May for bank holiday and be open again on Tuesday 7th May.
We hope that you have all received your IT newsletter for this month. We have arranged for a monthly newsletter , which you will receive that updates parents on different games and IT related issues linked to things that children might be playing. The newsletter also gives parents information on how they can help to keep children safe when they are using computers/ tablets etc. We have arranged this in response to parents telling us that they would welcome support in understanding the IT world and what children might be using/ how to keep them safe. We hope you find it useful. We are also posting information and the newsletters on the school website so that parents can refer to them and find information at any time. If there is anything specific that you would like further information on, please let us know and we can arrange for this to be included in a future newsletter.
Keeping Safe on the Internet
We hope that everyone received the letter which was sent out yesterday regarding the recent unpleasant hoax challenge that has been appearing via the internet.
We have developeda new page on our website that is designed to give advice to parents on how to support children at home to ensure they have the skills to stay safe when using IT. We hope that those parents/carers who have looked at this page have found it useful. Please let us know if it has been helpful to you.
At school we regularly speak to the children about staying safe on the internet, and this has also featured on recent school newsletters. We also talk to children about making good choices in all aspects of their lives, and also about taking responsibility for their actions. In this way we aim to develop the children’s life skills in order that they become more and more confident about themselves as individuals and how to keep safe. It is important to have regular conversations about children doing what they know is right, and seeking help for anything which makes them feel uncomfortable or unsure.
We speak to the children in school about the importance of not being influenced by others and making personal choices that are safe ones.
If parents have any queries or concerns that they would like to ask the school about please feel welcome to contact us.
Thank you to those who attended the tea and biscuits afternoon in school this week, and for your feedback and suggestions. One of the things that you asked was that we include the information about the numbers of house points awarded to each team every week as part of the newsletter, so that parents can see the winners. We are happy to do this and will be adding this to our newsletter from now on.
If you have any suggestions, please feel welcome to speak to Mrs Navas. We do try to listen and act on as much as we possibly can, within the school resources that we have available.
We are delighted to let you know that the final total for money raised at the Christmas Fair was announced at the PTA meeting held earlier this week. Through your fantastic support and the effort of the PTA members we made a profit of £1429.94. We are looking to continue with the fund raising efforts with a range of other activities planned for the rest of the year and hope to raise enough money to purchase a new outdoor shaded canopy area, which can be used for individual classes outdoor learning as well as additional shade for children in the summer months.
Visitors to school.
On Thursday we hosted 31 trainee teachers in school for the day. We are the only school in Doncaster Local Authority who were asked to provide this particular training session. As part of their training the Year 5 children took them around school on a ‘Learning Walk’ and also acted as interviewers in a ‘mock’ interview scenario. All of the children in school behaved impeccably and did themselves proud. They were able to talk articulately about learning in our school. For the majority of the children their lessons continued as normal, and even when there were visitors in their classrooms they continued to focus on their learning and demonstrate great learning behaviours. Well done to all the children. You were fantastic!
Year 6 visit to Crucial Crew
This week Year 6 children visited ‘Crucial Crew’. This is a day long visit where Year 6 children from all over South Yorkshire attend to learn from a range of services about life skills, and how to look after themselves and keep themselves safe in preparation for secondary school and beyond. The training includes work with the emergency services and this year it also included some basic first aid training including how to use the recovery position and what to do in an emergency.
The children also had additional practical workshop training on traffic safety as well as learning a little bit about the law and the age of criminal responsibility and how this applies to them. They learned more about the responsibilities that come with using the internet and the training reflected keeping safe in the 21st century. We hope that the children came home and were able to talk to their parents/carers about the important lessons they had learned.
We break up for half term today. Have a lovely half term break. We return to school on Monday 25th February .
The children have all had lessons about staying safe on the internet, as part of national Internet Safety Week. Please speak to your child regularly about what they know regarding keeping themselves safe on line. This is something that we speak to the children about very often and it is helpful if they hear the same safety messages from home. These include:
– NEVER give any personal information when you are on line.
– If you see or hear anything that makes you feel uncomfortable ALWAYS tell an adult straight away. Issues can be reported using the red CEOP button.
– NEVER speak to someone that you don’t know in ‘real life’ when you are on line– remember that stranger danger applies on line as well!
– NEVER share posts, pictures or anything linked to someone else without getting their permission first
– ALWAYS remember that you should be as kind and respectful on line as you would be face to face. If you wouldn’t do or say something to someone face to face then you shouldn’t do or say it on line.
– REMEMBER– people who may be ‘friends’ on line may not always be friends in ‘real life’.
It is recommended that parents /carers supervise or monitor their child as they use the internet in order to ensure the safe use of this amazing resource. If possible I.T .equipment should be used in ‘family’ areas, where parents and carers can see what their child is doing.
Parents/carers should be aware that if children are using ‘child friendly’ social medias ‘chat’ spaces or playing games where they speak ‘live’ with others on line, these sites may present a potential risk in terms of the people who might be on them. Encourage your child only to play with or contact people that they know in ‘real life’.
If children have phones with internet capability it may be helpful to limit the times that these are used and not to allow children to keep them at bed times. It can often prevent children from getting a good sleep!
If you would like support or advice on any of these areas, please pop in to school and we will help or signpost where you can access support.
Thanks to everyone who came in non– uniform, wearing a number today for Number Day. This is a fund raiser for the NSPCC and an opportunity to raise awareness in school, and have more fun with numbers!
The school has raised over £150.00!
Years 3,4 and 5 have been introduced to a new IT based programme targeted at their year groups, to help with learning times tables. It is a programme called ‘Reflex’ and they can access it at home, with their personal password as well as in school. The programme is designed to be fun and in a similar format to games that children may choose out of school, but it helps to teach times tables, with the programme being adapted to each child’s personal needs and stage of development in this area. We hope they will have lots of fun with it whilst learning at the same time. Teaching staff can log in and monitor every child’s progress in detail.
We have introduced the programme this week and parents will get an opportunity to see it in action at the next ‘Pride in our Learning ’ session.
Friends of Canon Popham Dates
Please note the following dates:
Monday 11th February Film Club straight after school
Friends of Canon Popham Meeting 6pm in school
Monday 4th March Disco
Well done to our KS2 children who lead a beautiful Carol service on Monday and Tuesday. The retiring collection from both services was in aid of Toilet Twinning and
raised £190. Many thanks to those who contributed. This means we can twin 3 toilets in areas of the world that don’t yet have appropriate sanitation.
We hope that the children have all enjoyed their Christmas celebrations in school.
We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a
happy and prosperous 2019.
School closes today for the Christmas holidays. We will look forward to welcoming everyone back for the start of the spring term on
Monday 7th January.
Well done to all of the Foundation and Key Stage 1 children who presented their nativity plays this week. Their performances were fabulous and they should be very proud of themselves. Thanks also go to the staff who have worked hard with the children to prepare these.
Thank you to all those parents and carers who respected our request to ensure that no photographs containing children other than their own are posted onto social media sites. This is in the interests of safeguarding all our children.
Next week we have the Key Stage 2 carol Services on Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening. These are ticket only entrance and we request that you bring your tickets with you on the day to be admitted. This is because there is a limit on the numbers who we are able to seat in church. All children in key Stage 2 are expected to attend both services, even if they only have family members attending one of them.
Next week is the last week of the Autumn term. School will finish for Christmas at 3:30 on Thursday 20th December. This will be a non– uniform day. Children may wear Christmas clothing on that day or simply attend in normal non– uniform. They do NOT have to bring money on this occasion– it is simply a less formal and more fun end to a term where everyone has worked really hard.
Menu Changes for next week
Monday – pizza, pie – sponge – yogurt
Tuesday – Christmas Dinner
Wednesday – fish fingers, chips – biscuit and juice, apple pie
Thursday – bolognaise, french bread – chocolate muffin, rice crispie cake
Thanks to the Friends of Canon Popham
A huge THANK YOU to the Friends of Canon Popham who have worked so hard to organize and put on a really lovely Christmas Fair last week. Events like this take a great deal of organization and all the children in school benefit from the funds raised.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way, either through donations of items, volunteering to help or coming to support the event.
Once the Friends of Canon Popham have completed their Christmas fund raising efforts, which will continue over the next 2 weeks with the sale of refreshments etc at our Nativity plays and Carol services, we will be able to let you know the final total of funds raised .
New Climbing Frame
It was appropriate that the brand new climbing frame was installed last Friday, on the same day as our Christmas fair. This was a great example of how the children in school benefit from every penny that is raised in all the PTA fund raising. The children are delighted with it and we hope that it will last just as long as the old one did, and that the children will enjoy using it for many years to come.
Can we please remind parents and carers that if your child choses to use the climbing frame either before school starts or after school it is parents responsibility to supervise their safe behavior and play during these times. In addition, on snowy or icy days, the climbing frame should not be used for health and safety reasons.
Next week we have our Foundation and Key Stage 1 Christmas Nativity Plays. We look forward to seeing all those who have booked tickets for these events. The children and staff have worked really hard preparing them and we are sure you will enjoy them. Our Key Stage 2 Carol Services are in the final week of the term. Due to the numbers of people that can be seated in the church, this is strictly by ticket only and we ask that you bring your tickets with you to be admitted to the service.
The evening performance is now full, and we are unable to meet any further requests for tickets for this service.