Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Year 6 SATs Revision Ideas

This BBC website give you some great interactive SATs revision activities for maths and english.
There are quizes, explanations and games.
To see the full range - click on the picture above.


School Morning Routine

During the Ofsted inspection the issues with congestion in corridors, classrooms, stairs and doorways were noted.   We would like to remind parents of the following routines for the children and parents at the start of school. 

Our expectations are that:

Arriving between 8.30 – 8.40am
If you arrive at this time, your child may take their belongings into school (and coat if it is warm enough to not need it on the playground), but your child should come straight out onto the playground to be ready for the first bell. 

Unless parents need to speak to the teacher, please can parents wait on the playground while your child puts their things away.  We do not expect parents to be putting away their children’s things, as a part of you helping to develop their independence they should do this themselves.

Pushchairs /Buggies should NOT be brought into school during this time.

Arriving between 8.40 – 8.45am
If you arrive at this time, your child should keep all their belongings with them and go straight to the playground to await the first bell.  They can put their things away once their line has walked back into school.  This prevents blockages in doors/corridors as late pupils come out and clash with class lines coming in.

At 8.45am when the first bell goes the children should line up in class lines to then follow their teacher into school. 

All children should be outside by 8.45am ready for this bell.

Parents are expected to either vacate the playground before the 8.45am bell, or allow the children safe entry to the school before you try to leave by standing back from the class lines, steps or doorways, please.

Parents do not need to stay with their child after 8.30am, as the playground is supervised from this time.
  
We hope that these expectations are clear, if you have any concerns please speak to the class teacher in the first instance.

NEWSLETTER 36

CHARITY DAY – THIS FRIDAY
The School Council have chosen to raise money for the RSPCA, so the children are asked to bring in a £1 donation or tins of cat/dog food for the charity.  
They can dress up as an animal, or they can wear stripes, spots or animal prints.  Foundation and KS1 children can also bring in a soft animal toy. 
There will be activities and games and art activities in classes too. 

FOUNDATION SANDPIT DAMAGED
We are sad to inform parents that the cover for the sandpit in the Foundation area has been irreparably damaged.  During school hours the children are NOT ALLOWED to stand on the cover, however, we are afraid that some parents who come into this area to drop off or collect do not supervise their children and allow them to stand or jump on this lid.
A very kind parent has offered to supply the wood and his own time to create a new cover for the sandpit, on the proviso that parents take responsibility to supervise their children before and after school in this area, and DO NO LET THEM ON THE COVER.
Thank you for your co-operation in this.

PHILOSOPHY CLUB
There has been a delay with establishing this club; a letter will be given to year 5-6 pupils once details are confirmed.

GOING HOME CHANGES & PRE-PLANNED MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
Please remember to give a note to the class teacher (or to your child to give to them) if your child is going home with a different person to ‘normal’ OR before the date that they have  any pre-planned medical appointments (eg Dentist, Hospital, Doctors etc.)

VACANCY – RELIEF LUNCHTIME SUPERVISOR
We still have a vacancy for a relief lunchtime supervisor to be called on when needed, in term time only.  The hours will be from 12pm until 1.15pm and the rate of pay is £6.38 per hour plus holiday allowance.  No experience is required and full training will be given.  This could lead to more regular hours. Please contact Mrs Hulley in the school office on 723354.

JUNIOR GOLF COACHING – Thorpeness GOLF CLUB
Thorpeness Golf Club is offering junior golf coaching to children aged 4-17 years on Saturday mornings. The cost is just £2 per session, and equipment can be provided.  See the poster on the parent notice-board or call them on 01728 454926

PARENT COURSES FOR HELP WITH ENGLISH AND MATHS
A campaign to encourage adults who need help with their English or Math skills is underway, called “Now I Can”.  The courses are designed to make it easier for adults to do everyday things, like reading to their child, or pay a bill.  Information on courses can be found at www.leap.ac.uk/nowIcan or see the poster on our parent notice-board.

EX PUPILS’ CHARITY EVENT – SUper doo-pah charity project
Some ex-pupils (now at Thomas Mills) are running a charity fundraising event in aid of unicef/ WWF/ Cancer Research and Great Ormond St. on Saturday 11 May in St Michael’s Rooms from 10am–1pm, with stalls, raffles, refreshments and live performances at midday.

BANK HOLIDAY – MONDAY 6 MAY
Don’t forget next Monday is a Bank Holiday! Enjoy the long weekend.

SEE OVERLEAF FOR AN INFORMATION LEAFLET ON MORNING ROUTINES…

Monday, 29 April 2013

Sculpture Trip for Art Club Members

25 children from SRH were treated to an amazing day at the workshop of a professional sculpture: Laurence Edwards.

He gave a talk about the history of sculpture and about how he works with bronze.

The children got to create a sculpture of their own with clay onto a metal frame.

The results were creative and original.



Laurence encouraged the children to also use natural materials in their sculpture.


An awards ceremony was held.







Some of Laurence's work.



We also got to see the process of casting in bronze.


video
Click on image below to see Laurence Edwards' website





Friday, 26 April 2013

Class KM Assembly

The children in Class KM wanted to put on a show about Noah's Ark for their
Celebration Asswmbly today...their performance was delightful!


Thursday, 25 April 2013

SCHOOl SWIMMING POOL

Our swimming pool is now 25 years old, and we have been advised that it is in need of a substantial refit to bring it up to an acceptable standard which meets Health & Safety legislation.
Last year, due to a combination of plant failure and the bad weather, the water temperature only reached the minimum required level on 24 days during the summer term, and on some of these occasions we had insufficient volunteers for our children to be able to use the pool.
Due to this we have explored expanding our use of the indoor pool at Framlingham College. Currently our Year 5 and 6 classes have 5 weeks of lessons each during the spring term. After Easter, we have arranged to extend this provision to Years 3 and 4, and classes RV, KV and PLDD will swim on a Wednesday morning for 5 weeks. They will be taught in groups of 8-10 pupils, by fully qualified swimming instructors from the college.
After half term we intend to take Year 2 pupils to the pool for 2 sessions, to see how well this facility works for the younger age groups.
By exploring this option this summer, it will give us more time to consider the future of our own pool here at Sir Robert Hitcham’s.
We will be reviewing the future of swimming lessons through the parent council – please feed back your comments through your class representative.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

More Sporting Success at District Cross Country Comepetition

About 350 children took part in the annual cross country run at Stonham Aspal.
Robert Hitcham's enjoyed great success this year with Ethan 1st in the boys race and Joshua 3rd. Grace came 3rd in the girls race for the second year running.

Start of the boys' race.

Start of the girls' race.

About half way round the course of 2.5 miles.


Ethan out on his own near the finish.

Grace near the finish.

Bulstrode House team who finished 2nd in our inter house competition which we ran as part of the race.

Howard house were1st in the girls and 3rd overall.

Hitcham were 4th in the house competition.

Mills won the inter house team event.

We had 8 boys finish in the top 25 and 9 girls - an amazing achievement. They will receive an invitation to the County final later on this term.

PL/DD's Felt Bags

Here are some examples of the felt bags made in Design and Technology lessons by Class PL/DD.





Thank you to the parents and grandparents who helped us with our sewing skills.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Newsletter 34

BAG2SCHOOL COLLECTION – Wednesday 24 April
Please bring any donation bags in BY 9AM and place inside the pavilion on the FRONT PLAYGROUND, thank you.

HOMEWORK SURVEY
Please return these to the box by the office by the end of the week, thank you.
SCHOLASTIC LEAFLETS
Please find with this letter the Scholastic leaflets, please complete and return to the office with payment by THIS FRIDAY, 26 APRIL.  
PLEASE NOTE PAYMENT MUST BE EITHER BY CHEQUE PAYABLE TO SCHOLASTIC LIMITED OR BY CREDIT CARD.  NO CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED FOR SCHOLASTIC

DINNER PAYMENTS - MANY STILL OUTSTANDING
May we emphasise to parents that half-termly payments are to be made by the first Monday following the start of each half term and weekly payments every Monday (£2.20 a day). 
This also applies to Nursery Lunch club children who have hot lunches.
If you do not pay for dinners on a Monday, your child will need to bring a packed lunch.
PLEASE PAY IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO.
*** Remember you can now pay on line at www.eats-catering ***
select ‘On-Line Payment’ or follow link from School Website
Make online payments by Friday for the following week’s meals.

CHARITY DAY – Friday 3 May
As mentioned in the Diary Dates leaflet this will be a day where the School Council have chosen to raise money for the RSPCA. 
The children are asked to bring in a £1 donation or tins of cat/dog food for the charity. 
Children can dress up as an animal, or they can wear stripes, spots or animal prints.  Foundation and KS1 children can also bring in a soft animal toy. 
There will be activities and games and art activities in classes too. 
We will invite the EADT in to take photos of this event during break time.

CROSSING SAFETY ON COLLEGE ROAD
Sadly, there have been a couple of danger concerns on College Road this week where there is CURRENTLY NO CROSSING PATROL. 
We have noticed that there have been children left unescorted to cross the road (as young as KS1), who do not have the skills or ability to cross safely – in fact we witnessed a child literally run across the road without looking in either direction.  PLEASE can we emphasise that until SCC have secured a new Crossing Patrol that an adult should safely see their child across this road.
If you, or any family members, are driving past this crossing point can we also ask that you are considerate in slowing and being aware of pedestrians crossing un-aided here.  Thank you for your help in keeping the children safe.

MAYPOLE CANCELLED ON THURSDAY THIS WEEK
Mrs Pascoe apologises that she has to cancel Maypole this week; she has just become a grandma (for the first time) and will be off to see her new grandson.
VACANCY – RELIEF LUNCHTIME SUPERVISOR
We have a vacancy for a relief lunchtime supervisor to be called on when needed, in term time only.  The hours will be from 12pm until 1.15pm and the rate of pay is £6.38 per hour plus holiday allowance.  No experience is required and full training will be given.  This could lead to more regular hours.
If you are interested please contact Mrs Hulley in the school office on 723354.

VACANCY – RELIEF CATERING ASSISTANT
EATs catering require Catering Assistants to work a minimum of two hours per day, term time only in various schools within the local area.  Full training will be given, experience not necessary.  Applicants will need to be flexible and be willing to travel (travel expenses paid at 45p per mile). Rate of pay is £6.29 per hour, plus holiday supplement. 
If you are interested please contact Mrs Chapman in the school kitchen on 723354

NUTS FOUND IN SCHOOL
The kitchen have alerted us that when they are clearing the food rubbish from the hall that they are finding nuts from packed lunch waste.  We believe they may come from pupils who have pre-packed salads, who are picking out the nuts and throwing them away. However, parents should not be giving pupils ANY NUTS in their lunches as we have children who are severely allergic and these can be life threatening.
Please be vigilant in ensuring you DO NOT give your child Nuts for their lunch / snack.

RECEPTION ‘COME & PLAY SESSIONS’
We would like to remind parents of children in Reception that the classes have some ‘come & play sessions’ soon – Class CH on Thursday 2 May and class KM on Weds 8 May – both sessions run from 2 – 3pm in the classrooms.

CLASS DB ASSEMBLY - Cancelled
Apologies for not removing this from the Diary Dates leaflet, but as previously advised class DB will not be doing an assembly due to the many other Year 6 activities in the last half term.

SEASIDE SPECIAL LUNCH – change to date
This lunch was planned for 11 June, but as it clashes with the KS1 Summer Outing it has now been changed to Monday 10 June.

Still Life Paintings by Class DB

Picasso style by Sam Bell

David Hockney by Jacob

Picasso by Thomas

Hockney by Taylor

Van Gogh by Ronnie

Picasso by Lucas
Still life objects set up by Mrs Turner





Monday, 22 April 2013

ART CLUB SHEEP OFF TO THE SUFFOLK SHOW

Pupils from the Year 3 and Year 4 Art Club have spent recent weeks creating an amazing sheep out of recycled carrier bags, under the direction of Mrs Dwyer (Art co-ordinator), to go on display at the Suffolk Show.  Some of the children above were photographed by the EADT today, and will be in the paper during in the week.