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Junior - Weekly email (sent home Friday 15th Feb)

Dear All


Year 4 had a great morning of Benchball at the PE Festival on Tuesday competing against other local schools and supported by Sports Leaders at Amersham School. A special thank you to Mr Newton who visited Year 3 on Thursday afternoon and gave them a fascinating talk about dinosaurs.


Cross Site Reading - the Infant School gave our Year 4, 5 and 6 children a lovely welcome when they went to the Infant School for a half hour of reading today. All of the children seemed to really enjoy spending time together - even the siblings! 


Chimp Management and Metacognition: It was great to see Prof Steve Peters, author of the series of books exploring how to understand your brain, on the One Show this week. 

Our school began working with Professor Peters and his team six years ago when we trained staff to use and apply his model of managing your brain and emotions. Four years ago we began our program of supporting the children at school to better understand how their brains work. This approach to learning is central to our school ethos as understanding ourselves is really important if we want to be happy and successful. If you’d like to learn more about Dr Peters’ work please watch the One Show from 13th February (available on BBC iPlayer) His interview is in the last 15 mins of the program. I am excited about his new book  ‘My Hidden Chimp’ and I’m looking forward to our next training day after Easter when we will be revisiting our ‘Chimp’ training and further exploring strategies to support your children.

Gardening - for all those keen gardeners out there, the class gardening competition is fast approaching... the start date and judging criteria will be announced soon! Please get in touch with your class teachers to offer your support!


Parents evening - the booking system is now open for Parents Evenings - an impressive 50% of parents had already booked appointments by 3pm today!


Parking near Milton's Restaurant - we have been asked, by a local resident, to remind parents and carers  not to park on the double yellow lines outside Milton's Restaurant and not to block the pavement or resident's cars parked outside the restaurant. The parking area outside Milton's restaurant is private parking.


Year 3 - Shortenills trip - thank you to those of you who have made a donation for this trip - we can confirm that this trip will go ahead. 


Year 4 - Saxon day workshop - we can confirm that this workshop day in school will go ahead. Thank you for all of your donations.


Year 4 - Spring term topic pack is now on the Year 4 class website page


Year 6 - please note that the SAT’s papers will be going home after half term for this practice  and after the Easter holidays for the next practice test.


Monday 25th February

  • Arts Week in School

  • Violin and cello lessons with Mrs Priestley in the IT Meeting Room or Main Hall - 09:30 to 12:00 approx

  • Homework Club in the IT Suite with Mrs English - 12:20 to 13:00 (drop in session for any pupils that need time to do homework)

  • Drum lessons with MD Drumlab in the IT Meeting Room - 13:00 to 15:30

  • Gymnastics Parkour Ninja Club Club with Burnham Gymnastics in the Main Hall - club finishes at 16:30    


Tuesday 26th February

  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)

  • Maths Club in the IT Suite with Mrs Crosbie - 08:15 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)

  • No Drama Club today 

  • PFO Football Club with PFO in the Main Hall - club finishes at 16:45  


Wednesday 27th February

  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)

  • Maths Club in the IT Suite with Mrs Crosbie - 08:15 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)

  • Piano lessons with Mrs Downie in the IT Meeting Room - 12:10 to 15:30

  • Swimming lessons for Acer Class - afternoon

  • Cheerleading Club in Dining Hall/Main Hall with Lizzie Rawlinson - times vary depending on age - 15:45 to 16:45 or 15:00 to 18:00 

  • Football Club with Mr Holmes (for Year 5 and 6 only) in Main Hall - club finishes at 16:45   


Thursday 28th February

  • Spanish Club with El Club Espanol in Art Room - 12:50 to 13:20 (children in this club to go for first sitting of lunch)

  • Guitar lessons with Mr Norton in the IT Meeting Room - 12:20 to 15:00  

  • Cookery club - after school club in the Dining Hall run by Smart Raspberry - club finishes at 16:30

  • Homework Club in the IT Suite - Teacher Led (for Invited pupils only) - club finishes at 16:30  


Friday 1st March

  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45

  • Woodwind lesson with Mrs Wayman in the IT Meeting Room - 12:45 to 13:15

  • Orchestra visiting school this afternoon - no afternoon readers please

  • Street Dance Club with Tuffney Dance in Main Hall - club finishes at 16:15 


Future Dates:

Tuesday 5th March - Year 5 to attend 11:30 Songs of Praise Service at Village Church


Wednesday 6th March - Football match away v Iver for invited team (tbc)


Thursday 7th March - World Book Day - children to dress up as a book character (please note not film characters please - more details after half term)

Thursday 7th March - Junior Parents Evening

Friday 8th March -  Year 4 Saxon Day 


Friday 8th March - New school disco date - existing tickets are all valid and PTA have given details on Classlist. There are some tickets available on a first come first served basis - please use previous forms and drop in with - anybody with a ticket who can’t make the new date can you return the ticket to the PTA box for a refund and that ticket will then be offered for sale.

Monday 11th March - Junior Parents Evening


Tuesday 12th March - Year 3 Day Trip to Shortenills for Stone Age Day activities


Friday 15th March - Comic Relief Day - children may wear red noses and red themed costumes for Comic Relief for a suggested £1 donation to Comic Relief


Tuesday 19th March - Year 4 Davenies Football Festival for invited team


Tuesday 26th March - Year 4 PE Festival - Frisbee at Amersham School


Wednesday 27th March - Year 5 Churches visit


Wednesday 27th March - Year 4 assembly - parents are invited to attend this assembly which will be held in the Main Hall and which will last about 20 to 30 minutes


Wednesday 27th March - Music and Arts Evening - details to be sent out after half term


Friday 29th March - PTA Dad's to School afternoon


Monday 1st April - Year 4 day trip to Neasden Temple


Monday 1st and Wednesday 3rd April - Year 6 Practice SATS days


Tuesday 2nd April - Year 5 PE Festival - Yoga & Boogie Bounce at Amersham School

Tuesday 2nd April - Year 6 to attend 11:30 Songs of Praise Service at Village Church

Friday 5th April - End of spring term - school closes at 2:15pm


Have a lovely Half Term holiday