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Friday 3rd May 2024

Message from Mrs Evans

School News

What a busy couple of weeks we have had at St Paul's! It has been great to see our classes starting to go out on their 'places of worship' visits - we are incredibly grateful to each of the local places of worship that have agreed to welcome us.

The Year 6 pupils have had their mock SATs week and have shown such a brilliant attitude towards their learning. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who have been working with them at home in preparation for SATs week. It has also been wonderful to see all of the hardwork on times tables and phonics that has been taking place in Year 4 and Year 1 in preparation for their assessments too. 

We are delighted to let you know that we have been able to borrow some violins from the Kingston Music Service this term, so that children can experience playing this fantastic instrument. Year 2 and Year 3 children have been learning to pluck and bow the strings in their music lessons, concluding with a piece called 'Open Strings Blues'. Children in Years 4-6 will be given the opportunity to sign up for a block of taster lessons with Mrs Walker later in the term. More information about this to follow.

Working with our Community

We have been delighted to welcome a group of Year 10 pupils for work experience this week - some of whom are previous pupils of ours. They have been incredibly helpful and it has been lovely to see them interacting with our pupils and supporting our staff. 

There was great excitement this week when the PSA received a delivery of toys that have been generously donated by Mattel for the tombola at the summer fair. Some of the items sent us on a real trip down memory lane!

The PSA have also managed to secure some fantastic prizes for the raffle which can be seen on the poster below: 

Look out for the tickets coming home in book bags to enter - you have to be in it to win it! 

Wishing you all a restful bank holiday weekend - let's hope for a little bit of sun! See you back in school next week. 

Developing Healthy Online Habits

Balancing Screen Time Guide

We are aware that even our youngest pupils have regular access to devices such as iPads and phones to access activities online. We wanted to share some top tips with families to support them in helping their children to develop a healthy relationship with this technology. Parents and carers can do this by:

  • Setting clear limits on the amount of time that these are being used daily
  • Ensuring that devices are being used in an area that allows adult supervision at all times
  • Discussing with children how to respond if they see something online that they do not like or if they are contacted by someone that they do not know
  • Having regular conversations about what they are accessing
  • Setting boundaries around online device use and bedtime – ensuring that there is a period of time when children are not using these before going to bed.
  • Creating healthy habits, open discussion and clear boundaries early in children's lives is extremely important as it is much harder to put these in place once unhealthy habits have been formed. The following guide gives some suggestion

If you would like any further support with this please see the information on our school website here: Online Safety Advice for Parents

Alternatively, please contact Mrs Evans or Mrs Griffin to arrange a time to discuss this with them further.

With Me in Mind - Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Families

This newsletter is a place where we can share with you: resources, strategies and thoughts to consider. We are keen to reach more families with messages and resources that we use with your children at school. We look forward to receiving feedback on this new venture for us.

  • So what do you want to know more about?
  • Are there challenges that you are facing that you would like to consider differently? Please let us know your thoughts on this  Google Form

In this issue:

A Book:  How we can help ourselves and out children with anxiety. 

A Look:  How anxiety and meaningful relationships impact our children. 

A Hook: Why do we believe we should have all the answers? 

 Book..

Look...

Hook...

Our Mental Health Team...

                   

            Sharon Griffin                   Lianne Cook                  Fahmida Wadud

      Mental Health Lead        Emotional Support      Mental Health Support


PSA Updates

St Paul's PSA: ‘Bringing our school community together to create lifelong memories’

Here are some examples of the fabulous resources that have been purchased for the school through this year's fundraising:

PSA Purchases

The PSA needs your help with 'Match Funding'. They are keen to find a local company who will match fund some of our fundraising to support us in meeting our target to complete the playground work and to put towards our next project - library renovations. If you think that your company could help with this, please contact the PSA. 

Keep a look out for information about other ways in which you can help. Remember to 'SAVE THE DATE' for the PSA Summer Fair: Saturday 18th May. 

Remember to check out our events guide on the PSA page which is a guide for families about what our different events involve and how you can help:

A Guide to PSA Events  

PSA Store

Many of you will have seen our new PSA website. Don't forget to head over to our PSA store to get involved in the latest events using the link below: 

PSA Store

Second Hand Uniform

We have a large amount of good quality second hand uniform available, please use the link below and follow these instructions:

  • Once on the website click on the three lines to the right.
  • Scroll down to ‘find your school’
  • Select Kingston upon Thames as our Local authority.
  • Select St Paul’s C of E KT9 1AJ

Please carefully read the instructions on when to collect your items.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

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Register for Easyfundraising

Click the link above to register to use Easyfundraising - remember to search 'St Paul's Primary School, Chessington' when searching for your cause and turn on the donation reminder. Every little bit helps!


Class News

Reception 

Last week in Reception we were focusing on our number bonds to 10; we used numicons and ten frames to help us with this. We looked at the book 'Dear Zoo', then wrote about an animal from this book adn used our fine motor skills to make a lion, using pom poms and pegs. This week in Reception our theme is 'dinosaurs'. We have been learning facts about dinosaurs and all about fossils. We have made dinosaurs out of pasta, making the skeleton of a dinosaur. Then we have been labelling different types of dinosaurs while practising our cutting and sticking skills.

Reception Newsletter

Year 1

In Year 1 we have started writing all about tigers. We have been thinking of lots of different adjectives to describe how tigers look and have also been using our senses to describe what a rainforest might be like to walk through. In RE we have continued learning about Judaism and enjoyed looking at a lot of different important items linked to this. In Science we went on a weed hunt around the school grounds and used a tally chart to count the different weeds we could find in our playground; we found that daisies were the ones that we found most of. In Geography we looked at whale sharks and the reasons why they migrate through the year. 

Year 1 Newsletter

Year 2

Year 2 have learnt about the stories of famous explorers, Ibn Battuta and Captain Cook, and considered how they are similar and how they are different. In maths we have enjoyed finding different ways to solve addition and subtraction problems, particularly by applying our understanding of tens and ones. We have written some fantastic desert setting descriptions in English, including lots of adjectives, commas in a list and thinking about the senses. We have continued learning about plants in Science, and have identified the features of inside seeds and bulbs. We have also studied the features of plants that grow in habitats such as deserts and places that are very cold. 

Year 2 Newsletter

Year 3

In Year 3 this week in Geography, we have been learning more about the different types of climates around the world and their location in relation to the equator. In Science, we have been continuing with our study of plants. We have discovered the work of the agriculturalist George Washington Carver and discussed how his work is still impacting on us today. In English, we have been learning the differences between formal and informal writing and have written formal letters of complaint to our local MP which we hope to share with him next week. In Maths, we have been using counters to support our learning. We have imagined situations that would need us to scale up or scale down and used the counters to represent the maths problems that we were solving.

Year 3 Newsletter

Year 4

This week Year 4 have been writing play scripts about our story 'Oliver and the Sea Wigs'. We looked at setting the scene and using stage directions. Year 4 are looking forward to acting our scene out next week in groups! We’ve started looking at our new topic – Sikhism - in RE and are getting ready for our trip. In Science, we are looking at invertebrates and how they are classified and we learnt about Libbie Hyman – a zoologist who studied vertebrates. We even went on an invertebrate hunt! We have continued our learning focused on coasts in Geography and looked at the human and physical features of the seaside.

Year 4 Newsletter

Year 5

Year 5 have had another fantastic couple of weeks. We have been producing pieces of writing based on The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates. We have really enjoyed the book and have all written fantastic recounts. In Maths, we have moved on to working with decimals. It has been good to work on our reasoning and problem solving during this. We have also been on a class trip to the Kingston Mosque. Finally, in DT, we have started creating our marble runs and are very excited to see how they turn out. 

Year 5 Newsletter

Year 6

This week, Year 6 have been working hard on their mock SATs. We've worked on strategies to stay focused, mindful and resilient. We've worked on collaborative learning through our indoor PE unit creating circuits and boxexcerise routines. We also started our new topic on journeys where we reflected on special or significant journeys in our own life (both in school and outside). We reflected on the fact that the journey itself could be more memorable or valuable than the final destination; many of us reflected on Hindleap and the challenges it helped us to overcome. We also thought about how pilgrimages play an important part in world religions. We have started to think about why we need pilgrimages if God is omnipresent. 

Year 6 Newsletter


Team Points

Congratulations to Diamonds and Year 3 who were the Team Points winners for the week beginning 22nd April, and to Sapphires and Year 5 who were the Team Points winners for the week beginning 29th April. 

Wider Community News and Events

Junior Parkrun comes to Chessington

The Junior Parkrun is a 2k fun run which takes place weekly at many different locations across the country. We are excited to announce that they have launched a weekly event at Lovelace Primary School on Sundays at 9am. It is a free event, but you do need to register in advance using the link here:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/lovelaceprimaryschool-juniors/

It would brilliant to hear about some of our families taking part!

 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt comes to Kingston

In partnership with Wild in Art and Walker Books, Kingston First is thrilled to announce the Bear Trail, inspired by Michael Rosen's iconic children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt. A free public trail that promises an enchanting journey through art, adventure, and community engagement.


From 29 March to 7 June 2024, the Kingston Bear Hunt Trail will be open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, inviting residents, workers and visitors to explore Kingston's streets, and landmarks in search of these captivating bear sculptures. Each bear, uniquely designed by ten different artists will showcase never-before-seen artwork from 5 of the sculptures. The bears capture light-hearted and thought-provoking themes, including diversity, sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, and more.

 

Celebrate Chessington - Thursday 30th May

 

Cancer Research Good As New Sale

Attendance Information

Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

95.84%

94.29% 95.77% 96.29% 94.68% 96.03% 96.56%
Whole School National

95.62%

94.9%

Holidays in Term Time

We would like to remind all parents that holidays during term time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. Families may be asked to meet with Mrs Evans before their form is signed and/or may receive a letter from the school outlining the impact of their absence in line with our attendance strategy. Please see further information on the school website by following this link:

Attendance Information


Safeguarding Information

What if I have a Safeguarding Concern?

A reminder to parents and carers that if you have a safeguarding concern about a child this should be brought to Mrs Evans (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Griffin (Deputy DSL).

There is lots of information on the school’s website to support parents in keeping their children safe (particularly linked to online safety) which can be found by clicking on the link below:

Safeguarding Information 

Road Safety Around Our School

We ask that parents and carers are considerate of the other members of both our school and local community when parking for drop off and collection. Please do not park on yellow lines or on the corners of local roads - markings have been placed on the road in spots where it will become dangerous if a vehicle stops. Parking in these places makes it very difficult for families to check that roads are safe for crossing and we are aware that this also applies to our Year 6 pupils who are walking home alone. Please leave time to find a suitable place to park safely and work with us to make the local roads as safe as possible for our pupils and families.

Key School Policies

Please take some time to familiarise yourself with our School Policies: 'Separated Parents Policy' and 'Communication and Conduct Policy'. These have been put together in consultation with the governing body who have now adopted these. Click on the links below to access them; they can also be accessed on the 'policies' page of the school's website.

;Separated Parents Policy Communication and Conduct Policy 

Key Dates for Your Diary

 New or changes to dates shown in blue

  • Mon 6th May: Bank Holiday (School Closed)
  • Weds 8th May: Class Reps Meeting at 10am
  • Thurs 9th May: School Nurse Parent/Carer Drop-in Session
  • Thurs 9th May: Ed Davey Visiting the School
  • Fri 10th May: Reception Bocketts Farm Trip
  • Mon 13th May: Year 6 SATs Week
  • Fri 17th May: PSA Donation Day - Homewmade Cakes/Soft Drinks
  • Fri 17th May: Reception visit to St Paul's church
  • Fri 17th May: Year 6 SATs Celebration
  • Sat 18th May: PSA Summer Fair
  • Tues 21st May: Year 3 Freshwater Workshop
  • Tues 21st May: Work Share - 3:15pm - 4:15pm
  • Weds 22nd May: Year 3 Hindu Temple Visit
  • Thurs 23rd May: Year 4 Sikh Temple Visit
  • Fri 24th May: End of Half-Term 3:15pm Finish
  • Mon 3rd June: INSET Day (School Closed to Pupils)
  • Tues 4th June: Children Return
  • Tues 4th June: Year 6 Transition Event at King's Centre (change of date)
  • Tues 4th June: Year 3 and Year 4 Final Swimming 
  • Mon 10th June: Reception and Year 2 (final session) Swimming
  • Weds 12th June: Year 2 Sealife Centre Trip
  • Thurs 13th June: Year 5 Dragon Boating at Albany Reach
  • Mon 24th June: Class Reps Meeting at 10am
  • Weds 26th June: KS2 Sports Day - 9:15am - 12:00pm
  • Mon 8th July: Year 5 Taster Day at Chessington School
  • Thurs 11th July: KS1 Sports Festival (morning) - timings to be confirmed for individual classes
  • Thurs 11th July: Year 3 Freshwater Workshop
  • Fri 12th July: Year 6 Leavers' Service at Southwark Cathedral
  • Mon 15th July: Final Clubs this week
  • Mon 15th July: Year 5 & Year 6 Production at 2:00pm
  • Tues 16th July: Year 5 & Year 6 Production at 5:30pm
  • Weds 24th July: Year 6 Leavers' Service at St Paul's Church - 9:15am
  • Weds 24th July: Year 6 Leavers' Assembly at St Paul's School - 10:15am
  • Weds 24th July: End of Term 2:00pm Finish

Calendar 

Remember to visit the calendar page using the link above and to link our school calendar to the calendar no your phone for automatic updates.