Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 3 - Spring Term 24th January 2020
Monday 27th January
Year 6 Elder & Willow classes visit the Clapham Magistrates' Court
Tuesday 28th January
Year 4 visit Tate Britain
Wednesday 29th January
Year 6 Hawthorn & Oak classes visit the Clapham Magistrates' Court
Thursday 30th January
Year 2 Heather class assembly at 9.00 am in the Large Hall
Friday 31st January
Nursery Cake Sale at 3.00 pm
Monday 3rd February
Year 6 Oak class visit the Houses of Parliament
Tuesday 4th February
Year 3 Beech & Elm classes visit the Natural History Museum
Thursday 6th February
Year 2 Bracken class assembly at 9.00 am in the Large Hall
Maths Workshop for Reception parents at 9.00 - 10.00 am in the Small Hall
Arts Week Exhibition - school open from 3.30 - 5.00 pm
Friday 7th February
Arts Week Exhibition - school open from 3.30 - 5.00 pm
PSA Cinema Night at 5.25 pm in the Large Hall (for children in Years 3 - 6)
Tuesday 11th February
Year 5 visit the British Museum
Wednesday 12th February
Year 6 attend the Junior Citizenship Programme at Chessington
Thursday 13th February
Year 3 Beech class assembly at 9.00 am in the Large Hall
School tour for prospective Nursery parents, 9.30 - 11.00 am
Year 3 Rowan class visit the Natural History Museum
Friday 14th February
Last day of the half term - school closes at the usual time
Year 6 Cake Sale at 3.00 pm
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
HALF TERM HOLIDAY
Monday 24th February
Children return to school
Wednesday 26th February
Year 6 Hawthorn class visit the Houses of Parliament
Key dates for the 2019/2020 academic year are posted on the website here.
Please lock up your bike!
If your child cycles to school, please ensure that their bike is securely locked. We have noticed a number of children leaving their bikes unlocked in the staff bike rack, outside school reception. Bikes left here are very vulnerable to theft – please encourage your child to use the bike racks near the junior playground gates as this area of the school is secured during the school day. Thank you.
Please make sure that your child has a refillable water bottle with them in school every day. They can fill them up at the water dispenser in school or the water fountains in the playground.
Year Group Newsletters
AFC Triple P Programme
AFC Time Out for Parents Programme
Achieving for Children are hosting two different educational programmes for parents and carers with children aged between 5 and 12 years old: ‘Triple P’ and ‘Time out for parents’. Both these programmes run for six weekly sessions. ‘Triple P’ starts on Tuesday 25th February in Surbiton at 6.30 pm and ‘Time out for parents’ on Thursday 27th in Chessington at 10.00 am. For further information, please see the attached leaflets.
It’s Bug Busting day on 31st January!
We’ve detected head lice in most year groups across the school. Please check your child this weekend. The NHS recommends the wet combing method – not chemical lotions – and you can find their detailed advice here.
You can also have a look at the Bug Busting website run by the charity, Community Hygiene Concern. Bug Busting is a head louse detection and eradication method that doesn’t relying on products containing neuro-toxic pesticides or other expensive ingredients, just a specially designed combs and your usual shampoo and conditioner.
Arts Week...it’s been about discovering the 'Art of Mathematics’
Each year group has explored a variety of artists and styles of art, linking their work to different mathematical activities.
Nursery and Reception children have been reading the book ‘The Dot’ to aid their investigation of circles and Year 4 have examined the ‘magic of the circle’, turning circles into spheres and holes with sketching! Across the school, the children have been practising using a pair of compasses and emulating both classical and contemporary artists including Kandinsky, Goldsworthy, Delaunay, Mondrian and Klee. Year 6 have been inspired by the mathematician Fibonacci, using the Fibonacci number sequence to design circles and spirals. Children have researched shape and symmetry too in Year 3, scaling miniature chocolate bars and creating pictures using fractions, right angles, horizontal and vertical lines. Pattern and symmetry have been the focus for children in Year 1 and 2 who have been printing with blocks and creating arrays.Year 5 have tested their mental maths with colour by number using mathematical equations and trying out some 'random art' to create a huge pixelated display where no two pieces are the same...we can’t wait to see the end result!
The children’s work will be on display in the classrooms and corridors and you are warmly invited to come into school for the Arts Week Exhibition on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th February from 3.30 pm. Have a look at the Arts Week Gallery on our website for a taster of some of the amazing pieces you will see.
Be a Big Book Booster!
Big Book Boost is The Book People’s brand new fundraising scheme. Every time you place an order with The Book People for over £10, they will donate £1 to Fern Hill for us to spend on books for the children’s classrooms and libraries. Please spread the word – anyone can place an order and select Fern Hill for a book boost!
If you’d like to find out more about Big Book Booster, please click here for The Book People’s FAQs page.
How can you be a Big Book Booster?
Go to The Book People’s web page here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and in the ‘Choose your school’ search bar, type in ‘Fern Hill’. Select ‘Fern Hill Primary School’ and click on ‘choose school’. Then click on ‘Continue shopping’ and you are all good to go!
Thank you for helping the children to get their hands on – and heads into – even more great books!
We’re delighted that Pleiades, Masquerade Theatre Arts and Mother Nature Science are back with us this coming February half term!
Pleiades are running a week long multi sport camp from Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February.
Fantastic workshops from Masquerade and Mother Nature Science are also available to book. Masquerade are running two different activities: a Frozen adventure for 4 - 6 year olds and a Roald Dahl themed workshop for children aged 7 and over, both on Wednesday 19th February and Thursday 20th February, and Mother Nature Science are running a Science Whizz! five day activity camp from Monday 17th - Friday 21st February.
You can find more information about these activities, including how to book, on our website here.
The overall winner this week is RICHMOND
PSA News & Events
KS2 Cinema Night – Friday 7th February – tickets now sold out
Thank you to all those who bought tickets for this year’s KS2 Cinema Night showing School of Rock and we’re sure it’s going to be a great evening. Tickets are now sold out, but if we receive any returns, we will update parents as soon as possible.
There is a pyjama party theme to the evening, so children are welcome to come in their onesies or PJs if they choose to, although this is optional! Children will need to bring a printed copy of their ticket with them on the night. Tickets will be exchanged for a hotdog (meat or vegetarian) and a drink of squash. Additional drinks, popcorn and vegan-friendly sweets will be available for purchase on the night at £1 per item. Please send your child in with some cash if you would like them to be able to buy anything extra. Water will be available and can be topped up for free. Please can children also bring their own refillable drinks bottle to cut down on plastic waste.
Doors open at 5.25pm and collection is at 8.00pm.
Please be aware that a responsible adult will need to bring your child, sign them in and collect them from the school hall. Tree Tops staff cannot sign children in. Any child arriving without a parent/carer/adult responsible for signing them in will necessitate a phone call for permission. Please bear with us while we check the children in and out – it is for their safety and security.
We understand that some of the older children may want to bring their mobile phones. However, we strongly recommend that they leave them at home – any phone seen being used during the film will be looked after until the child is collected. Children will be supervised throughout the event by parent helpers and teachers.
Volunteers needed for Cinema Night please
To help Cinema Night run smoothly, we do need plenty of parent volunteers. You don’t need to volunteer for the whole evening: volunteers are especially needed to help set up the event from 4.30pm to 5.15pm, to help sign children in from 5.25pm to 5.45pm and to help sign children out and clear up from 8.00pm to 8.35pm. If you can help at any of those slots, or for the whole evening, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org All volunteers are very much appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
Fern Hill PSA
Well done to Year 3 who have the best year group attendance this week.
The Attendance Cup is awarded to Larch class this week with 100% attendance - well done!
|Year||Attendance %||Star Year ★|
|Year 3||98.1%||★ Star Year ★|