Tuesday 31st January
Beech Class parent assembly 2.45pm
Friday 3rd February
PSA Cinema night (KS2)
Tuesday 7th February
Yr4 swimming meeting for parents 9.15am
Yr3 Rowan class parent assembly 2.45pm
Friday 10th February
Break for Half Term
Thursday 2nd March
World Book Day
Friday 3rd February - Cinema Night
Don’t forget, tickets go on sale on Monday for Cinema Night where we will be showing the latest release of the Jungle Book. Doors will open at 5.30pm for pizza, and the film will run from 6.00 – 7.45 pm. Tickets, priced at £2.50, will be on sale outside school reception at drop off, the ticket price includes a slice of pizza and a drink. Numbers are limited so it’s first come, first served! Parents, please note that Cinema Night is for KS2 children only. The film is PG rated.
Friday 27th January - Coffee Morning
The PSA are hosting a Coffee Morning after drop off, in the Small Hall. Pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit or two. Everyone welcome.
It seems a long time ago now, but the PSA would like to thank again all the parents, children and staff who helped at the Christmas Fair last term and who came along to support it. Our total Christmas fundraising, the fair and the Christmas tree sale - raised an amazing £3,640 for school funds; brilliant news to start the new year!
Nursery Tours & Applications
Application forms for Nursery are available from the school office. The closing date for applications to Nursery is 10th March 2017. We have two remaining dates available for nursery tours;
March 7th 1.45pm
March 9th 9.30am
Want to get into teaching?
If you are interested in teacher training courses offered at Kingston University, take a look at the attached Flyer for details about their forthcoming open day.
Nut Free School reminder
Please ensure that ANY food that comes in to school is completely free from nuts. This includes, lunches, snacks, cakes for cake sales, and any staff gifts or food donations.
Half Term Activities
Please see attached poster from Fit for Sport for details of the half term activity club.
Albany Outdoors are running an array of adventure activities for 11-18 year old's from their center on the River Thames off Albany Park Road, Kingston.
For booking & further information call: 020 8891 7537
Science activity for half term with Mother Nature Science Camp. See attached poster for details.
Masquerade Theatre Arts are running half term workshops at Fern Hill, please see their website for details.
Keep up to date with news and activities from Fern Hill by following us on Twitter. @FernHillPrimary
Click the icon below to link to our page.
We are going to trial using the current communications noticeboard (which is outside by the bicycle racks) as a local information board. If you would like to advertise any relevant events, activities, services or items for sale then please email details to the office (email@example.com) attaching posters, flyers or photo's and we will endeavour to display them for you if it's suitable. If you need to deliver a hard copy please post in the communications box in reception for the attention of Mrs Hawkins.
Virtual Expeditions in the Classroom
On Wednesday our KS1 & KS2 children were fortunate enough to experience virtual reality with the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme who visit selected schools around the UK.
Expeditions is a virtual reality app built especially for the classroom. Each Expedition was run by the class teachers using a tablet, teachers guided their students on the expedition using virtual reality viewers. The children experienced expeditions on Mountains, Volcanoes & Under the Sea.
Yew Class - On Wednesday, we had an exciting opportunity to enter the world of Virtual Reality. The 'oohs' and 'aahs' could be heard throughout the school as the children explored and investigated sights from around the world. The children were transported onto the banks of the River Thames, to get a 360 degree view of buildings such as St Paul's Cathedral, and Tower Bridge. From there, we whisked them to the River Amazon, where they could identify the differences between the two rivers, seeing first hand how much wider and more forested Amazonia is.
Rhea said " I think it was quite educational. It's good that you don't have to go there to see different things." Noah said" It was like you were actually there."
Below are the dates for next months parent consultations and details of when the online booking system will be available.
Nursery - Year 6. Wednesday 22nd February 4-7pm
Nursery - Year 5. Thursday 23rd February 2.30-6pm (school closes at 2pm)
Nursery only - Monday 20th February 2.30pm
Year 6 only - Tuesday 21st February 2.50-6pm (revised date to accommodate Houses of Parliament trip)
The booking systems will be available from 7pm on January 29th and will close for bookings at 2pm on 9th February.
Tuesday 21st February 2.50-5pm Year 6 only
Thursday 23rd February 2.30-4.30pm Year 5 only
If you wish to arrange a separate meeting with Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Stephenson, or Mrs. Herry this can be done via the school office.
* Note Cornflower class is not included in these dates due to Mrs Farr's maternity leave.
Another reminder about Smart Watches
As mentioned in our last newsletter, we feel it is inappropriate for our children to be wearing fitness tracking devices and smart watches to school. It can be distracting for children and their teachers, and we will not take responsibility for any damage or loss to these items. We support the wearing of an analogue watch to school but if you child is seen wearing a smart watch or similar it will be confiscated by the class teacher and returned at the end of the school day.
Learning Maps & Year Group Presentations
You will find the new Spring learning maps and the parent curriculum meeting presentations for each year group on our website under the Year Group section.
The house with the most points awarded this week is Kingston
Maths Week News
What a week! All children and staff have been fully engrossed in Maths Week and have learnt so much. There have been workshops led by Thorpe Park, London SeaLife, Secret Escape Room, Barclays Bank and Architecture designs, which have truly captured enthusiasm and creativity. Visits to the local supermarket also took place, where children had the opportunity to apply their maths into real life scenarios.
Competition winners for the tickets to Thorpe Park and SeaLife will be announced in due course.
Thank you to the parents that came to the workshop on Maths Mastery/Home Learning today, we hope you found it truly beneficial.
Please do come into school and see our Maths Week display opposite the office which will be up for the next few weeks.
Design a Christmas Stamp
Imagine having your design on the 2017 Christmas Stamp. Royal Mail are running a competition for children aged 4-11 to design this years festive stamp.
The competition theme is ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’. Children can design an image that best describes what the festive period means to them.
Two lucky winners will see their designs made into one of the 1st or 2nd Class Christmas stamps for 2017. The winning designs will be approved by Her Majesty the Queen and used on millions of Christmas cards during the festive season.
Overall winners can win £1000 of vouchers for their family and £1000 for school!
Entries need to be on the Royal Mail entry form and brought in to school by Monday February 27th 2017. You can download the entry form attached to the bottom of this newsletter, or pick one up from the school reception area.
Further details from Royal Mail can be found here.
Are you a Grandparent missing out on National Insurance Credits?
The news that's currently hitting the headlines is about working-age grandparents who could qualify for National Insurance credits for looking after children under 12 years, which could boost their state pension.
It means that if a mother goes back to work after the birth of a child, she can sign a form that allows a grandparent or other family member to receive NI credits for looking after the child, provided the child is under the age of 12.
If you think this could affect you or a family member, you can find further details at
It is already time to order school lunches for the second half of the Spring term! Please can we have your completed orders (all year groups) and payment (KS2 only) in by Monday 30th January.
Once again order forms can be found on our website, and a limited number of printed order forms in the school reception area for those who don’t have access to a computer.
Our themed lunch next half term will be on Thursday 9th March, when we will be offering our ‘Rainbow Lunch’ to tie in with Arts Week, incorporating lots of healthy colourful fruit and vegetables.
The allergen folder, located in the school reception area, has been updated with the new menu for your information. If your child has any food allergies you are advised to complete a ‘Special Dietary Needs’ form and arrange a meeting with our cook, Vicky, before ordering.
If your child had a school lunch credit balance at the end of the last term, you will receive a paper copy of your credit balance in the next few days. Don’t forget to use your credit balance in your payment calculation on your lunches order form for the next term. If you have any difficulties with this, please don’t hesitate to call or email firstname.lastname@example.org.