Newsletter 4 2019/2020
YEAR 3 & 4 AT ALTER ROCK
Year 3 and 4 have been visiting Alter Rock as part of our geography learning. Our focus country is Chile and the children have been finding out all about the mountains in Chile and comparing them to those in the UK. The children had a great time learning new skills and finding out what it might be like to climb a mountain.
A new App and website has been launched which aims to cover everything you need to know about school life.
Go to www.schooltoolkit.org or download the App
The school governors and DDAT would like to congratulate Mr Daintith. Following a rigorous interview process, he has been appointed as permanent Head Teacher of Arboretum Primary School.
Last month we held our annual spelling bee, and once again the children amazed us with their spelling abilities. Congratulations to our winners, who all won a dictionary to help them improve even more!
Year 1: Yousuf
Year 2: Salma
Year 3: Faizaan
Year 4: Hano
Year 5: Sahra
Year 6: Hafsah
Our staff winners were Mrs Ferguson (FS & KS1) and Miss Thorton (KS2)
ARBO’S RECOMMENDED READS
Nursery recommend ‘The Great Snortle Hunt’ by Claire Freedman. We had great fun imagining what the Snortle might look like and looking for clues that he’d left behind for us!
Two Year Old Nursery recommend ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. We love this story because, “The snail was sad, then the whale came and they were best friends.” Faiza
Abdul-Ahad from Class 15 recommends , Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney.
‘I would recommended this book because it is funny and there are two brothers who were in a car and pretend that they are being kidnapped!’
It is very important for the children’s learning that they attend school regularly. We monitor attendance, and give out rewards each term for children who have had 100% attendance. We also reward classes for excellent attendance - Class 18 had the best attendance last term, so had a free trip to Oxygen trampoline park. They had a great time!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
17th to 21st February_Half term holiday
17th - 19th February _Holiday activities
24th - 28th February_KS1 visit Derby Cathedral
25th-27th February_Reception checks
9th - 13th March_Science week
Friday 13th March _Book Fair
Wednesday 18th March _Tea & Toast
20th & 23rd March _Y5/6 visit Conkers
Wednesday 25th March_ Class photographs
Thursday 26th March _Year 3/4 Performance
31st March & 1st April_ Parents’ meetings
6th to 17th April _Easter holidays
Monday 20th April_ Back to school
Friday 8th May _May Day holiday
25th - 29th May _Half term holiday
Friday 26th June _Inset Day (school closed)
29th June - 3rd July_ Sports week
7th - 9th July _Common transition days
Thursday 23rd July_ Last day of term
Our two Christmas fundraising activities, Santa Squares and Silence the Teacher, which raised a total of £370. This was split equally between science week activities and Stop Gap charity for the homeless.
This term we had an Australia-themed non-uniform day, and raised £318 to help people affected by the Australian bushfires.
Next try our “Guess the Baby” competition - try to recognise staff from their baby photos! 50p for an entry form from your class teacher.
FUN IN THE PARK
There are some fun activities taking place in Arboretum Park this holiday - everyone welcome!
Family Fun Half term Workshop
Tues 18 Feb, 12-4pm in Heart of the Park building
Spiral Arts creative activities and Derby College Maths and English activities
Saturday 22 Feb, 2-4pm, in Heart of the Park building and pancake racing outside (weather permitting).
See the posters around school for more information.
We have spaces in our 2 Year Old nursery for eligible children. To check whether your child is eligible, come to the office or visit the Derby City Council website https://www.derby.gov.uk/community-and-living/childcare/early-learning/ for more information.
CLUBS FOR NEXT HALF TERM
The following clubs will continue to run after half term. If your child would like to join one of the clubs collect a form from outside the office or from Mr Malooq.