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Newsletter 4 2019/2020

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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.

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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!

FS2: Phoebe

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)



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!


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.


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

Pancake Fun 

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 for more information.


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.