Dodgeball / Basketball Club

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 25th May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have finally made it to the end of another half term and what a busy one it has been. We have had lots of wonderful assemblies and workshops. Even today, the children in Year 4 travelled back to Anglo Saxon times where they fully immersed themselves in this period of history. On Wednesday, we also had a brilliant science day where the children spent the day investigating many different topics such as: tree classification, yeast experiments, magnetic forces and air resistance, DNA and genetics. A fantastic fun packed day was had by all!

Stackpole Assembly- Due to time restraints ,the Year 6 Stackpole assembly that was scheduled for Monday 11th June will now take place at the later date of Monday 25th June at 9.10am. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

PTA Dates- 10 June – St Albans Fun Run (Please remember to add the school name when signing up to this event.)

IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

Monday 4th June – INSET DAY

Wednesday 6th June – Year 3 trip to Celtic Harmony

Wednesday 6th June – 10.30 – The Amazing 8 visit Grace Muriel Care Home

Thursday 7th June – 7.00pm – Federation meeting at the Juniors.

Friday 8th June 9.30  Sports day – Picnic lunch- Those children who normally have school dinners are provided with a lunch by the kitchen. Similar to the Infant school, children can go home after sports day.

Sunday 10th – 10.00anm – Fun run – Don’t forget to sign up !

Have a happy and blessed half term holiday. See you all on Tuesday 5th June for lots more learning and fun in the last half term of the year.

Kind regards,

Mrs Porter –  Acting Headteacher

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 18th May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

First Holy Communion – Well done to all those children who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday. It was lovely to see all of the children looking so smartly dressed. It was a very important day in their Catholic lives as they now join with the rest of the school to celebrate the Eucharist. I hope you all had a wonderful day of celebrations afterwards – despite the weather. Thank you to anyone who helped prepare the children for this special occasion and thank you to the parents for supporting them through this Sacrament of Initiation.

Year 6 SATS – They are finally over for another year! The children all worked tremendously hard to prepare themselves for the tests and whatever the outcome, myself, Mrs King , Mr Jewels  and Mrs Selkirk are all very proud of what they have achieved this year. As you all know, these tests do not define them and we understand that, however, they are a sad necessity that unfortunately has to take place and we hope that we helped prepare them well enough. We value the children for all of their talents, not just their academic abilities. We all hope that they will leave Ss Alban and Stephen School remembering more than just SATs. They have had many fun and uplifting experiences here and hopefully many more to come. I am now very much looking forward to their end of year show, which I had a little taster of today. I truly believe ‘We Will Rock You!’ Year 6, have a restful weekend – you deserve it!

Get Your Grown Ups Gardening – TOMORROW I know it is the royal wedding tomorrow and some of you may be busy , but please, if you can spare some time, come down and give as little or a lot to help out between 9.00am and 1.00pm. Let’s spruce up our school! Thank you so much for the kind donations of plants and soil that have already arrived, it is much appreciated!

Piano lessons – I have been approached by a piano tutor to see if there were would be any interest for piano tuition in school. We already have so many opportunities for other instruments but not piano. If you would be interested in a place, I have attached a flyer. Please do not contact the school rather, contact Mrs Beart directly and dependant on the demand, we may start lessons in September. I will update you further at a later date.

School parking-  I would like to remind you that parents are not permitted to drive into the school carpark. The only exception would be if your child has a serious injury that requires them to be dropped at the office entrance. This is to ensure that there is no congestion in the car park. It is important that this rule is adhered to by all parents.

Dinner Money –There are still a number of outstanding dinner money debts from this half term. Please could all remaining balances be cleared by Wednesday at the latest.

Safeguarding – If you need to visit the school during lesson time for any reason, it is important that you report to the office staff who can then either deliver the message or collect your child. Please do not attempt to go directly to the classroom.

Fun Run- On Friday 25th May, the children are permitted to wear their St Albans Fun Run T shirt to school if they have one from last year. (Wear normal uniform on the bottom please.) If you haven’t already, remember to sign up for the fun run which takes place on Sunday 10th June at 10.00am in Verulamium Park – St Albans. Please mention our school as there is a cash prize to the school with the highest number of entries. The deadline to enter is Tuesday 5th June.

PTA News –The PTA would like to thank all those volunteers who gave up their time to help at the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on Saturday. It was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without their help.For more PTA news and upcoming events please do have a read of our summer term newsletter or refer to the PTA webpage https://ssasinfants.herts.sch.uk/pta/

PTA Dates- 10 June – St Albans Fun Run (Please remember to add the school name when signing up to this event.)

IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

Saturday 19th May – Get Your Grown Ups Gardening

Monday 21st May – 9.10am – Class 7 Assembly

Wednesday 23rd May – Whole School Science Day

Friday 25th May – Year 4 Anglo-Saxon Day

Friday 25th May – Wear your 2017 Fun Run T shirt to school

Friday 25th May – 10.00am – Federation meeting for all parents at the Infant School

Have a great weekend. Hope to see you tomorrow for ‘Get Your Grown Ups Gardening’.

Kind regards,

Mrs Porter – Acting Headteacher

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Dodgeball Competition As some of you may know, we have a dodgeball club which runs at lunch time and is very well attended by many children. A while back, the children entered a competition and had a great day out competing against other schools in St Albans. Mrs Hayman, who took her daughter Gabby to compete said, “Although they didn’t win, they all played very well and displayed good and honest sportsmanship.” This is always great to hear, that the children, although perhaps not winning, are still being gracious in their defeat. Our club hasn’t been running very long so there is still plenty of opportunities to develop and who knows, maybe win a few trophies in the future. Well done to our Dodgeballers!!!

Get you grown-ups gardening   – Saturday 19th May 9.00am-1.00pm   – Refreshments provided

Calling all Green fingers!!

Spring is well and truly underway and our school garden areas need a bit of a tidy up so, we would like your help. I am by no means an expert gardener so help in all forms will be greatly welcomed!

If you have the time, please come along to school next Saturday 19th May and help spruce it up!  If you could bring your own gardening equipment and let the office/ class teacher know that you can help, that would be great.

This year, if I may be so bold, I would like to make a request. I wondered, if possible we could have a donation of some plants/ potted trees / soil etc so that we could brighten our gardens up a bit. We have several empty hanging baskets that are just waiting to be filled and some beds full of weeds that are crying out for colour.

With budgets being so tight, we can’t afford these luxuries so this is where we hope to call on the goodwill of our parents. I also believe that in previous years the seats were painted around the planters – these too are looking a little worn. If anyone knows where the paint was supplied from last time then we could give the seats a nice lift.

If you would like to donate anything please bring them to the school before Friday 18th May ready for planting on Saturday 19th or bring them along on the day.

Longer term, I would potentially like to develop a forest school area at the bottom of the playground near the Camp Road, so anything that doesn’t get planted could be used for this space. It is a project that I am considering so if anyone would like to get involved with that on a shoe string budget then please, let me know. I think it could be a welcome addition to our grounds and the school curriculum.

Cultural and Social Responsibility.

Whilst I am in the way of asking for help, I wondered if any of our parent community would be able to assist us. As you know, the school is in need of a good lick of paint and some new doors to help brighten the place up. If any of the companies that you work for would be interested in helping their local community by volunteering time and services to refresh the tired paint and doors in our school, we would be forever indebted. I genuinely feel that if the school had a ‘facelift’ that it would encourage our children to take even more pride in their surroundings and themselves and could inspire them to always strive to do their best.I thank you all in advance for any assistance that you can give. Please contact the school if you or anyone you know can help.  It would be great for us to join as a community to help benefit the school and essentially our children, who are at the heart of it all.

Federation information sessions

On Wednesday 16th May, you will receive a letter via Parentmail from both Governing Bodies outlining information about the federation. There will be 2 information sessions held which can be attended by staff and parents from both schools.The morning session will be held at the Infant school on Friday 25th May at 10.00 am and the evening session will be held at the Junior School on Tuesday 7th June at 7.00pm. You need only attend 1- whichever is the most convenient for you.This will be your opportunity to speak to the Governors and ask them any questions regarding the federation.

PTA News

On the 12th of May, we will be running our first ever Sausage Sizzle outside Bunnings Warehouse on Hatfield road and need volunteers to run the stall.  If you fancy yourself as a master of the BBQ or if you can sell a cake or two, please contact ssaspta@gmail.com if you think you can help.In addition to sausages, we will be selling cakes and would love some cake donations. These can be left at the school on Friday 11th May alternatively they can be brought to the Bunnings stall on the Saturday morning. Finally, if you are out and about please do drop by and say hello and help support our school.

PTA Dates

12 May  – 8.00am – 5.00pm Bunnings Sausage Sizzle10 June – St Albans Fun Run (Please remember to add the schools name when sIgning up to this event.)

IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

Saturday 12th May – Year 3 First Holy Communion

Monday 14th May – SATS week (No assembly on Monday 14th May)

Wednesday 16th May – Year 5 Natural History Museum trip

Wednesday 16th May – Letter about the federation goes out

Saturday 19th May – Get Your Grown Ups Gardening

Monday 21st May – 9.10am – Class 7 Assembly

Wednesday 23rd May – Whole School Science Day

Friday 25th May – Year 4 Anglo-Saxon Day

Friday 25th May – 10.00am – Federation meeting for all parents at the Infant School

Have a great weekend and God bless our Year 3 children who make their First Holy Communion tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Mrs Porter

Acting Headteacher

Year 6 Parents’ SATs Meeting

Please find below the information presented to parents at the SATs Meeting for Parents together with writing exemplars for working at Expected Standard and working at Greater Depth.  If you wish to discuss anything further please contact your class teacher and we will be happy to explain further.

Year 6 SATs Information Evening 2018

Writing Exemplification – Expected Standard

Writing Exemplification – Greater Depth

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 12th January 2018

The work on the redevelopment of the field is nearly complete. The tarmac was laid very quickly on Monday morning which meant that the rubber surface could be put down early on Tuesday. The carpet fitters are putting the finishing touches to what will become the new pitch ready for the sand and shredded rubber to be poured early next week. The final handover meeting between the school and the contractors takes place next week ready for the children to use the new facility from January 22nd! It has been a very positive experience for the school and we are all very pleased with the way the project has turned out. We are looking forward to playing home football matches in the near future and for the children and community to enjoy the new facility.

We have received the final arrangements for the funeral of Fr Tom Hewitt MSC from the parish office. Please see below for further details. Please remember to send your child to school in a warm coat which is clearly labelled during the cold winter months. The boys football team played against Bowmansgreen on Wednesday and were unfortunately beaten 4 – 0. Keep working hard boys results will come your way with hard work and determination.

 

 

The Words of the week are – NEW START  – How have you started the new year? Where have you allowed God to help you be a new person?

 

 

Funeral Arrangements Fr Tom Hewitt MSC – Arrangements for the funeral of our beloved Fr. Tom are as follows:
Tuesday, 23rd January at 7pm; the coffin will be received into church for Mass.
Wednesday, 24th January at 10am; Requiem Mass will be held, followed by burial at Hatfield Road Cemetery. Parishioners are welcome to attend all or any part of the ceremonies.Light refreshments will be available after services on 23rd and 24th.

Flowers
There will be family flowers and one wreath from the Parish only. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Hospice of St Francis in memory of Fr. Tom. (Website address:www.stfrancis.org.uk, Tel.no.: 01442 869550), Donation envelopes will be available in Church soon.

Book of Condolence
For anyone who would like to record a brief message of sympathy at the passing of Fr Tom,
a book of condolence will be placed near the side altar in Church. The book will be given
to Fr Tom’s family after his funeral.

Parking Arrangements
Parking at church will be reserved for family and visiting priests on both 23rd and 24th January. Parking will be available in Loreto College on the evening of the 23rd but not on the 24th. Parishioners are requested to walk to church or use public transport where possible, or use public car parks.

 

 

 

Care Plans   Please can you remember to send in any outstanding care plans to the school office. If you child has a medical condition and takes medication for it on a regular basis this important document must be completed as soon as possible. 

 

 

 

Attendance – Congratulations to Class 2 who had the best attendance this week with 99.7%

2nd Place – Class 5 – 97.3%

3rd Place – Class 6 – 96%

 

 

Future Dates –  Wednesday 17th January – Year 5 Mass for parents and children 2pm / Girls’ Football v Bowmansgreen

Thursday 17th January – Boys’ Football v Cunningham Hill

Tuesday 23rd January – Receiving of the body of Fr Tom Hewitt MSC to Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Church

Wednesday 24th January – Funeral Mass of Fr Tom Hewitt MSC – 10am  – Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Church

 

 

House Points – Congratulations to the children from MARK who were this week’s winners with 670 points

2nd Place – John 624 points

3rd Place – Matthew 570 points

4th Place – Luke 538 points

 

 

The Big Question – “Can one person change the world?”

 

 

 

 The Weekend Tune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZqCgH9BfqE

 

 

Lead Us Also

Dear God,

As you led the wise men,

may you also lead us –

to the court of heaven,

to the prince of peace,

to the king of love.

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

 

 

 

 

National Curriculum Year 4

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Year 4 Homework

Spring Term Homework Grid – Year 4

Spring Homework Grid for the entire Spring Term.

Year 4 Curriculum Plan 2017/18