Letters

Dates for your diary
Monday 23/09/2019 – Thursday 26/09/2019 – Structured Conversation
Monday 07/10/2019 – Parents Evening 3.30pm – 5pm
Wednesday 09/10/2019 – Parents Evening 5pm – 6.45pm
Thursday 10/10/2019 – Cote d’Azur (Mr Price’s Class) – Class Assembly 2.45pm – 3pm
Monday 14/10/2019 – Friday 18/10/2019 – Teacher Development Days (School is closed to pupils)
Monday 21/10/2019 – Sunday 27/10/2019 – October Half Term
Monday 28/10/2019 – First Day of Term 2

Class 5 – Pay de la Loire

English
In Class 5 we will start by learning about persuasive writing. We will link this to our theme work on Brazil and will write persuasive reports about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and the impact that this has on the environment. 
Later in the term, we will be writing biographies and will write about a local scientist, William Harvey, who was the first scientist to map out the circulatory system. This piece of writing will link to our science work.
Finally, we will finish the term by writing a narrative piece based around our class novel- ‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’ by Terry Jones. 
Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, punctuation and grammar.  

Class 4 – Bourgogne
 
English
In Class 4 we will start by studying Non-Chronological reports. We will link this to our theme work on Brazil and will write Non-Chronological reports about Brazil. This report will look at the Amazon Rainforest, Food and Drink and Tourist Attractions in Brazil.

Class 3 – Normandie
Welcome to Year 3 and Normandie Class! I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready to begin your journey in Key Stage 2!  I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive term with your children.
Below is an overview of our Term 1 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.

Welcome to Class 2 ‘Côte d'Azur’! I hope you and your child have had an enjoyable, relaxing summer holiday. I am looking forward to working with the class and having a successful, enriching and fun year together! Below is an overview of the learning and development for this term. If you have any questions, then I am available in both the morning and afternoon, apart from Tuesday when an appointment would need to be made through the office.

Welcome to Term 1 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  We are very excited to welcome all children and the parents to Alsace Class (Class 1).

Our theme this term is ‘All about me’ and all areas of learning will be closely linked to this topic.  Within this topic we will be looking at; our five senses, our bodies and being healthy.  Here is an overview of how we will be developing this with your child this term.

Dates for your diary
Monday 09/09/2019 – After School Clubs start
Wednesday 11/09/2019 – Swimming lessons start for Key Stage 2 (Miss Sandham, Mrs Kent and Mrs Coade’s classes)
Tuesday 17/09/2019 – Alsace (Reception Class) First Class Photo
Friday 20/09/2019 – Individual School Photos (Whole School)
Monday 23/09/2019 – Thursday 26/09/2019 – Structured Conversation
Monday 07/10/2019 – Parents Evening 3.30pm – 5pm
Wednesday 09/10/2019 – Parents Evening 5pm – 6.45pm
Thursday 10/10/2019 – Cote d’Azur (Mr Price’s Class) – Class Assembly 2.45pm – 3pm
Monday 14/10/2019 – Friday 18/10/2019 – Teacher Development Days (School is closed to pupils)
Monday 21/10/2019 – Sunday 27/10/2019 – October Half Term
Monday 28/10/2019 – First Day of Term 2

Dear Parents,

Request for leave during Term-Time

From September 2013 the Department for Education has amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 removing the Head Teacher’s ability to authorise leave of absence for a family holiday. Requests for holidays in term-time will not be authorised as the Regulations only allow me to authorise absence (leave) in “exceptional circumstances”.

We would like to welcome you all back after a lovely summer break.

Swimming
I am pleased to inform you of the swimming arrangements for this year.

After school clubs will start on Monday 09 September 2019.  If you would like to your child to attend, please contact the school office. 
Monday – Football for Years 2 – 6 (20 places)
Tuesday - Take Action for Years 2 – 6 (12 places)
Wednesday - Multi-Sports for Years 1 – 6 (12 places)
Thursday - Gymnastics for Years 2 – 6 (12 places)
Friday - Street Dance for Years 1 - 6 (12 places)
There are 12 places available for each of the after school clubs except football where there are 20 places available.  These are on a first come first serve basis.
All sports clubs finish at 4.15pm and all children must be collected by an adult.

We would like to wish everyone a fun, safe summer break.  We look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 02 September 2019.

Dates for your diary

22/07/19 – Achievement Assembly

23/07/19 – Leavers Assembly - Parents of pupils in year 6 are invited into the assembly

23/07/19 – Last day of term – Pupils may wear their own clothes to school

Dates for your diary

18/07/19 – Chateau de Versailles – Perform their play

22/07/19 – Achievement Assembly

23/07/19 – Leavers Assembly - Parents of pupils in year 6 are invited into the assembly

23/07/19 – Last day of term – Pupils may wear their own clothes to school

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Central Government has announced that the May Day Bank Holiday will move from Monday 4 May 2020 to Friday 8 May 2020, and KCC have updated their school term dates for 2019-20 to accommodate this change.

Sports Day

This week, Miss Gollop conducted pupil voice throughout the school.  The children unanimously voted for a split key stage sports day, the same as last year.  KS1 sports day will be in the morning and KS2 sports day will be in the afternoon.  There will of course be our shared lunchtime picnic on the field or for those of you who wish to get out of the sun, the school hall will be open for use.

The children also voted for which activities they wanted from a range identified in assembly. 

KS1 voted for: Penalty Shootout, Obstacle Course, Javelin and Hockey Dribble.

KS2 voted for: Penalty Shootout, Javelin, Obstacle Course and Sack Race.

Further information will be sent out in due course.

Dates for your diary

09/07/19 – Pupils transition morning to new classes ready for next year

12/07/19 – Sports Day

12/07/19 – School reports go home

18/07/19 – Chateau de Versailles – Perform their play

22/07/19 – Achievement Assembly

23/07/19 – Leavers Assembly

23/07/19 – Last day of term – Pupils may wear their own clothes to school

Celebration Assembly

Luke for working with purpose and determination and for his enthusiasm during music lessons.

Lewis for working with purpose and determination and for his enthusiasm during music lessons.

William for learning with purpose and reflectiveness to develop his knowledge in all his subjects.  Well done!

Junior for using powerful and descriptive language to describe a story setting.

Sophia for using her phonics learning accurately and creatively during a game of “I spy”.

Riley for confidently recognising the new phase 5 sounds he has learnt while reading books.

Poppy for showing fantastic participation and passion in all areas of the curriculum.  Well done!

Jemima for showing fantastic perseverance and confidence when practising the ocarina.  Well done!

Pupil Voice

Pupils in Chateau de Versailles got to spend the day at their new secondary schools yesterday and this is what they thought about their experience……

Vanesa said, “I had a great time, all the teachers and adults were really nice.  I had a lovely dinner.  We made a ‘Jelly Baby Bomb’ in science.  When we first went in a classroom we made a pizza.”

William said, “It was thumbs up!  It is a good school.  We did some P.E.”

Ruby-Rose said, “It was really good.  I made a couple of new friends.  We did science, English and design technology.”

Nirubiga said, “When we first went into school we met our form tutor and other girls.  We had a French lesson and a history lesson.  Spending the day at the Girls Grammar made me feel comfortable starting.”

Arts and Crafts

Miss Sedgwick runs an Art and Crafts club that children can attend every Friday during Golden Time.  In order to make the club a great success Miss Sedgwick needs a constant supply of craft items such as:

Beads

Buttons

Paper plates

Lace

Lace trimmings

Artificial flowers

Jewels/sequins

Stickers

Fabric

Ribbons

Donations of the above would be appreciated.

Play and Stay

Mrs Manton will be running a play and stay group every Wednesday morning from 9am until 10.30am.  Refreshments will be sold for a small contribution.

After school sports clubs

After school clubs will be running from Monday 03 June 2019.  If you would like to your child to attend, please contact the school office.  

Monday - Multi-Sports for Years 1 - 6

Tuesday - Take Action for Years 2 - 6

Wednesday -  Gymnastics for Years 2 - 6

Thursday - Football for Years 2 - 6

Friday - Street Dance for Years 1 - 6 (This is now open to pupils in year 1)  

All sports clubs finish at 4.15pm and all children must be collected by an adult.

Information

School Lockers

Due to limited space in the children’s lockers, we would like to encourage your child, should they wish to use a back pack, to bring in a small pack so that they fit more easily into the lockers and doors can be closed properly.  Ideally children just need a small P.E bag and their book bag in school.

School Uniform

Please ensure that you label your child’s full uniform, including PE and swimming kits.

Just a polite reminder: please do not leave litter on the school premises.

School Angel fund raising http://www.schoolangel.org.uk/aycliffe-community-primary-school.html

Free School Meals

If you have access to the internet and would like to apply online for Free School Meals, please use the following website: http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals.

PE Kits

Could parents please make sure that all pupils have their PE kits ready and in school.  Each pupil has their own locker where their PE kits can be kept during the school term.

Late arrival at school

When your child arrives late at school, he/she misses the teacher's instructions, their morning task and possibly the introduction to the mathematics lesson. Your child may also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late. School begins at 09.00am.  Please help your child to be punctual.

School Lunch Payments

If you pay for your child's school dinner online you can use the link below and follow the link for Kent Schools Pay Online. www.principals-catering.com  

School opening hours

08.50am - 3.15pm

School Office opening hours 

08.30-12.30 13.00-15.30

Sports Day for Key Stage One will take place in the morning and Sports Day for Key Stage Two will take place in the afternoon.

The class structure for September 2019 will be:

 Alsace - Reception – Mrs English – Class 1

 Cote D’Azur - Year 1/2 – Mr Price – Class 2

 Normandie - Year 3 – Miss Sandham – Class 3 

 Bourgogne - Year 4 – Mrs Kent – Class 4

 Pays de la Loire - Year 5/6  – Mrs Coade – Class 5

Pupils will be meeting their new teachers on Tuesday 09 July 2019.

If anyone is concerned about their child’s transition into the next class please make an appointment to speak to our SENCO, Mrs Cook, through the school office.  

Thank you for your continued support.

Kent Test

Would a grammar school suit your child? If your child is in Year 5 at primary school, you may already be thinking about the secondary schools in your area. If you don’t know about them, the Council’s website, www.kent.gov.uk , is a good place to start. You can also search for schools by type, or by using your town or postcode to see what schools are nearby on our School Search page: www.kent.gov.uk/schoolsearch If you see a school you like, you can find out how to contact it or visit the school's own website to learn more.

Dates for your diary

24-25/06/19 - Chateau de versailles - Trip to Rippledown

 26/06/19 – New children stay and play

03/07/19 – New children stay and play

09/07/19 – Pupils transition morning to new classes ready for next year

12/07/19 – Sports Day

12/07/19 – School reports go home

18/07/19 – Chateau de Versailles – Perform their play

22/07/19 – Achievement Assembly

23/07/19 – Leavers Assembly

23/07/19 – Last day of term – Pupils may wear their own clothes to school

Ice Pops

Ice pops will be being sold in the playground after school for 30p an ice pop.  All the money raised will help to purchase art and craft supplies for the clubb Miss Sedgwick is running.

Dates for your diary

18/06/19 – Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe – School trip to Kent Life

19/06/19 – New children stay and play

26/06/19 – New children stay and play

03/07/19 – New children stay and play

09/07/19 – Pupils transition morning to new classes ready for next year

12/07/19 – Sports Day

12/07/19 – School reports go home

18/07/19 – Chateau de Versailles – Perform their play

22/07/19 – Achievement Assembly

23/07/19 – Leavers Assembly

23/07/19 – Last day of term – Pupils may wear their own clothes to school

I am pleased to announce that the year 6 play this term will be ‘Pantastic’.

Children will respond in a variety of ways to both the film and the musical, Peter Pan, including artwork and dance. They will work predominantly on developing skills in speaking and performing.

Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe

English

In Class 5 we will start by looking at biographies. We will be exploring the life of Mary Seacole and will then plan and write biographies about celebrities that we have researched ourselves. Later in the term, we will explore poetry and figurative language like similes and metaphors. We will also be writing a longer narrative piece, to include all skills and grammar learnt throughout this year. Alongside this, we will be improving our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, including looking at tenses and word classes, such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. During the term, we will focus on a few aspects of sentence punctuation. We will also look at complex sentences and connectives. 

Class 4 – Notre Dame
Below is an overview of our Term 6 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.

Welcome to term 6, I hope you had a relaxing half term! Below is an overview of the learning we will be exploring this upcoming term. If you have any questions then please feel free to come and speak to me at the end of the school day or organise an appointment with the office.

Welcome to Term 6!  Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on throughout this term; I hope you find this useful.

Welcome to Term 6.  

This term we will continue of our theme, “In the Garden” where we will be learning about different animals with the help of our class fairy, Ayla Cliffe.  

Physical Development

PE will continue to take place every Thursday; please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school and all items are labelled including plimsolls.  This term we will be continuing to develop your child’s gross and fine motor control.  Our PE main focus this term will be ‘Athletics’ with a view to improving skills for sports day in July. In addition to our Thursday PE session, we are fortunate this term to have sessions with a dance teacher on a Friday afternoon.  Children will need to have earrings removed for this also and have their PE kits in school.

On Thursday 13 June 2019, Chateau de Versailles are going to the East Kent Science Jamboree at the Discovery Park in Sandwich.

The coach is booked for 08.50am so would therefore be grateful if you could ensure that your child is in school for 08.45am.  They will arrive back at school in time for lunch.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dates for your diary

03/06/19 – Start of Term

05/06/19 – Swimming Starts

12/06/19 – New Parents Meeting

13/06/19 – Chateau de Versailles - Science Jamboree

RE: Trip to Kent Life in Maidstone

We have arranged a visit to Kent Life in Maidstone on Tuesday 18 June 2019 for all pupils in Classes Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. We will be leaving school at approx. 9.00a.m and should be back to school by 3.15 p.m.

Dates for your diary

Monday 03 June 2019 - 1st day back Term 6

Celebration Assembly

Lacy for persevering when working on tricky challenges in Maths. Well done!

Archie for being a co-operative learning partner.

Reece for learning with purpose to recreate artwork by Kandinsky.

Dates for diary
Monday 20 May-Thursday 23 May Structured Conversations
Friday 24 May 2019 - Last day of Term
Pupils may wear their own clothes to school Monday 3 June 2019 - 1st day back Term 6

Dates for your diary

Monday 13 May - Thursday 16 May 2019 -  KS2 SATs

Monday 20 May - Thursday 23 May 2019 -  Structured Conversations

Friday 24 May 2019 - Last day of Term - Pupils may wear their own clothes to school

Monday 03 June 2019 - 1st day back Term 6

Dates for diary
Thursday 09 May 19 - Class Photos
Monday 13 May - Thursday 16 May 2019 -  KS2 SATs
Monday 20 May-Thursday 23 May 2019 -  Structured Conversations
Friday 24 May 2019 - Last day of Term
Pupils may wear their own clothes to school
Monday 03 June 2019 - 1st day back Term 6

To give your child a really good start for SATs week we are inviting all year 6 children to join us for a FREE breakfast from Monday 13 May to Thursday 16 May.

The breakfast starts at 8.00am and the children will enjoy muffins and fruit.  Please could they enter via the Breakfast Club entrance.

I look forward to seeing your child for the breakfast on Monday morning.

Thank you for your continued support.

I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely Easter Break. The class impressed with their learning in Term Four so hopefully this will continue for the rest of year. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term Five. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me. Time is ticking as we approach the SATs examinations so attendance at school is more important than ever, as is pupils continuing to persevere resiliently in all of their learning.

Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe

English

In Class 5 we will start by looking at myths. We will be exploring Greek myths and myths about nature. We will then write our own myths.

Class 4 – Notre Dame
Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter break and ready for the excitement of the new term. 
Below is an overview of our Term 5 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.

Welcome to term 5! I hope you enjoyed your Easter and had a relaxing break! Below is an overview of the learning we will be exploring this upcoming term. If you have any questions then please feel free to come and speak to me at the end of the school day or organise an appointment with the office.

Welcome to Term 5!  Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on throughout this term; I hope you find this useful.

Celebration Assembly
Taylor for persevering in English when finding our learning tricky.
Riley-Jack for having excellent learning behaviour all week, across all areas of the curriculum.
Ben for persevering across the curriculum and having a positive learning attitude. Well done.
Spencer for working with purpose and persevering in Mathematics when exploring time. Well done.
Ryan for persevering with your handwriting. Great Improvement. Well done.
Richard for persevering with your handwriting. Great Improvement. Well done.
Krisitan for making amazing connections with his previous learning when exploring addition facts.
Logan for preserving to use his phonic knowledge when reading and writing.
Amelia for showing fantastic innovation skills when designing and making a food waste machine.
Dominic for continued exemplary participation and attendance at the Mathematics Tuition Group.
Liam for continued exemplary participation and attendance at the Mathematics Tuition Group.
Aaric for resiliently preserving and thinking creatively to write witty and entertaining “Monster Poems” which are suitable for our intended audience. 
Jamie for resiliently preserving and thinking creatively to write witty and entertaining “Monster Poems” which are suitable for our intended audience.
Marcel for working with exemplary resilience and motivation during our SATs revision, despite being in Year five!

Welcome to Term 5!  

Over the next two terms, our theme is “In the Garden” where we will begin by exploring plants, healthy eating and where food comes from and move on to animals and where they live.  

We are pleased to announce our annual upcoming Children’s Book Week celebrations in school from 29 April 2019 – 03 May 2019. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This year marks the 100th anniversary of this celebration. We hope you will join in the fun.

I am pleased to inform you of the swimming arrangements for this year.

Swimming lessons will be provided for Years 3-6 (Miss Sandham, Mr Spurgeon and Mrs Coade classes) on either Wednesday or Thursday afternoons, starting on 05 June 2019.

 
Dates for your diary
Friday 05 April 2019 – Last day of term. We wish you a very happy and safe Easter break.
Children return 23 April 2019

 
Dates for your diary
Monday 01 April 2019 – Whole School Go-Kart Mechanical day
Wednesday 03 April 2019 – 3.15pm – 4.15pm Key Stage 1 Disco
                          4.30pm – 5.30pm Key Stage 2 Disco
Thursday 04 April 2019 – School Easter egg Hunt
Friday 05 April 2019 – Last day of term
 
Dates for your diary
Monday 25 March – Thursday 28 March 2019 – Book fair in the school hall
Monday 01 April 2019 – Whole School Go-Kart Mechanical day
Wednesday 03 April 2019 – 3.15pm – 4.15pm Key Stage 1 Disco
                                                4.30pm – 5.30pm Key Stage 2 Disco
Thursday 04 April 2019 – School Easter egg Hunt
Friday 05 April 2019 – Last day of term

Dates for your diary Monday

25 March – Thursday 28 March 2019 – Book fair in the school hall

Monday 01 April 2019 – Whole School Go-Kart Mechanical day

Wednesday 03 April 2019 – 3.15pm – 4.15pm Key Stage 1 Disco                          

                                              4.30pm – 5.30pm Key Stage 2 Disco

Thursday 04 April 2019 – School Easter egg Hunt

Friday 05 April 2019 – Last day of term

I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely half-term. The class impressed me with their learning in Term Three so hopefully this will continue for the rest of year. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term Four. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me. Time is ticking as we approach the SATs examinations so attendance at school is more important than ever, as pupils continue to persevere resiliently in all of their learning.

Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe

English

In Class 5 we will start by looking at persuasive arguments and we will be completing a persuasive report about the importance of eating a balanced diet. 

Class 4 – Notre Dame

Welcome back! I hope you’ve had lovely week off and enjoyed the wonderful warm weather. We are all very excited for this new term. Below is an overview of our Term 4 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.

Welcome to term 4! I hope you and your children had a relaxing and enjoyable half term. Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be covering this term. If you have any queries throughout the term then please come and speak to me at the end of the school day or organise an appointment with the office. 

Welcome to Term 4!  Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on throughout this term; I hope you find this useful.

Welcome to Term 4!  

This term we will be learning about the story of the Gingerbread Man – the children’s choice. Below is an outline of what we will be covering this term in each area.  

Dates for your diary

Monday 11 March 2019 – Science Workshop in the school hall

Wednesday 13 March 2019 – School nurses to see reception children – Hearing and Vision Screening

Monday 25 March – Thursday 28 March 2019 – Book fair in the school hall

Monday 01 April 2019 – Whole School Go-Kart Mechanical day

Wednesday 03 April 2019 – 3.15pm – 4.15pm Key Stage 1 Disco                          

                                              4.30pm – 5.30pm Key Stage 2 Disco

Thursday 04 April 2019 – School Easter egg Hunt

Friday 05 April 2019 – Last day of term

Celebration Assembly
Poppy for super independent writing this week. You are really connecting your phonics learning to spell words.
Aleksejs for fantastic speaking in class this week. You have really started to share your thoughts.
Luke for listening to feedback and trying hard to improve presentation.
Regan for persevering when trying to join your handwriting. Keep going, you can do it.
Alexander for really listening on the carpet and remembering to ask if you are unsure.
Harry for settling down to work quickly and persevering with the task.
Richard for always preserving with his work and for always trying his best.
Leah for always participating in learning and for working well with others.
Aliesha for being resourceful in our mathematics lessons this week. Aliesha used manipulatives, the working wall and her learning partner.
George for applying his knowledge of money to solve word problems.
Riley for having great learning behaviour this week and persevering in all areas of the curriculum.
Emelia for brilliant perseverance and participation in football. Well done!
Alivia for brilliant perseverance and participation in football. Well done!
Alejandro for working with impressive and exemplary purpose to complete learning of a high standard.
Dominic for demonstrating excellent collaborative learning and skills of scientific inquiry.
Aaric for demonstrating excellent collaborative learning and skills of scientific inquiry.
William for demonstrating excellent collaborative learning and skills of scientific inquiry.
Isabelle for resiliently persevering to complete editing of writing and publishing writing to a high standard.

Sports Clubs

Multi sports

The children at after school club have been practising on their precise aiming when throwing. They competed in a Velcro Darts tournament. Harry was awarded 'player of the tournament' for his persistence and overall improvement. Oliver won the tournament with the highest score of 190 points.

Pupil Voice

This term in design and technology, Notre Dame (Class 4) have been designing and making sandwiches.  Before designing their sandwiches pupils tasted a variety of different breads and fillings to help them with their plan and design of their own sandwich. Pupils were asked to evaluate their sandwiches and to think about if it had turned out the way they had planned, this is what they said……

Lauren said, “There was nothing I would change, my sandwich was exactly as I planned.  It was cheese, ham and cucumber.  I had lots of fun designing and making my sandwich, I had so many ingredients that I struggled to close the sandwich.”

Codie said, “I made my sandwich using the ingredients tuna and sweetcorn.  It didn’t go as I had planned.  I think I added to much tuna.  It tasted nice however the tuna was a little spicy.  In the future I would use bacon instead.  I had lots of fun.”

Lillie-Mae said, “I made a bagel and added ham and cucumber to it.  It was exactly as I had planned.  It tasted delicious and I had lots of fun making it.  We had all the ingredients laid out on tables in the hall so we could go and pick the ingredients we needed to create our sandwich.”

Pupil Voice

We had an open morning this week, parents were invited into school to share spelling envelopes with their children.  Children in Mont Blanc (Class 3) were asked if they had enjoyed their parents coming in and this is what they said…..

Emelia said, “I was showing my Dad spelling envelopes.  My Dad had to cover the words up, Maizie, Mia and I were covering up each other’s words and then we had to spell them.  If we spelt the words correctly, we could put them in the ‘mini bin’.  I enjoyed having my Dad in the classroom with me.”

Aidan said, “I have won the most prizes in the class for the reading race.  I enjoyed my Dad coming into class with me.  We looked at spelling envelopes together.  My dad is very clever, he can spell all of the words.”

Open Morning

Please don't forget our Open Morning next week.  We welcome as many parents as possible into school to be involved in childrens learning.

We received some very good feedback from parents who came to our last open morning in term 1.

Pupil Voice

Aycliffe Community Primary School were lucky enough to experience the Astrodome on Tuesday.  Pupils were asked if they had enjoyed the experience and this is what they said…….

Harry said, “I liked it when the man was showing us the world.”

Alivia said, “I really liked looking at the Cosmo and all the stars.”

Emily said, “It was awesome.  The sky was so pretty and I liked the shooting stars.”

Codie said, “I felt like it was a lot of fun even though we have done it before.  It was very hot.”

Amy said, “It was really hot and actually quite fun.  There was a projector all around the dome showing us the stars and planets.”

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas break. The class impressed with their learning in Term Two so hopefully this will continue for the rest of year. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term Three. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.

Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe

English

In Class 5 we will be looking at story writing. We will start by looking at historical stories, including exploring the text ‘War Game’ by Michael Foreman. We will then write our own historical stories. We will also begin reading a new class novel called ‘Street Child’ which links to life for children in Victorian Britain. Later in the term, we will explore poetry and figurative language like similes and metaphors.

Class 4 – Notre Dame
Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. We are all very excited for this new term.
Below is an overview of our Term 3 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.

Happy New Year and welcome to term 3! Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be covering this term. If you have any queries throughout the term then please come and speak to me at the end of the school day or organise an appointment with the office.

We hope that you had a restful Christmas break.
Here is a brief outline of what your child will be learning about this term:
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we will begin by looking at addition and subtraction to 20.  We will be focusing on quick recall of number bonds to 10, with extension to 20. We will also be looking at missing numbers in a number sentence and strategies to find the missing number, using Numicon to check our answers. We will continue focusing on reasoning, which requires the children to explain how they know or found an answer using mathematical concepts they have been learning and problem solving, which will show their understanding of a concept in real terms.

Welcome to Term 3 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!   This term we will be learning about ‘Materials’ and the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ We have outlined the main areas of learning which we will be developing with your child through Term 3; we hope you find this useful.  

Pupil Voice

We have some new starters at Aycliffe Community Primary School this term.  They were asked how they had found their first full week at their new school and this is what they said……

Riley said, “I like my new friends.  I am having fun at my new school.  I like to play with my brother Regan at lunch time.  I really like my new teachers.”

Regan said, “I like playing with all my new friends during snack time and lunch time.  I really like my new teachers.  I have been learning numbers and I got to make a jam sandwich today.  I got given a certificate today for good listening."

Dates for your diary

15 January 2019 - Astrodome (School Hall) for Classes: Mont Blanc and Chateau de Versailles

31 January 2019 - Open Morning 9am - 9.30am

04 February 2019 - Parents Evening 3.30pm - 5.30pm

06 February 2019 - Parents Evening 5pm - 7pm

15 February 2019 - Last Day of Term

Staff at Aycliffe Community Primary School would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Dates for your diary

Monday 17 December - Carol Service 6pm-7pm - Tickets have gone out today with your child.  Please keep them safe and bring them with you on the night.

Tuesday 18 December - Class Christmas Parties

Tuesday 18 December - Disco KS1 3.15-4.15 and KS2 4.30-5.30

Wednesday 19 December - Last Day

We wish you all a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year from the staff at Aycliffe Community Primary School.  We look forward to seeing you back in school on Thursday, 03 January 2019.

Dates for your diary

Monday 10 December - Thursday 13 December Structured Conversations

Tuesday 11 December - Nativity Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 12 December - Nativity Performance 2pm-3pm and  6pm-7pm

Thursday 13 December - Notre Dame Class Assembly 2.50pm - 3.15pm

Monday 17 December - Carol Service 6pm-7pm

Tuesday 18 December - Class Christmas Parties

Tuesday 18 December - Disco -  KS1 3.15-4.15 and KS2 4.30-5.30

Wednesday 19 December - Last Day

Dates for your diary

Monday 3 December - Beauty and the Beast Pantomime

Monday 10 December - Thursday 13 December Structured Conversations

Tuesday 11 December - Nativity Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 12 December - Nativity Performance 2pm-3pm and 6pm-7pm

Monday 17 December - Carol Service 6pm-7pm

Tuesday 18 December - Class Christmas Parties

Tuesday 18 December - Disco KS1 at 3.15 - 4.15 and KS2 at 4.30 - 5.30

Wednesday 19 December - Last Day

Key Stage One Nativity

The children in La Tour Eiffel (class 1), Le Louvre (Class 2) and Mont Blanc (Class 3) will be performing their Christmas Nativity on Wednesday, 12 December.  There will be two performances of the Nativity.  The first will take place at 2.00pm.  There will also be an evening performance, beginning at 6.00pm.  We should be very grateful if you could ensure that your child is back in school by 5.30pm.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 28 November - Affinity Water Workshop KS2

Monday 3 December - Beauty and the Beast Pantomime

Monday 10 December - Thursday 13 December Structured Conversations

Tuesday 11 December - Nativity Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 12 December - Nativity Performance 2pm-3pm and 6pm-7pm

Monday 17 December - Carol Service 6pm-7pm

Tuesday 18 December - Class Christmas Parties

Tuesday 18 December - Disco KS1 3.15-4.15 and KS2 4.30-5.30

Wednesday 19 December - Last Day

Dates for your diary
Wednesday 28 November - Affinity Water Workshop KS2
Monday 3 December - Beauty and the Beast Pantomime
Monday 10 December - Thursday 13 December Structured Conversations
Tuesday 11 December - Nativity Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 12 December - Nativity Performance 2pm-3pm  6pm-7pm
Monday 17 December - Carol Service 6pm-7pm
Tuesday 18 December - Class Christmas Parties
Tuesday 18 December - Disco KS1 3.15-4.15 KS2 4.30-5.30
Wednesday 19 December - Last Day

 
Dates for your diary
Monday 12 November - 2 minutes silence 11am
Wednesday 28 November - Affinity Water Workshop KS2
Monday 3 December - Beauty and the Beast Pantomime
Monday 10 December - Thursday 13 December Structured Conversations
Tuesday 11 December - Nativity Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 12 December - Nativity Performance 2pm-3pm  6pm-7pm
Monday 17 December - Carol Service 6pm-7pm
Tuesday 18 December - Class Christmas Parties
Tuesday 18 December - Disco KS1 3.15-4.15 KS2 4.30-5.30
Wednesday 19 December - Last Day

On Thursday, 22nd November 2018 the children in Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Chateau de Versailles will spend the day at Dover Museum. 

You are welcome to join us for a 2 minute silence and then the laying of wreaths on Monday 12 November at 11am in the school hall.  If you would like to join us please ensure that you are here by 10.50am.  We will be joined by the Revd Sean Sheffield.

Pupil Panels have selected five charities that the school is supporting this year; one of those charities is Children in need. On Friday 16 November we would like everyone to wear their own clothes, but to add something yellow or spotty to it (i.e. some ears, socks, or a bandanna/hairband) in exchange for a £1 donation. Each class will place these coins on a Pudsey face; let's see if we can cover the face.

I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely extended half-term. The class impressed me with their learning in Term One so hopefully this will continue for the rest of year. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term 2. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.

Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe

English

In Class 5 we will be looking at story writing. We will start by looking at fantasy stories, including exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We will also study at the story The Snow Dragon. We will then write our own fantasy stories. Later in the term, we will continue our theme of story writing but will study historical stories, including the book ‘War Game’ which is based around World War 1. Then we will compose our own historical stories. Alongside this, we will be improving our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, including looking at tenses and word classes, such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. During the term, we will focus on a few aspects of sentence punctuation. We will also look at complex sentences and connectives. 

Class 4 – Notre Dame

Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday and are ready for the excitement of the new term! Below is an overview of our learning in Term 2. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.

Welcome to term 2! Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on throughout this term. If you have any questions or anything you wish to discuss throughout the term, then I will be available at the end of each day or alternatively you can book an appointment through the office. 

Welcome to Term 2!  Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on throughout this term; I hope you find this useful.

Welcome to Term 2 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  Our theme this term is ‘Superheroes! Let’s celebrate!’ and all areas of learning will be closely linked to this theme.  We will be looking at superheroes, real-life superheroes and different celebrations.  We have outlined the main areas of learning we will be developing with your child through Term 2; we hope you find this useful. 

On Thursday, 8 November 2018 the children in Mont Blanc will spend the day at Dover Museum.  This experience is linked to the children’s learning in theme (WWII).  They will take part in a workshop and create a clay poppy, learn about toys through time and have a tour of the Bronze Age Boat Gallery.

The school trip will take place within the school hours. All children will require a packed lunch for this trip.  Please could you let the office know if you require the school to provide a packed lunch for the day.

Should you wish to send your child with spending money, no more than £3 may be brought and should be in a named envelope or purse/wallet.  The money will remain the responsibility of your child throughout the trip.

Children are to wear school uniform including school shoes or trainers and will need to bring a warm coat for the short trip there.

We recommend the children have a small backpack to carry their things in, leaving their hands free.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dates for your diary
Thursday 08 November - Mont Blanc trip to Dover Museum
Monday 12 November - 2 minutes silence 11am
Wednesday 28 November - Affinity Water Workshop KS2
Monday 3 December - Beauty and the Beast Pantomime
Monday 10 December - Thursday 13 December Structured Conversations
Tuesday 11 December - Nativity Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 12 December - Nativity Performance 2pm-3pm  6pm-7pm
Monday 17 December - Carol Service 6pm-7pm
Tuesday 18 December - Class Christmas Parties
Tuesday 18 December - Disco KS1 3.15-4.15 KS2 4.30-5.30
Wednesday 19 December - Last Day

Play and Stay
Mrs Manton will be running a play and stay group every Wednesday morning from 9am until 10.30am. Refreshments will be sold for a small contribution.

We are looking for a Parent Governor.  If anyone is interested and would like to find out more please contact the school office.

Dates for your diary

Monday 08 October 2018 – Parents Evening 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Wednesday 10 October 2018 – Parents Evening 5pm – 7pm

Friday 12 October 2018 – Last day of Term

For our Harvest Festival this year we would like to support the local food bank again.  On Monday 08 October a volunteer from the food bank will be coming into school during the assembly to talk to the children about the organisation.

Parent and teacher meetings will take place on Monday, 08 October 2018 from 3:30pm-5:00pm and Wednesday, 10 October 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  We would like to see all parents to share your child’s achievements and targets, either at the meetings or for a Structured Conversation.

Dates for your diary

Monday 08 October 2018 – Parents Evening 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Wednesday 10 October 2018 – Parents Evening 5pm – 7pm

Friday 12 October 2018 – Last day of Term

The children have had a very busy week this week. On Wednesday, the Chairman of Kent County Council visited the school and thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the pupils and staff in their classrooms throughout the morning. On Thursday the local MP, Charlie Elphicke, visited the children after a request from our Pupil Panel members. The children prepared a number of questions for the MP to answer during an assembly. Children wanted to know more about the UN Convention and the Rights of the Child, as well as the 17 Global Goals. They also wanted to know what the government is doing about pollution, the environment and the plight of children who live in poor conditions and war zones. Mr Elphicke then looked around the school, led by some Pupil Panel children. Both visiting groups gave some extremely positive feedback which our pupils were delighted with. Well done everybody!

Dates for your diary

Friday 21 September 2018 – International Day of Peace

Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 2018 – Structured Conversation

Thursday 27 September 2018 – Open Morning 9am – 9.30am

Monday 08 October 2018 – Parents Evening 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Wednesday 10 October 2018 – Parents Evening 5pm – 7pm

Friday 12 October 2018 – Last day of Term

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 19 September 2018 – School Poetry Workshops

Friday 21 September 2018 – International Day of Peace

Monday 24 - Thursday 27 September 2018 – Structured Conversation

Thursday 27 September 2018 – Open Morning 9am – 9.30am

Monday 08 October 2018 – Parents Evening 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Wednesday 10 October 2018 – Parents Evening 5pm – 7pm

Friday 12 October 2018 – Last day of Term

I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely summer holiday.  I am looking forward to working with the class and having enjoyable and productive year with your children. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term 1. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.

Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe
English
In Class 5 we will be looking at non- chronological report writing. We will be writing a report about France, which links in with our theme work for this term. We will explore subject- specific vocabulary as part of this topic and will focus especially on geographical terms.  

Class 4 – Notre Dame
Welcome to Year 3 and class Notre Dame! I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready to begin your journey in Key Stage 2!  I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive term with your children.
Below is an overview of our Term 1 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.

Welcome to Year 2! I hope you and your children have had an enjoyable, relaxing summer holiday and are looking forward to our year together as class Mont Blanc. I am looking forward to working together through the year in what is an important year for the class.
Below is an overview of our Term 1 learning and a breakdown of each subject’s content. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me or you can arrange an appointment through the office.

Welcome to Term 1 at Aycliffe Community Primary.
I hope you and the children had an enjoyable summer break and we look forward to a fantastic year of learning ahead of us.
I have outlined the main areas of learning that we will be developing with your child through Term 1; I hope you find this useful.

Welcome to Term 1 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  We are very excited to welcome all children and the parents to La Tour Eiffel (Class 1).

Please can all Key Stage 2 children bring their swimming kits into school on Wednesday 12 September. The children will either be swimming on Wednesday or Thursday however they can leave their kit in school overnight on the Wednesday ready for the Thursday.

Kent's Secondary Transfer Scheme 2019 has now been determined and the arrangements for the Kent Grammar School Testing are as follows:

Assessment decision letter sent to parents - 11 October 2018

Parents will be able to register for the Kent Test online via www.kent.gov.uk/ola

If you register online and provide an email address, you will receive your child’s assessment decision via email on 11 October 2018.

After school clubs will start on Monday 10 September 2018.  If you would like to your child to attend, please contact the school office. 

Dates for your diary

Monday 23 July 2018 - School Disco

Tuesday 24 July 2018 - Leavers Assembly 9.00am - 10.00am

Tuesday 24 July 2018 - Last day of Term

Monday 03 September 2018 - First day back to school!

Tuesday 24 July 2018

All children can wear their own clothes on Tuesday and make a small voluntary contribution of £1 for one of our chosen charities. Could pupils in Year 6 please wear their school uniform into school on Tuesday for their leaver’s assembly.  They can get changed into their own clothes after the assembly.  They can also bring in a T-Shirt for their friends to sign.