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.
What’s different about a grammar school?
Wherever your child starts school in Year 7 they are likely to follow the National Curriculum, working towards GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. After that, even if they leave school, they will continue their education through school or college, training or an apprenticeship until they are 18. Kent grammar schools use the Kent Test (11+) to find children who are doing well in primary school – about the top 25% of Year 6 students. Some are mixed, some admit boys only or girls only. Pupils usually stay at grammar school into the sixth form and take exams like A-levels before deciding whether to continue their studies at university. Some grammar schools also have their own tests and Medway Council runs a different test for the Medway grammar schools.
Test The Kent Test happens in September, just as children start their last year in primary school. If your child wants to take the Kent Test, you will need to register them while they are still in Year 5. Registration happens in June. A child who is not registered cannot be tested, so if you are undecided it’s best to register. You can withdraw if you change your mind, but once registration has closed late registrations can’t be accepted. Their teachers can tell you how your child is doing in school. If you think a grammar school might be right for your child – or if you’re not sure and would like to find out more –the Council’s website has a Kent Test page which explains how to register your child for the 11+. Before you decide, you can read about the 11+, see a paper which explains the types of tests used and follow a link to free test materials which you can look at with your child here: www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/11plus-series-11-plus-practice-papers/11plus-familiarisation-materials/ (They come with a parent booklet which confirms the right answers to the questions, which will help if you and your child want to look at them together!)
For more information visit: www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
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
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
Olly for always working with purpose and being resilient with his learning.
Scarlett for persevering when working with telling the time this week. You have made great progress with this.
Aidan for demonstrating a fantastic learning attitude across the curriculum and completing his English with purpose.
Louie-Jay for writing a fantastic persuasive piece of writing, showing great perseverance and resourcefulness. Well done!
Liam for resiliently persevering to develop your representation and characterisation of Smee for the year 6 play.
Anthony intonation and developing expression to aptly represent Captain Hook in the year 6 play.
Losha for great persevering when trying to write simple words.
Jessica for learning with purpose to develop her reasoning responses. Well done!
Craig for showing great perseverance when working independently when learning to tell the time.
Master Builder awarded to Julia.
Master Builder awarded to Emily.
Master Builder awarded to Kaylin.
Master Builder awarded to Aliesha.
Master Builder awarded to Poppy.
Children in Chateau de Versailles were asked if they had enjoyed their trip to Rippledown and this is what they said…
Ella said, “I loved Rippledown so much because there was a range of activities to do, such as: fire lighting which was very fun, shelter building, pond dipping and my favourite, the trap door. The food was delicious and there was lots of it.”
Anthony said, “I really enjoyed staying at Rippledown. My favourite bit was making pizzas. I also enjoyed toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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