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13th January 2017

Communication and sustainability are key development objectives for the school this year. We’re looking at how we communicate what we do – both to our current families about the incredible array of learning that’s happening here on a daily basis, and to the wider community and prospective families about the quality of our approach. We’re looking at sustainability, in terms both of our business model (we’ll be asking for your thoughts on this at the Whole School Meeting on 20th Feb) and our commitment to the environment. For any organisation, just like for any individual, sometimes learning and development happens in small increments and sometimes in bigger leaps. Right now, we’re consolidating, reflecting and refining. One small change we’ve been considering is to make this Friday Letter an E-Newsletter. We print up copies for every family each week but many don’t make it out of the classroom (or the playground!). We know from your feedback that many of you do love to receive a paper copy to put on your fridge so we won’t be doing away with it entirely – look out for a new holder on the wall near the gate and help yourself before you leave. We’ll keep an eye on how many copies get taken home and print up enough accordingly. Sounds like a plan! Let us know how it goes for you. Sarah

 A warm welcome to another new nursery family! A big hello to Teo who will be joining our bustling nursery next week. We hope you have a great time.

Keeping school safe: Time for a regular reminder – please close the gate behind you at all times, and if you’re in the playground in school time don’t press the button and let people in. It’s important that office staff know who is on site at all times.

WEDNESDAY SPORTS CLUB More children than ever before joined in this week. Quality children’s sports activity from University of Brighton Sports Coaching student Scott Hadley every Wednesday, years 3-6 starts 3.15  to 4.20 for 4.30 pick up. £3 per head, all profits go to the school’s sports fund. Mark (Edgar Y1) perryman@mac1.net / 07957 416 257 or Leo (Moses Y3) leosedgley@googlemail.com

HALF-TERM SPORTS ADVENTURE DAY at LNS on Wednesday 15 February (9.30am-4.30pm) run by Scott Hadley our brilliant Wednesday Sports Club coach. An all-day sports adventure – every hour the sport changes! To include hockey, football, athletics, netball, tennis and more. Years 3-6, limited places at £20 per head, not-for-profit, any surplus goes towards the school’s sports fund. For further info and to reserve email Mark (Edgar Y1) perryman@mac1.net.

CLASS UPDATES

Later Years: This week has seen the launch of our new collaborative project in class surrounding the theme of ‘Evolution’. We have explored ideas together and some of these include; The Big Bang, Creationism, dinosaurs, fashion, visiting the Natural History Museum, animal evolution and adaptation, to name but a few. There has been an excited and curious atmosphere in class as we get to grips with what interests us individually and as a whole.

In Maths we have been revising, investigating and measuring angles and naming types of angles. In Communication we have been extending our individual extended pieces of creative writing that develop over several months as we learn how to edit and redraft writing for publication. Anne-Marie, Louise and Ondine.

This year the LNS football team has Year 4s, 5s and 6s in the squad. We have 14 players and so far we have played 6 matches and have four left to play. On Tuesday 10th January we played 2 matches against Southover A and B teams. Team A were the stronger team and B were not as strong. We lost against both teams. James Orchard.

Please note new days for children for their Book and Maths clubs this term. Also changes to PE days- Mondays and Thursdays.

Homework: For Monday, bring in a fairly recent photo of your parents and /or siblings for project work.

Middle Years: Important messages! This week we have been getting ready for the year ahead, organising ourselves, the classroom and our portfolios. We’ve had a big tidy up of lost property and would like to ask for your help. We are aware that the cloakroom is a little on the small side and that hanging space is limited. Please help us by reminding your child to take home whatever they bring to school. We will trial another snack box container to try to help with peg space but please label your child’s snack box clearly so that we can help make sure the boxes go home and that the container remains hygienic (it soon becomes unusable if empty boxes don’t go home). Let’s make it work this time! The Book Club timetable has been re-organised and will be attached to this letter. Book Club will now take place first thing in the morning, so please ensure your child arrives on time. If you need help in supporting your child with Book Club please arrange a meeting with Clare to go through it, as your child will need help completing their Book Club entry in their home-school notebook. Bookbags will go home on a Friday and need returning in time for your child’s Book Club. Finally we are starting a mini junk modelling project and would like everyone to bring in a shoe box and a matchbox, ready for next week. Thank you! Have a great weekend, Clare

Early Years: This week we finalised the theme of our project – Animal habitats and behaviour. We have each chosen an animal to study and have spent the week researching where these animals live on earth. We will be looking at the similarities and differences between the animals we are researching and will look at how animal families differ from our own. We revisited the Circles for

Learning session we had with John and his son Ezra last year in preparation for them coming in next week. We are eager to see how much Ezra has grown since we last met him. Alongside this we have been learning how to tell the time by making our own clock and playing games like ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’ and ‘Tell the Time lotto’.

On reflection some of this weeks highlights include: “Doing research about the lizards and snakes and answering the question – where do animals live? And, what type of habitat is that? And watching the videos of the cute animals in their habitat.” “Drawing lego monkeys.” “Learning about microscopes and microscopic images.” “Making a play-dough habitat for my play-dough panda.”

“Researching where wolves lives and learning how to change the font size on the computer.” “Doing the maths sheets and learning the time.” “Researching about polar bears by searching for them on the computer.”

Nursery: This week in the nursery, we welcomed Emily, Kate and Jude for their first days, whilst Mimi and Etta did two days! Throughout all these new experiences and discoveries everyone is doing remarkably well. It has been a busy week, and we’ve had a number of children showing an interest in space exploration. 5,4,3,2,1…blast off! The ideas begin. Lucius: “I saw rockets last night!” and “we need a launch pad!” Charlie: “If the children go to the big playground they could run around and be shooting stars!” Clara: “I know what fairy dust is and I can bring some in”. Whilst playing impromptu instruments the children created a song, “Rockets, rockets flying through the air”. Finally, using paints, glitter, buttons and other found items the children created a map of the galaxy! It’s all very exciting. Have a great weekend, Julie and Willow.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Monday Netball Anna annacole.uk@gmail.com or Lucie lucie.ash@somnowell.com
Tues & Weds Art Club David Bradford 07855 038773 or davidbradford0@gmail.com
Weds Sports Club Mark 07957 416257 perryman@mac1.net or Leo 07862 285801 or leosedgley@googlemail.com
Thurs Knitting Susan on 01323 811942 or sign up in the office
Mon & Thurs After School Club Contact Fliss on felicityjbull@outlook.com or on 07852 975661 to book your child in

DIARY DATES

Weds 18th Jan 10am-12pm Open Morning
Fri 20th Jan 1pm & 7pm Motherhood…   performance by Joanna Henderson
Sat 21st Jan 1pm & 7pm Motherhood…   performance by Joanna Henderson
Tues 24th Jan 3pm-4.30pm Football League (pick up 4.30pm from 3G pitch, Ham Lane)
Fri 27th Jan Evening (time TBC) Later Years Pop Up Restaurant
Tues 7th Feb 3pm-4.30pm Football League (pick up 4.30pm from 3G pitch, Ham Lane)
Fri 10th Feb 3.15pm Break up for half term
Mon 20th Feb 8.55am Back to school
Mon 20th Feb Evening (time TBC) Whole School Meeting

JACK’S MENU

Monday Perfect tomato basil pasta bake Oranges and seeds
Wednesday Cauliflower cheese! Carrot and parsnip purée Fruit crumble
Friday is pieday Homity pie and roasted veg Fruit for pud makes you feel good