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Newsletter 10 July 2020

Friday 10 July 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers 

It has been lovely to welcome our Year 3 children into school this week. Like all of our children they have settled quickly back into the school routine and are happy to be back learning and spending time with their friends. 

This week we have also sent out your children’s reports. Please be aware that the assessment included is for our spring term assessments (mid year March 2020). To reassure parents – if your child has been assessed as Upper Emergent (UE) this means that they were on track to achieve expected (E or GD) or better by the end of the academic year.  If your child was assessed in March as being Expected or Greater Depth they were on track to achieve Greater Depth by the end of the academic year. 

If you would like to discuss any area of your child’s report please email to arrange a telephone call with your child’s class teacher. 

Within the school report was also an outline of the staffing for the next academic year. As you can see we have some staffing changes. Mrs Jones – currently our Year 1 teacher alongside Mrs Birks and teaching assistant to Year 6 has gained a position working in Reaseheath College starting in September. Mrs Jones has been an integral and valued part of the Delamere team for 6 years and will be greatly missed. We wish her good luck in her new role.  Mrs Carter- who was due to return this September from a working sabbatical abroad has gained a new position. We wish her good luck in her new venture. Mrs Garner - will be returning in September. Following medical advice, Mrs Garner will be returning but has to maintain social distancing, so in the short term she will be taking on an administrative role, with the hope that she can return to working in class as soon as possible. We also welcome Mrs Carroll, who will be working as a teaching assistant in Year 1; Mrs Venables who has had a change of roles and will be a teaching assistant in Year 3 and finally Miss Lucy Bate. Miss Bate is a newly qualified teacher and will be teaching Year 4 next year.  

Hatchmere have been busy again this week, we've been practising our phonics each day and in maths this week we've recapped addition and subtraction and looked at coins. The children were able to recognise different coins and we talked about amounts; the children were then challenged to pay for different items. We have also been very creative this week making jellyfish out of paper plates and tissue paper and also creating mini shelters in the forest area, we're hoping to get outside and create some outdoor artwork in the dry weather today as well.  

This week Oakmere have continued with learning about positions and directions.  Both bubbles recorded a presentation video based on positions and directions to show each other on their classroom screens. We loved it!  The children also went on a forest walk to gather natural objects to make a collage.  They look fantastic!  

Sandymere have been challenged in maths to solve questions involving the duration of time; identifying what the time will be after a full, quarter or half hour. They then applied their learning to solve problems. The children have also practised quick addition and subtraction skills within 100. In literacy, the focus was rhyming words and the children also wrote a story setting description, using expanded noun phrases to add detail to their writing. Mrs Garner has loved the spooky setting descriptions, from graveyards to wolf man caves; she has not had a full night’s sleep all week!  Mrs Garner set a lovely craft activity and demonstrated how to make bugs using pegs and art supplies, and the class were given a STEM challenge to make a tower using spaghetti and marshmallows. We are incredibly impressed with the work that is being sent in!  

It has been lovely to welcome Blakemere back this week! The highlight of their week has definitely been being able to socialise with their friends, and at play time it was lovely to see them making up their own socially distanced games - they have a great imagination! In their maths lessons this week, the children have been focusing on money and learning how to add and subtract different coins and give change. They worked very hard in their literacy work, where they created their own stories based on a picture of a tiny door in the garden. They created some fantastic sentences by editing and improving with a focus on adverbs, verbs and adjectives. Blakemere class have been inspired by the 'Big Outdoor Art Challenge' this week, and have been using natural materials found on our school grounds to create beautiful pieces of art work - please see our Twitter feed for pictures of this! Alongside this, they have been using watercolours and pencils to create some animal art work in class. They have also enjoyed their daily PE lessons with Mrs Lloyd, as well as den building in the forest. 

Nunsmere have sent in some amazing writing this week. The children have really enjoyed writing Batman stories; we could put together a comic with all of their wonderful ideas! You have done a great job Nunsmere for using your grammar tasks to help you add detail and vary your sentences to keep the reader interested. The focus in maths this week was statistics; focusing on presenting and interpreting data in block graphs. The work sent through has been well presented and the children seem confident to identify a variety of facts from data. The children were keen to complete an emoji code breaker puzzle; they applied their addition and subtraction skills to solve the problems. 

As Pickmere approach the end of the academic year they are beginning to recap and revisit some of their prior learning. In maths this week they have been trying to use Roman Numerals when writing important dates. Can you have a go at writing your birthday using Roman Numerals? In literacy children have been completing lots of reading comprehension and grammar tasks. A handful of Pickmere children also took part in an optional STEM challenge where they have been challenged to design and make a bridge that can hold a considerable amount of weight. We have been really impressed with some of the quirky, but sturdy, designs that have landed in the Pickmere email inbox!  

This week Linmere have loved doing art. They have continued to help to do the library displays and even created some masterpieces of their own linked to a specific art movement. At the start of the week we finished filming The Lion King and next week we will just need to record the songs. Linmere have also taken part in some origami activities this week which they found really fun but a little bit tricky!  

Well done to all the children who have been taking part in our Virtual Inter-House Sports Competition for the last four weeks. The children have been taking part in a variety of sporting tasks at home including: cricket, netball, football and tennis trying to win points for their houses. The overall winners were the Foxes! 

Before we finish for the summer, the staff will be adding lots of summer activities to their Google classrooms. Please feel free to access these and find a range of activities to keep your children busy and engaged.  

A gentle reminder, as Mrs Oliver is back in school full time my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been removed . If you would like to contact me, please use our admin email address or ring school directly on 01829 707979. 

Thank you and take care 

Julie Clayton

Head of School 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 26 June 2020

Friday 26 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been fantastic to see so many children from Pickmere return this week. Whilst at first they were all a little quiet, it wasn't too long before they were all chatting away with each other as if they'd never been apart. All children who came into school as part of their transition week have completed their maths and literacy lessons in the mornings and the afternoons have been full of PE and creative activities. They have played games such as foot golf and badminton, before creating shadow art and portrait pictures. Some children have opted to stay at home and they have continued with their home learning. Miss Wild has been really impressed with the standard of work that is continuing to be sent over from all of her home learners - well done Pickmere! 

Next week, it is Year 4 Nunsmere’s turn to return to school for their transition days. It will be so good to see even more of our children back in school even if it is only for a limited time.

Although we have not received any official guidance, the good news is (fingers crossed) that from September all year groups will be returning. I cannot guarantee that it will be “normal” but it will be as normal as we can make it within the guidance. Please be prepared that we still may have to have staggered start and finish times and after school clubs and wrap around care (WAC) may not be able to take place. We are very much hoping that things can go ahead as normal and we can continue with an enriched, exciting and full curriculum for everyone.

In order for parents to plan ahead, I have made the decision that from September and for the first half term we will be asking the children to wear their full school PE Kits. So from September your child / children will be expected to wear; school shorts or school sweat pants (jogging bottoms), school t-shirt and school hoodie on a daily basis. This is to limit possessions brought from home and for ease of washing and drying. (Please no leggings or skins).

Here is an update on what our school and home learners have been up to this week.

Hatchmere have been really enjoying the warm weather by spending lots of time outdoors in our lovely school grounds. On Monday we went up into the forest area to practise our shelter building skills by working in teams to create mini shelters for small world figures. Then on Wednesday we went on a leaf hunt around our school grounds. The children were able to identify the names of the different trees based on the shape of their leaves. We’ve continued with lots of phonics this week and have enjoyed practising writing sentences on whiteboards. 

Oakmere have been busy continuing with shape this week. They have been accurately drawing shapes with rulers, identifying shapes in everyday objects and a highlight for the class was building 3D shapes using mini marshmallows and spaghetti! Oakmere produced interesting leaflets about places they love to go to and used wonderful persuasive language for all the things you can enjoy at their chosen destinations. In science, Oakmere have explored shadows and how they move through the day. This is a great activity you can do at home too, please see Twitter for photos.

This week Sandymere have focused on using similes and alliteration to make animal shape poems. Mrs Garner was impressed with the work and even received a couple of videos of children reading their poems. In maths the children have focused on money and applied their understanding to problems. They have also been looking at habitats in science, have been observing the weather and were challenged to make their own forecast for the weekend to develop speaking skills. 

Blakemere have been working really hard on their statistics topic in maths this week. We have been collecting our own data to turn into pictograms and using graphs to help us to answer questions. In Literacy, we have been researching meerkats and some of the children have made absolutely brilliant PowerPoints which contain lots of fascinating facts.

This week the children in Nunsmere class have been working hard on translating shapes in Maths. They used their knowledge of co-ordinates to help describe the route that the shape would take. Mr Huddart has been so impressed with how well you have been able to do this! We have also seen some beautiful descriptions being used in their literacy work this week. To finish the week some of the children in Nunsmere have been learning to cook and sharing their favourite recipes! 

The children in Linmere have worked hard this week. They have been learning about ratio and proportion in maths and in literacy they have been working on their comprehension skills. In the afternoons we have started to change the library displays and have chosen the theme of ‘The Zoo’. We have been amazed by the Year 6 artwork so far and can't wait to see it all finished. 

Cheshire West and Chester have designed the Let’s Get Silly: The Summer Reading Challenge “Silly Squad”. You can sign up to the easy-to-use website and create your own profile at sillysquad.org.uk. Set your own challenge to read any amount of books during the Challenge. You can read anything that makes you happy – whether it be comics, joke books, poetry, stories or information; e-book or printed book, borrowed or bought. Each time you finish a book, you can add it to your profile and write a review. You are then rewarded with activities and incentives along the way, such as online badges, games and videos. You can join in and ‘Get Silly’ with downloadable activities, games, quizzes and more. There’s new stuff added to enjoy each week so the fun will continue throughout the summer. You’ll even get a downloadable certificate once you’ve completed their challenge.

Also look out for the special Cheshire West and Chester Libraries website, to be launched soon, at www.chesterandchester.gov.uk/read. This will include events, all of which will be online, such as storytelling, animal handling and dance, as well as competitions and craft videos. There’s even going to be a section for terrible jokes.

PTA Bags2School

 We have had very few opportunities for fund raising this term and the children and school benefit enormously from the funds raised by the PTA. So if you can, please support our Bags 2 School collection. Please drop off any unwanted items (see list below) in black bin bags in the car park on the pavement by the minibus on Monday 29th June before the 9.30 am collection.

 

  Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing

  Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)

  Handbags

  Hats

  Bags

  Scarves and ties

  Jewellery

  Socks

  Belts

  Soft toys

  Household linen

  Household curtains

  Household towels

  Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)

 

Please contact the PTA if you have any questions.

 

A gentle reminder – please keep to your drop off and pick up times and can we again request that children are taken home by a member of their own family.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Take care

 

Julie Clayton

Head of School

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 19 June 2020

Friday 19 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

This week we have welcomed even more children back into school. Next week, we welcome back our Year 5 children for their transition days. At this point, we will no longer have empty classrooms and the school will almost feel like normal. As I walk around school there is an overwhelming feeling of calm and contentment. In fact some classes are working so hard that I walked past some rooms thinking they must be outside doing PE!

This week should have been our annual British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week where the children would participate in school and at home in a variety of health and wellbeing activities, however due to current circumstances; this week has been postponed until 28 September 2020. On 22 June, the BNF will be providing a 'virtual' healthy eating week called BNF Healthy Eating Week @ Home, which will promote healthy lifestyle activities to do at home, for families or anyone wanting to get involved. You do not need to register for this event and further details can be found at: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/hewathome.html

It has been a very busy week for our home and school learners – here is a quick summary of what has been going on in each of the classes.

Hatchmere have had another lovely week in school and continue to make the Hatchmere staff proud with how adaptable and positive they have been about the changes in school. This week in phonics we’ve recapped some of the trickier trigraphs in phase 3 and the children have practised reading and writing them. We have continued our pirate theme and we’ve been writing diary entries as if we were a pirate. The children have also enjoyed making books this week with paper, scissors and glue; this was a child-led activity that has really interested them all. 

Oakmere have been busy continuing with shape this week.  From shape hunts, 3d net building and lots of shape sorting into 2d and 3d categories, the children had lots of fun!  Oakmere also researched penguin facts this week and made an interesting fact file.  We were all so impressed with the attention to detail in their writing, they all worked very hard.  See on Twitter the beautiful art produced this week; painting with a fork to make sunflower petals was really effective!

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Newsletter 12 June 2020

Friday 12 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a super busy week and it is lovely to see that the lessons both in school and at home are so varied and engaging.

This week we launched our Virtual Inter-School Sports Competition. Event 1 was based on completing various football skills and Mr Freeman has been really impressed with all the videos that have been sent to him. Next week's challenge will be based on netball skills. 

It's been another fantastic week in Hatchmere; we really enjoyed World Ocean Day on Monday and each child created a piece of art work to celebrate it. We talked about the importance of looking after the world's oceans and ways we can help to protect them. Throughout the week we've read lots of ocean-themed books such as Tiddler and Rainbow Fish. In phonics we have been recapping phase 3 digraphs and making sure we can read and write all the different sounds. In our maths work we have started to move onto solving addition problems. 

This week Oakmere have been writing about Owl Babies.  We have been so impressed reading their fantastic descriptive language used to express the feelings of each character. The children also re-told the story in order and drew beautiful posters to help find Owl Mother.  In maths Oakmere have continued learning about money, focusing on change this week.  The children also painted beautifully decorated stones to brighten the gardens and bubble painting flowers.  Well done Oakmere!  The class beans are growing rapidly too!

Sandymere were challenged to make a fantastic recycled craft activity by Mrs Garner this week using old jars and craft sticks. The children also focused on writing letters to the Prime Minister in support of Chester Zoo; there have been some very persuasive letters sent in! Maths has focused on block diagrams, and the science theme has focused on learning what plants need to grow.

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Newsletter 5 June 2020

Friday 15 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 Am I the only one who thinks it feels like Autumn? I think we must have got used to the warm weather; I have even put the heating back on in school this morning!

 On Monday, we opened up school to the children of Hatchmere, Oakmere and Linmere. After all the preparation we were all a little nervous of how this would work. I am pleased to say that it has been an absolute delight to have the children back. The children have been so sensible and have soon got used to the new routines. Walking round school we have four small bubbles of very happy children. On playground duty the other day I watched a group of children playing socially distanced tag! Children are amazing as they just adapt and get on with the new normal.

 There has been lots of creative learning going on whether this is at home or at school.

Hatchmere's home learning has focused on pirates this week. The children have been adding and halving treasure, and using positional language to describe a treasure map in maths. In phonics they have played buried treasure, sorting real and nonsense words, and written about what they would do if they were a pirate. Have a look on Twitter for some pirate themed pictures.

 Hatchmere have had a fantastic first week back in school, they've been amazing at drop off and have been very mature and sensible about all the changes in school. Similar to the home learning tasks this week, we've been focusing on Pirates too. This week we've made pirate puppets and created a puppet show, made masks to turn ourselves into pirates and painted pirate ships in the creative area. We've also completed lots of phonics, maths and PE lessons this week.  

 This week Oakmere have been busy learning about money. The children set up a play shop, all labelled. With their beautifully written lists in hand, they went shopping! Well done Oakmere for always giving the correct change too! Oakmere have also been writing a beautiful story about finding a magical pot of bubbles on the seashore. Their stories are excellent. Oakmere class beans are continuing to grow very happily this week!

 Sandymere have begun to look at poetry. They recapped expanded noun phrases then used these to write acrostic poems about summer. What a shame the weather turned this week! In maths they have continued to focus on pictograms and applied their learning to solve some mastery problems. 

 Blakemere have been writing some fantastic creative stories with ideas about how clouds might be created! The children have been making some wonderful nature animal artwork, completing a science investigation all about floating and sinking and doing random acts of kindness to make people smile. Well done Blakemere!

 This week Nunsmere have been learning about reflective symmetry, as part of this work they have been creating wonderful pieces of artwork. The children have created artworks with animals and even used materials from the outdoors to make their reflective symmetry work. Also this week Nunsmere have been writing stories based on a magical element, they have thought really hard about how to make it exciting for the reader! 

 Pickmere have had another creative week. Not only have they been keeping up with their learning in maths and literacy, they have also created some wonderful leaf art this week and they have investigated 'density' by creating some amazing rainbow jars!

 Linmere have continued to revise reading graphs, charts and tables in maths this week. In literacy, alongside their comprehension and grammar work, they have been reflecting on their time at Delamere by writing short paragraphs for their end of year reports and year book. The children have used Purple Mash to create some brilliantly informative leaflets on the five pillars of Islam in RE, and have also used Purple Mash for their coding tasks this week. In science, we have been investigating how to make bulbs brighter in a circuit. Our CARE work focused on positivity, achievements and gratitude this week and our week has finished with a fun cooking activity for Linmere class! The standard of home learning has been very impressive and the children have been working extremely hard. In class we have been writing letters to Boris Johnson about the re-opening of Chester Zoo and by next week we will have a whole class set to send. 

 Starting next week Mr Freeman will be introducing a Virtual House Sports Competition. Each week he will post a Sports Challenge in Google Classroom and the children can win points for their Houses through completing the challenge. 

 This has been a tricky newsletter to write this week as we have some children learning in school and some children learning at home. Some parents are happy that their children have been able to return to school, some still want to keep their children at home and some would like to send their children to school at the moment and they can’t. Whatever decision you have made for your child is the right decision.

 I will be contacting the parents of children in Hatchmere, Oakmere and Linmere, who have yet to return, later next week to see if they would like to join us in school in the next few weeks.

 Please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or concerns.

 Thank you and take care

 

Julie Clayton

Head of School

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