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Newsletter 3 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 3 April 2020

It is time for my weekly newsletter and this week seems to have flown by. I seem to be spending a lot more time looking at screens than I normally do. Although technology is not always seen as the best thing for children and learning, it certainly seems to be a great way to communicate at the moment. I have looked through all the class Google classrooms this week and I have been kept busy watching all our Teachers and Teaching Assistants recording themselves setting challenges, leading lessons and telling stories. All of our ICT skills have grown exponentially in the last few weeks. I am sure as the weeks progress the staff will become more and more creative and bring you many different ways to learn and work with your children.

As we are spending more and more time online it is important to keep ourselves and our children safe. The NSPCC has some good guidance for parents https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ and https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/, http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online/ have some very child friendly and age appropriate learning tools for children. It is worth revisiting these periodically with your children to remind them of how to keep themselves safe.

So what have we all been up to this week…? Well Mr Freeman has been super busy setting us all some tricky PE challenges. Thank you for all your videos and photos. Some of you have been showing some real determination to beat your own targets. Mr Freeman is also busy putting together a whole school throwing, catching and passing montage. I cannot wait to see how many of you have sent in your video clips. Today’s PE challenge is super tricky – take a look on Twitter.

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Newsletter 27 March 2020

Friday 27 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

It is very strange not to be sitting at my desk, writing my newsletter without the sound of little voices and little footsteps walking past my door. Instead, I have the dog squeaking her ball and my daughter taking calls as she too is working from home.


Although for some of us it has been our very first week of home schooling, the positives are that the sun is out and the birds are happily singing. The staff have been working hard to keep the children engaged through daily sports challenges, construction challenges and emoji quizzes. These are all on our Twitter feed. Please follow us, if you can, as it is a great way to keep in contact and we love seeing photos and videos of the children working or tackling the challenges. Today’s PE challenge set by Mr Huddart is very tricky!! This week we have seen lots of you tackle Mr Freeman’s Keepy Uppy Challenge and joining in with Jo Wicks.


Next week all of our learning will be on your child’s Google Classroom. Most of you have signed up and if you have not got round to it yet your child’s class teacher will be in touch soon to get you started.


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Newsletter 13 March 2020

                                                                                                                                Friday 13 March 2020



Dear Parents and Carers


A busy week as normal this week. Wednesday has been a whole school cookery day and the children have been creating and sampling food from the countries that they are learning about this term. We have had halloumi kebabs, chapatis, vegetable spring rolls and a very complicated cake from St Lucia that has no sugar but is packed with banana and pineapple.


On Tuesday Sandymere visited Reaseheath College where they had a fantastic day! In the morning they went round the working farm and met some gorgeous newborn lambs. They learnt about how the farmers prepare for the births of the lambs by using tracking devices on the ewes! In the afternoon, they went to the mini zoo and saw a variety of animals from birds to meerkats. They even got to see some ring-tailed lemurs which links to Sandymere's topic work and literacy focus for this half term. It was a great day and the children really enjoyed it. 


Sports update for this week: Our girls’ football team had another win and a draw as part of our involvement in the Chester Primary Girls Football League this week. They remain unbeaten in the league and have a real chance of progressing to the Chester Champions Tournament in the summer term. 


Also this evening our swimming team will take part in the North West Swimming Championships in Liverpool. Best of luck to all involved.


Yesterday afternoon we celebrated Holi - Day. Holi - Day is an ancient Hindu festival, which later became popular among non-Hindu communities as well.  Holi heralds the arrival of spring after winter. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love


Then today for Sport Relief we have had a whole school House Handball competition. The children look so bright in their house colours. The winning house were awarded a trophy at the end of the school day.


Covid – 19 Update


Our priority is always the safety and welfare of your children. The current Department for Education (DFE) advice is for schools to remain open. Each day we receive updates from the DFE and the link below will send you to the most current Government information on Covid-19.




We will follow the DFE  and Government advice on a daily basis, and keep you informed of this rapidly changing situation as it continues to evolve. Should you have any specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


In the meantime, the school are taking steps to prepare for school closure, which includes measures to ensure that learning is continued as best as possible whilst children are at home. The majority of this learning will be online and through Google Classroom. Therefore, children may need a device that can access the internet at home (arrangements can be made for those children who do not have access to the internet). Direct contact with your child/ children’s class teacher will be available during school closure.

Can we please ask that you make sure that all contact details on Arbor are up to date - particularly a current email address.


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Newsletter 6 March 2020

Friday 6 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers


It is World Book Day today and what an exciting and amazing day it has been. The theme of World Book Day was to share a story. The staff have worked incredibly hard to make this a day to remember. Thank you to all those KS1 parents who started our morning off sharing their favourite stories. Each class has chosen a book as the focus for today and the range has been fantastic. Hatchmere looked at The Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey where the classroom has been decorated as a circus with its own big top. Within Key Stage 2 Blakemere have looked at ‘A Study in Scarlet’ and Pickmere ‘The Guggenheim Mystery’ and in both classes there is a mystery to solve. The staff entertained the children by re-enacting The Gruffalo much to the children’s delight and at lunch time they were treated to a book-themed menu of ‘Bird Pie’, ‘Wormy Spaghetti’ and ‘Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate fudge cake’.  Even our PE lessons have had a literacy theme as Mr Freeman invited a Quidditch team to come in and coach our Key Stage 2 children


It has been a very busy week on the sporting front. Our girls’ football team took part in their Chester Girls’ Cup fixture winning 4-1 which means they have now progressed to the Quarter Finals. Our Year 3 and 4 boys’ football team remains unbeaten and sits at the top of the league with a win against Grosvenor Park and a draw against St Martin's. Away from football, a group of our Year 5 and 6 children took on the challenge of the Sandstone Sports Partnership Cross Country race at Tarporley High School. 


Our school photography competition is still open. The theme is ‘Family’. If your child would like to take part in this competition, please email the school with your child's photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., titled school photography competition. Mr Crawley will be judging the competition. Can all entries be submitted by Friday 27 March. He is looking for a photo that reflects what family means to the children and has very generously offered a free family photo shoot with Life is Crawesome for the winner! Best of luck and have fun!


As we are racing towards the end of this term and our Spring break, some parents are keen to know the theme of our Decorate an Egg competition. This year as we are focusing on reading, the love of books and sharing stories we have decided our theme is going to be ‘My Favourite Book’. For those parents who are new to school, on the last day of the Easter term (Wednesday 1 April) we have a Decorate an Egg Competition which involves decorating a hard-boiled or blown egg. There are prizes for each year group. The children take part in an Easter Egg Hunt supported by the PTA and then we have our Egg Rolling Competition where the children compete to see whose (hard-boiled) egg can roll the furthest. Parents are invited to watch the prize giving and the egg rolling. This takes place from 1.15pm on Wednesday 1st April.


Next Friday 13 March is Sport relief Day and Mr Freeman will be running an inter-house dodgeball competition.  Please can all children come dressed in house colours for a £1 donation.





Thank you to everyone who donates cakes, biscuits and contributes to the school’s tuck shop. Just a gentle reminder that we are a nut free school. Thank you.


Have a lovely weekend


Julie Clayton

Head of School


Diary Dates

10 March -RE Day – Holi Festival, Bags2School collection 9am

11 March – Whole school cookery day

13 March – Sport relief.  Inter-house dodgeball competition, wear house colours for £1 donation

16 March – Pickmere ‘Bikeability’ Week

19 March – Mothers Day lunch time gift sale PTA

20 March – Own Clothes Day – Bring an Easter Egg- Linmere Construction Workshop, Blakemere Tuck   Shop and second hand uniform sale 3.15pm.

24 March- Archaeology Club Trip. Sandymere Parents’ Residential Meeting 3pm-

Pickmere Parents’ Residential Meeting at 3.30pm

25 March - Music Evening 6pm

27 March – Whole school Poetry Workshops

30 March – Pickmere visit to Weaver Dairy House Farm

31 March – Hatchmere visit Bickley Hall, PTA’s Easter Bingo 3.15 – 4.30pm

1 April -  Easter Service, Easter Egg Competition and Easter Egg Roll, Last Day of Term finish for Spring Break

20 April - Children Return to School- Blakemere’s Residential


The Nunsmere Theatre trip which was due to take place next week has been cancelled and is going to be rearranged.

Newsletter 28 February 2020

                                                                                                                                Friday 28 February 2020

Dear Parents and Carers


Welcome back after a very windy and wet half term break. Our focus for collective workshop has been new beginnings and recognising the signs of spring! A little tricky with the weather we have been having.

 It has been lovely to see a huge range of practical learning going on across school this week. Linmere have been investigating how birds’ beaks have evolved and adapted to the food sources available. This involved them all using different tools to pick up different materials. Lower down in the school Blakemere have been investigating forces in science. They explored how they could change the motion of different objects and categorise them as a ‘push’ or a ‘pull’. A big well done to all those children who have already sent in their entries to the 500 words short story competition. Last year, we had two semi- finalists in the national Radio Two competition and a third and second place in the North West Academy Trust competition. Fingers crossed for even more success this year.

On Wednesday, we welcomed back Imran Kotwal who delivered Islam workshops through the day to each class.  The children and staff really enjoyed the workshops and it was a pleasure to see the photos on Twitter and to read in the children's books how much they'd remembered from the day.  A big thank you to the PTA for funding this day and giving the children this invaluable experience that supports their Religious Education.

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