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12th June 2022

This week looks like it is going to be very hot. Please ensure your child brings in a bottle of water, we recommend they put sun cream on before coming to school and bring a hat...named!

Sue Belcher


Hello Everyone,

It was lovely to see you all back at school for the Summer Term.  We are all excited to see what the new term holds and we are hoping that the weather will continue to be glorious and that we will be able to enjoy it together.  One of the most exciting things we have this term is our long-awaited Farm trip on the 5th May.  These are the subjects we will be learning about for the first half-term:-

Our English lessons will all be based around the book The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.  We will be continuing to learn lots of different types of Mathematics this term.  In our Geography lessons we will be learning all about Northern Europe. During this half-term our Science lessons will be about Materials and in Art we will be looking at History in Art.  


Don't forget that we will also be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this term.  More details will follow.

I am looking forward to seeing all the fantastic learning you will all be doing this term. 

Miss Batterbee



28th March 2022

I know I have sent this out previously but I thought I would send it out again, as it may interest some of you. This is a free online course that explains the phonics programme we are following in school. There is also a video by the Sounds-Write team modelling supporting with reading with younger children.
We follow something called sounds write which is accredited by the department of education. This programme ultimately aims at building reading fluency and enjoyment for reading.
This first course focuses upon the early stages which we look at in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
I do hope some of you find it of interest, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 


Mrs. S. Belcher

7th November 2020


Hello all,
Hope you are all well.

I had originally sent this out to just the parents of my reception class but upon reflection I wondered if any of the rest of you lovely parents would be interested in doing this. Plus it is free and not often do we get the chance of a freebie!

I have a little learning opportunity for you all that I would like to signpost you to, should you wish to try it.

I have recently finished a 40 hour course on phonics called Sounds Write. I have been teaching phonics , reading and writing for many years but the academy trust invested in this training for all of their schools, as they wanted a universal approach to the teaching of phonics.
I must say that I did actually enjoy the course and it reaffirmed what I had been teaching all these years. I have been implementing some of the ideas the last few weeks and the children are as always very eager to learn. We also have more new reading books arriving soon that will closely follow the Sounds-Write approach.
Normally I would do a phonics and reading meeting for parents to explain our approach but as you will appreciate that is not possible at this moment in time. Luckily Sounds-Write have came to the rescue and produced a free online course for parents so that you will become familiar with the approach...the added bonus is that you won't have me on video explaining it!
So if you click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser it should take you to it. 

I hope this helps you to understand the approach and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you
Susan Belcher

22nd October 2020


Good morning everyone, hope you are well.

During half term could you please look out for a pebble or large stone to send into school with your child after half term. We would like to paint them with poppies for Remembrance and display them around the school.

Thank you so much for your support, we really do appreciate it. We have had a really enjoyable half term and we hope that your children have too. They certainly have been a credit to you all.

Have a good and restful break.

Susan Belcher