Newsletter Summer Term 1 2019

Our ref: AC/SB

23 April 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome back to everyone. I hope you had a restful and enjoyable holiday. This is a short half-term but, as ever, there is a lot going on. This is always a particularly busy half-term. The dates for diaries will follow later this week.


During the holiday, I am pleased to announce that we have fitted lockers throughout the KS1 and KS2 corridors for Years 1-6. These will replace the coat pegs. We have also had a new floor laid along the KS2 corridor, which looks very smart.

The children were very excited this morning! The lockers are big enough for each child to share a locker as they have a top and bottom shelf (apart from Year 6 who each have their own locker). Everyone was allocated their locker this morning which has a unique number.

Further to requests last year, can I please ask that children do not bring in large rucksacks/bags as there is no need for such large bags. In many cases, the children are using them to carry their lunch which is put on the lunch trolley as soon as they come in. The small book bags are perfectly adequate, alongside their PE bags. Obviously, I do not expect this to change overnight but if you could look at replacing the larger bags, as soon as possible, I would be grateful.

National Tests

It is a busy May and June with national tests in different year groups.

Year 6 will do their national tests during the week beginning Monday 13 May 2019. The schedule is as follows:



Monday 13 May 2019

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 14 May 2019

English reading

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 16 May 2019

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

There is no formal test for the writing element. This is assessed by teachers using evidence collected throughout the year, including written work produced throughout June 2019.

Year 2 will do their national tests, for reading and mathematics, during the week beginning Monday 20 May 2019. Please note, unlike the Year 6 tests, we can choose when these will take place throughout the week.

As with Year 6, there is no formal test for the writing element. This is assessed by teachers using evidence collected throughout the year, including written work produced throughout June 2019.

Year 1 children will complete their Phonics Screening assessment during the week beginning Monday 10 June 2019.

Can I take this opportunity to wish the children the best of luck as they have been working very hard to achieve to the best of their ability.

If you have any questions about the tests, please speak to your child’s teacher or myself.

Sporting Success

We had a very successful half-term, winning three separate trophies. Mr Coulling has outlined some brief highlights below:

During the Spring term, 100 children took part in 6 sporting competitions; Year 3/4 Indoor Athletics; Years 3-6 Gymnastics; Years 3-6 Cross Country; KS2 Swimming; Year 5/6 Gymnastics in Hull and Year 1/2 Gymnastics. 

We have been so proud of every child who has represented the Academy. The year 3/4 athletics team made the 'b' final for their competition and came away with 2nd place.

The year 4 girls cross country team won their competition and the year 6 boys came 5th. Individually, in cross country, Amelia Capes took 6th place and Summer-Rose Thompson took 7th place in their races.

Our girls swimming team came 1st and the boys team came 4th at the KS2 swimming gala - their combined totals put them in 1st place overall. All the gymnasts gave great performances of their routines and in turn made the top 10 in each competition.

As always, our children competed with outstanding effort and with great sportsmanship throughout.

We now look forward to the summer term sports competitions, our new morning mile club and of course, our sports days for the whole Academy.

Work with the PCSO

Further to previous work, PCSO Cat Toyne will be working closely with us again during the summer term. The details are below – please note, some of these are drop-in sessions for parents:

Friday 26 April 2019: Pegasus class, Year 4, will be visiting the local police station with PCSO Toyne to have a tour of the station.

Monday 29 April 2019: KS2 talk – Internet and on-line safety

Tuesday 7 May 2019, 9.00am - 9.30am: Drop-in session for parents who have any questions regarding internet and on-line safety.

Thursday 9 May 2019, 3.45pm - 4.15pm: Drop-in session for parents who have any questions regarding internet and on-line safety.


Further to our Lockdown practice last term, Tollbar Mat has purchased air horn sirens for us to use, in the event that we do ever have to call a real lockdown. They are very loud and will prove to be very useful. I will be demonstrating these with the pupils over the next few weeks.


Further to previous letters, can I please re-iterate that nobody should be parking in the Day Care parking bays at any time. This is causing a lot of problems for our neighbours. PCSO Toyne and her colleagues are aware and will be patrolling on a regular basis.

Creative Writing Club

The children in creative writing club have been reading poems and a book by a local author called Stephen Meek. They all wrote letters to him to ask him questions about his work and for advice on what makes a great writer. Stephen wrote all of the children letters back and they were very excited to receive their individual responses. On Monday 18 March 2019, Stephen visited the school and spoke to the children, where he answered questions. The children then shared with him the fantastic poems and stories they had written.

Yours faithfully


Mr A Clark

We welcome your comments regarding this newsletter or any other matters.












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