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Newsletter No 023 – Friday 15 March 2019
There has been lots of laughter in school today with all the jokes the children have been telling for Red Nose Day! The children have raised £227.48 and the staff have held a raffle which has raised £140.00 and a cake sale which has raised £34 giving us a grand total of £401.48! Thank you for your support as always.
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY|
|Monday 18 March||Book Fair starts – 3.00 – 4.00pm (mobile classroom)|
|Wednesday 20 March||Parents’ Evening – 3.30 – 6.00pm (No Karate)|
|Thursday 28 March||Y1 Trip|
Good Manners Cup
This week Buster the Good Manners Dog went to Holly Blue, the Good Manners Shield went to Apollo and the Good Manners Cup went to Blue Morpho.
Well done to those classes!
Our current attendance figure is 96.12%.
Congratulations to Peacock class which has the highest attendance this week at 100%!! Fantastic! Which class will be next to have a whole week of 100% attendance?
The Book Fair will be held every day after school from Monday 18 March to Thursday 21 March between 3.00 and 4.00pm. It will be held in Monarch Class (the mobile classroom) apart from on Wednesday when it will be in the Computing Suite.
Don’t forget your book token!
Parents/Carers occasionally ask for a list of names of children in their child’s class for birthday invitations and Christmas cards etc. However, under the GDPR regulations we are no longer able to provide this
We have two vacancies on our Governing Body for a Parent Governor and a
Co-opted Governor. Someone with financial experience would be advantageous.
A Parent Governor is a representative for our parents and is elected by other parents at school. You will need to collect a nomination form from the school office to complete and return by Friday 29 March addressed to Clerk to the Governors.
If more than one nomination is received a ballot will be held and you will be notified of the date accordingly.
A Co–Opted Governor is a person who does not have to be a parent at the school but has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The Co-Opted Governor is appointed by the Governing Body and you will need to send your details via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29 March if you are interested in this vacancy.
Governors are a vital part of our team and I hope that there are volunteers willing to give their time, sometimes during the day and sometimes during the evening, and their commitment to this important role. It is hard work being a Governor, but also very rewarding.
Little Rugby has a few spaces left at their after-school club on a Friday at Motcombe. With the Rugby World Cup approaching and the six nations just finishing it is an ideal time to give your child the opportunity to get involved and master the early skills of rugby through a series of fun games. If you would like your child to attend the next block of sessions at Motcombe please contact Little Rugby on 01323 749640 or email email@example.com. The cost is £4.50 per session booked in a block of 10 weeks.
Walk to School Wednesday
A letter from Living Streets is being circulated with the newsletter this week. Please see their Facebook page for further information on events that are happening. www.facebook.com/eastbournelivingstreets
We will be participating in Happy Shoesday on Tuesday 21 May so please see more information about this at https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/products-and-services/projects/happy-shoesday.
50 things to do before you’re 5 …
An exciting project has come to East Sussex called ‘50 Things to do before you’re 5’, which is a bucket list of fun and educational activities for families to do across East Sussex – all low cost or no cost! These are aimed at helping children with their literacy levels, language skills, and life experiences ready for starting school.
The app is FREE to download and can be found on our website or in your app store (search ‘50 Things to do’ and select East Sussex):
We also have Facebook and Instagram accounts where there will be regular updates and where families can share pictures of what 50 Things activities they’ve been up to:
Even if your child is older than 5, they’re still lovely things to do!
Tracy Robinson, Headteacher
Friends of Motcombe
Year 1 and 2 Disco – Thank you so much to all the volunteers for their help at the discos. All the children had a fabulous time. The discos raised £623.00 for our children’s school so that is amazing.
Thank you also for all the cake donations, they go a long way to helping us raise funds for the school.
Quiz Night – Friday 29 March 7.30pm for 8.00pm start – Join us for the annual quiz night. Bring your own drinks and snacks, the quiz will have something for everyone so get your teams ready. It’s always a great night and a good chance to chat with other parents.
Teams are a maximum of 6 members and entry is £2.50 per person. Please post entries, including team name and payment, into the Friends post box located outside the front entrance of the school by Thursday 28 March. Please bring along a prize to go in the raffle on the night.
Volunteering – We have a Whatsapp group that anyone is welcome to be a part of so they can contribute ideas or just keep up with events that are coming up. Forward your name and phone number to the Friends email address below and we’ll add you on.
Many thanks for all your support.
Emma and Louise, Co-chairs of Motcombe Friends
This week has been very exciting! We have read the story ‘Supertato’ and discovered that the Evil Pea has been busy in our classrooms as well as in the story! He has kidnapped our vegetables and left strange messages for us! We quickly set to work making traps to catch the Evil Pea as well as writing Wanted posters for him and putting them up around the school so that everyone can look out for him and help us catch him. We have also made our own Supertatoes. Thank you for all your donations of potatoes and white t-shirts this week, as well as for bringing in superhero toys, books and magazines to share. It has really helped the children become immersed in this topic.
In Letters and Sounds this week we have learnt the digraph ‘air’ (as in ‘fair’). We have also learnt to read the ‘tricky’ word, ‘her’.
So far we have learnt to read these digraphs and trigraphs:
sh, ch, th/th, ng, oo/oo, igh, oa, ar, ow, or, ur, er, oi, air
and these ‘tricky’ words:
I, to, the, no, go, he, she, was, my, you, they, her
Please help us to look out for them in our books when we are reading at home! Thank you!
In Maths this week we have continued learning about subtraction.
Our number of the week this week is 17.
We have been reading about Supertato rescuing vegetables. We are learning that just as supertato helps the vegetables, the vegetables help us too, by keeping us healthy. When you are eating this weekend, have a chat about which parts of the meal are vegetables and which parts are healthy for your body. You might even want to make a healthy snack or smoothie – take photos, together with notes about your child’s thoughts and ideas about healthy eating, and put them on Tapestry.
In English this week we have been looking at the ‘est’ suffix to change words such as ‘tall’ into ‘tallest’. We have then been using these words to describe dinosaurs. We have also been finding out some fascinating facts about dinosaurs and used these to make our dinosaur fact files.
In Maths we have been measuring how much different objects weigh using cubes. We have been using balance scales to compare and order objects from lightest to heaviest. We have discussed using kilograms and grams. Perhaps you could do some baking with your child at home so that they can practise measuring!
In Science we have been continuing to classify animals into different groups such as reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and fish. If you see any animals out and about, ask your child which category they belong to.
In English this week we wrote our own descriptive letters as if we were on the Titanic. Then we learnt more about and created a timeline outline of the key events. The children used their outlines to write their own newspaper articles about what happened to the Titanic. They were fantastic!
In maths this week we have been exploring fractions. We have learnt about what half means and what the fraction itself looks like. The children have also started to learn about quarters and remembering that fractions mean equal parts.
In Topic we have been learning about the world’s seven continents and five oceans. The children worked as a team to place the labels correctly on the map and then labelled and coloured in their own maps beautifully.