Monday, 26 January 2015

Young Voices

Wrotham Road Choir will be taking part in the "Young Voices Concert 2015" at the O2 this Friday. The largest school choir concert in the world!

Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing in harmony. Young Voices combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Monday, 12 January 2015

RM Easimaths

We have launched today a new reward system, where the children's progress will be monitored and rewarded every term. If you have lost your username and password please speak to your child's class teacher.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Welcome Back

8th January 2015
Dear Parent and Careers,

Welcome back and a very happy New Year to you all! I hope everyone had a very restful holiday and managed to avoid or overcome the various illnesses that were flying around just before we broke up for Christmas. I am confident that 2015 is going to be another great year for our school. I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support at our Christmas performances, which the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed, and we managed to raise £600 for the ShelterBox charity, which is wonderful news.

We have lots of exciting events planned this term, including:

Karen Wallace has visited Key Stage One this week; she is an author of over 300 fiction and non-fiction books. Karen talked about animals and read from her non-fiction animal picture books, which have won many awards.

9th January: a maths problem solving workshop for Years 5 and 6 and a gifted and talented group of Year 4s. They will be using specially created soft play resources and guided in trying to solve unique puzzles.

23rd January: a steel drum workshop for Year 1 to Year 3. The students will have an opportunity to learn about the colourful history of steel drums or 'pans' and how they are made and tuned.  They will then get a chance to perform as a class.

30th January: KS2 choir will be visiting the O2 for the Young Voices Concert.

6th February: The Dogs Trust will visit Year 1 and 2. They will deliver aspects of the National Curriculum using a range of fun learning activities that teaches children the importance of behaving safely around dogs.

10th February: a gifted and talented writing workshop with Neil Arksey for pupils in Years 5 and 6. Neil is an author, screenwriter and performer. As a screenwriter, head writer and producer, Neil has been responsible for over 1000 episodes of TV dramas both in the UK and in Europe.  His experience includes being a co-creator of the CBeebies series, Little Robots but he has also worked on shows such as Crossroads, Family Affairs, Doctors and recently produced a feature length film for the cinema.  

10th February: Safer Internet Day for every class.
30th March: Wrotham Road’s Maths Day - the whole school workshop focus will be entitled ‘The Maths Curse.’
31st March: Art Day – we will be having an artist visit our school working with KS2 and focusing on the artist Vincent Van Gogh.
        
31st March: The Mobile Farm will be visiting Key Stage 1 for the day. This hands-on activity will provide a fantastic opportunity for children to learn not just about animals but the importance of farming in the UK.

Class teachers will also be sending out their newsletter in the next week, sharing all the exciting activities we have planned over this term, including year group school trips.

Staffing Update
Firstly, I would like to welcome Mrs. Valentine who will be joining our Year 6 team; she will work 4 days a week with Mrs. Grant and Mr. Bennett. It is with great sadness that Mrs. Grant will be retiring at the end of this term after committing 17 years to Wrotham Road. She has been a very dedicated and enthusiastic member of staff and has worn many, many hats during her time at the school including: class teacher in a variety of year groups, Key Stage manager and ICT Coordinator, to name just a few. Mrs. Grant will be working closely with Mrs. Valentine over the next term to ensure the handover is smooth.
As usual our staff are offering the children a range of out of school and lunchtime clubs this term. For some clubs children need to sign up and permission slips are needed; where this is the case, the teacher running the club will send letters with further details - a huge thank you to the many members of staff that lead a lunchtime or after school club: the children are very lucky. For further details of the afterschool provision, please look at our school website.




Lunchtime
School Clubs
2014-2015
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Club & Age Range
Homework Club Yrs 5/6
EAL Club KS1
EAL Club KS1
EAL Club KS2
Club & Age Range
Homework Club Yrs 3/4
Kindle Club Yrs 5/6
Homework Club Yr6
Recorder Club Yrs 5/6
Club & Age Range
 Easi-Maths Club KS1
ICT Club
School Newspaper KS2
 Easi-Maths Club KS2
Club & Age Range

Jesus Club KS1
Choir KS2

Club & Age Range
G & T Club
Story Club KS1



PE
All children should have a PE kit with them in school every day. Please ensure your child has the correct kit, all clearly labeled with their name, and in a suitable bag. This will help us to avoid getting PE kits mixed up.

In your child’s PE kit, they should have the following items:
*white or blue  T-shirt
*black or blue shorts
*black or blue jogging bottoms or tracksuit
*blue jumper (this can be school uniform sweatshirt or hoodie)
*slip-on black plimsolls (KS1) trainers (KS2)

As health and safety is very important when taking part in physical activities, watches or jewellery should either be removed or covered with a sweatband or micro pore tape, which is the pupils’ responsibility to remember to bring in with them.

Again, I want to reiterate the importance of attendance this term. It is the time of year when we think about family holidays, whether it be for a spring or summer break. Studies have shown that good attendance relates directly to good attainment. As you all know, during the course of a week in school, many lessons are taught and topics studied and whether it is learning about a new subject or consolidating previous learning, your child will be missing out on valuable learning time. Our busy timetable doesn’t allow us to re-visit an individual pupil’s missed lessons and so I ask that parents please take family breaks during school holidays. Mrs. McCartney and I will continue to monitor the attendance and lateness daily. I am very grateful to the vast majority of parents who continue to support the school and their child’s education by not taking them out of school during term time and ensuring regular, prompt attendance.

Just a reminder that the school website is www.wrotham-road.kent.sch.uk which has all the relevant letters and information you will need to know. Our blog address is wrpsblog.blogspot.co.uk
Once again, welcome back and I look forward to working in partnership with you over the coming year. I will be available most mornings on the playground if you wish to discuss anything.

Here’s to a great year!
Kind regards,
 Sarah Green
Headteacher


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Young Voices

Wrotham Road Choir will be taking part in the "Young Voices Concert 2015" at the O2 on Friday 30th January.

The largest school choir concert in the world!


Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing in harmony. Young Voices combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance.