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Newsletter – 1st December 2017

 

A few words from our Principal, Mr Yates:

Whilst working towards improving academic achievement, we also target the children’s morals and values. West Drayton has established ten values, each beginning with the initial letter from the acrostic, ‘WE ARE PROUD’.

On Monday, we are relaunching our values as West Drayton Academy – the values are the same but we now have a terrific new poster (it can be found at the end of this newsletter). I would be grateful if the Academy’s values are printed, attached to the fridge door and discussed at every opportunity! The Academy values are values for life – they include: working together, enjoyment, respect for others, perseverance, and dreaming about a brighter future.

Next weekend, fifteen teachers are running 5km or 10km for the Rainbow Trust charity. This makes me very proud. To fully develop values in our children’s lives, we must model them ourselves.

‘Dreaming about a brighter future’ should not be a fad or notion – if we work together, dreaming becomes the first step to reality.

Let’s have a fantastic few weeks.

 

 

Celebration Assembly

Celebration Assembly on 24th November was led by our Principal, Mr Yates.

The whole school gets to celebrate the success of those children nominated by class teachers to receive a certificate.   Certificates are given for upholding and demonstrating the School Values.

 

Year 1

Excellence:   Lorenzo, Gracie & Jessie

Aim High:     Kayden, Nicholas & Reggie

Year 2

Excellence:   Ayan, Emma & Hoda

Aim High:    Rehan, Maya & Adrianas                     

Year 3

Excellence:   Mason, Niranjan & Julia

Offer & Accept Support:  Oceane, Sahir & Rioss

Year 4

Excellence:    Ardam & Lois 

Offer & Accept Support: Jay, Oscar & Sophie  

Year 5

Excellence:     Mangirdas & Marwah

Aim High:      Rina

Engage:         Makilini

Year 6

Excellence:     Bryce & Jeremiah

Engage:          Kavyansh & Alissia      

         

 

4WS Class Assembly

This half term, Year 4 have been studying the Victorians; with the focus being on the life of Victorian children.

On Thursday 16th November, 4WS performed their class assembly based on our topic.  Half of the class were transported back to the Victorian times whilst the remainder stayed in the 21st century.

Rehearsals went smoothly with it being evident that the children wanted this assembly to be a success. Mrs Warren-Searle noticed the children practising their lines in the playground during lunchtime!

The morning of the assembly arrived and the children were eager to get to the hall to show off all of the lines they had learnt and the song they had practised. Watching them perform, Mrs Warren-Searle was incredibly proud to see all their hard work being showcased within this confident and mature performance. Their smiles said it all.

Well done 4WS!

 

3S Class Assembly

Miss Soma and 3S treated us to a colourful and informative performance about robots and earthquakes. 

The children arrived in masks and behaved robotically, even delivering their lines in a robotic fashion!  Their singing and dancing made the ground shake and they proceeded to tell us about the science behind earthquakes: tectonic plates, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and what actions to take in the event of an earthquake: Drop, Cover and Hold on!

The children performed beautifully throughout the whole assembly and made Miss Soma very proud.

Well done everyone!

 

Park Federation Writing Workshop

On Wednesday 22nd November, six children from Year 6 travelled to Cranford Park Academy to participate in a creative writing workshop.  Lindsay Pickton, a specialist in Primary Literacy, ran the workshop where the children were asked to write an alternate version of Jack and the Beanstalk with Egyptian archaeologist Howard Carter as the main protagonist.

Through exciting activities, involving drama and role-play, the session inspired the children to explore their ideas deeper, enhance their vocabulary and ultimately produce outstanding writing.

Judging by Karim’s work, the workshop was hugely successful!

 

Howard Carter and The Mysterious Map

By Karim Guerrag, 6R

Chapter 1 - The Mummy

 

The ancient mummy showed up just after midnight, as they do. Howard was still awake when it came because he’d had a nightmare. Well not a nightmare: the nightmare. He’d been having this one a lot recently. The one where his disobedient nerves can’t control his joyful mind.

 

The undead figure sprinted to the tip of its tomb like it had never done before. The sand screamed until the mummy’s ears turned deaf. Never in a thousand years has this creature seen the beautiful light of the moon. The wind whipped its paralyzed fingers quicker than you could think.

 

Chapter 2- The Angry Professor

 

Earlier that week, the potion-maker professor had sent Howard to sell his precious telescope for money so they could continue exploring the world. Inside the jaw-dropping emporium Carter had trotted cautiously. In the distance, he spotted a mysterious stranger who was holding a map right in front of Howard’s eyes. The stranger smirked slyly and swished his hand majestically. Howard’s eyes followed the map and thrusted the beloved telescope impatiently. When all they needed was money, the professor was furious due to the fact that he exchanged a telescope for a map instead.

 

Finally Howard came to a narrow alleyway and there in the middle was a place with no door: just a few artifacts at the top. To his amazement, inside there was room after beautiful room surrounded by thousands of gold worth millions of pounds.

 

He was nervous and in the dark. When he reached out for the gold, the gold was put into his hand.

 

When he switched his torch on, the mummy appeared just outside of the tomb suspiciously.

 

Chapter 3 - The Curse Is Broken

 

Blindly, Carter ran through the gloom, blundering against walls, forcing his way through rooms, panting up staircases and rushing down, heading the opposite way of where he could hear mummy sounds.

 

The curse had ended and the grey mist clouds had been swept in the night by the professor’s spell. The deep blue sky arched high over Egypt. Never had dreamed of a sky so blue.

 

 

Year One trip to The Look Out Discovery Centre

Last week 90 excited Year One children set off to The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell for a fun packed day of interactive learning.

Upon arrival some children were ushered into the Fire and Light show where they were introduced to the workshop leader. The show was about mixing chemicals to make different coloured lights and learning the three elements needed to create fire. These are air, heat and oxygen. The children particularly enjoyed watching the money that would not burn even though it had been covered in firelighter fluid!

Later we set off in our groups to investigate the five different zones in the discovery centre. The children loved the hands on experiences in the ‘Build It’, ‘Water’ and ‘Woodland’ Zones’. After this we had the opportunity to explore and play in the adventure playground which was hidden deep in the Bracknell forest. On the journey home there was a buzz of contentment as the children discussed all the days’ events (although a few of us were so exhausted we had to have a little nap!)

Year One Team

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

Children in Years 5 & 6 were treated to a film making workshop with MN Academy, a local drama company.  

Each class had a 30 minute session during which they had the opportunity to work together to make their own short film.

The children played the roles of director, boom operator, floor manager, cameraman and actor and made a mini promotional video about the school.

It was quite technical and there were lots of instructions to follow to ensure the shots was appropriately framed; the microphone didn’t get into view and the actors had to remember where the marks that showed them where to stand were.

It was an exciting and informative session and the children were very enthusiastic.

MN Academy have classes based at Windsor Girls’ School and may possibly start a Film Making Club at school.  Leaflets were sent home with the children in KS1 & KS2 or you can visit their website www.mnacademy.co.uk

Charity Matters

Save the Children have been ‘making the world better with a sweater’ since December 2012.  This year we are hoping you will help us to support this charity by sending your child into school  wearing a Christmas themed top on:  Wednesday 13th December (the same day as the Christmas lunch).

All donations are voluntary and would be gratefully received.

The Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness and are in the greatest need.

Some of our staff will be running 5km or 10km to raise money for this charity and they have been telling the children about their aims.

In the spirit of uniting as a community, Mrs Warren-Searle organised a fun run in school for all of the children who completed a few circuits of the gym in support of those staff members joining Parkrun on 9th December. 

Children In Need update—thank you for helping us to raise £600

Children and staff dressed up for Pudsey and sported spots with pride.

 

Sporty Spot

Match of the Day

Mr Wichelow once again lead our team to victory at the Park Federation 5-a-side tournament.

Our boys came top of their group. They went on to win the semi finals and then the final in a tense penalty shoot out. They had an amazing attitude and were a credit to our school.

Mason gave an outstanding performance and was awarded player of the tournament. The Team: Alfie, Dylan, Jaden, Josh & Mason

Netball News

 

Last week, West Drayton Academy Netball team had an away match against Cherry Lane Primary School. The children were feeling slightly nervous but after their team talk with Mr Wichelow and Miss Callanan they felt keen and motivated and could not wait to get on to the netball court.

WDA started off the first quarter at a steady pace as the children got a feel for the game and of the other team. They were fantastic at communicating and cheering each other on. This had a positive impact on team spirit and lead to us scoring goals.

The first two quarters were thrilling and the children (and parents and teachers) could not hide their excitement. During the third quarter, Cherry Lane started to make a come-back but WDA responded by tightening up their defence to protect our lead.

The children played extremely well and the game finished with a score of 8-3 to West Drayton Academy.  A fantastic result from a terrific team.

The Team: Alfie, Ellysia, Jeremia, Mason, Niamh, Nimco, Owusua, Sydney

Newsletter issued 15th November 2017

 

Newsletter – November 2017

A message from our Principal, Richard Yates:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Without apology, I repetitiously convey the importance of home and school working together in order to provide the best possible outcomes for your children. Consistent and appropriate communication helps us to recognise areas of strength and areas for further development.

 

During parents' evening, 181 questionnaire forms were completed and returned. Thank you - we appreciate your feedback.

 

1. Parents are well informed about how their child is getting on and about school events. Teachers are approachable, views from parents are taken into account and the arrangements for new starters are embedded.

 

2. Teaching is good or better, children make good progress and children find the activities interesting and enjoyable. School can try harder to meet the needs of individual learners, particularly those with a special educational need.

 

3. Children are overwhelmingly happy at school, they are safe, there are very high behaviour expectations and school encourages healthy lifestyles. The school could try harder to communicate how bullying incidents are dealt with.

 

4. Parents are overwhelmingly happy with their child's experience at school, the school is led and managed well, is well equipped and continually strives to improve.

 

We are thrilled with your support.

 

Kind regards,

 

Richard Yates

Principal

 

 

Celebration Assembly

Celebration Assembly on 3rd November was led by our Principal, Mr Yates.

The whole school gets to celebrate the success of those children nominated by class teachers to receive a certificate. Certificates are given for upholding and demonstrating the School Values.

 

Year 1

Excellence: Sachit, Toby & Amelia

Unite: Naiya, Amjed & Thomas

 

Year 2

Excellence: Poppy, Grzegorz & Ranna

Reflect: Aaron

Persevere: Jose & Lola

 

Year 3

Excellence: Sindhuja, Nicole & Sabine

Enjoy School: Arjun, Brechtje & Anas

 

Year 4

Excellence: Haleema & Lily-Blu

Enjoy School: Coby & Aarush

 

Year 5

Excellence: Shivonnica & Saiba

Work Together: Aum, Harry & Chanveen

 

Year 6

Excellence: Ellie, Mudacer & Karim

Engage: Raniya & Brian

 

Strictly Victorian

There was something different about the Year 4 classrooms the first day back from half-term. Desks were in long, straight rows, the whiteboard had turned black and the West Drayton uniforms had been replaced by waistcoats, pinafores and white shirts.

The date on the blackboard in chalk read, Monday 31st October 1891. Far from a Halloween prank – it was Y4’s Victorian day. The learning challenge question for the Y4’s this half term is 'Could you have survived as a Victorian child?' A question, the Y4 teachers felt, would be best answered through experience. I think we will all be relieved to hear that all children did survive the day, despite a few tears around lunchtime when it was revealed that the measly bowlful of watery gruel (porridge) they had just been served would be all they got for lunch. (They did, of course, get their normal lunch as well and spirits rose greatly upon hearing this!)

From the moment they entered the classroom, the children got to experience life as a Victorian school child. They chose their own 'Victorian' name, discussed the timeline of the Victorian period and investigated how to convert our current coins into Victorian currency. Authentic Victorian punishments were doled out as a consequence for not following the rules of the Victorian classroom. For minor misdemeanours, the delinquent pupil had to copy out lines using chalk or stand behind their chairs facing the wall.

Suffice to say, the children were all happy to return to school the next day in normal clothes, thankful for the return to the routine, normality and technology of a 21st century classroom, however, quite a lot wiser in the knowledge of how children 150 years ago would have lived. This will set them in good stead when they visit a Victorian Classroom in Guildford Museum for their school trip in a few weeks.

Mrs Warren-Searle

 

Fire Brigade called to West Drayton Academy!

Don’t worry—it was only an educational visit from the kind officers at Hayes Fire Station who brought their Fire Engine into school for the Year 1 children to explore.

Miss Callanan arranged the visit as the Year 1’s topic this half term is: 'Would we survive The Great Fire of London today?'

The children learned that in 1666 when 'The Great Fire' happened that the houses were made of wood and straw and were built too closely together. This meant the houses burnt very easily and quickly. In addition, the people in 1666 used leather buckets filled with water to try and put out the fire and were reliant on the river Thames and wind dying out for their for their survival.

The children were also surprised to learn that there were no fire engines at this time. We however, were fortunate enough to have a fire brigade who demonstrated how lucky we are to have fantastic people and equipment to help us to put our fires today.

The children learned all about fire safety and had lots of fun exploring all the equipment and going inside the fire engine!

 

School Council & Children’s Leadership Team

Mrs Warren-Searle is the co-ordinator for the Children’s Leadership Team and School Council. Voting took place at the end of the last half term in school and the following children were elected:

 

School Council:

Tanvi, Leighton,  Tia, Samita, Liam, Nitin, Chinelo, Julia, Abdi, Matilda,

Denzel, Khadija, Livia, Dylan M, Jay, Manasa, Jayden, Romina 

 

CLT:

Zoya, Yasna, Happiness, Karim, Owusuah, Raniya, Abdiwahaab

 

 

The role of the school council is to take messages and news back to their classes and to classes lower down the school. These children were voted for by their class. This news will mainly focus on charity events and school activities. They will also be setting up a suggestion box for each classroom so that they can collect the pupil voices from each class They have to bring this information to council meetings.

Children had to formally apply in writing to Mrs Warren-Searle to be a member of the Children’s Leadership Team.

The CLT help to contribute to the Academy Development Plan through completion of investigative work and relaying their findings to our Principal, Mr Yates.

Mrs Warren-Seale aims to meet with each group every other week

Recently the CLT met and asked that the school support the Children In Need charity. They discussed what we should do and how to promote the event. Hopefully we will raise lots of money and the children will enjoy our non-uniform day. I am sure Mr Yates will see spots before his eyes and be dazzled by the bright colours!

 

Children In Need – Friday 17th November

Did you know:

· The first BBC broadcast appeal for children was a five minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day in 1927

· The first ‘televised appeal was in 1955

· Today’s ‘telethon’ format started in 1980

· Pudsey Bear made his debut in 1985 as a brown bear

· Pudsey had a make-over in 2007 and has ‘bear-ly’ changed over the last 10 years

· The charity, to date, has raised over £800million

This year, the theme is ‘Do Your Thing’ and the School Council decided the West Drayton ‘thing’ would be to hold a ‘non-uniform day’

We are asking children to dress in bright colours or spots (or both!) and bring in £1 for Pudsey.

 

Diary Dates

Thursday 16th November 9.00am 4WT Class Assembly

Thursday 16th November Y1 Trip to Look Out Discovery Centre

Friday 17th November Non Uniform Day for Children In Need

Thursday 23rd November 8.30-9.00am SLT Surgery session

Monday 27th November 4WT Trip to Victorian Schoolroom

Friday 1st December 4P Trip to Victorian Schoolroom

 

Newsletter issued 10th May

 

Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Summer is always a busy term and this year will be no exception. There’s much to look forward to – for example; Sports day, the annual family picnic, Summer Fair and disco, Nursery and Reception open days, class assemblies, health & fitness week, Book of the Year competition, a book fair and some fabulous year group trips that include Harry Potter World and LEGOLAND.

 

It is very important, as parents and teachers, to provide the children with lots of new and exciting opportunities – this will prompt conversation and increase their vocabulary.

 

It’s also that time of year when the children are assessed to measure progress for the year. Good luck to both years two and six, who are currently involved in national SATS. SATS are tests that judge children’s progress in reading, writing and maths. Last year’s KS2 results were very good - results in all subjects were better than national.

 

A quick reminder that the senior management team offer a home/school surgery every Thursday morning between 8.30 and 9.ooam. Please ‘drop in’ if you would like to discuss any aspect of school; no appointment is necessary.

 

Yours faithfully,

Richard Yates

Headteacher

 

 

Parents’ Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope you found the meeting with your child’s class teacher useful and informative.

It is important we meet with every parent so please do  call us to arrange an appointment if you haven’t already made arrangements. 

Tel: 01895 442904

 

 

Celebration Assembly  

Since our last edition, we have had 3 celebration assemblies.  Well done to all of the pupils who were awarded a certificate for demonstrating the school’s values.

 

Headliners for Assembly on 21st April

1C      Jamil for Respect & Samir for Excellence

1J        Abhinav for Respect & Mikell for Excellence

2BI       Karima & Sindhuja

2M       Anas for Excellence & Reuben for Engage with Learning

2S        Gilroy for Excellence &         Mumtaz for Engage with Learning

3S        Aarush for Excellence & Ilyas for Offer & Accept support

4F        Shirwa for Excellence & Yuva for Engage with Learning

4P        Hannah for Excellence & Gemma for Engage with Learning

5B        Rafie for Excellence & Haroon for Reflect & Improve

5W      Ulmeet for Excellence & Paris for Reflect & Improve

6M       Rayannah for Excellence & Anab for Offer & Accept support

6R       Ruby for Excellence & Rayyan for Reflect & Improve     

 

Headliners for28th April

1C      Mya for Persevere & Lola for Work Together

1J        Lucie for Persevere & Gal for Excellence

1R       Maya for Persevere &  Sheria for Excellence

2BI       Reggie for Excellence & Samita for Reflect & Improve

2M       Halimah for Excellence & Bilal for Reflect & Improve

2S        Niranjan for Excellence & Marina for Reflect & Improve

3S        Dominykas for Excellence & Sophie for Engage with Learning

3T        Kelsie for Engage with Learning & Jay for Excellence

4F        Nathan for Excellence & Lily for Engage with Learning

5B        Bryce for Excellence & Samia for Reflect & Improve

5W      Karthika for Excellence & Molly for Reflect & Improve

6M       Shannon for Excellence & Kennedi & Alicia for Work Together

6R       Rayyan for Excellence & Maryama & Manveer for Work Together     

 

Headliners for 4th May

1C      Adrianas for Excellence & Nadia for

1J        Kira for Excellence & Kiara for Engage with Learning

1R       Kaiden for Excellence & Kasparas for Engage with Learning

2BI       Sam R for Exce;llence & Ishaan for Aim High

2M       Chinelo for Excellence & Khulud for Aim High

2S        Manasa for Excellence & Mohammed for Aim High

3S        Ilyas for Excellence & Lili-Blu for Work Together

3T        Ronnie for Excellence & Alexander for Work Together

4F        Eddie for Excellence &          Ahmed for      Work Together

4P        Not present

5B        Abdi for Excellence & Simran for Reflect & Improve

5W      Yahya for Persevere &         Hamdi for Excellence

6R       Zareef for Excellence & Khushi for Offer & Accept support

 

 

Netball Team—Silver Medallists!

As league runners up , members of our netball team each earned a silver medal, which Miss Callanan presented at today’s assembly.  Thank you for representing West Drayton Primary—we are extremely proud of you!

 

Class Assembly 4P—We’re All in This Together!

4P’s class assembly was all about community and being a good citizen.  They mentioned some of the things they had done around the theme of community including organising a picnic.  They gave a recount of the book’ Sugarcane Juice’; a tale set in Pakistan where good citizenship was at the heart of the story.  At the end of the assembly, Mr Daniels asked them to remind us what they had been doing to be good citizens and encouraged all of us to make a special effort to deliver some ‘random acts of kindness’ at every opportunity.

The class finished with a rendition of ‘We’re All in This Together’ from High School musical and had us all clapping along.

Well done to all of the narrators and performers.  You made Miss Pottle very proud.

 

Year 4 Community Picnic

On the first day after the Easter holiday, Year 4 held a community picnic in the sunshine on the school field.   This was the beginning of our half term topic about the local community.

For our picnic, each student brought with them some food to share from their culture, as well as a family photo. A pleasant afternoon was spent, with children tasting new food, looking at their friend’s family photos and learning new facts about each other.

After lots of food had been enjoyed, the children spent the remainder of the afternoon playing football and exploring the climbing equipment, before home time.

As they trooped back into their classrooms, it was clear that they had experienced the many good things that community brings - an energetic and memorable beginning to our topic this half term.

On behalf of the Year 4 teachers, many thanks to all the parents, carers, and adults who attended the picnic and brought food and photographs to share with others.

Miss Folan

Year 4 Leader

 

 

We’re Going on a Bus Hunt!

On Monday 24th April, Reception children had the opportunity to walk to the bus stop.

Having spent previous weeks learning about the story of The Naughty Bus, the children were excited to go on a real-life bus hunt! Taking clipboards, paper and pencils with them, they were ready to write down bus numbers, destinations and other interesting pieces of information.

On reaching the bus stop, the children looked at what they could find out from the signpost and then waited for a bus to stop.

Fortunately, Miss Caves had an app on her phone that told each group how long they would have to wait.

They didn’t have to wait long! All three classes saw plenty of buses travelling in both directions: to Uxbridge and to Heathrow Airport. They spotted the 350, 222 and U3 and eagerly pointed them out to their friends!

Some of the buses drove past because nobody wanted to get off and some stopped at our bus stop. One driver was kind enough to sound his horn, turn on his windscreen wipers and wave at us on his way.

When a bus stopped, the children had a look at the oyster card machine and thought about how the passengers got on and off.

By the time the children got back to school, they had lots of information written on their clipboards.

For the rest of the week, the walk prompted bus role-play and plenty of writing opportunities in each classroom. A great success!

Mrs Tucker

Phase Leader

 

Success with SATs

The national curriculum for SATs consist of the following:

· English Reading

· English Grammar

· Writing & Spelling

· Mathematics

 

KS2 SATs are a great way to mark your child’s progress.   They also allow teachers and yourselves to learn about your children’s strengths and areas for improvement .

 

KS1 SATs confirm the teacher assessment only which is based upon the children’s performance as a whole over a period of time. It is not just about the formal assessments or how a child performs on one particular day.

 

Proper preparation will minimise stress and maximise performance so here is our SATs ‘survival guide’:

¨ Early to bed & early to rise

¨ Get plenty of rest

¨ Eat a healthy breakfast

¨ Keep hydrated

¨ Limit screen time

¨ Be positive

¨ Aim high

 

School Fair—The date is set: Friday 23rd June

Planning meetings will be held weekly every Friday 9.00am-10.00am. All members of the school community welcome.

Please come and offer your support and ideas.

 

Website - new calendar feature has been introduced.  On the  home page, you will  now find a summary of forthcoming events and from this box you can access the whole calendar.  You can also synch this to your own ‘Google ‘calendar.

 

Text Messaging is a good way to send reminders and keep in touch but it is costly.  Messages will continue to be sent to all who have parental responsibility.  Please make sure we have up-to-date contact numbers for you.

 

ParentPay problems have recently arisen where  payments are being made against the wrong item which is not easily reconciled.  Any money paid for dinners, goes directly to Taylor Shaw and cannot be credited to any other item  Please take care when using this system to select the correct activity / item to credit.   Do call into our main reception if you need any help.

 

Pupil Premium Eligibility Exercise

From September, we will be using the services  of Babcocks to check eligibility of families to access the pupil premium funding.  We recently sent a form  home via the children for all parents to complete (with the exception of those children currently in Y6).  A limited number were returned.  However, the information requested is similar to that  you may have already provided on our own forms and we will be sharing this information with Babcocks in order for them to conduct the checks.  If there is any reason you do not want us to share  this information, please  let us know by the end of this half term, Friday 26th May.

 

Diary Dates

Thursday 11th May                          SMT Surgery 8.30-9.00am

Friday 12th May                               Community Coffee Morning to plan for the School Fair

Monday 15th-19th May                    Book Fair all week

Thursday 18th May                           Time to Read

Friday 19th May                                1J Class Assembly

Friday 26th May                                Homework Exhibition

Mon 29th May - Fri 2nd June            Half Term

Thursday 8th June                            School closed for General Election

Newsletter - issued 31st March 2017

A message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

Your children’s welfare and learning is best when there's a strong partnership between home and school. This means that both home and school should know children's strengths, areas for development, potential barriers to learning and future targets. It also means that both home and school are happy. There are numerous ways to find out more information about your child or wider school issues;

 

1. Newsletter: The Newsletter is uploaded to the website every few weeks and is packed with information on future events and recounts of recent events.

2. Parent concern forms: if you have good ideas that would improve school or you have concerns, please complete a parent concern form, available from the main office. Once completed and returned to the office, your idea or concern will be allocated to the appropriate staff member who will respond, usually within 24 hours, always within 48 hours. We always respond to parent forms.

    3. Email or telephone the Office Manager. The email is: westdrayton@westdraytonschool.com

4. Talk to your child's teacher: at the end of every school day, once all children are handed over to their parents, you're free to talk with the class teacher. Alternatively, contact the main office to arrange an appointment. Appointments are not always possible on the same day.

5. Parent coffee mornings: Regular coffee mornings are organised to meet other parents and discuss how to support school or how to make school better. One member of the senior management team will be present at every meeting. Coffee morning dates are in the Newsletter and on the school website calendar

6. School Report. The school report is now shared termly, four times each academic year. This communicates achievement and targets within the school year, not only at the end.

 

Our website has a comprehensive range of school information. The address is www.westdraytonschool.com.

 

After the Easter break, I will be introducing weekly ‘surgeries’, every Thursday morning between 8.30am and 9am. This is an opportunity to ‘turn up’, without appointment, to discuss any matter with a member of the senior management team.

 

Although we are happy with most aspects of school, we may not always agree with each other, all of the time. However, your child’s well being and learning depends on home and school working together.

 

I wish you all a happy Easter. We return to school on Tuesday April 18th.

 

Richard Yates

Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Your children’s welfare and learning is best when there's a strong partnership between home and school. This means that both home and school should know children's strengths, areas for development, potential barriers to learning and future targets. It also means that both home and school are happy. There are numerous ways to find out more information about your child or wider school issues;

 

1. Newsletter: The Newsletter is uploaded to the website every few weeks and is packed with information on future events and recounts of recent events.

2. Parent concern forms: if you have good ideas that would improve school or you have concerns, please complete a parent concern form, available from the main office. Once completed and returned to the office, your idea or concern will be allocated to the appropriate staff member who will respond, usually within 24 hours, always within 48 hours. We always respond to parent forms.

3. Email or telephone the Office Manager. The email is:  westdrayton@westdraytonschool.com

4. Talk to your child's teacher: at the end of every school day, once all children are handed over to their parents, you're free to talk with the class teacher. Alternatively, contact the main office to arrange an appointment. Appointments are not always possible on the same day.

5. Parent coffee mornings: Regular coffee mornings are organised to meet other parents and discuss how to support school or how to make school better. One member of the senior management team will be present at every meeting. Coffee morning dates are in the Newsletter and on the school website calendar

6. School Report. The school report is now shared termly, four times each academic year. This communicates achievement and targets within the school year, not only at the end.

 

Our website has a comprehensive range of school information. The address is www.westdraytonschool.com.

 

After the Easter break, I will be introducing weekly ‘surgeries’, every Thursday morning between 8.30am and 9am. This is an opportunity to ‘turn up’, without appointment, to discuss any matter with a member of the senior management team.

 

Although we are happy with most aspects of school, we may not always agree with each other, all of the time. However, your child’s well being and learning depends on home and school working together.

 

I wish you all a happy Easter. We return to school on Tuesday April 18th.

 

Richard Yates

Headteacher

 

Celebration Assembly

The assembly held on 24th March was led by Deputy Headteacher, Mr Daniels.  Well done to all of the pupils who were awarded a certificate for demonstrating the school’s values.

1C   Jayadeep for Unite & Oliver for Excellence

1J    Dewa for Respect & Riley for Excellence

1R   Dharshini for Unite & Kaiden for Excellence

2BI  Khadija for Engage & Maria for Excellence

2M  Rahul for Engage & Nawal for Excellence

2S   Patryk for Engage & Manasa for Excellence

3S   Leighton for Respect & Sumarya for Excellence

3T   Haleema for Respect & Jay for Excellence

4F   Mangirdas and Niamh for Work Together & Zoya for Excellence

4P   Ellie-Rose for Work Together & Dylan for Excellence

Y5   At workshops

6M  Mia for Offer & Accept Support & Milos for Excellence

6R  Tahira for Offer & Accept Support & George for Excellence

 

We also celebrated the success of our boys who took part in the recent netball rally.

The boys performed really well and the team managed to reach the Quarter Final stage.

Thank you Miss Callanan for getting us involved and supporting the children.

 

Class Assemblies

Mr Bashir’s class, 5B, gave us a super assembly based upon the hero Hercules, a figure from Greek mythology known for his strength and brave adventures.

5B’s Hercules completed some heroic tasks and the children explained how they were achieved by applying science.

There was also some fantastic singing that was truly uplifting.

 

3T performed their class assembly which was all about their learning challenge this half-term, 'Why are Friends so important?'

They shared their ideas on what made a good friend, re-told the whole of Charlottes's Web in under two minutes and even educated us about playscripts.   With confidence, loud voices and great air guitar skills, 3T put on a fantastic show that had everyone smiling.  Miss Thomas was very proud.

 

Class assemblies are an invaluable way for the children to develop confidence, teamwork, communication and expression.  The teachers work hard with the children to ensure everyone is involved and able to contribute. Well done everyone!

 

Nursery Stay & Play - Under the Sea

Parents and siblings came into the Nursery to work with the children to create sea creatures using food. The children were set the challenge beforehand of discussing and planning what they would like to make with their    parent and they worked together to create it in the Nursery. 

The project was aimed at developing communication, thinking and problem solving skills as well as covering areas of learning such as Maths, Expressive Arts and Design and supporting the development of fine motor skills.

Mrs Bass

Nursery Teacher

 

World Book Day - Competition Results

Thank you and well done to all of the children who entered the World Book Day competition to design something that celebrated and inspired reading. Mrs Abdullaj co-ordinated the competition and Miss Folan, Mr Austin and Miss Stinchcombe had the very difficult task of selecting the winners.

All of the winners received a special certificate, Easter egg and gift:

Reception Manudesh

Year 1 Ankit

Year 2 Vaishnevi

Year 3 Alexander

Year 4 Ellie-Rose

Year 5 Kate

Year 6 Lisa

 

 

Down on the Farm - on our Doorstep!

We arranged a very special treat for the children when the Ark  Farm company came to visit us with  a range of animals.  Over three days, the children had the opportunity to meet sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, dogs and even a pony, who was a firm favourite. 

The children were very well behaved and respectful towards the animals.  The Ark Farm staff talked to the children about the different foods the animals ate, the  different coverings on their bodies and how the animals contributed to farm life.

We were very pleased to welcome the wider school community to enjoy the visit too.

 

Ahoy there Mateys! - Year 1 Pirate Theme Day

 To end our challenge question ‘are all pirates bad?’ the children in year 1 participated in Pirate Day. This involved the children taking part in a variety of exciting pirate activities.

We started the day in the gym so the children could use the equipment to imagine they were at sea on a pirate ship.

Following this, the children had fun with face paint and then created their own pirate mask, which was followed by making ship biscuits.

After lunch, the children completed a pirate science experiment, where they made boats out of plasticine to see which boat would float on the water the best.

The children also made kites and went on a scavenger hunt to look for treasure in the outdoor area. On the last day the children got to fly their kites on the field.

This half term’s homework project involved building a pirate ship. The children clearly had ‘galleons’ of fun with this and we had some super ships—some of them are pictured.

Well done ‘me hearties’ on a great half term!

 The Year 1 Team

 

 

STEM Challenge 2017

Throughout March, all of the children at West Drayton Primary School have been taking part in STEM workshops run by an engineer, Jeremy King, and funded by a grant from the Hillingdon Community Trust. The STEM Challenge is not just about teaching the children about the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths: it is about helping children to see how these can be combined and used in everyday life and inspiring the engineers of the future.

 

Each year group had a different challenge linked to their class topics:

 

Nursery: Rockets

Reception: STOMP Rockets

Year 1: Moving Pictures

Year 2: STIXX Rondavels (pictured)

Year 3: STIXX Aztecs buildings

Year 4: STIXX Roman temples

Year 5: Balloon Buggies

Year 6: K’nex Greek chariots

 

The children learnt about the background to their artefact and the scientific and mathematical language they would need to make their artefact. Then, working in pairs or small groups, they completed their challenge. It was amazing to see how well our children worked together to complete the challenges and how many of our school values they demonstrated. Well done to all the children for working so hard and a big thank you to Jeremy and the Hillingdon Community Trust for making it possible for our children to have this incredible experience.

 

Red Nose Day - Thank you for helping us to raise £380!

The School Council decided that we should have a non uniform / crazy hair day to support Red Nose Day.

Mr Daniels reminded us all in assembly of the good work that Comic Relief do to help support children in the UK and around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves.

 

Art in the Early Years

At the end of their topics on 'animals' and 'under the sea,' Reception and Nursery teamed up to create an art gallery.

 

Open to parents, carers and the school community, the EYFS gallery contained a piece of work by every child. From Reception habitats to Nursery underwater scenes and sea creatures, the children worked extremely hard to produce an outcome to rival the Tate Modern!

Using a range of different media (plasticine, collage materials, paint), it was clear that a great deal of learning and creativity had gone into the artwork.

 

Thank you to staff for their hard work and to the school community for their support!

 

Mrs Tucker

Phase Leader

 

Homework Exhibition

Each half term, the year groups are given a project to complete at home that links with their topic work in school. It is a good way to complement learning at school and can be a way for the children to get other family members involved as they explore their topics and create some pretty amazing models. This term the projects have included pirates, food, music, The Romans, friendships and story telling. We do hope you had the opportunity to see the classrooms at our open afternoon.

 

Mathletics Matters - says Miss Richards

This term, The Children’s Leadership Team has been working tirelessly to promote the use of Mathletics across the school in all year groups. Mathletics is an award winning, interactive site that aims to improve pupils’ maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum.

The Children’s Leadership Team had 2 main goals:

To raise the profile of Mathletics in all classes

To improve children’s confidence in maths

In order to do this, The Children’s Leadership Team launched a competition to see which class could score the highest number of points. Cake was awarded to each winning class.

The competition was a roaring success; the number of children accessing Mathletics on a regular basis has dramatically increased and, as a result, teachers have reported an improvement in children’s maths knowledge – especially their arithmetic skills.

Huge congratulations to the following classes

who enjoyed cake this term!

3T – Highest average points

6D – Highest average points

2M – Most improved score

3T – Most improved score

1J – Most improved score

6R – Most improved score

 

Easter

There has been lots going on in school around the theme of spring and Easter. This is a time for new beginnings and children in Nursery & Reception have had the opportunity to watch chicks hatching from eggs. It is incredible how quickly they grow and now they are just about ready to fly our nest!

 

We welcomed Reverend Rosy Barrie from St Martin’s church into school who lead an assembly. She talked about Easter and the children were asked what signs of spring they could see. She read them an Easter story and offered a prayer at the end.

 

We had a colourful Easter Bonnet Parade with children from Nursery, Reception and Years 1 & 2 showing off their wonderful creations to our KS2 children. Thank you for helping your children to take part in these activities—there were some very bright and imaginative designs. It was a very cheerful experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parent Consultation

Joining the Park Federation Multi Academy Trust

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

As you know governors and senior leaders at the school have been exploring a variety of options to work collaboratively with other schools. Following extensive research and frank discussion it has been decided to begin negotiations with a view to joining the Park Federation. The best interests of the pupils are at the heart of all considerations and in order to ensure the best possible outcomes we believe that working together with the Park Federation will bring many benefits.

 

The Park Federation holds the same values and standards as we do. They focus on providing a high quality rounded education for all pupils and to serving the community. In evaluating compatibility we considered several factors and concluded that the Park Federation would help us to continue to improve the school.

 

The decision is not final and we would like to hear your views on the matter. A consultation period will begin on Monday 30th January 2017 and end on Friday 3rd March 2017. During this time you are all invited to question or comment on this proposal in writing to myself at West Drayton Primary School. A document outlining the decision making process will be available on the school website from Monday 30th January.

 

You are also invited to attend a meeting with Mr Yates, governors and Dr Martin Young, the CEO of The Park Federation, who will talk to you about the proposal and answer any questions you may have. In the meantime you can visit The Park Federation’s website www.theparkfederation.co.uk for further information about them and the schools in the group.

 

We will be holding 2 meetings, which will provide the same information. They are scheduled for Wednesday 8th February at either 9.00am- 10.00am or 6.00pm -7.00pm. Please indicate on the attached form which one you intend to come to.

 

We do hope you are able to join us as we value your ideas and your feedback. West Drayton Primary School and The Park Federation feel very strongly that we are here to serve the community and therefore your point of view is crucial to this decision.

 

Yours faithfully,


Harinder Kang

Chair of Governors

 

PROPOSAL FOR WEST DRAYTON PRIMARY SCHOOL TO JOIN THE PARK FEDERATION AS A MULTI ACADEMY TRUST

 

PARENT AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION MEETING: Wednesday 8th February 9.00am or 6.00pm

Newsletter

20 January 2017

 

Introduction from the Headteacher

From an early age, parental involvement in children’s education has a tremendous influence on learning, and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood.

 

Parent involvement can be at school - for example; a governor, volunteering to help in the classroom or during lunch breaks. In addition, parent involvement is at home; teaching songs or nursery rhymes, reading, visiting and discussing places of interest and assisting with homework.


Thank you for listening to your child read every night, for helping with their homework projects and talking with them about their day. Thank you for being a parent representative, for being a governor or helping as a school volunteer.

 

We are lucky to have such a supportive community.

 

If you would like to volunteer at school, please contact Mr. Daniels via the school reception.

 

Richard Yates

Headteacher

 

Parents' Evening

Thank you for coming to Parents’ Evening. We had over 95% attendance but there are still a few parents who need to make appointments. To support your child's learning, it is very important that information and targets are shared. Please call us as soon as possible to arrange this:

01895 442904

 

Celebration Assembly

Every two weeks, we hold a Celebration Assembly led by Mr Yates, Mr Daniels or

Mrs Jackson-Brench.

 

The whole school gets to celebrate the success of those children nominated by class teachers to receive a certificate.  The certificates are issued in recognition of such things as, effort, progress, behaviour, and frequently using the school’s values.

 

The winners for this edition are listed below.

Well done and keep it up! We are proud of you.

1C Adrianas   Engage with learning & Maya -Excellence

1J Chloe-Rose - Engage with learning & Oliver -Excellence

1R Maisey –Engage with learning & Harris –Excellence

2BI Chloe –Enjoy school & Divehssha –Working together

2M Chitsa –Working together & Sabine & Chinelo – Working together preparing for class assembly

2S Vaishnavi—Excellence & Patryk, Rabiullah, Nileth, Brechtje, Mariam & Tyler for Working together

3S Shabeer for Excellence & Sumaya ‘Reflect & Improve’

3T Aisha for Excellence & Anam for Perseverance

4F Lewis –Aiming high & Hattie –Engage with learning

4P Ellie-Rose & Sumaira –Engage with learning.  Whole of 4P—Enjoying school

5B Eden Engage with learning & Sydney for Excellence

5WR Takunda—Engag e with Learning & Nimco -Excellence

6M Erin for Aiming high & Mason for Excellence

6R Bridie for Aiming high & Callum for Excellence

 

Time to Read

Thank you to those parents and carers who came along to our Time to Read sessions last week. Reading is so important for the development of language, comprehension and communication.

You should read with your child every night and record what they have read in their reading diary. Do talk about the books they are reading as this helps to further their comprehension.

Please encourage your child to access ‘Bug Club’. There is a link on the home page of our website. There are hundreds of books to choose from on-line and there is bound to be something to capture their interest and imagination.

If your child has forgotten their ‘log-in’, please speak to the class teacher.

 

Matheltics - It all adds up!

We have just launched a competition in KS1 & KS2 to encourage greater use of the on-line maths resource, Mathletics. This can be accessed via the link under the ’Pupil Zone’ on our website. Every 2 weeks, the classes in each Key Stage with the greatest number of log-ins, will be rewarded with cake.

If you do not have access to the internet at home, or your child has lost their ‘log-in’, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

It's a Bug's Life

Presenter, author and naturalist Martin Rapley visited school with his fascinating collection of bugs. The children met a variety of species including stick insects, millipedes, hissing cockroaches and a red backed tarantula spider called Lucy. The children were all very excited and some even bravely handled the bugs.

 

Children's Behaviour ... a time to reflect

At West Drayton Primary, children’s behaviour is good overall. However, behaviour certainly is not perfect and we continually try to improve standards.


Home and school are equally accountable for maintaining or raising standards of behaviour. We instil good behaviour through appropriate interaction and modelling - talking to our children about what is right/wrong and consistently showing them good actions. I urge you to discuss West Drayton Primary’s values with your children - they are values for life!


There are three school rules:

· follow instructions

· keep hands, feet and objects to ourselves, and

· use positive language and actions.

 

If rules are broken, warnings may result in children spending part of their lunch time in the Reflection Room. The Reflection Room is an opportunity for children to consider how they can improve their behaviour. If children visit the Reflection Room on numerous occasions, parents will be given a reminder of the school rules and invited to a meeting.


In each half term:

Three visits to the Reflection Room will result in a meeting with your child’s class teacher

Five visits to the Reflection Room will result in a meeting with your child’s Phase Leader

Seven visits to the Reflection Room will result in a meeting with a senior leader; Mr. Yates, Mr. Daniels or Mrs. Jackson-Brench


If additional meetings are required, both home and school will demonstrate a united partnership towards improvement.

 

Uniform - Setting Standards

One of the ways we encourage children to take pride in our school is by wearing the correct uniform.

Thank you to those families who do apply the dress code.

The uniform rules also apply to footwear and parents are reminded that children should be wearing plain black shoes. Trainers are acceptable but they must be plain black; without colour, logos or customising.

A reminder has been sent out and teachers will be speaking to those parents of children who do not have the correct uniform.

 

 

 

Newsletter

13 January 2017

 

Introduction from the Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

A belated happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and I wish you all the very best for 2017. The children have returned to school looking very smart and ready to learn.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all parents, staff and children who worked hard to produce such wonderful festive experiences last term: the Christmas show, Christmas Fair, carol service and the staff pantomime. It is your commitment that enables such events to take place.


I am thrilled to announce that we have a range of equally exciting events coming to West Drayton throughout the remainder of this academic year. Events will include: abseiling, a farm, an orchestra, the ‘Bugman’, the ‘Mad Scientist’, numerous book authors and a theatre production. Additional experiences offer children breadth of knowledge, a greater understanding of the world and also promote speaking, listening and writing. All of the above will be free of charge for all children.

 

Finally, I am very much looking forward to seeing you at parents’ evening next week. It is so important that your child’s achievement is reviewed and targets established to support him or her to become even better. Please ensure your meeting time has been arranged.

 

Yours faithfully,

Richard Yates

Headteacher

 

QPR playing away at West Drayton!

Representatives from the London club Queens Park Rangers have been coming into school to run workshops with the children based on health & fitness.

Working across all year groups, Adam and Sinead have delivered theory and practical lessons using different themes to encourage a healthy life style , general fitness and well -being.

Hopefully your child has been sharing some of the messages with you.

 

After School Club Update

Following the After School Club’s sudden departure, we have been working hard to find an appropriate replacement service.

Eight potential providers have been identified and each has been invited to put forward a proposal to us by 23rd January.

The school’s Business Manager will then meet with prospective providers during the week beginning January 30th. A final decision will be made on Friday February 3rd.

The schedule is challenging, but I’m hopeful that a new provider will be operational for the week beginning February 20th or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

Uxbridge Library

If you are not already a member, make it your mission to join and take advantage of the wealth of books available.

There is also a comprehensive programme of activities to suit all ages.

Coming up to half term, Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society have their ‘Rock Show’ - an exhibition of fossils, rocks and gemstones and the odd piece of dinosaur poo too!

 

Keeping your Children Safe on the Road

As the school is expanding, I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during ‘picking up and dropping off’ times.

There are 100 more children at West Drayton Primary than there were three years ago. We should continue to walk to school if we live close by so that families who live too far away to walk can safely park.

During the morning ‘drop off’ and afternoon ‘pick up’ please refrain from stopping on the yellow zigzag lines – it is against the law and very dangerous.

By driving sensibly, and within the law, we will ensure that children arrive on time and accidents are prevented.

The local authority are now monitoring Kingston Lane with cameras and I’m aware that tickets have been issued to those who stop illegally on the zigzag lines.

Parents should also refrain from ‘dropping off’,‘picking up’ or turning around using the staff car parks. This is very dangerous and causes congestion.

 

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