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November

Friday 24th

General News

Thank you for all of your donations today for our Christmas tombola.  We have a fantastic amount of items and we hope that the children enjoyed coming to school today in non-uniform!  Don't forget the Christmas Fayre is next Friday 1st December 5pm until 7pm and we look forward to seeing you all for some festive fun. This year due to time constraints we were unable to send raffle tickets home, however we still have some fabulous prizes to be won -£100 cash prize, £50 Dipple and Conway Opticians voucher, Co-op Hamper, £20 Reiki voucher and many more. Please come and support us by buying raffle tickets on the evening.  We are holding a Bake Off competition and bake sale.
We are also attaching a flyer which gives detailed information about the programme of events for the Christmas Fayre with timings of children's performances. christmas fayre


*AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND* - Thank you so much to all of you who voted in our Laptops for Learning bid.  Voting has now closed but we will keep you informed of whether or not we have been successful!

Parents/Carers of Mulbarton Primary School are invited to a ‘drop in’ coffee morning by the Family Matters Team.  A flyer concerning this event on 7th December is attached. Mulbarton coffee morning

Mobile Library - The mobile library visits every other Thursday after school and will next be here on Thursday 7th December!

*SCHOOL REMINDERS*
If your child is arriving for school after 9am please bring them into school via the school office to ENSURE that they are registered correctly.  Please do not take your child straight to the classroom even if the gates are still unlocked at 9am.
If your child is absent, please notify the school office by using our dedicated Pupil Absence telephone line and DO NOT email in the absence.  If you have any urgent messages for school, please telephone the office and either speak to a member of the office staff or leave a message on the answerphone.  Please do not email messages as there may be a delay in our emails being checked.
May we politely remind parents not to drive on to school premises between the hours of 7.45am and 4.30pm.  This is to ensure the safety of all our children whilst on our site.

NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR COMING INTO SCHOOL  - From Monday we are trialing a new system in the mornings.  Like the existing arrangements in the lower school, doors in upper school will open at 8.45am and children will come straight into the cloakrooms and classrooms to be registered ready for the school day to begin promptly at 9.00am.

Weekly News - we hope you will find it useful to have the weekly news contained within the newsletter.  Please do still head over to the blogs to see what else has been going on in class!

Reception
This week we have been learning the sounds e r h and u. We have also started learning tricky words, we hope that you have found your child’s tricky word tag in their book bag.
We have also been learning about 2d shapes and the children have been working with an adult to make pictures using those shapes and describing their properties.
This week we have also started to teach the children how to use the woodwork area safely in small groups- the children have loved this activity!
The children have also been starting to give compliments to the hedgehog/squirrel of the day. Please look out for the compliments slip that comes home when it is your child’s turn. We would love for you to add your family’s compliments at the bottom of the page and return the slip to school so that we can share your compliments from home at school, it will be sent home again for you to keep.
Thank you to those of you who have already replied with money for the Christmas craft morning. We do need these back as soon as possible so that we can buy resources for the crafts. Just to remind you that we cannot accommodate pre-school children at this event.
Mulbarton Church have kindly offered to give every child in reception a story bible. Please could you let us know if you would rather your child does not receive one. There is a copy near the snack area if you would like to have a look at it before deciding. A member of Mulbarton Church will be presenting the bibles to the children next week.
The school has bought a machine that turns waste paper into fuel for our wood burner. If you have any shredded paper at home or old newspapers, please bring it into school in a bag, thank you.

Year One
We have had a lovely week in Year 1. We started the week with a wonderful writing session focusing on a picture of an enchanted woodland scene. The children then wrote some lovely descriptive sentences about what they could see, hear and smell.
In Maths this week we have carried on with subtraction and learning to problem solve with a number line by carefully jumping backwards to take away.
We have enjoyed looking at the year 1 home learning, thank you for your support with this and with their spellings. The children have been given their words for the KS1 nativity to practise at home. There are a few children from each class without a speaking part and they will be wearing a costume on stage which we will provide.
We had great fun making our story boxes and we were very impressed with the children’s model making skills. They are very proud of their creations and we would like to invite you in for a class exhibition to look at their story boxes along with their enchanted stories after school from 3.10pm on Thursday 28th November.
Please could we ask the children to bring in their favorite book from home next week, which we will share on Tuesday as part of our reading for pleasure focus this term.
Next Friday we will be performing our year 1 Christmas song – ‘ O Tannenbaum’, at the Christmas Fayre at 5.15pm in the upper school hall.

Have a lovely weekend from the Year 1 team

Year Two
We have had a very busy week in Year 2. Shark class went on their visit to the church, we all went to Easton College to take part in a multiskills festival with other schools, and we have been creating an art masterpiece.
At the start of the week we looked at missing number problems, for example 23 + ? = 53. The children used a 100sq or a blank number line to count up and find the ‘difference’ and therefore the missing number.
We have been learning about adverbs as part of our SPaG work (spelling, punctuation and grammar). We learnt that some adverbs end in the suffix –ly and describe how an action is carried out, for example; quickly, carefully, slowly, happily etc. The children wrote sentences about the Three Billy Goats Gruff applying their understanding of adverbs.
On Wednesday and Friday we have been busy making ourselves into kings / queens by drawing self-portraits. We created a first draft before watching a video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly’. The video is about a little boy who got feedback from friends on how to improve and by his final draft his artwork was amazing. The children then gave each other feedback before creating a second draft. On Friday they drew their final draft and began painting.
A reminder to the dance showcase parents that we need your order form and money for the t-shirts by Monday. We will send further information about the event closer to the time but just a reminder that children will need to take part in both shows (afternoon and evening) and will need picking up from the Open venue after the last performance.
Next week we will need lots of junk modelling so please save up over the weekend. Many thanks.

Year Three
Both classes have been busy practising for our assembly next week. We have been really pleased with how the children are making such an effort to learn their words. We look forward to seeing you all next Thursday afternoon.
We have also been preparing for our performance at the Christmas Fayre. We would like the children to bring in jam jars to turn into lanterns. We would like at least one jam jar for every child. If you have several spare, please send them in by Monday so that others can use them too.
We have started two new topics in maths and English. In maths we are developing our understanding of multiplication and division. This will continue to the end of term. In English we have begun a unit of work on narrative writing, using Maia Walzcak's, 'The Black Hat' as inspiration for our own stories.
In science we are developing our understanding of food chains.

Year Four
This week in Year 4 we have been continuing our work on the Romans.  We have been developing our use of expanded noun phrases, similes and relative embedded clauses to make our wanted posters for Boudicca as descriptive as possible.  We are also starting our Roman marching in PE.  We are very good Roman army scouts!
In Maths, we have continued to practise our written multiplication methods, applying it to area. We also particularly enjoyed investigating finding area by counting squares.
In Science, we continued our work on Sound.  We investigated how to change the pitch and volume of musical instruments that we have made.
Just a quick note to let you know that Year 4 are performing our Christmas song at 6pm on Friday 1st December as part of the School Christmas Fayre.

Year Five
This week Puffins and Penguins have been looking at science fiction and invented our own alien. We have discussed if we think aliens exist and thought of some superb reasons to back up our opinions.
In maths we have been working on division. We have been very resilient and now feel much more confident at formal methods of division. Well done Puffins and Penguins we are really proud of you.
We are looking forward to the Christmas fayre next week and performing our Italian song for all the visitors. Please can the children remember to wear a Christmassy jumper, woolly hat and scarf for the performance. Thanks

Year Six
In Maths this week, we have been mastering multiplication of fractions, applying our knowledge and supporting each other collaboratively with problem-solving.  We have been working hard to improve our use of mathematical language – ask us all about the importance of equivalent fractions! In English, we have started to read about the Titanic as we work towards writing a diary entry in role as someone on board.

This week has been Open Week at Mulbarton so our new prefects – along with some other trusted Year 6 children – have been showing visitors around our fantastic school and answering questions all about our learning and our school life. As our exciting Year 6 Titanic assembly approaches, we have been discussing how to make the occasion really special (any captain hats, wedding hats or appropriate attire for a Titanic passenger or worker would be appreciated!).

A few parents have been asking about revision guides for KS2 SAT's.  We recommend the following series, but please don't feel you have to purchase them:

Achieve 100 maths/reading etc
Achieve 100 plus for the children working at greater depth
Published by rising stars. £5 in price

Friday 10th

This week children in  Reception to Year 4 have brought home letters and consent forms for the flu immunisation programme.  The date for the flu immunisation is Wednesday 22nd November.    Please ensure that your consent forms are returned to school as soon as possible and before 22nd as your child will not be immunised unless we have a signed consent form.  

The children have had a visitor in Assembly today from the charity Sugar for Shelters.  They support shelters in East Anglia for the homeless and families in crisis and we will be collecting bags of sugar in school for this appeal.  Watch out for further details in future newsletters!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!!!

Children in Need
- BBC Children in Need is next Friday 17th November.  We will be holding  a cake sale on Thursday 16th November and Friday too if we have lots of cakes left over!  Please can we ask parents for donations of cakes to be brought into school on Thursday 16th November,  Year 5 and Year 6 will organise this and run the stalls. Cakes will be sold at break time on both the lower school and upper school playground so please send your child/children into school with some money if they would like to buy a cake.   Next Friday will also be a non-uniform day so children should come to school in spots or stripes for suggested donation of £1

Christmas Fayre - We will be holding our annual Christmas Fayre on Friday 1st December 5pm - 7pm.  We will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 24th November  in exchange for bringing in prizes for the tombola stall at the Christmas Fayre.  All children will be performing at the Christmas Fayre and exact details about the timings of class performances will be provided nearer the time.

Christmas Craft Morning (Reception Class) - Friday 8th December - Look out for further details concerning this on the Hedgehog and Squirrel class blogs.

Nativity - This year the Year 1 and Year 2 children will be performing a nativity.  The performances will be on the following dates and further details will be given nearer the time.

Monday 11th December, 2pm, Dress Rehearsal (to which pre-school children are invited)
Tuesday 12th December, 2pm and 6pm (no pre-school children - thank you)
Wednesday 13th December, 6pm (no pre-school children - thank you)

Due to this we have decided to postpone the advertised Year 1 assembly until the spring term.

Christmas Jumper Day - In order to support Save the Children, we will be taking part in Wear a Christmas Jumper Day for a donation of £1 on Friday 15th December

Christmas Carol Service - Key Stage 2 children (Years 3-6) will be attending the Church for a carol service on Tuesday 19th December.  This will be led by Year 6 children.  Details for both events will follow.  
Year 3 How Hill visit - There will be an information evening for parents on Wednesday 10th January at 7pm.
We are holding a Year 3 sleepover on Friday 26th January to help everyone prepare for How Hill. Details will follow.

All children can now access Active Learn from home and Education City but if anyone is having problems please speak to your class teacher.
 
Aviva - Laptops for Learning - As you know we are bidding to win £9,000 to buy 30 new laptops for the school, which would put 2 laptops in every classroom or allow a whole class to have one each for individual lessons.  Thank you to everyone that has already voted, we have over 2,000 votes already.  With just over a week of voting left can you help us to get into the final by voting if you haven’t yet & by encouraging friends & family to vote for us please?
Please click on the link below to vote for “Laptops for Learning” for Mulbarton Primary School, voting is free & you don’t need to be an Aviva customer.  Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used across multiple projects or all on one project.
We need to get as many votes as we can so please spread the word by sharing this email with your family, friends& colleagues.  If you have your own business, would you consider sharing this with your employees?  Every vote counts to get us 30 new laptops for our children.

Thank you.

Don't forget to have a look at our class blogs to see what the children have been doing this week!

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We need your votes!

We are bidding to win £9,000 to buy 30 new laptops for the school, which would put 2 laptops in every classroom or allow a whole class to have one each for individual lessons.  We need your help!
Please click on the link below to vote for “Laptops for Learning” for Mulbarton Primary School, voting is free & you don’t need to be an Aviva customer.  Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used across multiple projects or all on one project.
We need to get as many votes as we can so please spread the word by sharing this email with you family, friends & colleagues.  If you have your own business, would you consider sharing this with your employees?  Every vote counts to get us 30 new laptops for our children.

Thank you



Welcome back to school, we hope everyone had a lovely half term break.  Please can we remind parents to telephone the school office if your child is absent from school due to illness on every day of the absence.  Gates to the school will be locked at 9am and, therefore, children who are arriving at school after 9am MUST be brought in through the main office.  This is really important to keep all our children safe and ensure that they are marked correctly on the register.

Any parents who haven't yet completed the Parents Survey, please can you do so and the link to access this is:   
http://perspective.angelsolutions.co.uk/diagnostics/Survey.aspx?link=c97a78d9-e4aa-46dd-8c48-d69e50bc96c5

We are bidding to win £9,000 to buy 30 new laptops for the school, which would put 2 laptops in every classroom or allow a whole class to have one each for individual lessons.  We need your help!
 
Please click on the link below to vote for “Laptops for Learning” for Mulbarton Primary School, voting is free & you don’t need to be an Aviva customer.  Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used across multiple projects or all on one project.

We need to get as many votes as we can so please spread the word by sharing this email with you family, friends & colleagues.  If you have your own business, would you consider sharing this with your employees?  Every vote counts to get us 30 new laptops for our children.

Thank you

We have been asked to make parents aware that there is a new organisation called 'Help Hub'.  This is a partnership set up between organisations that support people in South Norfolk.  It can offer practical support, confidential advice and guidance on any issue from a broken washing machine to providing support for you and your family.  More information is available on their website www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/connectors

GOOD NEWS!  Thank you to everyone who attended the Sugar Beet fireworks.  They are donating £650 to the school from the profits raised!

The mobile library will be on school grounds next Thursday 9th November between 3.05 and 3.40pm.  We are pleased to advise that PC Jim Squires a Community Engagement Officer from Norfolk Constabulary will be reading his favourite story with children and giving them the chance to try on uniforms and learn more about a police officer's role.  He looks forward to meeting with families who visit the mobile library after school on that day!

Some of our children from our Choir are performing with Mulbarton Community Choir alongside Norfolk Wherry Brass next Saturday 11th November.

REMEMBRANCE DAY - Poppies are now on sale and will be sold by our Year 6 children at breaktime and lunchtime.  If your child would like to bring some money to buy a poppy please send it in with your child separate from their lunch money!

BBC Children in Need takes place this year on Friday 17th November and we are having a non uniform day.    Please wear something spotty for a donation ( suggested £1).  There will also be a cake sale on the Thursday and the Friday at break time, more details to follow.
 
Mulbarton Primary School
The Common
Mulbarton
Norwich
NR14 8JG
Telephone - 01508 570326
Email - office@mulbartonprimary.norfolk.sch.uk


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