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Just a reminder to ring the office and leave a message on our Pupil Absence line if your child is unwell and not in school on each day of the absence.  Please make it clear the reason for the absence when leaving a message.  If your child has vomiting and/or diarrhoea he/she MUST NOT return to school until 48 hours have passed since the last time they are unwell.  This policy is the guidance from the Health Protection Agency and Norfolk County Council and is in place so that we minimise the risk of infections being spread.  This can so easily happen in a school so please support us with this.  If children are sent back to school too soon, we will be contacting parents/carers to come and collect!
We have a new exciting Mulbarton Primary School website!  You can find the website at so head over and have a look!  Please do bear with us, however, whilst it is fully updated.  As from next week the Weekly News will no longer be sent from the office but will be sent via the website.  Please subscribe to our free newsletter by clicking on the top right hand corner of the website.  Hopefully this will alleviate any IT issues we have been experiencing when sending out bulk emails.  In respect of class information, soon the weekly news will be available by looking at the individual class blogs via the website!
Parent Consultation Evenings
These will take place on Tuesday 17th October (3.30pm – 6.00pm) and Wednesday 18th October (5.30pm – 7.30pm).  More information about signing up for slots will be provided shortly!
House T-Shirts
All children have now been placed into houses and we would like children to wear their house t-shirt for PE.  If children are unsure which house they have been placed into, please check with their class teacher.   T-shirts will be available for purchase from Mrs Jennings in the main school entrance during parents evening on Tuesday (between 3.15pm and 5.45pm) and on Wednesday (between 5.15pm and 6.45pm).  They will be available for the cost price of £4.50 and it would be very helpful if you could come with the correct change!
We are attaching a flyer concerning a holiday water sports course at Whitlingham which may be of interest to some of you.
Weekly News
This week we have started phonics. The children have been learning about alliteration and rhyming words and have had to use their listening skills to carefully to identify the different sounds in words.
In maths we have started to look at numicon. The children have been ordering and recognising numbers on a number line and matching numicon shapes to the numbers.
The children are really enjoying their time on the bikes on a Wednesday. Please remember that if you wish for your child to wear a helmet on a Wednesday to bring it in and leave it on your child’s peg in the morning.
There was a confusion with the information meeting time on Wednesday 11th October. Refreshments will be available from 2pm and the meeting will commence at 2:15pm and finish at 3pm. Notes from the meeting will be sent home to parents that are not able to attend.  On Monday 16th October the preschool leaders will be visiting school at 2pm for a tea party to read the children a story and see how they have settled. If your child is usually part time but you would like them to be here for this event you are welcome to bring them back to school at 2pm.
Parent consultations are on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October. There will soon be a list in each classroom to sign up for an appointment with your class teacher.
Thank you to the parents that have activated their tapestry accounts online. If you haven’t yet, you should receive an email from tapestry. Please feel free to start uploading observations or commenting on observations taken at school.
Please could the squirrel parents wait inside the blue fence when picking your child up from school as it blocks the path.
Please could you also ensure that your child has wellies in school – especially for our number walk. Thank you to all of the parents have offered to help at our number walk. If you are able to attend, please meet us by the gate at 9:30, we aim to be back at about 10:30.
Year One
This week in year one we have had some very special visitors to help us with our topic ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’.  Jessie (the dog) came into school with Mrs Smith and she told us all about her being adopted from Cyprus.  Mrs Smith told us all about what she needs to do to look after Jessie – how to feed her, exercise her and bathe her.  Jessie showed the children some of the training that she has been doing.  Mrs Cockrell brought in her two pet tortoises and told us about where they would have lived, how she has to take care of them by feeding them special food, and keeping them warm with a special red lamp.  Helping them to hibernate for the colder months and waiting to see whether they are both boys, girls or one of each?  We asked some really brilliant questions.
Year Two
We have had an exceptionally busy week in Year 2 doing lots of exciting things.
We began the week with a whole day of baking. The children thoroughly enjoyed making and decorating different shaped biscuits. We are pleased to say the money raised has allowed us to adopt a shark and a whale so thank you to all the supported this activity.
On Tuesday afternoon Lisa from the Norwich School Sports Partnership started rehearsals for the dance showcase.
On Wednesday we had a fantastic day at Norwich Castle to launch our new topic ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’. The children took part in 3 main activities; a tour of the castle keep, handling old objects and making pennants for a jousting tournament. After lunch we explored the rest of the castle museum and looked at the outside of the building. Thank you to our adult helpers.
Once back at school, we wrote a recount of the trip using time conjunctions and giving lots of interesting details.
We hope you enjoyed our assembly yesterday. We think you’ll agree the children worked very hard and performed with confidence.
In Maths this week we have been learning to use the more than and less than symbols (> and <) to compare numbers. Some children even used them to compare two number sentences!
Please remember our Reading Café on Thursday 12th October at 9am. Miss Cobb will be giving a Forest Schools talk before the children come in.
Year Three
We have had another great week in year 3. In maths, we have begun our new unit on addition and subtraction in which children are learning new skills (such as bar modelling) which will help them throughout the school. We have also begun a new unit in English and the children have really enjoyed taking part in some drama and shared writing activities which will help them to write their own reports later on. Before starting this new unit, the children had the chance to perform their circus poems to the year group. In science, the bean seeds have been planted under a range of different conditions and the children have made predictions about which ones they feel will grow well and which ones will not.
Generally, the children are continuing to settle and to understand the requirements of the new year group. In PE, they are getting themselves changed and organised more quickly. However, some children do not have the correct PE kit in school and this is causing unnecessary delays and is causing us to lose valuable learning time. Please could we ask that you ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school (shorts, T shirt, socks and plimsolls). We will be doing PE outside when the weather permits so could you please also ensure that your child has something warm to wear on these occasions (a sweatshirt and maybe tracksuit bottoms would be ideal). Can I also remind you to ensure that everything which your child brings to school is named so that we can get items back to you quickly if they have been mislaid? Thank you.
Year Four
We have been continuing to learn about Living Things.  In Science, we applied our knowledge of groups of animals to create classification flow charts.  We have painted some beautiful sunsets as the backgrounds for our artwork.  In Maths, we have been consolidating our addition methods and working on our ability to find complements to 10 and 100 before we start work on written subtraction methods next week.  We are continuing to enjoy our Real PE sessions, enjoying awarding each other Dojos for aspiration and resilience.  This week, in English, we have zoomed in on information texts in preparation for writing texts about our class animals next week.
We hope that you are able to join us for our Reading Café on Monday from 9.00 – 10.00am in the Upper School Hall.
Year Five
We have begun our Stargazing topic this week in Year 5. We have discussed what we would like to learn and started to look at the planets in our solar system. In English we have prepared a presentation about a planet working collaborative in a small group and presented this to the class. In maths we looked at subtraction using the column method. Some of us found this hard but we were resilient and by the end of the week were more confident. We also created some fabulous art work linked to our topic. Using chalk, we drew pictures of the planets in the solar system.
We have also told the children about our planned trip to the Space Centre, a letter went home on Wednesday. They were very excited and we hope all the children will be able to come with us, if you have any questions about the trip please ask.
The Year 5 cloakroom area is fairly small and many children are bringing large bags to school that we do not have room to store. This is leading to the cloakroom being untidy. We have spoken to the children about this and they are trying hard to keep it neat and tidy. Please can you help them by encouraging them not to bring large bags into school unless absolutely necessary.
Thanks from the Year 5 team.
Year Six
We have been mastering our method for long multiplication this week and applying this to some challenging word problems.  In English we have been editing and improving our non-chronological reports to try and use more cohesive devices in our paragraphs.  Our science investigations have been very active as we have been investigating questions about the pulse, such as “do boys pulse rates recover quicker after exercise?” and “how do our emotions effect our pulse rates?”  We will be sharing some of our expert knowledge about the pulse rate during our fundraising event on Thursday 19th October.

5th October – Year 2 Assembly

Reading cafes coming soon:
Monday 2nd October
Tuesday 3rd October
Thursday 5th October
Friday 6th October - Year  1
Monday 9th October - Year 4
Tuesday 10th October - Year 5
Thursday 12th October - Year 2
Friday 13th October - Year 3
Parent’s Evenings:
Tuesday 17th October 3:30- 6
Wednesday 18th October 5:30- 7:30
Thursday 19th October am- Harvest Assembly. Donations will go to Norwich Food Bank. Please can you add this link to their shopping list:
Pm- Year 6 fundraiser

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