We have had another busy week in school! On Monday, the infant children began their Forest School journey for this academic year, this meant a bit of tidying up and getting ready for the year ahead.  Our next Forest School session is planned for early next half-term.
The Walk 2 School was as popular as ever, with 21 children taking part and working towards their WOW badges. Children should be walking to school at least once per week to gain their badges at the end of the month. Our next Walk 2 School will be on Tuesday 1st November.  
The junior children all had a brilliant day at Abbeystead Estate on Wednesday – the weather wasn’t the best but we made the most of it anyway! The children enjoyed learning about rivers and river creatures with Wyre Rivers Trust, minibeasts with Rob Foster from the Abbeystead Estate, foodchains and habitats with Curtis from BASC and food and farming with Anna from Countryside Learning.  We would like to than Countryside Learning for inviting us to take part in this fabulous event and the PTFA for funding the cost of the coach, we really appreciate these valuable outdoor learning experiences.
We still have lots of jars of our homemade chutney available for sale, raising funds for our Eco School. We are suggesting a minimum donation of £1.00 due to our varying different sized jars.

Sumdog Competition – the results are in! – this week our junior children have been involved in a county-wide Sumdog competition.
Overall – after a full week of strenuous mental maths – the juniors came 6th out of the 69 classes who entered! On Thursday we topped the daily leaderboard, coming FIRST by answering the most maths questions correctly! 
And to top it off, one of our Year 6 mathematicians, Joshua, who had been on the top ten individual leaderboard all week, came 4th out of all the pupils who entered! 
We are so proud of all the juniors, well done everyone, especially Joshua for his great mental maths skills and determination! 

Infants Outdoor Education Day – all our infant children will be taking part in an outdoor education day at Borwick Hall Education Centre on Monday 10th October – a full information sheet is attached.  Children will need to come to school with a packed lunch dressed in appropriate clothing for the weather, with a spare change of clothes and a towel in their rucksack.

Mindfulness Club – unfortunately Mrs Mather’s mindfulness club will be CANCELLED on Monday as she won’t be back from Borwick Hall in time. Please arrange for juniors to be collected at 3.15pm. Thank you.

Junior PE – as we enter the colder months, the children need jogging bottoms and a hoodie/sweatshirt (not school jumper) EVERY TUESDAY for our Morecambe Football sessions. We were rained on this week, so their kit has been sent home for a wash, please return their clean PE kit on MONDAY next week as we have an extra PE session planned. Thank you.

Art – please can ALL JUNIORS bring an old over-sized T-Shirt or shirt to use and keep in school permanently for art and DT sessions. They will need it on MONDAY next week. It needs to fit over their school uniform so must be baggy, we are just trying to protect school uniform!

Eco School – Mrs Mather will be doing a litter pick with children at lunchtime early next week.

Swimming after D&V – due to a number of children being off ill over the last week with sickness and diarrhoea, Lune Valley Swimming Pool are just wanting to send a reminder to all schools and parents that children are not allowed to swim until 2 weeks after the symptoms have stopped. This is due to the possibility of the virus sitting in the pool water and super spreading to other children and customers using the pool in and after the water has been affected.
Please see link below to the NHS Guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diarrhoea-and-vomiting/

REMINDER: School Photographs
– children in school have all had their individual and sibling photographs taken last Friday. Proofs were enclosed in last week’s Friday bag. We are strongly encouraging any parents who wish to order to do this online by Monday 10th October.

REMINDER: Toddler Group Diddi Dance Stay & Play Session – Monday 17th October from 9.30am. Flyer attached to last week’s newsletter – please share details to any families with pre-school aged children.

REMINDER: Parent Meetings Wednesday 12th October – thank you to all parents for signing up to parent meetings so promptly. Please arrive at your allocated time – your child/rens books and work will be available for parents to have a look through. Class teachers will be available for informal chats during this time.

REMINDER: Annual Flu Sprayattached to the newsletter email last week was an email from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals School Age Vaccination Team regarding the Flu Nasal Spray.  The consent process is now online.  Please have a read and respond appropriately.  The vaccination team will be in school on the morning of Tuesday 1st November to administer the nasal sprays.

Christmas Crafts – whilst it is still only October, we are looking ahead to after half-term and the return of Mrs Mather’s very popular Christmas Crafts club. This will be held on a Monday lunchtime and cost £15.00 for the full half-term. Payment will be available on SchoolMoney and must be made prior to half-term in order for us to purchase resources.

PTFA Meeting – following the PTFA meeting, the PTFA have a number of events lined up for the year ahead.
Pre-loved Uniform – our sale rail of pre-loved uniform will be available in the school hall on parents evening (Wednesday 10th) with a donations pot. Suggested £1.00 per item.
Tuck Shop – end of term sweet treats – 50p bags of sweets will be available from the PTFA tuck shop at the end of the school day on Thursday 20th October.
Fancy Dress Party – Fraser Hall, Cowan Bridge – Monday 31st October 3.30pm-5.30pm.
£5.00 per child, including food, drink and face painting. All proceeds go to the PTFA.
Please could we ask for payment to be sent to the school office as soon as possible so we can plan numbers. Thank you in advance.
…..and lots, lots more to come – please remember, all monies raised by the PTFA benefits ALL CHILDREN in school.  Any help or donations are always greatly appreciated.

What’s on this week:

Coming up this half term: