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Spring 1 2020 School Newsletter

Spring 1 2020 Nursery Newsletter

School Meals:

Week Beginning 20th January ~ We are on Week 3

Please click here for the Autumn Winter Menu

After-school Clubs

New clubs will start in the week beginning 13th January. We ask for £1.25 per week for each of the clubs (excluding karate). We ask that all clubs are paid for by the beginning of the spring term. 

Red Base children may apply for clubs to start in January.

Please collect a form from the office to apply for clubs starting in the Spring term 2020.

Applications for Infant School and Junior School

This information applies to children wanting to start at Waterthorpe (current Nursery children) or Emmanuel (current Y2 children) in September 2020: The deadline for admissions to the Infant or Junior School of your choice is 15th January. We have sent out applications and reminders to those families who have not yet applied but there are still a number who have not put in an application. Online applications are now closed, paper applications only accepted.

Application forms can be downloaded from

Photos of Christmas performances:

We have taken photos of our children in their nativity/Christmas performance costumes. If you would like to purchase them please complete an order at the school office. Please note, we will print the photos on paper (A4 page size) in school. If you would like the photo to be smaller or larger please let us know. Photos will be charged at 50p each.

Milk Payments up to Easter 2020

 The cost of milk for the spring term, up to Easter, is £9.90. In order to ensure your child receives milk, please make payment via sQuid, our online payment system.

Free milk will continue to be provided to all children under the age of five, or to those children who are in receipt of income based free school meals/FSM. If you are not sure whether your child gets income based free school meals, please ask at the office.

After-School Clubs

New Clubs start in the second week of term (Karate starts in first week of term). Clubs will run until the week before Easter 2019. (Please see club letter for dates.) Children should be collected from the hall doors at 4:10p.m. after drama, sports and karate. Most clubs are £1.25 per week and the fees should be paid at the office, termly in advance. (You will also shortly be able to pay these online through sQuid.) Karate is £15 for the half term and this fee should be paid to the coach when you collect your child. Children should bring a PE kit for any sports type clubs.

Our clubs this term are:

Monday        Gymnastics

Tuesday        Team Games

Thursday      Musical theatre Club

Friday          Karate Club

SEAL Family Workshop New date:  4th February 2:15p.m.

 Our next SEAL workshop, run by Mrs Marriott, is on 14th February in the school hall between 2:15a.m. and 3p.m. At the workshop you will work with your child on the theme of ‘Going for Goals’.  This workshop is open to families and children in Foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 2 (Red, Blue, Yellow and Green Base).

Nursery Letter of the Week 20th January

The Nursery letter of the week is the letter ‘Ee’.

We invite your child to bring items from home, that start with the letter ‘Ee’, to talk about in Nursery.

Nursery Letter of the Week 27th January

The Nursery letter of the week is the letter ‘Ll’.

We invite your child to bring items from home, that start with the letter ‘Ll’, to talk about in Nursery.

‘Maths on the Farm’ Family Workshop 29th January 2p.m.

Please join us for our ‘Maths on the Farm’ Family Workshop on Wednesday 29th January at 3:15p.m.

This workshop is for families of children in Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 (Red, Blue, Yellow and Green bases). Please collect your children from their classroom at the end of the day and bring them round to the school hall.

At the workshop you will find out how we are teaching maths through our topic and you will be able to take part in some fun activities with your child. You are welcome to bring younger brothers and sisters.

Please click here for workshop letter.

Green Base Class Assembly for parents and families 30th January 9:15a.m.

Each class holds a termly assembly for parents and families. These are in the school hall. They usually last about 20 minutes. At these assemblies, the children share some of the things that they have been learning in school.

Green Base Assembly is on 30th January at 9:15a.m.

Nursery Letter of the Week 3rd February

The Nursery letter of the week is the letter ‘Hh’.

We invite your child to bring items from home, that start with the letter ‘Hh’, to talk about in Nursery.

Nursery Letter of the Week 10th February

The Nursery letter of the week is the letter ‘Rr’.

We invite your child to bring items from home, that start with the letter ‘Rr’, to talk about in Nursery.

On-Line Safety Day Tuesday 11th February

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally with the slogan: ‘Together for a better Internet’.

Children in school follow a curriculum which includes teaching them about keeping safe online. On Safer Internet Day we further promote both the positives and the dangers of the internet, helping children to ensure that they keep safe.

Year One (Blue Base) Phonics Family Workshop Wednesday 12th February

All Year One children will be taking a national phonics screening test in June. Each child will receive either a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ for the test. If they fail the test they will retake it at the end of Y2.

On Wednesday 12th February Y1 children will show their families some of the games and activities we do at school to help them prepare for the test. Please can all Y1 parents/carers come to the school hall with your child at 8.50a.m. (Please enter through class doors so children can leave coats and belongings in the base.) It is very important that either yourself, or a representative attends this meeting.

Please click here for workshop letter.

Valentine Disco Thursday 13th February 3:15p.m. to 4:30p.m.

On Thursday 13th February we are holding a Valentine Disco for the children. The price of this is £3.50 per child, payable online. The ticket price includes drinks and crisps.

All the children going to the disco will stay in their classes at the end of the day and be taken into the hall by their teacher. The teachers will take the children back to their base, at the end of the disco, for parents/carers to collect.

On the day of the disco children may come to school in their party clothes. (This will be easier for them rather than getting changed at the end of the day.)

Friday 14th February

The last day of half term is Thursday 13th February. School is closed on Friday 14th February for staff training. we return to school on Monday 24th February.

White Post Farm Trip 9th March 2020

On Monday 9th March 2020, we plan to take all the children to White Post Farm. 

The cost of the trip will be £16.00 per child, this includes the cost of the coach and entry fee. Please pay online using your sQuid Account. Payments can be made in instalments or as a lump sum.

We will need adult volunteers to help supervise the children on the trip and each class has a limited number of spaces for adult helpers.  We would like to request a contribution of £10.00, per adult volunteer, towards the cost of the coach. This helps with keeping the cost of the trip down and allows us to take more adults. If you are available to help on this date please see your child’s class teacher.

Please click here for trip letter.

School Uniform

It has been agreed that Pinders can now sell our school uniform. If you wish to buy uniform through this company, they are sited in Crystal Peaks Market where they will take your orders.

Uniform, embroidered with the school logo, can also be purchased through Tesco’s online uniform service at My

Henry ‘Healthy Start’ Programme

Henry is a programme for families, aimed at offering support with many areas that affect children under 5 and their parents e.g. mealtimes, behaviour and early learning. The programme is for an hour each week for 8 weeks and it comes highly recommended. This is free to families and can be accessed by completing the form attached, emailing or by texting 07720090949.

Please take a look at the attached flyer and application form.

Click here for the information flyer.

Click here for the application form.

Positive Parenting What’s On Guide

There are lots of things happening in the local area to support parents and families. Please click below for a copy of the latest ‘What’s -on’ guide.


English and Maths Adult Education Courses

English and Maths courses for adults will be run from 18th September at Thorpe Green Meeting Rooms. These courses are for beginners up to Level 2.

The English course will run on Tuesdays from 10a.m. to 12 noon.

The Maths course will run on Tuesdays from 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.

If you would like more information, or to book on a course, please contact Lesley Roberts (Learning Champion) at Woodhouse Forum on telephone number: 0114 269 0222.


Please sign up for email alerts about weather, school closures etc. from Sheffield City council.  Visit the page to register.

Once  registered, you can go to Education – School Closures – Then look under primary/secondary/special educational needs to find your school.

On-line Payments

We are now able to accept online payments through sQuid. We are starting with milk payments for next term and will add other payments over the rest of this half term. Information and registration codes will be sent home to all families. Please call at the office if you have not received yours by 5th December.

Please visit our sQuid Online Payment page for more information by clicking here.

For more information on downloading the sQuid App please click here.

On the first Saturday of every month there is a free Board Games Club for children 1pm to 2pm at Crystal Peaks Library. Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.board games poster – sessions 

 Speech and Language Drop-in 

If you have speech and Language concerns about your child, aged 5 or under, please call at one of the drop-ins at Crystal Peaks or Darnall.

Click here for more information