Dear parents and carers
Happy Easter to you all. I have been reflecting on the past year this week, and thinking about last Easter when we kept the school open through the break to support keyworkers. What a crazy year it has been! Your thanks and best wishes throughout have been very much appreciated. I hope that Term 5 and 6 see us return to even more normality – especially for Year 6 and their last few weeks with us. On behalf of all of the staff, best wishes for a Happy Easter.
PSFA Smartie Challenge
Thank you to all those who returned their smartie tubes today. We have had a total of 253 tubes back, and the class with the most returns was….BADGERS! They will be bringing home a small prize today. Thank you to the PFSA for organising this, and thank you for supporting it!
These will take place on Wednesday 21st April and Thursday 22nd April after school, via video link. Please book your appointment via this link https://thetynings.schoolcloud.co.uk You will also need to login to school cloud for the meeting – via phone, tablet or computer.
V-Stem Go Outdoors Project
All of the children have been given a V-stem box to being home with them. The project encourages everyone to reconnect with nature by growing their own tomatoes, carrots, sunflowers, peas and cress. Each box includes the seeds, a mini plant pot for the cress and a magnifying glass. It would be fantastic if you were able to plant the seeds with your children over the Easter break – we would love to see pictures of them growing! A few of the teachers have used some of the seeds with the children to plant in school as part of their curriculum.
As mentioned in a message yesterday, the dates on the menu for next term have been changed so that we can begin with the Week 1 menu.
Water bottles in school
It is really important that the children drink throughout the day whilst they are in school, preferably from a water bottle with a non-spill lid. I know that some of our children find it very difficult to drink plain water and would prefer squash. The school perspective is that children should have a drink and that this should be water, for health reasons. If you have difficulties with this, please send in a quick email to let me know so that I can make sure class teachers are aware – I would rather the children had something to drink than went the whole day without, particularly in warmer months.
An update to local authority letters sent last week:
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you were able to read through the household testing letter sent out last week. Please note there has been a change in the opening time for LFD collection at 3 local test sites, to allow for deep cleaning over the lunch period. The obvious concern is that you may turn up to collect household LFD tests when the site is still running its service for symptomatic testing. To confirm: local test sites at Cleve RFC, Yate Shopping Centre and BAWA will run PCR testing for people with symptoms from 8am – 1.30pm and household LFD distribution from 2.30pm – 8pm (not 1pm as stated in the letter).
This week, Mrs Weeks and Otter class give their book recommendations.
Mrs Weeks' recommendation is for 'The Reluctant Dragon' by Kenneth Grahame
"I enjoy reading this book with my grandchildren as we love looking at the pictures which really help to tell the story.
A boy makes friends with a dragon but when the villagers hear about it they are worried that the dragon might eat them.
St George, the well know Dragon slayer, is asked to come and do battle and save the village! You will have to read it to find out if the boys friendship can save the dragon."
Miss Thomas recommends ‘The Bad Beginning – A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket.
"Iloved reading this series of books when I was younger and I still enjoy them today. They follow the story of the Baudelaire orphans who are sent to live with their cousin, the evil Count Olaf. As the title suggests, bad luck and danger seem to follow the siblings everywhere they go. There is a dark humour in the books and the narrator cleverly introduces you to new vocabulary in context as you read. Once you’ve read the first book, you’re bound to get hooked!"
Tia in Otters recommends ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q Rauf.
"I won’t give too much away but it’s about a boy called Ahmet. He’s a refuge and on his way to England he left his family behind. When a group of his friends learn that his parents may not be able to get into the country, they decide to take action! I would really recommend this book as it is funny, you won’t get bored of it and I learned quite a lot from it."
Congratulations to the following children who have received the "Champion of the Week" certificate this week:
Hedgehogs - Kris, Squirrels - Ellie, Owls - Nolan, Deer - Ismaeel, Foxes - Nevaeh, Bats - Betsy, Badgers - Gus, Kingfishers - Phillip, Woodpeckers - Katie, Otters - Robert, Pine Martens - Isaac, Falcons - Freya, Kestrels - Neave.
Congratulations to the following children who have received "Hot Chocolate Friday" packs:
Hedgehogs - Aurora, Squirrels - Max, Owls - Nathan, Deer - Dexter, Fox - Lola, Bats - Eddie, Badgers - George, Kingfishers - Isabel, Woodpeckers - Oskar, Otters - Jaydon, Pine Martens - Jamie, Falcons - Ben, Kestrels - Claudiu.