Kirk Fenton News

26th February 2021

Please look on our website www.kf.starmat.uk for up-to-date information.

Dear Parents / Carers,


Spring has sprung! It has been lovely to come into school in the light this week and to see the daffodils starting to bloom. On the news, there is light at the end of the Covid tunnel even if it may still be a long way off and we can't wait to welcome all of our children back on the 8th March.

I will be sending out full details of the re-opening early next week and I know that with the shops still closed there may be more issues than in September. Do not worry, we are here to support you and the most important thing is that the children are back in school.


You may be aware that there has been a new issue of shielding notices this week which is having a small impact on staffing in school but every class will be open with an adult known to the children in place. Our classes will continue to work as bubbles as they did before this latest lockdown so the children will be familiar with any procedures and practices already.


We have lots of exciting learning planned for the remainder of this term and are looking forward to seeing you all soon.


Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Karen Williams

Head Teacher

Good Work Awards

This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:


Mercury - Evelyn Armstrong and Hugo Parker-Harrison


Venus - Clara Clough and Jacob Sutcliffe


Earth - Aoibhe Meehan and Harvey Strangeway


Mars - Isla Brogden and Ralph Sharpe


Jupiter - Eloise Jones and Mabel Caden-Whitehead


Saturn - Aaron-James Eastwood and Francesca Parker-Harrison


Uranus - Elliot Schwarz and Reuben Fox


Neptune - Charlie Collier and Grace Watson

TT Rock Stars of the Week

A big well done to our Times Table Rock Stars of the week, Isabella Hudson and Florence Long, for working so hard on their times tables this week.

Safer Internet Day Poster Competition Winners

As part of Safer Internet Day, we had a competition on the best poster that tells others about staying safe online. We were blown away with the entries from children at home and in school! We received over 100 entries, so deciding the winners was very difficult. Well done to all those who entered.

Our winners are:

EYFS, Year 1 and 2: Isla Sykes

Year 3/4: Freya Chandler

Year 5/6: Caitin Reynolds

World Book Day - Thursday 4th March

Next Thursday, 4th March, is World Book Day and we are all looking forward to doing lots of activities at home and in school to celebrate our love of reading. This year, as we are not all together, we will not be dressing up as our favourite character, but we would like you to have a go at creating your favourite character using things you can find around your house. There are some examples here of some of the things you could use. We would love to see photos of your creations! Attached below, is a Reading Stars Challenge for children to have a go at. From reading a book that makes them giggle to finding the most unusual place to share a story, children will have fun reaching all their stars!

EYFS & KS1 Reading Stars Challenge

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KS2 Reading Stars Challenge

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Non Screen Activities for Book Lovers

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Staff Thank You's

If anyone would like to say thank you to or has any positive comments for a member of staff then please complete and submit the form below.

Pupil Premium & Free School Meals Funding

As you will be aware, Universal Free School Meals are automatically available to all children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. However, if you meet certain criteria, your child may be eligible for Free School Meals for the whole of their primary education as well as additional funding to support them with their education, called a 'Pupil Premium'. This additional funding benefits our school to support us to increase your child's attainment.


To qualify for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:


  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.


If your family circumstances change, you may become eligible. Please see the North Yorkshire website below for more information and to access the relevant application forms. Once your application has been processed, school will be notified automatically . If you require any support with understanding Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding or help with your application, please call one of our admin team who will be happy to advise.


https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/free-school-meals

Welcome back, I hope you’ve all managed to enjoy the milder weather and get

outside for some fresh air. With the continuation of the Express Yourself

Theme these Compass Buzz resources will help you support your child to explore

and celebrate differences.


Each of us are unique in our own way, whether it is portrayed in how we like to

dress, or the hobbies we take part in or skills that we have – difference is

beautiful. We all have qualities that make us unique, that make us special, this

Compass Buzz resource will help your child celebrate what is special about them.


Music can be a fabulous way to express yourself. This can be through songs that

remind them of happy times, or songs that just really resonate with how they

feel. Music has the power to bring us all together and what better way to do

that then create a playlist that everyone can enjoy.


I hope you are finding these activates useful.



Mrs Siobhan Bamforth

Learning Mentor

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Spring Half Term

Monday 15th- Friday 19th February


World Book Day

Thursday 4th March


British Science Week

w/c Monday 8th March


Fundraising Day (details to follow)

Friday 19th March


Easter Holidays

Monday 29th March - Friday 9th April


Training Day

Monday 12th April


Start of Summer Term

Tuesday 13th April

NSPCC Website

Please find below link for the NSPCC website giving lots of useful advice and support for parents and carers on various topics including tantrums, children with SEND, separated parents and family tension.


https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/


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