Kirk Fenton News

14th February 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Well, we have reached the halfway point of this school year, hasn't it flown by!

This week we have been thinking about being safe on the internet and all classes attended an assembly led by Mrs Fitzpatrick and our Digital Leaders followed by learning ways that they can keep themselves safe when on-line. You can find more information on this below.

Our staff have been very busy this week as always. Mrs Cameron has been working with a maths teacher from Tadcaster Grammar to look at how maths is taught in Year 6 and then in Year 7 in order to help with transition across from Primary to Secondary maths. This has proved very informative and will impact how we teach maths in school going forward.

I spent the day yesterday at the Diocese of York looking at the new Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE) curriculum that will be statutory in all schools from September. I will be giving you more information on this later this year when myself and the school governors will be consulting on a new policy for this area.

Next week is half term and we return to school at 8:50 am on Monday 24th February.

Have a lovely break,

Mrs Karen Williams

Head Teacher


Attendance and punctuality have been proven to have a big impact on a child's learning and progress. Below are the attendance figures for this week:-

Acorns - 97.92%

Birch - 94.21%

Willow - 96.54%

Hazel - 97.41%

Cherry - 99.31%

Maple - 94%

Sycamore - 98.24%

Oak - 95.86%

Good Work Certificates

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

Acorns - Clara Clough and Georgia Keyse

Birch - Everyone

Willow - Darcey Megginson and Joseph Bennett

Hazel - Patrick Harrop and George Bull

Cherry - Laila Green and Lola Owen

Maple - Daisy Vale and Liam Havron

Sycamore - Belle Bembridge and Ellie O'Neill

Oak - Caitlin Allars and Kacie-Mae Paul

STAR Table

The following children have shown good manners and have been helpful and kind at lunchtime. They can each choose a friend to sit with them at the Star Table on Monday after half term.

Joseph Askey, Acorns

Lyla Mawson, Birch

Sam Bennett, Maple

Caitlin Allars, Oak

Dancing Delights

We thoroughly enjoyed watching our dance performance this week as the children worked really hard. It was lovely to see some new faces in the club and great to see such enthusiasm and team work. Well done to all the dancers and thank you to Courtnay.

KS1 dance club is on a Monday, 8am and KS2 on a Thursday, 8am. Please complete & return the form further down in this newsletter, or email Courtnay at

World Book Day - Thursday 5th March

Come dressed as your favourite character from a book. There will be lots of activities including a special assembly and the launch of our reading challenge.

Sport Relief - Friday 13th March

Come dressed in sporting clothes ready for our whole school challenge. Suggested donations of £1 for Sport Relief would be welcome. Thank you.

New Indoor Guinea Pig Cage

Thank you to all the children who have purchased toast. The money raised has been used to purchase food, bedding and a new indoor cage for the school guinea pigs.


On Tuesday, the whole school took part in Safer Internet Day focussing on the theme of ‘identity’. Our Digital Leaders helped launch the day in our worship by sharing 5 top tips to create an internet where we all are:

  1. Free to be ourselves

    Be proud of all the things that you enjoy, and keep on trying different things too. If there are new activities that you want to do online, ask an adult first to help you find them - to check they’re ok for you.

  2. Free to be kind

    Remember, the rules that you follow every day in real life also apply when you’re on the internet. It’s important to treat other people the way that you would like to be treated and always think about their feelings.

  3. Free to play

    It’s really important that your parents and carers know what you enjoy doing online, so that they can help you when you need it. Using the internet together as a family is really fun, and you’ll be the best teacher when it comes to showing everyone your favourite games!

  4. Free to be safe

    Some parts of your identity must stay private. This is your ‘personal information’ - which includes your name, date of birth, home address, school address, email address and passwords.

  5. Free to talk

    If anyone, or anything, online makes you feel worried, upset or uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult straight away. The sooner someone knows how you feel, the sooner you can be helped.

    Each class then explored different parts of their online identity including avatars, photographs and personal information.

    For further support with discussing and setting up e-safety measures at home, here are a few helpful websites:

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Diary dates can be found on the calendar on our website

Half Term

Monday 17th - Friday 21st February

Y6 Bikeability

Group 1: Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th February

Group 2: Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd March

Group 3: Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th March

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March - dress up as your favourite book character

Sport Relief

Friday 13th March - come dressed in sporting clothes, donations welcome

Friends School Disco

Friday 13th March: KS1 3.45pm–4.30pm: KS2 4.30pm–5.15pm. Entry £2 per child

Change to School Dinner - 'Brunch Day'

Thursday 19th March

Book Fair

Friday 20th March - Thursday 26th March, 3.20pm

Parents Evenings

Tuesday 24th March, 3.30-6pm

Thursday 26th March, 3.30-6pm

A link to book an appointment will be sent out the week before.

Training Day

Friday 27th March

Easter Break

Monday 6th - Friday 17th April

Bank Holiday

Friday 8th May

Half Term

Monday 25th - Friday 29th May

Summer Fair

Sunday 28th June

Break Up for Summer Break

Friday 17th July

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It’s a slow news week for Friends of Kirk Fenton this week. So Happy Valentines from all of us, and here are a couple of reminders of dates for your diary.

Friends meeting - Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm, White Horse

We are holding a meeting on Wednesday for anyone who wishes to volunteer or is interested in what Friends of Kirk Fenton does as a committee and how we support the school.

School Disco – 13th March 2020.

KS1 – 3.45 – 4.30

KS2 – 4.30 – 5.15

Entry £2 per child

Did you know.. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card



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St Mary's

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Free Internet Protection for 1 Year

To celebrate “Safer Internet Day 2020” on February 11th, FlashStart is making free access to its online filtering service. Now every UK household, registering during February, will be able to control the use of gaming sites, adult content, gambling and to protect against malware when using the home WiFi for 1 year.

Share the Free Internet Protection activation link with Families:

Half Term Activities

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