Weekly Newsletter

Friday 31st January 2019

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What the teachers say about this week

Nursery - Stars

The children have absolutely loved reading and watching the story of ‘The Naughty Bus’. They have also enjoyed finding out what mischief he got up to every night in Stars. They have made buses in the box craft and enjoyed playing with the vehicles in the Small World, they have pegged the correct number onto the vehicle wheel in the Finger Gym, rolled the dice and added the correct number of animal passengers in the maths area. They have drawn their own buses and roads and even made their own ‘The Naughty Bus story’.

Foundation Stage

"Who's Been Eating My Porridge? This was the question on everybody's lips when Goldilocks visited this week. The children created WANTED! posters and the outdoor area was thoroughly searched. Goldilocks could not be found! On Thursday we had rumbling tummies, the children followed recipes and prepared some delicious porridge which they then enjoyed tasting...and it wasn't too salty.

FS/Year 1

What a busy week we have had looking at alternative versions of The Three Little Pigs. We have combined Maths and Art to partition two and three digit numbers. We then built a house using apparatus before recreating this with paper. We have created a street of houses by ordering numbers and sorting odd and even numbers.

Year 2

What an amazing fraction finding, poem writing, animal investigating kind of week we have had in Year 2. We have had great fun writing poems this week about Grandma using expanded noun phrases and adverbs. In maths, we have been finding halves, quarters and thirds of shapes and numbers. In Science we have also been learning about the basic needs of animals and humans for survival.

Year 3/4

Fractions, fractions and more fractions.! The children have been learning about denominators, numerators, equivalence and solving problems using these skills. In English we have been learning how to persuade when writing. Our adverts for luxury hotels will make you think about your holidays! In Science we have been classifying animals using yes/no questions and classification keys. It’s been a fun week!

Year 5

A huge well done to all Year 5 children who took part in our first Year 5/6 maths challenge this week. You are superstars! We have been writing Tudor crime stories this week, not only showing off our technical writing skills but imaginative ideas too. There have been many twists and turns through Tudor London’s poorest streets with many grisly endings for some characters. Reading these stories has not been for the faint-hearted! We have created and described our own Tudor coats of arms thinking carefully about our preferred colours and symbols. We continue our work on comparing and ordering different types of fractions in maths.

Year 6

This week in Year 6 we have been working on the many different elements of angles in maths: angles on a straight line, triangles and around a point. We have continued to delve deeper into the world of the Titanic, through our class novels 'Dangerous Waters' and 'Kaspar'. In Topic, we have become Mocktail connoisseurs, designing, sampling, creating and evaluating products that could be sold to paying customers on the Titanic. This required lots of creative thinking for instruction writing, advertising and evaluating the drinks that were made. Well done everyone!


This week’s attendance and punctuality

Best Attendance

Earth 99%

Well done – 10 extra bees.

Whole school attendance


This is satisfactory attendance - thank you


The following classes have all had 100% Punctuality and will earn 10 extra bees:

Moon and Earth


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Wraparound Club phone number

When the clubs are in operation:

  • 7:30am - beginning of school
  • end of school - 6pm

the number to call if you have an emergency and need to speak to a member of Wraparound staff is:

07442 535800

Please note -this is not the number to call for bookings - these must be done on the main school phone number:

01757 704308


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Safety on the school run

We seem to be going through a period of issues with behaviour and safety at school run times and around the green. Just this week we have had reports of four really worrying issues.

1. The first issue is about cars using the drive, drivers moving the barriers and maneuvering around amongst the throng of children gathering for the gate opening. We are really sorry but our car park is private for staff use only and the Parish Council do not have facilities for general disabled parking on the drive that runs in a T shape between the buildings and the green - this is double yellow lined. We have only made arrangements for bringing children with specific needs into school in a different way and for the Abbeyfields bus to access the driveway. Anyone else using the drive for drop offs and pick ups is doing so without authority.

If you feel that your child needs to be driven to school and has no road safety sense so you need the shortest distance to the school gate possible, I would suggest that either you arrive in time to get a spot under the Chestnut trees or you take advantage of the school crossing patrol on Doncaster Road. Many parents do park in The Swan car park but this is not an official arrangement - it relies on traditional goodwill and parents will need to be mindful of how they park there - we don't want the Landlord to withdraw that goodwill.

2. The second issue is that one of our staff members was shocked to see some of our children pulling up and shredding daffodils on the green before school. Parents were not supervising the children and they ran off before our staff member could see who they were and speak to them. They ran to one of the cars parked under the Chestnuts so their parent must have been waiting in the car.

3. The third issue is one that we find truly horrifying. There was a beloved black Labrador tied securely on the fence this week and parents witnessed one (or more?) of our children throwing stones at it. We believe that the dog was hit by a large stone, but luckily not injured. Please just take a moment to reflect on this action and how terrible it is to think that one of our lovely children did that to a beloved pet. It is unbelievable. Furthermore - it is a reportable offence.

4. The fourth issue has been reported by staff on the gate. They have noticed that parents have been allowing toddlers / preschool children to run unsupervised behind the bungalow and through the farm gate alone to meet them on the KS1 playground. The issue here is that the bungalow is a private dwelling and the area around it is not supervised by school staff, it being part of the staff car park and delivery area. There are many hazards in this area - moving cars, deliveries being unloaded, uneven surfaces, waste disposal, the gate, the ramp etc. That's why we never allow children to walk between the buildings that way unless accompanied by an adult and walking on the painted yellow path which we call the 'yellow brick road.' We can't comprehend why parents would escort the older child to the playground while allowing the youngest, most vulnerable child to run completely unsupervised through a carpark? We recommend that you hold on to the toddlers / pre-school children who haven't yet come to school and therefore don't know the 'yellow brick road' rule.

We have spoken to the children about the flowers and the stone throwing today. Please help us with these issues. The best way of doing this is to supervise your children at all times when they are waiting for the gates to open. If your children bring themselves to school, please talk to them about how they should behave when they are on the green.


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Y6 Titanic Mocktails - Bottoms up! Cheers! Here's mud in your eyes!


We’re counting down to NSPCC Number Day 2020

We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in their nationwide Number Day on Friday 7th February 2020.

Children deserve an equal start in life

The NSPCC believes that all children deserve a childhood free from harm. By raising money, we can help to fund their vital services such as Childline – the helpline that’s always there for children and young people whatever their problem or concern.

Making maths meaningful

The NSPCC Number Day at Brayton will be a great way to make Maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards the subject, as well as raising money for such a worthy cause.

On Friday 7th February we will be taking part in ‘Dress up for Digits’ and all pupils (Nursery to Year 6) are invited to wear an item of clothing with a number on it (football/sport shirt, cap, badge or even a onesie!). To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a suggested donation of £1, and we’d love everyone in the school to take part in this special event filled with exciting Maths puzzles, problems and investigations!

In addition to wearing a number, children in Years 2-6 are asked to bring a short riddle they have written which relates to their chosen number. This can be as simple as ‘my number is 1 more than 8’, or one much more complicated and challenging – the children must be able to understand their own riddle in order to talk through it in class! In classes, children will be given the opportunity to solve each other’s riddle and match them up to the correct person’s number.

It all adds up!

We’re looking forward to all the fun of Number Day, and we really appreciate your support. All the money we raise will make an enormous difference to children today and help change the lives of children tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mrs Clayton, Mrs Fell and Mr Osborne

Maths Subject Leaders

You can find out more about the NSPCC’s work at nspcc.org.uk


This week's Superstar Worship music was by the The Beatles and we were welcomed into the hall by Charlie in Nebular who accompanied us with his beautiful singing.

Stars - Harper Lea

Moon - Daniel Cooper-Illingworth

Mercury - Samuel O'Brien

Venus - Poppy Forth

Mars - George Richmond

Earth - Willow Wood

Jupiter - Jack Hudson-Teeling

Saturn - Charlie Adams

Neptune - Jacob Siddons

Asteroid - Freya Horsman

Pluto - Taylor Mcneill

Constellation - Ciara May

Nebular - James Thompson


Unclaimed Lost Property

At the moment, instead of disposing of it, Mrs R sorts the unnamed lost property school uniform around school, takes it home, washes it, irons it and puts it in a cupboard behind her desk as it is too good to throw away. If you would like any amount of uniform you can come and get as much as you like for free - the cupboard is bursting! Please do!

If you would not like your child's uniform to end up being recycled in this way please please please put your child's name on all items. Any that are named go back to the owner when found.


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Message from Phazers

Could you spare 2 hours every 6 weeks?

Phazers are looking for a secretary to join our committee

For more information please contact Carol on 07432 532899



We are really proud to announce that we send all our waste food to a company called Refood who recycle our scraps into biofuel through a process called Anaerobic Digestion.

Our food goes to their Doncaster plant, where the biogas produced by recycling our food is used to fuel large industrial-scale combined heat & power engines, the electricity generated is delivered directly to the National Grid – enough energy to power 10,000 homes per year.

The heat produced by the engines is used to produce hot water and steam for the process and the pasteurisation of the raw food waste. Once the biogas process has been completed the remaining liquid is transformed into ReGrow bio-fertiliser for local farming and agricultural use.

In this way we feel we are helping the environment and cutting the cost of waste disposal.

The company offers this service to businesses. To see if they could offer the same service to your place of work please visit their website by following the link below.


This term's after school sports clubs


3.30 – 4.30

4, 5 & 6


Balasz from British Judo

ends 3rd Feb

£12 for the 4 sessions



3.30 – 4.45

1 & 2

Futsal (Indoor version of football)

Mr Pooley

14th Jan - 11th Feb

£22.50 for 5 sessions

Book at https://j7-sports.class4kids.co.uk/


3.30 – 4.45

3 & 4


Mr Wheeler / Mr Pooley

15th Jan -12th Feb

£22.50 for 5 sessions

Book at https://j7-sports.class4kids.co.uk/


3.30 – 4.30

4,5 & 6

Modern Dance

Miss Beeton

16th Jan -13th Feb

£15 for the 5 sessions



3.30 – 4.45

5 & 6


Mr Wheeler

17th Jan - 14th Feb

£22.50 for 5 sessions

Book at https://j7-sports.class4kids.co.uk/



Next Week's Menu



Chipped Potatoes

Baked Beans & Peas

Tomato Bread

OR Jacket Potato with cheese & beans

OR Baked Baguette with cheese & beans

OR Egg Bread Roll


Chocolate Cornflake Pudding

Fresh Fruit or Organic Yoghurt


Pasta Bolognaise with Cheese & Onion Flat Bread

Green Beans & Cauliflower

OR Jacket Potato with cheese or tuna

OR Baked Baguette with cheese

OR Cheese Bread Roll


Fresh Fruit or Organic Yoghurt


Roast Chicken, Sage & Onion Stuffing & Gravy

Creamed Potatoes

Savoy Cabbage & Carrot & Swede

Herbie Bread

OR Jacket Potato with cheese

OR Baked Baguette with cheese & tuna

OR Tuna Bread Roll


Fruits of the Forest Flapjack

Fresh Fruit or Fruit Yoghurt


v Cheese Whirl

Tiger Fries

Fruity Coleslaw & Cucumber Sticks

Wholemeal Bread

OR Jacket Potato with cheese or tuna

OR Baked Baguette with cheese & tomato

OR Ham Bread Roll


Chocolate Sponge & Chocolate Sauce

Fresh Fruit or Organic Yoghurt


Golden Breaded Salmon

Broccoli & Sweetcorn

Diced Potatoes

OR Jacket Potato with cheese or beans

OR Cheese Bread Roll


Fresh Fruit or Organic Yoghurt


Message from Mrs R

Wow! What a busy 'Traditional Tales and Fun Fractions' kind of week! This week has flown by and the children are working really hard and making some excellent progress. Standards in their books reflect the improvement across school. The children who took part in this week's Mental Maths Challenges were working out astonishingly difficult calculations in their heads and the teachers were immensely proud of all the finalists.

What you won't appreciate though is that the children aren't the only ones working flat out. They'll be really cross with me for telling you all this but staff are also going above and beyond too. Just to give you a couple of examples, KS2 teachers are spending all of their evenings and working late into the night to make improvements to the library and PE resources. The EYFS teachers have been helping out a Newly Qualified Teacher from another school as well as fulfilling their own teaching commitments. Today I spotted a member of our Admin staff parting with her own packed lunch apple once again for one of the children who was hungry and without a snack at playtime - this happens so regularly that she has started bringing extra - just in case.

We don't always get it right - we're only human - but with our hearts in the right place we are prepared to work as hard as we can for the children and the school that we love.

I am such a proud Headteacher.

Have a wonderful weekend!