Kirk Fenton News

23rd July 2021

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

Dear Parents / Carers,


Here we are at the end of another school year, we made it! It has been without doubt the hardest and most stressful of my teaching career but with an amazing team here at Kirk Fenton we have managed to keep spirits high and learning strong. The children have been resilient, adaptable and open to new ways to learn and parents have been supportive and understanding whilst managing their own workloads and worries. I do not have the words to express my gratitude deeply enough to everyone who has supported us in educating the children this year. Thank you.

Our final assessments showed that the majority of children remain on track or only slightly below with maths (particularly fractions, shape and measures) having the biggest gaps and this will be addressed in the coming year.


This week we have enjoyed KS2 sports afternoon with all the traditional races. Well done to Grace W and Louie S for being named sportsman and woman this year. Year 6 have had a week full of all the things they may have missed out on such as the SATs breakfast, forest school, their Leavers' Lunch and this afternoon, their Leavers' Service led by Rev. Lucy. They have been a wonderful year group and we wish them all well as they continue their journeys at various high schools.


Looking forward to the next school year, we hope to be back on track from day 1 on 7th September and look forward to an exciting year of learning where children can meet without the restriction of bubbles and the constant worry of lockdown or bubble closure. Fingers crossed .

In the meantime, let me leave you with this traditional gaelic blessing until we meet again at 8:50am on Tuesday 7th September.


May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Have a safe and restful summer break,


Mrs Karen Williams

Head Teacher

Good Work Awards

Last week's certificates (w/c 12th July) were awarded to the following children:


Mercury - Alex E


Venus - Everyone


Earth - Joseph C and George H


Mars - Sam O'C and Ava B


Jupiter - Toby A-T and Henry C


Saturn - Freya C and Lola O


Uranus - Sophie R and Sam B


Neptune - Lily B and Daisy M

Hot Chocolate Friday

Well done to the following who earned the hot chocolate award last week (w/c 12th July):


Mercury - Huey W


Venus - Bertie C-W


Earth - Albert F


Mars - Isabella H


Jupiter - Sienna H


Saturn - Scarlett B


Uranus - Chloe T


Neptune - Clara P

Winning Team

Last week's winners were the Purple Typhoons - congratulations to Eleanor, Hattie and their team.

A big well done to Eleanor, Hattie and the Purple Typhoons as they were also the winners overall for this term and enjoyed a celebratory picnic.

Times Tables Rock Stars

What a great year of maths learning at Kirk Fenton! Our times tables rock stars of this year are: Flynn (Mars), Nancy (Jupiter), Grace (Saturn), Holly (Uranus) and Robin (Neptune). Don't forget to keep practising over the summer!

Numbots Stars

We have been so proud of our younger children for working so hard on their number facts this year. Our NUMBOTS champions of the year are: Huey (Mercury), Hamish (Venus), William (Earth) and Milo (Mars). Well done everyone!

Summer Book Fundraiser

Thank you so much to everyone who has kindly donated books so far from our Amazon wishlist.


If you would like to donate please click on the following link for further information.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/38YLGH28G9VLC/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex?


Thank you for your continued support and for making a difference.

Congratulations to all our Year 2 children for completing the CREST Star award and our Year 6 children for completing the CREST Superstar award. Each child received a certificate and iron on badge this week. All children in Y1-Y6 work towards these awards in their science lessons which are completed at the end of each key stage. These are nationally recognised awards, managed by the British Science Association. To find out more, take a look at their website: https://www.crestawards.org/

Y6 Activities

The Y6s have had an amazing couple of weeks including a sleepover, forest schools, 'SATS' breakfast, performances, leavers lunch and leavers service. As well as all that we had a fantastic day in Neptune taking part in the annual year 6 Bake Off. What fabulous bakers we discovered we have. The final cakes were very impressive and there wasn't a soggy bottom in sight!

Gardening Club

Gardening club have done some amazing growing this term. Over the last few weeks we have harvested, spinach, beetroot, tomatoes, courgettes, mange too and pod peas. We hope you have enjoyed the produce sent home as much as the children have enjoyed picking and tasting.


We hope to continue the club in the autumn term with more than one class, please look out for the email at the start of September. We have big plans for our vegetable garden with more produce yet to harvest.


Mrs Mc Keating and Mrs Clark

KS2 Sport Day

KS2 had a fabulous afternoon on Monday competing in races and cheering each other on. Fantastic resilience and sportsmanship was displayed and a lot of fun was had by all. Well done KS2!

Annual Sports Cup

Congratulations to Grace W (Y6) and Louie S (Y5) who are the winners of this year's sports cups. This is in recognition of sportsmanship, resilience and team work throughout the year.
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Term Dates 2021/2022

Please see updated term dates for 2021/2022 which have been changed by North Yorkshire due to the Queen's Jubilee next year. These are also available on our website.
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Training Day

Monday 6th September


Term Begins

Tuesday 7th September


Friends EGM

Tuesday 14th September


Individual Photographs in School

Monday 20th September

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



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Guess the Name of the Bear

Congratulations to Scarlett B (Y4) who won the bear and well done to Lillie and Niamh from Saturn who raised a fantastic £68.72 for Woodhaven Kennels in South Milford.

Thrive Activities

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Free Parenting Courses

Free new resources for North Yorkshire residents

Ourplace is the gateway into online courses for all parents, grandparents or carers who live in North Yorkshire. The courses aim to support the most difficult job in the world!

The first course is an antenatal course developed by Registered Midwives and health professionals and called ‘Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby‘ and does what it says in the title! Information about giving birth plus learning about the baby’s brain and how to optimise your relationship with the baby.

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The third is our main course for parents of children aged between 6 months and 19 years: ‘Understanding your child‘. This was also developed by child psychologists and specialist health and education professionals.

There is also a short course: ‘Understanding your teenager’s brain’ which can explain some of the changes in teenagers’ behaviour by understanding what is happening in their brain.

The courses are delivered in modules and can be worked through at your own pace and can be accessed on laptops, mobile phones, tablets etc by logging on to: www.inourplace.co.uk and entering the access code: NYFAMILIES

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STAR MAT Vacancies

Please click on the following link for details of our current vacancies:


https://web.starmat.uk/vacancies/
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