Infant 27/6/13

27 June 2013

Dear Parents

Someone said that children learn seven times faster outside than inside. I have no idea who came up with this rather spurious finding, but it is interesting and surprising that children need space and time to really succeed in learning. The other statistic I heard on the ‘One Show’ was about children playing outdoors. Apparently one third of under 10s have never climbed a tree, only 2% of primary children cycle to school and almost no children play in the road. (They do in my road all the time so that beats the statistics!).

I’m sure that you agree with me that outside learning and adventure are great things and are a blessed antithesis to the constant absorption and interaction with screens! How often have you found yourself fiddling with your phone while watching television?

As a school we do seek to encourage life in the great outdoors. Building camps and making toys from twigs is a very popular part of Fluffy Fridays and the Year 4 camping trip to Bentley Copse is an opportunity to realise that it is possible to live completely outside for three days.

Years R, 1 and 2 enjoy their weekly trips to the Wild Place. Such a wide variety of activities happen there and it is often a place to suspend disbelief and enter a world of imagination.


At the other end of the school, in Year 6, Trinity Trek is a great opportunity for children to spend 24 hours stretching, in a safe environment, their abilities to walk, set up camp, cook their own food and sleep (?!!?) through the night. It is a great experience; optional – but all the Year 6 children took part.

I do hope this weekend the weather will enable us to get outside and get stuck into our own adventure!

With very best wishes,
Richard


Golden Boot Challenge
We had a very exciting finish to the Golden Boot Challenge today. Walnut class won the Golden Boot for making the biggest green change to their travel to school and Chestnut class were the runners up. Both Year 2 classes were given Golden Boot badges and all children received a sticker. We hope that, by taking part in the challenge, children will continue to come to school using greener modes of travel.

Guildford in Bloom
We were very surprised and happy to hear that the Guildford in Bloom judges liked our school garden very much and we were awarded two gold prizes. Thank you again to the fantastic children who showed our visitors round the school.

Teacher-led clubs
Next week (1-5 July) is the last week for teacher-led clubs (Tuesday: Out and About, Games; Wednesday: Binca, Construction, Choir; Thursday: Story Club, Recorders).

Move-up day, Thursday 4 July
The second move-up morning for Years R and 1 is next Thursday. Chestnut Class will need to bring a packed lunch that day.

Year 2 Dinosaur Exhibition, Friday 5 July, 9.00 am
Parents of Year 2 children are invited to come along to the dinosaur exhibition and café next Friday. Walnut class parents should go to the exhibition in the classrooms at 9.00am followed by the café in the hall at 9.30am. Chestnut class parents will visit the café first at 9.00am and the exhibition at 9.30am.

Other dates for the remainder of term
Wednesday 3 July last swimming for Year 2
Tuesday 9 July, 9.20am Sports day
Weds & Thurs 10 & 11 July Year 2 transition days at HT
Wednesday 17 July, 2.00pm Open afternoon
Monday 22 July Year 2 BBQ and beach
Tuesday 23 July, 9.30am Year 2 Leavers’ assembly 9.30
Wednesday 24 July, 1.30pm End of term.

No Nuts
A reminder that we are a nut-free school. Please ensure that your child’s lunch box does not include any products containing nuts.

FOPS NEWS

Phoenix Cards
A reminder that any Phoenix Cards orders need to be returned to the School Office by 4 July. All orders will be delivered before the summer holidays. The school will receive 30% commission on orders placed.

Class Reps & FOPS Committee 2013-4
If you are interested in getting involved with FOPS or becoming a class rep next year, please let Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know. We will need two class reps for each class. We are also looking for someone to take on the role of Treasurer and of Chairperson.

Creepy House’ Summer Reading Challenge 2013
During the summer holidays Surrey Libraries are inviting children aged 4-11 to take part in this year’s summer reading challenge, Creepy House. Children can join at any Surrey Library from Saturday 13 July onwards. They will be given their own Creepy House poster and can collect stickers, a bookmark and other incentives as they read. Children who complete their challenge by reading 6 books will receive a special medal and certificate. Many libraries will also be organising special Creepy House events. To find out more go to: www.surreycc.gov.uk/kidstuff or telephone 0300 200 1001.

Menu for week beginning Monday 1 July

Guildford Holiday Fun
Don’t be bored this summer! Are you looking for exciting things to do during the summer holidays?
The Guildford Holiday Fun programme is full of activities for children aged 5-13.
Baking, bushcraft and bowling; diving, donutting; golf and go-karting and many more activities, such as archery and a trip on the river. The full programme can be downloaded from our website:
http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/. Or pick up a paper copy from Pewley or Holy Trinity office or in Guildford Library children's section. Booking night is Tuesday 2nd July - don't miss it!

Cranleigh School Summer Holiday Activities, 29 July – 30 August, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
At Cranleigh our aim is to provide safe, affordable child care for boys and girls aged 5-15 years throughout the holidays, in the form of day camps offering traditional sports, arts and crafts and a range of specialist activities including bush craft, pony morning, climbing, kayaking, archery and a host of other exciting pursuits. Also, Summer Swim School, Tuesday 27 – 30 August 2013. All abilities from 4+ years. Childcare vouchers accepted. For more information please email sportsclub@cranleigh.org or phone 01483 542125