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Spring Term 1 2020 Newsletter (translatable format - click Select Language drop down, at the top right of the page)

Dear Parents,


Happy New Year! The Spring Term has now begun and it is set to be as busy as ever!

In case we see some of the flurries of snow, as predicted, here is another reminder of how to access information on school closures:

If you are uncertain whether or not school is open due to severe weather conditions, the school’s website will display school closure information and can be accessed via: 
(see the noticeboard section)

The following local radio stations will also have the most up to date information regarding closures.   These radio stations will normally provide half hourly bulletins and will display the information on their website. The radio stations carrying closure information are:-

Tower FM    107.4 FM and DAB
Hits Radio   103 FM and DAB

Also, parents can check the Council’s website to find out which schools are closed. This information can be found at:

Stay and Play Mornings


Reception staff are busy organising their next Stay and Play Session. This will take place on Thursday 13th February at 9:00am with a theme of Maths. 

All parents with Reception children are invited and we would love to see you there. Separate letters will follow.


Nursery staff are equally busy preparing for their next Stay and Play Sessions. The first, maths in EYFS, will take place on Tuesday 11th February in the Three Year Old Nursery and on Thursday 13th February in the Two Year Old Nursery. All parents with children in our nurseries are warmly welcomed. These will be fun and creative workshops based around a theme of colour. More details will follow about the events in due course. 

The Three Year Old Nursery’s second workshop will focus on ‘Celebrating me!’ This workshop will take place on Tuesday 24th March. The Two Year Old Nursery staff will be organinsing an Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday 25th March. Again more details will follow about these events. 
January 2020    

Newsletter Spring Term 2020

E-Safety Week: 10th - 14th February 

Our E-Safety week will take place in the week commencing       10th February 2020. This ties in with National E-Safety Day, which takes place on 11th February 2020. The children will be undertaking activities in their classrooms and during assemblies which will help improve their knowledge and understanding of how to keep safe whilst using the internet on any type of device.

School Photographs
John Hunt Photography will be in school on Tuesday 25th February to take photographs of the children in school and both of our nurseries. 

We will photograph siblings together unless otherwise notified by parents.

Assessment Week: 16th - 20th March

End of term assessments will take place during the week beginning the 16th March. Pupils will be assessed on their progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. The results of these assessments will be reported to you at the Parent/Teacher Interviews on the 24th March.

Parent Open Mornings
After a successful Phonics Open Morning and requests from parents, we are going to be hosting 3 Maths Open Mornings for parents to support maths at home. These will take place as follows:
Year 5 and 6 parents - Thursday 23rd January 9am Focus: Calculations
Year 3 and 4 parents - Wednesday 29th January 9am Focus: Calculations
Year 1 and 2 parents - Wednesday 5th February 9 am Focus: Number
We look forward to seeing parents on these days and answering any questions, about maths, that you may have.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 24th March when parents will be invited into school to discuss their child’s progress. In the meantime, if you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school office to make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher.


It is vitally important that the school is notified when a child is absent. This must be done on the first day of absence by telephone, letter or by calling in person into the school. Failure to notify the school could result in your child’s absence being recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised attendance can lead to a fine.

We recently wrote to you about appointments during school time but just as an additional reminder:-

Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child is in school every day during term time, unless they have a significant illness.

If your child is in school, doctor or dentist appointments cannot be considered an emergency, and therefore, you need to make the appointment for after the school day has finished.

From October 2018, the NHS set up out of hours hubs around Bolton and if you contact your GP you will find that appointments are available on the same day, out of school hours, especially for children up to the age of 16 who require treatment.

Going forward, routine doctors or dentist appointments during the school day will not be authorised. If you come to the school office to ask to take your child out for an appointment during the school day, it is highly likely that this will not be allowed.

Scheduled hospital appointments will be allowed, on production of a letter the day before the appointment.

P.E. Kit

Please ensure your children have their P.E. kit in school on the days that they will be taking part in P.E. 

Earrings, headscarves and watches will need to be removed during P.E. lessons. If pupils are taking part in gymnastics, they must wear shorts for health and safety reasons.

Class Trips

All classes will be having either a visitor into school or a trip out of school. These trips link to work being carried out in school either in Topic, Science or another curriculum area and are used to enhance the children’s learning.

Reception    Reception will be having the Freshwater Theatre Company joining them for a Fairy Tale Workshop.
On Thursday 16th January, Reception children will be given the opportunity to learn to ride a bike using balance bikes.
Year 1    Year 1 will be visiting Blackburn Museum to discover more about toys and even make one of their own!
Year 2    Year 2 will be having a World War 2 Workshop which will enhance their Topic work.
Year 3    Year 3 will be having a visit from Freshwater Theatre who will be delivering a Volcano Workshop. Dates to be confirmed.
Year 4    As part of their topic,Year 4 will be having an Anglo-Saxon Workshop.
Year 5    Year 5 will be visited by the Vikings! They have a wonderful day planned packed with exploratory, investigative and creative activities.
Year 6    Year 6 will be visiting Blackpool Zoo to support their science topic on Classification.

Further, more specific details of all trips/visitors will be sent out separately, closer to the time of the visits.         

After School Care
We have started an After School Care Club for children in Reception to Year 6, which runs daily, during term time.  
Your child can attend on an ad hoc basis provided that you have made the appropriate payment up front and the emergency contact form has been completed.  Payment can be made at the school office.  

The options are:
After School Care times    Charges
3.00 p.m. until 4.00 p.m.    £5.00 per child per day 
3.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.    £7.00 per child per day
Attending after a school club from 4.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.    £5.00 per child per day 


After School Clubs This Term

The following clubs will be taking place during this term. Further details about each club will be sent out separately to the appropriate Year Groups.

Club    Date/Time    Year Group    Term
(Coding)    Monday
3.00 – 4.00    4    Spring Term 


Football    Monday
3.00 – 4.00    5/6    All Year


Gymnastics    Tuesday
3.00 – 4.00    4    Spring Term 1


Forest School    Tuesday
3.00 – 4.00    3    Spring Term 


Yoga    Wednesday
3.00 – 4.00    1    Spring Term 1


(Coding)    Wednesday
3.00 – 4.00    5    Spring Term 1


Recycle Club    Wednesday
3.00 – 4.00    5/6    Spring Term 1


Multiskills    Thursday
3.00 – 4.00    2    Spring Term 1


Football    Thursday
3.00 – 4.00    3/4    All Year


Drama    Thursday
3.00 – 4.00    KS2    Spring Term 1 and 2

Art    Thursday
3.00 – 4.00    3/4    Spring Term 1


Gymnastics    Tuesday
3.00 – 4.00    3    Spring Term 2


Art    Thursday
3.00 – 4.00    5/6    Spring Term 2


If you would like any further information regarding school clubs, please contact the school office.

Please note, pupils attending the above clubs will need to be collected from the Halsall Drive entrance.


English Course for Parents

Bolton Colege are offering an ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) workshop to our parents. The first workshop will be at school from 9am-12:00pm on Monday 27th January. If there is sufficient interest then a longer course will be offered. The service is free and allows parents to get involved with their children in school, develop skills in English and share ideas with other parents.

Sports Fixtures

Mr Saunders, our P.E. Coach, has organised for some of the pupils to take part in an inter-school competition, in addition to any football fixtures. Further information will follow.

04.02.20    Sports Hall Athletics

A list of class assemblies for this term: - 

6T    Friday 24th January 2020    9.05am
6H    Friday 31st January 2020    9.05am
4H    Friday 7th February 2020    9.05am
4M    Friday 14th February 2020    9.05am
3M    Friday 28th February 2020    9.05am
3R    Friday 6th March 2020    9.05am

Easter Assembly

On Thursday 26th March, the children in Year 5 will be presenting a special Easter Assembly. 
All parents are welcome to attend.


As you will be aware, there are zig-zag lines outside all the main entrances to the school.  

Parking is not permitted on these yellow lines at any time. This is to protect the children and other pedestrians, preventing them from being involved in a road traffic accident.  

Please ensure you never park on these lines.


Spring Term 2020
Term Begins: Monday 6th January
Half Term: Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February
Term Ends: Friday 27th March at 2.00 p.m.
Summer Term 2020
Term Begins: Tuesday 14th April 2020
Bank Holiday: Friday 8th May (School Closed)
Bank Holiday: Monday 25th May (School Closed)
Half Term: Tuesday 26th May – Friday 29th May 2020
Term Begins: Monday 1st June
Term Ends: Thursday 16th July at 2.00 pm

Please can we say a massive thank you, to all parents, for their support with the fundraising activities last term.

We raised a staggering……

£1,000 for Children in Need
£910.72 for Bolton Hospice (Elf Run)
£344 for Save the Children (Christmas Jumper Day)