Communication with Breakfast and After School club - Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact details - please ensure that your contact phone numbers and addresses are up-to-date
Absences - must be reported in writing or by phone by 9am daily. Please leave a brief message with child's name, class and the reason for their absence. It will be recorded as unauthorised if you do not leave a reason or say your child is 'unwell'.
ParentPay – ‘we are a cashless school’ - every child at the school has a ParentPay account (If you are new to George Spicer, a login will be issued shortly). If your child attends Breakfast and After School Club please ensure that your account is paid in advance and up-to-date.
Use of childcare vouchers Please click on the letter for guidance on the use of childcare vouchers at George Spicer.
Labelling school uniform - please ensure that you label your child's school uniform. Previously we have accumulated so much lost property, if you label items they can be returned to the child/ren.
Year 6 mobile phone – Only children with permission to walk home alone are permitted to bring in mobile phones to school.
Climbing frames - Please DO NOT allow your children to play on the climbing frames at both Kimberly Gardens and Sketty Road before and after school.
Play leader vacancies - We have vacancies for lunchtime play leaders please email the office on email@example.com for more an application form.
P.E Lessons - no jewellery to be worn for PE and earrings to be taken out or taped at home. Properly fitting trainers are required for PE lessons. If your child is unable to tie laces, we recommend buying trainers with velcro. If your child wears laces, please make sure they are able to untie and retie them independently.
Music Lessons - Please note if your child is signed up for music lessons. Monday-Flute, Tuesday-Violin/Viola, Wednesday-Piano/Keyboard, Friday-Piano/Keyboard/Guitar.
Welfare Donations - Please can we have donations of wipes, tissues and plasters for our welfare.
Important Dates for Diary
Wednesday 20th September - Secondary School Transfer, online meeting.
Thursday 21st September - Swimming starts for Thoth class
Year 6 to Boreattan Park - £100 due by 30th September 2023
Year 4 to Cuffley Camp - £60 due by 1st October 2023
Wednesday 4th October - Reception Parents Curriculum Meeting at 5:30pm
Quote of the week
'Every choice is a chance' – Ted Lasso
Attendance week ending 15/9/2023
Overall school = 96.45% Lates = 54
Best attendance: 1st Daffodil, 2nd Osiris, 3rd Snowdrop.
Punctuality: Well done to Daffodil, Snowdrop, Poppy, Robin and Anubis with 100% for punctuality.
Reception have had an exciting week settling into life at George Spicer School. We have been exploring our classroom and have engaged in lots of fun learning activities across the early year’s curriculum. Through supported interactions with the adults, we have been learning how to make good friendships and cooperate with others. Over the course of the week, we have developed confidence in expressing ourselves and our feelings as we settle into school. The construction area has been a particular favourite with the children! We worked together to build a large marble run structure, taking turns to share our imaginative ideas! We look forward to getting to know each other more in the weeks to come.
This week in Year 1 the children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been exploring our environment and going on shape hunts looking for 3D shapes. The children have enjoyed using key vocabulary to describe 2D and 3D shapes words such as corners, sides and faces. Encourage your children on your way to school to find different 3D shapes and let your teachers know.
This week in Year 2, the pupils have continued to use adjectives, this time to create similes based on characters from ‘The Wind in the Willows’. They have continued to learn about shapes in Maths, and have used 2D shapes to create pictures of objects, such as rockets. In Science, they have learnt about the five basic needs for survival and labelled some pictures to show what animals may need to stay alive.
Over the last week in Year 3, the pupils have continued to write their stories based on Kiz Kulesi (The Maiden’s Tower) and begun to learn about position and direction in Maths. As part of their Science Topic , Forces and Magnets, the pupils have enjoyed using magnets to find out what materials are magnetic and which are not. They have also begun to explore magnetic poles (North and South) and whether or not they will attract or repel each other.
In PSHE this week year 4 looked at the different roles everyone plays in our school community. We worked in partners to discuss and act out some of the roles in our school and had debates about which role we think is the most important.
In Maths this week we have been learning all about the properties of 3-D shapes. We investigated a variety of shapes identifying their vertices, faces and edges. We then had the challenge of creating 3-D shapes using Marshmallows and Spaghetti.
It has been a busy week in year 5 this week. In writing we are still enjoying the Dracula story which has helped the children write some exciting dialogue in the story between Jonathan Harker and his landlady. We have immersed ourselves in Gothic architecture by researching and analysing gargoyles particularly learning about their (mostly) practical, aesthetic and spiritual functions. Our adventures into Gothic architecture also included a visit to Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington. The children loved seeing the vast array of tombstones and learning what the different designs represent. The cemetery was a very tranquil place and we sat for a while and sketched amongst the welcome shade of the trees. Year 5 behaved impeccably throughout and were a credit to George Spicer.
Year 6 have had a great week, starting with an incredible immersive experience about Macbeth. The children enjoyed taking on the roles of some of the key characters such as the King Duncan's sons Malcolm and Donalbain as well as Banquo's son Fleance.
We are really excited to see the children's writing based on the play following such a dynamic way tom be introduced to the story.
Elms - Multi-Sports
Deadline for early bird prices is Friday, 29th Sep 2023
This week we had the first FoGS meeting of the 2023/2024 academic year - we are off to a flying start! There's sooooo many fantastic plans underway! We are always open to new supporters/helpers to join our meetings and help planning/managing events, but if that's not your thing there are other ways that you can help us raise vital funds...
DID YOU KNOW?
You can help raise funds for FoGS whilst shopping? We've teamed up with various companies to help boost funds for the school - every time you buy, they donate (and it doesn't cost you a penny!)
Buy your name stamps from StampTastic and enter code EN11YF when ordering
Buy your name labels from Stikins and use number 7843 when ordering
Get a new scooter from Micro Scooters and enter code 101993 when ordering
Matched funding - If you work for an organisation and they have a matched funding policy (sometimes called a corporate social responsibility policy), any money you raise for the school could be matched by your employer. This could be a significant source of income for FoGS and help us raise much needed money for George Spicer Primary School at a time when central funding for education is under huge pressure.
FoGS hold regular meetings, either in person or virtually via Zoom. Details are included in these weekly school newsletters, or you can email us for more information. Minutes of FoGS meetings are also available on request by emailing us. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the main events that are planned already, so GET THE DATES IN YOUR DIARY! Further details will follow for each specific event, and there will be other fundraising activities that are added throughout the year, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled on this section of the newsletter!
Yes they are back! Here are the dates for our famous Glow Discos:
20th October - Non-Uniform Day & Donations for Winter Fair
9th February - Non-Uniform Day Fundraiser
7th June - Non-Uniform Day & Donations for Summer Fair
26th November - Winter Wonderland
6th July - Summer Fun Day
On the 1st Monday of every month, we hold a 'Pre-Loved Uniform Sale'. The first one will be on Monday 2nd of October - you'll find us in the covered area in the large playground at Sketty Road selling good quality, pre-loved uniforms. Grab yourself a bargain, and help raise funds for the school
** If any parents or carers can lend a hand at any of our events, please volunteer so that we can make sure the events run smoothly, safely and are available for EVERYONE! Contact your parent rep, or email: email@example.com to volunteer **
Until next week...
The FoGS Team (please can you make sure all the contact details below are on the bottom of the newsletter every week)