Latest News

New ICT Suite

This week we have been able to use our newly refurbished amazing IT suite. The teachers all wanted a space where each child in a class could have a computer to work on and Mrs Prince, our  technician, has worked hard for many months to bring this together for us. From redesigning the layout, sourcing 34 computers from the ‘Business to Schools’ charity and of course, all the hardware needed behind the scenes. We are very grateful to Mrs
Prince for all her hard work and the super suite we now have to work in.

Author Visit

We were delighted to welcome Ally Sherrick and Matt Carr to our school as part of the very first Chichester Children’s Book Festival. We enjoyed hearing their stories and how they got to be writers.

Football Trophy

Our Y5/6 football team have come back from their first event this year with the trophy!

Congratulations to all the team.

Christmas Cards

In school we have been busy doing the artwork for Christmas Cards that
we are making. These will be available for families to purchase on line.
More details very soon. The profit we make will go towards some visitors
in January to cheer us all up on dull days. (Last year we had a theatre group
visit and a petting zoo).

Learning to ride a bike safely

In Year 6 all the children are able to take part in a ‘Bikeability’ course, if they wish. If this provision is important to you, please complete this online survey for the Road Safety Team.
https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/highways-and-transport/3c5d2030/
Once the survey has been completed, those parents leaving their contact details will be entered into a free ‘Prize Draw’ to win a £25 voucher of their choice (terms and conditions apply).

Reminders …….

Wednesday 16th October Parent consultations 3.30-6pm
Tuesday 22nd October Flu Vaccinations
Parent consultations 3.30-6pm

INSET Days

Please remember that Thursday 24th October and Friday 25th October are INSET days and school will be closed to pupils.

On the Thursday, teachers will be working on the schools’ curriculum and redesigning topics to make sure that children’s knowledge is developed securely over the years. We will be making sure that all the things that are extra important to us are included over the years – for example Forest Schools and lots of opportunities for PE.

On the Friday, teachers are getting together with teachers from Chichester Locality Schools to learn more about dealing with challenging behaviour. We will come back to North Mundham in the afternoon for further curriculum work.

Half Term is Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November inc. Hopefully it will have stopped raining by half term so that we can enjoy getting out and about.

School Well-Being Dog

We have some exciting news to share that we have welcomed our very own School Dog!

Sophie, who will be working with Mrs Cross and based in her office, will in time be trained as a well-being dog and support pupils in school. Also she will gradually become known to the children and be a shared pet for us all. This term Sophie will be coming in to visit and become familiar with the school.

Some information about school dogs

Sophie is a cockapoo, renowned for their love of people. This particular hybrid dog has an outgoing happy disposition, good temperament and non-malting coat which is more suitable for asthma sufferers. Their playful personality has made them one of the most popular mixed breed dogs, and they engage old and young alike with their intelligent and playful nature. Coupled with a forgiving disposition they make the perfect child-friendly dog. Their compact size makes them an ideal dog. Their parentage (cocker spaniel and poodle cross) ensures they are easy to train.

Evidence from other schools shows a multitude of benefits which come from working with animals, and this fantastic opportunity is something we are proud to be able to offer to our pupils. Not only is a dog a useful intervention for pupils who may struggle with social skills, but there is significant evidence to show that children with emotional, learning or behavioural difficulties can benefit enormously from the presence and interaction of companion animals.

Having a dog in school allows pupils to interact with an animal in a therapeutic and controlled environment, in which Sophie will have trained adult supervision at all times. A careful risk assessment and the necessary insurances are in place and the dog will not be in school if she is unwell in any way.

We are very much looking forward to Sophie joining us and we will be sharing her further adventures with you, however should you not wish your child to interact with Sophie, please complete the slip at the end of this newsletter and return to Mrs Cross or Mrs Tew in the office by Wednesday 11th September.

Our Learning and School Development

Two important aspects of our school development this year are:

  1. Maths

This was a priority last year and we have already made good progress (for example with our Key Instant Recall Facts KIRFS). We want to embed this progress so that we see long term benefits in maths learning for all our pupils.

  1. The Curriculum

Ofsted asked us to look at the depth of our wider curriculum as a key priority and we are keen to do this. We want to:

  1. Ensure our curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and continues to be motivating, interesting and enjoyable for the children through giving them a range of experiences
  2. Ensure our curriculum meets new national requirements and best practice by further developing our ability to track the children’s development of skills and knowledge.

More detail will be included in newsletters on both these key priorities as the term and year progress.