Since we finished for the summer holidays, a team of parent volunteers have been coming into school to help refresh our Early Years / Key Stage 1 play area.
As you can see from these first photo’s, by the end of the school year, the area was in need of a little TLC!
Outdoor learning spaces are so important, which is why we can’t thank our volunteers enough for helping get this ready for our new intake of children in September and of course our current infants.
They have worked tirelessly through the hot weather, managing to obtain donations and great discounts from local gardening suppliers to make our Early Years area into a wonderful space to be.
I’m sure you’ll agree from the pictures below that it looks amazing – THANK YOU!
The table was set and the year 6 children took their places to enjoy their ‘leavers lunch’ together.
Several weeks ago, the children met with Mrs Farmer to discuss what they would like for their ‘leavers lunch’. Much debate took place, particularly over which pudding they would like. Mrs Farmer, as always, has catered for the needs and wishes of all of the children to make this lunch special.
We saw several parents come into school this morning to continue the preparations towards this Friday’s summer fayre. With just 2 days to go, there is an incredible amount of activity taking place.
As part of the many games and activities at our summer fayre this year, we will be holding our usual raffle and also a blind auction. We ran the blind auction for the first time last summer and this proved very successful.
Raffle prizes on offer, amongst other prizes, will be:
Tobogganing for 2 at The Snowdome
‘Paint a Pot’ gift voucher
2 passes for Wild Ones in Burton
Family swim at Hood Park
Play pass for Coral Reef at Meadowside
Family Swim at Greenbank
Tobogganing for 2 at Swadlincote Ski Centre
1 gents and 1 boys hair cut at Raffles barber Shop
1 shellac manicure at Elegance Boutique
Tea and Cake for 2 at The Honey pot
2 vouchers for Clip & Climb in Derby
Family pass for Twin Lakes
Look out for tomorrow’s post when we will reveal the auction prizes which you can bid for.
We have our summer fayre coming up on 13th July and as usual, we will be holding a non-uniform day in return for donations in support of the fayre. This will take place this Friday, 6th July.
In previous years, feedback from some parents is that they are not sure what to send in as a donation; therefore, in order to manage the items we need and to ensure a successful fayre, we have broken the requirements into classes below, we hope this helps:
Please could we have cake donations, shop bought or homemade. (Please note the best before dates if shop bought)
Please could we have donations of party bag fillers
Please could we have donations for our adult tombola
Please could we have donations for our children’s tombola
Please could we have bottle donations
You are not restricted to just your category if you wish to send items for other areas also. If you do not have a donation for Friday, your child can still come in non-uniform on the day and send the donation in on Monday next week.
Our FPTA have already been working incredibly hard obtaining lots of raffle prizes to win and creating new stalls and games for everyone to enjoy.
We appreciate all the help you can give us in preparing for our Summer Fayre, not forgetting that the funds raised all go to benefit the children in keeping the cost of school trips down, purchasing new laptops, new experiences and lots more.
Thank you for your support.
For those children who are collecting the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 stickers and cards, Mrs Smith will be running a lunchtime swap session on Friday, 29th June 2018 at 12.30pm
So, if your child is missing a certain sticker or is wanting a certain football card to complete a set, this is a perfect opportunity to try and source these by swapping with another child.
The children should swap like for like, i.e. a sticker for a sticker or a card for a card.
It may be easier if your child has a list of the sticker / card numbers they are missing so they don’t duplicate or give away one that they shouldn’t!
This week, our Year 6 children have been on a residential, which is quite different to the residentials that have gone before.
As mentioned in previous blogs and alerts, we felt it was time for a change and when looking for alternative options, came across The Bushcraft Company.
We knew this would be a completely different experience for our children and, through the reports coming back to us, the Year 6 children have really embraced it whole heartedly – we are so proud of them all.
During their stay, the children have learnt so many life skills and tested their own resilience. They have covered:
- How to safely build and start a fire
- How build their own shelters, making them as weatherproof as possible;
- Learnt ‘wilderness first aid’ skills, putting them to the test during an SOS scenario – rescuing their teachers from a plane crash!
- How to use knives and cutting equipment safely to make items they needed for camp;
- How to source water and purify it so it is drinkable
- How to make traps
- Food preparation and cooking skills on an open fire
The week was finished off with a Bushcraft Challenge, putting all their new-found skills to use.
We’re sure that the children will be pleased to get back to their comfy beds but they will do so knowing they’ve just had a great adventure!
Photographs from The Bushcraft Company’s website
Here at Coton-in-the-Elms Primary School, the children have always taken pride in wearing their school uniform and always look incredibly smart.
We have noticed, however, that of late, some children are starting to wear trainers, boots, inappropriate hair accessories, painted nails and make-up to school. It is important that the children take pride in their appearance but also keep within the boundaries of what is acceptable. Please click here to visit our School Uniform page on the website for guidance.
Please be mindful of skirt lengths also. We do understand that children can grow out of clothing so quickly but it is important that skirts are of an appropriate length.