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Newsletter 25.9.20

A message from Miss Woodward

Well Done

It gives me great joy to report to you that all the children have made an amazing start to the year. Their behaviour is fantastic both inside and outside and I am very proud of them all. They are using restorative practice around school and developing their understanding of our key virtues: Trust, Kindness and Self-Belief. They are a credit to their families and I thank you for your support in getting them back to school so enthusiastically. I would also like to say thank you for your support, patience and help at the beginning of term; these are challenging times for everyone.


Please I can remind all parents and carers to download our Parent Hub App. Newsletters and reminders are posted on this app to keep you up to date with school information. We will only be sending home paper letters when it is absolutely necessary—most of our information will come via ParentHub or on our website. Don’t forget to check Seesaw for updates on your child’s learning during the week. Photographs of the children’s learning are shared on our school Facebook and Twitter.


Parent /Carer Consultation By phone


Parent/Carer Consultation Week is a great opportunity for us to work together to support your child’s learning. Due to the current climate, we are unable to invite parents and carers into school, however, we would like to hold a meeting with you by phone. The phone call will last around 10 minutes and will give you the chance to talk to your child’s teacher and find out about the exciting things planned for the year ahead. Your class teacher will send you information out about how to make your appointment.

Parents Consultation Week will take place from:

Monday 19th October until Friday 23rd October.

Late night appointments will take place on Wednesday 21st September from 4.00pm-7.00pm


Remote Learning

If your child is absent from school with a suspected case of Covid or is self-isolating, the teacher will provide your child with remote and blended learning.

‘Remote Teaching and Learning’ refers to the provision of learning activities, teacher support, assessment and feedback from teachers to pupils in the event that normal lessons are unable to be delivered ‘face-to-face’ as normal.

Teachers will also make contact with families each week to provide support with their learning and wellbeing.

Please see our Teaching and Learning Remote Learning Policy for more information – previously sent out via ParentHub. This can also be viewed on the school website.


Attendance Matters

Our School Target is 97%

This week our attendance was: 90.55%

The winners this week are…

First Place: Micklegate with 95.57%

Second Place: Fossgate with 95.42%

Third Place: Gillygate with 92.40%


Following the period of lockdown, attendance is now mandatory and children are, by law, now expected to attend school.


This week Ousegate have been busy discussing our families and different types of families! They each have sketched a beautiful family portrait and some even presented a family photo to the class!

This week Nursery went on a conker hunt. They then had lots of fun rolling the conkers down the ramps, experimenting to see which shape conker was the fastest. They also explored autumn colours as they rolled the conkers in paint to create their own art work.

Y6 came in non-uniform this week to help them learn clothing words in Spanish. We learnt the phrase ‘Llevo’ = ‘I am wearing’ and used this to make sentences about our outfits. Check out our poses!

Gillygate have been artists this week while learning about the parts of a flowering plant. We did some beautiful paintings and made 3D models of our own fantastic flowers. We have also started our class novel, ‘The Story of the Blue Planet’ and have enjoyed thinking about all the amazing places on our planet.

Fossgate have been busy learning about the life cycle of a plant and photosynthesis.

Nessgate has had a jam-packed week! Year 2 has explored different forms of communication throughout history, carried out an interesting scientific investigation, practised colour mixing, wrote some fantastic postcards to the Big Bad Wolf and created some wonderful posters all about our school’s 3 virtues!

This week Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate enjoyed an art challenge! We only had the primary colours and we had to mix them to try and match the colours in Paul Klee’s ‘Castle and Sun’. We love this piece of art because it reminds us of our York Minster!




In EYFS we are enjoying all the actions for our rhyme “Stay Apart”

Because we can’t do our hand clapping singing games with each other in school, we are drawing round our own hands in our books so we can create patterns to clap against our own hands.

In KS2 we are using a rhyme called “Support”.

Enhanced Resource Provision

This week ERP1, have been really enjoying The Gruffalo, designing, making and describing the characters, talking about the setting and even making Gruffalo Crumble!


Please see link below for next week’s menu.

new menu 28.9.20.docx

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