Barnes Primary School Newsletter #14
30th January 2017
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This week’s photographs show some of the activities key Stage 2 pupils were involved in on Friday during our ‘The Country We Live in’ theme day. In addition, the first photograph shows some of our children with the astronaut, Tim Peake.


News in Brief

Attendance last week was 96.1%, 1.3% up on the previous week.

Art + Science = Wonder: yes, it’s Arts Week 2017 next week. It promises to be a wonderful event. I would like to thank Gareth Mantle and Rachel Wilson for their input into this year’s event. Thanks too go to Kate Hunt, for kindly agreeing to support the event, even though her two children left our school many years ago.

Parent Questionnaire 2017: early notice that this will be posted on surveymonkey, as in previous years, for a two week period immediately after the half-term break. We hope that as many of you as possible will participate and provide feedback to us.

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Repeat Articles

School lunch charges for this half term (3rd Jan to 10th Feb) have now been added to the children's accounts.  Please clear this debt as soon as possible along with any outstanding trips from last term.  Thank you for your immediate attention.
PTFA Quiz Night will be on Friday 3rd March starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets will go on sale via parentmail on Monday 6th February until Friday 24th February and cost £15.50.  Tables of a maximum of 10 only please.  The ticket price includes a meal.  As always, there will be a bar and raffle!

Three afternoons/early evenings have been scheduled for parent consultation meetings this term. As last year, during the Spring Term, this will allow parents to have a slightly longer meeting with their child’s classteacher at the critical halfway point in the school year.
Tuesday 7th March - 4.20pm to 7pm and 8th March - 9am to 3pm (nursery closed all day).
Tuesday 7th March - 3.30pm to 6pm and Thursday 9th - 4.20pm to 7pm (10 minute appointments)
KS1 & KS2
Thursday 2nd March - 4.20pm to 7pm, Tuesday 7th March - 3.30pm to 6pm and Thursday 9th March - 4.20pm to 7pm (15 minute appointments)
(We will notify via the newsletter when the booking system will be open).

Are there any more volunteers for the Saturday Morning Year 11 GCSE maths classes at Richmond Park . . . please. On Saturday 43 highly motivated students turned up. They worked hard with the 7 volunteers who came along to support them. Sessions continue this coming Saturday and for 13 further weeks, right up until GCSE examinations take place in June. More volunteers would be greatly appreciated. Please see Jo Patience if you can come along – even if it’s just for one week.
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Tim Peake at the science museum with eleven children, eight from Barnes.
The Country We Live In – Key Stage 2 theme day: Friday 27th January

Friday was the first time we have held such an event and, judging from the children’s reactions to it, this was an enormous success. Children particularly enjoyed the practical, hands-on nature of the activities they were involved in. Key Stage 1’s theme day is scheduled for the Summer Term.

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The first of this term’s house events takes place on Tuesday. All children from Years 1 to 6 have been given the opportunity to take part in the preliminary year group events. Four children from each year group have been chosen to take part in Tuesday’s competition. The timing and location for each year group will be as follows:
Year group Time Location
2 9.05 to 9.30 am Key Stage 1 hall
5 9.35 to 10.00 am Key Stage 2 hall
4 11.30 to 11.55 am Key Stage 2 hall
1 1.25 to 1.50 pm Key Stage 1 hall
3 2.00 to 2.30 pm Key Stage 1 hall
6 2.30 to 3.00 pm Key Stage 1 hall
Coastal erosion at Durdle Door, Dorset – part of the Year 3 study focus
Upcoming Sport Events
Monday - 30/1 - Netball Match vs Mary Mags at Home KS1 Playground 3.15pm
Tuesday - 31/1 - Boys Football Match vs Mary Mags at Home – Vine Road Park 3.15pm
Wednesday - 1/2 - NPL Boys Football Tournament Y5&6 all day - away
Thursday - 2/2 T - Tag Rugby Match vs Marshgate Away at Christ’s School 3.30pm
Friday - 3/2 - Year 5 Swimming week 5 @ Pools on the Park
Monday - 6/2  - BPS Hosting Girls Singles Table Tennis Tournament  12.40 pm KS2 Hall
Tuesday - 7/2 - Borough Swimming Gala Heats @ Pools on the Park  2.30pm
Friday - 10/2 - Year 4/5 Boys Football Tournament @ St Pauls School 1.30pm – 4pm
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Inclusion and exclusion
My Key Stage 2 assembly today was about inclusion and exclusion. There was a focus on how children behave when at play. Do they include others and make them welcome, or do they shun specific individuals, making it clear that they are unwelcome in their game, and even persuading others to exclude the person concerned from other games?
The main message to the children was that we are an inclusive school. As such we expect all of our children to make efforts to include others. We appreciate that it isn’t always easy to do this. Our expectation is that children will make all reasonable efforts to behave in inclusive ways. We want our children to grow up to be tolerant of others and empathetic with regards to their feelings. At all times we expect children to treat other people the way they would like to be treated themselves.
Conversations with some of our Key Stage 2 pupils reveal that some of them are playing computer games that are designed for much older pupils and highly inappropriate for their age. These games have a clear minimum age displayed on the screen. We believe that there is a significant danger to children’s well-being and potentially to their mental health – if they are involved with online gaming material that is designated as above their age group. Some children are bragging to others about playing/watching material that is licenced for 18 year olds. This is a real concern to us. We ask all parents to be vigilant in closely monitoring what their children are doing online.
Polly Kelynack, our learning mentor,  sent me a concerned e-mail about this last week:
I think it would be helpful to address this on a whole school level in the newsletter and possibly assembly as I have been aware of quite a few children being allowed to play inappropriate games.  We need to get away from the perception of them being cool and veer towards the fact that it is against the law and really quite damaging, particularly for boys.
We ask all parents to offer their support in relation to this important issue.

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How strong a force are glaciers? Year 6 made some small ones and found out.

Numberblocks – parents of nursery and reception age pupils
The Numberblocks programme designed by The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths (NCETM) have now started on the BBC. Episodes are about five minutes long. These are great to watch with your child and are aligned with the successful approach we take to the teaching of mathematics:
There is a character linked to each number! They really are a great start in developing an understanding of number.
Did you know that  . . . each year pupils in Year 6 travel to Holland Park School to see an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Three years ago pupils enjoyed a one hour production of Macbeth. In March 2013 they were entertained with Julius Caesar. In 2014 they enjoyed a very accessible version of Hamlet. This was followed by a sumptuous ‘As you Like it’. Last year the children were treated to ‘The winter’s tale’. This year, on the afternoon of Thursday 9th February (during Arts Week) they will be watching ‘The Merchant of Venice’.
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Writing displays

As mentioned previously, we are having a focus on updating and refreshing the displays of pupils’ work around the school. Right now there is a particular focus on Key Stage 2. Last week two sets of pieces of Year 5 writing were installed: personal letters related to The Butterfly Lion’ story by Michael Murpurgo and the Year 5 enrichment group’s diaries of the Ancient Mariner. Some Year 3 front page newspaper reports relating to the traditional tale ‘The Children of Lihr’ have also recently been displayed, along with Year 4 biographies, relating to ‘Krindlekrax’ by Philip Ridley. Soon the Key Stage 1 reception area displays will be updated with Year 6 biographies of Ebenezer Scrooge.
The Ancient Mariner’s Diary – two entries by Year 5 pupils
Zhaslan Rhakimov’s writing
Entry 1 – After the ice splits and the ship sails to safety on the very day that the albatross is spotted for the first time
Fortunately we were so lucky. An albatross made its way towards us as we sped southwards on this harmful ocean. As it happened, we were being circled by tyrannous icebergs. If the albatross hadn’t come we would have been crushed to bits!
Do you know what? The albatross actually followed us. It ate our food and it played with us every day. It is like our guardian, protecting us from the horrors of the ocean. I wonder where it came from. Maybe God sent it to us. Hopefully it will not leave us until the end of our voyage and we will get to our destination safely.
Entry 2 – On the evening after the mariner has shot the albatross when all the sailors curse him for bringing them bad luck
Would you believe it: I shot the albatross with my crossbow! Unluckily the breeze stopped. All because I had caused so much trouble. I shouldn’t have shot the albatross. I am worried about the other mariners giving me cursing looks.
Hopefully God will forgive me for my outrageous mistake. The truth is that I feel really guilty about the whole situation. By the way, the mariners hung the albatross around my neck to make me feel ashamed.
Henry Cowell’s writing
Entry 3 – When all the other sailors have died and he is alone on the ship, desperately lonely and experiencing life-in-death.
                                                                                                 Friday 17th July 1781
Oh my God, they are all dead! First we were in the doldrums, then we had our drought, and now all one hundred and ninety-nine of the other mariners . . . dead! Each and every man who has such potential within them dropped down dead, staring at me! The Lord has taken those beautiful men. The slimy creatures of the world live on and I am one of them. I do not deserve to live. This is like a living death though. I am alone.
Entry 4 – The night of the day he met the wedding guest and got him to listen to his harrowing tale.
                                                                                        Wednesday 1st August 1781
My ghostly voyage is told. My burning heart is extinguished. My guilty burden is passed on. It was harrowing . . . now I am free.
I have, at last, told my tale to the wedding guest. I have been honest, free with my tongue. I have bared my soul, opened my heart.
And whilst he listened thou did not judge me. Thou art a true Christian who forgives the bad in others. It hath helped being in the kirk with the wedding guest and good people. The feeling of relief at telling my tale to him was overwhelming. The unburdening of my web of lies and guilt, unravelling as I spoke each word, was a blessed gift.
I can now sleep in peace. I pray to God to forgive me. I am free.

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Spring Term music projects - River Thames and The Boat Race

This term, Year 5, are involved in a very special music project as part of Barnes Music Festival and will perform a piece called The Boat Race by local composer  Stephen Dodgson at 

St Mary’s Church on Friday 24th March. The Boat Race paints a picture in music of the excitement of the annual race between Oxford and Cambridge from the course and race itself to the spectators on the river banks.

Y5 children will be joined by internationally renowned guitarist Craig Ogden and stellar tenor James Gilchrist. The BBC sports journalist Eleanor Oldroyd is the commentator for the evening. As well as The Boat Race, conducted by Bill Connor, the concert will also include a selection of pieces by Stephen Dodgson and solo guitar performances by Craig Ogden.

BOP! will be performing as part of Arts Week for KS1 children on Thursday 9th February 11:15am-11:30am in the KS1 hall. Parents of BOP! are very welcome to attend. 
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BPS Ladies Football Team

Barnes Primary Ladies are playing their first match of 2017 this Sunday at 3pm at The Bank of England.

They will be up against St Mary Mags - come up and support your local school. It's a great atmosphere with the Dad's supporting from the sidelines for a change and plenty of space for the kids to play!

We train every Thursday night 8-9pm at Rocks Lane - it's great fitness and we are always looking for new players. If you are curious to kick a ball and even score a goal come down this Thursday night and find out more or email:
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An extra bulletin, with a specific announcement…
Enter a draw to win £50 voucher by participating in our Short Breaks Consultation!
Following the SEND Reforms (September 2014), the views of parents need to be actively sought when providing services.
Local Government spends £800K on providing short breaks for children with SEND in Kingston and Richmond every year.  Contracts for service providers (holiday clubs, eg Yorda, Mencap; social clubs eg Kites, Flyers, Ribbons Mencaps, other activities, eg horse-riding, swimming, sailing) are typically reviewed every 3 years.
For the first time, we can have a real say as the spend for 2018-2021 is allocated.
This means that whether your child attends a great activity that you want recommissioned, or you want to suggest something that is not currently available, NOW is your moment to directly affect the services that your child will receive from next year.
Please attend SEND Family Voices open meetings to tell us what your family want:
Wednesday 22nd February - 7pm to 9pm
The Strada, Market Place, Kingston, KT1 1JT
Monday 27th Februrary - 7pm to 9pm
The Railway, Victoria Rd,  TW11 0BB (by Teddington station)
Wednesday 1st March - 10am to 12noon
The Strada, Market Place, Kingston, KT1 1JT
Friday 3rd March - 10am to 12noon
Me Too & Co, The Crossway Centre, Richmond, TW1 2PD
Everyone who attends can enter their name into a draw to win a £50 voucher of their choice (Amazon, Waitrose, M&S, Tesco, John Lewis….)
We will also be issuing an online survey so watch this space!
With best wishes, Rachel Derrick & Sam Rospigliosi SEND Family Voices – Short Breaks Leads
Phone:  07469 746 145<>


Sarah Herbert

Lead Education Advisor (SEND)

Achieving for Children

Mobile: 07469100484




42 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ

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Barnes Primary School Newsletter No 14 - 30th January 2017
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