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Term 5 - Friday 22nd April 2022
Welcome Back
I hope all our families had an enjoyable Easter.  It has been another busy start to the term and the children have come back ready and eager to learn.

Now that the weather is improving, please can we ask that children all bring in caps to wear and please apply sun cream before children come to school.  We are seeing lots of jumpers left on the field and playground after break time so this would be an excellent time to check that all of your child's uniform is clearly named.

As always, you can see an overview of what your child will be learning this term in our year group parents guides.
Topic Guides

Congratualtions to the winners of our 'Hope for Heroes' egg competition held just before Easter.  Father David and our chair of governors, Richard Sage, had a hard job choosing between the amazing entries. 
Well done to Esme in Early Years, Harriet in Key Stage 1 and Hattie in Key Stage 2.

Have a great weekend.
Mr Paramor
Esme - Early Years 
Harriet - Key Stage 1
Hattie - Key Stage 2
Lex the Fundraiser
Once again we have a pupil demonstrating our school values out in the real world.  Lex in Year 3 has raised £450 to support a Ukrainian family!

Lex decided he wanted to put on a cake sale to raise money  to support a family who are being hosted locally and who are also being supported by Eastbourne Town football club.

What an absolute star!
Social Media
We have recently needed to support some children who have been involved in an online safety concern relating to their use of TikTok at home.  This has led to a lot of upset and worry from some of our pupils.

As a school, we strongly encourage parents not to allow their primary aged children access to social media accounts - most of which have a 13+ age restriction.  To create an account, children will need to have given false information about their age. 

Many of these sites leave children potentially exposed to concerning and highly inappropriate content as well as to being contacted by strangers who may not have your child’s best interests at heart. 

Children make mistakes which is perfectly normal.  Mistakes made online can have a longer term impact, including on your child’s digital footprint. 

You will find parent guides to a range of sites, games and APPs on the school website.  You will also find guidance for setting up parental controls.

If you ever have an online safety concern, please contact Mrs Delaney via the school office.
DoodleMaths Spring Challenge

There is still just about enough time for your child to complete the DoodleMaths Spring Challenge and earn a pin badge to wear on their uniform for the rest of the year, a certificate and an in-APP badge linked to their account.

How to take part:
Registering for the challenge is not as easy as it could be!  You will need to follow these steps:

1.) Set up a parent account on the parent portal

2.) To link your account to your child, you need to click on 'My Account' in the top right hand corner and then 'Child details'

3.) You then need to select '+ Add my child's existing school account' which will appear on the left hand side of the page.

4.) You should then be prompted to enter your child's username and password. 

5.) Back on your main page, you should then be able to click 'Register my child for DoodleMaths Challenge'
Uniform Policy
There is new statutory DfE guidance for schools to follow in relation to uniform costs as part of their uniform policy.  This has not resulted in significant changes to our policy as we already keep the number of branded items to a minimum and have opportunities for parents to purchase second hand uniform when availible.  

If you have any good quality second hand uniform, donations can be brought into the PaWS main office please.

Click here for our revised draft policy.

If you have any comments about our uniform or the draft policy, please comment here.

Thank you
Children's book reviews
Today, Rebecca in Year 5 shared her book review with the whole school in our Celebration Worship.

Amari Peters knows three things.  Her bother Quinton has gone missing.  No one will talk about it.  And his mysterious job holds a clue.  I think this book is amazing because of all the mysteries that come out of nowhere.  I also like it because of the secrets that have been there for ages that nobody knows about.  Overall, I like it because of the drama between all the characters.  5 STARS.

You can find more recommended reads for each year group on the school website.
Thank you to all our parents and carers who attended one of our recent phonics sessions in Years 1 and 2 at the end of last term.

Early Years and Key Stage 1
To support phonics and reading in Key Stage 1, we use the Read Write Inc phonics programme.  Please click here for more information about RWI Phonics for parents.

Key Stage 2
We build on our teaching of phonics with our younger pupils by using Read Write Inc spelling to support the teaching of spelling across Key Stage 2.  Click here for a parents' spelling guide.
Music of the Week
This week the children have enjoyed coming into worship to the sound of 'Wonderwall' by Oasis as we have moved onto Brit Pop in our 'Music of the Week'

As you know, we have high expectations for children's attendance in all year groups.  Absence, for whatever reason, disadvantages a child by creating gaps in their learning.  Research shows these gaps affect attainment when attendance falls below 95%.

Well done to Fantasia, 100 Acre Wood and Black Pearl all of whom have had 100% attendance this week.
Broken Limbs
If your child has had an accident or injury requiring them to be in a cast/sling/support boot etc., please contact the school office prior to them returning to school.  We will then complete a short assessment of their needs before they return.  This will ensure we can offer the best care and support to them.
Open for Parents Team’s ‘What On’ Guide
'Open for Parents’, offer help and support directly to the parents, free of charge, as part of East Sussex’s Early Help 0-19 Services provision. They provide a variety of online parenting courses, each with specific tips to help deal with the most common behaviour problems. This service is all run online, so parents and carers can join in from the comfort of their own home. All they need is a laptop, tablet or phone and internet access.

Click here for the latest courses including supporting children with managing anxiety and raising resilience.
Scan, Swipe and Swap your way to better health!
Looking for easy ways to build healthier habits at home? The free NHS Food Scanner app is a handy health hack for families that helps them to swap unhealthy foods that are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt, to healthier choices.

Download the Food Scanner app on the Apple app store or Google Play store.

Please find our school's healthy snack guidance on the school website:
£250 School Donation

Leaders Waterside Properties are currently running a promotion.  If any families or people that you know instruct Leaders to sell or let their home, Leaders will donate £250 pound PaWS.  You would need to mention this promotion at the time you instruct them to go through with a sale or letting. 

Any money we receive from this promotion will go to support the purchasing of books for our library.
Adult Education Courses
If you've been thinking about boosting your knowledge and skills, we have started to put together some links on the school website for adult learning courses available both locally and nationally.

We have been contacted by Impact Futures who are delivering a range of FULLY FUNDED qualifications through an Adult Education Budget, to anyone aged 19+ and regardless of their employment status. The courses are specifically designed to raise knowledge and awareness of the subject area to support others, and can be completed by anyone in the community.

They offer qualifications in childcare & education, healthcare, business, IT and team leading.

Click here for more information.
Family Wellbeing
All of us at some point would benefit from support to get through difficult times in our lives.  Covid-19 will also have impacted on families in different ways.  Click below to our website for some links to local and national services for support with family wellbeing and mental health.
Topic Guides
Please click below to find this term's topic guides for each year group.
For the safety of all, can all parents park sensibly and remember that there are lots of small children crossing roads and walking on pavements. 

Parking permits are freely available for the castle car park at any time from the school office. 

If you are concerned by dangerous parking you can report this to Operation Crackdown, which is a Sussex Police scheme and is available on the Operation Crackdown website or on 01243 64 22 22.
School uniform should be purchased online from Price and Buckland Schoolwear The service provided includes free delivery into school twice a month.
For information about how to register your child for free or subsidised school milk, follow this link.
Our Vision
“At PaWS we have an ambitious vision to work in partnerships with families, the church and the wider community to prepare all our children with the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours they will need in order to flourish, reach their potential and enjoy fullness of life.”
(John 10:10)
Dates for your Diary


02/05/2022 - Bank Holiday Monday
09 to 12/05/2022 - Y6 SAT's Week
27/05/2022 - End of term 5

06/06/2022 - Start of Term 6

20/07/2022 - Last day of summer term for pupils
21/07/2022 - Staff INSET Day

Click here the our complete list of term dates.

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