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Term 3 - Friday 14th January 2022
A busy start to the year
The children have returned from the Christmas break showing great attitudes to their learning. 

This week Hogwarts class have spent at day at Bushy Wood as part of their Forest School experience.  The children had an adventurous day learning survival skills linked to their English topic.  The children built fires, shelters and made their own cords.  Mrs Hotchkin reports the class showed '...excellent behaviour throughout the day and resilience after a very cold start.'  

Year 4 children experienced a visit from an archaeologist - Scott Chaussee. Scott is planning to survey the school grounds in the hope of finding some evidence of a Roman settlement. Scott was kind enough to bring in some real artifacts from the Roman and early Anglo-Saxon time periods. The children were even allowed to touch some of the Roman pottery. This helped to bring history alive for the children and they asked some fantastic questions. 

Congratulations to Rebecca in Hogwarts who this week received the Chief Scout's Silver Award from the 1st Anderida-Thursday Cub Pack which is the top award for Cub Scouts.  This is in recognition for her completing a range of challenges.  Well done Rebecca! 

Covid-19 Update
The guidelines we are all following regarding Covid-19 are changing regularly and we will continue to up date you with those that affect the school.  While we have had some cases in a few classes, overall children's attendance has improved significantly compared with the last few weeks of last term.
Latest changes:
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
Further information is available here.

Take care and have a great weekend.
Mr Paramor
Well done to everyone kept up with DoodleMaths over the Christmas Break.  We had lots of children using DoodleMaths even on Christmas day!

A special mention to Joshua in Y5 and Kadence in Y4 who this week completed a 100 day streak.

Following parent requests and feedback from parents about the impact that regular use of DoodleMaths at home is having on their child's progress, we have now started to launch DoodleMaths across Early Years and Key Stage 1.

If you are ever having any issues logging in, please speak to your child's class teacher or follow the link for more information.

Thank you so much to all our parents and carers for you support in this.
Thank you
Thank you again for everyone who completed our recent parent survey.  We have looked at your responses and this week sent you an overview of these alongside some information about the areas we are developing as a school.

Please click here to view the outcomes of the parent survey.
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.
New Devices
Many families may well have introduced new devices to the house over Christmas. Click here to find information on how to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices at home. 

You will find a parent a guide 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.
A message from Father David:
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 our top attenders this week:

1st - Middle Earth - 100%
Joint 2nd - Emerald City/Fantasia/100 Acre Wood/Neverland  - 99.3%

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.


From picking a few weeds to digging out bushes, helping out with our veg patch to even cementing posts in for our outdoor learning areas. Any available time would be greatly received.

Please contact Rachel Hobbs and Rachel Smith for more information:
or call us on 01323 762269
Topic Guides
Please click below to find this term's topic guides for each year group.
With a shorter window for pick up, the traffic is once again busier at these peak times.  We would ask all our parents to park safely 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.
Covid Measures at PaWS
For all our information about the Covid-19 measures we have in place, including our updated risk assessment, please click here.

In-line with the DfE Schools Covid-19 Operation Guidance, we have contingency plans in place should their be further outbreaks.

Should the government guidance or the situation change,  we will alert families as soon as possible to any changes to measures or procedures.
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.
PE Kits and Uniform
Following parent feedback, we have decided to continue to keep children coming into school in their PE Kits on the day they have PE this year

Children should wear plain black trainers/plimsolls on these days.  Brightly coloured trainers are not acceptable.  They should wear their school jumpers over the top in colder weather.

School uniform is important to help children feel equal to their peers and creates a sense of community and pride in the the school.
Improving Pevensey Recreation Ground
Pevensey and Westham Sports Club in conjunction with Pevensey Parish Council are planning improvement works to Pevensey Recreation Ground, which will include development of facilities for disabled visitors and changing and shower areas for female athletes. The scheme also gives the opportunity to provide more community space and enhance the Ground as a whole. These ambitions will only be met if we secure funding from various Grants and funding schemes, including Sports England.

Pevensey Parish Council have asked for us to share the link below for you to be able to give your views.

Share your views
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


11/02/2022 - End of Term 3
21/02/2022 - Start of Term 4

01/04/2022 - End of Term 4
19/04/2022 - Start of Term 5

02/05/2022 - Bank holiday Monday
27/05/2022 - End of term 5

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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