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Newsletter

18/05/18

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page here

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Pabulum Parental Survey

10/05/18

Pabulum Catering have been working with our school to provide fresh, tasty school meals. This partnership has allowed us to encourage your children to enjoy healthy eating.

It is essential as part of the service, we ask for feedback from yourselves. We want to hear your views about the catering provision at our school; what your child/children enjoy and what you think could be improved.

Please click the link to submit your response. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday 25th May 2018.

Survey

 

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NSPCC Visit

23/04/18

On Wednesday of this week, we welcomed NSPCC volunteers and Peter Wanless (NSPCC CEO) to Istead Rise. They delivered two very engaging assemblies to all children in the school about how to keep safe in our current society. Their assembly delivered essential safeguarding information to the very people whom we are all working to safeguard – the children. Children having knowledge about safeguarding will raise awareness of what is right and wrong and will hopefully empower them to speak out to somebody whom they trust if they feel something is wrong. Children in Years 5 and 6 will also be having additional workshops with the volunteers this coming week to explore some of the messages in more depth.


The press also came along to the assembly and produced a news article about the importance of the NSPCC’s Speak Out, Stay
Safe programme. We would invite you to view the story at here.

There are some great shots of our lovely KS1 children and the school grounds (see overleaf) and is a real positive reflection on how much importance Istead Rise places on pupil safety.
In order to raise some funds for the NSPCC, we have organised for the children to join in with a Danceathon on Thursday 26th April. Your child will be bringing home a sponsor form today. Do encourage them to ask friends and family to sponsor them as much as possible for this fantastic cause.

 

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Sport Relief

26/03/18

Thank you to those who donated to our recent Sport Relief event. We have so far collected £130, so thank you again.

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Parent Consultations

26/03/18

We look forward to welcoming all of you to parent consultation meetings on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

All children have bought their spring term report home which is designed to give you an outline of how your child is doing at school. This report, together with your child’s books, will form the basis of the discussion with teachers.

Please do arrive earlier than your appointment time so that you are able to look through your child’s books with them.

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Newsletter

26/03/18

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page here

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Year 2 Pupil Voice

19/03/18

Our topic this term in Year 2 is Wriggle and Crawl. We’ve been learning about different mini-beasts and creating some artwork about them.

This week we’ve created some caterpillar and butterfly art. We used sponges and paint to make our own version of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

We also made our own symmetrical butterflies using pencils and paint. We had to make both sides exactly the same like it was a mirror image. We’ve also had a very special delivery this week and now each class has pet caterpillars! We’re so excited to watch them grow and change! By Nathan (Palm)

 

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World Book Day

19/03/18

Last Friday the children were finally able to celebrate World Book Day.

The children and staff all looked amazing, here are a few pictures takenon the day

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Newsletter

19/03/18

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page here

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Newsletter

12/03/18

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page here

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Snow Day Home Learning

01/03/18

Stay safe and warm everybody!

Please see the attached for some ideas for both indoor and outdoor snow home learning, to keep your brains active.

Snow Day Home Learning

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School Closure - Friday 2nd March

01/03/18

Due to the weather conditions, school will continue be closed, and therefore will be closed on Friday 2nd March

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World Book Day Dressing up- Postponed

28/02/18

If the school is open tomorrow we will postpone dressing up for World Book Day. Children are to wear uniform, warm coats, wellies (bring a change of clothes in case they get wet)

A decision will be made early morning about opening depending on the weather later and the road situation around the school.

Please check on your emails and texts for updates.

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Severe Weather Conditions

26/02/18

Dear Parents & Carers

Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.

As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to “unavoidable” circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.

We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Istead Rise Primary School will make every effort to prepare for severe weather this winter by ensuring our boilers are adequately maintained, pathways are gritted, and access points are cleared etc.

However, if we do experience severe weather resulting in hazardous conditions, I may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website & text. Please make sure your telephone numbers are correct.

Kent Closures website

To determine whether Istead Rise Primary School is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for the school in the search box. It is recommended that parents sign up for SMS alerts on this website. This service will send an SMS alert to let parents know if Istead Rise Primary School is closed. Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed. We will also post a tweet on the school Twitter page.

What can you do to help?

  • Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
  • Please enter the school site via the main pedestrian access (KS2 gate)
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc or even a change of clothing. 
  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates. Many Thanks Mrs J Olivier Executive Headteacher

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World Book Day

26/02/18

World Book Day is here again and at Istead Rise Primary School we have a range of exciting lessons, activities and competitions to promote reading and share our love of books!


Throughout the week, children will be enjoying a variety of English lessons based around our theme of ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be writing stories, book reviews and revamping some traditional fairy tales whilst focusing on a wide range of English skills. In addition to this, some year groups will base their topic subjects on a fairy-tale theme, with even Forest School and art lessons offering a variety of book related activities.


To demonstrate that everyone (big and small) enjoys a great book, teachers will be sharing their favourite stories with the pupils and encouraging children to discuss their favourite stories with each other.


On Thursday 1st March, staff and pupils will all be encouraged to dress up and celebrate the official World Book Day of 2018. As the theme is ‘Once Upon a Time’ children could be anything from Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming to The Queen of Hearts or even one of the Three Little Pigs! However, all costumes based on any book character fictional or non fictional are welcome, so it would be lovely to see everyone participate.


In addition to the excitement of dressing up, children will be able to take part in the reading challenge - Ready, Steady, Read! which was launched at the end of last term. Remember to return your sponsor forms by Monday 12th March.


Whilst trying to complete your reading challenge, why not enter our photo competition, Unusual Reading Spots? Try to take a picture whilst reading in a fun and unique location! Up a tree, upside down on the climbing frame, at the supermarket in a trolley (pictures can be printed out or e-mailed to the office). The most unusual reading spot in both KS1 and KS2 will win a prize!

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Newsletter

26/02/18

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Newsletter

26/01/18

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page here

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Pupil Voice Year 2

26/01/18

Our topic for this term has been ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’.

We have enjoyed learning about the parts of a castle and what they were used for. Some children have made wonderful models of castles at home which are on show in our classrooms. We have liked seeing these and discussing how they were researched and made.

 

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Pupil Voice Year 1

24/01/18

Year 1 have been learning to tell the time to o'clock and half past. The children made their own clocks and were able to show their teachers given times. Miss Underdown was incredibly proud of how the children were able to explain which hand was the hour handand which hand was the minute hand.  

Good learning Year 1! Keep it up.

 

 

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Pupil Voice Year 6

24/01/18

This term, year 6’s topic is ‘A Child’s War’, focusing on World War 2. So far we have learnt  how the war began and created a timeline showing the significant events  of the war. On Friday 12th, Year 6 enjoyed learning about the  children who were evacuated from a visit from Maidstone Museum. We got to look at and handle lots of different artefacts, and we made our own tags, which children would have used during evacuation to identify themselves and where they were being sent. We were also lucky enough to see real Ration Books from the time, and learnt about how things and food were limited.

 

 

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Year 5 Attendance Reward - Challenger Troop!

24/01/18

Willow class donned their camouflage and slipped into their army boots on Friday 12th January when they took part in their attendance reward - a morning with the Challenger Troop!

There were relay challenges, suited races and an obstacle course to complete before being split into teams and participating in a traditional tug-of-war test!

The children had immense fun (while becoming immensely muddy) and already have their sights set on winning the Term 3 attendance reward too!

   

 

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Forest School for Willow Class!

24/01/18

As Istead Rise returned to its roots and once again offers the Forest School provision, all the children have been eagerly anticipating their class’ turn to participate in it with our new outdoor learning specialist, Mrs Clark. On Monday 15th January, it was Willow class who went first.

The children were engaged in a class discussion around health and safety of the newly-developed Forest School site, before changing their shoes for wellies and venturing up there for the first time!

Their inaugural visit included a visit to the 'mud kitchen', the 'climbing trees' and 'base camp' before enjoying a well-earned cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit!

 

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Newsletter

19/01/18

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page here

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Panto Comes to Istead Rise!

20/12/17

Last week, the children of Istead Rise had a special visit from the guys and girls at Hurricane Productions, who entertained us all afternoon with their version of ‘Aladdin and the Cave of Wonders’.

The children were absolutely transfixed by the energetic performances of brave Aladdin, hilarious Genie and the evil Jafaar. Even during the mid-way interval, the children were eagerly anticipating the second half with smiling faces all around!

Mr Knell said, “I’ve seen quite a few Christmas pantomimes over the years but this is one of the most entertaining of all of them!”

Istead Rise would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Hurricane Productions for their efforts and to FIRPS for organising this treat.

 

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Newsletter

15/12/17

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KS1 Christmas Show

14/12/17

Year 1 and 2 performed their Christmas Show to the whole school this week. They sang a medley of songs, including Away in a Manger and It was on a Starry Night, and told the story of Mary and Joseph. Well done for a magical show KS1!

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Newsletter

08/12/17

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Christmas Jumper Day

08/12/17

Christmas Jumper Day A reminder that this coming Wednesday (13th) will be Christmas Jumper and Dinner Day. Children are allowed to wear their brightest Christmas jumper in exchange for a small donation to Save the Children.

The kitchen team will also be serving Christmas dinner on this day.

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Road Closures

07/12/17

Week commencing the 8th of January part of Downs Road will be closed for approximately two weeks due to road works.
The part of the road effected is just past Chequers Close towards Nash Bank.

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Poppy Appeal

04/12/17

Thank you very much for all your donations towards this year’s poppy appeal.

We raised a fantastic £442.72! So thank you again!

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Newsletter

27/11/17

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page, here

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FIRPS Bonfire Night Spectacular!

20/11/17

We would like to say a huge thank you to FIRPS for the amazing ‘Bonfire Night Spectacular’ which they organised for last Friday evening.


Everyone had a fantastic time and we have had lots of positive comments about how much the children, parents, staff and members of the local community enjoyed the event. The FIRPS committee as always have put in lots of hard work and effort in their spare time to ensure that the event was a great success. We are incredibly grateful to them and for everything they do for the children at Istead Rise Primary School.

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Newsletter

17/11/17

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page, here

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Breakfast with Father Christmas

14/11/17

Come and join us for some festive fun, craft activities and breakfast with Father Christmas & Mary Christmas in their Christmas Grotto.

Each child visiting Father Christmas and Mary Christmas will receive a gift. Please choose a time slot preference for your child/children to meet with him. Times will be allocated prior to the day and we will try our best to accommodate your request. Times will be sent out by parent email, posted on the FIRPS facebook page and put up on the noticeboards.

There is a cost per child of £6.00, under 1’s is £3.00 this is for their gift, please return the below slip here, with your payment in an envelope to the school by Friday 17 th November.

We don’t want to leave the adults out so if you would like to pre-order a bacon roll they will be £2.50 each tea and coffee will also be available

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Newsletter

10/11/17

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page, here

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Collection Arrangements – Friday 10th November

09/11/17

As you will be aware this Friday 10th November the FIRPS committee has organised a Bonfire Night Extravaganza to take place on the school site. We are extremely excited about this event and know that all tickets have now sold out, which is great news.

FIRPS will be setting up for this event throughout the afternoon. This will mean that the top playground will be closed at collection time. We have therefore made some adjustments to collection arrangements on Friday, as follows:

  •  Both KS1 and KS2 gates will open at the usual time. 
  • All parents/carers (including those who are collecting KS1 or Foundation children) need to wait on the bottom playground. 
  • Foundation/KS1 children will be led down from their building to the bottom playground at 3:10pm. 
  • Class teachers will then dismiss children to their adult.
  • Collection arrangements for KS2 children remain the same. Adults will be on hand to direct you on Friday afternoon.

Thank you in advance for your support with these arrangements,

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Children in Need 2017

07/11/17

It is that time of year again where our thoughts turn to children less fortunate than others.....Children in Need 2017 is here!

The date of Children in Need is Friday 17th November and this year, we are following the national theme of ‘The Big Spotacular!’ where our children will be invited to participate in a non-school uniform day with a recommended £1 donation.

So, dig out all the clothes you have with spots on them and wear them into school (if you do not have spotty clothing, just wear non-school uniform)!

During the day, Mr Tyler will be taking each year group from across the school into the hall to participate in a special circuit of activities too; they will be fun, themed and very energetic!

Just to clarify:
Date: Friday 17th November 2017
Dress Code: Non-school Uniform Day (spotty clothes are the theme!)
Donation: £1 (recommended minimum)


We are looking forward to supporting such a great cause once again!

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Starting at Primary School

03/11/17

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Newsletter

23/10/17

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page, here

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Foundation

23/10/17

Wow we have had an amazing first term, the children have settled so well into the routines of school. 

This term we have been learning all about each other, making friends and finding different ways we can learn through our play. Last week we learnt all about Harvest. We explored different foods using all of our senses. The purple beetroot made brilliant prints on paper, whilst the pink radish surprised us by being white on the inside!                                                     

          

We ‘planted’ various vegetables in the growing area and shared what we know about how plants grow. At the end of the week we all helped to weigh ingredients to make cupcakes, we even helped to crack the eggs before stirring all of the ingredients together.  The cakes looked delicious and we resisted the temptation to eat them before going home! 

   

We have learnt lots from our own interests and explorations including magnets.  “It only sticks to metal because it’s a magnet” “It doesn’t stick to that part because it’s plastic”.  We also worked together to fill the buckets with bark until they balanced. 

We cannot wait to see what new things we will learn next term!

 

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Year 3

23/10/17

During Science,  Year 3 have been learning about electricity and the components they need to create a circuit. We heard there had been a mysterious figure snooping around classrooms so we decided to investigate by fitting Pine and Sycamore with our own burglar devices in order to catch the mysterious visitor. 

This also gave us the opportunity to develop our skills of perseverance and communication when working in a group. 

 

Good news! Our alarms were successful! Fortunately it wasn't a burglar, it was only Mr Knell who had gotten lost! The children applied their learning from last week to employ switches in a circuit superbly. 

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Firework Lunch

18/10/17

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Newsletter

16/10/17

This weeks newsletter is available on the Letters Home page, here

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Newsletter

09/10/17

This week's newsletter is available here.

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Year 5

09/10/17


Over the last week, the children have been looking at designing an alchemist.

They were given the remit of what their character will look like and how they will act. They have thought carefully about what the alchemist might be carrying and why. Once their designs were complete, they wrote a description of their alchemist.

   

 

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Year 1

09/10/17

In Year 1 we have been learning about number and place value.

We have been adding numbers to 10 and to 20. Some of the children went outside and used sticks to help them count, whilst other children chose to use counters or a number line. The year group have worked very hard at their number work!

 

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Opening Mornings

27/09/17

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Bonfire Night Spectacular

18/09/17

FIRPS is pleased to announce tickets for our Fireworks Spectacular are now on sale!

Tickets are limited and must be bought in advance prior to the event.

Date: Friday 10th November 2017

Gates Open: 5.30pm

Smaller, quiet display: 6.15pm

Larger display: 6.50pm

Gates Close: 8pm

Ticket Price
Adult £5
Child £3.50
Family (2xadult, 2xchild) £15

Under 4s are free

There will be a BBQ and bar to purchase refreshments, DJ and fairground rides for children plus glow sticks to buy.

As the school will be closed after today, to purchase your tickets please email [email protected]

Tickets will be issued closer to the date and once payment is received only. If you do email, there may be a delay in responding to you but each email will be dealt with in the order received.

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Pabulum Catering

11/09/17

Pabulum provides the catering at Istead Rise Primary School. Our menus are compliant with The School Food Plan and over 94% of our dishes are freshly prepared from unprocessed ingredients by our professional chefs.

Available every day and made fresh in our kitchen we offer:

  • A choice of meat/fish or vegetarian main meal
  • Unlimited salad bar with eight delicious choices
  • Jacket potato or pasta
  • Two choices of unlimited freshly baked wholemeal bread
  • Homemade dessert
  • Fresh mixed fruit platter
  • Homemade yoghurt or mousse

 

The Pabulum dining experience gives every child time to enjoy our fresh food offer, whilst encouraging children to try delicious new dishes and rewarding them with a Healthy Bunch sticker or certificate.

Pabulum goes beyond the fresh food dining experience; our initiatives engage and inspire to help develop a deeper appreciation of food through parents  evenings, playground taster sessions, food assemblies and cookery demonstrations.

Your current school menu, along with allergens, can be found on Pabulum’s website here 

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals. To apply visit Free School Meals 

We would love to hear your feedback, please contact [email protected]

 

The Pablum menu can be found here: Pabulum Menu

 

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Happy New Year

03/01/17

Everyone at the school wishes you a very Happy New.  We hope you had a great holiday and look forward to the start of the new term.

Please check this site regularly for news and import events at your school.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 3rd January.

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Christmas Show

03/01/17

On the last day of term there was a fantastic turnout at the school show, thanks to all parents and carers who assisted with the production, the students had a wonderful time. 

The school wishes everybody a peaceful break and a happy new year

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An Historical Day Out

03/01/17

A recent Geography trip took 60 students for a fascinating trip to Dover Castle.

The highlight of the day was a guided tour of the extensive tunnels cut into the Dover Cliffs. Students learned of the military and civilian uses of the tunnels which date back to the Napoleonic Wars. Students also had the opportunity to experience medieval cooking class in the recently re-opened Castle kitchens.

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