Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
Please do remember that Friday 22nd June is an INSET day and the school is closed for staff training (except for the Ex-Year 11 leavers’ assembly). All pupils should return at the normal times on Monday 25th June to start the new academic year for pupils in our Senior Section or finish off the year for those in our Primary Section.
Regular readers will be aware that Mayfield School is a keen supporter of the ‘Portsmouth Festivities’. We are delighted to be hosting once again the “Play in a Day” on Thursday 21st June. Pupils from across the City will be producing and performing their own play here at Mayfield! For more information about the festivities please visit their website at www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk
I would like to remind all members of our community that on Saturday 7th July, we will be running the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ Summer Fete. I would be most grateful if you would help us promote this event by sharing the flyer which can be found here via your social media networks. Equally, if you would like to help out, please contact the Chair of FOM, Mrs. Judith Firth on FirthJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk
To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Summer 2. This can be downloaded here.
* School closed for staff training: Friday 22nd June 2018 *
Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior
I would like to start by thanking all the parents who have supported the pupils in coming back from half-term with such smart uniform. Thank you for ensuring your child complies with our rules on hair, make up and jewellery. A reminder of our expectations was listed in the half-termly newsletter sent to all parents before the holiday. A link to the newsletter can be found here. If the weather becomes extremely hot, we will invoke our Hot Weather Protocol which can be viewed here. A message will be placed on the school website if this occurs to inform all stake holders.
Year 11 are continuing to work extremely hard in their terminal exams. They are now very close to the end of their time at Mayfield School. From Tuesday 12th June, after the last Mathematics exam, pupils are on a bespoke timetable. They will come in for their exams and for the revision sessions offered, but otherwise will be off-site revising at home for any exams they have left. Their leavers assembly is on Friday 22nd June and pupils should be here by 8:45am to make sure they don’t miss any of the excitement!
On Wednesday 20th June the Senior section is running our House Activities Day. Pupils should arrive in school by 8:40am (resilience is not running on this day) in full PE kit. They will spend two hours involved in activities and two hours in normal lessons- so please remind them to bring their bag and equipment. School finishes at 1:35pm on that day for all Senior pupils. As all pupils will be doing two hours of activities it is essential that they bring a refillable water bottle with them to keep themselves hydrated.
On Thursday 21st June we are running our rewards trips and activities. If your child is not involved in any of these then please remind them that school is running as normal on that day and they need to arrive with full equipment ready for learning.
If your child is currently in Year 10 then please remember they need a Year 11 tie ready for the Moving On Assembly on Monday 25th June. These can be purchased from Penelope Ann, 34-36 Tangier Rd, Portsmouth PO3 6JN and details can be found on their website:- http://www.pa-schoolwear.co.uk/
Finally, pupils in Years 7 should now be working on their Summer 2 ‘Prep’ projects. Copies of the projects can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor if you would like them to provide additional support for your child as they complete these projects. A full list of tutors can be found here.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We had a fantastic end to the last half-term with our Year 2 and 3 pupils both participating in football tournaments on the final Friday. The photos below show how much the children enjoyed their days. Our Year 3 team were competing against year 3/4 teams from across Hampshire at Fratton Park and did incredibly well. The celebrations when Finlay Dunford scored our goal at Fratton End will live long in the memory!
We have had a very busy start to this half-term. Year 3 have been out and about on a trip to the Halifax Bank in Cosham to learn about money and how a bank works. Year 3 have also been starring in the Year 3 Talent Show. This competition is being judged by the Senior Section Performing Arts Committee and the older pupils have been amazed by the confidence and talent displayed by the younger pupils. You will get the chance to see the winning children perform in the main arena at the Summer Fayre on 7th July.
It was also a pleasure to welcome our new families to the Year 3 Parents Welcome meeting on Tuesday evening. We are really looking forward to getting to know you and your children over the next few weeks!
This half-term, we are focussing on the final learning superpower of the year, which is being reflective. Reflective learners are keen to ask questions and are always looking for patterns and connections between the different things that they have learned. They think about how they learn and are always thinking about ways to make their work even better. Keep a lookout for these Reflective Certificates coming home over the next seven weeks.
Regular reading at home is crucial to your child’s success in all year groups. It is recommended that the children read at home at least five times per week and this is recorded in the planner so that the teachers can plan the next steps in your child’s reading journey. Year 1 are due to take their Phonics Screening Check this week to be sure that their decoding skills are developing in line with national expectations. The results of this check will be posted home to parents with the end of year report in July.
As we head towards the end of the school year, we would be very grateful of any donations of good quality uniform that your children have now outgrown, particularly the items with the Mayfield logo such jumpers, blazers, skirts and summer dresses. The Friends of Mayfield are keen to establish a second hand uniform shop and any donations can be passed to the class teachers.
Finally, pupils in Years R, 1, 2 and 3 should now be working on their Summer ‘Prep’ projects. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you would like them to provide additional support for your child as they complete these projects. A full list of class teachers can be found email addresses can be found here.
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
The class topic will continue with ‘mini-beasts’. The children will use the information they gathered previously about the habitats that different bugs live in and use this information to design a habitat for their favourite bug by using a variety of materials.
Learning intentions linked to class topic are:
- Generate ideas from their own experiences;
- Communicate ideas using a variety of methods including drawings and models;
- Select tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, texture and design.
Letter sounds for the week are ‘K’ and ‘L’. Please keep creating collages for display so we can use these at circle time to promote phonic sounds. Words of the week in class are ‘for’ and ‘we’.
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