6 Jul 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I would like to start by encouraging as many people as possible to visit the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ Summer Fete which is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 7th July between 12 and 3 pm on the West Field. Whether you have a child at the school, or not, all are welcome. Every penny raised will go towards providing the extras our budget cannot meet. I would also appreciate it if you could post a link on to your social media channel alerting others to this event. Please find a flyer here.

As is customary, we will be sending out a whole school posting at the end of this term. If you have recently changed your contact details, please do update them by sending an email to our SIMS Manager, Mrs Helen Patis on patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 Please be aware that on the last day of this term we will run an alternative timetable. Therefore, on:

Friday 20th July – pupils in ALL Years will be dismissed at 1.35pm. No extra-curricular or tea time club.

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

This week we welcomed 200 Year 6 pupils in for the first week of their transition fortnight. I have enjoyed meeting them and the vast majority have settled in well. A big welcome to all the parents who have now joined the Mayfield family and may well be reading the Mayfield Messenger for the first time! Thank you to all those who attended the induction evening on Tuesday-despite it being very hot and the draw of football! We aimed to cover all the key information needed for the pupils to successfully start in September. Please contact Mrs Anders if you have any questions about any element of transition. You could email her on anderse@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk or you could attend the drop-in event on Tuesday 10th July from 9-10:45 am in the school library.

Wednesday evening was the Prom for our ex-Year 11 pupils. As ever a huge number of parents, friends and pupils turned up to watch the pupils arrive and help them celebrate this event. It was a fabulous occasion and our thanks go to the House Teams who ably sorted out all the details of the organisation. The next time we see these pupils will be on Thursday 23rd August when they collect their exam results from 9 am.

Finally, pupils in Years 8 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 two very successful Transition Days this week.  Everybody found their way to their new classrooms and the children quickly settled into working with their new teachers, particularly demonstrating the Learning Superpowers of being ready, resourceful and responsible.  It was great to welcome the new Year 3 children into our school and I was very proud of how our current Year 2 children made them feel so welcome.

It was also a pleasure to welcome our new Year R children and their families to their classroom visits on Wednesday.  The new children seemed to settle very well and enjoy their time working in the classrooms.  We will look forward to seeing you all again next Wednesday!

Another highlight this week was our reward trip to the Guildhall Square to the Lord Mayor’s celebration of the 70th birthday of the NHS.  The children had to dress up in fancy dress linked to the NHS and Cobie Gardner in Year 1 was the overall winner from all of the schools who took part.

Thank you to all of the parents and family member who came along to the afternoon’s Sports Day.  I hope that you enjoyed the spirit of friendly competition between the Houses.  The winning House was not known at the time of writing this message, but the pressure is on Victory House to maintain their winning run for a third successive year.

Once again this year, Mayfield has been the most oversubscribed Primary provision with more than five applicants for each place.  One of the things that makes our school unique is our commitment to providing a wide range of free extra-curricular clubs every day.  As our school expands, the range of Extra-Curricular clubs is growing and we will be offering 10 clubs per night from September.  There are two clubs that are solely for Year R children and then four clubs each for Year 1 and 2 and Year 3 and 4.  The booking system for September opens on Wednesday 11th July at 6 pm and closes at 12 pm on Monday 16th July.  More details about next term’s Extra-Curricular programme can be found here.

The priority booking letters for the Summer School have gone out this week to the parents who meet certain criteria:

  • Children for whom the Pupil Premium provides support;
  • Children from Service families;
  • Children who are at risk of not meeting the end of year expected levels in English and Mathematics;
  • Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan

If you have received one of these letters, please can you make sure that you send the reply slips in at the start of next week.  We are able to offer 90 spaces on the Summer School and remaining places will be made available via the Online Booking system from 6 pm on Wednesday.

Finally, pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 should now be working on their Summer ‘Prep’ projects. Copies of the projects can be found here. 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 teachers with their contact details can be found here.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

The children had a fantastic time at the sleepover with Mrs Plowman, Miss Gough and Miss Marples. The fun continued till 1 am till the children got into bed and fell fast asleep.

Our topic in class will continue with Dinosaurs. The children will be encouraged to place the dinosaurs into groups by looking at height, how many legs, plant eaters and who ate meat. We shall set up role play as a dinosaur museum so we can explore fossils and take part in excavating dinosaur bones.

Learning Intentions:

  • We will estimate, measure, classify and sort dinosaurs into groups;
  • We will begin to use the language of Subtraction and introduce the subtraction sign.

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