14 Sep 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I am delighted to report that we have just received official confirmation that the outcomes in our Infant Section continue to be amongst the best in the country. In summary:

  • Pupils in Year R (now in Year 1) secured 80% GLD against a national figure of 71%
  • Pupils in Year 1 (now in Year 2) secured 90% in their Phonics against a national figure of 77%
  • Pupils in Year 2 (now in Year 3) secured 78% in KS1 tests (writing) against a national figure of 68%

This is an astonishing achievement given we have only been operating for four years. I would like to thank all of our parents and carers for their support and our staff for their efforts. Well done to all of the pupils!

I would like to draw your attention to some admission events we are running in October:

  • 3rd October 2018 from 5.30pm – open afternoon for Primary (entry into Years R and 3)
  • 3rd October 2018 from 6.30pm- open evening for Seniors (entry into Year 7)
  • From 8th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into 7
  • From 29th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Year R and 3

*Email our admissions team on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk to book a personalised tour during the school day.

To help you plan your time, we have provided a list of key dates for the Autumn 1 half term Here.

School closed on Thursday 4th October for staff training

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Our first full week of term and the majority of pupils are continuing to make a positive start. I have been delighted to see how well Year 7 have settled in and I look each week at their achievement points. Last week Frankie Bell of Victory House was our Year 7 with the highest number of achievement points with an amazing 59 after just four days at Mayfield. Congratulations to him. There is a Year 7 tutor evening on Thursday 27th September from 4pm to 6pm. It would be very beneficial for you to come into school on that occasion and meet your child’s tutor as they are your first point of contact for any questions that may arise over the years your child is at Mayfield. Please do book an appointment on our online system available here. If you are unable to use the system, please contact reception and they will be happy to help you.

Looking forward to the rest of this half-term there are some key events for Year 11. Next week they have mock exams in English, Mathematics and Science. They need to be in school by 8:40am every day next week to ensure they are ready for the prompt start of each paper. There are further details on the website here and some top tips for revising for the exams. Year 11 should remember that this is an opportunity to show their teachers everything they know and identify areas that they need more help with. I wish them all the very best of luck.

To follow up from the mock exams we have a Year 11 parents evening on 11th October 2018 from 4pm to 7pm. Please put that date in your diary and we look forward to welcoming you to that event. Experience tells us that when home and school work together to support our young people it is most successful, so meeting the staff who are teaching your child and discussing their progress and what you can do to help will be really useful for all. Online booking for this evening is available from Tuesday the 18th September, on our website here .

A reminder to all the Senior parents that we have an early closure at 1:35pm on Wednesday 3rd October because of our Open Evening. We always have a large number of pupils coming back to help us with that event- if they have been asked there will be a letter that you need to sign to give permission for that. Please send it back in with your child if they bring one home.

As Autumn has really started now can I please remind parents that any child who cycles to school must have a cycle helmet and working lights. The days are already getting shorter and we would always encourage our pupils to be safe on their way into school.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

In the Primary section, we focus on one of our Learning Superpowers in each half-term. This half-term, we are concentrating on being ‘Ready’ and the children have been awarded Achievement Points, stickers and certificates when they have demonstrated this learning superpower in lessons. We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated learners with excellent working habits that will set them up for success throughout the year. It was my pleasure to award over 50 ‘Ready’ certificates in Celebration Assembly last week, so please keep an eye out for these certificates coming home in the book bag on Fridays this half-term.

It has been great to see that many children have already got back into the habit of reading or sharing a book at home at least five terms per week. For children in the infant section, parents need to record this reading in the planner, while children in year 3 and 4 are encouraged to take responsibility for recording their own reading. Regular reading is a key cornerstone of our children’s success – thank you for continued support with this at home.

One of our aims for this year is to increase the range of inter-House competitions for children in the Primary section. Mrs Campbell has planned two opportunities for children to show their talent and earn points for their Houses this half-term. We have a Poetry Competition linked to National Poetry Day on 4th October and a Bake-Off Competition later in the month. More details will be sent home next week.

We like to celebrate the children’s talents and achievements out of school in our weekly Celebration Assembly. Children are welcome to bring in trophies or certificates that they have been awarded for significant achievements out of school to be shared with the rest of the Primary section on a Friday.

Alternatively, you can email me any amazing achievements to be shared on stedmanm@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

We are also keen to hear from parents who have particular talents or interesting jobs. Last year, Mrs Sheppard organised our first ever ‘My Only Limitation Is My Ambition’ or MOLIMA Week when the children got to meet a wide range of talented adults who do different or unusual jobs. The aim of the week is to raise the children’s aspirations and get them thinking about the kind of work that they might want to do in the future. Mrs Sheppard is now planning this year’s MOLIMA Week and she would love to hear from any parents or family member who have an interesting job or particular talent. Please contact Mrs Sheppard directly on SheppardA@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk if you are able to help.

Our highlight this week is today’s trip the Year 3 trip to Butser Ancient Farm as part of the Stone Age to Iron Age topic. The children are going to experience what it was like to live in an iron age village first hand and learn some of the ancient crafts like wool spinning and wattling (fence building). Fingers crossed that the rain stays away this year!

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

The children have settled into the school routine now and have gained an understanding of the class boundaries and routines. Homework will be going home regularly each week and this will be linked to the class topic. Please show an interest in your child’s homework, make it fun and give lots of positive praise.

Our class topic will continue with the theme ‘All About Me’. This week in class we will be looking at similarities and differences between themselves and others. Developing confidence in the use of language when referring about themselves.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • To recognise similarities, differences between themselves and others;
  • Comment and ask questions develop and extend vocabulary;
  • Observational drawings using various media to create planned effect.

Letter sound of the week is ‘B’. Please work with your children to create a collage relating to the letter sound of the week, these are used to promote language skills.

Finally, we will be holding a Macmillan cake bake to raise funds for cancer support on Friday 28th September, so let’s get baking!

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