8 Mar 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher




One year ago we launched “tweet of the day” to further improve home-school communication and offer a glimpse into the day to day work of Mayfield. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed having a peek behind the scenes! It would be great to get our social media following to over 1000+, please help us by spreading the word! To subscribe to our Twitter account, please click here.


To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Spring 2. This can be downloaded here.

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior


This week we have enjoyed World Book Day in the Senior Section with a significant number of staff really getting into the spirit of it and sharing their love of books- and dressing up! Reading is something we treasure at Mayfield so it is always a day that we thoroughly enjoy.


Year 8 are busy filling in their online option forms. All the information you require about courses and the process are on the website here. The deadline for completion is Friday 15th March. If you are having any difficulties with logging onto the system or any other element of the options process, please contact Mrs. Cleary on clearya@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk who will be happy to help you.


The Year 11 Parents Evening on Thursday was very well attended and it was great to talk to so many parents about what they can do to support their child in the short time we have remaining. At the Parents Evening, we reinforced the revision strategies that we are talking to the pupils about in school. These are explained on the website here. There are mocks in Mathematics and English over the next few weeks and the timetable for these can be found here. There is revision on offer over the Easter holidays. The timetable for this is on the website here. and pupils need to sign up for the sessions they wish to attend. Mr. Gibson works very hard to coordinate the work with Year 11 and if you have any queries he will be happy to help you. He can be reached on gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


Year 7 will be introduced to their STEM project on Animal Adaptations next week. This culminates in a trip to Marwell zoo in April which is always a splendid day out for all who go. There are just a few spaces left on this trip so if your child is interested in going then please ask them to see Mr. Jackson urgently.  If you have any questions about STEM at Mayfield, Mr. Jackson is our coordinator and he can be reached on jacksong@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


We were delighted to welcome the Apprenticeship Bus into school on Thursday, where a number of Year 10 pupils were able to find out more about the process of applying for an apprenticeship and what an apprenticeship might be like. Mrs. Denford is working very hard to ensure all our pupils are given good quality, timely careers advice and education. If you have any queries about careers then please contact Mrs. Denford on denfordr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


Years 7 and 8 are currently completing their Spring 2 prep projects which can be found on the website here. If you have any questions regarding prep then please contact your child’s tutor on the first instance. A full list of tutors can be found on our website here.


We would like to remind all our community that attendance to school is very important. Portsmouth City Council are running a campaign to improve attendance #MissSchoolMissOut. Please check out the information on our website about the campaign here and what the effects of missing school can be. If you would like to talk about attendance please contact Mrs. Rolfe on rolfe@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary


Year 4 had a fantastic time on our first ever Residential trip to Minstead last week.  Everybody threw themselves into the activities with great enthusiasm and the children loved walking in the woods, feeding the animals and sharing songs around the campfire.  I was really impressed in how well the children coped with being away from home and how they demonstrated all of our Learning Superpowers during our time away.  The trip was such a success that we have already booked Minstead for next year’s Year 4 around this time of year in 2020!


Thank you to all of the parents and other family members who have come in for the various Family Learning events this week.  The children love to show off their work and I’m sure that these sessions have helped you to understand how English, Maths and Topic are taught in school.  Thank you too for the fabulous World Book Day costumes that were worn on Thursday.  It was great to see all of our favourite characters from books running around the playground.  The focus on reading continues next week with the arrival of the Book Fayre in the Breakfast Room on Wednesday.  Please try to pop in and have a look at the books that are available.  More information about the Book Fayre and the Sponsored Read can be found here.


We have our Parents Evenings next week on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 14th March.  I’m pleased to confirm that all of the issues with the booking system for these events has now been resolved, so please make sure that you book your appointment with your child’s teacher.


We are coming towards the end of the Stomper Challenge and we have the final Wednesday keyring exchange on Wednesday.  This week’s character is Scoot, so please send the Scoot sheet in with your child on Wednesday along with any other sheets that they may have missed through illness or absence.  The people from Portsmouth will be bringing some spare key rings from the previous weeks in case you have missed out.


It is one of our ambitions that all children get to represent the school in a sport each year.  This afternoon, the Year 3 and 4 girls’ football team had their first ever away match at Portsdown Primary School and we have a team entered in the Year 2 Golf tournament on Wednesday next week.  Good luck to both teams!  Mr. Tait is also planning to start a Year 3 and 4 boys’ football team and has contacted some local schools to arrange some fixtures.


Next week is Science Week and our Science lead, Miss Large, has planned some super activities for each year groups to inspire them with a love of Science. 


We are also supporting Comic Relief next week and more information about the week can be found here.  The School Council will be selling Red Noses priced at £1.25 on the KS1 playground every day before school and children can choose to come to school wearing something or everything red on Friday 15th March in exchange for £1 towards Comic Relief.  We are also holding an inter-House joke competition next week.  Every pupil who brings a joke into school will win Achievement Points for their House with the best joke from each class being selected Celebration Assembly on Friday.  Thank you in advance for your support of this charity.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

The topic will continue with Planting and Growth. We will be discussing and identifying factors that could stop a plant from growing. The children will create their own care plan for the seedlings they plant and record the changes they observe as their seedlings grow.


Learning intentions linked to class topic:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of what seeds need to grow;
  • Make comparisons with seedlings;
  • Communicate their ideas;
  • Make accurate observations;
  • Record findings with mark making implements.


Letter sound for the week 'V'. Please make a collage and bring into class to share at circle time.


Finally, we will hold parents evening on Thursday 28th March and appointment sheets will be available from Monday 11th March.


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