Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
After half term we will be running tours of the school for September 2020 admissions into Year R, 3 and 7. I would be very grateful if you could help publicise these by downloading a flyer here and circulating on your social media networks. As I remarked in my Open Evening speech, by September 2020 around 50% of the pupils in our school will have a sibling link. This is an astonishing figure and underlines the faith that parents have put into us.
For more information about life at Mayfield, please download a copy of our admission booklet here and admission policy here. Alternatively, visit https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/learning-and-schools/schools/school-admissions.aspx for more information.
At the end of this half term we will be posting home to all parents a progress report. If you have recently moved or changed any of your contact details then please alert our admin team by sending an email to our SIMS manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on Patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk
With the ‘short’ days approaching we actively encourage every pupil to wear a brightly coloured jacket to and from school every day. We still have available a number of school lockers that any pupil can hire by contacting our Finance Officer, Mrs. Steph Manns firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help you plan your time, we have provided a list of key dates for the Autumn 1 half term HERE.
Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior
Week beginning 21st October is a week B
Theme for the week is: Careers- Routes to a future
We have had a fabulous week with our participation in the Restart a Heart campaign. The whole of Year 8 took part in a day off timetable where they experienced various workshops around the heart such as CPR training, heart dissection and a pulse rate investigation. We were delighted to have so many visitors in working with us and we would like to thank all of them for giving up their time to support us. Please see our website here for more information, photos and an opportunity to hear two of our Year 8 pupils and our very own Mr Jackson starring in a Radio Solent interview!
The Year 11 Parents Evening was very well attended and the Careers Fair that was running simultaneously was very much appreciated by all those who visited. Thank you to all the stallholders from businesses, training providers and further and higher education institutes who gave up their time for us. Pictures from the event can be seen on our FB page here.
Year 11 mocks start on Tuesday 12th November. The full timetable can be seen here. Pupils should be regularly revising. Tips on revision are found on our website here. If you are interested in purchasing a revision guide for your child, then these are available to buy through Scopay. There is a link to the Scopay site on our website here.
With the days getting shorter it is a good time to remind parents that any pupil who wishes to use our bike sheds must have a cycle helmet and working lights and brakes. We want all our pupils to get to school safely. I would also like to remind parents that Year 7 and 8 pupils need to be in school by 8:10am and Years 9-11 pupils need to be in school by 8:40am. It really is important that our pupils are punctual- lateness causes disruption to the learning of all those in the class that the child arrives late to and impacts on the progress of all.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
The highlight of our week was the Harvest Festival assembly on Monday. We were delighted to welcome Year R into an assembly for the first time and the generosity of our families with sending in food donations was amazing. We enjoyed listening to the Bible stories of Rev Sam Duddles and finding out about the work of the Portsmouth Food Bank. The assembly was taken by Year 5 children who did an incredible job, reading with excellent expression and volume. Well done everyone!
Congratulations go to our newly School Councillors who got their badges this week. The new School Council have got straight down to business this week in their first meeting and have already come up with some great ideas to help make our school even better. I’m sure that you are going to be fantastic representatives for your classes and our school over the next year.
On behalf of all of the Mayfield community, I would like to thank the Friends of Mayfield Committee for the incredible work that they do to support our school. The Friends of Mayfield are a group of volunteers who give their time to ensure that the children get some unforgettable experiences like this evening’s Discos, while also raising money to improve the quality of education at the school. The Friends of Mayfield are always keen for new members to join their Committee, so please email the Chair of the FoM, Judith Firth, on Firthj@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk if you are able to give your time to support this very worthwhile group.
We have a very busy week ahead to finish the half-term. The Autumn 1 Prep projects are due in Monday. I have already seen some wonderful work and will look forward to seeing the creativity of our children next week. The Booking System for Autumn 2 Extra-Curricular closes on Monday at 12pm and no bookings for Clubs can be taken after this date. On Wednesday, the children will be having their Nasal Flu vaccinations.
We are also having a Coffee Morning for parents on Wednesday morning from 9am till 10am in Café Tranquilo. The Coffee Mornings are an opportunity to come into school, meet with other parents and ask any questions that you may have about Mayfield and our plans for the future. Please meet by the Infant Gate at 9am if you would like to join us for this event.
After half-term, we have the first Family Learning Week of the school year. During the week, you are invited to visit and take part in a variety of lessons delivered in your child’s class. These sessions will give you the opportunity to find out how things are taught in your child's school whilst working alongside them. Due to pressure on space in the classrooms, it is essential that you book your places in these sessions in advance via the Online Booking System. More details about Family Learning Week can be found here.
Finally, can I please remind parents that the summer uniform needs to be put away at the end of this half-term – the summer dresses and shorts are not allowed to be worn after the October half-term holidays. Please can I also remind parents that boots are not allowed to be worn to school. Thank you in advance for your support.
Letters sent home this week can be found here:
- Caspian Parents Evening letter
- Family Learning Week letter
- Year 1 Superhero Day letter
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
The topic will continue with the theme ‘Autumn’. In class the children have been looking at seasonal changes and their impact. We have been discussing changes in the weather and the types of clothing we now need to wear. For numeracy, we have used 2d shapes to make Autumn related pictures and starting to categorise Autumn material int groups by size, colour and weight.
Learning intentions linked to class subject:
Comment and ask questions;
Begin to represent numbers using fingers and objects;
Develop an awareness of syllables by clapping syllables in their name.
Letter sound for the week is ‘F’. We would like you to crate a collage with your children, this helps to build up their vocabulary speech sounds, so please let’s get creative.
Finally, homework will be sent home this week.
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