This Week's News

Friday 21st January 2022

A Message from Mrs Mooney

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful end to the week we had with Seahorse Class Assembly. I think this was the first time that we have had the entire school and parents together for about two years. I had forgotten the logistics of squeezing 270 children, 30 parents and many staff into the hall at once but we got there! The children presented themselves so well, sharing their descriptive writing about the dragon eggs they found in the woods, their hopes for the year as well as sharing their understanding of what it means to have a ‘Growth Mindset’. They finished with an uplifting ‘Pete the cat’ rap, which made us all smile. A huge thank you to Miss Hoad and the Seahorse team for helping the children put on such a great assembly and to all of the parents who joined us this morning.

With the gradual easing of restrictions, we were also pleased to welcome our Governors into school so that our subject leaders could talk through and show some of the changes that we have made to our curriculum. This week they focussed on History and Geography, dropping into lessons and talking to the children about what they have been learning this term. We are looking forward to welcoming another member of the team in next week to look at Mathematics across the school with our Mathematics Leader, Miss Hoad.

Year 2 will be delivering their Maths Workshops in school next week, where we will be sharing the strategies we use with the children to add and subtract. We look forward to welcoming parents to share this special 1:1 time with your children in school.

We hope that you all have an enjoyable weekend and look forward to seeing you all ready for another exciting week of learning on Monday.

Tanya Mooney

Key Dates

Monday 24th                          09:15-10:00 Tiger Class Maths Workshop

Tuesday 25th                          09:15-10:00 Leopard Class Maths Workshop

Friday 28th                              09:15-10:00 Lion Class Maths Workshop

Guidance for Maths Workshops & Parents Consultations

Please take the time to read the current guidance which is in place to keep us all safe:

  • Should you develop symptoms, however mild, you should not attend
  • Sadly, children (including siblings of any age) cannot be accommodated. If children arrive with parents they will have to be turned away
  • Please perform a LFD test within 48 hours or closer to the event
  • All attendees should wear face coverings when attending the event within communal spaces and when seated, unless exempt
  • Ventilation will be maximised by opening windows and doors; (it may be colder than usual so wrap up warm!)

Parent Consultations

The Spring Term parent consultations will be taking place on:

Wednesday 2nd February – 3.30-6.00 pm

Tuesday 8th February – 5.00-7.30 pm

Both dates will be face to face meetings in the child’s classroom.

You MUST log into Arbor:  to book your own consultation.   Self-booking will be open from 4.00 pm today, until Sunday 30th January at 10 pm. 

Unfortunately, Arbor only allows us to schedule one time-slot per child. Should you require an additional time-slot (if parents are separated and cannot attend together for example), please book one slot and contact the school office to arrange the additional meeting.

Please take the time to read the current guidance above which is in place to keep us all safe.

If you have any problems accessing Arbor or have forgotten your login details, please contact the school office as soon as possible.

School Entry Health Questionnaire - Reception Children

Later this term the school nurses will visit the reception classes to complete School Entry Health Checks including height and weight measurements.  In advance of their visit all reception parents are invited to complete an online questionnaire giving permission for their child to be included in these checks.  Reception Parents have today received a separate email with details of how to complete this questionnaire. This letter is also available in the Letters and Handouts area of the website.  If you have any questions regarding these checks, please contact the Elmbridge School Nurse 0-19 Team on 0208 979 6464.

Lost Property

We have a number of items of lost property which we would like to re-unite with their owners.  The scooters have been in the Yr2 area since the summer and, if not claimed, will be disposed of. The un-named coats have been in the lost property basket by the school office since before Christmas and if unclaimed will be donated to charity.  Please contact the office if any of the items below are yours.

Scooters Lost Coat1 Lost Coat4

Request from Year 1

The Year 1 team are on the look out for a children’s table and chair set (like the one pictured below) for their outside area and wondered if anyone in the Oatlands community had something similar that they no longer needed and would like to donate.  Please contact the office if you think you can help.

 table chairs


Stars of the Week


 Butterfly3 Butterfly Class

Grace for a great contribution in Maths

Liliana for wonderful independent writing

Ladybird3Ladybird Class

Dali-Anna for super space writing

Joseph for trying so hard with his blending

Bumblebee3Bumblebee Class

Nistara for great blending in her reading

Teddy for working hard on his handwriting

 Seahorse4Seahorse Class

Vanesa for super effort and listening

Hannah for always making the right choices

Starfish5Starfish Class

Ada for independent writing

Arcilla for confident reading 

Jellyfish6Jellyfish Class

Madison for fantastic sounding out when writing about a dragon

Tabitha for brilliant partitioning into 10's & 1's 

 Lion12Lion Class

Elise for an excellent diary entry from A Cat's Point of View

Jessica for an excellent diary entry from A Cat's Point of View 

Tiger4Tiger Class

Chendore for her super Great Fire of London diary entry

Poppy for her good understanding of multiplication & division  

Leopard4Leopard Class

Elizabeth for a lovely diary entry about the Great Fire of London

Lena for a lovely diary entry about the Great Fire of London