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Weekly update week commencing Monday 5th June 2023

Mrs P Phillips - 05 Jun 2023

Weekly update week commencing Monday 5th June 2023

Good Afternoon,
Class Structure 2023
As we near the end of the academic year, our thoughts in school have started to turn to the academic year ahead.  The senior leadership team have spent considerable time reflecting on class sizes and structures that best meet the ever-changing needs of our children.
Miss Bannon’s contract comes to end in July, and we have appointed a new teacher, Miss Laura Mackenzie, to the staff team for September 2023.
With this in mind, the class structure from September 2023 will be as follows:
Acorn Class – Mrs Pawson
Reception and Year One.
Oak Class – Miss Mackenzie
Year Two
Miss Mackenzie will be coming into school to meet her new class in the coming weeks. Miss Mackenzie currently teaches in Year 2 at Cathedral School in Ripon. We are very excited that she is joining the staff team and look forward to welcoming her to school.
Mrs Pawson will be the Phase Leader for EYFS and Key Stage 1.
Palm Class – Miss Oates
Year Three and Year Four
Cedar Class – Mr Anson (with Mrs Gains each Thursday)
Year Five and Six
Miss Oates will be the Phase Leader for Key Stage 2
In school the week after half term,
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)
After half term the Year 4 children will be completing their statutory multiplication tables check.  Year 4 parents will have previously received information about this, if you have any further questions, please speak to Miss Oates or Miss Bannon.  No specific preparation is required, but plenty practice on timestable rock stars will be beneficial.
Year 1 Phonics Screen Check (PSC)
After half term Year 1 children will be completing their statutory phonics screen check.  Children work with their teacher to read a mix of real and ‘alien’ words. The check lasts for a few minutes and is something we have worked towards so there is no preparation required. If you have any further questions, please speak to Miss Oates of Mrs Pawson. 
Parent Book Club
Thank you to everyone who joined us to talk about ‘The Book You Wish Your Parent’s had Read and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Have’. We had a great discussion and a giggle too. 
Our next book is slightly different and if you would like to read along with us or join the group just let me know. We will be reading ‘Stolen Focus’ by Johann Harri. We are reading this over the Summer holiday and meeting in September. If you have any questions or would like to join, contact gpawson@kirkbymalzeard.n-yorks.sch.uk 
Dynamo Cricket Festival
A selection of Year 6 will be participating in the final of the Dynamo Cricket Festival on Tuesday 6th June 2023.  We will be contacting families directly about this in due course.
Swimming lessons are on a Wednesday for Acorn Class.   
Children will need:  
Swim cap (These can be bought from the swimming baths, please send £1.00 in an envelope labelled with your child’s name)  
One-piece costume for girls and shorts for boys (no baggy board shorts please).  
Goggles (optional)  
Long hair tied up  
Swim lesson return time:
Due to a change in lesson time, the children will be a few minutes late returning to school from swimming at the end of the day. Estimated return time from swimming for collection is between 3.35-3.40pm.

Bus times:
The swim bus is also the bus which delivers children home to Laverton and Dallowgill. Therefore, please note that the return of the bus children home on each Wednesday this term may also be delayed by 5-10 minutes.
Payments for swimming and Parent Pay.
All payments have been added to your account. We thank parents in advance for settling these as soon as possible.

Forest School
Cedar class will be doing forest school sessions each Wednesday afternoon.
Forest School Friday
To support our Golden Thread further, Helen will be running a morning forest school session for each class on a Friday morning based around staying spiritually and mentally healthy. Dates are as follows:

Oak Class – 9th June 2023
Acorn Class -16th June 2023
Palm Class - 23rd June 2023
Cedar Class - 30th June 2023

Children should wear old, comfortable clothes and wellies or trainers for forest school, along with waterproof trousers and coats.  
**If anyone has any surplus soil, or top soil from their garden, for the mud kitchen could they drop some bags off at the school carpark**

Save the date - Year 6 parents only
Our Leavers service will take place on Thursday 20th July at 2pm, more details to follow.
Clubs & Activities

Clubs and activities have been organised differently this term.  An email for each club has been sent, to sign your child up simply click to respond. If the club is provided by an outside provider, please contact them directly.  We will be offering the following clubs:

Gardening Club – Monday 3.30-4.30
Gardening club with Pippa and Mrs Wilcox, please provide appropriate clothing (old clothes & wellies, as the children will get muddy) open to all ages.  
Gardening will be held on 24th April, 5 June, 12 June and 19 June and 10 July.
5 sessions will cost £22.50 (£4.50 each session) Payment will be via Parent pay. 
Those already booked through Whizz kids will attend the club automatically.  
Sports Cool - Rounders - Tuesday 3.30-4.30
Starting Tuesday 6th June 2023  - Parents to book directly with Sports Cool – please contact Chris on 07494 760937.  

Dance with Diane – Wednesday 3.30-4.30
Every Wednesday - Years Reception, One, Two and Three only.  Payment will be via Parent pay.
Golden Thread - Thursday 3.30-4.30
In the Summer term our Golden Thread will be to understand and embrace the wider world and also to be spiritually, mentally and physically healthy.  Our Thursday Golden Thread club will include Books and Biscuits, Shine and possibly Martial Arts (see below).
Change of date - Shine will be held on Thursday 15th June. 
Change of date - Books and Biscuits will now be held on Thursday 29th June and Thursday 6th July.

Both of these clubs are free to all.

Martial Arts 
Due to only small numbers showing interest the club has had to be postponed until September 2023.
Message from Friends of Kirkby Malzeard school
Friends are excited to confirm the sponsored jog, run or walk on Thursday the 8th of June.  Your children have been given their sponsorship forms with all the information regarding this fun fundraiser.

We are also arranging a walking float to represent the School at The Kirkby Gala Weekend on Saturday the 17th of June at 11.30. Watch this space for further information and a theme for our walking float!!!!

At the moment we are raising money for new books and computers which will immediately benefit all the children in the school.

A huge thank you from Friends and have a fantastic half term!
Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing Updates
ChatGPT - A guide for parents/carers 
Follow the link to find out more about ChatGPT: https://www.childnet.com/blog/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-chatgpt-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers/
Sun safety 
Finally we have some sunshine! We are delighted but it is important we keep the children safe during these sunny periods. Please ensure your child has the following on hot sunny days to keep them safe: sun hat/cap, water bottle and suncream applied before arriving at school.  If you wish, you may also provide your child with suncream to top-up at school; this needs to be a named bottle and your child will need to apply it themselves (adults will supervise and support as necessary for each age-group). Please take extra care to ensure your suncream does not contain any nut ingredients or extracts - thank you. 

On-line Safety 
For tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online please follow the link below:

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