Newsletter 18th May 2018

Our Year 6 children had SATs this week where they have been working their socks off in the tests to show how much they have learned during their time in Chalkwell Hall Juniors. It’s a tough week at that age and they have shown great focus and determination to do well – we are very proud of their efforts!

It is our annual Go Bonkers this evening and we look forward to seeing everyone later on for a good bounce. Please remember that children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, no dropping them off and running away!

I will not be at Go Bonkers until the second session because I will first have the pleasure of watching our Year 5&6 football team represent us in the Champions Cup final at Roots Hall. It’s a great achievement to make it this far – so regardless of the result we are all very proud of what the boys have achieved this season.

Governor news

Dr Pickup has been in school recently:

I visited the school to discuss progress in Computing teaching and provision, led by Mrs Brady. The school has an active computing community, with the Code Club after school and Digital Leaders supporting classes throughout the school. It is important that we prepare our children for the future so that they can use computers effectively and learn the basics of computer programming. I am very impressed by the activities and output from the children. I enclose some examples of what the children have been up to…


  1. Turning a Scratch program (left)… into this (right):

  1. Or using 3-D Computer Added Design to print objects using the new 3D printers:


Next Year

It is this time of the year that we start looking at arrangements for September. We have no hard and fast rules on this other than we look at each cohort every year and assess their needs to decide whether we leave them as they are or mix them up. We will be mixing our Year 3 into new classes for the start of Year 4 as they have been together quite a while now and keeping Year 4 together in their existing classes when they enter Year 5 as they have only been together for a year. When arranging new classes we take into consideration the professional opinion of the class teachers that have been working with the children all year and know them better than anyone academically. We take into account learning behaviours and the balance of boys/girls/additional needs and ability levels so that all classes are in the best position to succeed. Please bear in mind that we are aiming to make the classroom your child is in the best learning environment possible to maximise their potential and that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be with all of their best friends. We do, of course, take into account their friendship groups but having your best mate next to you all the time in class doesn’t always mean you are at your concentrating best!

As Year 5 move into Year 6 we have the luxury of being able to have smaller classes of 24 rather than 30 giving children more space and time to have access to their teacher. We ask the children to volunteer, either as individuals or groups, to move away from their existing class and into the new 5th class. This way children that are happy to move can volunteer to and those that would rather stay can also choose to – so they get to stay within groups they are happy with either way, which is hopefully win win!


PTA news

Thank you to everyone who has already offered to have a Coulson James board advertising our Summer Fete on Saturday 30th June, 12-3pm. For every board that goes up, Coulson James have kindly offered to make a donation to the PTA!  Boards will be put up approximately 2 weeks before the fete and taken down a week after. If you are happy to have a board, please email with your name, address and post code. We are still in need of volunteers to help at this event so if you able to, please email


A note for Year 6 parents: Due to the new Data Protection laws that will soon come into effect, we need to have your permission to allow your child’s name to be added to the souvenir t-shirts.  If you have not yet sent in your forms, please can you add ‘yes to t-shirt’ so that we know you would like your child’s name to be added.   If you have already sent in your forms, you will be contacted by email soon and all you have to do is respond with ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ depending on your decision.


If your child is not attending the disco but would still like a t-shirt, they will be available for £3 BUT we still need your permission to add their name.  To help us collate all this information, we have decided to extend the deadline for the events forms and permission/opt-out to FRIDAY 8TH JUNE at the very latest. This is the end of the first week back after half-term. We will not be changing this as the artwork needs to be with the printers to allow them enough time to get the t-shirts ready in time for the disco. We cannot add any names beyond this date.


Please feel free to email with any concerns and we thank you for your continued support.


Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 25.   Our overall attendance so far is 96.3%.

Dates for your diary 2018
Open Afternoon Tuesday 22nd May 2018 from 2.45pm
3SR Class Assembly Thursday 24th May 2018 at 2.30pm
HALF TERM 29th May 2018 to 1st June 2018
NON PUPIL DAY Monday 4th June 2018
Class Photographs Thursday 7th June 2018
Year 3 & 4 PGL Weekend Friday 8th June 2018 to Sunday 10th June 2018
3GB Class Assembly Thursday 14th June 2018 at 2.30pm
4AH Class Assembly Thursday 21st June 2018 at 2.30pm
5JW Class Assembly Thursday 28th June 2018 at 2.30pm
Sports Day Monday 2nd July 2018

Lower school – am, Upper school – pm

4JT Class Assembly Thursday 5th July 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 2.45pm to 3.15pm
4SB Class Assembly Thursday 12th July 2018 at 2.30pm
Last day of term Friday 20th July 2018


Thank you for your continued support.