Friday News Archive http://friday.middlestreet.org Weekly updates from Middle Street Primary School Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:12:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 18th July 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1052 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1052#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:12:30 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1052 And Now the End is Near…

So another year comes to an end and what a fabulous and great year it has been. It is time to say goodbye to a brilliant Year 6 who begin their new adventures at secondary school in September. Good luck Year 6! Some of our lovely nursery children are moving on to reception classes across the city so good luck to them to in their new schools. We are also saying good bye to Grace in year 3 as she moves to a lovely little school in the country. Good luck Grace.

Please Remember to…

As the end or term is now almost upon us, please remember to take PE kits home, check lost property, children’s drawers, phones and other items left at the office, scooters, bikes and anything else you can think of and take it all home please. You would be staggered by the amount of things we send to charity at the end of a year. If you leave it here it will be gone by the time September comes around. Please also return all library books before the summer holidays.

Years 5 and 6 Music Festival

Years 5 and 6 celebrated the end of their learning journey by holding a music festival. The event took place on Thursday afternoon at the Friends Meeting House in Ship Street. The children raised £80 which will be donated to Brighton Oasis Project a charity which supports women and children affected by substance misuse.

World War One Centenary

Children across the school have been learning more about World War One and its impact on people’s lives. Children have taken part in activities, found out about their own families links with the war and visited Brighton Museum.

Stunning SATs Results.

The end of Key Stage 2 SATs are not the be all and end all and certainly do not provide the full picture of a child’s abilities and interests. However the children do work really hard to achieve better than their best in the tests. We are so proud of each and every one of them not just because they have done so well but because of their positive attitude to learning and to school generally. To celebrate their achievements I would like to share with you this year’s SATs results which are: Reading:

97% Level 4+ 63% Level 5, Maths: 97% Level 4+ 53% Level 5. Well done Ms Moriarty and Year 6

Meet the Teacher

Children today met their new teacher and teaching assistant. This morning they left assembly with their new teacher and teaching assistant and spent time in their new classrooms.

Reports

You should have received your child’s end of year report today. If it has not arrived home please contact the school office.

Summer Fair

Thank you to everyone who helped to put on a fabulous summer fair last Friday. Thank you to everyone who came along to support and whose generosity helped raise £400 toward the school football kit. A special thank you to Rosie and Jay Jackson who donated £100 towards food and drink and who also helped on the day. Well done everyone and thank you to Jo Bishop who took the lead on organising the fair for us.

Playground News

Thank you to all parents, carers and families who have contributed items for our play pods. Later in the year we are hoping to have some fake grass in the front playground and more planters etc.

Sports Funding

We are also very excited as we have been awarded a substantial amount of funding from Sports England to develop our playgrounds for sporting activities. More information about that in the future.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Reception and Year 1 and, in Key Stage 2, the winners are Year 3. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

On Time Ted Prize

This term’s winners of the £25 prize are Year 1 and Year 5. Thank you to both classes for being so very punctual for school this term.

School Photos

Individual photos of children will be taken next week. Years 3,4,5 & 6 on Monday and Nursery, reception, Years 1 and 2 on Tuesday. Details to follow re: ordering. Please note today is the last day to logon and order your child’s class photo from www.lovepics.co.uk

How To Help With Learning in the Holidays

Mrs Jones has put together some ideas to support your child’s learning over the summer holidays. Please turn over to find out more.

Congratulations to…

Aira in year 6 who has completed the 8 day readathon for Winston’s Wish bereavement charity. Aira has read 8 books in 8 days. If you wish to contribute a donation and add to the £300 Aira has already raised please go to www.justgiving.com/AiraHS   Well done Aira!

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.
An enormous THANK YOU to everyone, children, parents, carers and school staff for making Middle Street the fabulous and unique school that it is!
Have a restful and fun summer break and we will see most of you again in September.

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11th July 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1049 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1049#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:27 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1049 Year 1 Class Assembly

We enjoyed an amazing assembly this morning. Year 1 children dressed as pirates shared lots of interesting facts about the life of a pirate. To end we (of course) sang ‘what shall we do with the drunken sailor?’. Well done Year 1 you were fabulous!

Nursery Sports Events

Nursery held their sports day events on Tuesday and Friday. They had great fun with all their races and activities. Parents and carers came along to join in the fun.

Cricket Fun

On Tuesday children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 joined Mr Brosnan for a day at the cricket club to watch Sussex v Northampton.

Keyboard Performance

Bronnie and Flo from year 6 shared with us their brilliant keyboard skills by performing ‘somewhere only we knew’. Ruby and Maia joined them singing the backing vocals.

Class Photos

Class photos are now available to buy from www.lovepics.co.uk. You should have received a text with login and password details. If you have not received the text please let us know.

World Cup Dressing Up Day

Next Monday is a fund raising day for more new books for school. We are asking everyone to dress up in the team colours from one of the world cup teams and donate £1 towards new books. Not sure any of us will want to dress in the Brazil colours!

Soundmakers Performance

Children from year 5 have been learning to play a musical instrument this term They will be performing music they have composed on Thursday morning at 10. Parents and carers are invited to join us for the performance.

End of Learning Journey Celebrations – Invitations

Years 1 and 2 parents are invited in to look at their child’s learning journey bookon Monday afternoon next week from 2 pm.
Year 3 and Year 4 Parents and Carers are invited to join the children on Monday 21st July at the West Pier
Reception are holding their learning journey celebration in the hall from 2 till 3 on Wednesday 16th July
Nursery are having an end of year celebration at the paddling pool by the West Pier on Friday 18th July.

Years 5 and 6 Music Festival

Years 5 and 6 are celebrating the end of their learning journey by holding a music festival. The event takes place on Thursday afternoon at the Friends Meeting House in Ship Street.

Leavers’ Assembly

Year 6 leavers’ assembly takes place on Tuesday 22nd July at 1.30 pm.

Climbing Wall Adventure

Year 5 are off to Withdean  next Tuesday to try out the new climbing wall.

Year 6 Transition Event

The city centre partnership of schools is holding their year 6 transition to secondary school event on Friday next week. The children all meet up with their teachers and are put into their new school groups. They then take part in a day of meeting new friends, lots of activities and fun.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 3. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Second Hand Book Sale

We are holding a second hand book sale next Wednesday 3.00 till 3.45 in the main playground. There will be lots of adult and children’s books to buy. Just in time for the summer holidays.

Win Up to £5000 for Our School Library

National Book Tokens have £5000 of book tokens to give away to schools. We would love you to nominate Middle Street library. In doing so you get the chance to receive £100 of National Book Tokens for yourself. To find out more and how to nominate the school please go to www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.

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4th July 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1046 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1046#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:21:26 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1046 Strike Day

The school will be closed on Thursday 10th July due to strike action by Unison, GMB and NUT.

Swimming Gala

A group of children took part this week in a swimming gala at Prince Regent pool. The boys freestyle relay team came third overall. Caitlin and Calum came second in the breast stroke, Alfie came second in the front crawl and Harvey came second in the backstroke. They were up against all Brighton and Hove primary schools. Well done team you have been splashtastic!

Soundmakers Performance

Year 5 children have been learning a musical instrument. They are now ready to perform the music that they have composed together. Their performance takes place on Thursday 17th July at 10 am. Year 5 parents and carers are invited to join us for the performance.

E Safety and Personal Safety

Children across the school are finding out more about how to keep themselves safe on line and during out of school and in school everyday activities. The talks are helping children to recognise potentially dangerous situations and how to keep safe.

Nursery Sports Events

Nursery are holding their sports days on Tuesday 8th at 11.am and Friday 11th July from 2.00pm.

New Site Manager

It is with great pleasure, I announce that Joe Matejka has been appointed as our permanent site manager. Joe has taken over from Tony Evans who unfortunately was not able to continue in the role as site manager due to unexpected personal reasons. Thanks Tony for all you did in the short time you looked after us. Welcome Joe to the Middle Street team. Do say hello to him when you see him around or on the gates in the mornings.

PTA Summer Fair

The PTA are holding a Middle Street summer fair next Friday afternoon. The PTA need helpers on the day and donations of cakes, cookies, good quality raffle prizes, bottles of wine or beer etc.  If people want to get involved, they can call Jo Bishop on 07956 878344, and there will be a meeting in Pret A Manger  by the clock tower on Monday at 9.15am.

Playground Development

Please see the reverse of the Friday News how you can help us improve the play opportunities for our children.

Win Up to £5000 for Our School Library

National Book Tokens have £5000 of book tokens to give away to schools. We would love you to nominate Middle Street library. In doing so, you get the chance to receive £100 of National Book Tokens for yourself. To find out more and how to nominate the school please go to www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools  Good luck!

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 5. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Lost

Luka in year 1 has lost his favourite sweater. It is blue with a capital K on the front with red trimming. It has his name inside. Please return to the school office if found. Thank you.

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.

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27th June 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1044 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1044#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:44:15 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1044 Class Teachers for Next Year

Today the children found out who their class teachers are for next year. They are as follows:

Nursery: Vanessa Denyer and Meg Glyn Wright

Reception: Yvie Mason and Julie Layzell.

Year 1: Becs Davies

Year 2: Mary Anne Smart (Karen Busby on a Friday)

Year 3: Sarah Moriarty (Karlynn Layzell on Friday)

Year 4: Liam Brosnan

Year 5: Laura Burrows

Year 6: Dominic Smart (for the Autumn term) Katie Howell and Dominic Smart from January.

Children will meet their new teacher and teaching assistant on the 18th  of July. You will receive more staffing information in with the children’s reports later this term.

Playground Development

Please see the reverse of the Friday News how you can help us improve the play opportunities for our children. Thank you to the wonderful parents who are helping us improve playtimes for our children.

Athletics Championships

Our amazing athletes from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the Brighton and Hove athletics championships on Wednesday. We came 4th overall. Well done and thank you to all the children who represented Middle Street so brilliantly!

Swimming Gala

Some of our excellent swimmers are taking part in a swimming gala on Wednesday the 2nd of July.

Win Up to £5000 for Our School Library

National Book Tokens have £5000 of book tokens to give away to schools. We would love you to nominate Middle Street library. In doing so, you get the chance to receive £100 of National Book Tokens for yourself. To find out more and how to nominate the school please go to www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools  Good luck!

Strike Day Highly Likely

It is very likely that the school will be closed on the 10th of July due to strike action by the NUT, GMB and Unison. So that includes teachers, TAs and other staff members. As soon as I have confirmation from staff re: their intentions on that day I will let you know.

Friday Morning Sing-a-long

Just a reminder of our drop in sing-a-long on Friday mornings. All family members and children welcome. We have a sing-a-long with Mr Brazil from 8.30 until 8.45. Its great fun and good for your serotonin levels. You’ll find us in the hall.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 5. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Governor News

The governors met yesterday for a full governors meeting. We are also in the process of re-constituting. We will let you know more about this once we have discussed and agreed the new make-up of the Middle Street governing body.

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.

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20th June 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1041 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1041#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:26:41 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1041 Technology Fun at Brighton Marina

Several classes this week had been visiting Brighton Marina where there were new technology workshops. The children experienced the power of learning with the support of a tablet

Cricket Tournament

On Wednesday Mr Brazil accompanied our cricket team to take part in a cricket tournament. Children were awarded a certificate and medal in assembly this morning. Thank you team and well done!

Dot to Dot Productions

Children from year 6 have been asked to audition for a new CBeebies programme: Art Ninja. The children have to submit a short video and application form.

Fishers Farm Visit

On Thursday Year 1 and 2 had a fabulous time at Fishers Farm. The visit was all paid for and arranged by the Brighton Lions. So a very big thank you to them from all the children, staff and parents of years 1 and 2. The classes were joined by members of the Brighton Lions who in the words of Ms Busby were ‘very lovely’.

Golden Hinde Visit

Years 1 and 2 are off out again next week. This time they are travelling to London to visit the Golden Hinde as part of their learning journey.

Year 6 Residential

Our year 6 children leave today for their residential long weekend in Kent. They are of course very excited and it looks like they will have some great weather for their adventures.

Athletics Championships

Our years 4, 5 and 6 athletes are competing in the Brighton and Hove athletics championships next Wednesday.

Diary Dates

New (September) reception children visits: Wednesday afternoons – 18th June, 25th June & 2nd July,

Class photos Monday 30th June (TBC).

Year 6 partnership schools transition event: Friday 18th July

Classes meet their new teacher and teaching assistant: 18th July

Year 6 Leavers Assembly: Tuesday 22nd July at 1.30

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 5. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Governor News

The next full governing body meeting takes place next Thursday 26th June.

Skydive for Charity

Alfie’s dad: Jason Cohen is doing a skydive on 19th July at Headcorn Kent. The charity he is raising money for is the Macmillan Cancer Charity. If you would like to sponsor Jason please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com      and look for Jason’s name.

Questions about Dyslexia

The Literacy Support Service is offering a parents’ open evening. The event is free. You can meet the literacy specialists and get tips and strategies to support your child.at 7.00: Dyslexia guidance talk, 7.30: primary apps presentation, 8.00: secondary apps presentation. There will also be stalls with books, software and games.
The event takes place on Thursday 3rd July from 7.00 till 9.00 pm. The venue is Goldstone Primary school, Laburnum Avenue, Hove BN3 7JW

Lost

Juno in Nursery has lost a small purple backpack with her name written on it and wings. The backpack has obviously escaped and flown off. If you see it please capture and return to Juno, Nursery or the school office.

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.

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13th June 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1039 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1039#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:38:06 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1039 Sports Day Fun in the Sun

Thank you so much for coming along and supporting the Middle Street sports day teams. The children had such fun and showed great team spirit. Thank you and well done to the participants of the parent, carers and other family members race. The team positions were as follows: in 5th place: Blue team, Purple and Red teams shared 4th place, in 3rd place: Green team, in 2nd place Yellow team and the winners of this year’s Middle Street sports day are White team! Congratulations White team! Well done everyone for taking part and being great team members.

Cricket with Mr Brazil

Mr Brazil took our cricket team along to a cricket tournament on Friday. The children played well and were complimented on their bowling style. Thank you Mr Brazil for accompanying the team and well done to the team for being such excellent ambassadors for the school.

Children Seen not Heard

Years 3 and 4 experienced life as an Edwardian child when they visited Preston Manor on Thursday 5 June.

Visit to Woods Mill

Nursery and reception had a great day at Woods Mill on Wednesday 4th June despite the soggy weather.

Tennis Tournament

Children from years 3 and 4 took part in a tennis tournament on Tuesday this week.

Stanmer Park Fun

On Wednesday Year 3 joined other year children from the city centre partnership schools for a fun and sporty event at Stanmer Park.

Diary Dates

Book Fair: week beginning 9th June.

New (September) reception children visits: Wednesdays 18th June, 25th June & 2nd July,

Year 6 residential: Friday 20th June till Monday 23rd June

Class photos Monday 30th June

Year 6 partnership schools transition event: Friday 18th July

Year 6 Leavers Assembly: Tuesday 22nd July at 1.30

On-Time Teds

Last weeks on time ted winners were in Key Stage 1: year 1 and in Key Stage 2: year. Well done to both classes for being so regularly punctual.

Congratulations to…

Ms Mary Anne Howell and Mr Smart who married in to half term holidays. Well done!

Helping Children Manage the Move to Secondary School Workshops

Moving to secondary school can sometimes be a challenging time for children and their parents. If you would like some support there are free workshops on 12th July 10 till 12 and 15th July 6.30 till 8.30. the workshop takes place at Tarner Children Centre. To book a place email: triplep.parenting@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 294471

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.

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23rd May 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1036 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1036#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 16:01:37 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1036 Tag Rugby Success

Our amazing Tag Rugby team have played brilliantly this week. On Monday they won the smalls schools tournament and went through to the next round playing bigger schools which took place yesterday They played really well again and came fourth. What is especially impressive is that the team play schools which have green fields and considerably more outdoor space than us. Well done team. They also displayed excellent team spirit and Tabani the team captain was complimented on his excellent skills in managing the team. Thank you Mrs Jones, Ms Busby, Miss Bish and Ms St Clair for taking the children along to the tournaments.

Writing Workshops

Ms Hemstedt our Every Child can Read teacher has been running some writing workshops with a group of children and their parents over the last few weeks. The workshops covered a range of activities including poetry on the beach, hot seating and making fruit kebabs. The children and parents enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere experiencing writing as a pleasure and not a stressful chore. The sessions have come to an end now but we hope to run some more in the future.

New Curriculum

You may be aware that a new curriculum is being introduced in September 2014. We are feeling quite excited about working with the new curriculum. Yesterday we spent the day discussing and planning teaching and learning and ensuring that we continue to teach and deliver the curriculum in an exciting and innovative way. We see this new development as a chance to refresh our learning journeys and make sure we really make the most of our local environment and the skills and expertise of parents, carers and extended families. It is important that our children have a broad, balanced and a curriculum which motivates, enthuses, children encouraging curiosity and of course a love of learning which is lifelong. We are also interested in how new technology can support children’s learning but for that we need the resources or some cash to buy resources. If any of you have any ideas how we can do this, well you know what to do and you know where to find me.

Sports Day

Middle Street sports day is held at Withdean Stadium on Friday 6th June (first week back after half term). The day starts at 9.30 and ends about 12.30. Please arrive for 9.15. A letter was sent home earlier this week with more information.

A group of year 6 children will not be at our sports day instead they will be representing Middle Street at a cricket tournament with Mr Brazil.

Diary Dates

Sports Day: Friday 6th June

Book Fair: week beginning 9th June.

New (September) reception children visits: Wednesdays 18th June, 25th June & 2nd July,

Year 6 residential: Friday 20th June till Monday 23rd June

Year 6 partnership schools transition event: Friday 18th July

Year 6 Leavers Assembly: Tuesday 22nd July at 1.30

New Reception Children Visits

Our lovely new class of reception children will be spending time in their classroom with their teachers on the following dates:

Wednesdays 18th June, 25th June and 2nd July. The session begins at 1.45 and ends at 2.45. We are all really looking forward to meeting them although we know some of them already from our Nursery.

Head Lice Alert

Please check your child’s head for those pesky head lice. If you find any please exterminate! We have a case or two in year 2 at the moment but it helps us if everyone regularly checks and deals with the lice asap. If you need help with this annoying problem do contact our school nurse who can advise you.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Reception and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 5 and 6. Well done to all three classes for being on time for school!

Half Term Break

We finish for the half term break TODAY and return to school on Monday 2nd June.

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.

Have a fun half term break and we look forward to seeing you again on Monday 2nd June bright and early for more exciting learning experiences.

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16th May 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1033 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1033#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 16:31:22 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1033 Year 5 Assembly

We enjoyed a trip back through time this morning. Year 5 danced and sang their way through the decades since the 50’s. We were especially honoured as Elvis Presley called in and sang ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ for us too. Thanks Elvis and thank you Year 5 you were fab!

SATs Week

Year 6 are alive and well and have survived SATs week. They have been truly amazing and worked really hard. They have also been exceptionally calm and mature during this rather stressful period. So, well done you lovely children. We are all very proud of you. Thank you to all the staff who have supported and helped and thank you to parents who made sure each child was in on time every day.

Reception at Fabrica

Our reception children wandered over to Fabrica today. They went along to explore the two art installations on show there during the festival. Both installations are by Jacob Dahlgren.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 5. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Diary Dates

Sports Day: Friday 6th June

Book Fair: week beginning 9th June.

New (September) reception children visits: Wednesdays 18th June, 25th June & 2nd July,

Year 6 residential: Friday 20th June till Monday 23rd June

Year 6 partnership schools transition event: Friday 18th July

Year 6 Leavers Assembly: Tuesday 22nd July at 1.30

Sports Day

Middle Street sports day is held at Withdean Stadium on Friday 6th June (first week back after half term). The day starts at 9.30 and ends about 12.30. More information to follow soon

Congratulations to…

Harvey and Emmeline in Year 6 who have both passed their Lamda speech and drama exam grade 2 with distinctions. Hooray! Well done Harvey and Emmeline!

Governors and Teachers Meeting

Our governors visited the school on Wednesday afternoon. They took part in a meeting with our subject leaders (teachers) to find out about curriculum development and to talk about the implementation of the new curriculum.

Dads’ Five-A-Side Football

Dads come and play 5-a-side football on Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the school hall. The cost to join is £3 and all money raised is donated to the school. If you are interested contact Hannah and Prian’s dad: Naimesh via the office where you can leave your contact details or pass on a message.

Mr Brazil’s Son…

..is appearing in the ‘Little Prince’ at The Warren next Thursday and Friday. Sonny Brazil has written all the music and stars as the pilot.

Polling Day Closure

Please remember next week we are closed for the day on Thursday 22 May as the school is being used as a polling station in the local elections. Staff will have a training day preparing for the introduction of the new curriculum.

Half Term Break

We finish for the half term break on Friday 23rd May and return to school on Monday 2nd June.

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July. We return to school on Thursday 4th September. Nursery will return on Monday 8th September.

To help you with holiday planning our autumn half term will be as follows: School finishes on Thursday 23rd October and begins again on Tuesday 4th November. The Friday and Monday are staff training days.

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9th May 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1030 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1030#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 15:57:09 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1030 Children’s Parade

WOW! We looked and sounded amazing on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who came along and dressed up so brilliantly. We had lots of very positive comments as we walked the streets. If you couldn’t make it you missed a good one. Thank you Mrs Purdy and the amazing team of parents and staff who prepared everything which was so colourful and generally fantastic. Thank you to Mr Brazil for leading the samba band who were excellent!

Rugby World Cup Countdown

Our tag rugby team took part in the countdown to the Rugby World Cup which takes place next year at the Amex Stadium. Brighton hosting the Rugby World Cup  is very exciting and we are delighted that our Tag rugby team were able to help launch the countdown to this world event. Our team were up at the Amex stadium for activities and a photo shoot on Tuesday. Apparently it was also due to be on BBC local news but I’m not sure which evening it was aired.

Ideas for Helping Us Improve Attendance

I am still on my endless quest to significantly improved attendance at Middle Street. If you have any amazing ideas for improving attendance and punctuality do let me know. Pop in any time or drop me a line.

SATs Week

Next week is year 6 SATs week. It’s an important week for the children and also for the school. The tests take place from Monday to Thursday and most are sat  in the morning. We are lucky at Middle Street as all children take their learning seriously and work hard. Please could year 6 parents and carers ensure the children get into school on time. This ensures a calm atmosphere for the children to work in and also means we can start each test on time.

Extra Maths

A group of children from year 6 went along to Dorothy Stringer on Tuesday to take part in an extended learning maths session.

Bike It Ben and the Bike Ride

Year 5 children, staff and some parents joined Bike It Ben for a cycle ride to Rottingdean on Wednesday. They had a great time rock pooling on Rottingdean beach and the weather stayed fine for them. Thanks Bike It Ben!

Scootability

This week children from Year 2 have been learning to scoot and to do so safely.

Year 5 Assembly

Year 5 are leading next week’s assembly on Friday. Year 5 parents and carers are invited in to watch. The assembly begins about 9.10.

Governor News

Our governors are joining teaching staff next Wednesday afternoon to find out more about the new curriculum and catch up with how teaching and learning is going in school. We hold a yearly event for governors to meet with subject leaders and discuss curriculum developments etc.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 5. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Diary Dates

Sports Day: Friday 6th June

Book Fair: week beginning 9th June.

New (September) reception children visits: Wednesdays 18th June, 25th June & 2nd July,

Year 6 residential: Friday 20th June till Monday 23rd June

Year 6 partnership schools transition event: Friday 18th July

Year 6 Leavers Assembly: Tuesday 22nd July at 1.30

Marathon Runners Thank You

Julie Layzell and David Plunkett would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored them in the marathon. They raised £162 towards books for the school.

Dads Five-A-Side Football

Dads come and play 5-a-side football on Wednesdays at 8.00 pm in the school hall. The cost to join is £3 and all money raised is donated to the school. If you are interested contact Hannah and Prian’s dad: Naimesh via the office where can leave your contact details or pass on a message.

Polling Day Closure

Please remember we are closed for the day on Thursday 22nd May as theschool is being used as a polling station in the local elections. Staff will have a training day preparing for the introduction of the new curriculum.

Half Term Break

We finish for the half term break on Friday 23rd May and return to school on Monday 2nd June.

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July.

 

PS: please remember to pay school dinner money in advance.

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2nd May 2014 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1026 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1026#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 15:22:34 +0000 http://friday.middlestreet.org/?p=1026 May Day Fun

The Brighton Morris Dancers along with the Cuckoo Nest dancers joined us yesterday to celebrate May Day. They arrived with bells jangling and danced and sang for us all. As always it was brilliant and we had great fun especially those children who were taught a dance and performed it for us sticks and all!

Super Star DJ

Nick Hollywood a DJ who specialises in 1950s music brought his record collection along for a session with years 5 and 6 last Monday. The children found out about old fashioned vinyl records and how they were made, they listened to music and had a little jive too.

Victorian Classroom

Years 3 and 4 experienced life as a Victorian school child this week. They found out how strict and formal school life was during that time. Luckily they all avoided (only just) having the cane!

Children’s Parade

The children’s festival parade takes place tomorrow. This is an extra special event for us as we are joined by children from Downs Park school. We are as you know ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Please turn over for some easy  dressing up ideas. Our meeting point on the day is Pelham Street and our flag number is 42. The samba band should arrive at 10.00, everyone else should gather at 10.15. If you are joining us then please dress up (including adults) to ensure we look as  amazing as possible! There will be lots of music not just from the Samba band but also music created using Ipads blue toothed to speakers. How exciting! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning.

Girls Football Tournament

The Middle Street girls football team are playing at  Carden Primary school this afternoon. Good luck girls!

Rugby World Cup Countdown

Our tag rugby team are taking part in the countdown to the Rugby World Cup which takes place next year at the Amex Stadium. Brighton hosting the Rugby World Cup  is very exciting and we are delighted that our Tag rugby team will help launch the countdown to this world event. Our team will be up at the Amex stadium for activities and a photo shoot next Tuesday.

Friday Morning Sing-a-long

Do come along and join us on a Friday morning in the hall for a sing-a-long. Mr Brazil and I are there with songs to sing from 8.35 till 8.45. We have a few parents and children who regularly join us but we would love more of you to come along. You don’t need to have any singing skills to join us. It’s all just for fun and of course it’s very good for you releasing all those lovely endorphins into your body!

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 5. Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Web Designer?

Do you have the expertise to help us design a new Middle Street website? Do you know anyone who can help? Please let us know if you can or know of someone who can.

School Nurse Drop In

Our school nurse; Sarah will be running drop in sessions on Friday 9th May from 8.30. If you have any little niggling issue like head lice, bed wetting etc you would like to discuss just ‘drop in’ on the day. The school nurse can advise you on a variety of health and wellbeing issues so do make use of the drop in session on offer.

Lost

On Tuesday Lolly from year 4 left her jumper in the main playground. Her jumper was in a pile with other jumpers. Lolly’s jumper has disappeared. The jumper is grey with a hood and no pockets. It has a picture of a Moshi monster on the front and the words; ‘MOSHI MOSHI MOSHI’. Lolly tells me this is her favourite jumper and it has her name inside I believe. Please check your clothing at home if you come across the jumper please return to the school office or to Lolly.

The school is closed for Polling Day on Thursday 22nd May. The day will become a staff training day replacing one planned before Easter.

Half Term Break

We finish for the half term break on Friday 23rd May and return to school on Monday 2nd June.

Summer Holidays

The last day of term is Wednesday 23rd July.

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