Dear Parents

We started the week with a Space Assembly. The children sat completely enthralled as they listened to Mrs King tell us all about Space. Then the rocks arrived and there was a feeling of excitement throughout the school. What a privilege to have genuine samples of moon rock collected by the Apollo missions in our school. We have certainly made the most of them being here and every child has had the opportunity to handle them. We were so pleased to be able to offer our parents the opportunity to also see and handle the rocks. Thank you to everyone who came along to out STEM event on Wednesday after school and thank you for all the generous donations. These will go towards the DPA playground projects. A huge thank you to Mrs Hallam for helping out at the event.

At the end of such a brilliant week it was great to see so many of the children dressed up. There were lots of astronauts in school as well as aliens and even a satellite. Year 6 was lucky enough to have attended Herstmonceux Science Centre today to further their Space knowledge.

It has been such a wonderful week and the children have loved every minute of it. Don’t forget there are lots of Space competitions running as well as library competitions to get involved in with some great prizes.

Year 1 and 2 have begun Samba drum lessons today with our new music teacher and these will run every Friday as part of their enrichment.

Just to remind you that it is Open House next Tuesday morning from 8.30-9am. If you can spare a little time do please come along. The children really enjoy showing you where they spend their days and showing off all the fantastic work that they produce. It is always a really lovely event. Band practise will move next week to Thursday morning because of our Open House event.

Vashti Hardy, a successful children’s author, will be joining us next week for a workshop with Years 2, 3 and 4. Don’t forget to order you books so that they can be signed on the day. Her books for older readers can also be ordered and children from Years 5 will have the opportunity to have them signed. They are ordered through the Steyning Bookshop.

Next Friday it is the NSPCC’s Number Day. NSPCC Number Day is a maths-inspired fundraising event where schools across the UK raise money for the NSPCC. On this day, children take part in a number of maths activities and are encouraged to make a donation and wear an item of clothing with a number on it. The funds raised from Number Day will support vital NSPCC services such as ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’, which visits primary schools across the UK to teach students all about the dangers of abuse and what they can do to help. We are asking everyone to dress as a number. The children may have a sports kit with a number on or you can improvise. Donations will all go to the NSPCC.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward