Summer term update

Key Stage One have been working extremely hard this half term and making fantastic progress in their learning! We have been busy learning about our topic “Into the Night” which included learning about nocturnal animals, the Northern Norwegian city of Tromso and Light and Dark. The children loved the visit from the Raptor Foundation. Y2 children dissected owl pellets to learn about what owls eat and all of Key Stage One saw a wonderful flying display by the different owls. Unfortunately one little owl decided to be a bit cheeky and stay high up on the window sill, but eventually he came down!

The Year 2 children have been working hard on their SATs. As we said in the SATs meeting, their results are teacher assessed and so the marks they get in the official tests are only one bit of evidence towards the mark we give them that will be reported to you on their end of Year report. You can help your child achieve by continuing to read with them and help them with the homework activities. Thank you so much for your support with this.

Their Discovery Detectives project for the Summer Term is to complete a Science Investigation. It does not have to be complicated (in fact keeping it simple with be much better for them to be able to talk about) and the internet has hundreds of ideas. Here are some good websites to get you started.

http://rigb.org/experimental
http://www.easyscienceexperiments.co.uk/curriculum-science/cs-fun-science/
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/weather-for-kids/experiments

We have also now subscribed to Mathletics for Key Stage One. Their website can be accessed here http://www.mathletics.co.uk/

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another great half term to finish off the year!

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New Term – New topic!

Welcome to the Middles Summer term! The time has come to begin our new topic – a new topic for the school, as well as the term! We will ask the children Whatever happened to the Mayans? As of Monday 11th May, we will be beginning to explore the history of the Mayans, looking at their art, architecture, stories and mysteries! This will include a visit to the school by the group Mexicolore, a hands-on opportunity for the children to experience a range of aspects of the Mayan and Mexican culture. This will take place on Tuesday 23rd June, with more details to come closer to the time.

PE
This term, as we build towards sports day, we will be doing all of our PE outdoors. This means your children need the school PE uniform (dark navy shorts, trainers, blue school polo-top), but will also need clothing appropriate for those times when it is raining lightly, such as a tracksuit, or for when it is especially hot and sunny. Please make sure that all items of PE kit are clearly named.

As an additional opportunity, the Year 4 children will have the chance to attend this year’s Mini-Olympics, on Tuesday 16th June. More details will follow in due course.

Summer Weather
To take full advantage of the warm summer weather, we will be looking to give the children many opportunities for outdoor learning. Your children will need appropriate clothing for the weather. This may include sun hats, and sun screen that they are able to apply themselves. In addition, it is very important that they have a drink with them. Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school.

Easy Fundraising for Schools

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Dear Parents/Carers

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for Bar Hill Community primary School.

There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, TheTrainLine and Sainsbury who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to our school to say thank you for shopping with them.

It’s really simple and doesn’t cost you anything.

All you have to do is:

  1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/barhillprimaryschool
  2. Sign up for free
  3. Get shopping.

Your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to Bar Hill Primary School. It couldn’t be easier.

There are no catches or hidden charges and the school will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Bar Hill Primary School PTA

Upgrade: New Version of PMX Parentmail

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Dear Parents/Carers

Improving School Communications with ParentMail 

From today we will be upgrading to PMX – ParentMail’s latest platform.

The benefits to this are that we now have more Apps to use, meaning we can use ParentMail to send home letters, forms, permissions and surveys.

For parents, the latest version of ParentMail means you can easily pick up school messages on your smartphone by downloading the free ParentMail App on Android or iOS.

  • Access ParentMail even when there’s no network connection.
  • No need to search through your busy personal inbox for school messages.
  • Instant access – no need to login to complete forms or read messages.
  • In app ‘notifications’ help make sure things don’t get missed or forgotten.
  • Helps preserve your data allowance.

To use the latest version of ParentMail all you need to do is verify your account. Over the next few days you will be sent either an email or text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions below: 

Mobile and Email registration: 

Please click on the link from the text message or email and follow the verification process. You will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

If you have any issues or queries with the process, please contact us next week when we return to school. We would really appreciate if you could verify as soon as possible and by Sunday evening at the latest as we will send out a message on Monday to test that everyone is getting the new Parentmail system.

Kind regards

The School Office

New Uniform – Update from Governors

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly a thank you to parents for the positive response we have had to the new uniform policy over the last few months. The Department for Education strongly encourages schools to have a uniform in place as they believe it contributes to the ethos of a school and in setting an appropriate tone for children, staff, parents and the community. It has been encouraging for the Governing Body to see that a large majority of our parents agree with this view.

Thank you also goes to those parents who have contacted the school offering solutions for consideration. All of these have been communicated, and the views of parents have been taken into account by the Governing Body, to ensure we have a school uniform policy which is providing best value for money whilst meeting the policy objectives.

A final thank you goes to all parents for their patience and understanding over the last few months whilst we have considered these requests to variations in the original policy introduced and finalised the options available to ensure we have the best possible policy going forward. The Governing Body wishes to extend the thanks to the School Office staff who have worked hard to negotiate supplier costs, to ensure the best value for parents, their time has been tremendously appreciated.


Further to the previous communication from the Governing Body on the policy, we wish to clarify the following to parents:

From January 2015

  • Correct shoes (in recognition that growing children need correct footwear)
  • Children should be continuing to wear blue sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo

Clarification: Due to the popularity of the sewn on logos, and to help parents with the transition process of the policy, existing non hooded blue items can continue to be used with a sewn on logo until September 2016. This is in recognition that some parents have already purchased clothing at the beginning of the academic year which they may wish their child to wear for more than one school year. Please note however, that the School Office will only continue to sell the sewn on logo badges, at cost price to parents, until July 2015. After this time the sewn on badges will no longer be available to purchase.

  • Socks to be grey, black or white

From Feb half term 2015

  • All polo shirts for uniform must be white (and must be with the school logo by September 2015)
  • All polo shirts for PE must be light blue (and must be with the school logo by September 2015)

Clarification: In response to parents feedback and our commitment to providing cost effective solutions to parents, the School Office have organised for logo uniform which can be purchased from Tesco. You will be receiving a Parentmail message from the School Office with more details on this new supplier and how to order, but as an indication, logo polo shirts cost £3.75 with sweatshirts at £6.50.

We have noted that it will take up to 14 working days for the uniform to arrive and so with this in mind, the date has been pushed back from Monday 23rd February to Monday 16th March for all polo shirts to be white for uniform and light blue for PE. We hope that this will enable those parents who wish to purchase polo shirts, with the school logo, for their child to wear from after February half term (although please note above, that a logo is not required until September 2015) to be able to do so using this new supplier.

From Easter 2015

  • Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore/tailored shorts (Note: Current year 6 will be allowed to wear black tailored trousers/skirt as per Swavesey VC uniform as recognition that we don’t wish parents to purchase more new clothing than necessary)
  • Summer dresses to be blue checked
  • PE shorts to be navy
  • PE tracksuits to be navy

From September 2015

  • Complete uniform must be adhered to including school white polo shirt with logo, school sweatshirt or cardigan with logo and school light blue polo shirt with logo for PE

Clarification: As explained above, existing non-hooded blue items that have the sewn on logo can continue to be used until September 2016.


Thank you for your cooperation and we hope Bar Hill School parents and carers can appreciate that the Governing Body have revised the specification due to the views and feedback from parents we have received. By continuing to work together we can help to foster respect for the school environment, pride and belonging.

The School is advised by the Department for Education that there should not be frequent changes to uniform specifications and so this letter now concludes our revisions of the policy. We will however review the policy each academic year, as we always have done with all our school policies.

One final note, which is that the Governing Body has been encouraged by the active voice amongst Bar Hill School Parents. We would therefore like to highlight that we have elections coming up in summer months for parent governors (more details to follow in the coming months). Governors are the largest volunteer workforce in the country, who all give their spare time each and every week (around work, family and other commitments) to ensure the school standards are maintained and where possible, raised. Our Bar Hill School Governing Body, which was considered outstanding in the last Ofsted, comprises of 15 members including; school senior leadership, staff, parents and members of the wider community in its representation. We would highly encourage those parents who wish to join us in our work to endeavour to make Bar Hill School the best it possibly can, to put themselves forward for elections.

Yours sincerely,

Rachel Hallam
Chair of Governors, on behalf of the Bar Hill School Governing Body