Nether Green Infant School

Weekly News Page 

Friday 3rd November 2023

Headteacher's Welcome

Despite the wet weather the children have come back to school cheerful and full of enthusiasm for the new term. Thankfully the sun has been shining today which has meant that our Reception children have had a fabulous day outside using balance bikes with Steven from Arches Sports Partnership.

School Values

This term we will be focusing on the value Kindness. We will be talking and thinking about what kindness is, how we can show kindness towards others and the consequences when we act in a way that is not kind towards others. 

We are really pleased to welcome Mr Wilson, our new Buildings Officer. He started with us on Wednesday and is already having a positive impact within school.

The teachers have put together lots of information for parents to support their child's learning for the next term so please see the information outlined below

We have lots of things planned for this term which is always a busy and exciting one as we look forward to Christmas and all of the magic that brings for young children. Please make sure you look carefully at the calendar and take note of key dates. Please also support us by responding swiftly to requests from the office team for permissions etc. 


Online Safety

We regularly talk to children in school about how to stay safe online. We do this through our PSED curriculum, in assemblies and also when incidental things come up in conversation. Each half term we have an Online Safety Assembly, this took place just before half term. The theme was 'being kind online' and a story was shared about a Duck who gets into problems when he shares photos on line. 

This was shared with the Y1 and Y2 children in assembly and to Reception in their classes. 

There is a link to this story if you would like to read it with your child at home. 


Diwali 2009 | Abhinaba Basu | Flickr
The children in all year groups will be learning more about Diwali this half term as part of their learning in Religious Education. It is always more meaningful for young children to share first hand experiences with them. If your family will be celebrating Diwali, we would like to invite you to help bring this learning to life for us in school. You may like to come in to talk to your child's class, do an assembly or send photos of your family celebrating together. If this is something you would like to support us with then please email school.  


Firstly, we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who played a part in our half term Pumpkin Trails. We hope everyone had a lot of fun!
But now it's November, planning for Christmas starts! To kick things off, we'll be holding a Christmas Jumper Sale (which also includes Xmas PJs, leggings, dresses, accessories etc) on Friday 24th November. So if anyone has any festive items of clothing in good condition that they no longer need and that they'd be willing to donate, we'd love it if they could be handed into the office over the next couple of weeks. It's worth noting too that while the official Save the Children Christmas Jumper day is on 7th December, the school's Christmas Jumper day will be in the last week of term. We'll also be hosting a PTA Winter Movie Night on Friday 1st December - details to follow soon.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 9th November at 7.45pm in The Florentine - everyone welcome!

School Council

We have a new School Council who have been voted in by their classmates in Year 1 and Year 2.  There are no class representatives in Reception but we do include their views e.g. when voting for events in school and we share information with them.

The School Council help Mrs Hawkins with important jobs in school, share information with their classes and take their class ideas and views back to Mrs Hawkins. 

Next week they will be helping Mrs Hawkins with the Open Morning for new parents by telling them all about our school. 

BBC Children in Need

The School Council met yesterday to discuss BBC Children in Need. They were all in agreement that we should try to raise money to help Children in Need. We will have an assembly next week so the children understand more about how Children In Need supports others. Some ideas for raising money included a fun run and wearing pyjamas so together they decided that we would have a 'Pyjama Fun Run'. 

If your child would like  to take part they can come to school wearing pyjamas and trainers ready to run as many times as they can around our running track. Parents are invited to make a donation to BBC Children in Need via our Donations page:-

BBC Children in Need Donations Page

Awarded £21,000 - BBC Children in Need - Ups and Downs Southwest

Notes from the Teachers 

Year 1 & Year 2

This half term the topic of 'Fire and Water' will continue. The children will be doing lots of exciting learning linked to topics such as Bonfire Night and then the Great Fire of London. There is lots of information available to parents so you can understand more about what they are are learning at school and how you can support them at home. There is also a list of key topic vocabulary that will be used throughout the term. Please  see the links below:-

Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Year 2 Curriculum Overview

Topic Vocabulary 

Foundation Stage

The topic for this half term in Reception will be Celebrations:

Reception Overview - Celebrations

Messages  for Teachers 

We know for parents there can be quick questions you want to ask teachers, or things you want to mention and that once children get into Year 1 & 2 there are fewer opportunities to do this. We are happy for you to email class teachers but know that sometimes a quick face to face conversation can be easier - teachers are more than happy to have a quick chat once they have handed children over safely to parents at the end of the school day. 

The class email is the name of the class as follows e.g.,  etc

Messages from the Office

Parents Evening Appointments

Parents Evening appointments will take place on Tues 14th and Thurs 16th Nov from 3:30pm - 6:30pm. 

This is an opportunity for parents to meet face to face with their child's class teacher and discuss their progress in school. 

Appointments went live via SchoolCloud on Wednesday. Instructions for how to book have been emailed out to all parents. If your child is having a SEND review with Mrs Stackhouse there is no need to book a parents evening appointment too as class teachers will attend the SEND review meetings. 

School Dinners -  Winter Menu

W/c 6th Nov is week 3.
Mon 6th Nov - School photo orders on-line via Tempest website. 
Sun 26th Nov - Flu Vaccination consent (email with link sent on 12th September).

Open Morning for Prospective Parents

Please share with anyone you know who has a child due to start school in September 2024.  

Dates for the Diary

Please see attached the Parent Calendar for this year. Please take a few minutes to take note of dates including INSET and holiday dates, Parents' Evenings, Parent workshops to find out about learning in school and performances.  

Notes about the calendar: 'Fourth Friday' - every 4th Friday that the children are in school parents will be invited into classrooms from when they open at 8:40am until when the bell rings at 8:55am (we have changed this from 'First Friday' due to diary clashes). Initially this will just be Y1 and Y2 classes whilst the new Reception children settle. 

Tues 7th Nov - 9:30am - 10:30am Open Morning for prospective parents

Tues 7th Nov - 6:00pm Y2 Open Evening at Nether Green Junior School

Thurs 9th Nov - 7:45pm PTA Meeting at The Florentine

Fri 10th Nov - Fourth Friday - parents invited into class until 9:00am

Tues 14th Nov - 3:30pm - 6:30pm Parents Evening (no extra-curricular clubs)

Thurs 16th Nov3:30pm - 6:30pm Parents Evening (no extra-curricular clubs)

Fri 17th Nov - BBC Children in Need (details tbc)

Fri 24th Nov - 8:30am PTA Christmas Jumper Sale

Mon 27th Nov - Flu vaccinations in school

Fri 1st Dec - 5:00pm PTA Movie Night

Thurs 7th Dec - Sleeping Beauty Pantomime in school

Fri 8th DecFourth Friday - parents invited into class until 9:00am

Wed 13th Dec - 9:15am Y1 Nativity

Thurs 14th Dec9:15am Y1 Nativity

Fri 15th Dec - Christmas Jumper Day

Fri 15th Dec - 2:00pm Rocksteady Concert

Tues 19th Dec - 6:30pm Choir Concert

Wed 20th Dec - PTA Santa's Grotto in school

Fri 22nd Dec - 1:45pm Christmas singing for parents outside 

Fri 22nd Dec - 4:00pm After School Club finishes

Fri 22nd DecLast day of school term

School Term Dates 2023-24

Stumperlowe Park Road
S10 3QP

0114 2304094