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Newsletter 32 - Friday 25th May 2018

This term's Christian Value is Peace

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Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of another busy term!  I would just like to thank everyone for all their kind wishes this week and hope that you all have a lovely half term break.

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 4th June for Term 6.

Mrs Gander-Miller
Head of School





We have had a wonderful week celebrating the end of our topic on mini beasts! On Monday, we held an ‘Ugly Bug Ball’ filled with lots of games, songs and activities. We showed each other all our fantastic mini beast outfits. They were all great! We then danced to various songs and explored how we could move to different beats. We also discovered how we can act like different mini beasts and use our bodies in interesting ways. We played some party games which the children thoroughly enjoyed as they showed off their best moves! The children had fantastic ideas about how to dance and act like mini beasts.

Back in the classroom, we played a special mini beast ‘guess who’ game, decorated biscuits and made special mini beast party hats. We also sang along to our favourite songs, ‘Herman the Worm,’ and ‘The Ants go Marching!’  Thank you for making such an effort with the mini beast costumes! They all looked brilliant!

We have all had a fantastic term, learning about mini beasts. The children have been absolutely wonderful looking after our tadpoles and caterpillars and have also put in a great effort in their phonics and Maths. They have also written wonderful stories based on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’

Enjoy the half term break! We look forward to seeing you next term.

The Early Years Team


Wow! Congratulations to all of the Year 2 children for successfully completing their SATS! They all worked incredibly hard and we are extremely proud of all of their efforts!  We have come to the end of our topic all about Fairy Tales – the children have enjoyed exploring all of the different stories, looking at characters and settings and having a go at writing their own versions.

Working with the story of ‘The Princess and the Pea’ the children in Squirrels have created the most amazing art work using wax and water colours. They were all so pleased with the results and I hope you all agree!

We have not set any homework for the half term, except some Phonics practice for the Year 1’s. Please check book bags for a ‘plea’ from something the children have done over the break to help us with our English learning at the start of next term.

Thank you all for your support!

Squirrels Staff Team



The end of a very busy half term, and I have four important ‘thank yous’ to make:

Thank you all (parents, guardians and FMCS) for enabling our school trip to The Seven Sisters Country Park on Friday.  The sun shone; the natural environment was a superb example of many of river features we had studied which enabled the children to fully grasp the concepts and ideas, and Owl Class were complimented multiple times for their excellent behaviour which set a great example for our school.  A big thank you to Mrs Evans, Mrs Lopez and Mrs Parker, who kindly gave up their day to accompany us and keep the children safe.

Thank you for, as families, putting in the most amazing effort to create the River Project homework task of building the five great American Lakes which enable the water to feed from the source to the sea.  They are all unique and made from a variety of materials and techniques.  I really hope that, as families, you all benefitted from the time spent together: planning, sourcing the materials, joining the elements in different ways and feeling the satisfaction of creating something which fitted the brief.  I know the children learn so very much from you in these experiences. A huge thank you!

Thank you to Miss Wignall (our student teacher) who has been with us and has worked incredibly hard with the children for the last six weeks.  We have all benefitted enormously from her presence and her teaching.   We wish her the very best of luck as she sets off to begin her teaching vocation.

And finally, the biggest thank you to all the pupils for their hard work and efforts this half term.  When we look back at what they could achieve in September, the progress they have made in all areas of the curriculum and their friendships and personal maturity is clearly evident.  I am very proud of them.

Have a lovely half term and a well-deserved rest!

Mrs Balmer





We have had a lovely week this week in Foxes class.

Firstly, we made our own movies! We created scripts, used the learnpads to go out and film and then spent the morning editing our films thinking about transitions and subtitles.

Next, we made the Mark Cross version of ‘The Great British Bake Off’.  On Tuesday, we baked the cakes looking for spongy, light cakes. Then, in the afternoon, we designed what we were going to do on our cakes decoration wise. Finally, on Wednesday, we began decorating our cakes.  All the children had ambitious ideas and executed them fantastically. We had some amazing piping, perfect glace icing and cleverly done marbling effects! Every team worked together brilliantly ensuring that everyone had a go at doing things and no one was left without a job and I am sure this positive attitude to team work made a huge difference to the standards of the cakes and as you can see below they were INCREDIBLE!! Well done all of you-  you worked so hard!!

Thanks for all the support this term. I hope you have a wonderful half term and looking forward to seeing everyone back for our final summer term.

Miss Dauris


Other News

Chicken Pox in school
As per the email earlier in the week, we have had a confirmed case of chicken pox. The advice from Public Health England is that children remain at home until all spots have crusted over and no new spots are appearing.

New Sports Club
Mr Luckhurst will be starting a new KS2 Sports Club on a Friday 3.15-4.15pm beginning on Friday 15th June.  There will be a minimal charge for the club which will be open to all KS2 children.  Letters with full details will be available after half term.

Our uniform policy can be found on the website.  Due to space restrictions at school we are needing to tighten up on our policy for bags at school.  From September please can you ensure that your child/ren have a Mark Cross bookbag for school, not a rucksack/other bags.  Drawstring bags can be used for PE kit and a carrier bag if extra kit needs to be brought to school.  Just a reminder that girls should not wear slip-on shoes as these are not appropriate for school use.  Please remember these policies when buying new shoes/bags over the holidays, thank you.

Admin Matters

Someone Else Picking Up?

If there is someone else collecting your child from school the class teacher needs to know.  Always write details in the book located in the plastic holder outside each classroom.


Please call the school office as soon as possible in the morning if your child is unwell.  The office staff can then notify your child’s teacher.

The 48 Hour Rule

Remember if your child has had a tummy upset or sickness bug we ask that he or she remains at home for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.

Lost Property

The lost property box is located just through the hall doors so if you think you may have lost something please do have a look through. Please, please name all uniform including coats, it makes it much easier to return lost items.

Diary Dates

Wednesday 23rd May

Year 5 Swimming (last one)

Friday 25th May

Last day of Term 5

Monday 4th June

First day of Term 6

Monday 4th - Friday 8th June

Sayers Croft residential trip for Foxes class

Wednesday 13th June

p.m Safety in Action workshop for Yr 6, Bowles Outdoor Centre

Friday 15th June

Uplands PE Day

Tuesday 19th June

Sports Day

FMCS Rag Bag Collection

Wednesday 20th June

Beacon Academy Open Morning for Year 5 pupils

Tuesday 26th June

Year 6 Leavers’ Service at All Saints Church, Crowborough 1.15pm

(Friday 29th June

Reserve Sports Day date if poor weather on 19th)

Tuesday 3rd July

Heathfield Community College Year 6 transition day

Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th July

Beacon Academy Year 6 transition days

Wednesday 11th July

1.30pm KS2 Performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr

Thursday 12th July

6.00pm KS2 Performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr

Friday 13th July

FMCS Summer BBQ (tbc)

Thursday 19th July

Last day of Term 6

Friday 20th July




Monday 3rd Sept


Tuesday 4th Sept


Wednesday 5th Sept


Thursday 6th Sept

First day of Term 1

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