Headteacher's Newsletters

28th May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

As the first part of the summer term draws to a close, I wanted to share with you some of the highlights. Life at Lingfield feels like things are beginning to return to normal; what a wonderful feeling that is!

Teaching and Learning 

Children across the school have been immersed in their Contexts for Learning. From the Greeks to the Victorians and visits from Wakehurst Place and Zoolab, welcoming visitors back into school has helped bring the learning to life. 

Forest School

We are so lucky to have Wendy Tuvey leading our Forest School provision. She has almost completed her qualification and has been working weekly with the Year 3 children. Mrs Tuvey has created several amazing outdoor learning spaces as part of her training including: the wildlife area, outside Y3 and Y4 classrooms and a brand new space on the field complete with fire pit! Next year, Mrs Tuvey will be teaching Forest Schools to all children from Nursery to Year 6.

Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Development

As part of our drive to support mental well-being and positive learning after the demands of the last year, PSHE remains a high priority. The introduction of Mind Up and the brain break is allowing children to better understand the need for calm, focus and reflection in order to learn well. 

Relationships and Sex Education has now been rolled out to years 2-6 with the children showing us how mature they are and how engaged in quality learning they want to be. We continue to assess the impact of PSHE learning and a recent learning walk with governors highlighted many strengths as well as allowing us to consider our next steps to improve further. The ability of our children to fulfil their potential and to make the best possible progress is so often underpinned by their confidence, their self-esteem and their ability to understand how they learn. PSHE is vital in teaching these life skills and embedding those abilities necessary to work cooperatively and successfully.

Reading for Pleasure

Developing a love of reading for pleasure has been one of our whole school priorities this year. After half term, we are delighted to be reopening our brand new library, beautifully decorated by our amazing caretaker, Kev, with bespoke furniture and fantastic new books. Thank you so much to all of you for supporting this project through your fundraising efforts. 

It is our aim to continue developing the range, quality and diversity of children’s literature across school to ensure our children have access to the highest quality texts. 

Please nominate Lingfield in the National Book Token prize draw. The more nominations we receive, the more chance we have of winning £5000 worth of book tokens. 

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/adult-learning/courses/family-learning 

Lunch

This half term, we have welcomed Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 back in the dinner hall. The children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed learning the ropes and our catering team have worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition. We hope to continue to roll this out further, after the holiday, if restrictions continue to lift.

Congratulations!

I would like to say a huge congratulations to Gaynor, our school chef, for reaching the regional final of Raddish’s Chef of the Year competition. Gaynor will be cooking her qualifying dishes, Masterchef style, at the end of June. Good luck Gaynor!

Thank you to all of you who submitted entries to the Royal Academy Young Artists' Summer Show. I am delighted to announce that out of over 33,000 entries, two were chosen from our school. Furthermore, the two art works chosen are two of the few selected to be displayed in person at the Royal Academy!

A massive Well Done to Uma (3B)  for her artwork: Scary Lockdown

 

and Charlotte (4H) for her artwork: Popped out of my Head

Dates

Upcoming dates for your diary. Please keep an eye on the app for further details and information.

  • Tuesday 29th June - Face to face parents’ evening (by invitation)
  • Wednesday 30th June - Friday 9th July Zoom parents’ evening (available to book via SIMS Pay soon)
  • Friday 2nd July - Mufti day (bottles for Staraising event)
  • Saturday 3rd July - Staraising Community Fete (at The Star)
  • Monday 19th July - Sports Day
  • Wednesday 21st July - Last day of term

I wish you all a happy, healthy and sunny half term.

Cassie Puplett
Headteacher

 

To view the document with photographs please visit -  Newsletter-May-2021.pdf