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19th September 20

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It is the craziest of times however we are all back and have managed to settle into new routines to try and keep ourselves as safe as possible. Thank you for your support whilst we have trialed different ways of working.

Eldon Forest

This week, 12 lucky children visited Eldon Forest to explore the latest school
development project… please check on twitter/ ClassDojo for more details. We
collected a boxful of materials that the builders were using. A very large screw and off
cuts of wood etc. have been the focus of some good learning conversations! The
children had a go at measuring out the width of the cabin using 1m strides.
Next week, some reception and nursery children are planning to visit.
Do take a look on twitter for some of the displays going up in the classrooms. Teachers
are working hard to try and engage with you at home. Thank you for keeping in touch
via the ClassDojo. It’s is important that children complete their work at home.

Settling In reports

Settling In reports are going out from today! You should have all received a message
from your teachers about requesting a ‘settling in’ report. Thank you for responding to
this on ClassDojo. These will be going out from the 18th of September.

Head Boy / Head Girl

Next week we will be asking children to nominate themselves for School Council
and Head Boy and Head Girl roles within the school. Do encourage your children
to take on these roles. There will be a vote which will take place on Eldon Radio
Station. The results will be announced on Eldon TV and the Radio Show too. Good


Yr5 AND Yr3—Attendance Award
Year 6— Super Learners Award Zander Coupe
Year 1—Reading Award— Kai Gallagher
Yr4—STEAM Award— Sahira Narot
Yr5—Computing Award—Maisy Green
Yr2—Outstanding Award for great ‘talk for
writing’ story telling!

Covid -19 Information...

Covid - 19 information can be viewed on the website under the News/ Events tab and Covid 19. Also check out this to see our updated Home/School agreement.

Eldon House is back in use!

Eldon House is back in use! Well done Yr4 for using it to learn all about Electricity

Handwashing Clip has won a competition

Our Handwashing Clip has won a competition! Medicspot has awarded the school with £100 and we can decide what to do with it! Children and staff, any ideas?

Reducing footfall to keep us safe...

Please can I ask all parents to send in packed lunches and water bottles at the start of the day and
not during the day.
Please do arrive on time and pick up on time too. We are trying to reduce the footfall of all adults and children in school.


All communication will be via Class Dojo to help keep everyone safe. Your child's class teacher will also use this platform to send out weekly homework and ‘personal’ messages. If you need to speak to Mrs Butt or the office staff, please call the school number: 01772253557;

Curriculum Maps

Next week we will be sharing Curriculum Maps on class Dojo for each class, so you know what the
focus/content of the learning will be. Also, we will be thinking about the children’s
‘Settling In’ reports and how we can share these with you. Watch this space for

Weekly Newsletter

The weekly newsletter will be available ‘online’ via Class Dojo and the school’s website. Hard copies will not be sent out to reduce the risk of the virus.

Three GREAT things this week:

 Visits to see our Log Cabin project with the children
 Relaunching Our Gem Project with staff and children
 ICT NACE Quality Mark Certificate!

Our vision

Our vision for the school is to ‘be the best that we can be’ whilst being happy and
engaged! You will know that our children have missed out on quite a bit of
learning. We have created extra time in the timetable to focus on extra reading and
learning whilst ensuring that our curriculum is still broad and balanced. I have an
urgent request… please encourage your child to read, read, read, every day of the week,
7 days a week. Please encourage them to do their homework on ClassDojo.

What’s Changed at Eldon this term due to COVID-19?

 Class Bubbles—children only
mix with the children in their
class; EYFS (Nursery and
Reception) are one bubble for the
outdoor play.
 Staggered start and ends of the
 Children wash their hands before
they go into school and regularly
throughout the day
 Everyone cleans as they go!
 Equipment is only shared in class
 We keep to our ‘safe distance’ of
2 meters between bubbles
 Children arrive in school
wearing their PE kit on the day
they have PE
 Children only bring in their book
bag/reading book and their
packed lunch
 Homework is completed on
 Communication to parents is via

Digital Leaders

Well done to our Digital Leaders:
Morgan (Yr5) and Isaac (Yr5)
If you would like to become a DL
Then chat to Mr Aspinall and
Mrs Butt!


Attendance this week!
Attendance within school was
The best classes were Reception with 98.1% Well Done!
Other Classes:
Year 1: 95.9%
Year 2: 89.6%
Year 3: 96.5%
Year 4: 94.0%
Year 5: 96.2%
Year 6: 89.7%

Eldon TV has arrived on the Infant yard!

Do spend a few minutes watching and reading the information on the screen. It’s
going to be another way to find out what is going on in school and what's coming
up too. As well as this we know your child is going to grow in confidence seeing
themselves on the big screen. Thank you for helping us celebrate the great work
we do together. A big thank you to Mr Aspinall for co-ordinating Eldon TV and to
Yasmeen (Sama and Adnan’s mum) for producing and directing the clips.

Educate awards

A handful of us attended the glittering Educate Awards ceremony in Liverpool. We had been shortlisted for ‘The Most Inspirational Primary School’ Award.
Eldon had won the award in 2017. Remarkably, we won again!!!! We celebrated with an
ice cream on Monday and staff treats too. I am so very proud of our talented teams of
teachers, staff, pupils, parents, Governors and our amazing wider community too. It just
shows … hard work, talent and resilience pays off! Thank you for all your congratulations
too. Let’s keep up the fabulous team work and here’s to an AMAZING 2020, when it

This years priorities include:

Reading, improving our stamina and comprehension and vocabulary; increasing our fluency in Maths e.g. learning our Times Tables so that we can recall our facts in less than 6 seconds and writing across the Curriculum. We are making sure that our curriculum continues to be broad and balanced.

Health and Safety Reminder:

Please park your car safely, when picking up your
children, or please walk! I was shocked to see a photograph of a car parked,blocking part of Lowndes Street this morning. As a school, we have a duty of care to ensure that our families and children can access the roads and pavements, without any problems. Please help us to keep everyone safe. Thank you.

Parent Partnership Certificate

Amazing news, we have received our Parent Partnership Certificate today. Well done everyone and especially to our parents who work well with us.

Congratulations’ from the Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services—Edwina Grant OBE,

I have a wonderful letter of ‘Congratulations’ from the Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services—Edwina Grant OBE, who wanted me to thank all of you, our children, Governors and staff for everyone’s ongoing hard work following the release of the TES article showcasing the successful journey of the school over the past 9 years. I hope you have managed to read about it on the TES online magazine and be able to feel very proud of yourselves and indeed the whole school community. You can read it via our twitter feed.

Some spectacular news just in…

We received a letter of CONGRATULATIONS from Rt Hon Damian Hinds (Sec State for Education) and Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP (Minister for School Standards) as our achievement in Maths (2018) was in the top 1% of primary schools in England! I have congratulated all the teachers and especially Miss Lightfoot and Miss Munro who teach in Year 6. Well done to staff, our parents and also our amazing children! Take a look at the letter on our twitter feed!

Eldon App

We are pleased to let you know that we now have a new school App that you can download for free from either the Apple or Google Play app stores.

You can download the app by searching for “Eldon Primary” and download the app that displays our school logo.

Please make sure that you complete the ‘Register Form’ the first time you download the app.

The app provides instant access to term dates, events, newsletters, booking forms, links to the school website, absence form and many more features.

We will also be using the app to send out ‘push notifications’. These are messages that are sent directly to all those parents that have downloaded the app. As push notifications are free for us to send, this may replace our text messaging service at some point.

Diary Dates

Diary Dates 2020/2021

September 2020
1st—School Opens
7th—Clubs resume
9th—Yr4 learn about
electricity through Eldon
13th—Roald Dahl Day
26th—European Languages
27th—Virtual Open Morning
October 2020
Harvest Details to be
22nd— School Closes for
half term
23rd—INSET day for staff
31st— Deadline Secondary
November 2020 ANTI
2nd—School Reopens!
December 2020
18th—School Closes for
19th December—Christmas
Holidays begin
January 2021
4th– School Reopens

School Places

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c/d: 15th January 2021
Secondary Places
Applications are open!
C/d: 31st October 2020

McMillan Coffee Afternoon

We are planning a virtual McMillan Coffee Afternoon on the afternoon of Friday 25th. The idea is that children can bring in 50p for a drink and a biscuit /cake and have this in their classrooms. We have plans to have a zoom link and then you can join in at home! Watch this space for more details.

Virtual Open Morning

Virtual open morning- TBC

Autumn Term Events

As you know, Eldon prides
itself in being active and our
children learn in many different
ways. We enjoy learning
through Eldon House, the
Radio Station and Eldon Forest.
We enjoy taking part in many
community events.
All our activities are being risk
assessed including lunchtimes,
eating snack and drinking milk.
We are constantly ’tweaking’
ways of delivering our activities
so that they do not pose
additional risks.
The army of children who I
recruit to become ‘play
leaders’, ‘gem ambassadors’ etc
will now have responsibilities
in their own classes.
So, watch this space for further
details of how we can keep you
involved in the life of the school.


Clubs begin on the 7th of September. Check out your child's class Dojo for clubs they are eligible to attend.
To book your place, please check your teachers Class Dojo.
Clubs finish at 4.00p.m. and you will need to make arrangements to pick up on time.