Launch of the new written calculations policy – Maths Workshop, March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

On Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 9th March St Jude’s launched our new Written Calculations Policy for Mathematics to parents from Reception to Year 6, in a workshop entitled ‘They didn’t do it like this when I was at school’.

The workshop aim was to help our parents learn how to support their children with the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Their child’s class teacher modelled how to use the written strategies for that year group and then parents had the opportunity to ‘have a go’. We warmed up with a game of ‘Round the World’ and ‘Multiplication Bingo’ focusing on multiplication facts to 12 x 12.

Both sessions were very successful due our parents embracing the calculations so positively, and the preparation and delivery from our teaching staff.

In the evaluation forms at the end of the session 100% of parents found the workshop to be useful and would recommend it to other parents in the school, with one parent calling it “brilliant” and “incredibly helpful”. Another parent said that she now “understands why her daughter is always telling her she is wrong” when completing Maths homework together!

Please explore the links below to continue to support your child at home.

Thank you.
2016 Written Calculations Policy

Activities At Home

Useful websites and apps

Useful resources and concrete manipulatives























Science Week: 14th – 18th March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

St Jude’s Primary School is celebrating Science Week from Monday 14th – Friday 18th March.

During this week the children will be experiencing a range of fun and practical science activities to learn all about climate change and how it affects the world around us. The children will be finding out what climate change is, as well as how we can slow down the effects of climate change on our planet, its animals and its habitats.

On Monday 14th March we will kick-start the week with a special assembly from ‘Eco Action Games’. A survey will also be sent home for you to complete to find out how eco-friendly you are!

We will also be celebrating Earth Hour at school on Thursday, 17th March. This year, Earth Hour is on Saturday, 19th March from 8.30-9.30pm. Across the world, people will be uniting to send a positive message about changing climate change wherever they are. This can be as simple as not using any non-essential lights during that hour or it could be that you decide not to use any non-essential electrical devices during that time. It would be great to see many of you getting involved at home to show the children the importance of being committed to protecting our world.

More information can be found on:

We are very much looking forward to the week and can’t wait to see your child engaging both with science, as well as the world around them.


Kind regards,

Miss Cookson.

Book Week: 29th Feb – 4th March 2016

Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day.

Don’t forget your fancy dress – as your favourite hero, heroine or villain from a book. Remember your £1 donation to Book Aid International. On Thursday morning we will have a parade to show off our amazing costumes. Parents and carers are more than welcome to attend. We will parade between 9.00am and 9.30am.


Poetry Competition Finals

The finals will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.00am – 9.30am. Parents and carers are welcome to attend and support their children and their friends.

Monday – Reception and Year 4 final

Wednesday – Years 1, 3 and 5 final

Friday – Years 2 and 6 final


Your teacher will tell you if you are in the final.

Good Luck!

St. Judes E Safety Pupil Survey

As part of the e-safety week, we are asking all our pupils to fill in the following list of questions about their knowledge and use of the internet.

Create your own user feedback survey

E-Safety Week: 8th – 12th February 2016

As part of our e-safety culture, we invite you to join us on 10th February for a session on E-Safety At Home. The session will run from 3.30-4.30 and will pick apart the misconceptions and questions parents have about what it means to be safe online.


What are your children actually doing online? Complete this survey to help us compare what parents think they know to what the kids are actually doing on their devices at home.

Create your own user feedback survey

Create your own user feedback survey

digital parentingDigital Parenting

Digital Parenting includes articles about cyberbullying, sexting and extremism and brings together advice from academics, psychologists and other experts to help keep young people safe in the digital world.

To find out more CLICK HERE.


LOOKING AHEAD – Key Dates For Your Diary

11th January 2016 – SRE parent workshop – 3.45pm — 4.45pm

June Fraser, a Personal Health and Social Education Consultant will lead a session on SRE   (Sex and Relationships Education) this will be an Informative workshop about all areas to be covered next term. Parents from years 2,3,4,5, and 6 will find this useful.  A letter will be sent out separately with further information.

22nd January 2016 – Individual Education Plan Meetings – All Day

Parents with children with IEPs will receive an appointment time.

27th January 2016 – Maths Mastery Session for year 1 parents – 9.00am – 10.00am

Find out how the new Maths Mastery lessons are taught in this classroom demonstration, led by Mr Winn and Miss Booth.

10th February 2016 – E-Safety Session for parents – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Learn about how you can keep your child safe online, how to apply safety settings and use social
networks safely.   This session is part of E-Safety Week which is an important part of our E-safety Quality Mark that we are working towards this year.

11th February 2016 – Meeting for year 6 parents – SATs – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Meeting for year 6 parents regarding the new SATs arrangements in May 2016.

25th February 2016 – Meeting for year 2 parent – SATs – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Meeting for year 2 parents regarding the new testing arrangements for Key Stage 1 SATs in the Summer Term.

2nd March 2016 – Key Stage 1 Parent Workshop – 3.45pm — 4.45pm

This session is for parents of children in Reception, year 1 and year 2.   Parents will find out how to help their child in maths at home.  Learn about the new maths curriculum, as well as learn new skills and ways to solve calculations!

9th March 2016 – Key Stage 2 Parent Workshop- 3.45pm– 4.45pm

This session is for parents in years 3, 4, 5 & 6.  Parents of children in year 2 will also find this useful. Learn about the new maths curriculum, as well as learn new skills and ways to solve calculations!

14th & 16th March 2016 – Parents Evening – 4.00pm– 6.30pm


These weeks offer children additional learning opportunities which are creative and challenging.  There may be dress up days, so look out for further information in our newsletters!

 8th—12th February 2016 – SAFER INTERNET WEEK


 14th March – 18th March 2016 – SCIENCE WEEK

Black History Month – Family Learning Challenge – Autumn 2015

Thursday 1st October marked the beginning of Black History Month. To commemorate the amazing achievements of the Black community the theme of this term’s whole school project is ‘Record Breakers’.

Children are invited to be creative and to interpret this theme as they wish. We have given a few examples but we are looking for original ideas too!

To celebrate the children’s efforts and achievements, class teachers will choose a project that really stands out. The winning project will win a special prize.

All projects should be returned by Monday 23rd November, 2015.

A great website to start you off is:

Can you write a newspaper article to report a great black achievement? It could science, sport, or art related, the possibilities are endless!

Design Technology
Research inventions that have amazed the world – can you build a model of one?

Write about a famous Black figure and their life achievements! It could be a biography, leaflet or poster…

Make a poster to celebrate the life of a Black achievement, or even a short film!

Can you write a song or a rap to reflect Black History Month or about a famous Black figure?

Religious Education
Can you write a prayer or poem which reflects the values of record breakers?

Can you research a famous Black artist and have a go at their style of artwork? Or maybe draw a portrait of a Black role model?

Key Dates

19th October KS2 Poetry Performance at 9.00 – Parents are welcome to attend assembly

23rd October KS1 & Reception Poetry Performance at 9.00 – Parents are welcome to attend assembly

23rd October Black History Month Art Display after school at 3.40pm. – Parents and carers are welcome to come and see our display of artwork and

Download Black History Month as a pdf

2015-16 PTA Events

PTA meetings are held every second Friday of the month, 9am-10am in the Art Room. Everyone is welcome to attend (inc younger siblings).

Next meeting will be Friday 9th October.

If you would like to get involved in any fundraising, or help at school events, we are always looking for volunteers.

Please contact: or speak to Jane (Anwen R, Elinor Y2) or Heather (Eliza Y2, Jack Y6).

We fundraise for computer equipment, football kits, educational workshops, art murals and much much more!!!

Throughout the academic year the PTA organises a range of activities and events to raise money and foster a community spirit . Please see below for the keys dates for your diary.

Parent/Teacher NETBALL GAME

Friday 25th September 3.45pm-4.45pm Junior playground. Please come and support us!!!


This is a regular activity and will be on the first Friday of every month after school at 3:30pm.

PTA EVENING SOCIAL from 8pm (venue TBC)

We have one of events each term. Thursday 26th November (Autumn),Thursday 17th March (Spring) and Thursday 14th July (Summer).


This year it will be on Thursday 10th December between 3.30pm-5.30pm. There will be homemade gifts, refreshments and activities for children.


This fun filled evening event is for both children and parents, which will take place on Friday 12th February. There wil be a live DJ and sound system, food, bar, face painting and lucky dip…


Our biggest event of the year will take place on Saturday 25th June. A great summer celebration with tons of stalls, craft activities, raffle, bouncy castle, food and drinks.

Also there will be other fundraising events throughout the year, to be announced!!