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    Dear Parents/Carers, I have been delighted to see the enthusiasm that the children have for sport here at Davidson. A huge well done to all the children who played in the hockey tournament this week. They played brilliantly and their behaviour was impeccable. The specialist sports coaches who teach the children each week are continually impressed with their talent and sportsmanship. Unfortunately there are some children each week who leave their PE kit at home and are unable to participate in PE lessons. I am sure you are aware this is an important part of the curriculum and children must bring in suitable clothing in order to take part. For your information, pupils PE kits should include the following:

    White t-shirt Black shorts Plimsolls for indoor PE Trainers for outdoor PE Optional black/navy tracksuit if the weather is cold

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if this presents a problem.

    The house point system has been a huge success and the children have enjoyed receiving house points for good work. All children have been allocated a house and I am pleased to share with you the house points for last week which were as follows:-

    1st Place - Nighthawk 60 house points 2nd PlaceHarrier 47 house points 3rd PlaceFalcon 41 house points 4th PlaceEagle 40 house points

    During the Monday achievement assembly the results were announced and everyone congratulated Nighthawk on their victory! I wonder who will win next week...

    Yours faithfully

    Mrs Dando (Principal)

    W E E K C O M M E N C I N G 1 6 T H J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7

    Davidson Primary Academy

    Dartnell Road Croydon CR0 6JA Tel. 020 8654 1460

    office@davidsonprimary.com www.davidsonprimary.com

    Davidson Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    Message from the Principal

    This Issue: Message from the Principal Parents Evenings Superstar Reading Records Y6 PGL TripParent Information Meeting Reminder Phonics Workshop IPC Personal Goal Focus Sin Pads for Football & Hockey Sports News Class Focus Important Reminders Welling Boots Dates for Your Diary Clubs Message from the Head Girl & Head Boy Attendance & Punctuality

    Where Every Child Counts

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    We are pleased to introduce new Superstar Reading Records for children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. The children in Year 1 will continue to use their current reading records, which are working well. The Superstar Reading Records allow the children to list books that they would like to read, the high frequency key words are also listed and there is an opportunity for the children to complete a book review. It is important that the children read every day at home and that you discuss the book with your child. Can you please ensure you update the reading record with comments as indicated. The reading record will be sent home next week and should be returned to school daily.

    YEAR 6 PGL TRIPPARENT INFORMATION MEETING REMINDER Parents/carers who have booked a place for their child on this trip are invited to attend a meeting which will take place on 26th January at 9am (KS1 Hall) and 3.20pm (6A Classroom). The meeting has been arranged to discuss information about the trip such as preparation, travelling and activities. We will also be giving you handouts and discussing payment instalments. You only need to attend one of the meetings.


    This half term, we will be focussing on the personal goal Enquiry throughout the school. This compliments our science week which will be held from 30th January to 3rd February.


    The parents evening dates are as follows:

    20th February 2017 Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 27th February 2017 - Year 3 and Year 4 6th March 2017 - Year 5 and Year 6 We will be holding our Reception , KS1 and KS2 parents evenings from the 20th February onwards. Parents will have an opportunity to book an appointment to speak to the child's English/maths teacher and their class teacher. Parents/carers will also be able to look at their books and discuss the children's academic performance. Further information will follow on how to book your appointment.

    ATTENDANCE TROPHIES AWARDED TO ... A huge well done to Class 2A and Class 6A who won the attendance trophy last week for KS1 and KS2!


    On Wednesday 8th February 2017, at 9.10 am, we will be holding a Read Write Inc Phonics Workshop for all parents/carers to come along and attend. It will offer ways to support parents with their childs learning and to show how we teach Phonics in Reception at Davidson Primary School.

    The session will include practical elements such as practising using FRED fingers to segment and FRED talk for blending and saying the sounds from set 1, 2 and 3. There will also be an opportunity to watch a video clip on how we demonstrate saying these sounds. Mrs Siggs will also provide a selection of practical ideas to show how you can continue the learning provision at home.

    Please do come along it will be lovely to see you supporting your childs learning journey. The presentation will take no longer than 20 minutes and refreshments will be provided.

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    Please note that for health and safety reasons, children must have their own shin pads for hockey and football during their PE lessons. These should be clearly labelled with your childs name and class. These can be bought from any sports shop and start from approx. 4.50 a pair.

    Shin pads can be kept at school in your childs PE kit or alternatively brought in on the day they have PE, as follows: Monday Y4 and Y5 Tuesday Y3 Friday Y6

    If your child attends football or hockey club after school they will also require their shin pads, on the days as follows: Monday After school football club Y5 & Y6 Tuesday After school football club - Y3 & Y4 Wednesday After school hockey club - Y4, Y5 and Y6

    I am sure you will agree, safety is of utmost importance. If you are unable to provide shin pads for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

    CLASS NEWS This weeks class: The activity was an independent writing for the writing assessment. We

    made a story plan for "The Gingerbread Man" and the children wrote the

    story independently using it.

    Once upon a time there was a little old woman and a little old man. The little old

    woman decided to bake a gingerbread man. Suddenly the gingerbread man ran out

    of the house! The gingerbread man said Run run as fast as you can, you cant

    catch me Im the gingerbread man. The gingerbread man ran on until the

    gingerbread man came to a pig and a cat. The gingerbread man said Run run as

    fast as you can, you cant catch me Im the gingerbread man. The gingerbread

    man came to a dog, the gingerbread man said Run run as fast as you can, you cant

    catch me Im the gingerbread man.


    Hockey Tournament at Harris Academy Crystal Palace Thursday 19th January Hockey Team: Blazej, Eldon, Andrew, Taheim, Sofia, Shakara, Poshell and Bronte On Thursday 19th the school hockey team went to Harris Crystal Palace to take part in the Croydon Schools hockey competition. The team played their first game against St. James The Great and although going 3-0 down early on they, played some excellent hockey and narrowly loosing 3-2. The second game we were up against Selsdon and with the children less nervous and believing in their ability they convincingly won the game 3-0.

    Our final group game was against Heavers Farm and the team needed a win to take us into the playoff final. In what turned out to be a great game the final score ended 2-2.

    This resulted in us missing out by 1 point and instead we played in the plate competition. Our first game in the plate was against All Saints again the team put in a fantastic performance and won by 3 goals to nil. We then played against Cyprus and although we created plenty of chances we lost the game 1-0. Our final game of the morning was against Selsdon and again the team played extremely well but just couldn't score and the game finished 0-0.

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    Dates for your Diary

    Tuesday 24th January 2017 No swimming for Y4 due to Swimming Gala

    Tuesday 24th January 2017 E-Safety Workshops for Parents at 9am and 6pm

    Tuesday 24th January 2017 PTA Meeting 2pm

    Thursday 26th January 2017 Y6 PGL Trip Parents/Carers Meeting 9am (KS1 Hall) and 3.20pm (6A Classroom)

    Tuesday 31st January 2017 Y4 Swimming

    Monday 30th January Friday 3rd February 2017 Science Week

    Friday 3rd February 2017 Dress Up As A Famous Scientist Day (Non-uniform day)

    Tuesday 7th February 2017 Y4 Swimming

    Wednesday 8th February 2017 Year 1 Phonics Meeting 9.10am-9.30am

    Monday 13th February 17th February 2017 Half Term

    Tuesday 21st February Y4 Swimming

    Tuesday 28th February Y5 Swimming

    Wednesday 1st March 2017 Maths Day

    Thursday 2nd March 2017 World Book Day

    Tuesday 7th March 2017 Y5 Swimming

    Tuesday 14th March 2017 Y5 Swimming

    Monday 13th MarchFriday 17th March 2017 Book Fair

    Monday 20th March 2017 World Story Telling Day

    Tuesday 21st March 2017 Y5 Swimming

    Tuesday 28th March 2017 Y5 Swimming

    Wednesday 29th March 2017 Easter Parade/Easter Bonnet Parade

    Thursday 30th March 2017 Easter Egg Hunt

    Monday 3rd