Newsletter Issue 5

ferncumbe Friday

Friday 9th November 2018

Poetry focus week

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Our first week back after half term has been awash with poetry enthusiasts as we dived into an exciting Poetry Focus Week at Ferncumbe.  Classes have been involved in exploring, studying, connecting, discussing, writing, performing and having fun with Poetry.  We were treated to a special video message from a Poetry book illustrator, Jackie Morris.  Some of you may have experienced the wonders of The Lost Words at an exhibition at Compton Verney towards the end of the summer.


Classes have been emerged in Poetry themes ranging from Michael Rosen, Fireworks, The Natural World to the more significant World War I poetry so relevant this week.  We've had Poetry Cafes and special poetry readings each day for children to listen to and enjoy and all children have been invited to participate in a Poetry Performance competition.


Thank you to all our parents, grandparents and other relatives who visited school on Thursday morning and participated with such enthusiasm in Poetry activities in each class.  We loved sharing our learning with you.
It's safe to say, at Ferncumbe, WE LOVE POETRY!

Mrs Foss


It was fantastic to see so many of you joining your children for a poetry lesson in class this week, and also for the valuable and positive feedback you gave regarding your experience. It was particularly encouraging to read that so many of you saw our new School Vision in action.

The great fire of warwick!


Just before half term, Honiley Class enjoyed a trip around Warwick to learn about the great fire. The children all listened with interest and learnt many new facts. The children were also lucky enough to visit St Mary’s church where they could see the poppy display and took part in a special class worship. Thank you to Miss Morris for her excellent tour guide skills and the adults who helped on the trip.

Miss Grubb


service of remembrance


Older members of school attended a Service of Remembrance at Holy Trinity Church this week. Pupils from Year 6 read out poems they had written during Poetry Focus Week in relation to WW1, and Worship Group led the prayers. At the close of the service the congregation went outside and gathered around the War Memorial to share in some reflection time.


It was a joy to see the cross of ceramic poppies created by Year 6 children from a few years ago on display so prominently in church. Perhaps you might spot the cross if you attend the service which takes place on Sunday morning, to which everyone is invited - some pupils from school will be laying a wreath on Ferncumbe’s behalf.


Wroxall class Indoor athletics event


On Thursday morning, Year 5 were invited to take part in an indoor athletics event at Myton School. The children worked as a class to compete against six other primary schools in a number of track and field events including relay, javelin, long jump and triple jump. The children were fantastic and had lots of fun. It was wonderful to see them supporting and encouraging each other to do their best - well done Year 5! A big thank you to the parents who came along and supported the children. 

Mrs Sellen


New lunch menu

You will have been advised via email of the new, 3 weekly, lunch menus which start on Monday 12th November. Children will have a daily choice from the ‘Red’ or Green’ options, plus the additional choice of a jacket potato for children in Key Stage 2 (years 3-6). Menus have been sent out to you electronically - please do discuss the options with your child/ren. Menus are also available daily in each classroom so that all pupils are well informed before making their day to day selection.

message from ‘the friends of ferncumbe’


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new carpets!


The new carpets which were fitted to the corridor, nurture room and three classrooms over half-term were the talk of the school as everyone returned and saw them for the first time on Monday. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Mr Bothamley, who organised the donation and fitting of the carpet for free. It is much appreciated by everyone in school, especially the children!

national anti-bullying week 2018

National Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is being held between 12th – 16th November, and all children in school will be taking part in a variety of activities throughout the week.

Warwickshire School & Health Wellbeing Service are promoting the following…


Bullying is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

If you would like additional advice please contact Warwickshire School & Health Wellbeing Service on 03300 245 204 OR TEXT CHATHEALTH PARENT LINE on 07520 619 376                                                                

For more information and support please visit Helpline 0808 800 2222

ChatHealth Parent line  

Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service and Warwickshire Young People Substance Misuse Service has launched a new way for parents and carers of school aged children to get confidential advice and support about child health related issues.  ChatHealth is an award-winning school nurse messaging service and is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.  There will be automatic bounce-back responses to incoming messages out of hours.  Answering the text message will be a nurse who can assist with any queries about general health, child development, behaviour, toileting and emotional health and wellbeing issues. The text number is 07520 619376.

The opportunity to discuss any health issues relating to your child is always available and The School Health and Wellbeing Service can be contacted on 03300 245 204.

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With best wishes for a lovely weekend,

Tracey Webb, Deputy Headteacher

Staff Ferncumbe