Dear Parents and Carers,

What a very busy week it has been here at De Havilland! Our Year 1 children have been diligently completing their phonics screening checks, while Year 4 has been focused on their times table checks. We are incredibly proud of their hard work and the dedication of their teachers who have guided them to this point.

In addition to these academic milestones, it has been a joy to welcome back so many former pupils for work experience and work shadowing days over the past and coming weeks. Seeing our alumni return, inspired by their time here and eager to explore educational careers, truly warms our hearts.

Looking ahead, we are thrilled to be hosting our sports days next week. We can't wait to share these exciting events with you. Please remember to bring your child's sun hat and water bottle, and we invite you to stay for a picnic following the activities.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Mr Dave Bostock and Mrs Sarah King

Attendance This Week . . .

Whole School - 

93.5%

Best Attendance by Class

Early Years - Ash - 93.5%

Key Stage 1 - cherry - 95.5%

Key Stage 2 - Walnut - 96.9%

Special Mentions Table

Early Years News

This week in Acorn Class we have started a new Talk for Writing story, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We received a letter from a police officer, telling us that it was the troll who was responsible for the break-in last week and creating all that mess in the home corner. The children have enjoyed brainstorming ideas about what the troll from the story might look like and writing describing words about him. They also wrote letters to the troll, trying to persuade him to let them cross his bridge. In maths we have continued to look at 3D shapes, specifically spheres. The children used balloons and marbles to create different prints and patterns. The rolled the marbles in a tray and bounced the balloons on their paper. 

We had an exciting start to the week in Reception with our special literacy learning day, where children attended school in their pyjamas. We enacted our bedtime routines and wrapped up the day with a bedtime story, "The Kiss That Missed," which will be our focus for the rest of the term. As part of our literacy activities, the children made their own kiss and decided where it would whizz off to, painted dragons, and explored the meanings of adjectives and verbs, transforming these into poems. In maths this week, Reception students delved into manipulating, composing, and decomposing shapes. They used mathematical language to explain, for example, why a certain shape didn't belong in a group. The children created pictures using tangrams and challenged their friends to replicate them. They also explored a new resource—number rods—and created a variety of shapes from them. We ended the week with another pyjama day in support of De Hav Fest. Thank you for all your donations; they are greatly appreciated! We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Key Stage 1 News

This week Year 1 have completed their Phonics Screening Check. The children tried hard and we are very proud of them all. In English we have been learning about blue whales, and we measured the length of them on the playground. The children were amazed to discover that the tongue of a blue whale is heavier than an elephant! In maths we have been learning about time. This is an easy unit for you to consolidate at home - spotting clocks wherever you go and reading the time to o’clock and half past. Remember that we are going on our school trip next Tuesday - please ensure your child is at school in time for the coach departure. All children need to be in school uniform with a coat and comfortable shoes. Next week is Sports Week so the children can come in in their PE kit on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please enjoy growing your peas and let us know if you get any to eat! 

This week we have been busy preparing for some special quizzes next week. We have been revising some of our key topics in maths, including addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and time and money. In English, we have continued to explore literary devices that make a great set of instructions. This week we have practised applying adverbs and thinking carefully about our vocabulary choices. We have also been busy preparing for our sports morning next week. Mr Jackson has shown us a range of sports activities that we will be completing and we are excited to see those of you that are able to watch us on Wednesday morning. If you have any questions about our sports morning, please do not hesitate to talk to our member of the Year 2 team. 

Sports Week

Monday 17th June - Years 5 & 6 Sports Day

Tuesday 18th June -  Early Years Sports Day

Wednesday 19th June - Years 1 & 2 Sports Day

Thursday 20th June - Years 3 & 4 Sports Day

The gates will open at 9:15am for a 9:30am start. Your child will be with a member of staff at all times. 

Please ensure the following items are provided:


Any adverse weather may require this Sports Day to be re-scheduled –  a text message will be sent. Please ensure small children and toddlers attending are fully supervised at all times. Following the success of last year, we would like to invite families to stay on after watching their child in their sports day and enjoy a picnic on the field with them until 12:45pm. Scratch cards will be available to purchase to raise  money for sports equipment for the school.

Children can wear sportswear to school all week - however, they must wear their PE kit for their Sports Day.

Lower Key Stage 2 News

We have had a great week in Year 4. Both classes have filled their gem jars, so a well-deserved reward is being planned for each class (hopefully a session of archery with Mrs Gunn). In English, the children have showcased their wonderful writing by publishing their stories, ready to be displayed in the classroom and around the school. Maths has been fun, with our new topic on money. It’s great to see how the children are seeing the connections with previous maths topics. The children are enjoying learning new songs and revisiting the Young Voices Pop Medley in preparation for DeHav Fest. Please go on Google Classroom to get the links, should they want to sing the songs at home! We are still looking for a couple of parent helpers to volunteer on Wednesday 26th June at our Ancient Egyptian day. Please let Mrs Johnson know as soon as possible if you are available to help us.

Our Sponsor of Sport at De Havilland

We are very excited to announce the partnership between De Havilland and Diamond Gymnastics Club. 

Diamond Gymnastics Club have generously agreed to become our sponsor of sport. Their contribution will make a huge difference towards furthering the opportunities and development of sport provision here at De Havilland. 

Upper Key Stage 2 News

 This week, in PE, the children focused on practising for Sports Day, before javelin throwing and archery. In History, the children learnt how the ancient Greeks designed their buildings and made strong structures. In English, the children revised the use of dialogue to convey a message before writing the opening of their innovative meeting story. In Maths, we identified 3D shapes from their 2D nets and revised the year's learning, in preparation for the upcoming quiz weeks. In Guided Reading, we explored a poetry text and a narrative text. We discussed vocabulary to gain better understanding of words in context and answered a range of questions in appropriate levels of detail. In RE, the children recognised the significance of fire in the Hindu celebration of Holi.

Sycamore Class also managed to fit in a reward jar treat - making slime!! 

Can everyone please remember their PE kits for Monday. Thanks and have a lovely weekend, everyone.

The children in Year 6 danced the night away on Thursday evening at their celebratory disco. The children all looked fantastic and the atmosphere was lovely to experience: a big thanks to all of the adults who stayed to help and especially our FODs team, who organised the event and ensured it passed successfully. Away from the partying, rehearsals for our end of year production are progressing at a good pace - please ensure that if your child has lines, you are supporting them to learn these at home, as well as those all important song lyrics. Have a lovely weekend!

De Hav Fest is back!

Dates for your diary

Friday 28th June

Wear non-school uniform for donations of tombola prizes – NEW unwanted gifts, boxes of chocolate, bottles of drink, etc

Friday, 5th July

Wear your favourite colour to school for donations of sweet jars - Fill a jar or plastic cup with sweets and cover it as a prize for the ‘Jarbola’

Friday, 12th July

De Hav Fest – please bring in cakes for the cake sale (with ingredients attached)

Just Talk's Summer Campaign: Just Move It

Just Talk is excited to announce its upcoming campaign ‘Just Move It’ - all about encouraging young people and their families across Hertfordshire to boost their mood with movement.

Movement can make a big difference to overall wellbeing

As Just Talk embarks on its summer campaign, children, young people, parents and carers and schools are encouraged to get involved and experience the benefits of movement in their everyday lives. The campaign stems from the Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing Survey (YPHWS) 2023, which revealed that 23.8% of young people express concerns about their physical health and 26.9% had not engaged in more than an hour of physical activity in the past week. Just Talk aims to address this by encouraging children and young people to try accessible physical activities that benefit both body and mind.

Running from 17th June to 8th July, the campaign will spotlight the power of physical activity: how movement boosts mood, promotes inclusivity, positively impacts brain chemistry, fosters social connection, and the variety of opportunities to engage in physical activities across Hertfordshire.

If you know a young person, parent/carer or school professional encourage them to find out more by visiting Just move it or @JustTalkHerts, to find lots of tips and information about accessible activities in their area. If you have any questions please do get in contact via justtalk@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

About Just Talk:

Just Talk is a multi-agency programme, coordinated by Hertfordshire County Council’s Public Health team. The programme is steered by children and young people, in collaboration with more than 50 professional organisations from health, social care, education and voluntary organisations across Hertfordshire. One of the programme’s core messages is that it’s okay to not be okay and there is help readily available for everyone who needs it. The Just Talk website is a hub of information and tools for young people, as well as parents, carers and professionals - all with the common goal of enhancing the mental wellbeing of children and young people.

For more information about Just Talk visit www.justtalkherts.org and for regular emotional wellbeing tips and signposting follow Just Talk on:

Facebook: JustTalkHerts Instagram: @JustTalkHerts Twitter: @JustTalkHerts

Dates for your diary

Monday 17th - Friday 23rd June - National Sports Week

Monday 17th June - Years 5 & 6 Sports Day

Tuesday 18th June - Nursery & Reception Sports Day

Wednesday 19th June - Years 1 & 2 Sports Day

Thursday 20th June - Years 3 & 4 Sports Day

Wednesday 26th June - Hatfield Schools District Athletics

Friday 28th June - Non School Uniform Day - Wear non-school uniform for donations of tombola prizes 

– NEW unwanted gifts, boxes of chocolate, bottles of drink, etc


Friday 5th July - Wear your favourite colour to school - see above for details

Thursday 11th July - Early years Stay and Play at 10:30am - 11:30am

Thursday 11th July - Reception September 2024 - Taster Lunch at 11:30am

Friday, 12th July - De Hav Fest 

Step 2 Skills courses - New updated information

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