Hazel class travelling back in time


We have had a great start to our time together in Hazel class so far this term. We have spent time getting to know each other and also remind ourselves about how to be the best we can be in and out of class. A class charter has been agreed by everyone and we are making sure that we follow both our class and school rules.

This week we had an exciting experience. Mr Read had a message that we needed to travel back in time to 1666, as there was a mystery that needed to be solved. We all made ourselves time travelling headbands, got in our time machine which took us back in time to 1666 where we discovered a spade standing in the ground. Some of us did some digging and discovered a bottle of wine, a block of cheese and an extract from a diary by someone called Samuel Pepys. He left us with a question which was “What if London hadn't burnt down?” Once we had got back in our time machine and returned to 2019 we looked at the clues in the diary again and some of us realised that the event that was being talked about what the Great Fire of London. The next few weeks we are all looking forward to learning about this important historic event and answering Samuel Pepys question.

Friends fo Stanmore say welcome back!

The FoS want to say "welcome back" and "where did that summer break go?"! 

We hope you have settled back into the school routine and are ready to support us with all our events.

We also want to say "hello" to all our new parents and carers. Shortly you will be receiving a Welcome! letter from the FoS, with details on who we are and what we do. We are also in the process of setting a date for a coffee morning so you can come along and find out more. We hope that you and your children enjoy being involved in the FoS community and see the benefits and rewards that come with supporting us. We look to seeing you soon!

The first date for your diary is our world famous(!!?) cake and uniform sale. It's on Thursday 26th September from 3pm onwards. Please can Year R and all KS1 classes provide us with lovely cakes and bakes! All donations must be NUT FREE AND INCLUDE A FULL LIST OF INGREDIENTS. If any bakes do not have a list of ingredients then we cannot sell them. You can drop off your bakes into the office on the morning of the sale and pick up any named  tupperware the next morning, again from the office. Thank you for your support with this. 

We have lots of other dates to tell you about but you'll have to wait til next week to find out what and when they are!! Thanks and see you around, Rachel D, Rachel W, Hayley, Jen and Amy.

Stanmore Post - 13th September 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming in to ‘meet the Teacher’ on Thursday. If you were unable to attend, there will be further opportunities during the year to keep in touch with how your child is progressing. You are able to speak to the teacher at the end of the day or make an appointment to see Mrs Taylor, Miss Norris or Mrs Fenton. By now, you will have seen the new reading diaries which should come to and from school on a daily basis. Promoting reading is one of our key areas of improvement this year. Homework will also be coming home on a regular basis.  

At our school, everyone is welcomed every day as a valued member of an inclusive community, where everyone feels safe, secure and happy. Behaviour and attitudes are important to us and a calm and orderly environment within our school is essential for pupils to be able to learn. As a result of the feedback from the parent survey, we have revisited our behaviour policy in order to ensure we have clarity and consistency.  

We are really proud of being an inclusive school, and of the success of our Ready to Learn Room in supporting our children with particular needs. This is just one part of our raised expectations of pupils’ behaviour and conduct. The setting of clear routines and expectations is important for all of our children in the classroom and around school.   

This week we have been speaking to the children about our high expectations for maintaining a respectful school culture. We have simplified our language around expectations, rules, rewards and sanctions. There is a clear and simple structure that you can read more about at https://www.stanmore.hants.sch.uk/behaviour

Best Wishes 

Sharon Taylor

Online Payments and Communication

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to Scopay. We are really pleased with how supportive everyone has been and are excited about the benefits of the new system. We have introduced a text message service to advise parents if their child has had a minor injury or accident. The messages advise what has happened, how a child has been treated and that they have been sent back to class. If anything more serious were to occur, we would, of course, always endeavour to contact a parent verbally. Please ensure we always have the most up-to-date contact details for at least 2 people, as well as a parent, to help with our communication of any issues. Thank you.

Coffee Morning with Miss Norris

Parents are invited to pop into the hall after dropping their child/ren off at school on Thursday 19th September for an informal chat. A member of the admin team will also be available to discuss any issues with the new payment/communication system, to answer any questions you may have, or to take your details to complete a free school meal eligibility check. We will have tea, coffee and biscuits and everyone is welcome.

School Dinner

Can we remind our Year 3 parents that your child is no longer entitled to a universal free dinner. Your child will still be eligible for free school meals if their parent or carer receives one or more of the benefits detailed here https://www.stanmore.hants.sch.uk/lunch

Nut Free School

We would like to remind our current parents, and inform new parents, that we are a nut-free school. We have children and staff in school with life threatening allergies and we cannot allow them to be put at risk while in our care. We must ask you not to send your child to school with any food items containing nuts or nut traces. This includes snacks. Any item of food found to contain nuts or nut traces on our school site will be removed until the end of the day and an alternative snack will be provided. Thank you for your support.

Year 6 Transition

Year 6 parents are now expected to apply for the secondary school of their choice. Kings’ School is linked with Stanmore Primary School and they are holding open mornings on the following dates:

  • Thursday 19th September, 9.30–11.30am

  • Friday 20th September, 9.30–11.30am

  • Tuesday 8th October, 9.30–11.30am

This is a great opportunity to have a guided tour of the school on a typical working morning.

They will also be holding an open evening on:

  • Wednesday 18th September, 6.30–8.30pm

You will be able to see their splendid facilities, speak to teachers, staff and pupils and also see the fabulous displays of their work.

It is recommended that you take your child to both events.


Matthew Leeming, Headteacher of Kings’ School, will be coming to our school on Wednesday 25th September 2019 to hold the Yr 6 transition talk to parents starting at 6pm. This will be held in the hall  and Mr Leeming will be supported by other members of staff and children from his school. 

Street Dance at Stanmore Primary School

Street Dance is back to Stanmore Primary and we have some spaces available!

Come along to learn all Street Dance styles including Locking, Popping, Breaking, Hip-Hop and House! In each class the children will take part in energetic warm ups, street dance routines and also have a chance to develop their own style.

All of our Integr8 Teachers are DBS checked, insured, fully trained and experienced street dancers.

Children in the class will get to take part in performances throughout the year which will build up over time from performing in class, assemblies, school shows and in front of parents.

Tuesday – Juniors (Year 3 – 4) in the Hall between 3:15pm to 4:15pm starting September 10th

Tuesday - Seniors (Years 5 – 6) in the Hall between 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm starting September 10th

Wednesday – Minis (Years R – 2) in the Hall between 3.15 pm to 4.15 pm starting September 11th

Is there a cost?

Street dance costs just £5.00 a class. We do ask you to pay for a term in advance. More on this will be explained once you have signed up.

How do I sign up?

The easiest way to sign up is to email natalie@integr8dance.com You just need to send us your child’s name, age and school that you attend. We will then send you all the information and forms that you need.

Alternatively you can call our office number on 01962 808398

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis... so be quick! You must sign up before attending the first session.

Stanmore Post - 6th September 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year. The children have already settled back into the routine. I hope that you are all well and had some time to enjoy a summer break.

We welcome five new members of support staff to school; Mrs Johnson is working in Hazel Class with Mr Read; Miss Elkin is working in Aspen with Mrs Ruddick Smith and in Willow Class with Miss Hurley; Miss Bondar is working in Rowan Class with Mrs Jones; Mrs Riches and Mrs Griffiths, who joins us on September 16th, are working across Year 6. We wish them well and look forward to working with them all this year.

There are a couple of improvements to the school environment. The library and Ready to Learn room (R2L) have been brought into the main school building. This means that both these resources are now more easily accessible. From September 16th children will have weekly timetabled access to the library. Each child now has a reading/home school diary. These need to travel to and from school each day, and they will be checked at least once a week by the class teacher. In KS1 we have new reading books as part of an investment in an early reading scheme called Read Write Inc. Please help us to get the best out of this wonderful resource by reading with the children regularly and helping children to be respectful of the books so they remain in good condition. Mrs Jones will be providing further information to KS1 parents. A meeting to find out more is planned for Tuesday 8th October. See the Calendar for further details. Homework will still go home on Thursday to be returned on Wednesday. More information can be found at: https://www.stanmore.hants.sch.uk/homework

Our Keys for Success are: Confidence, resilience, co-operation, persistence, organisation and respect. This year we will celebrate one key a week in our Friday assembly and children will be awarded ‘Keys for Success’ Certificates’. BEST certificates and trophies will still be awarded termly in recognition of our school values: Belonging, Excellence, Support and Trust.

Best wishes

Sharon Taylor

Online Payments and Communication

Everyone should now have received their unique code to access Scopay. The new banking and communication system is now up and running, and the expectation is that every parent/carer will use this system. If you have any issues, please contact May in the office for help. 

All dinner debt and credit has been moved to the new system. You can easily see if your child’s account is in credit: which is a requirement for ordering a school lunch. If your child is not in credit, they must be sent to school with a packed lunch from home. There is no minimum limit on the new system, so parents can pay for one day at a time if preferred. 

Year 6 Transition

Matthew Leeming will be coming to our school on Wednesday 25th September 2019 to hold the Yr 6 transition talk to parents starting at 6pm. This will be held in the hall. 

After school clubs

Stanmore School’s in-house after school clubs will commence week commencing 23rd September and will run through one full term. A full list of the clubs on offer will be sent out on Monday. These clubs will only be available to book online through ScoPay. The clubs available to your child will show in their account. All clubs will have a maximum number of children allowed, and these places will be given on a first-come first-served basis. Once the club is full, it will be closed. 

Year R

Our new reception children will be joining us on Monday 9th September. Parents of older children entering Catkins class are invited to join their children for lunch on Wednesday 11th September. Younger children will get their opportunity on Wednesday 18th September. This lunch will be free of charge. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate siblings in the hall, but we would like as many parents as possible to join us. If your child has a younger sibling, we are happy to look after them in another classroom over the lunch period. If you wish to join us for lunch, please let the office know so that May can order your meal. Thank you.

Medication in School

Any medication must be brought in to the school office to be registered. Thank you.

Pupil Details

Next week we will be sending home pupil details forms for parents/carers to update. We will also be sending home new ‘image consent’ forms to ask for permission to show your child’s image. With new curriculum requirements we have added another permission request. Staff will be taking photos of children ‘at work’. This might be in pairs or groups, and is necessary to record a child’s development. At the end of the academic year it is a very special keepsake for parents, however, your child’s book may contain images of other children – this can only happen with the consent of that child’s parent, and with the acceptance that this cannot be shared on social media. Thank you.

100% Attendance Last Year

The following children were awarded a certificate for achieving 100% attendance for the academic year 2018 – 2019. That is a fantastic achievement, and we are thrilled that you wanted to come to school every day. We are also hugely grateful to your wonderful parents for supporting you to get here whatever the weather!

We've won a Bronze medal for our sporting achievements this year!

We are delighted to announce that we, have achieved the School Games Bronze Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements this year include:

With a number of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to all the staff who have supported the children in their sporting activities this year, but particular thanks to Miss Kingshott our PE co-ordinator.

We look forward to applying once again in 2020!

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Our 90th anniversary celebrations

On Friday 19 July 2019, over 200 past pupils, members of staff, friends of the school and local dignitaries assembled to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the school.

A big thank you to all who came and to the children and staff for hosting our guests so wonderfully.

Introducing our new Friendship Ambassadors

We have introduced a new scheme to help our children with friendships and play.

As part of our wider Ready to Learn provision our first Friendship Ambassadors have graduated from their training programme and are already at work supporting children on both the Key Stage 1 and 2 playgrounds.

The Ambassadors are there to help with strategies and but they are not problem solvers. They have a code of conduct that they follow and are aware that the adults on the playground remain in place to keep the children safe.

Friendship Ambassador Code of Conduct

We recognise that we are strategy givers NOT problem solvers.

We understand that if a child has been hurt either by hitting, swearing or name calling, then we must tell an adult immediately.

We understand that if we have any issues or concerns about a problem that we must speak to an adult immediately.

We shall always work in pairs.

We shall design our own timetable and be responsible for keeping to it.

We shall have a Friendship Ambassador meeting every other Wednesday during singing assembly.

The Friendship ambassadors launched their role by presenting a fantastic assembly on 25th June where they explained their role to the whole school.

The aim of the program is to select and train a group of Year 5 students each year so that there will always be a peer support mechanism on the playground. This initiative is also in direct response to a request from our school council - SPEAK.

Year 1 - Exploring volume with water


Another lovely week weather-wise and Year 1 have been working extremely hard.

We have been very excited about the summer fayre; it was lovely to see so many of the children participating in the fun and games on the field after school today.

In maths, we have been using our knowledge of fractions to learn about capacity, and investigating how many half or quarter litres are in a litre, 2 litres etc. We were fortunate to be able to use our outside area during the beautiful summer weather to explore the capacity resources and water.

Following last week’s visit from Witch Sims, the children wrote a ‘thank you’ letter to her for coming to see us. We have also revisited using ‘ed’ to show the regular past tense and worked on our editing skills. Next week, we will be planning our letter that we will be writing to a family friend or relative, to showcase the incredible grammar, vocabulary and punctuation that we have learned this year.

In Geography, we reminded ourselves about the different maps and why we use them. We went outside and made a 3D map of the route the Jolly Postman took, then acted out the story. Thank you to Nora for being an excellent narrator! We have started to map out our classroom and create a key for some of the features. 

The children have been learning about the importance of following instructions in our ICT lesson, which is an introduction to algorithms. I was particularly impressed with the speed that most children are able to log in with – this is a huge improvement and allows us to get through more learning within the lesson. Many thanks to everyone who has supported their child in learning to type in their password!

We continue with our phonics and reading daily. We are concentrating on the alternative spelling of different phonemes in phonics, as well as learning to read and spell tricky words. 

Stanmore’s Got Talent

At the end of each academic year, the children are invited to audition for Stanmore’s Got Talent, to be held in the school hall.

Each class will be holding auditions, with the children voting which act they would like to send forward (1 act per class). If your child (or a group of friends) would like to audition, that would be great! We ask that we have no fighting or wrestling acts, and acts must be suitable to be performed safely on the school stage.

Breaking News!

Juniper Class have won the £100.00 prize for selling the most raffle tickets! Many thanks to everyone who has supported this. The money will be spent on the class party which will be on Monday 22nd July in the afternoon. A letter about the arrangements for the end of term and class parties will be issued shortly. 


Dates for your diary

Thursday 11th July – Meet your child’s new teacher straight after school. The teacher will be in their current classroom.

Friday 12th and Monday 15th July – INSET days 

Tuesday 16th July – Ukulele concert in the hall. Exact times to be confirmed, but the provisional times are doors open 2.15pm, Y1 concert from 2.20pm – 2.40pm, Y2 concert from 2.40 – 3.00pm.

Thursday 18th July – Stanmore’s Got Talent class auditions (Y1)

Friday 19th July – stamped addressed envelopes to a family friend or relative to be handed in today

Friday 19th July – Trays cleared and PE kits sent home (please bring in a large, named carrier bag!).

Monday 22nd July – Home learning due in (map of your route to school)

Monday 22nd July – Stanmore’s Got Talent (morning), class parties (afternoon)