Developing the Whole Child

Dear Parents and Carers,

The purpose of the school’s mission / vision is to create confident young children who have been nurtured and inspired towards a bright future because of the commitment we make to them every day through high quality teaching.

Our focus this year will concentrate on developing the children’s ‘softer skills’ –  how to use a knife and fork properly, how to sit at table and the importance of good table manners, learning to manage and regulate behaviour, the importance of oral hygiene, the rules of etiquette, personal hygiene and organisation, self- discipline and respect, talking to adults correctly and knowing how to respond to situations appropriately.

Many of these skills are incredibly important and will help the children to take their place in the wider world once they leave Parkside. I will be leading a number of assemblies to introduce the skills to the children to help them understand why they are essential life skills. Teachers and support staff will continue to work with the children in class to help them embed their learning through structured activities.

The first essential skill that will introduced is – The Importance of Oral Hygiene. Often when I speak to children they tell me that they can’t remember the last time when they cleaned their teeth! Good oral hygiene is a key life skill and keeps bacteria under control. Children need to brush their teeth at least twice a day to prevent decay and the onset of further complications. Oral care is important for children’s health and well-being for a variety of reasons. Not only is the mouth vital for eating, drinking, taste, breathing, verbal and non-verbal communication, saliva also has antibacterial properties and is part of the body’s defence against infection. Please click on the link to read an important document about good oral hygiene.

I will write to you all again next week to share the next life skill we will be introducing to the children Until then please encourage your child to brush their teeth and to share with them the key features and information in the leaflet.

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Yours sincerely

Charles Soyka


Year 3 Home Learning 02.06.2020

Good morning, year 3!



Compare these two acrostic poems and write a summary of what you liked/ disliked about them then tell me which one you preferred and why.

Number 1:

Acrostic Poem Examples

Number 2:

Optional Home Learning Task - Ottery St Mary Primary School



Here are the names of the most common 3D shapes. When we talk about the properties of a shape we are looking at how many faces, edges and vertices it has. Here are the properties of a cube…

(If we are talking about just 1 corner it is called a vertex… when we have more than one they become vertices)

Try to find objects which match these shapes below around your home and write down the properties for each. You should be listing how many faces, vertices and edges it has just like the example above.

What Is A Cuboid | Cuboid Shape | DK Find Out  What Is A Cylinder | Cylinder Shape | DK Find Out         What Is A Sphere | Sphere Shape | DK Find Out       Spinning Cone

cuboid                        cylinder                        sphere                      cone



Today’s task is a 60 second reading comprehension task. Time yourself an see if you can read the 118 words in 60 seconds. Then read through the text again, slower, taking in the information and use it to answer the questions below.



  1. What are the two priorities of jungle survival?
  2. Find and copy a phrase which the author uses to show that the jungle can be deadly.
  3. Why do you think the guide advises to build a shelter “before darkness falls”?
  4. Sum up the key points of the text in 15 words or less.


Take care and stay safe,

Miss Ayrton

It Could Happen… text

It Could Happen 

by Carol Moore, illustrated by Aura Moser


 One day, overnight, the world turned violet. Just about everything turned violet: from the sky and ocean and mountains to the trees and animals and people and from the tallest skyscrapers to the tiniest ant. People sat around looking at one another wondering if they were dreaming. But nobody woke up and things stayed violet, all except for a single Blue Jay who hadn’t changed colour and stayed the brightest blue.

 Being the only thing in the world that wasn’t violet, he was caught and put in a cage.

People were shocked. Some were afraid and some were amazed and a few thought it funny, because along with everyone else, the President was very violet. Whole families were violet as were teachers, movie stars, doctors, nurses, the Queen of England, the President of Mozambique, taxi-drivers… everybody! They went from place to place in their violet cars and buses and rode violet bikes and sat on violet furniture and ate violet food. Even Cadbury’s chocolate had turned all violet as had Skittles and M&M’s.

The smartest scientists in the world gathered to figure it out. Was something wrong with people’s eyes or was it a trick of nature? They did studies and tests and analysed and evaluated and debated and wrote article after article, but couldn’t explain it.

     And no longer could people say they felt “blue” or were “green” with envy or had a “green” thumb. So what they said and how they said it began to change. Some people said violet was now the most important colour in the world because it was everywhere. Others said that violet had no importance at all because there was too much of it. They discussed and argued, joined clubs, held debates, wrote books, and produced movies all about the issue of the importance or unimportance of the colour violet.

     The colour of the Blue Jay became a big issue because he had such a little bit of blue and the world had such a whole lot of violet. People argued about the importance of that. Some said the Blue Jay must be a very special bird or maybe not a bird at all because he alone had kept his true colour. Others said this was silly, that the Blue Jay ate bird seed and drank water and fluffed his feathers and that other than his special colour he was still just a bird.

It was exactly one year to the day after the world had turned violet that people awoke to find the world had turned yellow. All except the Blue Jay. In some ways a yellow world isn’t any different than a violet world. People simply said yellow instead of violet when they talked about things. Only now the Blue Jay was more important than ever because he alone had stayed the colour blue and people argued about what that meant. They lined up for miles just to take a look at him.

 For the next two years, exactly on the day the world had turned violet and then yellow, it turned new colours: first orange and then pink. Still the Blue Jay stayed blue, causing ever greater disagreement — until in the fifth year the whole world turned blue.

 The first thing people asked was what about the Blue Jay. Had he stayed blue? Yes, he was still the same colour. No longer were there two colours in the world, but just one — the colour blue. And because the Blue Jay was a colour like everybody and everything else people began to lose interest. Now that he was neither more nor less important crowds stopped coming and one day, six months into the year that the world had turned blue, somebody let him out of his cage and he flew off looking happy to be free.

 The very next morning the world regained its rainbow of colours as if nothing had ever happened. At first this was a novelty but soon people forgot the world had once been all violet. They forgot the world had once turned yellow, then orange, then pink, and then blue. They returned to saying they felt “blue” or were “green” with envy or had a “green” thumb.

 But on occasion they wondered where the Blue Jay had gone and how he was doing and, most of all, if he was still the colour blue and what it had all meant.


4th October 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are very pleased to announce that our Year 6 children have been selected to take part in this year’s Children in Need event at Elstree studios on Friday 15th November. They will form part of a large school’s choir and will sing a well know pop tune at some point during the night.

To take part in such an instutional event of this magnititude is opportunity which is only offered once in lifetime. We are all very excited at the prospect of our school being represented on the show. It will help to raise our profile not only in the local community but throughout the country. The learning and life skills the children will be exposed to will live long in their memories and when you hear the song you will be no doubt be very moved. This is all I can say at this moment!

The children will be prepared for the event by Mrs Nadine Lee who has worked in the school previously. She will once again take up the reigns along with her sister to make sure the children are ready to deliver an outstanding performance on the night.

You will find attached to this letter a suite of documents which gives you all the information you will need should you wish for your child to participate. Whilst I understand that you are all making final preparations for the Year 6 residential trip next week, the producer of the show has asked me to make sure that the forms be returned to school by:


The BBC have told me they cannot accept any late replies and they are adamant on this. All slips will be collected by the producer themselves from school on Monday 7th October which is why they must be retuned on this date.

Please read all of the information very clearly before returning the paperwork. Let’s make this an opportunity to remember for the children and to bring their learning to life in a way which they will never forget.

Yours sincerely

Charles Soyka


School Council visit the Houses of Parliament

Our new school council made the unforgettable journey to the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday and were accompanied by Mr Wanless and Miss Daniels. They started their term by visiting the “mother of all parliaments”. They learnt about the role parliament plays in setting laws which govern the country and were overawed by the gothic architecture which surrounded them. Not only did they further their understanding of key British values but left with a deeper understanding of how laws pass on the statute books. What a wonderful experience they had during a very exciting time in British politics.


Mission Statement

Last term we spent a long time reviewing the school’s purpose and its mission. We are pleased to announce that after a long process the document below describes in full detail our purpose, our aims and our values. The key messages that come from it are a commitment to providing a school which is a happy and safe environment for the children to learn in, they develop a lifelong love of learning and they are supported by professional and caring staff. Please spend some time reading through the statement and discussing it with your child.

Mission Statement

Year 2 visit Reveley Lodge

Year 2 spent the morning at Reveley Lodge in Bushey on Wednesday morning to develop their appreciation and deepen their learning about life in Victorian England. Bushey Museum who work with local schools to run ‘Victorian Experience’ events for primary school children encouraged the children and staff to dress in period costume. They took part in a Victorian school lesson which was attended by a school inspector, helped with the laundry and enjoyed afternoon tea complete with home-made Victoria spongecake. The children had a wonderful time and developed an appreciation of life in Victorian time. Thank you for representing the school so well children.

School Council meet two Mayors

The school council were very fortunate to meet with Councillor Brenda Batten the Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council and Councillor Charles Goldstein the former Mayor on Friday last week. They held their latest meeting in the council chamber and discussed some very important issues about improving life for children at Parkside. The Mayor was very impressed with the children’s knowledge and level of questioning and they were even treated to juice and cakes in one of the meeting rooms. Not only were the school council excellent ambassadors for our school, they were a great example of how British Values are taught at our school. Thank you children.