Newsletter 15.01.21


Dear Parent/Guardian,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Many thanks to everyone who has been engaging in the remote learning from home, we have made some changes this week based on the feedback that you have provided either by email or via the weekly phone call. Please continue to keep in touch with us, we want to make this work as well as we can for the benefit of your children.

We are continually looking for ways to support the children both at home and school with their learning. During the summer term our school began the process of changing some of our systems. This was finally all signed off on Monday, so we are now also able to launch Microsoft Teams as a medium for our remote education both in and out of school. Please bear with us whilst staff receive training for this and endeavour to get it up and running in due course. We are hoping to introduce some weekly whole class remote meetings, as this has been requested by a number of parents. We need to put in place safeguarding policies and risk assessments in order to do this which we are working on currently. We will let you know when we have this set up.

Weekly phone calls

The phone calls home to the children seem to be proving most positive; it is lovely to hear the chat between staff and pupils. It is part of our statutory duties to ensure that we have contact with all pupils each week. We understand that the phone call may not be at a convenient time, but ask that you email or call back to let us know that all is ok.


We have bought a new online maths learning platform which will replace RM maths. You should have received a letter explaining how to access the learning for your child, and their login details. The children at home have had the details emailed and those at school will be given them. We hope that the children will enjoy using it. Please contact the class teacher if you have any difficulties.

Celebration certificates


Albert A - for connecting with the wider world and producing a super fact file that displays all his research about snakes. 

Yvie  - for working so hard with writing sentences this week in phonics.   

James  - for his great determination towards reading and writing all of his key words. 

Sienna - for working so hard with blending sounds together to read.

Year 1

Scarlett and Aaliyah.  Both of them have worked very hard to produce a letter to Evans in Kenya reflecting on their links with the wider world.  Aaliyah showed great perseverance and Scarlett just produced a fantastic piece of written work (handwritten and typed)

Year 2

Poppy L for having a clear understanding of the use of commas in lists and using them in her writing.

Sam H for clearly explaining which one was the "odd one out" in a maths problem.

Year 3/4

Richard for excellent answers to questions based on “The Iron Man”, showing really good understanding.

Flo for really effective writing – in particular her newspaper article based on “The Iron Man”.

Year 5/6

Harriett Williams for positivity and perseverance in her maths home learning.

Ava Barkworth for demonstrating great creativity in her art home learning


Mrs Gouldstone and Mrs Kent have delivered another recorded worship today. You will be able to find these on the school website, under the children`s tab in a folder labelled “Worship”. The children in school will watch them in class and pupils at home can watch them at a time that is convenient. They will be posted for viewing on a Tuesday and Friday.

Hot school meals

Hot school meals are now up and running in school. Next week’s menu has been emailed out. The children can order on the day if they want a hot lunch.

Easy Fundraising

Please remember that if you are ordering online many companies will donate a percentage of the cost to our school if you go through Easyfundraising. It is at no cost to you but benefits the school. Go to and register to donate to North Marston C E School

Amazon Wish List

We have added a few more items to the wish list on Amazon of books and resources which we are in need of. Should you wish to, you can purchase some resources for the school. We would be really grateful for any help you feel you could give. Please use the link

A big thank you for the items which we have already received.

Food allergies

Please be mindful that we have children in school with nut allergies. We ask that you do not put items with nuts or nut products into lunchboxes. Any break time snack of fresh fruit or vegetables will need to be sent to school with your child as the free fruit scheme has been suspended currently.

We have been made aware that some children have been mixing with families and friends, please try and keep everyone safe by sticking to the rules so that we can welcome all pupils back to school as soon as possible.

Best Wishes,

Cathy Gouldstone and Lucy Kent and all the staff at North Marston School.

Our value for this term is justice