Sandal Magna News


Welcome to the Lower Foundation Stage (Nursery)

Children and adults are engaged on a lifetime’s journey of discovery and learning and we want your journey to begin here.

The staff with whom you and your child will work with are Miss Cranham, Mrs Sowden, Mrs Ahmed and Mrs Ishtiaq.

During your child's time in nursery we want them to feel happy and safe. We give the children a wide range of opportunities and experiences throughout Nursery. This allows your child to develop confidence and self-help skills which form a good foundation for later education.

Our class blog will be updated regularly and will share with you what your children have been doing at nursery. Please come and have a look at all the exciting things we get up to!

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Welcome to the Upper Foundation Stage page!

Our Upper Foundation Stage teaching team are Mrs Taylor, Mrs Ahmed, Mrs Karamet and Miss Muff. We aim to offer your child a stimulating learning environment that enables them to learn through play. We encourage children to develop independence and the skills needed to prepare them for their school career.

We are a dedicated Early Years team and look forward to working with families as partners to ensure every child achieves their potential. If you have any questions please call in and speak to one of the team and we will try to support you and your child. Reading club takes place every Friday at 8.30am and staff are available to answer any questions. Our P.E. day is Tuesday and your child will require a P.E. kit for this day.  Can you also please ensure your child has a water bottle in school which we will refill daily.

Our aim is for your child to enjoy their time in Early Years and to leave with many happy memories if you have any concerns I am always availbale to listen and work with you. 
I look forward to meeting you all
Mrs Taylor

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Welcome to a new school year on the Year One blog page.

Our teaching team includes Miss Cranham, Mrs Dunphy, Mrs Karamet, Miss Dimmock and Mrs Skolas. 

When the children first arrive in Year One, we strive to keep the changes to a minimum and adhere to the familiar routines of their previous Reception Class. This is because we understand that children learn best when they feel safe and secure, and thus they need time to settle in to their new classroom with their new teachers. Our timetable includes daily numeracy, literacy and phonics lessons. The children are encouraged to use ICT confidently and safely from an early age and they also enjoy lots of physical and creative experiences including PE, baking, music, art & DT. We encourage the children to learn through exciting and challenging activities with the addition of educational visits which provide memorable and worthwhile experiences.

We have high expectations of your child’s achievements so please help us maintain this by giving us your full support. This means regular reading with your child, encouraging and assisting them with any homework such as spellings.

On Friday mornings we will continue with the parent and child reading club which most of you will be familiar with.  We will continue with this in a similar way that involve reading with your child and helping them with a short follow up activity. The sessions will run from 8.45 until 9.05 and we do expect all parents, or a guardian, to attend. P.E. lessons in Year One are currently Tuesday Afternoon and Wednesday Afternoon, so please ensure your child has a P.E. kit in school at all times. Parents’ evenings are every term. We do ask you to support your child by attending as this allows us to discuss your child’s progress and the next steps they need to take. If you have any concerns about your child, educationally or otherwise please do not hesitate to pop along and see any of the Year One teaching staff at any time although the end of the school day is preferable.

Thank you for taking the time to read this introduction to our blog. It will be updated regularly so please come and have a look again to view photographs and read about the many exciting things that your child is experiencing in Year One. 

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Welcome to Year 2!

Our class is made up of brilliant children who all have an individual love for learning. Our teacher is Mrs Ward-Fox. We are also lucky to have in our class: Mrs Skolas, Mrs Sowden and Miss Dimmock.

Our school day includes daily phonics, English and maths lessons. The children in Year 2 have weekly science, history, geography, ICT, PE, art, baking, music and RE lessons.

The Year 2 team are excited about being part of your child’s learning journey. We look forward to working with both you and your child.

Please ensure your child has the correct uniform, PE kit and a water bottle each day for school.

We welcome you to join us each Friday at 8.45am for 'Reading Club' that runs until 9am.

If you ever want to talk to us please come and see us at 3pm after we have let the children out.

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Welcome to the Year 3 page!

Our Year 3 teaching team are Mr Carver, Miss Gall, Mrs Swailes and Mrs Skolas. We work very hard to make our classroom a stimulating environment for every child in our class. Together, we ensure that all the children in Year 3 enjoy a full and exciting curriculum. Mr Dixon will teach your child weekly computing lessons and Mrs Clifton will bake with each child each half term. You will receive a letter and a request for £1 when it is your child's turn to bake.

Each Thursday afternoon, the class will have their weekly P.E lesson. Please ensure that your child has the full and correct kit in school at all times. Homework tasks will be given on a half termly basis and each child must complete one task per week.  Additional English and maths homework may also be set.If your child has any questions about their homework, please ensure they speak to Mr Carver or Miss Gall. Reading is an extremely important part of our curriculum. Please try and read with your child as often as possible and write a short comment in their reading record. This will help us to help them progress through our reading scheme.

We are extremely committed to helping your child develop in our class, and we offer all children the chance to grow both academically and spiritually. All of our team look forward to working with them as they continue their development through our school. Our door is always open, so please speak to one of us if you have any questions.

Thank you for visiting our page.

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Welcome to the Year 4 page. 

Our teaching team are Mrs. Sketchley, Mrs. Heaton, Mr. Dixon, Miss Corbett and Mrs. Clifton. Our aim is to make your learning interesting, engaging and stimulating.   When you come to school with a smile on your face and work hard, you will have a lot of fun.  Just be the best you can be!
In Year 4, you will go swimming in Normanton every Tuesday afternoon. You will need a swimming costume or trunks (not shorts) and a towel.  If you have any questions about this, please see Mrs. Sketchley. It’s a fabulous afternoon and everyone has a lot of fun.  The adults who go with you look forward to it too!

Each Friday afternoon, we will have PE. When the weather is good, we will go outside.  Please make sure you have the correct clothes, most importantly trainers and a different top and shorts or tracksuit bottoms.  More information can be found on the Dress Code page and in the school prospectus.

Homework is set for each half term and you should bring one of the completed tasks back to school each Tuesday.  If there is a problem, it is your responsibility to see Mrs. Sketchley before the end of the day on Tuesday as everyone is expected to hand in their homework.  Spellings will be given to you on a Friday and tested the following Friday.  We will practise them during the week.

We will also have a focus on learning our times tables.  By the end of year 4, you should know all of them to 12 x 12.  To help you do this, we will talk about where you are now and set you a challenge to get even better.  Each week, after practice in school and at home, you will try to beat your best score.  There will be rewards for the children who move up a step on our times table ladder.  Will you be one of the children who does this next week?

Thank you for visiting our page.  If you have any questions, please come and have a chat with one of the team at the end of the day.





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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

In Year 5, individually we are all special and unique but together we form a class family that has a positive and caring attitude towards each other and the rest of the school.

The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Miss Grindle and Mrs Jackson. Also, our Teaching Assistants Mrs Ward, Mrs Skolas, Miss Corbett and Mrs Clifton. Our Year 5 teaching team aims to create a stimulating learning environment that is safe, happy, exciting and challenging, where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential.

To continue our high expectations, please help ensure your child completes and returns any homework they are given each week.  Children are given homework to help them practice skills they've learnt in class. If there are any issues regarding homework or your child finds a particular piece of homework challenging, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to Miss Grindle or Mrs Jackson. If your child does not finish a piece of work in school, they may be asked to complete it for homework. In order to help improve your child’s reading skills, increase their vocabulary and develop their comprehension skills, we also ask that you listen to your child read, ask them questions to ensure they have understood what they have read as well as sign their reading record book at least three times a week. The children have a times table sheet in their homework book, they need to practice their tables so that they know the answers quickly.

Children should come to school each day with a water bottle and a bag to carry their reading book, any homework, letters and their PE kit to and from school in.  Year 5 have P.E. lessons every Monday afternoon. 

Thank you for visiting our Year 5 Blog Page.

Please revisit us during the school year to find out what exciting learning has taken place in our class.

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Year 6 are taught by Mrs Shepherd and Miss Grindle this year and our support staff are Mrs Clifton and Miss Corbett. Our aim is to create independent, curious and successful young adults who are ready to take on challenges. We intend to do this through providing interesting and stimulating lessons.

We are excited about helping your child move their learning forward and make progress in school. We look forward to working with them as they conclude their learning journey through Sandal Magna Community Academy. 2018-2019 is going to be an exciting year!

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School Leadership Changes

As you are aware, Sandal Magna Community Academy is part of Enhance Academy Trust. At the beginning of June, Kevin Jones, CEO of the Trust, approached me to ask if I would take on the role of Executive Headteacher over both Sandal Magna and St. Helen’s Primary in Hemsworth. This role will be for a temporary period of 12 months.

This means that Mr Elliott, our Deputy Headteacher, will become Head of School at Sandal Magna from the 1st of September. Although I will be around school each week, Mr Elliott will take over many of my day-to-day duties and will be the main point of contact if any parents have any concerns. Mr Elliott has worked alongside me for over 4 years and I know that he will make a fabulous Head of School for the next year.

We have also asked Mrs Shepherd, our current Y6 teacher and KS2 Leader, to take on the role of Assistant Headteacher. She will therefore share some management responsibilities and will also continue to work closely with parents when needed.


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Monk Park Farm Family Trip.

What a credit the children who went on the Family Trip last week were to themselves, their families, the school and the wider community!

We were all quite excited as we boarded the coach and settled down ready for the journey to Thirsk.  When we arrived, we were treated to a visit to the petting shed where we saw guinea pigs and goats, rabbits and a pig called Georgi who was only interested in the pellets that were around, before we went to play in the barn.  Then we began to explore the great outdoors and discovered alapachas, wallabies, goats and highland cattle all of whom were eager to see us on account of the food we had for them.  Having spent a long time feeding the animals, we were all quite grateful for the chance to sit down and enjoy our picnics in the café.  Once we had refuelled, there was plenty of time to play in the playground, brave the barrel run, race on go-karts and explore the sandpit.

All too soon, it was time to get back on the coach where there were lots of sleepy smiles.  Nevertheless, the weather had been kind and everyone had had a fabulous day.

Special thanks go to the staff who supported us and made it happen : Mrs Dunphy, Mrs Swailes, Mrs Ward, Miss Corbett, Miss Grindle, Mrs Sowden, Mr Dixon and Mrs Sketchley.
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Attendance incentive afternoon

We were lucky enough to have another gloriously sunny afternoon for our most recent attendance incentive. All the children with a 100% attendance over recent weeks were invited to the school field for an afternoon of sport. We had different events taking place and everyone had a go on everything before enjoying an ice-lolly sat in the sunshine... Great practise for summer. 
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Royal Wedding

Saturday looked to be a fabulous day for the royal wedding but of course we weren't at school to celebrate on the day. We weren't about to let that fact spoil a party opportunity so we had one on Friday instead. Everybody dressed in their party clothes and spent the day enjoying wedding related activities. We had our lunch outside under the glorious sunshine and had an altogether fabulous day. the whole school passes our congratulation to the royal couple and we wish them many years of  happiness.
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Attendance Incentive.

On Friday 23rd March 151 children took part in our 'farm animal' attendance incentive. This has been one of our most popular incentives this year, for children and staff alike. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their session - especially Mrs Dunphy!
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