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Latest Newsletter January 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome back!! We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break and have enjoyed the first few weeks back at school. We have lots of exciting events planned for the coming term. We are thrilled to announce that our brand new Picknalls First School website has now gone live! Please take time to have a browse at If you would like any additional content added please come and let us know.

Christmas Performances

Well done to all of the children and staff for the amazing Christmas Concerts. They were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you to everybody who donated/ took part in the raffles at these events. Early Years raised £605.59, Key Stage 1 raised £203.07 and Key Stage 2 raised £272.89. With a staggering combined total of £1081.55 which we are putting towards redesigning all 3 playgrounds.


If you are having a clear out over the next few weeks, we would like to request any toy vehicles (cars, trucks, tractors etc). They will be put to good use across the school. Thank you in advance.

Emergency Closure

Now that we are approaching Winter we would like to remind you of our procedure regarding snowy weather.
If after severe weather it looks as if staff from outlying areas will have difficulty in getting to school a decision will be made as quickly as possible by the Headteacher and Chair of Governors. This decision will be made after consultation with other local school. Closure will be the last resort.

  • Radio Stoke and Radio Derby will be contacted.
  • Parents are requested to tune to these stations to be kept fully informed.
  • A notice will be posted on the school website
  • Priority one parents will be made aware of the closure via text message on ’Teachers2Parents’ (Please make sure we have up-to-date mobile phone details)
  • The Staffordshire County Council School Closure list will be updated (see our homepage for a link) or visit
  • Parents can sign up on the Staffordshire County Council website for free email or text message alerts (see our homepage for a link) or visit


A huge pat on the back to the Picknalls First School choir who performed some Christmas songs to the residents at Kirk House. Kirk House staff said we ‘made the residents Christmas’.

Health and Safety

Please can we urge parents not to park in Picknalls lane blocking neighbours drives and carrying out manoeuvres which are dangerous as children are coming on and off the school site. Please contact the highways agency, on 0300 123 5000 or, to report any instances of dangerous driving. The more reports they receive the more often they will send out enforcement officers.


The Uttoxeter pyramid of schools have developed a maths calculation policy which we follow in school. Please look on our new website under learners ›› maths. The calculation policy will support you in knowing what aspects are covered for your child's year group. Please use this information to support them in their maths learning at home.

Parent View

Please support us in sharing your views by going on to and click ‘Give your views’.
Please rate us in the 12 questions so that governors can continue to celebrate what we do well and continue to make improvements.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February with the theme ‘Together For a Better Internet’. A number of parents have been expressing concerns about Fortnite: Battle Royale. This popular game which has an age rating of 12 contains cartoon violence and has an online chat facility which allows users to contact one another using text or voice. Of more general concern is the addictive nature of the gaming which can lead to health issues such as obesity, tiredness and repetitive strain injury.
The NSPCC has issued the following ‘TEAM’ guideline for parents who may be concerned.Please support us in sharing your views by going on to and click ‘Give your views’. Please rate us in the 12 questions so that governors can continue to celebrate what we do well and continue to make improvements.

Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and how to stay safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen.
Explore your child’s online activities with your child. Understand why they like using them and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe.

Vision Screening, Eye Tests

The vision screening service is no longer provided within schools. If a child has a vision problem it needs to be treated by the age of 7/8. Eye tests are free on the NHS at any high street optician. It is recommended that your child’s eyes are tested once a year.

Governor Corner

Picknalls Governors have just received feedback from our external review of Governance. The Governors are working on an action plan of “even better if’s”. The report states “There is no doubt that tremendous work is being done by the Governing board and there is evidence that governors understand their duties in ensuring a positive impact on the outcomes of pupils”. The report concludes by saying that Picknalls First School is a special place where the community ethos is very strong. It is clear there is a real desire for children to perform well and the educational experience is extremely good”.

Hope Project

“Hope” is a school based emotional support project which helps children and their families. The project offers early intervention for emotional needs and promotes a whole school approach for emotional health & well-being.
This support is for emotional needs first and foremost. If emotional need has prompted unhelpful/challenging behaviours then emotional support would be able to assist. If the behaviour is in response to poor boundaries or ineffective behaviour management then this should be addressed through alternative interventions such as parenting advice/support. It is important for all the adults in the child/young person’s life to think carefully about what the behaviour might be demonstrating. Without this understanding any intervention will be ineffective at best and harmful at worst, especially if it “labels” the child/young person.
The kind of problems HOPE can help with are:
Any aspect of family life that may be affecting your child’s emotional well-being

  •  School refusal
  • Bullying
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Illness
  • Bereavement

If you feel your child would benefit from accessing this service then please speak with your child's class teacher. They can then build up the referral for the HOPE team.

For more information on the HOPE service please refer to the website clicking on Our Parents ›› SEND ›› HOPE.

Dates and Events

January 2019

Monday 28th

PTA Meeting 7:30pm

Wednesday 30th

Class 3 assembly— 2:45pm parents are invited to attend.


Tuesday 5th

Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 6th—Friday 8th

Year 4 Residential Trip to Shugborough.

Monday 11th

Parents Evening 3:30pm—7pm

Wednesday 13th

Parents Evening 3:30pm—7pm

Friday 15th

Non Uniform Day—Dress as an artist or painting, donations to go towards Art Week supplies

Last Day of term

Monday 25th

Back to School

MARCH 2019

Monday 4th

World Book Week

Tuesday  5th

Pancake Fundraising Breakfast 8am

Wednesday 6th

Class 4 assembly—2:45pm parents are invited to attend.

Thursday 7th

World Book Dress Up Day

Wednesday 13th

Class 8 assembly—2:45pm parents are invited to attend

Wednesday 20th

Class 1 assembly—2:45pm parents are invited to attend

APRIL 2019

Wednesday 10th

Class 6 Assembly—2:45pm parents are invited to attend

Friday 12th

Last Day of Term!! Happy Easter

Return to school on 29th April

Due to circumstances beyond our control dates are liable to change so please double check on our website.