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Latest Newsletter 8th May 2017

Arts Week

Picknalls has been very creative with an entire week devoted to art.  This is an annual event and the theme this year has been ‘Planet Earth’.  Each year group will have be involved in a range of activities including Drama, Art and Music workshops.  Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 classes have been visited by Tracy Howard from Uttoxeter Library who shared stories related to their topic.  Year 3 and 4 visited the library in classes to research their topic in the non-fiction section.  The local librarian Colin Baxter has kept a range of books suitable for the KS2 ‘Oceans’ theme which are available to Picknalls pupils for the next fortnight, please ask at the desk for details.

Mrs A Bell (who used to teach in Year 1), Miss S Harris and Mrs N Jones have also lead various workshops throughout the week.

We hope you were able to come into school at the end of Friday to celebrate your children’s art work. 

Congratulations to Miss C Tinto for organising another successful and enriching Arts Week.

Class 5 Assembly

Parents, Grandparents etc. of pupils in Class 5 are invited to join us on Wednesday 10th May as Miss Turner and her pupils lead our afternoon assembly.

Doors will open at roughly 2.50pm ready for a 3.00pm start.

Dinner Money Increase

Please remember that the cost of lunches for pupils in Year 3 and 4 went up from £2.15 to £2.20 at the beginning of April 2017. 

Please also take note that since we became an Academy we can longer accept any cash payments for any items including meals.  If you are unable to access the website from home or pay via the internet we can issue you with a Paypoint card and barcoded letters which you can take to any ASDA or Spar to make a payment.  Please ask at the office for further details.

British Theme Meal

Chartwells are offering a British-inspired theme meal on Thursday 18th May 2017.  The menu is as follows:

Main Meal

Minced Beef Pie


Veggie Toad in the Hole  

On the side

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Parsnips

Carrots & Peas


Jam Roly-Poly with Custard

Or Cooks Homemade Tray Bake

Please note: The January—April 2017 menu has been extended and now ends on Friday 26th May. 

As of Monday 8th May the menu is on Week 2.

Star Foundation

Our next Star Foundation activity and collection day is on Wednesday 24th May.  A leaflet will be sent out nearer the time reminding you of the items they will accept for recycling.  Please remember to bring any donations to the school office on the day in a named bag so that your child can be entered into the competition to win money towards an after school activity of their choice.

The children will be enjoying a session of athletics on the day.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids

Active Kids is back and with your support now’s the time to help even more kids to eat well, move well and live well.  Please bring in any vouchers your receive with your shopping.  We can put these towards free equipment to be used in school.  Many thanks in advance.

Governors Corner

Welcome back to the first half of the Summer term; I hope you all had a good Easter break.  Just before we broke up for Easter we, along with Windsor Park Middle School and Thomas Alleyne's High School, became the first three schools to academise as part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust (ULT).  Hopefully, over the course of the next few months, more of the schools in Uttoxeter and the surrounding area will join us in forming a multi-academy trust that benefits the children of Uttoxeter from 3 to 18.  

As part of academisation, the responsibilities of Picknalls' governing board has changed slightly.  One of our Governors has become part of the overarching ULT governance body, and one of our other Governors has stood down as their children are no longer at Picknalls.  Consequently we have a number of vacancies in our governing body, both for parents and potentially non-parents.  Ideally, we would like to find additional members for our governing body who have backgrounds in either the legal profession, human resources, or financial services.  

If you are interested in becoming a governor, or you know of someone who is, then please get in touch by Friday 26th May 2017.  We can be contacted on or please speak to Mrs Tapp. 

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Paul Johnson

Chair of Governors

Abode Dream Home Competition

Abode Estate Agents once again ran their design competition this year.  This challenged our children to imagine and draw their ‘Dream Home’.  All our winners were from Class 3, as follows: 

  • 1st place—Tilly Plant
  • 2nd place—Isla Stubbs
  • 3rd place—Martha Grant

All three received ’Love2Shop’ vouchers and Tilly’s picture is currently printed on a selection of Abode ’For Sale’ signs. 

Congratulations to all three of our potential architects and thanks to Abode for running this popular competition once more.

School Gate

Please remember to be courteous when using the pedestrian gate at the beginning and end of the day.  We appreciate this will probably result in congestion but please be mindful of our youngest pupils as they can easily become upset by overwhelming numbers of people. We appreciate your support in this matter.


Miss Smith, Nursery, had a very exciting Easter holiday as she became Mrs Fenton!  We hope you will join us in congratulating the newly-weds and wish them many years of happiness together.

Glow-in-the-Dark Dodgeball

A one-off session of this unique activity is on offer from Progressive Sports for Year 3 and 4 pupils on Thursday 11th May between 5.30—6.30pm at St Mary’s First School, Uttoxeter.  The cost of the session is £6.00 and places are limited.  You can book your child’s place by calling 01889 580235 or visiting

Important Dates and Events

MAY 2017

Monday 8th

1.30pm-Tesco providing Year 2 with Little Red Riding Hood food tasting basket

Wednesday 10th

2.50pm –Class 5 assembly, parents welcome

Thursday 11th

9.15am—Tempest Year 4 leavers photo’s-groups and individuals


3.30pm-Final Stoke City KS1 after school club

Wednesday 24th

Star Foundation activity day –athletics and recycling collection

Friday 26th

Last day of half term


2.40pm-EYFS Bug World parent workshop

30th May-2nd June

8.30am-5.30pm—Progressive Sports Multi Sports half term

June 2017

Monday 5th

Back to school


Healthy Living Week

Wednesday 7th

9.30am-KS1 Sports Day


1.30pm-KS2 Sports Day

Friday 9th

10.00am-EYFS Sports Day


Year 1 Phonics Check during the week

Friday 16th

Non-uniform day –please bring in donations towards the PTA Summer Fayre

Monday 19th

10.00am-EYFS Summer Performance dress rehearsal, children only

Tuesday 20th

10.00am-EYFS Summer Performance to parents


2.00pm-EYFS Summer Performance to parents

Sunday 25th

1.00-3.00pm-PTA Summer Fayre

Tuesday 27th

6.00pm-September 2017 Nursery Parents Induction Evening

Wednesday 28th

2.50pm—Class 6 assembly

Friday 30th

Year 3 K2M Violin Concert at Oldfields Hall Middle School


5.30pm for 6.00pm start—Proms at Picknalls

July 2017

Monday 3rd

6.00pm-September 2017 Reception Parents Induction Evening

Tuesday 4th

All change day


Year 4 transition to Middle School –day 1 of 2

Wednesday 5th

Year 4 transition to Middle School –day 2 of 2


6.30pm-New intake parents’ evening at Oldfields Middle School

Friday 7th

Year 4 Languages Festival at Thomas Alleynes High School

Wednesday 12th

2.50pm—Class 2 assembly

Thursday 13th

2.45pm –Year 3 Violin concert to parents’


5.00-6.30pm-Year 4 Leavers Disco

Friday 14th

Annual Reports sent home

Wednesday 19th

2.50pm-Class 1 assembly

Thursday 20th

2.00pm-Year 4 Leavers Service

Friday 21st

Last day of term

Monday 24th

INSET day - school closed to pupils

Tuesday 25th

INSET day - school closed to pupils

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Autumn Term 2017 begins

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