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Amendment to Parent Health Questionnaire 05.11.17

Please be aware of an error in the Parent Questionnaire that was sent out on Friday.   Where there is reference to funding accessed by the school this reads as £16000 per pupil, which of course would exceed £5,000,000!   This should have read as a £16000 lumpsum plus a £10 per pupil top up.  Sorry for any confusion! 

Forest School Blog 03.11.17

This week we continued our World War Two theme. Year 4 used clay to mould something to help them survive. There was an array of plates, bowls, jugs, cups and even vases. The second challenge was to develop their natural air raid shelters to make them more comfortable and camouflaged. 4G were very lucky to be able to use some freshly cut branches too. There was lots of active learning, collaboration and communication this week from both classes. Well done Year 4! 

Mrs McKinnon 

Message for Reception Parents 03.11.17

Next week we are learning about Remembrance Day, this is a great time for families, through the generations, to share memories of loved ones lost at war and different roles people took in the war. If you would like to send in any photographs or memorabilia with your child next week we would love to share it in class.

Changes To Proposed Admission Arrangements 2019-2020

Please see attached which sets out the proposed admissions arrangements for St Nicholas CE First School Nursery and Reception Year 2019-2020.   Please note that from next year 2018-2019 all Nursery admissions will be co-ordinated and organised by the school and no longer the Local Authority.   Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to know more or to discuss any element of the proposed arrangements.  The consultation will close on the 1st January 2018.

Phonics Meeting 25.10.17

Please see attached from the EYFS Phonics presentation for anyone who was unable to attend or wanted to refresh.

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Download this file (St Nics Phonic Meeting - Oct 2017.pdf)St Nics Phonic Meeting - Oct 2017.pdf

Forest School Blog 19.10.17

This week Year 4 continued their survival theme by making bread. They shaped the dough, wrapped it in foil and had to be responsible and look after their bread dough at all times. They imagined it was their only food.
In groups, the children cooked their bread with Mrs MacKinnon on the campfire. We used a heavy pan to cook the bread but talked about how the dough could be wrapped round sticks and toasted too. The overall verdict was the bread was delicious! 
The other challenge was to make a range of items that could be used to help in survival. There were traps, machines, bow and arrows, fishing rods and nets and even air raid shelters. Lots of creativity and inventiveness- well done Year 4!
Please remember to bring in Forest School clothes, extra layers and jumpers, waterproof coats and boots or wellies- we go out in all weathers as 4W experienced this week.
The children have asked for the bread recipe so here is a link for them to follow if they wish. We used water rather than milk, didn’t add the salt as it’s not needed and sprinkled sugar on them when we ate

School Immunisations 18.10.17
Please see above relating to School Immunisations.

School Performance Data 2017 18.10.17

Early Years Foundation Stage


75% of pupils in Reception attained a Good Level of Development against the Early Years framework. This is in line with the local authority average of 75% and the national average of 71%.

A Good Level of Development is defined as children working at the expected standard or exceeding the expected standard in the key areas of literacy, maths, physical development, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.

Year One Phonic Screening

90% of pupils in Year One attained the expected standard in the Phonic Screening test. 86% of Pupil Premium pupils passed the screen and 100% of Pupil Premium pupils who do not also have SEND.  These are above the national average (81%).  56% of SEND pupils passed the screen.  

Year Two Phonic Screening (for pupils who did not achieve the pass rate of 32 in 2015-2016)

60% of pupils retaking the screen attained the expected standard by the end of Year 2 (3/5).  71% of Pupil Premium pupils passed the screen and 100% of Pupil Premium pupils who did not also have SEND passed the screen. 

Key Stage One

This is the second year of the new testing and assessment arrangements for Year 2. These arrangements reflect the more challenging national curriculum which was introduced in 2014. For more information please see the leaflet Information for parents KS1 from the Standards and Testing Agency.

At the end of KS1 (Yr2), teachers are required to assess each child in the areas of reading, writing, maths and science. National Curriculum assessment tests are used to support teachers’ judgements.

The system of national curriculum levels has been removed and the new measures are as follows:

Expected Standard – Working at the expected standard for a child at the end of Year 2

Greater Depth – Working at greater depth within the expected standard, with a strong understanding of the curriculum.

Attainment in Year 2 showed improvements from 2016. St Nicholas performance was above the LA in every subject area and in some by wide margins most notably so in Reading and Mathematics. Attainment was also above our high achieving local authority in all areas at Greater Depth also.

KS1 SATS 2017

Expected Standard

Greater Depth Standard













Strictly St Nics Line Up 14.10.17

Please see attached to see if your child's class teacher or favourite member of staff will be dancing on Friday 17th!

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Download this file (Poster.pdf)St Nics Staff Participation

E Safety Meeting 10.10.17

Please see attached which is an invitation to an E Safety briefing at Codsall Middle School on Wed 8th November from 6-7pm.

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Download this file (E Safety Briefing for Parents (1).pdf)E Safety Briefing

Codsall Christmas Fair 10.10.17

Codsall Christmas Fair

Codsall residents once again extend a warm welcome to our neighbouring villages for an evening of seasonal festivities on Friday 1st December.

Codsall Christmas Fair is back again this year, bigger and better than ever. This great community event, organised by volunteers, is now double the size – meaning double the fun. With a lot more stalls, there is certainly something for everyone – ranging from arts, crafts, gifts, food and much more. You will not have to worry about those last-minute gifts.

For those that will be feeling peckish, we have even more hot food & drink stalls this year. Indulge yourself into the festive spirit with mulled wine, prosecco, and roasted chestnuts. We also have hot pork sandwiches, jacket potatoes, German style bratwurst, pizza, and plenty more, allowing all the grown-ups to take a night off from cooking.

There will be many activities to keep the little ones busy including fairground rides, kiddie’s roundabout, a bouncy castle and, of course, Santa will be in his grotto, granting everyone’s Christmas wishes.

Live music will come from the Sunhoney, Sam Draisey, Alexandra Jayne, a Ukulele Band and the Salvation Army Band with Steve Kaos performing amazing feats in the streets.  We also have an appearance from everybody’s favourite football mascot, Wolfie, accompanied by Wendy.

Our traditional “Carols around the Christmas Tree” will then draw this wonderful evening to a close but our village pubs and clubs will continue the festivities into the evening.

You are all invited to come along, bring your friends and family, and celebrate this special event.

For more information, please visit our website:

PTFA News 05.10.17

Don’t forget our PTFA Film Night on Monday. We hope the children who have booked their places look forward to coming along!

Our Fireworks Night will take place on Friday 3rd November and details on how to buy tickets will be coming home to you soon. This event is open to the public so do bring along other family and friends. As always it will be cheaper to buy your tickets in advance rather than on the gate so do look out for the letter.

Our Christmas Card team have already been into school to get the children creating pictures for their Christmas Cards. Proof cards will be coming home before half term. We realise this is very early to be thinking about Christmas, but the sooner we get the orders in the more money the cards make for school.

After a successful trial last year, we are pleased to be hosting another Tea and cake with Santa on Saturday 9th December. This will be a ticketed event and the price will include a visit to Santa in his grotto, hot drinks and a slice of cake. We would be very grateful for some extra Elves to help us at this event, if you are available please do let us know. Thank you for your continued support with our fundraising.

Lou Griffiths Chair

Strictly St Nics Teaser 05.10.17

Tickets for Strictly St Nics go on sale next week to parents.  To whet your appetites, please click here to see a video of rehearsals in progress!

Year 4 Forest School Blog 1.10.17

Year 4 began learning survival skills this week and related this to their classroom learning about World War ll. They worked in teams to put up tarpaulin shelters, making sure they were secure and waterproof and using the resources they were given. The shelters were fantastic! The children also developed their communication, leadership and teamwork - well done Year 4!  

Mrs McKinnon

Year 2 Newsletter 01.10.17

Please see attached, which gives the information required by Year 2 parents for the term. 

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Download this file (Autumn - Curriculum Info.pdf)Autumn - Curriculum Info.pdf

Autumn Treasures 01.10.17

This weekend we have truly seen autumn come to life. Over the coming weeks why not enjoy an autumn walk, look and talk about the changes in the environment, collect autumn treasures and listen to the crunch of crispy autumn leaves under foot. Reception and nursery children would like to use the autumn treasures to enhance their learning, make observations and ask questions. We would love  some crispy autumn leaves, conkers, pine cones, acorns and any other autumn treasure that you might find along the way, please pass them to any member of staff who will direct them to Nursery and Reception . Thank you for helping us make learning come to life.

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