Trailblazers Trip to Science Museum
On Thursday 2nd February, Trailblazers had a wonderful trip to the Science Museum. We travelled by mini-bus then took the District Line to South Kensington. We enjoyed the journey on the tube. Once we got to the Science Museum, we went to watch A Beautiful Planet in 3D at the Imax. After lunch, we explored the Making the Modern World and Exploring Space galleries at the museum. We learned some interesting facts and even got to see the landing pod of the Soyuz rocked that took Tim Peake to the ISS!
Sutton NAS Update
Indoor climbing - Sunday 19th February at Yellow Spider Climbing in Oaks Park
9-10am slot for 5 to 6 yr olds - 6 spaces available
9-10am slot for 7 to 14 yr olds - 8 spaces available
10-11am slot for 7 to 14 year old - 16 spaces available
If these early morning slots are not suitable we could move bookings to the afternoon.
2-3pm slot for 5 to 6yr olds - 6 spaces available
2-3pm slot for 7 to 14yr olds - 8 spaces available
3.15-4.15pm slot for 7 to 14yr olds - 16 spaces available
For those that are over 14, please get in touch if you would like to attend a session and we'll organise one for older teens, young adults and adults.
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Name of Child Attending
Age of Child
Time slot requested
All slots are on a first come, first served basis.
Wednesday 8th February - in person event
A Talk with George - come and hear from a autistic young person who will be discussing their sensory strategies and lived experience.
Forest Club - monthly activity, three places available. Starting at the end of January (see attached info)
Following on from our successful forest club open day in November. Please find attached the information about the dates, how to book and the number of places available, along with the T&Cs. Please note NO PAYMENT is required as the NAS Sutton Branch are funding this activity for our members.
All booking and communication will be made through Geri (the organisers website).
Parents coffee morning - 10am on 27th January at the Pavillion Cafe in Beddington Park
One of our members has organised a monthly coffee morning for parents to chat, meet people and have a peer group to be part of. So, if you fancy popping along please do. The first coffee is on us! Penelope is the person arranging this for us - thank you Penelope.
Autism Peer Group for adults - monthly group on a Tuesday
Please find attached the information for the new peer group we are funding, all the details are attached. They are held by Neurodiverse Sutton, Lee is the organiser and would love to see you there.
The Explorers took part in the Borough Kurling competition today, along with children from other schools in Sutton. They were so engaged, cheering each other on and taking turns to roll the stones and score points. They even received certificates for taking part. Well done Explorers! You make us so proud!
Happy Chinese New Year to any families celebrating this weekend
Regulation Workshop 17/01/23
Thank you for attending our Base Regulation Workshop!
It was lovely to see so many of you join us to learn more about how to support your child with regulation.
Thank you for giving us such lovely feedback and I hope all the questions you asked were answered.
You should now have received the slides and resources via email.
As always, we are here to support you so please do get in touch if you have any other questions or require further support or resources and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Reading at home
The English team have put together a short video to support you with reading at home. We have also included a section on using Oxford Owl and tips on how to use phonics to support your child as they read.
The English Team
Welcome to the Spring Term
Spring 1 Welcome Letters with key information
Future National Autism Society (NAS) Events
The NAS are working with Yellow Spider Indoor Climbing Centre, Sutton to provide some sessions for NAS members. In order to gauge interest, they have set up a registration form. There are four age group options available, so there is something for everyone.
5 to 6 years old
7 to 14 years old
14 to 18 years old
Adults - over 18s
To register your interest visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nas-sutton
National Autistic Society Sutton Lego Club
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/29123-nas-sutton-lego-club-members-only-tickets-503952715137 for more information and to book your child a ticket for free!
Explorers Fairytale Hook Day
Thursday 12th January 2023
Welcome back Explorers! Our new topic is called 'Mirror Mirror'. A large part of this topic is reading, retelling and writing fairy tales. For fun, we would like the children to dress up as a fairytale character on Thursday 12th January 2023. Below are some suggested fairy tales and images of dress up to take inspiration from (or the pig costumes bought for the Christmas show are perfect too!). Your child can come in full costume to school that day.
Thank you for your co-operation and we hope you had a wonderful Christmas break!
Little Red Riding Hood
The Three Little Pigs
The Gingerbread Man
Hansel and Gretel
The Ugly Duckling
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Beauty and the Beast
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Little Mermaid
The Pied Piper of Hamlin
The Frog Prince
The Princess and the Pea
The Emperor’s New Suit
Congratulations to the recipients of the KS2 Base Autumn Term Merit Award Certificates: Rory and Patryk
Class Party Update: If children are wearing a Winter or Christmas top or accessory tomorrow, they can wear it to school rather than bring it to change in to.
Class Parties : Thursday 15th December
The children will be having their class parties on Thursday 15th December. Children must come to school in full uniform, but can bring in their Winter/Christmas top and or accessory from last week to change into if they wish.
The children do not need to bring in any food or drink.
Our Linguascope subscription has been renewed for this academic year. The login details have been shared with you via email, as we cannot post these online. Linguascope is a fantastic resource which allows children to practise their skills in a range of languages through games and interactive activities. We will be using some of these in our French lessons, but we would also love to encourage the children to practise at home. To access Linguascope, you can either download the app or visit https://www.linguascope.com
Wellbeing Award for Schools 2022-2025
We are delighted to say that on 17/11/22 Avenue were re-accredited with the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This is truly a whole school effort and is an external validation of what we already knew: that Health and Wellbeing is at the heart of our school and influences everything that we do. Thank you to all the Parents and Carers who filled in surveys for the award at the end of last year and the start of this year.
Winter Top Day: Thursday 8th December
The children are invited to wear a winter or Christmas themed top or hair accessory on Thursday 8th December (with normal school uniform bottoms and shoes).
This is not a fundraising event and children do not need to bring any money.
Health and Wellbeing: Sleep Support
Miss. Walls, Mr. Burke and our Avenue Ambassadors attended the Remembrance Parade yesterday and laid a poppy wreath on the Belmont Cenotaph.
The Ambassadors also sold poppies at the school gates every morning last week.
Thank you for representing our school, we are very proud.
Pizza Express Trip!
Today the Explorers and Trailblazers visited Pizza Express. They all participated in the community trip, showing fantastic listening and practising a variety of life skills throughout the visit. It was amazing to see the children remember to put on their seatbelts whilst on the bus and safely walk on the pavement to the restaurant. They all greeted the staff with a wave and watched as the chef showed them how to kneed and stretch the dough, spread the tomato sauce and sprinkle on the toppings. Once the pizzas were prepared and cooked, the children returned to school with some lovely colouring activities, and went on to eat their pizzas. We are so proud of Explorers and Trailblazers for more exceptional behaviour and lovely learning.
Avenue families are very welcome to attend the Remembrance Sunday Parade
Information from Sutton Mental Health Support Team (Please return forms via email FAO Mrs. Cook)
Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week:
Monday 14th November
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week and the children are invited to wear odd socks to school on Monday 14th November. Wearing odd socks is a great way of celebrating what makes us unique!
Poppy Appeal 2022
On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of November You will have the opportunity to buy a poppy at morning drop off.
Paper poppies are sold for a donation of your choice, but please be aware that many items have a set price which range from £1 to £3.
Thank you, on behalf of The British Legion Belmont Branch
Zebra Visit to Cheam Library
This week, the Zebras visited Cheam Library. We loved the excitement of riding in the school bus, for some of us it was our first time! We enjoyed looking through the selection of books at the library and choosing our favourite book to check out and take home with us. Whilst we were there, we also participated in a singing and story-telling workshop. We loved the retelling of story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children learnt some new songs and used claves to tap rhythms together.
Welcome back to Autumn 2!
Class welcome letters
Cheam Library Visit!
During October, the Explorers and Trailblazers visited Cheam Library and enjoyed selecting books and participating in a singing and story-telling workshop. The children learnt some new songs and used claves to tap rhythms together. They recapped lots of important life skills, including choosing and checking out books, and road safety, and loved the excitement of riding in the school bus, playing eye-spy and sharing this community trip with their peers.
With all children being so sensible, we have, of course, booked another local trip, this time to Pizza Express!
Health and Wellbeing: YogaBugs
I am delighted to inform you that we now have the YogaBugs Virtual Programme for our school, and this includes access to YogaBugs videos and mindfulness techniques for you and your children.
On the YogaBugs Parent Portal you will have access to yoga and mindfulness videos, chair yoga for you to try, along with helpful mindfulness activities and visualisations that you can use for you whole family.
Please look out for an email from school with details of how you can access the parent portal.
Black History Month
Throughout the year there are months that celebrate the history of different groups of people. These months help us to learn more about people, their history and their importance to the wider world. Black History Month is celebrated each year in October. It is a chance to celebrate the achievements of black people in the past and present.
World Mental Health Day Monday 10th October
This World Mental Health Day, people across the country are coming together to say #HelloYellow. We are inviting the children to join in to show them that how they feel matters.
Children are invited to wear a yellow accessory on Monday 10th October. Examples could be a hair accessory, socks or a hat.
Now that the weather has turned, please ensure that your child wears a waterproof coat to school every day. If you need assistance purchasing a coat, please don’t hesitate to speak to the school as we would be happy to help you.
Thank you for your continued support.
New Inclusion Playground
Last week, we had an exciting visit from Fun & Active Playgrounds who came to install some new and vibrant playground markings for our outdoor play environment.
It’s been great to see the children enjoying their new playground games and we’re pleased to have been able to introduce more opportunities for outdoor learning at our school.
Please visit this website if you would like advice on talking to your child about the Queen’s death.
Sutton Mental Health Support Team
If you would like to support us in making our learning environment even more special, we welcome donations. Any new or very good condition toys, puzzles, games, role play costumes or props would be greatly appreciated. We rotate toys between classes, so many children will get joy from them.
Settling back in with the Zebras, Giraffes, Explorers and Trailblazers
Autumn Welcome letters
Lions and Tigers (Reception)
The Avenue Primary Academy community is deeply saddened by the news that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.
Today, and next week, we will mark this significant event by reflecting on her remarkable life and service.
A book of condolence will be opened for the children next week.
We will not be running clubs in the Autumn term as we are all settling into our new school routines. We will notify you after Christmas of the clubs we will be running in the Spring Term.