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Trips coming thick and fast at Homefield across multiple year groups. 

Well another week has jetted past and again it has been full to the brim with events and highlights. We have had trips, matches and an open evening for our new Nursery parents, but sadly the weather has once again made a turn for the worse. I hope it brightens up next week. 

Attendance was won by Year 3 this week with 100%, so fabulous praise to them. Both Year 6 and Year 4 were below the County threshold of 95%. It is so vitally important to get your children to school each day to enable them to learn. Our staff have conducted an attendance sweep this week, meaning some families will be receiving letters regarding attendance which is now below 90% or continues to be below 90%. It is our duty to pass this information on to the County Council attendance team.

Once again, Kingfishers led the Team Points race and have a strong lead entering the final term. Can they make it two annual victories in a row?

Super Readers was won by Year 4 with 73%, closely followed by Year 5 with 68%. Reception - 46%, Year 1 - 47%, Year 2 - 27%, Year 3 - 35% and Year 6 - 35%. We really need parents to ensure they read with their child five times in a week, because for those who are it is proving to be having a really strong impact on their reading skills, decoding and comprehension. 

Our Junior Leadership Team have been assigned a new role at lunchtimes and that is to encourage groups of Reception children to take care of our allotment area. This has already proved popular with the Reception pupils, who excitedly ask when their next turn is. It will show the younger pupils how things can be cared for and can then grow. The Eco-Team has also been ensuring we remain green by conducting a litter sweep, and the Safety Team have checked all staff are wearing lanyards to prove who they are. Thanks to all pupil committees for their efforts. 

Year 5, Year 6 and Year 3 have all been on trips recently. This week, our Year 3 pupils learnt all about the history of the local herring fishing industry with the smokehouses and how fish were gutted at record speed. There was a definite aroma of fish upon their return. Looking ahead, Year 1 have their trip to Bridewell Museum in Norwich on 18th May and the Generations' Project Trip travel to the Norfolk Children's Book Centre on Wednesday 2nd May.

The Big Sing on Thursday 3rd May at the Norfolk Showground has been proving a headache, as organisers keep shifting the goalposts. We promise it is not us and all schools attending are facing the same last minute changes. I am sure the event will be a success to enable our choir yet another opportunity to shine. 

Just a couple of quick reminders: We have class photos being taken on Tuesday 1st May, so all pupils, I am sure, will be looking smart and well-groomed as ever on that day. If parents could complete the Ofsted Parentview online survey about the school, it would be much appreciated. You simply need to register first on there with an email. We hope you wish to highlight, as we do, all the wonderful things the school provides for your children each day.  

Football approaches the end of the season and matches have been organised for the next few weeks. Years 5/6 Boys have done really well competing in a touch league this year, and the Girls' Team has also done really well. Both teams have scored some crackers. Keep up the efforts guys the school and I are extremely proud of you. 

Let us hope the weekend brings us respite from the inclement weather. Be safe and we will see you next week.