A day to remember  Primary pupils get inspired by visit from two Team GB Athletes
This week, pupils from the Primary Phase were extremely privileged to have a special visit from two Team GB international athletes – Luke Lennon-Ford and Rion Pierre. 
400m Olympic sprinter Luke is one of Britain’s most exciting sprint talents and came 4th in the 4x400m final at the London 2012 Olympics. Rion Pierre discovered that he was talented at many sports, amongst them football. He was signed to Chelsea FC’s youth team, but later joined an athletics club where it was noticed that he had a special talent for sprinting, and his running career began to took off. 
During the day, children watched an inspirational assembly where the athletes shared their stories on how they have become so successful in sport. The children had the opportunity to ask them lots of questions and take part in a coaching session where they did an exciting fitness circuit.
The Sports for Schools scheme enables school children to be inspired by role model athletes who have represented Great Britain at the highest level in various Olympic disciplines. The children had a fantastic day where they were motivated by the athletes' stories and engaged with them through fitness and lots of fun. 
Help us bring our Academy Fields 'back to life'
This Saturday 27th September between 10.30am and 3pm

We invite you to join us on a family “working day” this Saturday 27th September between 10.30am and 3pm to come along and help prepare the Academy Fields outdoor learning area for all of our pupils. 
The Academy is highly fortunate in that it owns a large section of fertile land located behind the Academy. It is quite unique in the wake of significant reforms and the “selling off” of school playing fields for an inner-city school to offer a land-based and agriculture experience for all pupils.
The outdoor classrooms, pond area and raised growing beds are now accessible and beginning to flourish again and many further developments are planned this term in order to regenerate the land and put it to a use which will be of value to pupils and the immediate local community.
Please let us know if you would like to come along and help – we very much look forward to seeing you there!
The 2014-15 Primary Phase School Council 
The School Council is a vehicle through which the children in the Primary Phase have their voices heard, As a team, they aim to help pupils to achieve successful outcomes and focus on issues regarding their well-being. All their activities and initiatives relate directly to making Primary Phase Pupils more confident and responsible learners.
This year, they’ll be working with Team London, a Mayor of London initiative to become more aware of wider issues affecting young people, build leadership potential, and action planning. In addition to this, the school council will be delivering assemblies focusing on anti-bullying and e-safety. 
The Primary Phase School Council representatives are:
Will and Daisy – Albatross Class
Kieran and Santiya – Elephant Class
Sean and Emilia – Lynx Class
Nishu and Ryan – Kestrel Class
Ruby and Daniel – Octopus Class
Idil and Tinka – Eagle Class
Nikolas and Emelie – Giraffe Class
Please join us for our first PIE event of this academic year. We have created a programme featuring the following 4 workshops – parents can choose up to 3 workshops to attend. 
Each workshop will run for 15 minutes and will be repeated at the following times:  3:30-3:45pm    3:50-4:05pm    4:10-4:25pm

Workshop 1: Improving your child’s reading
Owl Class: Improving phonics (aimed at Reception/Year 1) How to help your child sound out simple words and sounds in preparation for the national phonics test at the end of Year 1
Koala Class: Reading to improve understanding in Year 2 – specifically for KS1 SATs
Lobster Class: Reading for deeper comprehension specifically KS2 SATs – This is an ideal opportunity to get to grips with the demands of a rigorous reading paper, including the skills that your child will need to apply to a range of questions. 

Workshop 2: Healthy Eating
Peacock Class: How to promote healthy eating at school and at home 

Workshop 3: E-Safety
Panda Class: How to keep your children safe on the internet 

Workshop 4: Maths Calculation
Turtle Class: How to help your child with maths at home using the strategies taught in school
Help will also be available to complete your Parent View questionnaire online, as well as your high school application. 
Invitation to all Year 6 pupils and their families...
Secondary Phase Open Evening
Thursday 9th October at 6.00pm - 8.00pm 
CEO & Principal, Gary Lobbett will speak in the
Main Theatre at 6:30pm and 7.15pm
We invite you to continue your learning journey with us at this exciting time in the Academy's Secondary Phase.
Since achieving our best ever results in the history of the Academy this summer for both Primary and Secondary Phases, it is a really exciting time to be a part of Alec Reed Academy. There has been much to celebrate in the Secondary Phase after the Academy received ‘The Collins PiXL Award for Outstanding Year 11 Progress in 2014’ for its remarkable progress at GCSE level – the 20% increase in results was considered outstanding nationally.
We invite you to the Secondary Phase Open Evening where you will see the range of opportunities we offer in the next phase of education and how Alec Reed Academy is developing our learners into happy, high achieving pupils.
‘I love this school; the facilities, the food and the teachers – they make learning fun’ – Year 7 Student 
Pupils investigate a mysterious creature hiding out Year 4's classrooms
Year 4 had a curious crime scene to investigate in their classrooms last week. Tables were turned over, rooms were messed up, and there was slime and trails of fur left behind by an apparent mysterious creature that had let themselves in during the night. The children became detectives for the day and had to solve the mystery of who or what had been sneaking into their classrooms.
The children were inspired to each invent their own imaginary creatures by the evidence they had gathered and they used their ideas to write non-chronological information texts about what they had discovered and who they believed to have been trespassing and making a mess.
The activity was a fun practical lesson that the children really enjoyed,encouraging them to develop lots of creative writing ideas.
Primary Phase Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to all of our parents and families who joined us for the PSA's Primary Phase Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 24th September and for donating your delicious cakes.
The coffee mornings are a great way to meet other parents and staff at Alec Reed Academy, and to get involved with the PSA. We look forward to seeing even more familes at the next coffee morning!
Design a poster for E-safety
Children will be using what they have learnt from computing lessons to design a poster about how to keep safe when using the internet.
Winners will get their designs placed around the ICT rooms and receive a certificate.
The deadline is on the 20th October.
Issue 13
26thSeptember 2014

26th Septemberr
Year 3 Trip to Natural History Museum
27th September
Academy Fields Family Working Day

30th September
Year 6 talk in the Primary Hall at 3.20pm

3rd October
Albatross Class Assembly

3rd October
Year 6 football match against Gifford Primary

7th October
Year 6 SATS talk to Parents

9th October
Maths Passport Workshop

9th October
Secondary Phase Open Evening

10th October
Elephant Class Assembly

13th October
School Photographs

20th October
Tag Rugby Tournament

23rd October
PIE Event

24th October
Turtle Class Assembly

Half Term : 27th-31st October

13th November
EYFS Open Day afternoon

14th November
Children in Need

14th November
Owl Class Assembly

24th November
Primary Phase Parent's Evening

28th November
Lobster Class Assembly

5th December
Koala Class Assembly

9th December
EYFS Christmas Concert

12th December
Phase 1 Christmas Concert

16th December
Christmas Lunch

16th December
Phase 2 Christmas Concert

18th December
Term Ends - early finish
*Please note that this date is a correction from our last newsletter issue

Overall Attendance for the week beginning 15th September 2014 was 95.7%
Peackcock  100%
Starfish 99.6%
Lynx  99.3%
Lobster  98.9%
Kestrel  98.6%
Elephant  98.6%
Giraffe 98.1%
Albatross  97.3%
Dormouse  96.9%
Turtle  96.4%

Eagle  95.6%
Squirrel  95.5%
Dove  95%
Coral  93.7%
Panda  93.6%
Koala  92.2%
Octopus  91.3%
Owl  90.4%
Kingfisher 86.8%

Overall Attendance for the week beginning 8th September 2014 was 93%
Peackcock  100%
Albatross  98.7%
Lynx  98.6%
Starfish  98.5%

Kestrel  95.9%
Lobster  95.4%
Koala  95.2%
Giraffe  94.1%
Dormouse  94%
Elephant  94%
Octopus  93.1%
Panda  92.8%
Dove  91.7%
Owl  91.7%
Turtle  91.4%
Squirrel  90.7%
Eagle  90.4%
Coral  85.5%
Kingfisher  75.8%

Parent View
Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us and we are always keen to hear your thoughts. You can leave your feedback on Ofsted's Parent View website.
Home Corner
Giving you ideas for learning with your child at home
BBC Schools
Search for learning games, activities, worksheets to help your child learn at home: Click here for BBC Schools resources
National Literacy Trust Provides lots of great ideas for learning at home with your child. Click here for NLT inspiration and resources!
Restaurant Advert - Primary
Associate Vacancy:
ICT Technician
Closing date: Thursday 16th October 2014 at 4pm. 

Teaching Vacancy:
English Teacher
Closing date: Friday 10th October 2014 at 4pm.

Details on the vacancies section of our website.
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