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  • Week beginning 22.2.21

    Published 21/02/21

    I hope you all had a good half term.  

    The Government plan to set out their roadmap out of lockdown tomorrow, including when and how children will return to school.  Once we have received guidance on this, we will let you know our plans for managing what I hope will be a full return to school for the children. Until then, please continue to access the daily home learning and let us know if you have any queries or difficulties. 

    Mrs McGillivray has asked me to remind you that following the World Book Day letter sent out last week, don't forget to save some recycling this week ready for our exciting book activities starting Monday 1st March!

    Please also log into your child's new Rising Stars online library. Information about how to do this was emailed to everyone on Monday and can also be found on each of the year group daily home learning pages. 

    A reminder of key contact information:

    • For children attending school, please let us know immediately if there is a positive case of coronavirus in your family. Call 700234 (after school hours or weekend, please email )
    • For children attending school, please let us know about absence before 8:30pm each day. Call 700234
    • Queries about online learning should be addressed to the class teacher managing your child’s learning.
    • Technical issues, please use or call 700234
    • Welfare of safeguarding concerns should be sent to or call 700234 and ask for Mrs Alford or Ms Worsfold.

    With thanks

    Theresa Alford

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  • Week beginning 8th February

    Published 07/02/21
    As we enter the final week before half term, I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support.  The children in school are enjoying their learning and making progress.  Teachers working from home are very pleased with the work and f
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  • Week beginning January 11th

    Published 10/01/21

    Dear Parents

    Thank you all for your patience and understanding around a very dynamic and complex week of school. I will do my best to update you today on how things are going for children in school and for home learners. There have inevitably been some teething problems and we have been doing our best to identify and rectify these.

    Firstly, information for children who are currently attending school:

    Key Risk Assessment information for children in school

    • Each Bubble of children is kept separate from other bubbles throughout the day, including at playtime and lunchtime.
    • Each Bubble has a separate toilet block.
    • Children are washing their hands regularly throughout the day.
    • Tables are being wiped within the day and classrooms thoroughly cleaned at the end of the day.
    • Classroom and playground equipment is not being shared between bubbles 
    • Adults are wearing facemasks in corridors and adult shared spaces
    • Parents are being asked to wear facemasks when bringing their children to school
    • You must not send your child to school if they, or anyone in the household, has symptoms of COVID, or are waiting for a COVID test result.


    We are hoping that all our bubbles will have an opportunity to get exercise each day, either through PE or through the golden mile.  Can the children please wear their usual school uniform each day, but ensure they have suitable footwear for exercise.  We are happy for children to wear trainers everyday if they have them.


    The current Government guidance around bubbles states: ‘Whilst schools are attended by vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only, where possible schools should keep group sizes small.’ The school must ensure that there are enough teachers available to provide good quality home learning.  This means that we may need to increase bubble sizes to above 15 if we have too many key worker or vulnerable children attending school. 

    If you are a key worker who does not work every day of the week, the West Sussex guidance is that your child can attend every day.  The Government guidance states: ‘Parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.’  If you decide to keep your child at home when you are not working, they should access remote learning for those days.

    Information for children at home:

    Free School Meals

    If your child is entitled to benefit related free school meals, you will be able to collect a food package from the school next week.  We will email to let you know when these are ready for collection.  The Government are not currently providing vouchers. If you are self-isolating due to COVID, please let us know and we will do our best to deliver your food package.

    Remote Learning

    We know that finding supporting technology for some families is a challenge.  Please note that you can use an Xbox or Play Station console to access Oak Academy, White Rose, and the phonic lessons.  We are currently gathering information to further support families who may be experiencing technical difficulties.  

    If you wish to supplement the school’s online learning, the BBC will be launching some additional resources next week.  We will be looking at what is available so we can provide helpful information around this for the following week.

    All home learning will be available to access via the school website from 9am tomorrow morning and will be updated daily.


    With thanks

    Theresa Alford

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  • Week beginning November 2nd

    Published 02/11/20

    Dear Parents

    I hope you have had a lovely half term. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back tomorrow. 

    As we head into the Christmas half term, things will inevitably feel very different this year.  We are not going to be able to do many of the traditional events that we enjoy so much, such as Christmas plays, winter concerts and the Christmas pantomime.  We will however make sure the children continue to celebrate the lead up to Christmas.  We will be having our Christmas tree and although we do not use the Hall for whole school events, the children can come as a class to enjoy Christmas stories around the tree. The children will be making decorations, learning more about the Christmas story and understanding the importance of giving. Our final Christingle assembly will take place in classrooms. We are hoping to share some of our Christmas preparations via the website so you are also able to feel part of what we are doing.

    Christmas Card Orders

    I hope you have managed to order products through the Cauliflower website if you wished to.  Please remember that the paperwork MUST be returned to school tomorrow if you want your order to go through.  The school has to send the original artwork off and this is being collected first thing on Wednesday morning.  Please bring the paperwork to the office after dropping the children off rather than leaving it in bookbags where it can get forgotten.  

    Coronavirus Update

    West Sussex County Council have asked Headteachers to send out the attached letter.  This is to explain the current situation for schools around our duty to close bubbles when there is a confirmed case of coronavirus. Some schools have found that parents can be quite unpleasant to admin staff and senior leaders when this happens.  I would like to thank all of our parents who were very understanding when the closure of one of our bubbles was necessary. Although I cannot guarantee this will never happen again, I am pleased to confirm that no further cases were identified following our positive case. This helps us to feel confident that our protocols are working to reduce risk. I would also like to thank Badger parents for their support and praise for the online learning the school provided.  This feedback is very useful.

    Harvest and Turning Tides

    Thank you to everyone who brought in £1.00 for MUFTI at the end of the half term.  We have raised £162.00 for turning tides.  We know this will help them to buy the food they need to support people.

    School Development Plan

    Each year the school focuses on some key improvements/developments.  Our Curriculum Design is based around our four Cornerstones: The Power of Talk, Growth Mindset, Broadening Horizons and Love of the Natural World. This year we will be focusing on the following areas that will further strengthen our Curriculum Design and Cornerstones:

    Metacognition – This develops the children’s language for learning and helps them to understand how they learn and how to improve.  (The Power of Talk, Growth Mindset)

    Maths Mastery – This will be our second year of working with the Maths Hub to ensure the children embrace challenge and can apply their learning to problem solving. (Growth Mindset, Broadening Horizons)

    Challenging Environments in Early Years – Reception are further developing the environment as children’s skills grow.  This enables them to take their new skills effectively into their play and self-initiated learning

    We will update parents throughout the year to let you know how these developments are going.

    Please find attached the next Key Stage One Newsletter.


    With thanks

    Theresa Alford

    Dates for your diary

    Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November - parent consultations for Badger and Reception classes - please remember that these meetings are via phone and not face to face. 

    Monday 9th November – individual school photos (please note, the company are not offering sibling photos this year)

    Friday 13th November – MUFTI for children in need (wear something spotty) £1.00

    Monday 16th November - Flu Vaccinations

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  • Week beginning October 19th

    Published 18/10/20

    Parent Consultations

    Thank you to everyone who has already booked a parent consultation.  Bookings are through parentmail this year, which should be quick and easy to do.  As explained in the previous parentmail, to keep everyone safe, we will not be holding face-to-face consultations and all meetings will be over the phone.

    Teachers will use the contact information held on our system to call parents. This will be the phone number registered under the primary carer.  If you know this information is out of date, please let the office know on Monday.

    We have allowed ten minutes for each call and we will need to stick to these timings in order to ensure parents are not kept waiting. The call will probably come through as ‘number unknown’ so please be prepared to take the call.  If the phone is not answered, teachers will try two further times during the first 5 minutes.  After that, it will not be possible for the parent consultation to take place.  Please do not call the school, as no one will be taking general calls during the parent consultation period. 

    Alien Day

    Year Two will be having their Alien Day on Wednesday.  We are looking forward to everyone dressing up and to welcoming back Badger Class. There will be no PE for year two on Alien day, so the children do not need to bring in any additional clothing.


    At this time of year, we would usually be supporting 'Turning Tides' through a Harvest Festival.  In the past, this had meant bringing in food items.  However, this will not be possible at the moment.  I have spoken to 'Turning Tides' and they would welcome financial contributions so they are able to purchase the most needed items to support the local homeless community.  We have decided to make Friday a MUFTI day and would kindly ask that children bring in £1.00 to support the charity.  If your child has PE on this day, could they please wear trainers and home clothes that would be suitable and safe to do PE in. 

    Christmas card Designs

    The children will be bringing home their Christmas card designs on Thursday.  You can then decide whether you would like to place an online order for any products. If you make an order, the designs will then need to be returned to school on Monday 2nd November so we can send them to the company to be processed. 

    Badger class will be designing their cards on Thursday and we will then send them home on Friday.  They will not have as much time as the other children to do this, but we do not want them to miss the opportunity. 

    Half Term

    Next week is our last week before half term.  Friday is our last day and unless major Government changes take place, the children are due back in school on Monday 2nd November

    A couple of reminders/requests

    Dogs are not allowed on the School site.  Last week a couple of parents/carers brought their dogs down the path to the main gate.  There is a clear sign at the entrance stating that dogs cannot be brought on the site.  Unless you have an additional adult to look after your dog while children are being collected, please leave dogs at home. 

    Can we please ask that water bottles are not put inside bookbags.  We are finding that each week, five to six school books are being ruined due to leaks.  Our home reading books cost £5.00 each and we need to do our best to look after them.

    With Thanks

    Theresa Alford

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  • Week beginning October 12th

    Published 11/10/20

    Information and Events

    New Parents for September 2021

    West Sussex schools are being advised not to have face to face tours of the school for potential new entrants, so we have uploaded a virtual tour.  If you know anyone who is interested in coming to Field Place, please let them know that the tour is now on the website. Thank you.

    Alien Day

    Just another reminder that we have changed the date of the Year Two Alien Day to Wednesday 21st October, rather than this Friday.  This will mean that the whole of year two will be able to join in. 

    Christmas Cards

    We are working with a company this year so the children can design their own Christmas image for Christmas cards, wrapping paper, mugs etc.  The children will develop their designs in school and then this original artwork will be sent home with details on how you can order products online should you wish to.  The artwork will then need to be returned to school so we can forward it to the company.  The school will also make commission on any sales. We will be sending out more details soon with timings and deadlines. 


    Following our two INSET days in September, we have three further INSET days planned for this year:

    Monday 4th January 2020

    Thursday 1st April 2021

    Friday 23rd July 2021


    With thanks

    Theresa Alford

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  • Week beginning October 5th

    Published 04/10/20

    Dear Parents

    I would like to thank one of our parents, Mr Anderson and Empire Services for their very generous donation towards our new outside staging area.  The children now have an area to perform poems, sing and enjoy drama and role-play in the fresh air. This further supports our curriculum cornerstone – the power of talk.

    Curriculum Update

    Please find attached this half term’s curriculum newsletters.  We have been focussing on phonics, reading, maths, art and PSHE to ensure the children’s return to school has been positive and not overwhelming following the long period of lockdown. 

    Year one and two children are now bringing home core word sets for you to practise.  Phonics lessons help the children to build words based on their knowledge of the sounds.  Many words cannot be built up with sounds and just have to be learnt by sight.  These are the words we call core words.  If you can practise these regularly with the children using a flashcard – ‘see it, say it’- approach, this will really support their reading fluency.

    Parent’s Evening

    We will soon be organising our first parent’s evening of the year.  As the cases of coronavirus rise across the country, we will need to ensure our whole school community remains safe.  This means that parent’s evening meetings will be over the phone this term.  We will arrange these meetings over two weeks, the week before half term and the week after.  

    Year Two Alien Day

    You should have received a letter last week about our Alien topic day on Friday 16th October. We are looking forward to having an alien themed day and Year Two children are able to come into school wearing an alien costume. Please remember that you don't need to buy a costume unless you wish, as clothes from home are great too. Please don't bring accessories, costume items only.

    With Thanks

    Theresa Alford

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  • Week beginning September 28th

    Published 27/09/20

    Drop off and Pick up 

    I hope that our use of signs at the beginning and end of the day is helping to keep things organised and safe.  I would like to clarify how our sibling arrangements work, as some parents seem unsure. 

     The Orchards do not have a staggered start to the day and they accept children from all year groups any time between 8:30 and 8:45.  If you have a child at the Orchards, this means you can choose the best time for them to arrive to shorten your wait with us. For example, if you have a child in reception with us, you can drop the older child off at 8:45 and you will then have no longer than 10 minutes to wait.  We consider this reasonable. 

    We do however acknowledge that if you have more than one child at Field Place, there needs to be a process for dropping them off at the same time.  This is why we have our 8:40 Field Place sibling drop off time. In reality we normally allow this group of children to enter from 8:38 to ensure our year ones can come in promptly at 8:40.

    At pick up time, like us, the Orchards have a staggered end to the day. We have always acknowledged that this could lead to significant periods of waiting.  We have mitigated this by offering a 2:20 or 2:30 sibling pick up to reduce the waiting time at the Orchards. These arrangements were made via a parent survey and we would ask that you please arrive at the time you requested.

    I am sure you can appreciate the thought and effort that has gone into managing the orderly start and end to the day.  Although some parents may feel we should offer further options, this is not possible and the current arrangements will remain in place unless we receive new guidance or the Orchards change their arrangements.

    If you arrive before the time your child can enter or be collected, can you please join the queue of parents along the pavement rather than stand at the gate.  Some parents are feeling anxious about the lack of social distancing. Joining the queue avoids groups congregating and stops any bad feelings when parents join the middle of the queue once it is moving.  We will make sure no one misses their slot by walking down the queue to let you know when the next group of children can enter.  If you really do not wish to queue, there is a 10 minute window for each group and you could choose to arrive at the end of the window to avoid waiting at all. 

    Once you have collected your child at the gate, can you please avoid checking bookbags or lunch boxes, by the main gates, as this does hold the queue up.  These can always be checked once you have reached the car park.

    Class emails

    There have been some technical issues with class emails that we are working to sort out asap. If you have contacted the teacher in the last week, they have not yet been able to access this so apologise that they have not yet answered.  This should be sorted very soon. 

    Home learning

    We now have a home learning page on our website again. This is only for children who need to self isolate but are not unwell. You will need to phone the school office if your child has been advised to self isolate so we can ensure they have the right work set. We will then email you with their login details etc. Please see below attachment for more information. 

    Online Reading Festival

    Over the next week there is an online reading festival which has lots of different readings of stories by different authors along with some fun videos to go with them.  Parents/carers just need to sign up (which is free) and then the videos can be accessed live or after they have been released.

    The link for infant children is below - hope you enjoy.


    Following our rainy exit on Thursday, I think autumn has arrived! Please remember the children need to bring a warm, waterproof coat to school every day.  Even if the sun is shining in the morning, it may not be by playtime.  Zip up fabric jackets are not suitable as school coats as they are not waterproof or warm enough for the cold weather. 

    School Photos

    Individual school photos will be taken on Monday 9th November.  The company have informed us that they are not able to take sibling photos this year as this could impact on COVID safe groupings.  They will offer families a 25% discount if buying two family photos or more.

    With Thanks

    Theresa Alford

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  • Week beginning September 21st

    Published 20/09/20

    Dear Parents 

    I understand that some people found it hard to open the PE attachment last week and are unsure when their children have PE. Please find the information below.

    PE days


    PE days


    Tuesday and Friday






    Tuesday and Thursday


    Tuesday and Friday


    Wednesday and Friday


    Wednesday and Thursday


    Tuesday and Thursday


    Wednesday and Friday


    On PE days, the children should come to school in their PE kit. They will then wear this all day and do not need to bring in any other clothing apart from their normal coat etc.   Currently all PE is timetabled for outside.  

    PE Kit for warm weather:

    • Shorts (Black or Blue)
    • White t shirt or polo shirt
    • Normal school jumper or cardigan
    • Plimsolls or trainers (trainers preferred)

    PE Kit for colder weather:

    • Jogging bottoms (Black, Blue or Grey)
    • White t shirt or polo shirt
    • Normal school jumper or cardigan
    • Plimsolls or trainers (trainers preferred)

    Parent/Teacher contact

    We are hoping to introduce a new system for teacher/parent communications, but this may take a few weeks to source and set up.  In the meantime, you are able to contact your child’s teacher via their class email.  This will be the name of your child’s class followed by for example

    Teachers will check their emails regularly and you should hear back within 72 hours.  If you need to talk to a member of staff urgently or if you have information for the teacher that day i.e. a different person picking up, please continue to call the main office on 700234. 

    Events this week

    The Golden Mile

    Year one and two will be starting the Golden Mile this week.  The children really enjoy this exercise and like to challenge themselves.  


    Now the children have settled, we will be thinking about ‘belonging’ this week.  This will support the children’s wellbeing and help them to re-establish friendships and know what to do if they feel lonely or sad. Please talk to your child about all the places they belong; their family; their school; their faith; their neighbourhood and any clubs they are part of.

    Bank staff

    Thank you to those parents who emailed Miss Worsfold ( to register their interest in joining our bank staff of LSAs. At this stage we will only be able to consider those of you who have a relevant NVQ3/equivalent qualification or above. Miss Worsfold will be in touch via email next week. 

    Dates for you diary

    Individual School photos 9th November

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  • Week beginning July 13th

    Published 12/07/20
    Dear Parents Please find attached the final learning newsletters for children. As we enter our final week of term (last day for children Thursday 16th July), I hope to be able to give you a broad outline of the procedures being p
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  • Week beginning June 6th

    Published 05/07/20

    During this period of partial closure Field Place Infant and Nursery School continues to be open for provision for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Irrespective of any partial closure or collaboration with another school, the safeguarding of all our children remains our top priority. At this time, our school will continue as normal in supporting our vulnerable children and if anyone has any questions regarding this, they are asked to make contact with Theresa Alford, Headteacher 01903 700234. Please contact the school if you have any queries (

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  • Week beginning 29th June

    Published 28/06/20

    During this period of partial closure Field Place Infant and Nursery School continues to be open for provision for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Irrespective of any partial closure or collaboration with another school, the safeguarding of all our children remains our top priority. At this time, our school will continue as normal in supporting our vulnerable children and if anyone has any questions regarding this, they are asked to make contact with Theresa Alford, Headteacher 01903 700234. Please contact the school if you have any queries (

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