Year 6

'The Museum of Untold Stories'

2nd May 2019

Dear Parents

Your children are currently working very hard, preparing to take their SATs exams and we are writing to tell you about an exciting opportunity for year 6 children to work with a professional theatre company in school. This visit will provide some creative relief and simultaneously produce some excellent written work which can be used as part of the English assessed portfolio.

‘Alive and Kicking’ Theatre Company deliver high-quality interactive drama, in which children are not only invited to become part of the story, they are also empowered to change and influence the direction of the narrative. The company will be coming into school during the week of the 20th of May, 2019. They will work for half a day with every year 6 English class, in which the children will become part of ‘The Museum of Untold Stories’.

The Museum exists outside time and space in the World of Imaginative Reality and can turn up anywhere: even our school gym! It is run by its eccentric Curators whose passion is collecting the sometimes ordinary, sometimes strange and magical things that are at the centre of a story: King Arthur’s sword, the Porridge Bowl that belonged to the Little Bear or The Ring that Frodo has to destroy. But there are also many marvellous and intriguing objects with no story. Your children, aided by the Curators and their friends from Alive & Kicking Theatre will find the missing tales, bring them to life, and write their own story to add to the Museum Catalogue.

In order to make this visit from the company possible, we are asking you to contribute towards the costings, with a payment of £6.00 per child. This will be available on Parent Pay and should be completed by Friday 10th May. Participation in this visit is entirely voluntary and no pressure will be placed on any pupil to take part; however, in accordance with the school’s policy on educational visits, unless a substantial number of parents of participating pupils are willing to meet costs, the visit may not take place.

If your child is in receipt of free school meals, the cost of this experience will be met by the school. If you are unsure as to whether or not you qualify for this, or if cost is prohibitive, please contact us on the usual telephone number as you may be eligible to certain financial benefits.

I hope you will agree, this is a really exciting treat for the children after their exams, and will also spark their imaginations to write a fantastic story once they are back in class with their teachers.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs P. McDonald                   Mrs S. Hull
English/ Drama Teacher        Key Stage 2 English Lead

Year 6 Parents' Evening

19th December 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Our next parents’ evening is with subject teachers on:

Tuesday 15th January for the following classes only; 6ED, 6MO, 6RP and 6TL.
Thursday 17th January for the following classes only; 6RJ, 6SB and 6TM.

Please note that bookings are limited to 5 per child. Please see the letter which accompanied the reports sent home today for further details about this.

To book appointments please go to http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/scissettmiddleschool

PLEASE NOTE: You need to type this address into your website browser’s ‘address bar’. Do not try to ‘Google’ this website address or use a search engine as that will not work. This is a common mistake on phones and tablets especially. There is also a link on the school website, under the parents’ section. LOGIN TO SEE WHICH APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AND SELECT ONE THAT IS CONVENIENT FOR YOU.

You will need: 
• Your child’s first name and surname
• Your child’s date of birth
• Your email address

The system is live TOMORROW FROM 9AM and will be open to take your bookings until Monday 14th January 2019 at 12pm.

Once you have logged in, we suggest you use the ‘Automated Booking’ wizard to make your appointments. You will be asked to enter your availability and choose the teachers you want to see before being shown before being shown the most efficient order for visiting those teachers on the night.

Troubleshooting Tips - please read before booking! 
• To login you need to enter the details we have on record for you and your child. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE TITLE AND INFORM SCHOOL IF THIS IS NOT CORRECT.
• The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem
• If you have several children to make bookings for, use the ‘Change Child’ button on the blue bar (above the school’s name) in the very top left corner of the Parent’s Booking Page to swap between your children. This does not apply to the Booking Wizard, where your children are tabbed above the teacher names

If you are unable to book at home, please contact the school office and a member of staff will help you.

Yours sincerely

Mrs N Greenough

Harry Potter Trip

26 October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for agreeing to your child attending the visit to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour on Friday,
9 November 2018. Here are just a few reminders for the trip. Your child will need:

• To wear full school uniform and sensible footwear. Coats may or may not be necessary as the tour is indoors for the most part;
• A small bag containing essentials for the day;
• A small purse/wallet to carry money, if necessary;
• A packed lunch and a packed tea. The tea may be stored on the coach and eaten on the homeward journey.

Packed meals should be clearly labelled and not include fizzy/energy drinks please; however, if a lunch has been ordered previously from the school kitchen this will be collected before leaving on the day. Tea will not be provided for any pupils. You may also wish to provide a mid-morning snack as we will not eat lunch until reaching the studios.
There is an extensive – and expensive - gift shop at the studio where children may buy reasonably priced items although we are not planning on this being a shopping trip! On this occasion, we are not recommending any maximum amount of spending money; however, please be aware that pupils will be responsible for any money taken at all times.

Sweets may be taken on the trip, but these may not be eaten on the coach. Mobile phones or other hand-held devices may be taken providing they are used in accordance with the school policy i.e. NOT FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF OTHER CHILDREN. They may be used in the studio but NOT FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF OTHER CHILDREN. The usual school rules will apply and anyone not adhering to these will have their phone confiscated, as in the school policy. Please note, cameras, etc. may not be used on the trip for safeguarding reasons and all photographs of pupils will be taken by staff. Any use of social media, during and after the trip, will be treated as a serious matter.

If your child needs medication, including travel sickness pills, please ensure that they are taken in good time for the outward journey. Tablets for the return journey should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and the dosage and handed in to your child’s group leader.

Finally, please remember that we aim to leave promptly at 9am and will not return until approximately 8.00pm. Pupils will be allowed to text when we are within 30 minutes of home. Please do not park in the bus bay or the drive as it is important that they are kept clear at all times for the coaches - and the children - to enter and leave safely. Should you wish to park on the school grounds, Y6 and Y7 playgrounds will be available before and after the trip. Please access these carefully via the school driveway.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.


Mrs V Ward             Mr J Terry
Head of Year 8        Head of Pastoral Care