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Dear Parents/Carers

We are delighted that this summer term we will be holding a joint Infant and Junior School Sports Day. We would like to invite you to watch your child battle it out in order to be crowned one of this year’s Nyewood Champions! This is due to take place on Friday 28th June 2024, weather permitting. If we are unlucky with the weather, you will be informed of the cancellation of this and the reserve date will be the following Friday 5th July 2024.

This year’s circuit will include a mixture of traditional sports day activities such as relay races and jumping competitions, as well as unique opportunities such as a water race! As usual, the activities will encourage the children to perform a range of skills including agility, balance and coordination. The children will rotate around the activities across the morning and there will be a viewing area for parents around the outside of the circuit.

Following the circuit of events, Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will then take part in sprint races for the last part of the morning. Children in EYFS and Year 1 will be watching and cheering on! You are once again welcome to stay on school site and join us with watching these sprint races.

After the sprint races, the children will return to their classes for a short break. At this time, there will be an opportunity for parents to leave or stay on site and find a space on our school field to have a picnic. Children will then re-join families on the school field for this following their short break. We kindly ask that parents bring their own food for the picnic and due to allergies, do not share this with other children from other families. Please note, children entitled to a free school meal will be provided with lunch on this day. Children who usually bring in a packed lunch can also continue to do this on this day, and they will bring these with them for the picnic.

Sports Day is due to start at 9.25am. We will be opening the school field gates at the same time as the school main gates on that day. Parents are welcome to make their way to the school field once they have dropped off their child that morning and wait for the event to begin. To ensure the safety of the children please remain in the viewing area on the outside of the circuit on the school field. This will help to avoid any obstructions to the rotation of teams and events. The school staff will perform toilet runs as required.

We are expecting the morning circuit and sprint races to finish at approximately 12.10pm. At this time, all children will return to class for a short break. Parents/carers are welcome to leave or stay on site during this time. We are then aiming for the picnic lunch to begin on the school field from 12.30pm. We expect the picnic to last until 1.40pm. All children will then return to class for the afternoon as usual, and we will then ask parents to leave the school site. To ensure the safety of the children, we ask that children are collected as usual from their classroom door at the end of the school day.

For Sports day, all children are required to wear their school PE kit. They must have correctly fitting plimsolls or trainers to wear. A named water bottle is also essential. A sun hat may also be worn if appropriate, as there will be little shade on the field. Sun cream should be applied before school starts.

Throughout the day there will also be an opportunity to purchase refreshments. If you are interested in purchasing any refreshments, please ensure you bring cash with you on the day.

Finally, we are planning to hold a sports day practise on Friday 7th June. This will be run internally by staff and there is no requirement for parents to attend this. However, please note that we ask that all children come to school dressed in their PE kit on this day.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our Sports Day this year.


Yours sincerely

Miss M Adlam and Mr C Campbell

Infant and Junior School PE Coordinators





  • Monday 8 April
    Access to the Department for Education’s MTC service opens for schools to start preparing for the check. Schools must also use this service to provide a reason for any pupils who are not able to participate in the check.
  • Monday 3 June - Friday 14 June
    Schools must administer the MTC to all eligible Year 4 pupils during this two-week period.
  • Monday 17 June - Friday 21 June
    Schools can use this week to administer the check to any pupils who were absent during the first two weeks or in case of any delays because of technical difficulties.


Kind regards


Nyewood CE Junior School






Dear parents and carers,


In the summer term, Relationships Education is taught at Nyewood CE Junior School as a part of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education). Within this we also teach elements of the Science curriculum, teaching children how the human body changes during puberty. If you would like to view the school’s PSHE curriculum over view, please view our PSHE policy on our website. This can be found by going to, clicking ‘Key Information’ > ‘Policies’ > PSHE/ PSHE RSE Policy.pdf

Although understanding puberty is a Year 5 learning objective, the Department of Education and the NHS suggest that children should be taught about puberty before onset. As a result, at Nyewood CE Junior School we begin teaching about puberty in Year 4.

First session pertaining to puberty and human growth in Year 4:

Understanding that humans grow and change.

In this session children will think about the different stages of the human life cycle - baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult and elder. They will think about what changes at each stage, both physically and mentally. They will end the session by simply naming all human body parts using anatomically correct names in preparation for the next session.


Second session pertaining to puberty and human growth in Year 4:

In this session children will begin by recapping the anatomically correct names of the external human body. They will watch a short (3-minute long), age-appropriate, animated vide. This animation uses scientific, age appropriate language.

The video explains that, in males: they grow taller, their shoulders broaden, their penis and testicles grow larger in line with their growing body, they grow pubic hair, their voice gets deeper and that they will grow facial hair and chest hair.

For females: girls also grow taller, their hips grow wider, they develop breasts, they develop pubic hair.
Children will be told briefly about the menstruation cycle. This will be built on considerably more in Year 5 and 6.


Age-appropriate picture books will be read which echo these concepts and children will be given the opportunity to ask questions throughout which will be answered in an age-appropriate way.


As this is not a statutory requirement in Year 4, you have the right to withdraw your child from these two sessions that pertain to understanding puberty. Please fill out the attached form stating if you would like your child to join in during this session or if you would like them to be withdrawn.

Thank you,


Miss Weller
PSHE Subject Lead








Dear parents and carers,


In the Summer term, Relationships Education is taught at Nyewood CE Junior School as a part of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education). Within this we also teach elements of the Science curriculum, teaching children how the human body changes during puberty. If you would like to view the school’s PSHE curriculum over view, including Relationships and Sex Education, please view our PSHE policy on our website. This can be found by going to, clicking ‘Key Information’ > ‘Policies’ > PSHE RSE Policy.pdf


The Year 6 PSHE Relationships Education curriculum will be taught in the summer term as follows. The following objectives are statutory and cannot be withdrawn from:


  • To be able to identify parts of the reproductive system in males and females and describe their functions.
  • To understand changes that happen both physically and emotionally as they grow older explain what happens during periods (menstruation) and ejaculation and how to manage both.
  • Be able to explain what pregnancy means, how long it lasts and where it occurs
  • Know the difference between sex, gender and sexual orientation and that these are just one factor of a person’s identity and to explain that everyone is equal no matter their identity
  • Know about what constitutes a positive, healthy relationship and about the skills to maintain positive relationships; To understand that relationships are two way and that feelings in individuals change identify why a couple might choose to marry or have a civil partnership and that this decision might be based on the couple’s personal beliefs or values, (including cultural, religious, financial values); To know that people will recover from a relationship breakdown

Children in Year 6 can also take part in a singular lesson which explains what sexual intercourse is, taught in the context of a caring, consensual relationship and how a baby is created. Within this session, children will watch a short, animated video which shows in a concise manner what sexual intercourse is and how a baby grows from this point onwards. This video uses scientific, age appropriate language to teach these concepts. Following this, children will order sequencing cards with images from the video to help consolidate these concepts and ensure any misconceptions can be corrected. The learning objective for this lesson is "understanding how a baby is made”.


Whilst the Department of Education recommend this to be taught, it is not a statutory requirement at primary level and parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from this singular lesson. Please fill out the attached form stating if you would like your child to join in during this session or if you would like them to be withdrawn.


If you would like to arrange a meeting to view this video, please contact Miss Weller via the office email address ( with the subject as ‘FOA: Miss Weller -Relationships Video’ no later than Monday 18th March.


Thank you,


Miss Weller
PSHE Subject Lead






Summer term - 1066 Project


First day back - Tuesday 16th April


As part of our project immersion day, we will be making shields and weapons to help with reenacting the Battle of Hastings.

We ask that each child bring in some card or other recycling on the day to make their chosen item.


Battle Abbey trip - Thursday 18th April


Please arrive at school at 8am. We will register the children and board the coach ready to leave at 8.15.

In order to get to the venue in time for our scheduled arrival time and workshop, we will need to leave the school promptly.

We aim to leave Battle Abbey around 3pm, hoping to arrive back at school for collection between 4.30 and 5pm

We will communicate any changes or delays on the day via ParentMail.

Children are to wear full school uniform for the trip but can wear trainers for the day. Please ensure you check the weather so that your child has suitable outerwear for the day.

We recommend that children have a separate snack for each journey and they bring a packed lunch and drink for the day. Children who are eligible for free school meals can have a packed lunch provided.

If you have any questions regarding the trip, please ask your child's class teacher or the school office.


Kind regards,

The Year 4 team





Good morning,


The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme offers children eligible for benefits related free school meals access to a wide range of holiday activity clubs over the school holidays, all of which are free and offer a nutritious meal. The focus of the HAF programme is not only to offer children a meal a day over the school holidays but also to keep them active, at WSCC we are also passionate about providing children with access to experiences they may not otherwise be able to have.


Each eligible child can attend up to 4 sessions at Easter, 16 sessions over Summer and another 4 sessions over the Winter break. Clubs are located across West Sussex and all offer free fun and enriching experience for FSM children. Some of our clubs include:

  • Multi Sports
  • Forest & Beach School
  • Skateboarding tuition
  • Coding and robotics
  • Drama and performing arts.

We currently still have places on the Easter HAF programme. For all enquiries, please contact us on


Kind regards







Dear Parent/Carer


Free Webinars for Parents/Carers Supporting Young People with their Mental Health


We would like to make you aware of a programme of webinars, organised by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which are open to all parents and carers of young people in Sussex.

The mental health workshops, all led by experienced CAMHS clinicians or partner organisations will take place virtually between February and July 2024. Each webinar will be available at two different times, once during the day (10am) and once in the evening (7pm) to make it as easy as possible for people to attend.

The following topics for the workshops have been confirmed:

  • 22nd February 2024 Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • 26th March 2024 Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • 16th April 2024 Bereavement
  • 15th May 2024 Supporting Primary to Secondary School Transition
  • 13th June 2024 Support for Kinship Carers
  • TBC July 2024 Cyber Safety


You will be able to attend as many or as few as you like, and recordings of all webinars being made available afterwards. All previous webinars that have been delivered are available to watch back here Workshops for parents and carers :: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust ( and cover ADHD, Anxiety, Autism & Challenging Behaviour, Building Self-Esteem & Resilience, Depression, Eating Disorders, Managing Self Harm & Suicidal Thoughts, and Sleep.

The sessions last for 90-120 minutes with the opportunity to ask any questions to CAMHS clinicians. Due to anticipated high numbers of attendees, any questions will need to be sent in advance.

To book a ticket, please go to the Ticketlab page: Sussex CAMHS Parent/Carer Webinars | TICKETLAB

If you have any queries, please contact Sussex CAMHS Participation Team ( with any questions.


Yours faithfully

Nyewood CE Junior School




Dear Parent/Carer,


I am writing to inform you of two events happening in school next week:

On Wednesday 27th March, we will be visiting St. Richard’s Church where Mother Lucy will be sharing a Eucharist service with us. During the service all children will receive a blessing and those who have been confirmed may take Holy Communion during the service. This will take place during the morning and we will be walking there and back as a school. Full school uniform is required. Unfortunately, due to space, we can’t invite our wider school community along.


On Thursday 28th March we will be holding our next open afternoon (as advertised in our last newsletter) which will take place slightly earlier based on feedback from our last event. You are welcome to arrive on site from 2.15pm for tea, coffee and refreshments before moving down to classrooms at 2.30pm to view your child’s work. Mr Spurle and myself will be around during this time if you have a question or wish to have a brief chat with us. If you wish to take your child home early, you are more than welcome to do this, however please ensure you inform your child’s class teacher before leaving with them. The event will finish promptly at 3.30pm if you are not able to make it in before the end of the school day. We hope to see as many of you here as possible.


Yours sincerely,


Mr Hughes

Deputy Headteacher






Dear Parent/Carer,


I am writing to inform you about the final arrangements for the Year 5 trip to The Tower of London on Monday 29th April. Below are the key points for the trip, if you would like further information about the day, then please read the information on the following page.

We will be meeting at Bognor Regis train station between 8.30 and 8.45am by the ticket barriers. All children must be in full school uniform with the exception of shoes to which they are able to wear trainers/a comfortable alternative. A jacket/rain coat is required also. Please ensure your child has enough to eat for the day e.g. lunch and additional snack/s for the journey back home with enough water to drink for the day. Free school meal children will be provided with a packed lunch if required.

Upon return, all children will be required to be collected from Bognor Regis train station by an adult. Our planned return time is 5.50pm. If we are delayed or there are cancellations then a text message will be sent out, however if you do not hear from us then we are ontime!


Myself and the adults who are attending are very much looking forward to taking the children on this trip and I would like to say a massive thank you to them for giving up their time outside of school hours to attend the trip.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hughes
Deputy Headteacher


Further information about the trip:

As you may be able to appreciate- moving 70 children in one go takes a lot of planning, time and thought. Meeting and collecting at Bognor Regis train station will alleviate a lot of time, make sure we get to where we need to be on time and prevent a LOT of moaning about how far we have to walk!

We will all travel together (there and back) on the train. Our scheduled trains are the 8.56am from Bognor Regis to London Bridge and the 16.05 from London Bridge to Bognor Regis. We are at the mercy of the train service here, however we have lots of contingencies in place should changes need to happen.

Upon arrival at London Bridge, we will make our way down to the ground floor to cross over towards the Thames Path on the south side of the river. We will walk towards Tower Bridge to cross over this to then arrive at the Tower of London. The walk should take approximately 20 minutes.

Whilst at The Tower of London, we will make our way around in smaller groups within each class to explore the various exhibits and items to view on public display. We will try and see as much as we can safely see within the time that we are there! During the visit, the children will take part in a workshop as a class led by one of the centre staff, gaining a further understanding of The Tower of London and the Tudor era. We are lucky enough to have a lunch room for our lunch break in case the weather is typically British!

We will regroup as a year group before leaving The Tower of London to undertake our route in reverse before arriving back at Bognor Regis train station for collection at the end of the day.


Checklist for the day:

  • Full school uniform- comfy pair of shoes allowed
  • A jacket/waterproof jacket
  • Lunch and a drink
  • Additional snack/s and drink for the day
  • Travel sickness tablets taken if required (please bring any medication needed for the return journey to the school office on the day before - as you will need to complete a consent form)
  • Letting your child know who they are being collected by to make this easier at the end of the day
  • That the Office have your up-to-date mobile number incase we need to contact you.





Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to inform you that your child has the opportunity to take part in a Bikeability Training Course provided by West Sussex County Council in the weeks beginning 10th and 17th June. The cost to take part in the course is £20 per child.

Please can I ask you to read the attached information, I appreciate there is a lot to read, however the course providers insist on all of the information being given to you in this manner. If you wish for your child to take part, please fill in the consent form (which will be sent home with your child this afternoon) and make payment by Monday 13th May. West Sussex County Council require payment at this time to confirm numbers and instructors.

If you have any questions regarding the content of the course, please contact either myself or the course provider using the contact details within the information attached.

Kind regards,

Mr Hughes

Deputy Headteacher






Children with Cancer fundraiser

We are asking for a £1 donation for wearing pjs to school, then we will be holding a cake and sweet treats sale at the end of the day !

All the money raised will go to Children with Cancer - a charity that directly helps children and families living with and fighting Cancer.


What is Pyjamarama all about?

Many children undergoing treatment will stay overnight in hospitals and their familiar pyjamas can be a great source of comfort. During recovery, families can go through multiple pairs of sleepwear in a short space of time as their child will spend most of their time in bed or on a sofa. By asking children to participate in Pyjamarama, you will raise awareness of childhood cancer and create a sense of solidarity as every child can relate to being in their pyjamas when unwell.


Kind regards

Nyewood CE Junior School