Welcome to Niton Primary School
” I would like to welcome you and your family to Niton Primary School. As a school community we hope to make all new members feel welcome and we look forward to getting to know you over the forthcoming years.
We have 153 children at our school who are all different and therefore need to be treated differently. Every day we see success for all our children, not only in their academic achievement but also in their curious, confident and resilient approach to learning and all they undertake. We want to achieve success for all.
At Niton we aim to provide an exciting learning environment of the highest standard, to give your child the best possible start to school. This website gives essential information about our school and the way we work. There may be many more questions that you have in relation to your own child that are not addressed here. Please feel free to contact the school to arrange a time to come and look around during the working day and ask about any other information that you might need. “
Hello everyone. I am Sue Ford and I am the new SENCO for Niton Primary. I have been doing the same role at The Bay Primary since 2011 and before that I worked in the Local Authority, in various guises, but for many years supporting schools, parents and children with Special Needs. Before Mrs Hoare left we worked together over the 2 schools to develop what we were both doing at each school and she has helped me prepare for carrying on her excellent work at Niton; now I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone here. I would welcome any opportunity to meet parents & carers who have been working with Mrs Hoare. I am going to be here on Wednesdays (mostly) – if you would like to arrange a time to see me then call into the office and they will put something in my diary or come in on a Wednesday and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you.
We currently have spaces available for children to join our school in Year 1, 4 and 5.
Please contact the office on 730209 to arrange a time to look around the school and meet our amazing team and children.
Term time only, 5 hours per week, 12.00 – 13.00
We are looking to appoint a lunchtime assistant who will support our children over lunchtime with meals and playtime activities. The role will include maintaining good behaviour and helping to ensure the children are safe and happy.
Please enquire at the office for further details.
Mr Maddin, from Niton Garage, came into school today to talk to us about his work. He owns the garage and it is a family run business. Their main job is to fix cars but they also do tests on cars. These tests are called MOTs. He told us that an apprentice, who can be a girl or a boy, takes 3 years to train to do his job and there is an exam to do at the end. This is because there are so many different types of vehicles. Mr Maddin showed us some of the tools he uses, including his 30 – year – old pink screw driver. He also said he has to wear special clothes as protection and to keep his normal clothes clean.
Thank you, Mr Maddin, for taking the time to come and talk to us.
Scouts visit Niton
Kelly Reay visited Niton to tell the children about the opportunities to join the Scouts. We found out about the different groups: Scouts, Beavers and Cubs dependant on the ages. We heard about Bear Grylls being a Chief Scout: here is a comment from Bear:
‘Two things matter in life: following your dreams and looking after your friends. That’s what I love about Scouts.’
Bear Grylls – Chief Scout
The children unpacked the essential backpack equipment for an outdoor adventure, which included a bracelet that could be used as a rope, a torch, teddy and frisbee/plate.
If you are asked to cook a split banana with chocolate buttons on an open fire for pudding, you now know where the idea came from: apparently it is delicious!.
Thank you Kelly for coming in.
If your child would like to join one of the Scouts’ groups, please return a completed application form to school: Kelly will be back to pick up all completed forms in 2 weeks time.
In assembly on Thursday we were lucky to have Pam and Debbie and Angel the Ability Dog visit us from the Ability Dogs for Young People Charity.
The charity works to help young people with physical and learning disabilities lead more active and interactive lives. Angel showed us many of the amazing things she could do from opening and closing doors, to collecting the washing and retrieving lost credit cards! I think we could all do with an Angel around the house!
Niton would like to say thank you to Pam and Debbie (and Angel of course) for their time and for being so informative and entertaining.
Parish Council Meeting
Representatives of the Spencer Bear Team attended the Parish Council meeting on Monday 23rd January, at Niton Library. The Chairman invited the Team to tell the Parish Council the role of the Spencer Bear Team. The Representatives shared how they were there to: ‘ help, listen and keep children safe’. They also explained about the Child Friendly Anti-bullying Policy and the Acts of Kindness Awards improved the wellbeing of the children in school. The council heard about Niton Primary working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School and how this is linked to the United Nations Convention Rights of the Child.
Following the presentation, Spencer Bears invited members of the Parish Council, the public and CARS project members, to join the Rights Respecting School Steering Group so they could contribute to improve the lives, safety and environment for children.
A big thank you to the Spencer Bear Representatives (Tilly- Reception, Amelia-Year 2, Olivia-Year 5, Charles and Ella- Year 6) for turning out on a cold night and all presenting so eloquently at the meeting.
As a parent or carer, if you would be interested in supporting the school in achieving the Rights Respecting School Award, please ask Wanda Wall for more details.
Twelfth Night class got transported back 3,500 years to witness the mummification of Nesperennub, an ancient Egyptian. Estelle from the Museum Education Service visited us all to show how a mummy was made – and Freyja volunteered to be mummified right in front of our eyes! She had to have all her organs removed, like her lungs and liver, and her brain was pulled out of her nose with a hook! Yuck!
All the bits were placed in special jars called Canopic jars filled with salt, and the body was covered in a salt mix called Natron for 40 days to dry it out before being rubbed in oils and wrapped in bandages.
Our two priests, Obi and Freya, performed rituals and read from the Book of the Dead. Freya wore a mask of the jackal god Anubis and Obi wore robes, belt and a gold headdress – they really looked the part.
Afterwards we handled some genuine artefacts that were thousands of year’s old and asked questions about them. It was a great afternoon and we would like to say thank you to Estelle and Jessica for teaching us so much.
Our School App!
We are ensuring our communication with you is easier, quicker and more efficient. I am pleased to inform you that we have introduced a new app service to the school. OurSchoolsApp is a personalised app for our school and will allow us to keep you all updated with school information, news, calendar events and contact information.
If you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone) you can download OurSchoolsApp from Google Play Android or the Apple Store for FREE. Access is also available on a tablet and iPad by following the same download process. When we update OurSchoolsApp with new information or news about the school, a push message notification will automatically be sent to your device to inform you of this update.
You can then view the notification which will then take you directly to our app. Instructions for download:
1. Using the relevant device (iPad, iPhone, smart pad, tablet or android phone), search for ‘OurSchoolsApp’ on your app store Google play for Android or iTunes for Apple devices.
2. Download the ‘APP’.
3. In the search bar in the ‘APP’ put the postcode of or the name or the school.
4. Hit the search button.
5. Once you see the school name displayed, just touch the screen on the school name.
6. Confirm your choice by pressing OK.
7. You will now be presented with the ‘APP’ for the school which contains news, information, calendar events, contacts and any other relevant details.
We are delighted to announce that Niton Primary school has been awarded the Dyslexia Friendly Schools Award in 2016.
In Dyslexia Friendly Schools, staff recognise that dyslexic children learn in different ways and that this can be beneficial to all. Staff work quickly to address individual needs and tailor learning to children’s strengths. Staff continually monitor, review and improve methods of identification and support of children with specific learning needs. The whole school community is involved.
The school promotes good practice for teaching and learning.
If, as parent of a pupil attending this school, you require a paper copy of the information on this website, we shall provide this free of charge.