The Scoop Week 17th January 2023

Hello Lyndhurst Family,

Hopefully your children will have been talking to you over the last week and a half about the subjects that they are covering this term. We have had a little shake up in years 1-6 to ensure that we are teaching all subjects. We have also introduced a new wellbeing curriculum. The curriculum is something that I am very passionate about. I always recall arriving at secondary school and realising that my new peers had been taught subjects that I had not (having come from a school that focused on English and maths). That moment has certainly shaped my professional life as I am determined that all of our pupils will have the full education to which they are entitled, an education which especially ensures coverage of the arts and technologies. More about curriculum later.

Here are this week’s notices:

Strike Action:
You may have head that yesterday that the National Education Union (NEU) voted in favour of strike action. At the time of writing we are still waiting for further details although speculation is that the first day of industrial action will be the 1st of Feb. Now that all of the ballots have closed we can start to determine what the impact will be on us as a school. When we have details we will communicate them to you via a separate email.  

Home work Logins:
We are still having a few issues with the homework logins mainly the Spagtastic one. We are working with the company to rectify this (they have identified the fault on their system) and hope to re-issue the logins this week at which point we will also provide the times tables rockstar and numbots logins.

Curriculum Evening:
This Thursday at 6:15 pm in the lower hall we have a parent curriculum evening. We will talk a bit about our curriculum journey, the subjects we cover and their allocation of time each week, the things we are trialing this year and where you can go to find out more. We will have some time for Q&A. Unfortunately, we do not have capacity to run any child care during this event.

Parking at drop off and collection:
Many thanks to everyone who has refrained from parking unsafely on Grove Lane at the busy drop off and collection times. Whilst we would love it if everyone could walk, scoot or cycle we do understand that everyone has a different set of circumstances. I want to highlight that in our community we do have blue badge holders, who are entitled to park on single and double yellow lines providing their clock is displayed on the dashboard. I would ask that if you have concerns you raise them with the school or the council.

Phonics Coffee Morning:
On January 27th at 09:05 in the library we will have a phonics coffee morning. This is open to all parents although we will be focusing on how phonics is taught in reception to year two and what support is in place for those who need phonics instruction further up the school. We will also talk about how you can support with your child’s understanding of phonics.

Christmas Holiday Camp:
We are delighted that the holiday camp that ran at the start of the break not only had great reviews from parents but also from visitors from the local authority. Well done everyone who has made this provision such a success. The camp has also generated £783 of profit for the school which is great news! Details are being finalised for a half term and Easter camp so do look out for details (bookings for Feb half term will open next week).

SEND Coffee Morning:
Please don’t forget the SEND coffee morning happening this Friday shortly after drop off in the library. This is open to anyone, we will be looking at how we support SEND pupils with the curriculum.

Parent Period Workshop:
Our PSHE and SRE lead has been working with staff from some of the other primaries in the trust to organise some parent workshops about periods. The sessions will explain what we teach and will also provide some support for parents of female pupils. The session will run on two dates in two different locations. The first is at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School on Wednesday February 1st from 6pm to 7pm.  The second is on Thursday February 2nd at Charles Dickens Primary School from 4pm to 5pm.  We will be sending a sign up sheet around in next week’s Scoop, please keep a look out as the deadline for sign up will be the 27th.

Lyndhurst Arts Week:
Arts Week will be happening the week beginning 19th June at Lyndhurst Primary School. If you have a creative skill/job and you are free during this week, then we would really love you  to come in and give a talk or teach a workshop to the children. If you are interested, then please email Ms Saeed at

Key Dates:
You can find some of the key dates for the upcoming half term below.
You can find some of the key dates for the upcoming half term below.

  • Parent curriculum evening 19th January 6:15pm
  • SEND coffee morning 20th January 09:05 am
  • Phonics coffee morning 27th Jan
  • Period Talk in Dulwich 1st Feb 6-7pm
  • Period Talk in Borough 2nd Feb 4-5pm
  • FOL meeting 3rd Feb 9am
  • Book Week start on the 20th February.
  • World Book Day is the 2nd March.
  • Comic Relief is the 17th March
  • Parents Consultations are on the 22nd and 23rd March (exact times tbc).

Have a great week everyone.