February 2019 Final    paint

 “Roses are red, violets are blue,

100% attendance is sweet, and so are you!”

ATTENDANCE: Still above target at 96.1%. More than 350 pupils are In It To Win It in week one of the Easter prize draw. 

The Lords Mayor's Attendance Presentation


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Free child care for 2 year olds

Rising Stars 2 year old provision. This has proved very successful and we are now full until September 2019. However, if you are considering a place we encourage you contact us with your child's details, to put their name on our waiting list. To check your eligibility please visit the Families Information Service website at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/fis or telephone 0800 458 4114.

30 HOURS FUNDING FOR NURSERY. Please note that in order for new children to be eligible for 30 hours in the summer term, parents are encouraged to apply to HMRC by the end of February to re-check eligibility, in case there is any further information needed. This will then be in plenty of time for the ultimate deadline of 31st March.

In Other News...

INSET DAYS REMINDER. Our final two INSET days are on Monday 25th February and Monday 3rd June.  School will be closed to children on these days.

UPDATE TELEPHONE NUMBERS. We use Schoolcomms a text messaging service for urgent updates. If you have changed your mobile number recently, please update your details at the school office.


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Times Tables Rock Stars App

The Times Tables Rock Stars app is now available to download. Your children can practise their times tables on their phones and tablets! Click here to download the app.

New Battle of the Bands

Class 16 V Class 1

Class 2 V Class 3

Class 11 V Class 4

Class 6 V Class 5

Class 12 V Class 13

A battle of the classes is a fun way for your children to learn their times tables!

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More News...

YEAR 2 & 3 GYMASTICS CLUB AFTER SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAYS. Gymnastics Club for Year 2 and 3 (classes 12, 13, 4, 11) only, will start on Wednesday 27th February and the last session will be on Wednesday 3rd April.  It will take place in the hall from 3:30 – 4:30pm. 

FOREST SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN IN FOUNDATION 2.  This will start on Thursday 28th February for children in classes 7 and 8. 

YEAR 4 TRIP TO SOUTHWELL MINSTER. As part of their RE topic studying places of worship, children in classes 5 and 6 will visit Southwell Minster on Monday 11th March

SEX & RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION (SRE).  As part of the curriculum, all children from FS2 to Year 6 will receive Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in the second half of the Spring term. 

YEAR 5 SCIENCE LESSONS AT BULWELL ACADEMY. Children in classes 2 and 3 have an exciting opportunity to have a Science lesson taught by the teachers at Bulwell Academy.  The classes will be going on the following afternoons:     

Class 3 Wednesday 6th March: 

Class 2 Wednesday 20th March. 

FOUNDATION STAGE VISIT TO MANSFIELD PALACE THEATRE. This will take place on Wednesday 27th March for children in classes 7 and 8. 





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The children are looking forward to their BikeAbility lessons next half term. The children have been split into two groups.  Both groups will complete BikeAbility on the following days:

  • Tuesday 26th February (all children)
  • Wednesday 27th February (Level 2)
  • Thursday 28th February (Level 2)
  • Friday 1st March (Level 2)
Level 1 will be taught on the playground, going over basic skills needed for riding on the roads. During Level 2, the children will be taken out onto Cantrell Road and the surrounding streets to practise how to ride safely. 

 KS2 (YEARS 3 & 4) AFTER SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACHING FOR GIRLS AND BOYS. External football coaches will provide the sessions for children in years 3 and 4. You do not have to be a great footballer, these sessions are designed for anyone to learn and practise basic football skills.  It will take place on Mondays after school 3:30 – 4:30pm (outside weather permitting).  The first session will be on Monday 4th March and the last session will be Monday 1st April

GET FITTER IN 2019 – TRAINERS/PLIMSOLES IN SCHOOL. This year, one of our school aims is to improve fitness. Physical activity in children is important for a wide variety of reasons. It helps to reduce overweight and obesity, increases strength in muscles and bones and can even improve concentration at school. Exercise is a vital component of any child's development — laying the foundations for a healthy life. From next week we are introducing the Mini Mo Marathon. The children will be running (or walking) around a marked out circuit 3 times weekly. This will happen on different days and at different times as we are a large school and want everyone to be involved. Please could you ensure that children have trainers/plimsoles in school every day so they can change into different footwear to do the exercise.

 World Book Day Small    Reading

WORLD BOOK DAY. World book day is on 7th March and Cantrell are celebrating this on Friday 8th March this year.  Children will be given a £1 book token from WBD, which can be exchanged for a WBD book from the supermarkets and bookshops, or used towards buying a book from a bookshop over £2.99, or using it towards buying a book from Cantrell’s book fair during the week 26th March to 2 April.  Our theme this year is ‘the jungle’ as M&M productions will be showing ‘The Jungle Book’ story.  The children will be able to dress up as jungle animals for a £1 donation.  Donations of cakes and biscuits will be gratefully received for a cake sale in the afternoon break time.  Children will be taking part in ‘Jungle’ activities during the day.  There will be three competitions.  One will be for the best jungle outfit.  One for the best decorated cake and one for the best original jungle poem written.  The prize will be a £10 book of choice.



What are you reading this February half-term? 

We want you, your family and friends to share your reading experiences with us.

Very simply post your pictures and comments on the Cantrell twitter and facebook pages.

We look forward to all your posts.

"Reading with your children leads to questions about the book and the content within.
It gives you a chance to speak about what is happening and to use as a learning experience.
There is nothing better than seeing our children learn."

Also, check out #extremereading and add this hash tag to all your posts. 
Your input will make the difference! Read to succeed! Share you experiences with us on

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