Message from Miss Emson

We’ve certainly had a fabulous end to this half term with all those children achieving three reads or more consistently every week for this whole half term going to the cinema at Whitgift.  As a school, we are always looking for ways to encourage and motivate children and even though it has always been the school’s expectation to read at least three times per week, we found this to be very inconsistent across the school.  For children to earn this reward the teachers needed to see in reading diaries that children had read three times per week for every week of this half term.  I realise not all 300+ children could possibly achieve this and that’s perfectly acceptable.  Parents and children telling us they read 3 times a week does not help us.  You are aware, as are the children that reading diaries are checked as often as they come into school.  If reading diaries are brought in frequently the teacher has the opportunity to remind children how many more reads they need. If children have not managed it this time, there will be another opportunity to begin after half term. We are building a reading culture and want reading to be celebrated and become part of everyday life – not seen as a chore.  Your child will have brought home with them our new reading letter which tells you much more about what we are doing and what we have done as a school to ensure all children fulfil their potential in reading.   I will let the rest of the newsletter speak for itself – this has been a fabulous half term and we’ve got so much more to look forward to next half term too. The children and staff have worked incredibly hard and I’d like to thank you, our parents, for supporting our systems and procedures to really make Great Coates Primary a place where everyone wants to be!

Have a fabulous half term and do something that makes you smile. 

Emma Emson – Principal. 


Stars of the week

Key Stage 1

Mrs Woods – Lyla W

Miss Winn – Lennon I

Mrs Watson – Susie L

Mrs Brown – Leo S

Key Stage 2

Mrs Cox – Amelia S

Miss Baxter – Hayden K

Mrs Bradley – Logan A

Miss O’Neill – Emmi – Alexa B

Mrs Martin – Preston H

Mr Baxter –  Jasmine C


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Times Tables Rock Stars

This is the ongoing leaderboard for Times Tables Rock Stars. Well done these children for working hard on your times tables.

1. Deon OY6
2. Phenix MY3
3. Cody DY6
4. Jasmine MY6
5.Vienna HY5
6. Jack CY5
7. Max KY3
8. Olly CY6
9. Alicia JY6
10. Isobella H Y6

To get on the leaderboard you need to play on ‘Studio’ on times tables rock stars and you need to play at least 10 times.


Children’s Mental Health Week

This week the children in all classes have been learning about their Mental Health. Please see below ideas to help support your child’s mental health.

The following websites also have helpful links and ideas.

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday, the whole school took part in Safer Internet Day. The children learned about keeping safe on line. They learnt how to be respectful online and what to do if they feel uncomfortable with things they encounter in the digital world.

For information for parents about safe gaming, follow the link.

Year 5 Rocket Challenge

On Thursday Year 5 took part in the Smallpiece Trust Glider Challenge. This was a virtual lesson where the children learnt about aerodynamics and forces and were introduced to the world of engineering. The pupils had a wonderful morning designing, constructing and testing their rockets.

World Book Day

The school will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 4th March. A reading newsletter will be sent home today with more information. Please check your child’s book bag.

This year we will be having the theme of Alice in Wonderland. The children are invited to come to school dressed as characters from the book.

Tables Rock Stars NSPCC Rocks Challenge

On Friday 4th February, the school took part in the NSPCC Times Tables Rocks Challenge. Over 5000 schools and 50 000 classes took part in challenges on Times Tables Rock Stars and our children loved the exciting day of competing against each other and against other schools. Our school came 30th out of 139 local primary schools. A certificate was given to the top 10 players in the NSPCC Rocks Challenge. Well done everyone who took part.

Winners of the NSPCC Rocks Times Tables Challenge

Para-Athlete Visit

On 16th March, the school will be visited by the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup winner, Martin Norris. The children will take part in a physical activity with Martin and have an inspirational talk. The visit is sponsored by the organisation Sports for Champions. To fund the visit, pupils will have brought home a donation form so that parents can support the school to provide the activity and Para-athletes in whatever way they can.

As we will be asking parents to support this visit and charity this year, we will not be raising money for Red-Nose Day, which is on the same week.

Nursery Places

Do you have a child or know of a child who will be age 3 by 31 March?If so they could start nursery in April 2022 for 15 hours free funding or if eligible 30 hours funding.Please contact the school office now to find out more – email school office at [email protected] or give us a call on 01472 808608


Mrs WoodMrs WatsonMiss WinnMrs BrownMrs CoxMiss BaxterMrs BradleyMiss O’NeillMr BaxterMrs Martin
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Good attendance is classed as 96% and above.

If your child will not be attending school, please call the school office on 01472 808608 or email the school on [email protected] to report their absence. For planned absences, please do this before the first day of the absence.

When a child does not attend school, and no explanation has been provided, the school will contact the individuals listed on our system as contacts, starting with the primary contacts. If we cannot reach any of these contacts, or we do not receive a satisfying response as to the whereabouts and safety of the pupils, we will immediately send a staff member to the pupil’s home. If there is no response, we will contact the police.

Dates for your diary

Year 4 Swimming Dates
February 21st , 28th, March 7th, 14th
Close for half term11.02.22
World Book Day04.03.22
Visit to school by Para-Athlete. Martin Norris16.3.22
Swimming for Year 5 begins – More details to follow in a letter next week22.3.22
Close for Easter holidays01.04.22
Open for Summer Term20.04.22
Close for Half-Term27.05.22
School Closed – Training Day17.06.22
School closes21.07.21


Compass Go, Mental Health Support Team

School are working in partnership with Compass Go (Mental Health Support Team) to support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families. Compass Go are a new mental health support team who will be working together with your school to help support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.  As a part of this support they will be looking at how they can help parents/careers to understand the types of mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties their children may encounter and how best to support them. 
They would really appreciate your views on what support you would find helpful, please click the following link to express your views regarding this matter –

Parking on Yellow lines

Please can we remind parents that is is against the law to stop on the yellow lines in front of school. It creates hazards for children and parents entering and leaving the school grounds and causes congestion around the school. We have a large car park, which can be accessed through John Whitgift Academy.


Earrings – No-earrings except small studs are allowed in school. We have had a small number of children with hoop earrings in school. These present a Health and Safety risk to the children. If we deem that your child’s earrings are unsafe we will ask the child to remove them or telephone parents to ask them to remove them. No jewellery is to be worn in school including friendship bracelets.

No earrings should be worn for PE.


Below are our expectations on uniform which will also serve as a reference throughout the year.

SWEATSHIRT: Logo sweatshirt or a plain red sweatshirt or cardigan.

SKIRT/TROUSERS: Black or dark grey skirts/pinafore or trousers/shorts/ red check summer dress

SHIRT White polo shirts underneath sweatshirts      

SHOES: Black flat school shoes – no trainers.


Plain white t shirt / black shorts/ Plimsolls or trainers for inside P.E.

Trainers for outdoor games.

Jogging bottoms or dark coloured track suits may be worn in cold weather.

What have we been learning this week?

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