Our Catholic Mission: 'We do our best by following Jesus.'

Executive Head: Mrs E Brocklesby

Head of School: Mrs S Laskey

email: enquiry_amb@emmasumac.com

Contact number: 01562 823568

Our Catholic Mission: 'We do our best by following Jesus.'

Friday 26th January 2024

Can we please remind you that Parent's Evening will be held on Tuesday 6th February and Thursday 8th February between 3.30-6pm. You will only need to book one slot with your child's class teacher on either of the days. If you are having any difficulty booking please speak to the school office and they will be happy to help you.


It has been brought to our attention that parents are pulling up and dropping their children off directly outside the school gates. This is causing congestion and other cars are not able to pass. In light of the horrific accident today on the Birmingham Road, can we please ask that you are pulling into a space to allow your child to get out of the car safely and that you are not blocking the road.

Message from Mrs Brocklesby

National School Attendance Campaign

This year the government have launched a new national campaign to remind parents and carers of the importance of school attendance. You will be seeing it on tv, social media and hearing about it on the radio.

The NHS and the Chief Medical Officer say it is usually appropriate for parents and carers to send their children to school with mild respiratory illnesses, including general cold symptoms like a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat. Please refer to the following link for further information https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/is-my-child-too-ill- for-school/

From the first day of term to the last, the small moments in a school day make a real difference to your child. #AttendanceCounts so please ensure your child attends school regularly.

If you have any concerns about your child's attendance, please get in touch.

Message from Mrs Laskey

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following on from last week we continued our house feast day celebrations on Tuesday for all the children in blue house as it was Saint Nicholas Owen’s feast day.  The children attended the parish Mass in the morning and ended the day with a blue topped cupcake made by AiP.  It was lovely to have so many children say thank you for their special cake and the children in yellow and green house now know what they have to look forward to.

On my journeys around school this week there has been lots of exciting teaching and learning going on.

In Reception the children have continued exploring China through their topic of Chinese New Year. The children were eager to find out more about China, and this week they explored the Great Wall of China. The children couldn't believe how long it was. They enjoyed learning lots of new facts and writing about the Great Wall of China. They even created their own wall out of Lego and blocks.

Evie – ‘It is very long, and it is made of cement, dirt and bricks.’

Osarenomase – ‘The king builds it to stop people coming into China’

Louis – ‘It is built with cement, dirt, rocks.’

Elliot – ‘We built the Great Wall of China.’

Lucca – ‘We used bricks and Lego’

In Year One the children have been writing their own stories based on the story of 'The Queen's Handbag'. They created their own storyboards about King Charles III. One story had a rhino escape from London Zoo and snatch the crown off his head. Another story had a bird swoop down to take the crown. Wow, an amazing week of writing for all children in Year One!  In addition to this, during the term their Geography unit has been looking at the United Kingdom. Paddington has joined the Year One classroom and has been helping them with all their learning and giving them clues. The children have loved learning about the countries and their capitals. Year One now have a United Kingdom puzzle in class and they have been challenged to complete it before Easter.  Good luck Year One!

Year Two children have been involved in some super learning this week.  They have been learning about what makes a good friend. When asked about their week the children said,

‘I have been learning how to multiply and divide.’

‘I liked writing this week because my handwriting is neat and I get to write lots of long stories.’

‘Jesus performed a miracle to heal the sick servant.’

‘I moved the ball side to side in Hockey’

In Year Three this week the children have been learning about the significance of Skara Brae in History and they have been looking at the story of the young Samuel in R.E. and how important it is to listen, not just to hear. In Maths, the children have been completing their multiplication and division unit and in English they have been writing about Om and her friend from the text `Stone Age Boy` by Satoshi Kitamura. On Wednesday, they listened to some famous recorder players - one in a folk band, and the other playing Vivaldi`s `Four Seasons ' in a concert orchestra! 

Year Four have been busy writing about The Andes mountains in South America. The class have read the text 'The boy who biked the world' and discussed how he faced some trouble with his attempt to cycle up these mountains.  The children then wrote their own setting descriptions to really understand the difficulty of his task.  In Science, the children started the new topic 'Good Vibrations' which is all about sound! They made their own pitch straws and made them shorter to change the pitch. As they became shorter, the pitch was higher due to more frequent vibrations inside the straw. 

Year Five have been creating their own newspaper reports documenting the arrest of Anne Boleyn in 1536. They continued their work on fractions and as a class they have grown in confidence when adding and subtracting fractions. In RE the children have enjoyed exploring the different signs and symbols of Baptism. 

In Year Six the children have been working hard this week! In Maths, they have been learning all about adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. In English, they have started learning all about the Titanic, and are looking forward to getting stuck into diary entries next week.

Thank you for your support in the change of the Times Table Rockstar Day and Number Day from this week to next Friday 2nd February.  Please see the poster below.

As some of you are aware there was an accident on the Birmingham Road this morning.  Please keep all those who it concerns in your thoughts and prayers.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Laskey  

Mrs Shevas can't wait to see what exciting rock star outfits everyone comes to school wearing!

Make sure your child logs onto TTRS or Numbots over the weekend and all next week to be in with a chance of winning a prize in our rock star assembly next Friday!

On Times Tables Rock stars (Y2-Y6) children can play on STUDIO to earn their rock status and get certificates, and they can play on GARAGE to turn their heatmap green and show off how many of their times tables they know!

On Numbots (Reception-Y2) children can play story mode and complete all the different robot levels, showing off their super number knowledge!

In Years 4-6, Miss Noble, Mr Pitt, Mrs Joyner and Mrs Shevas have enjoyed playing multiplayer TTRS races against their classes in the evenings - lets see if any of them can be beat next week!


Pets as Therapy have been back in school this week. We have been joined for another session on a Wednesday morning by Coco and her owner Lucy Hickman. Coco is a 3 year old Pouchon - a poodle and Bichon cross. Next week the children will have the opportunity to read to her.  
Reception Friday
Year 1 Tuesday and Thursday
Year 2 Tuesday and Wednesday
Year 3 Tuesday and Thursday
Year 4 Tuesday and Friday
Year 5 Tuesday and Wednesday
Year 6 Tuesday

This years Valentines Bakes Off will be held on Wednesday 7th February. All entries to be brought into the school office and they will be judged and then sold to the children during the day and any remaining cakes will be sold from the school hall at the end of the day to parents and families.

Cupcakes and biscuits would be preferred due to them being easier to hand out when selling.

Children will need to bring in a maximum of £1 cash on the day in a named envelope or purse.


We are a family support charity in the Wyre Forest. For our wonderful service of supporting families to continue we need to recruit more volunteers to home visit families or support at our family groups. If this is something that you would be interested in then please contact us. Many thanks.

Wednesday 31st January 9.30am Whole School Mass
Friday 2nd February All Day Times Table Rockstar Day (KS2) and Number Day (KS1) Please see poster for more information
Monday 5th February 7pm MAC Year 5 Pyramid Concert
Tuesday 6th February All Day Safer Internet Day
--------------------------- 3.30pm - 6pm Parents' Evening 1
Wednesday 7th February 9.15am Reception, Y1 and Y2 Class Mass
--------------------------- -------------------------- TAPP Valentine's Bake Off
Thursday 8th February 3.30pm - 6pm Parents' Evening 2
Monday 19th February -------------------------- Return to School for Spring Term 2
Wednesday 21st February 9.15am Year 6 Class Mass
Friday 1st March 9.15am St Chad's House Mass (Yellow House)
Wednesday 6th March 9.15am Year 5 Class Mass
Thursday 7th March All Day World Book Day - More information to follow
Wednesday 13th March 9.15am Year 4 Class Mass
Friday 22nd March 9.15am Whole School Mass
-------------------------- --------------------------- Break up for Easter


Tuesday 30th January 7.00 pm in the Adams Lounge:

1) Those parents wishing to have their child or children baptised in the forthcoming months should attend if possible.

2) Baptism application forms can be obtained from the Office at the Rectory, Tuesday to Friday after 10 am each day.

3) Please note no Baptisms are to be planned to be celebrated during Lent.

4) Parents need to have attended a Baptism meeting before the Sacrament is undertaken and anybody wishing to become a Godparent, needs to have been baptised.

Regular attendance at school means that your child will make the most of their education and improve their chances later on in life. At St Ambrose, good attendance is of high importance and we strive to have at least 96% attendance. Please help us with this target. If you need any support, then school is here to help so that your child can get the very best out of the education we provide. 

We will continue sending out regular push notifications about attendance so that you are aware if you child falls below our 96% target and we are working with Louise Howles, our Education Welfare Officer to support us with improvements.

Year Group This Week Academic Year
Whole School 94.2% 92.3%
Reception 94.4% 91.3%
Year 1 97.9% 91.3%
Year 2 93.7% 89.7%
Year 3 94.0% 91.9%
Year 4 97.3% 96.4%
Year 5 95.0% 93.5%
Year 6 86.9% 92.4%

Mass Times at St. Ambrose Catholic Church

The Folk Group will be playing at Sunday evening Mass this week.


The Bee Hive Club is now open. The Club is based in the Bee Hive which is the nursery building currently.

Opening Times

The Bee Hive Club is open to children between 7.45am – 8.45am & 3.20pm - 6.00pm every school day.

There is a minimum of two qualified members of staff and a ratio of one member of staff to eight children under the age of eight years.

The Bee Hive Admissions Policy

The Bee Hive (Before and After School Club) will admit any child who attends St Ambrose School subject to availability of places, and the admissions criteria below.

The Bee Hive Morning Club will accept up to 20 children on any one day.  The Bee Hive Evening Club will accept up to 20 children on any one day. The club operates a minimum staffing of one adult per eight children under the age of 8 years.

Term Dates

Term Dates
Autumn Term 1 Monday 4th September - Friday 27th October
Autumn Term 2 Monday 6th November - Friday 22nd December
Spring Term 1 Monday 8th January - Friday 9th February
Spring Term 2 Monday 19th February - Friday 22nd March
Summer Term 1 Monday 8th April - Friday 24th May
Summer Term 2 Monday 3rd June - Monday 22nd July
Staff Training Days Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th September 23. Friday 6th October 23. Friday 9th February 24. Monday 22nd July 24.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Laskey and Mrs Brocklesby