Clubs & Activities

Guitar Lessons (Run by the Rock and Pop Foundation)

I have passed a list of children’s names and classes onto the teacher from the Rock and Pop Academy who provide guitar lessons in Upland School on a Thursday. Hopefully they will send details about their current guitar provision and charges to you. If you would like their contact details they are: Phone: 08448793305 Fax: 09443356675 Email:

Piano Style Keyboard lessons

I am really pleased with the progress your children made last year with most of them making the breakthrough of playing tunes with two hands together. I am planning on keeping the lessons going for the 30 more lessons between now and end of July 2014. Lessons will start again on Tuesday 24th September for five weeks. For more information please refer to the letter in the parents section of the site.

Individual and small group Instrumental lessons

I am writing to you as your child has had the opportunity to have free small group/individual instrumental lessons provided by Bird College at Upland Primary School. The government funding for free instrumental lessons unfortunately stopped over a year ago and the school has found it necessary to ask parents to contribute to the cost of existing small group/individual instrumental lessons. We ask parents to commit to paying for 30 lessons over the year. Parents can choose to pay for all 30 lessons in one payment at the beginning of the year or in three payments of ten lessons at the beginning of each term. The lessons will cost £3 per 20 min group lesson (with up to six children), £4 per 20 min group lesson (with up to 4 children) or £6 per 15 min individual lesson. For more information please refer to the letter in the parents section of the site.

O2 Choir

Thank you for requesting information about O2 choir. Rehearsals will be on Monday (Mr Gregory) and Tuesday Lunchtimes (Miss Melia) 12:40pm – 1:10pm starting on Monday 23rd September. The concert is a charity event on Wednesday 29th January in the O2 Arena held by an organisation called Young Voices (website who fundraise for charities such as CLCI Sargent helping children with cancer. The concert is in 2 parts starting at 7pm and finishing at 9:15pm and has a range of songs that the children will love. There maybe one or two you recognize as well! For more information please refer to the letter in the parents section of the site.

Keyboard Club

There is another chance for children in years 1 -6 to attend keyboard club for 5 weeks starting on Wednesday 6th November 2013, after school till 4:30pm. Wednesday Keyboard Club Payment £15 for 5 weeks Requirements • Regular practice at home is an advantage but not a requirement to attend this club. • A folder or document wallet to keep their music in. • Children need to be in years 1 – 6. • A small snack/drink. What children will learn A more informal style of playing for all abilities, based on playing from simple notation and by ear, playing group pieces using either or both hands. Priority First come first serve on a half termly cycle. To apply for a place for your child please return the slip below with payment to the school office. There are 15 spaces and demand has been very high. We will let you know if your child has been allocated a place or not and payment will be returned if no place is given.

Group Individual Lessons Brass/ Woodwind/ violin

I sent a letter home with your child about instrumental lessons on 10th September 2013. Lessons are no longer free and as we have to cover the costs of booking the Tutor If lessons are not paid for before Monday 23rd September 2013 your child’s Time will be allocated to another child on the waiting list. Please let myself or Mrs. Sengupta know as soon as possible if you are having problems paying or your child no longer wishes to have lessons in school. If you wish for your child to continue please send payment for the first 10 lessons to The office by Monday 23rd September. Please send your child with his/her instrument, music, folder, practice record and a pencil to write down their practice and make notes on their music. There is an “Instrumentpark” just inside the large Music Room where their instrument will be safe for the day and available for children to take to lessons. Because music lessons are no longer free and we have to book for the hours that the teachers so if your child does not attend his/her lesson we will still have to ask you to pay for their lessons. If you let the instrumental teacher or myself know more than a week in advance it may be possible to rearrange to make up the lesson at another time but we cannot guarantee this. Pupils will have weekly practice set by the teacher and will need to carry out a minimum of 5 x 15mins per week which I would kindly ask you to sign when your child has carried it out. (they can bring their sheet to me and get 5 team points and a sticker if they have managed this) There is now a free orchestra running in school on Monday Mornings 8:45am – 9:30am in the Large Music room which your child is welcome to attend so that they can have some fun applying the skills that they have learnt in their lessons.

Mini-Football Club Reception & KS1 Pupils

The mini-football club for Reception and KS1 will continue to take place on Fridays after school for Reception and KS1 children. Daniel Noel is a trained football coach who specialises in working with the lower years. This club is extremely successful loved by children and parents alike. This course will commence on Friday 24th January 2014 after school until 4.15 pm. The children will be collected from their classrooms (already changed) and taken to the hall where the activity takes place. The charge is £20.00 - £2.00 per session. The children will need to wear T shirt, shorts and plimsolls. This is a well-loved course which is constantly over-subscribed and for health and safety reasons there are only 30 available spaces. Therefore, on this occasion, we will be offering places to those children who have not had the opportunity to attend the full ten sessions previously first. Children who have already taken part can re-apply but again I must stress there is no guarantee of a new place. The cut-off date for Mrs Fitzgerald to receive the reply slip and money is Tuesday, 14/1/14. If you do not hear from us then your child has a place and should attend the first session on Friday, 24/1/14.

Multi Sports Club

The multi sports club will take place on Mondays after school for Years 3 to 6 between the hours of 3.20pm to 4.30pm. Certificates will be given at the end of the course, medals and trophies will also be given to those that excelled on the course. The sessions will offer well organised and structured coaching, led by professional, qualified, CRB approved sports coach and will include Football, Basketball, Cricket, Tag Rugby and Hockey. The program will hopefully help many young children to be more confident within sporting activities as well as forming many strong friendships in the process. Whether your children are just looking for fun, keeping active or wanting to develop their sporting interests, the sports program has something for everyone. Dates: 13/1, 20/1, 3/2, 10/2, 24/2, 3/3, 10/3, 17/3, 24/3, 31/3 (Total of 10 Sessions) What your child must bring: • To wear suitable footwear (not football boots) • To wear suitable clothing • To have a drink • To wear shin guards ~ optional Booking/Cost: The charge is £3.00 per session – only £30.00 for a 10 week course. There are no refunds for absent children or bad weather. Could you please make sure you are here ready to pick your child up at 4.30pm from the playground gate next to Church Road. The reply slip and money must be returned to Mrs Fitzgerald in the office by Thursday, 9/1/14. There is a limit of 26 places available so book early to avoid disappointment. If you do not hear from us then your child has a place and should attend the first session on Monday, 13/1/14.

Swimming Spring Term 2014

The children will commence swimming on Thursday 9th January 2014. However, as there are two inset days that fall on a Monday we have altered the days/dates each class shall go swimming to reflect this. They will be as follows: Saturn: Thu 9.1.14/Thu 16.1.14/Thu 23.1.14/Mon 3.2.14/Mon 10.2.14 Jupiter: Mon 13.1.14/Mon 20.1.14/Thu 30.1.14/ Thu 6.2.14/Thu 13.2.14 The fee for this half term will be £8.25. Should you have any financial difficulties, please do not hesitate in speaking to me.

Breakfast Club & After School Club

Schoolfriend Breakfast Club (all ages) Monday to Friday 7.45 – 8.45am Schoolfriend After school Club (all ages) Monday to Friday 3.30 – 5.30pm (please phone Schoolfriend's head office to book ~ 0870 442 2287)

Cookery Club

Miss Hemmings /Mrs Dyckhoff, run a cookery club for KS2 children. The cookery club is held on Wednesday, they run for 6 weeks and have approximately 12 children at a time. The dishes cooked vary immensely covering all tastes. We pride ourselves on our courageous approach to cooking and never shy away from the more difficult dishes. Our intentions are that all children, during their time at Upland get an opportunity to participate in the cookery club