Archive for May, 2009

Midsummer Mayhem – Don’t Miss the Big Event!

Friday, May 29th, 2009

  An afternoon of fun for all the family 

Saturday 20th June from 12 – 4 Vintage Fire Engines, Tractor Rides, Face-painting, Mini-football, Children’s Crafts and activities for all ages, Dog-show, Competitions, Tombola, Barbecue, Hot & Cold Refreshments, and much more 

Pedestrian admission free    Cars £2.00 ALL PROCEEDS TO:     Greatwood HORSE POWER

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Friday, May 29th, 2009

1st – 5th June 2009                  

Monday:           Chicken and Lentil Hot Pot, Sultana Sponge with custard

Tuesday:          Yorkshire Pudding with Savoury filling,    Semolina and raspberry sauce

Wednesday:    Meatloaf with potato croquettes,              Peach crumble topped with oats

Thursday:         Tuna, red pepper and pasta in cheese sauce,       Fruit salad

Friday:             Chilli and vegetable rice,     Manchester tart

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

25th – 29th May 2009               

Monday:           BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday:          Fish casserole with swede mash,    Raisin cake

Wednesday:    BBQ,      Oat and Cherry biscuits

Thursday:         Turkey bolognaise with vegetables,          Cheesecake

Friday:             Toad in the hole with roast potatoes,     Bakewell pudding

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

11th – 15th May 2009                 

Monday:           Cod in Parsley Sauce, Stewed Fruit      

Tuesday:          Curried turkey balls with pilau rice,    Rhubarb with oat crumble        

Wednesday:    Cannelloni with garlic bread and salad,     Semolina with apricots

Thursday:         Salmon fishcakes with stir fry vegetables,            Apple Snow

Friday:             Sausages with cauliflower and potato bake,     Banana custard

Children in England to start school at four

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Children in England are to begin school from the September after they turn four. But their parents will be able to request that they stay at a day nursery until their formal education begins at five. The recommendation to lower the school starting age and bring it into line with Northern Ireland was made by Sir Jim Rose in his long-awaited Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum, published on 30 April.

In it the former Ofsted chief inspector said, “The preferred pattern of entry to reception classes should be the September immediately following a child’s fourth birthday. “However, this should be subject to well-informed discussion with parents, taking into account their views of a child’s maturity and readiness to enter reception class. “Arrangements should be such as to make entry to reception class an exciting and enjoyable experience for all children, with opportunities for flexible arrangements such as a period of part-time attendance if judged appropriate.”

Sir Jim Rose also recommended that the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) provide information to parents and local authorities about the “optimum conditions, flexibilities and benefits” to children of entering reception class in the September immediately after their fourth birthday. Currently, summer-born children begin primary school in the January or April before they turn five, giving them two fewer terms in reception than their autumn-born classmates.

In a written statement to the House of Commons on 31 April, Ed Balls, Schools Secretary, said he accepted Sir Jim’s recommendation that children should ideally start school in the September immediately following their fourth birthday, “possibly on a part-time basis for some children, but with parents having freedom to choose”.

“I am mindful” Mr Balls said, “that compulsory school age does not start until the term after a child turns five and that some parents have a strong preference for their child’s early years experience to take place outside a school setting. I therefore intend to make funding available across the maintained, private and voluntary sectors to enable all children to receive full time provision in education and childcare from the September after their fourth birthday.”

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

4th – 8th May  2009                   

Monday:           BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday:          Turkey Stir Fry with potato cakes,    Fruit crumble with custard

Wednesday:    Beef hash with vegetable spaghetti,  Rice pudding

Thursday:         Roast Cod with vegetable rice,    Fruit and Ice cream

Friday:             Lamb casserole with swede mash,     Chocolate Mousse