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Newsletter Friday 13th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


We have had a great week. Ruby class performed an amazing assembly. It was a quiz show about the Mayans and they definitely knew a lot and taught us a lot too. Well done Ruby class.


It is our Black History Month celebration next Friday (20th October) at 3:30pm in the hall. Please buy tickets for this as it is going to be a lot of fun. It is £6 for an adult and £4 for a child and a delicious plate of food is included. The children are having a special Black History Month assembly on that day and KS2 will be having workshops. KS1 will be having lessons too. There will be a special Black History Month menu on Thursday and Friday-


Jamaican Oxtail Stew or 

Jamaican Vegetarian Stew 

Grilled Plantain, Rice & Peas

Traditional Breadfruit Pudding



Jamaican Patties (Beef or Vegetarian)

Corn on the Cob, Mango & Cucumber Salsa 

Ginger Loaf


We are also asking children to wear red on Friday 20th October in support of showing Racism the Red Card. We need to challenge misconceptions, stereotypes and negative attitudes in society. We will be talking to children about this next week and asking them to wear red to school on Friday in support of this. They do not need to wear school uniform on this day.


On Tuesday 10th October, Betty Layward played their first football fixture of the Hackney football league against Halley House at the Young Hackney Eastway Hub. Despite a terrific team performance by the boys, Halley House won 2-0. 

The girls kicked off their first game of the season with a very hard fought 3-3 draw with goals from Zhara, Martha and an own goal to get our first points of the season. Well done everyone.


On Wednesday 11th October, the Betty Layward boy's football team took part in a year 5 and 6 boy’s football competition at Mabley Green. There were victories over Parkwood and William Pattern and a draw against Baden Powell which meant that Betty Layward qualified for the next round against Mandeville. The boys put in a lot of effort during the match however were unable to get the victory as Mandeville won 2-0. Well done to all the boys who took part, we are very proud of you all.


We are looking forward to seeing Grandparents next week. If you haven’t booked your child’s Grandparent in please see your child’s class teacher. Thank you for your harvest donations. We were delighted to see so many. Thank you for supporting our fancy dress, second-hand uniform and coat sale today.


The children are having a week of work the week after half term. This will involve them learning about different careers. Nursery are learning about everyday jobs, Reception are learning about jobs in nature, Year 1 are learning about Engineering and robots and machines, Year 2 are learning about community jobs, Year 3 are learning about building futures and architecture, Year 4 are learning about arts and the theatre, Year 5 are learning about ethical business and Year 6 are learning about developing an app. There will be a trip or workshop linked to the theme for each year group. We are really looking forward to it.  If you work in any of these businesses or can come on a trip (letters will be out next week) please let us know. 


While thinking about what is going on in the world it would be lovely if hatred could turn into shaking hands and weapons could turn into welcoming arms. Kindness should be at the heart of all that we do and it definitely is at Betty Layward.

Have a lovely weekend,



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