Newsletter, November 2019
Dear Parents and Carers
Important reading workshops - 20 November
On Wednesday, 20 November we have a special Reading workshop for all parents. We will run the workshop at 8.45am and 6pm.
The workshop is a great opportunity for you to learn about how we are teaching your children to develop and progress in their reading. We will explain what we call the 'diagnostic' reading system and how it works. We will also discuss how we do 'guided reading' in the school and there will be plenty of handy hints and tips about how you can support your child with reading at home.
Tea and coffee served. A workshop not to be missed!
Rights respecting workshops - 28 November.
On Thursday, 28 November we will be holding two Rights Respecting workshops for our Reception through to Year 6 parents.
We are very proud to be part of Unicef UK's Rights Respecting school initiative. A Rights Respecting School is a place where all pupils can feel confident and pupils are encouraged to use their voices and speak out. Together young people and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day.
Come and find out what it means to be a Rights Respecting school and how you can support us with this. This is an important initiative for our school family.
Age-related reading books for your child
As I said last month, we have invested in a wide range of new reading books across the school: over 1,000 to date.
Alongside, this we have also introduced diagnostic reading tests for all year groups. The reading test will help to inform teachers of each child’s exact reading level so that the books selected are appropriate for them. The tests have taken slightly longer than we would have liked but we are now coming to the end of the process and you should begin to see the new books coming home. We would love any feedback you have.
What to look out for:
Children in KS1 should bring home a phonics book, an age-related reading book and a library book of their choice.
Children in KS2 should bring home an age-related reading book and a library book.
We expect that books are brought back to school daily and reading records are completed by parents and sent back into school. Please be aware that these new books are expensive and any books not returned will accrue a £5 charge that parents must pay before another new book can be given out.
There is a new website that all parents should be aware of called ‘Facecast’. We have been told by our on-line Safeguarding team this website has been used by predators to entice, groom and sexually exploit young children. Please take the necessary precautions and check your child’s device at home and make us aware of any concerns you may have.
Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas
To all of our families who recently celebrated Diwali or Bandi Chhor, I would like to wish you a happy celebration and hope you had an amazing time with family. On Friday, 8 November all Year 4 parents are invited to a special Diwali assembly at 9.00am we do hope you will be able to attend.
The Poppy appeal is an event that we hold close to our hearts it is an opportunity for us to reflect on the excellent contribution of our military and also to consider the importance of lost and the impact that it has on life today. We ask that as many families as possible donate to the Poppy appeal at the front office.
Workshops for pupils
We have a few workshops over the coming weeks for pupils. The Railway safety workshop for Year 5 and 6 on the 7th November and the Fit4kids workshop on the 6th December.
A gentle reminder that we have an additional Inset day on Monday, 11th November and school will be closed.
A big thank you to all of the parents who attended our first PTA meeting of the year. It was a great opportunity to discuss the events for the year ahead and also discuss ways in which the school could improve communication. We will be having another planning meeting quite soon as we have both the Christmas Fayre and the Winter disco this term. All parents are invited to attend and the PTA welcome your participation.
Nursery open day success
We had a special visitor this week, as Chase from Paw Patrol, came in to help us show our wonderful nursery to prospective parents. Chase then went around the school visiting all the classes - much to the delight of the children. If you know of someone looking for a nursery place visits can be organised to suit, and we have other open day dates.
Well done Ayaanah!
We are very proud of year 6 pupil Ayaanah Uddin for getting into the prestigious Laytmer School which is one of the top state-schools in the entire country. You can read the interview she gave to the school website here.
Ms Parson (Headteacher)