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Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school

CEOP Internet Safety

Friday 2nd October 2015

Dear Parents,

Roles and responsibilities for our children
Our whole school ethos aims to develop our children as confident and articulate individuals who can both express their own views and understand the needs of others. We focus on this particularly in Circle Time and PSHCE lessons. Children also have a range of responsibilities and jobs, both in class and the wider school which they really enjoy. This is a particular focus for our Year 6 children who have made an excellent start as House Captains. Sports Captains, Eco Committee and Library monitors.

We are also celebrating our newly appointed School Council. These are representatives from each class and year group who will help to share the views of all children. Congratulations to: Beatrice Corrance, Reception; Sam Sweete, Y1; Scarlet Hunter, Y2; Amelie Butterwick, Y3; Farley Thompson, Y4; Lucy Brown, Y5; Evie Farnell and Cameron Gaynor Y6.

Parental Class Assembly
Each class has their own assembly this term on Thursday at 9.30am. Parents, relatives, carers of children in that class are invited to this. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your child’s learning. A reminder that Class 1 has their parental assembly on Thursday 15th October at 9.30am. All our dates are on the website.

Reception Parents reminder
Please note the date above for your invitation to your first child’s parental assembly.

Parent Teacher Consultations Reception parents
On Wednesday 21st October children of Reception parents can book an appointment to meet with Mrs Reynolds and discuss how their child has settled into school. You can book a slot between 1.30pm and  6pm. Please sign up for a time slot in the office reception entrance area from Monday or phone the office to book.


Class 3 Viking Visit Tuesday 6th October
A reminder that Class 3 need to be at school for 8.30am ready for their day as a Viking, with a Viking packed lunch and warm clothes (no uniform required) and walking boots or wellingtons. They expect to return at approximately 4pm.

Year 6 Residential Visit to Marrick Priory
We wish our Year 6 children and Mrs Jones and Mrs Flower a brilliant week of outdoor educational activities next week. All details and departure times have been confirmed. The children will need collecting from school on their return at 2.30pm next Friday 9th October.

Year 5 Children and Music Lessons next week
Our Year 5 children will be taught by Mrs Jameson next week. Mrs Jameson is a fully qualified and experienced primary school teacher in addition to teaching music.

For next week only our children will not have instrumental violin, cello or piano lessons. These will resume the following week and you will still receive a guaranteed 10 lessons across the term.

What can I do to support  my child’s learning in school ?
At our Parent Teacher consultations in October we will discuss further your child’s progress and targets with you. You can support your child by:

    Listening to your child read at home as often as possible and discussing the meaning behind the text, any tricky words

    Taking time to support their homework activities

    For children in Y2 upwards, learning their times tables so that by the end of Y4 they know all their tables to x12

Safety in the playground
The children have been asked to wheel their bikes and scooters out of the playground gate to keep everyone safe at collection times.

Friends of the School AGM and planning meeting Monday 5th Ocotber 8pm in school
Please make this a priority for attending; there are refreshments and it is very sociable and a great way for new parents of Reception children to meet others We need parents to join the committee so that planning of events can be shared and manageable; it is great that others will come on board and help ‘on the day’ but without a committee there will be no events to support.

In a typical year Friends of the School provide wonderfully sociable events and a range of activities which our children really value and enjoy. Last year these included: soup and refreshments after Harvest; coffee for new Reception parents; school discos, refreshments and raffle at our Christmas and Summer school productions; a theatre production of ‘The Hobbit’ ; presents for Santa to deliver; an Easter egg tombola at our egg rolling and prizes for our Easter activities; Christmas cards designed by your child and most recently a fantastic Summer Fair.

In addition to being social events, Friends of the School also raise about £3,000 each year to support our children. This helped to fund our new Reflection Garden and our forthcoming production of ‘Oliver Twist’

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely,
Nicola Dobson

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