11th March Newsletter 14

Dear Parents,

This is a particularly busy time of the school term, as we make our final preparations for our Year 4 residential visit to Culmington Manor, due to depart tomorrow. We also have Book Week beginning on Monday 17th March and an eagerly anticipated visit from author James Campbell.

It was lovely to see so many parents attend parents evenings last week, and it provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the children’s hard work and many achievements, whilst also considering their next steps in their learning journey. Thank you to all our parents for the support they give to the school and the children’s education. It is greatly appreciated.

Parent Questionnaire
Many thanks to all those parents who returned our Parent Questionnaire. It was very encouraging to see so many positive comments and the feedback you provided was very helpful to us as we continually seek to improve provision for the children.

A particular concern that has been raised by a small group of respondents was that of lunchtime provision. We are committed to reviewing our practice and procedures with regard to this to ensure that all children have a positive experience. This will therefore become a priority on our new School Development Plan, which is currently being written and agreed. We have already begun to establish some strategies such as lunchtime rewards for children and also some staff training to take place very soon.

We will also be trialling a lunchtime club for our oldest children (Y4), which will take place on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. A range of sporting activities will be available to children provided and organized by our specialist sports coaches. Children will be encouraged to develop their communication and team building skills, which are essential life skills for the future.
Children will earn points for demonstrating these skills which they can then use to access the sports club. We very much hope that this will support the children to make positive choices in their own play, as well as providing additional activities to inspire them.

Value
Our value for March is Respect, and children have been looking at how this relates to themselves as individuals, other people and property. It also links with appreciation and gratitude which are the cornerstone of respectful attitudes.
The children are exploring these quite complex issues through stories, role play, discussions and debate.

As always if you have any concerns reading your child, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

Yours sincerely

L. Birch

Events in the next two weeks
Wed 12th – Fri 14th Year 4 Residential
Fri 14th Foundation Stage Assembly
Mon 17th Book Week
Tues 18th PTA Story time event
Wed 19th James Campbell – Author visit
Thurs 20th Book Character – Dressing up day
Fri 21st Mrs Rowe’s Class assembly
Tues 25th Y4 Arts workshop Woodland Middle

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