Newsletter Autumn Term 1
We welcomed the children back on Wednesday and all the staff who had been preparing the classrooms, commented on how happy and sensible their classes were. All the children also looked brilliantly smart in our uniform, with book bags and smart school shoes. Thank you so much for your support. A special welcome is given to all our new families. We have had 3 days of settling in, making class rules and establishing routines.
1. Nursery Visits
These have taken place this week so staff know everything about each child and what they like and what they are good at. There are a lot of children and families looking forward to Monday when the nursery children start.
Very well done to the following who achieved 100% attendance last year and were presented with a special trophy in assembly;
Further rewards for good attendance will follow shortly.
We are trying to improve our attendance further this year as it has such an impact. In last year’s Y6 there were 3 children who missed the higher level 5 because of attendance and poor punctuality. Children need to be in school to learn. Some families with poor attendance have received letters this week and these children are in dinner time catch up groups to try to catch up. These children are having their life chances reduced by their parents/carers.
3. Behaviour Awards
We were so proud of the fantastic number of children who got the Outstanding Behaviour Award at the end of last term. The children have begun work on their Bronze Award (our first award) this week and we expect even more this year. Sadly, last year I permanently excluded a pupil for violence and constant disruption of learning. Children’s education is too important for anything to get in the way.
4. Work Over the School Holiday
We had the 3 KS1 classrooms and KS1 cloakroom painted, new carpets in the entrance and staff room. All the classes were cleaned by our expert janitor and cleaning teams so the school is clean and tidy for all the children. The hall floor was recoated at great expense and is a non-marking floor. Our school rule is that children will only be able to do PE in black pumps which is why they all need a named pair.
5. Annual Form Pack
With the newsletter is the pack of forms we legally need to have signed and returned. To help your child’s class teacher it would help if they were all returned on Monday when we start our full first week of teaching. We can’t allow children to use computers until the agreements have been signed as one is on the very important topic of internet safety.
6. Class Booklets
These will be issued next week for you to look through so that you know what you child is learning and how to help them in our joint responsibility for their education. We hope you find them useful. Homework will be given next week for you to engage with your children’s learning. We do have a catch up club at lunch time and will be giving Y6 detentions after school like high schools, if it is not completed.
7. Pupil Premium Funding
All our expenditure will be reported for this year shortly on our website. The majority is spent on staff who work with children. As part of this funding some children in KS1 and KS2 have been given a school jumper/cardigan and tops and shorts for PE. Nursery funding goes towards the cost (the school pays the rest) of a speech therapist who sees each child on a Monday and practices language work, which is so important as many children start school below age in language.
8. Fitness Test
All the children have had a fitness test this week and the results have been given to the children to take home. We do have active play and lunch times and encourage as many families to walk to school.
All pupils from Y1 to Y6 have been given a named PE bag, each class a different colour to help organise the cloakrooms. Please clearly name your child’s kit and uniform. I am sure parents/carers appreciate this additional help towards family budgets. When school swimming starts (letters going out shortly) parents/carers are asked to put swim kit in a PE drawstring bag to help us with the problem of room in our cloakrooms.
9. End of the School Day
At KS1 we dismiss 1B first then 1-2P and then 2C so it would be helpful if parents/carers stood back if their child will be in the last group.
In KS2 we dismiss 3J and 3M first then 4E, followed by the older classes. We have 180 children, so it is crucial that all parents/carers stand back, especially those of older children, so staff can dismiss the children safely with the right person. Our Safeguarding Ofsted last year was very complimentary to the LA about our practices and we want to keep all your precious children safe. It would also help staff if Y3 parents/carers could be very punctual to assist the other classes waiting to leave. Older siblings who pick up children are asked not to bring friends with them. Thank you for your help here.
All the children have been heard read and we ask parents/carers to hear their child read each night. An information sheet with the importance of reading for children is included with this newsletter.
12. Dates for your Diary
Let’s hope that this year is going to be another fantastic one for your children, thank you for your support.
Mrs P Bloor