The first half term has been very busy and full of challenges. We welcomed several new members of staff in September and have implemented a number of new government directives. I am very pleased with the smooth running of the Universal Free School Meals (UFSM). We have been able to support all dietary requirements. All children from Reception to Year 2 are now having a daily school cooked meal and many are trying new foods (even vegetables!) Most importantly, the majority of children are polishing off their plates on a daily basis.
There has been some very positive feedback from the curriculum workshops and teachers were incredibly appreciative of parents’ willingness to have a go and learn new strategies.
Some of you have expressed an interest in having maths classes, to brush up on your own skills as well as to support your children. Should we have enough uptake, evening classes will be run for parents in 10 session blocks. These sessions will run in the spring term every Wednesday evening from 6pm until 7pm at a cost of £5 per session. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
The Singapore maths pilot is going well and children are making great gains in their learning. Teachers undertook further training on the programme in the last week of term with ‘Maths no problem.’ On our return from half-term, the Foundation Stage will also be joining the pilot.
INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS
For Black History Month we focussed on black inventors, with every year group researching a different inventor. All classes were invited to share a bit of information about their inventor during an assembly on Thursday afternoon. We will soon update our website with more details about our Black History Month.
We are very grateful for all of your harvest food donations for the Marylebone Project. The school council, accompanied by Mr Duker, presented the donation to the charity. The children had the opportunity to experience directly how the charity supports vulnerable women and the difference the harvest food collection makes to many lives.
Our Samaritans Purse – Christmas Shoebox collection ends on Monday 3rd November. We are still a long way from reaching our target of 200 boxes. It would be wonderful to see an influx of boxes on our return to school.
‘AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.’
Children will be selling poppies in the playground before and after school from Monday 3rd November in remembrance of the many soldiers who have lost their lives in the past and relatively recently fighting wars. We pray The Lord will comfort bereaved families and give them peace even in the difficult time of dealing with loss.
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TRIPS AND VISITS
Our trips and visits have been a success so far this year; with Year 6 visiting the Greenwich Observatory, Year 5 visiting St Paul’s Cathedral and Year 3 visiting the British Museum. Thank you to all of the parents who came along. Your support on trips as volunteers is greatly valued.
Year 3's visit to the British Museum to find out more about the Stone Age...
Once again we are participating in the National Film Week. Please see the table below to find out what your child will be viewing and when.
There have been several opportunities so far this year to visit the school and find out what learning is going on. At the beginning of September there was an opportunity to meet your child’s class teacher. This was followed up with a very well attended target setting parents evening. So far we have had 3 coffee mornings on the new Assessment Without Levels system and one on SEN – changes to the code of practice. The next coffee morning, on 7th November, will be run by the PSA.
This is an urgent reminder to all year 6 parent and carers that the closing date for secondary school applications is Friday 31st October 2014. Please submit your application on time to save yourself unnecessary headache!
To date, the school’s attendance is 98.3%. Please note that if your child’s attendance falls below 95%, it may trigger a meeting with the headship team.
We hope that the clocks going back will impact positively on punctuality so that children are in the class line up at the start of each day
Have a safe and happy half term holiday.
SCHOOL REOPENS ON MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2014. SCHOOL GATES OPEN FROM 8.30AM DON’T BE LATE!