Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the festive season and all found some time to relax and enjoy yourself over a busy holiday. I would like to welcome Miss Panagiotidou (Year 3) and Mrs Panteli to our teaching staff and Mrs Wilson and Miss Byres, who will be teaching maths booster.
Well done to Charlie Wood, Callum Kealy-Johnson (Mrs Campbell/Miss Gibbs’s Class) Erin Taylor, Harry Harmer (Miss Panagiotidou’s Class), Chelsea Lawn, Evie Moss (Miss Bektas’s Class), Sydie Peck, Nicole Constantinou, Ella Dewing, Charlie Williams (Mr Davey’s class), Eddie Plowman (Mrs Sach’s class), Ben Rowe, Alfie Willis (Mrs Haslehurst’s class), Charlie Hiscott (Miss O’Riordan’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.
Well done to Mr Davey’s Class who had the best attendance this week with 100%.
On Monday we will be launching this term’s topics. As part of the day, children can dress up in the following:
Year 3- Anglo Saxon clothing
Year 4- Tudor clothing
Year 5- Native American clothing
Year6- Ancient Greek clothing
It is not expected that you buy anything special as a lot of the costumes can be made out of clothes the children may already have or indeed bed clothing!
As part of the school’s drive to improve the standard of spelling and grammar, we have changed the way we are teaching spelling. Children will experience a spelling rule for two weeks with 4/5 activities during this period as part of their literacy lessons.
Rather than a weekly spelling test, the children will have a dictation exercise at the end of the two week period. These scores will be recorded in the Pupils’ Progress book. We have found that children are learning their spellings, but are not using these in their writing.
Children will not be sent home with a list of words, but parents will be informed of the spelling rules/strategies that are being used. Miss Biggs’s is in the process of preparing a book to support learning at home.
The rules for this week are as follows:
Year 3- Homophones (words that sound the same but are spelt differently) eg hare/ hair, see/sea, one/won
Year 4- adjacent consonants eg farmer, girl, milk
Year 5- Homophones eg their (belonging to someone)/ there (place)/ they’re (shorten form of they are)
I went to their party.
There is a party over there?
They’re going to the party.
Year 6- Unstressed vowels (we tend not to say the vowel when speaking eg different we say diff rent instead of diff e rent, category we say categ gry rather than cate gory.
Miss Biggs will be organising a ‘Spelling Bee’ completion later in the school year.
Homework Club (13 January 2015)
The first Homework Club will be on Tuesday 13 January 2015 between (3:15 and 4:15pm). Please remember only children with homework should attend.
Dates for your diary
Monday 12 January Launch Days
Wednesday 14 January School Nurse in for Weight and Height Year 6 (9:30am)
Thursday 15 January Governing Body Curriculum meeting (6:30pm)
Wednesday 21 January Governing Body Personnel (6:30pm) and Finance (7:30pm) meetings
Monday 26 January Year 4 Trip (Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge)
Thursday 12 February PTA Valentines Disco
Thursday 12 February Break up from school (3:15pm)
Monday 23 February Return to school (8:45am)
Wednesday 4 March Full Governing Body meeting (7:00pm)
Friday 13 March PTA- Mother Day Gifts
Friday 20 March PTA- Quiz Night
Friday 27 March Break up from school (3:15pm)
Monday 13 April Return to school (8:45am)
Wednesday 22 April Governing Body Curriculum (6:30pm) and Budget (7:30pm) meetings
Wednesday 29 April Governing Body Personnel (6:30pm) and Finance (7:30pm) meetings
Monday 11 May End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)
Tuesday 12 May End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)
Wednesday 13 May End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)
Thursday 14 May End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)
Friday 15 May End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)
Thursday 21 May Break up from school (3:15pm)
Monday 1 June Return to school (8:45am)
Tuesday 23 June District Sports (Field Events)
Friday 26 June Transition Day
Tuesday 30 June District Sports (Track Events)
Wednesday 1 July Year 6 Residential
Thursday 2 July Year 6 Residential
Friday 3 July Year 6 Residential
Wednesday 15 July Full Governing Body Meeting
Friday 17 July Break up from school (3:15pm)