Newsletter December 2016
14 Dec 2016

Changes for Reading in KS2

Government standards for what children are expected to be able to read and understand has significantly increased since 2014.  The changes to the new assessment tests taken in May 2016, highlighted these changes for all schools in particular expectations of year 6 pupils. To support children in attaining these new expectations we have purchased a new reading scheme to enhance what we already have and ensure all children are guided in their reading material throughout their time in primary school. Our new scheme in KS2 is called Collins, Big Cats.
Through this new reading scheme children will be able to discover fantastic fiction and non-fiction created by the biggest authors and illustrators - with hundreds of books and eBooks across a wide variety of genres, illustrative styles and engaging formats there is something for every reader. Every book is unique – the wide range of exciting fiction includes well-loved classics and traditional tales, poetry and plays, while the exciting range of non-fiction encourages your children to explore topics from sport to science.
How can you help?

  • Talk to your children about what they are reading.
  • Discuss with your child new vocabulary they have learnt.
  • Help them to work out the meaning of words they are unsure of – you could use a dictionary or an internet search.
  • Expect your children to read their reading book every day.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher if you have any queries about reading.

Holiday Projects

This academic year the holiday projects are focusing on100 years of Roald Dahl and reading. For this holiday we are taking the book ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ as a starting point. We would like children to create their own character who could have a story named after them. . It could be Mighty Miss Mouse or Daring Doctor Dan or…  Your challenge is to create your own character and present it in any way you like. It could be a story you write or you could build a model of the character. Look out for our holiday project flyer to support you with this.

Carols around the Tree

We would like to invite parents and children to join with staff and celebrate Christmas by hearing the Christmas story through singing carols and hearing readings. The event will take place in the school hall on Friday 16th December between 3.30 and 4.00 pm.

The carols chosen tell the story of Christmas and all the events that happened around the birth of Jesus.  Our school choir are invited to attend and perform their song that they performed at St Barnabas Church as part of the Ealing Schools Christmas Carol Concerts.

Refreshments will be available at the end.  For refreshment numbers and health and safety purposes, please let the school office know if you are planning to attend. Children will not be able to attend without an adult unless they are in the choir.

Public Consultation 

Ealing Council are currently consulting the Racecourse community about some planned changes to parking on the estate. The proposed changes will affect the school and you as parents and carers. I would like to encourage you all to look at the Racecourse Estate Road Accessibility Improvements and contribute to the consultation. You can contribute by going on line at , The closing date for consultation is 16th December 2016

Please remember  the yellow Zig –Zag markings outside school are there to provide a clear space for children to cross, where they can see traffic and traffic can see them. Motorists put children in danger by parking on them. You are allowed to stop on the single yellow line opposite the school for 5 minutes to pick up or drop off your child and this is also monitored. Remember To Keep Our Zig- Zag Lines Clear.

Free Cycle Training Lessons at School!

Free cycle training lessons are available for Year 5 & 6 in the spring term 2017. Professional cycling instructors from Cycle Training UK (CTUK) will be at the school to teach children to cycle safely and confidently on road.  To sign up for the course, children must be able to cycle without help (i.e. no stabilisers) and have a roadworthy bicycle. Please return a signed consent form to school before training begins if your child wishes to participate. 

CTUK instructors will also be available after school to speak to parents about cycle training and maintenance. Minor adjustments to bikes and mechanical advice are also offered for the whole school community. Bring your bike along on any Tuesday between 10th Jan and the 7th Feb at 3.15pm.  Parents of pupils on the course can discuss with the instructors their child’s progress and what the course involves.

Sending Christmas Cards

Many children like to send Christmas cards at this time of year.  On Tuesday 13th December we will start a school Christmas post where children can send cards to their friends. It is really important that they label all envelopes with the name and class i.e. Fred -Year 1 or Jane - Reception. If the children also know the family name that helps us ensure they are going to the right child.

Dates for your Diary.

Tuesday 13th December – School Christmas postal delivery starts

Thursday 15th December – Our year 6 class are hosting a Senior Citizen tea party as part of their Citizenship work. If you know any senior citizens please let the office know so that they can be invited to this event.

Friday 16th December – Christmas Jumper Day. Wear a Christmas Jumper and pay a £1 towards Macmillan cancer support, Make a wish and Save the Children Fund.

Friday 16th December – Christmas Lunch. The children and staff will all have a traditional Christmas dinner together. Children who usually have a packed lunch have been invited to have a school dinner that day.

Friday 16th December – Carols around the tree. We would like to invite parents and children to join with staff and celebrate Christmas by singing some Christmas carols in the school hall on Friday 16th December between 3.30 and 4.00 pm.

Tuesday 20th Dec - Class Parties. The classes will all be having a fun afternoon on Thursday. Parents are asked to sign up and make a food contribution for these parties. Children will be allowed to bring party clothes to change into in the afternoon.

Wednesday 21st Dec - LAST DAY OF TERM. This is the last day of school and the school day will finish at 3.15pm. There are no after school activities. Children will be asked to take home their PE kits after school on day 16th Dec. We will expect children to continue to read over the holiday so reading books will not be taken in.

Wednesday 4th January – Start of spring term

Tuesday 10th January - First Dr Bike

On behalf of all the staff at Petts Hill, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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