Newsletter December 2017
18 Dec 2017

Holiday Projects

For this term’s holiday project we are continuing with the Take One Picture theme. We continue to link our holiday project to the National Gallery work which aims to inspire a love of art and learning by promoting the role of visual arts within education. This terms picture is: Tobias and the Angel, painted around about 1470.

The picture has been produced in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio. The picture has been painted to tell the story of Tobias and the angel. The story is about Tobias, son of Tobit, who meets an angel without realising he is an angel and is then instructed by the angel what to do with a giant fish he catches.
Your child will bring home information on how they can join in. More information and ideas can be found on the National Gallery website or by visiting the gallery!  A wonderful half term treat to inspire.

Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone that helped with the Christmas fair by either helping with a stall, making a Jolly Jar, bringing something in to sell, helping to clear up at the end or coming and making it such a fun event. We raised £543.


Thank you all for your support with our fundraising event this term. Our Wear it Pink Day on 21st October raised a total of £197. We saw some fantastic pink outfits worn on the day.


We are continuing to focus throughout the school on the teaching and development of the children’s reading skills. There are lots of ways you can help your child too and keep them enjoying reading over the holiday.

Reading aloud to children when they are young helps them to build many important foundation skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading and helps children to recognise what reading for pleasure is all about. This is important for all of our children from nursery to year 6.

Listening to your children read aloud is very important too. Even after children are fluent, confident readers themselves, they should spend some of their daily reading time reading out loud to you. This will enhance fluency, an essential part of successful reading, and strengthen comprehension (When children use techniques for expressive reading, their comprehension of what they are reading dramatically increases). It helps them make conscious decisions about how to read and what they should emphasise while they are reading, so that they can effectively communicate the meaning of a text. Children should also practice reading aloud to an audience; they should rehearse the reading so they are clear and confident.

The understanding of a text is very important and we teach comprehension skills as soon as they start school. Children are asked to summarise what they have read, sequence the events of a story, infer meaning from looking at clues, compare and contrast characters, draw conclusions and relate their reading to background knowledge. You can help by asking questions about the book your child is reading and by helping them to find out things they don’t know.

Writing for Enjoyment

On 1st December, a mysterious letter was received from the North Pole asking for the children’s help in finding one of Santa’s missing elves. Since then, this naughty elf has been spotted in every classroom in the school – reading stories to cuddly friends, trying to do some tricky maths, making a complete mess with tissue paper and once trying to escape on the back of a dinosaur! In order to help Santa, the children were asked to write detailed reports about the elf’s behaviour in their own time. These reports have been enthusiastically completed and have given the children the opportunity to write for a purpose outside normal lessons.

There are many opportunities at home when children can be encouraged to write – not for homework and not when spelling or grammar should be checked, but for sheer enjoyment. For example: a letter to Santa or the Tooth Fairy, thankyou letters after Christmas or birthdays, sending a postcard to grandparents when you visit somewhere new, making up a story or a playscript, or simply the shopping list! These all play an important role in developing your child’s writing ability – encourage your child to pick up a pencil and write!


Free cycle training lessons are available for Year 5 & 6 in the spring term 2018. 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 9th Jan and the 6th Feb at 3.15pm.  Parents of pupils on the course can discuss with the instructors their child’s progress and what the course involves.

Dates for your Diary

PTuesday 19th Dec - Class Parties: The classes will all be having a fun afternoon on Tuesday. 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 20th 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 19th Dec. We will expect children to continue to read over the holiday so reading books will not be taken in.

Wednesday 3rd January – Start of Spring Term 

Friday 5th January: Year 6 SATs meeting 9.00 am, repeated Monday 8th Jan at 4pm.

Tuesday 9th January: First Dr Bike

Reminder: The school bell goes at 8:50 am each morning. It is essential that children arrive on time for school. Please arrive in the playground with your children before 8:50am so that they can get a good start to their day and are not flustered by running in at the last minute. Being late is very disruptive to other children’s learning when the teacher is continually disturbed by children coming in.

We take the view there are no late children, only late parents.

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