Newsletter February 2015
27 Feb 2015

World Book Day Celebrations

We will be celebrating World Book Day in school on Friday 6th March. Each child is asked to dress up as a character from a book. Your child will need to know who their character is and a little bit about their character’s part in the story they are from. Here are three simple characters that your children may know and can be easily copied.
   
Costumes do not need to be complicated and some simple props can often help make the character and costume realistic. For some ideas of simple costumes you could look on the World Book day website www.worldbookday.com

In school we will have an assembly to celebrate the day and a fashion parade to look at all the costumes the children have come in. There will be some prizes for the best costumes especially where a lot of effort and thought has gone into making them. The day will also go towards supporting children in their learning about characters and how to develop their own in story writing.  
 
World Book Day UK is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. They also provide all children with a £1 book token that they can use to purchase a selection of special £1 books or against the purchase of any other book. Further information is supplied on each token.

Attendance

In the table below is our current situation with attendance. Our overall attendance so far this academic year is 95.4%. Well done to all those classes with 95% or more and well done to year 3 with the highest attendance rate. Year 3 also received the most 100% attendance certificates for the autumn term. Good attendance at school is very closely linked to good academic achievement and progress in school.

Class Attendance
Nursery am 85%
Nursery pm 86.7%
Reception 90.3%
Year 1 94.2%
Year 2 96.2%
Year 3 96.1%
Year 4 95.6%
Year 5 95.1%
Year 6 96%

Sickness Guidance

At school we are always encouraging good attendance particularly as it supports good learning. However we cannot have children in school where there is a risk of contamination for others. We always follow the Health Protection Agencies Guidelines which state that following a child vomiting or having diarrhoea the child must be off school for the following 48 hours from the last episode.

Scarlet Fever - notification from Public Health England

There is a national increase in Scarlet Fever notifications, above seasonal levels, and cases are expected to rise further. During periods of high incidence there may also be an increase in outbreaks in schools. The early symptoms include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. Good hygiene practice such as hand washing remains the most important step in preventing and controlling spread of infection.

Internet Safety

Earlier this month during Safer Internet Day we ran workshops for parents to support you in knowing how to keep your child safe on line. If you were unable to attend and would like to know more please let the school office know as we are happy to run these again. The session were designed to enable you to strengthen and reinforce the safety messages that your children receive in school and in your home environment.
 
We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. The theme of internet safety this year was ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. In school children were taught about how to keep themselves safe on the internet. Below are the five SMART rules that were presented to the children so that they can easily remember what to do.

5 SMART Rules for primary aged children

S Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you are chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

M. Meet: Meeting someoone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they are present. Remember online friends are still strangers even when you have been talking to them for a long time.

A. Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don't know or trust, can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

R. Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it's best to only chat to your real world friends and family.

T. Tell: Tell a parent, carer or trusted adult, if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you, or someone you know, is being bullied online.

Staying safe on the internet is taught through both our computing and PSHE curriculum. Let's keep a better Internet together!

Sainsbury’s Vouchers

We are again collecting vouchers from Sainsbury’s supermarket to claim extra sports equipment for the children to use in school. If any of your friends or family shop there please remind them to collect the vouchers and sent them in. There is a collection box in the front lobby.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 6th March – World Book Day Celebrated in School. All children will be encouraged to come as their favourite story character. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative characters.

Friday 13th March – Red Nose Day. School council will be planning what we do to support this event in the next few weeks.

Friday 27th March – KS2 School Games Morning. As part of our membership of the Willow Tree Sports partnership we are running this new event that will be led by some of the boys and girls in our year 6 class. Children will need their full PE kit in school that day.

Friday 27th March – Last Day of Term

Tuesday 14th April – First Day of Summer Term

Monday 4th May – School closed May Day

Monday 11th to Thursday 14th May - Key Stage 2 SATs assessment week – Year 6

Wednesday 20th May - Year 4 and the School Choir are singing at Ealing Schools’ Spring Concert - 7pm St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club runs every day from 8.00 am until the gates open at 8.40 am. It costs £1 a day and places must be booked the day before via the school office. There are currently places available every day.

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