Newsletter September 2014
19 Sep 2014

School information and contact details

At the being of the new school year we like to check that we are up-to-date with everyone’s current contact details and information. On Thursday 25th September when this newsletter is released we will also send out a text alert. If you do not receive this; we do not have your latest contact details. It is vitally important that we are able to contact all parents in case of an emergency. Please contact the school office immediately on Friday 26th if you have not received the text alert.

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Summer Building Works

I am sure that all of you with children in reception upwards will have noticed that over the summer break we have had our reception playground landscaped. This ground work has been completed to provide a permanent outside learning area for the reception class. The works will be finished over the October half -term. When completed the class will have an additional door to a covered outside area. Due the awkward shape of the building all this has had to be made bespoke and increased the cost. However when finished it will be a welcome and productive area for all to enjoy.

Communication Friendly School Award.

We are proud to announce that in July 2014 we have been awarded the status of a communication friendly school. This follows partnership working with our Speech and Language therapist over the course of the year where staff have had training on the development of language and key staff have additionally been trained to deliver an intense programme identifying and targeting speaking, listening and language skills.

During the year staff have additionally worked to enhance and embed good classroom practice with all communication interactions including questioning and a range of ways that promote and extend vocabulary. You may for example have seen pictures in class that accompany key vocabulary, visual timetables, photos of children following the agreed class rules or showing good listening skills all of which enable greater access to information for all.

This year we continue to monitor, develop and promote speaking, listening and language skills as we develop skills with the use of some basic Makaton signing across the school.

Speech and Language Therapist

Last academic year Petts Hill bought in a therapist for one day a week. This enabled valuable work to be completed supporting children with their language development as well as strengthening teaching and gaining the Communication Friendly Status. I am pleased to inform you that we have bought back the same therapist Sarah Birch for the year. She will work as a member of the Petts Hill staff team every Tuesday. Her key role will be to support us in developing children’s language. As a member of staff she may work with any child in the school either individually or in small groups. If we have concerns about your child’s speech development we will discuss the issue with you and let you know what action we are taking and how we will support their language development.

Supporting your child at school in 2014

We have just finished running our parent meetings for years reception to 6 explaining about the changes that have happened to the National Curriculum this September and what that means to each year group of children. If you were unable to make the meeting and would like an update please talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

During the meetings we gave out summaries of what each year group will covering in English and Mathematics during the year and a recommended book list for each year group. These document will also be available at parents evening or via the school office for those unable to attend.

We are still providing each child with unique log on which will enable them to access the London Grid for Learning (LGFL) and Espresso at home. The log on remains with your child for all their time at Petts Hill. Children new to the school will have this allocated on Friday 26th September. All other children already have access from last term. A further resource that you may also be interested in is the Oxford Reading Tree website where you can access up to 250 online e-books.

PE Pupil Premium

The government’s additional funding called PE Pupil Premium is continuing into 2014/2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.

Last year using this additional funding we set our selves the target to improve the after school sports provision for all children in the Upper Team. The number of after school club places was significantly increased. By the end of the year 90% of children had attended at least one after school sports club. This year we are continuing to provide a range of sporting activities. The clubs include: football, running, netball, gymnastics, Zumba and circuits.
Alongside the after school provision we are offering children the opportunity to compete at various events across the year in the Sainsbury’s School Games competitions organised via our sports partnership currently based at Willow Tree Primary School. Children will be selected to represent Petts Hill in a variety of competitions following class lessons and in school competitions on the particular game or event or in the case of football will be selected from the afterschool club members.

The Sainsbury's School Games Mark

The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.
I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have just been awarded the Silver Award for our sporting endeavors in 2013/14. Well done to all the children that have worked hard at improving their fitness, attending matches and competitions and the staff that have collectively supported them and Ms Haldane and Ms Makins who have led the way.

We will be continuing to celebrate when children are especially kind and thoughtful or work particularly hard at something at Petts Hill. Last year many children counted it as their proudest moment when they came into assembly to be named as ‘Star of the Week'. Each class is going to make nominations of a child who has excelled that week and they will be nominated as the ‘Star of the Week’ for that class. Each class has a board outside their room celebrating their ‘Star of the Week’. Special rosette stickers have been made to be awarded to the child to wear. Ask your child who their class’s star was this week and why.

The Place2Be

Just to remind you about the work that the Place2Be does at Petts Hill. The Place2Be is a charity that works in primary schools and gives children a place where they can express their feelings through talking, creative work and play.

From September 2009, The Place2Be has been offering their services to pupils at Petts Hill. We have a school project manager called Nicky Sutton. Nicky works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning each week

The Place2Talk – a lunchtime drop-in service which is open to all children every Wednesday and Thursday will start up again on Thursday 2nd October. Here, children can make an appointment to talk to Nicky about friendships, concerns or any worries they may have. This has been a very popular service and children can attend by themselves or with a friend.

Parental Consent: Unless we hear otherwise from you, the school and the Place2Be assumes that all children have their parent/carers permission to come to the Place2Talk at lunchtime.  If you do not want your child to participate in this please ask the school office for a slip to fill in by Tuesday 30th September. If you would like to find out more about the service please contact Nicky Sutton on 07535208762 or through the school office to discuss the matter further.

After School Club

After School Club is run by Northolt Park Children’s Centre. It provides after school care for school aged children until 5.45pm daily. Children are picked up by qualified staff from Petts Hill and taken to the centre. The children are given a snack and enjoy participating in a range of different activities across the week. They also have a quiet area for children to complete their homework, read or just relax. Outside there is a fantastic new play area suitable for all ages. The club can be booked by phoning 07851169054. The cost of this childcare is £8 per day. The after school club is OFSTED registered.

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.

Important dates for this term.

October – Black History Month

Parent consultation Meetings: Tuesday 21st – 3.30-5.30 & Thursday 23rd October 4.30 – 7.00. There will be an opportunity for parents of children in Reception through to Year 6 to talk to their child’s class teacher about their child’s progress and how to support them in their learning. The teachers will have sign-up sheets outside their rooms from Monday 13th October for you to book appointments.

Friday 24th October - Wear it Pink Day. Children can come to school wearing something pink and make a donation to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign fund.

Half Term Break:  Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October

November -  Anti Bullying Month

Friday 7th November – School photograph day. All children in the school will be photographed individually and if they have other siblings in school they will also have a picture taken all together

Friday 19th December – Last Day of Term

Class assemblies

Classes 1 to 6 will all deliver a class assembly this term to the school and their parents and friends.

  • Friday 26th September Year 6
  • Friday 3rd October Year 5
  • Friday 17th October Year 4
  • Friday 7th November Year 3
  • Friday 14th November Year 1
  • Friday 28th November Year 2

All assemblies will start at 9.15 am

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