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Newsletter 13 [Friday 4th December]

Dear Parents/Carers

 

We’ve 2 weeks to go before we finish for the Christmas break – I cannot believe how quickly this term has flown by. It only seems like yesterday that we were waiting for children to walk through the doors to start the new term. We were a bit anxious as to how some of them may cope after such a long time away from school but we were astounded as they bounced into school – happy to see their friends, happy to see their teacher & TAs, & happy to settle down to learn. The term has continued in the same vein.

 

 We know Christmas is coming because our Christmas trees have arrived! A huge thank you to Wright Landscaping Services for donating such magnificent trees – a lovely wee one for the infant hall & a towering one for the junior hall. We are so grateful for this kind gesture each year. All the children in school (from nursery to Year 6) will make their own decorations to hang on the tree in the junior hall - it really does look spectacular.

 

You will be happy to hear that the image rights dispute has been settled, so Year 1’s nativity show, ‘Straw & Order’, will be able to be filmed & burned on to DVDs (Y1 parents should all have received a link to order their copies – reasonably priced at £5). Not only will Y1’s show be on the disc but there is also a wonderful bonus outtake section too – I’m told it’s comedy gold!  

 

Here’s this week’s questions / talking points to use as a nudge when you’re talking to your children about this week’s learning (Y5&6 have got me puzzled this week):

 

Nursery

Can you talk about the different ways we get ready for Christmas?

{‘Christmas’}

 

 Reception [Red & Blue]

Who is special to you?

Explain why the star in the story ‘Laura’s Star’ (Klaus Blaumgart) was special to her.

{‘PSHE topic: ‘Friendships’}

 

Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

How does our personal hygiene keep us clean & tidy, & also healthy?

{PSHE topic: ‘Keeping Healthy’} 

 

Y3&4 [3A, 3/4M & 4G]

Can you describe your hero (& their quest) for your very own Greek myth?

{English topic: ‘Greek Myths’}

 

Y5&6 [5D, 5/6P & 6R]

What do fermentation & oxidation mean in relation to the tea making process?

{English topic: ‘Cloud Tea Monkeys’}

                               

 

This week, our teachers in Y2 oversaw the completion of the Phonics Screening Test for their pupils. As the children missed this when they were in Y1 due to lockdown (version 1), the government decided they should take the screening test this autumn. The children were told it was a ‘phonics quiz’ – we have discovered that if you tell our younger pupils something is a ‘quiz’ they approach it with great excitement & enthusiasm! Woodlands staff (in nursery, reception & Y1&2) have made the teaching of phonics one of their priorities since our return in September. The outcomes of the phonics screening test are a testament to the hard work of our pupils, TAs & teachers alike.

 

Unfortunately, we have had no classes achieve 100% in their attendance this week. L

 

We try to keep the number of ‘late marks’ in single figures each week. However this week, there have been 19 occasions when children have been late for school. Well done to the following classes for having no late marks this week: Blue Class, Yellow Class, 4G, 3/4M & 5/6P. You can drop your children off at their classes between 08:40 & 08:50 each morning. It’s always a great feeling walking into your classroom with your friends, calmly preparing for the day ahead & settling down to work with everyone else.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

KD Williams

Headteacher

                                                                

Last Word

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?
Tinsilitis

 


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