As you will probably be aware, this year we are having a whole school focus on the teaching of phonics. In Key Stage 1 and EYFS, at 10:45 every day, is it Phonics Time. The whole Key Stage is grouped by ability and taught according to their stage of development within phonics.
On Wednesday this week (1st November @ 10:30 am), Mrs Smith will be leading a viewing session for any parents and carers who are interested. This will be particularly useful for parents of children in Year 1 as these children will be completing the National Phonics Screening Check in June next year. The session will include:
Useful information about how Phonics is taught and the content of the curriculum
A demo lesson with a small group of children
Practical steps that you can take to support your child at home
We hope to see you there – Wednesday this week – 10:30 am
This year as part of the PE curriculum, our Year 5 children in Funky Foxes are enjoying working with Michaela Goodhead, a dance teacher who has worked with the school over the last couple of years and also runs our after school dance club. The children are embracing the world of dance and are engaged in learning the routines, picking them up incredibly quickly.
The first dance they learnt was to The Lion King’s ‘Just can’t wait to be king’ – see below for a snippet – I’m sure you’ll agree they are incredible. In fact, they actually learnt this in 20 minutes!
Having got one routine under their belt already, they are currently working on a new dance to the Michael Jackson song ‘Thriller’, which is sure to be a spectacle to be seen.
We will, at some point during the year, invite parents into school to watch a performance of what your children have learnt – watch this space for a future date.
We are desperately in need of any willing volunteers who can join our FPTA body to support our school to raise vital funds for our children.
Even if you cannot commit to every event, we are keen to assemble a list of people who can support at one or more of our FPTA events throughout this year. You don’t need to be a parent either. It could be a grandparent, a friend of our school or a former parent.
If you are interested in getting involved, we have a meeting planned in the school hall for this evening, Tuesday 10th October, between 8 and 9 pm. It would be great to see you there!
It’s Monday again, and in the great count-up, a total of 355 Privilege Points have been awarded to the children who completed their home-learning. That means that 71 children were getting into good habits last week!
The best class for home-learning this week was the Super Squirrels. A total of 29/30 children in the Squirrels did the 3 tasks (reading every night, times tables and putting their spellings into sentences!) They were closely followed by the Wise Owls.
A massive well done to Olivia, who has been doing lots of interesting reading over the last week! It was great to see that she had not only read her reading book, she had also read some other interesting bits of information around the house! Take a look at her home-learning from last week!
Here are some photographs from the Wise Owls’ Back to School Week session for parents this morning.
The parents who attended experienced what it was like to sit in an actual maths lesson.
“It was a really informative session where you could see the children being engaged and enthusiastic about Maths. I understand now, why the school are focusing on times tables to help the children recall basic numbers facts more quickly!” Year 6 Parent