I was feeling really ‘chipper’ at the start of last week and I challenged the children to guess why in Monday’s collective worship. The children listed a range of things which could have contributed to my joyful mood, ranging from an Everton victory in the weekend’s football results to some of them thinking it was my birthday. It was neither of these things, Everton actually lost (in miserable fashion) and my birthday is still quite a few weeks away! My upbeat mood was all down to the fact that not one single child was late last Monday! In fact, there was no learning time wasted at all last week! This is quite a feat for us as I can’t remember a time when we last had not one single child arriving late for school. Lateness is unavoidable at times, we understand this, but having everybody on time certainly got our week off to a flying start – so well done everybody!
It was almost game, set and match for the Wise Owls this week, as they not only scooped an extra 5 minutes of break time for having the best attendance, they also had the most children who completed their home-learning – setting an example to the rest of the school and demonstrating effective behaviours for learning that make a big difference.
Last November, we held our first ‘Classic Book Week’ based on the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol. The children had an amazing week full of so many different activities relating to the story and the enthusiasm throughout the week was phenomenal.
We are pleased to announce that our next Classic Book Week is w/c 26th February 2018 (first week back after February half term). The classic text this time is The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. I’m sure that most of our children will be familiar with the Disney film. Once again, throughout the week there will be a variety of activities for the children to enjoy.
We wanted to coincide this with World Book Day, which falls on the Thursday of our Classic Book Week. Instead of dressing up as their favourite book character, we are asking the children to dress up as their favourite animal on this day to link into the theme for the whole week.
Below is a website link to give you some DIY ideas for dress-up. You don’t have to buy an outfit, you can maybe make one up from the things you have at home:
Keep a look out for the rest of the Classic Book Week activities.
Join Mr. Smith for an early morning cuppa between 9 and 10 tomorrow.
The topics of discussion will be:
- Feedback on Back to School Week and Y6 SATS session for parents
- How we can develop our Friday Rewards Assembly
- Up and coming changes and improvements
We hope to see you there!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents, grandparents and other relatives who were able to join us this week, as part of our Back to School sessions on reading – many of whom attended multiple workshops throughout the week. These sessions were very much the highlight of the week for me, and it was great to see so many children and family adults making the most of the quality time together, sharing a book, doing their speed sounds or working on their comprehension skills. We had a record turnout on this occasion also and I hope many of you will once again take up the opportunity to join us in April for our sessions on spelling. If you want to know some of the feedback we received, we’ll be displaying this in reception over the next week.
I had one of those moments this week, when I stood back and felt an immense sense of pride, for what you are all becoming and how you are all progressing! I have never stopped having in faith in your ability to ‘shine’ but it has to be said that everybody is working incredibly hard around school at the minute and it is great to see that the hard work is paying off! I hope you are feeling proud of yourself too!
Please see an abridged version of our revised Attendance and Lateness Policy below
You can find out more by clicking on the ‘Attendance and Arriving on Time’ page found under the ‘Parents’ tab
Cuppa and Cake with Mr Smith – Thursday 1st February (9am – 10am)
Agenda to be released prior to the meeting
Whitemoor Lakes Residential Parent meeting – Monday 22nd January (2:30 pm)
Back to School Week (READING FOCUS) – W/C 22nd January
Monday @ 9am – Wise Owls
Tuesday @ 9am – Super Squirrels
Wednesday @ 9am – Brilliant Badgers
Thursday @ 9am – Happy Hedgehogs
Friday @ 9am – Funky Foxes
Classic Book Week – Rearranged date of w/c 26th February
Easter Bonnet Day – Wednesday 21st March
Who will be the winner of our competition? Watch out for us as we parade around the village!
I’m sure that you have all heard the famous saying; “practice makes perfect” over the years, either from your teachers or your own mum and dad at some point. No matter how many times we hear it, the message never loses its importance. School this week has been living proof that if we put in the hard graft and keep on top of the things that matter, it really does pay off. There have been many examples of this ringing true.
Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have all had a fabulous time off with your family and friends over Christmas and you are fully refreshed for the term ahead. It seemed really strange to come back into school on Tuesday last week with the Christmas decorations still up. Usually, we return to school a little later into January! However, the sooner we are back, the sooner we get back into routine. It was great to see all of the children once again.