Message from the Headteacher

On behalf of everyone at the school, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year.

In the first collective whole school worship of 2017, we looked at how we can follow the Christian vales to help us all  become the best we can be.  We thought about how we can fill the pages of our empty diaries/journals with valuable learning experiences. We reflected upon all those new opportunities which will be presented to us to reach our full potential during the months ahead.

We strongly encourage all our pupils to read as much as they can both in school and at home. This not only develops a love of reading but also makes it easier for them to read more quickly with a deeper level of understanding. Thank you to everyone who donated magazines and comics for extra playtime reading.

We are approximately half way through the academic year towards the ‘end of year’ assessments which take place in summer term 1. Clearly, thoughts turn now to the national assessments particularly for Y6 and Y2. This term is crucial in putting into place the key learning and test techniques for our pupils to do as well as possible in the May Y6 SATS and June Y2 teacher and test assessments. Additional meetings have been held for parents of children in these two classes to help our children prepare really well for these tests. Parents have found these meetings to be informative.

All our pupils in Y1 will be taking the national Phonics Check in June. A meeting has already taken place for parents but this was not very well attended and so teachers have planned to hold some further follow-up sessions for parents of children in Foundation Stage and Y1.

In order to further strengthen our home-school partnership so that all our pupils achieve their best, I have asked for Home School Agreements to be sent home this week. Please send the top original sheet back to school whilst retaining the yellow copy at home for you and your child.

Pupil, teacher, parent meetings are scheduled to take place this half term and these offer valuable opportunities to review all our children’s progress so please try to attend these.

Let’s do all we can together during the months ahead to enable all our children to make outstanding progress and attain outstanding outcomes by the end of this school year.

Mr I Rimmer

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