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Weekly Update 20/1/2023

Dear Parents and Carers


Our frosty week held much excitement for the children this week! Year 2 weather monitors couldn't believe the temperature went into minus figures! Year R had to wait for their water trays to thaw, and all the children have loved seeing the sparkly frost in our grounds as the sun came out.


We celebrated Lunar New Year in assembly this week, enjoying stories that took us to China. We found China on our large hall map, and children were astonished how large it was. We have items on our 'curiosity tree' in our Wonder Wood Learning Library that are all connected to the Lunar New Year, and the children have had fun trying to work out what they may be.


Year 1 left everybody astounded with their magical Dragon Dance outcomes to parents. The costumes looked amazing! The video of the dances will be available on tapestry to watch at home.


We have been made aware of two internet safety concerns we would like you to be aware of. The first is the popular program of 'Roblox', where strangers can contact children. There have been incidents in the news of grooming children via this method, and we are advising parents to look at the settings/not let children play without an adult present. The second concern is the use of algorithms in YouTube. Research has shown that pop up algorithms can push users towards extreme/unsuitable content. Again, our advice is for parents to only allow access to YouTube kids, and to be present/monitor when your child is online.

We will also be talking to the children in class about keeping safe online as part of our regular internet safety talks. For more information on internet safety, please visit our page below:


Keeping Safe Online


It has been lovely to see the children's enthusiasm for reading increase and they can't wait for the book raffle in our celebration assembly on Friday.  This weeks winner is Ella from Year 2. Thank you to all the parents who are helping us get BWIS reading again!


Last week we welcomed Amanda Parsons from Hampshire Music Service to our school. Amanda will be teaching music each week with KS1 children, in partnership with our music lead, Mrs Moth.


Our new poster reminding drivers not to park on zigs has arrived. It was designed by our school council and they helped Mrs Charles put it up today.


You may have seen on the news that the NEU teaching union have voted for strike action in schools in February and March. The first national planned strike day is on the 1st February.  When I have a better understanding of how this will affect the running of our school, I will contact all parents regarding arrangements using the guidance issued by the DFE and NAHT.


CM Sports have continued to have a lot of fun with the children this week, and I will be meeting with the club next week with a view to continue past half term. As soon as I have an update on this, I will let you know.


We know parents like to have as much notice as possible regarding fancy dress and dressing up. After much consideration,, and in light of the current climate, we are giving notice that we will not be dressing up for 'World Book Day' this year. Instead we will be concentrating on reading books and sharing favourite stories, with planned reading activities.  


Our PTA are running an extra disco this year on Friday 3rd February for all year groups. They will be outside the school from next Monday collecting in payment and permission slips.


I hope you have a lovely weekend


Best wishes


Mrs Riches





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