What's happening this week?
We are continuing to strengthen the key life skill of reading in school and the importance of practising reading, when at home. The more children read, or are read to, the more vocabulary they are learning and becoming exposed to. Children always have a book available to practise the phonics they are learning in school in the form of a real book or on 'Bug Club', and we have invested a further £1500 to further support phonics in school and at home. For early readers, it is important to keep practising their phonic sounds and sound out words. We have been looking in the reading diaries and lots of you are practising every day. Thank you so much in supporting your children's learning this way
National Anti-Bullying Week
In line with national 'Anti-Bullying Week' , this week our assembly focus has been on what to do if someone has said or done something to you that is unkind, or has upset you. We read a story about a little boy who had lots of worries, and that talking about about his worries with a trusted grownup will help make worries seem smaller. Bullying is seen as repeated unkindness, whether it be words or actions. We talked about the effects of repeated 'teasing' , and if somebody is saying something that makes them feel sad or upset to voice that by telling them how it is making them feel. Bullying in any shape or form will not be tolerated at our school, and our staff are always here to help and advise with any situation.
We hope, by giving children the chance to talk about the stories we read in our assembly time, they gain confidence to speak. out when something is upsetting them and not bottling it up. Often, small children do not understand that they are saying something that could be upsetting. All the children from Year R to Year 2 gave me a big wave when I asked if they would tell a grown up if something was upsetting them, and there were happy smiles all round.
Please find the link to the Anti-Bullying week below, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance
Children in Need Day-Friday 19th November
This Friday is 'Children in Need' day. Mrs Charles has organised a fancy dress day with the School Council, with a suggested donation of £1. Children can dress up, any way they would like, and fancy dress could be as simple as non-school uniform. An app message was sent last week with a few more details and we will be collecting on the way into school, so please have pennies at the ready.
Save the Date- A special Christmas evening to remember Thursday 9th December
Due to the continuing effects of Covid, we are have looked at ways we can include parents and grandparents in our celebration of Christmas in a safe way, at the lowest risk to everyone. We would like to invite parents and grandparents to our outdoor Christmas Celebration Evening on Thursday 9th December. Doors will open at 5.30pm and we will need all the children ready for 6pm start. Food and drink will be available to purchase and some stalls to browse whilst waiting for our performance, which will all be orgaised by our fabulous PTA. We will be singing known songs and carols, and parents are very welcome to join in. The event will be lit up and we hope it will be a special evening to remember for our whole school community. We will also record the songs and poems in school for children who will be unable to attend.
Nearly all our poppies were sold this year, and we held our special assembly to commemorate the day. We also held a two minute silence throughout the school at 11 o'clock on the 11/11. Our children asked lots of questions and many told us about people in their family who were the forces at the time, or are in the forces now. Thank you to everybody who donated, and to our super Poppy Collection Volunteers.