Lainesmead News 18.01.19

Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter

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THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
It has been a real pleasure being in many classrooms this week and seeing the amazing learning that has been happening across all year groups.  I was very proud to see so many children bring their work to me to celebrate their achievements as well.  Below are just a small variety of those who’ve shared their fantastic work with me.

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Thank you to all parents who attended the Phonics Workshop that we ran on Tuesday.  It was wonderful to see so many of you throughout the day showing a keen interest in your child’s education and responding so positively to the Phonics packs we have provided to help you support at home.

THIS WEEK FROM THE GOVERNORS…
On Tuesday afternoon, I attended along with approximately 30 parents (and some exceptionally well behaved toddlers) the Year 1 phonic workshop. Miss Bees began by explaining what phonics is: ‘the process of hearing, reading and writing sounds’. Lainesmead is particularly proud of its phonic teaching, achieving 85% in the 2018 screening test, which is above Swindon and the national average. Miss Bees then explained how phonics is taught at Lainesmead and shared a wealth of support materials for parents to use at home including a You Tube clip designed to support parents in using ‘pure sounds’,    the Song of Sounds approach use by the school and the Phonics Play website. All of these can be found on the school website. Miss Bees went on to explain how children are tested towards the end of Year 1 on their phonic knowledge (and again in Year 2 if they do not pass in Year 1) which includes reading real words and alien: those words that can only read using phonic knowledge.  Children are regularly tested throughout the year with additional support being given if children are finding some phonics tricky. Miss Bees assured parents that they would be informed if this were the case for their child.  Indeed, after an assessment, parents will be informed of their child’s score and crucially the key phonics they need to practice. All parents left with a phonics pack of ideas and games to ensure supporting their children at home will be a fun and enjoyable experience.

READING AT HOME
Thank you to all of the parents who have been reading at home with their children.  Remember, we expect all children to read at home 5 times a week.

Reading at Home

Above is a good example of what we are looking for in our reading logs. For the younger children, we would expect a parent to fill in the log. However, older children might record in the log themselves.

When recording in the books, please remember to include:

  • The date you read and the title of the book.
  • A comment. This might include something your child likes/dislikes about the story, a comment that your child has shared with you about the story, maybe something that they needed help to do/read or some vocabulary they did not understand, a comment about an event or a character.
  • Don’t forget, to count the number of days your child reads – they will be rewarded for the nights that they read at home.

Thank you for your continued support.

READING VOLUNTEERS
You may be aware that we have a strong “army” of reading volunteers in the school.  We are extremely pleased to have the support of these adults and would like to let you know of the amazing progress the children are making as a result of the help of these additional adults.  When looking at the Reading Age of children over the Autumn Term, on average children made a whole year’s reading progress in just 4 months!  Indeed one child made 1 year and 11 months’ worth of progress between mid-September and the beginning of December.  These results are absolutely phenomenal and we would like to say a huge “THANK YOU!” to all those who offer their time for free to the school.

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ROAD SAFETY
Last term, we placed a number of reminders of the expectations of road safety in our weekly newsletter.  You may have seen also that an article appeared in Swindon Advertiser in relation to the concerns parents and the school have regarding dangerous driving and parking around the site.  Please take time to consider the letter below, from a parent who has suffered as a result of dangerous driving.  No parent should ever have to endure this and our messages are sent out to stop this pain from being felt by a parent at Lainesmead.  Consider these words next time you stop on the double yellow lines, “Just drop off” on the zig-zag lines or speed.

Road Safety

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Wednesday 23rd January
National Handwriting Day

Monday 28th January
Australia Day (Australia Class)

Wednesday 30th January
Maths Day
2:30pm – EYFS2 Stay and Play

Wednesday 30th January
Year 6 Parents SATS Workshop – 2:30pm and 6:00pm
Please note this is an amended date.  This is a must attend event.  Handouts and revision guides will only be given to those in attendance (children are welcome to attend the evening and will join parents in the afternoon)

Week beginning 4th February
E-safety week

Tuesday 5th February
Safer Internet Day

Thursday 7th February
2:30pm – EYFS2 Stay and Play sessions

Thursday 14th February
2:30pm – Fabulous Finish
Y6 Play in a day Assembly – class to be confirmed

Friday 15th February
2:30pm – Y6 Play in a day Assembly – class to be confirmed
Last day of Term 3

Week beginning 18th February
Half term holiday

Lainesmead News 11.01.19

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THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome back to and a Happy New Year to all our families.
This week in assembly, we started our term by considering the following question:

Assembly question

It was very humbling to hear how many of the children said their mum, dad, uncle, grandparent or another relative.  They all gave such amazing reason to explain why they want to be like them as well.  For example, ‘They are always so kind to me and I want to make sure I’m as kind as them.’ We also linked this question into looking at the achievements people have that mean we now see them as heroes, such as Rosa Parks, Sir Edmund Hillary or Simone Biles.  We discussed how many of these didn’t set out to be heroes and many had huge obstacles to overcome to achieve what they had dreamed of.  We discussed what values these heroes all had to show to achieve their goals.  This culminated with the children coming dressed as their hero today.  It was great to hear some of the children explain why they were dressed as they were, for example, “I came as the surgeon who saved my life last year!”

This week, the Year 3 children visited the computing department at New College to use some programs that are not possible in school.  They all had a fantastic time.  The other Key Stage 2 year groups will attend during the remainder of the school year.

READING

Firstly, thank you for supporting your children with their reading at home. At Lainesmead, we believe that reading with your child is invaluable. Not only does it help your child to become a confident reader, it also helps your child to develop a love of reading, increases their vocabulary and helps your child to become more imaginative, which also helps them to become better writers. Being a good reader will also influence your child throughout their life.

“A strong reader at 10 years old will earn 21% more per hour at age 38 than someone from the same background with poor reading skills.” – 

Hooked on Books

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To ensure that all children are reading at home at least 5 times a week, children’s reading logs will be monitored closely. Teachers will check reading logs each week and will keep a record of how many times your child has read at home during the week. Our policy states that this should be at least 5 times. When a child has not read at home 5 times during the week, the teacher will put a note in the log as a reminder. Usually, this reminder is enough. However, if the same thing is noted in the following weeks, your child’s teacher and then the year group leader will ask to meet with you. During this meeting, we will talk about what we can do to support you so that this reading does take place. In the final instance, you will be asked to meet with a member of our school’s senior leadership team.

Look out in the next few newsletters for helpful hints and tips about how to support your child with reading at home!

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CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Nikhil                                   France: Jesse
Spain: Corey                                         Iceland: Michael
Canada: Ella                                         Russia: Harry
Mexico: Kavinmukil                              South Africa: Jacob
Brazil: Macauli                                     China: Maria
New Zealand: Emily                              Australia: Kavenayan

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It was a real pleasure to see so many of them share their work and talk so confidently about what they had achieved during the week, especially when it was going from not understanding something to being completely confident, such as Emily with adding fractions.

Well done to South Africa class (99.7%) and Iceland class (98.3%) for their high attendance in the last week before the Christmas holidays. Both classes rolled the dice and moved to the same reward on our ‘Class-opoly’ board – extra time with PE equipment.

ATTENDANCE
We will continue to keep a very close eye on attendance this term.  We are in the process of putting together many of the ideas from the poster competition we ran before the holidays.  Look out for the results soon!

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 15th January
Year 1 Phonics Workshops – 2:30pm and 6:00pm
This is a must attend event!  Phonics packs will be given out to all parents in attendance

Wednesday 23rd January
National Handwriting Day

Monday 28th January
Australia Day (Australia Class)

Wednesday 30th January
Whole school Maths Day

Week beginning 4th February
E-safety week

Tuesday 5th February
Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 6th February
New Zealand Day (NZ Class)

Thursday 14th February
2:30pm – Fabulous Finish

Orienteering

Lainesmead News 21.12.18

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
We have finally reached the end of a long term! This week has been as busy as the others and it has certainly been a week of Christmas cheer.
First of all, a huge well done to EYFS who completed two performances of the Nativity on Monday. They spoke so clearly and their singing certainly brought a tear to the eyes of many a parent!

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The children have thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas parties this week, with time for a dance in the hall and games in the classrooms. Thank you to Chef Luann and her team for organising the party food on top of the usual lunches that were being prepared.
Finally, we ended this week with our traditional ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’ with children all the way from Nursery to Year 6 performing a song of their choice to the whole school. It was lovely to welcome our Nursery and Reception children to assembly. They sat beautifully throughout, showing how much progress they have made in the short time they have been at school. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who came dressed in their Christmas Jumpers, whether decorated from home or bought, it was wonderful to see the children looking so festive!

Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you for all of your support this term and we look forward to welcoming you all back on TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY.

 

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Denis                          France: Noah
Spain: Kenan                               Iceland: Leo (absent)
Canada: Poppy                            Russia: Finley
Mexico: Nikhil                             South Africa: Neha
Brazil: Aloy                                  China: Kyron (absent)
New Zealand: Rodney               Australia: Lexis

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Well done to Germany class (96.7%) and New Zealand class (99%). Both classes are choosing their own rewards this week.  Well done also to all the children who have 100% attendance for the term, we know that this is not always easy to achieve. They have received their treat already! At the end of every long term (the Autumn, Spring and Summer), we reward a family where every child has 100% attendance. This term the family name drawn was Pagett – Noah (Scotland) and Alba (Iceland) who have won a family cinema voucher.

Remember, even if children have been absent this term, they can still be reward in the Spring Term for their 100% attendance as we award this on a term by term basis.

ATTENDANCE
As you are aware, we have been running a poster competition to encourage attendance at school.  We were delighted to announce the winners in today’s assembly and they are:
First place: Ansel (China)
Second Place: Alesha (New Zealand)
Joint third place: Tyler M/Daniel P (South Africa)
Riley G/Umar (South Africa)

We will be working on putting many of the ideas presented by the children, such as ‘School is Cool’ and ‘Attend to Achieve’ together onto one finished poster, which we will be distributing in the new year.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 7TH January
TD DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS

Tuesday 8th January
Reception to Year 6 children return to school

Wednesday 9th January
Nursery children return

Friday 11th January
Non-school uniform day – come dressed as your hero!
50p-£1 donation

Tuesday 15th January
Year 1 Phonics Workshops – 2:30pm and 6:00pm
This is a must attend event!  Phonics packs will be given out to all parents in attendance

Wednesday 23rd January
National Handwriting Day

Monday 28th January
Australia Day (Australia Class)

Week beginning 4th February
E-safety week

KITCHEN NEWS
The kitchen has received its first full Food Premises Inspection Report since its refurbishment in the summer.  The outcome of the inspection has been very help full and supportive but unfortunately also means our Score on the Door Rating has been reduced from the top rating of 5.  However, please be assured we regard this as a temporary measure whilst we work through the findings of the report.  We already have a plan in place taking corrective measures where needed and all points will have addressed by the later part of January.  We will then request a revisit by the Food Premises Inspection Team to again review the kitchen with all points raised having been fully addressed.
Please be assured the School Governors and I have the utmost confidence in the school kitchen and the food provided for our children.

TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS
As you will be aware from newsletters in term 1, the children have access to an online resource that supports their learning of the times tables.  The ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ program enables the children to compete against each other individually, as classes and even as houses.  Teachers are also listed on the program and it is a great incentive to many to ‘beat the teacher!’

In this week’s assembly I was delighted to hand out a number of ‘High Achievers’ certificates to children and introduce our new ‘Rock Hero’ badge to children.  These awards are for children who are regularly accessing the program in school and when at home and are earning points to achieve different stages whilst playing.  Well done to all who are playing. Here are just a few of the children with their awards.

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Mrs Saxby has also been analysing which class has the most amount of regular participants (both in and outside of school).  With 94% of children regularly accessing Times Tables Rockstars the winning class is Mexico.  Well done to them as they have earnt extra playtime.

Merry Christmas