Lainesmead News 18.01.19

Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter
Twitter: @LainesmeadSch

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.

Kate Jesse Alimu and Skylar

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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