THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
Yesterday, Mrs Jones, Mrs Robinson and I were privileged to take a group of children to Wembley Arena to take part in Voice in a Million (VIAM). It was the 10th Anniversary concert of which this was the third year for us! The concert was originally established to raise awareness for adoption and fostering and works alongside Adoption UK to raise money. It is an absolutely wonderful concert, with the Lainesmead children joined by around 5000 children from schools across the country. Songs ranged from ‘A million dreams’ from The Greatest Showman to a ‘Jai Ho/Uptown Funk’ mix. The children represented the school brilliantly, singing and dancing with much enthusiasm right through to the end at 10pm. It was a very long but very worthwhile day. This is something we would love continue with next year for Years 5 and 6 so do look out for information next academic year.
The children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 have worked extremely hard this week during our Assessment Week. As you may recall from our 7th December Newsletter, the children sit assessments during terms 2, 4 and 6 as part of our ongoing monitoring and to support the teachers in making a judgement about how well the children are learning in their year group. We also use these assessment points to identify which areas children are still finding difficult in order to be able to teach these areas again, if necessary.
CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Aaliya France: Riley
Spain: Alee Iceland: Thomas
Canada: Bethany Russia: Prajeetha
South Africa: Salma
Brazil: Jake China: Dwelen
New Zealand: Sze Ka Australia: George
With all of the illnesses that have been around in the past few weeks, which have hit school staff as much as children, unfortunately we did not have any class who reached 96% during the last week. We hope that the illnesses are now coming to an end for our staff as well as for the children and are sure that we will be able to issue the award again next week.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that should they have a concern about their child, please do approach a member of staff regarding this who will to their utmost to help you. This includes if parents are worried about another child. We ask that you talk to us first rather than speak to another parent, which might exacerbate the worry further. There is always a member of the Senior Leadership Team on duty in the morning to talk to but please speak to the class teacher in the first instance.
NEWS FROM EYFS2
This week, Wales and Scotland have enjoyed a trip to Bristol Aquarium. We had lots of fun exploring the underwater world and meeting lots of different sea creatures. To prepare for our trip, we watched the Bristol Aquarium video and then wrote lots of different questions about the sea-creatures we have been learning about in class. Lots of the questions related to what the animals ate and how they are fed by the people who look after them. Our favourite part of the trip was being able to watch the seahorses up close and walking underneath the sharks through the underwater tunnel!
We also enjoyed making sea-creatures in a variety of different ways. In our book corners, we have displayed our lovely jellyfish and starfish which has helped to make our book corners look inviting.
We have thoroughly enjoyed having our grown-ups visit during stay and play sessions this term. Thank you to those parents who have attended the different sessions. We hope these sessions have helped you learn more about Early Years and how you can support your children at home.
Helping your child to read:
When you are recording in your child’s reading log, remember it does not have to be a book that your child has read to you. You could record when you have read to, or shared a book with, your child.
There are many other ways that you can help your child to read. Here are a few suggestions:
- Encourage your child to read signs when you are out and about e.g. road signs, street names, names of familiar shops ….
- Ask your child to read food packets and offers when you are shopping.
- Read a recipe with your child when you are baking and encourage them to read the next steps in the recipe to you.
- Collect leaflets about the places that you visit and ask your child to read it and tell you what information they have found out. Give your child some holiday brochures – they can plan their dream holiday!
- Read instructions for a new toy/game/instructions for making models.
- Read birthday cards/party invitations. Encourage members of the family who live further away to write letters/emails/send postcards for your child to read.
- If you are eating out, ask your child to read the menu so that they can choose what they would like to eat.
- Ask your child to help read a map or directions if you are going somewhere new.
- Encourage your child to read the back of the cereal packet. There is usually lots of things for your child to read.
- Comics/magazines/annuals – children love these!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Monday 1st April
2:30pm Fabulous Finish
Please note that the Year 4 assembly that was due to take place during fabulous finish is being postponed a new date will be set for after the Easter holidays.
Friday 5th April
Last day of term
2:00pm – Easter Craft Activities for parents to attend
2:30pm – School finishes
Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April
EASTER HOLIDAYS – SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS
Tuesday 23rd April
All children (including Nursery) return to school
Friday 26th April
South Africa Class Day
Monday 6th May
School Closed – May Day Bank Holiday
Week Beginning 13th May
Year 6 SATS
Year 2 SATS begin (spread over 2 weeks)
We have previously reported the swimming success of Amy in Year 5. She continues to achieve amazingly well. At last weekend’s Tigersharks Spring Meet swimming gala, Amy competed in 8 races, achieving 8 personnel bests and gaining four 2018-2019 County Times in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle events. Amy received 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal. Huge well done to Amy!
NUT FREE SCHOOL
Please could we remind you that it has long been school policy that nuts, or products containing nuts, should not be brought into school either for children’s snack or for lunch. We have a number of children who have nut allergies in school and nuts in school are a direct threat to them. If providing a sandwich for you children at lunchtime, if you are using chocolate spread, then please ensure that it is one that does not contain nuts.
Many thanks for your understanding and support with this.
THIS WEEK FROM THE GOVERNORS
The Governors had a full governing board meeting on Tuesday 19th March where we were joined by Sally Arthur, our Achievement for All coach.
Achievement for All are a charity whose vision is “A World which all children and young people can achieve regardless of their background, challenge or need”. The Achievement for All programme is based on the belief that school leaders, teachers and support staff can have a profound impact on all children by raising their ASPIRATIONS and ACHIEVEMENTS and improving their ACCESS to learning. We heard about all the great work Sally and our teachers have carried out in the last 18 months and the impact this has made on attainment, attendance and relationships between the school and parents also.
We as Governors will be looking to carry out “school learning walks” focussing on particular areas in order to appreciate the work of the teachers and support staff and to see the children learning.
We welcomed Mel Hay as a new Governor, Mel also sits on the Curriculum Board. If you ever wondered who we all are, we each have pictures and our reasons for becoming Governors on the school website and are quite often found on the school playground with our children and grandchildren!