Dear Parents, Friends and Children,
I hope some of you have enjoyed receiving smile cards in the last couple of weeks, I have certainly been kept very busy writing out nearly fifty cards to a selection of our superstars who have worked so hard this term. There are more in the pipeline, so watch that letterbox over half term!
I would like to draw your attention to the stirling work of our PTA – the Christmas Bazaar again raised a significant amount and new ventures, such as the Calendar and the Quiz Night, were well attended and raised over £400.00. Without the PTA we wouldn’t be able to keep purchasing the high quality resources that make life so much better for our children. Please support the PTA whenever possible, they do an amazing job behind the scenes – we couldn’t manage without them!
As well as our whole school maths focus, this year we are also trying to promote reading at home and at school. Please keep coming to our monthly ERIC sessions as it raises the profile of reading and encourages your children to share their reading and see reading as a positive experience – our next ERIC is the first day back after half term on Tuesday 1st March, 9.00am – 9.25am.
After half term we will be significantly adding to our supply of reading books around the school. Books are expensive and we have had a purchasing plan to steadily improve the quality and choice available to our children. We are also planning to add a ‘free reading’ box to each classroom. These ‘free readers’ will give children on the reading schemes a break from time to time and will add variety to their reading repertoire. The books we have chosen are a deliberate contrast from the reading schemes, so expect to see the odd ‘Horrible History’, ‘Vile Victorian’ or even a graphic novel or two coming home in the near future!
The first week after half term will be fun-packed because we will be celebrating WORLD BOOK WEEK, and, on World Book Day (Thursday 3rd March) we will be opening school for the evening for a night of bedtime stories, starting at 6.00pm. We will conclude the evening with a huge ‘bedtime story’ in the school hall read by me! We are hoping to put on some refreshments for all the family before you go home. Please join us if you can!
Take care, enjoy some family time if you can…
Jon Smith (Headteacher)
(This has been taken from the school newsletter, available to download in full from here.)