Newsletter 24 – 14th March 2014

Dear Parents

Annual General Meeting  The governors of our school would like to invite all parents to an AGM, to be held on Tuesday 25th March at 6.30pm. The Chair of Governors, Mr David Graham-Wheeler, will give a short report on various aspects of the school and there will be the opportunity for you to ask questions or make comments on any area of school life or governance.  This is a great opportunity to find out a bit more about our school and to meet our governors and other parents. Please do come along – you will be made most welcome.

Parent-Teacher Meetings Thank you to all those who attended the Parent – Teacher meetings this week. We are always delighted that almost every family in the school sends a representative to discuss their child’s progress. Our outstanding outcomes are made possible by the supportive and engaged families in our school community. Please remember that you are free to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress at any time in the year. If we have serious concerns about any aspect of your child’s development, we will contact you, of course.

Lice We have had a report of lice in school. Please check your child regularly (at least fortnightly) for lice. You might see tiny eggs (nits) on a hair, or you might even see one of the little insects. If you do, ask your pharmacist for advice.

Bluebell Wood  Our children are enjoying seeing the signs of spring in our school grounds, and especially in the little on-site woodland that we call Bluebell Wood. Children are encouraged to treat the area with great respect, walking carefully and touching nothing, remembering that it is the home of other living creatures. The daffodils are out and we are waiting for the Snakes Head Fritillaries that should come up soon. There are logs for children to sit on in the woodland, and we have some insect and bird boxes up.

 Calculation Policy

This policy details what level of Maths is expected of children in each year group at Holy Trinity. It is based on a strong understanding and knowledge of basic number facts such as: number bonds to 10 and 100; single-digit addition facts; single digit subtraction facts and times tables. We believe that with a strong foundation of basic skills, understanding Maths becomes much more straightforward. These simple building blocks can then be applied in sequence in order to work out more complex Mathematical problems.

Learning these basic facts to a high standard and practising their application in simple, everyday situations will greatly improve your child’s confidence and attainment in Maths. The written methods outlined in each year group provide a carefully thought-out progression, based initially on how we perform calculations mentally. This gives the children a secure understanding of how numbers are used in Maths problems.

It is vital that children put firm foundations in place before moving on to the next stage. Children who are “fast-tracked” to more advanced paper and pencil methods by parents eager to help their children, may do well initially but are normally overtaken by year 5. Other children with a secure understanding of number and mental strategies attain better at this level. Above all, we want children to see Maths as an everyday subject that they will use for their whole lives, regardless of their occupation. Making your child aware of the Maths that you are using in your own life will help them to see the importance of Maths. Below are some examples of situations in which we all use Maths and in which children might be encouraged to help out.

  • Calculating change and other money/budgets. Eg. Shopping with a limited budget.
  • Using timetables and graphs. Eg. When is the public swimming session at the pool?
  • Calculating time eg.When will TV show finish? How many minutes until dinner will be ready? What time will washing machine finish?
  • Calculating distance and time to destination. Calculating fuel consumption.
  • Counting and calculating using everyday items. Eg. We need 4 knives and 4 forks – how many altogether? How many for adults and how many for children? What if we had one more guest?
  • General baking and kitchen Maths – weighing, ratios, measurements etc.

The calculation policy for each of the four basic maths operations can be found on our website at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/creative-curriculum/ .

Lost Property Please check your child’s uniform and PE kit to make sure that you have not inadvertently become the owners of someone else’s uniform. There is also a huge heap of lost property in the library which will be recycled during the Easter holiday – please go through the box if you have lost something.

Mothering Day Service We have been invited to take part in a Mothering Day service at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell on Sunday 30th March at 11.00am. Children will have the opportunity to do some readings, prayers and songs, and all mothers and grandmothers will receive a lovely plant. If you would like to take part in this event, please complete the slip below so that we can rehearse with children beforehand.  This is always a lovely event – do consider coming along.

Holiday Club Sports Stars will be running the Holiday Club at our school in the Easter holiday, from 7th April to the 11th April, and in the summer holiday from 28th July to 1st August and a second week from 11th August to 15th August. Flyers will go out nearer the time to sign up.

Edington Under 5’s – come along on Thursday mornings from 10am-12pm in Edington Village Hall. Contact Vanessa Lescott 07776 133099.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Diary Dates – Dress Down Day on Friday, 28th March and Easter Fun Day on Friday, 4th April.  More details will follow for these days.

PFA Meeting – The next meeting will be held on Tues, 18th March at 9.00am at school to discuss the organisation of the Easter Fun Day, all welcome!

Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning

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Mothering Day Service

We would like to come to the Mothering Day service on 30th March at 11.00am at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell.

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