Last day of this half term is next Wednesday 23rd October. We all come back to school on Monday 4th November. We wish you all a lovely Autumn break.
Homework Following discussion with many parents and monitoring of the impact of the weekly written homework projects which are handed out in each class, it has become apparent that the value of the projects is minimal compared with the disruption they cause in many homes. We have made the decision, therefore, to stop setting formal written tasks for homework. There will be occasional tasks that come home – such as the PFA Christmas Card project next week – but there will be no expectation of regular weekly written homework tasks.
Our hope is that this will free up time to do the homework that really does show high value. This is the regular reading you do with your child, the discussions you have around that reading, the practising of times tables, number bonds and spellings. Our monitoring shows that these activities really do impact very positively on your child’s outcomes in school. Attached to this newsletter is a document that itemises all the regular homework activities we hope you and your child will continue to do at home. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
Hooke Court Children in Years 3 and 4 will be going on their annual one night residential trip to Hooke Court in Dorset on Tuesday 22nd October and Wednesday 23rd October. Please remember that children must have their medical forms returned to the school beforehand. They need smallish bags that they can manage themselves, filled with the items on the kit list, and especially with old warm clothing so that they are not worried about getting dirty. No food or electronic devices or phones should be packed. Bedding is provided by the centre.
Visit to the Mosque We all had a lovely time finding out a bit more about Islam, and exploring a Muslim place of worship. We were made tremendously welcome and learnt a lot from the day. Because our children behave so beautifully, it is always a joy to take them on field trips such as this.
Reading and Maths afternoon for parents – Thank you to the great crowd who attended this event. We are very grateful for the tremendous support you give your child as we work together for the very best education for your child. A list of questions that might help with inference and deduction skills is available if you were not able to get to the workshop. We want children to enjoy reading. That is the key. They do not have to read books, if they don’t wish to. They can read instructions on how to build models, or play a computer game, they can read articles and blogs on the internet, they can read comics, road signs, captions, cereal boxes – absolutely anything. Put notes up in the garden, on mirrors, on their bedroom walls. Have quizzes, family joke books, or lists. It is all reading!
Please continue to read with your older children. It is always a delight to us to hear of parents who still read to their 11 year olds – often using wonderful classics which are so superb when read out loud and which present such deep and powerful vocabulary and imagery. Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Black Beauty, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Secret Garden, The Children of the New Forest, Sherlock Homes, and abridged versions of Charles Dickens or Shakespeare works, as well as more modern works such as Gerald Durrell’s animal books, Roald Dahl’s books, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web. Children who listen to good reading and enjoy reading do better at GCSE, at A levels and at work in later life.
E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school next week on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online.
Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy. For children who have a significant learning difficulty or disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. We work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational
Psychologists, Behavioural Support Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEND. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be receiving this extra provision. Our policy and information on SEND can be accessed on our website. In short, what will happen is that any child about whom the teacher has significant concerns because they are failing to make progress will be raised at an SEND meeting with the SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator). They will be assessed and given whatever extra support is deemed necessary. If the child still does not make progress even with the extra support, they will be assessed further and might be registered with the Local Authority as having Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Parents and the child will have input into the process at this stage. In the event that the child continues to make very little progress, they may be assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan which, if successful, might draw down some extra funding. Parents can help to decide what this extra funding ought to be used for.
Overall in our school, our children with SEND make very good progress even if their attainment is low. Mrs Goddard is our SENDCO. It is worth remarking that children who are struggling but do not meet the thresholds for SEND provision are also given lots of extra support in this school to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a short programme of extra support at some point in their school lives. Many children also have disabilities but if these disabilities do not prevent the child from making steady progress, then these children will not be registered on the SEND Code of Practice since it is clear from their outcomes that the adjustments we make for them in the usual course of their education are sufficient to enable them to make progress.
Collective Worship This week, we reflected on Jesus the Healer, and how we have a responsibility to care for others in our community. We also found out more about the orphanage in India, the Mathieson Music Trust, with which we have had links for very many years. They are going through a difficult time because new legislation in West Bengal means that girls have to be housed in a completely different building to the boys, with completely different staff. Getting the funds to build and run this new home is a priority so that they can offer their girls the amazing education and life chances once again – at the moment most of the girls have had to be dispersed into the wider community which is very unsatisfactory on many levels.
|Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)|
|Monday 21st October||Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come!||5.00pm in school hall|
|Tuesday 22nd October Wednesday 23rd October||Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children||8.15am drop off on 22nd October
5pm pick up on 23rd October
|Wednesday 23rd October||Last day of term|
|Monday 4th November||Children back to school|
|Monday 11th November||Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time.||5.30pm – 8.00pm|
|Wednesday 13th November||Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time.||3.10pm – 6.00pm
|Wednesday 11th December||Handbell and choir Christmas concert in school hall||5.00pm – all welcome|
|Monday 16th December||Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time||KS1 – 10.00am
KS2 – 1.30pm
|Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December||Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time||KS1 – 5.00pm
KS2 – 6.15pm
|Thursday 19th December||Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school||9.30am for service
12.00pm start of party
|Friday 20th December||Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca|
We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.
Our first committee planning meeting took place earlier this week, so watch this space to hear about all the wonderful ideas that were discussed!
We also now have a class representative for the PFA for each year group in the school. This person will act as a ‘point of contact’ and will help the PFA to disseminate information to you all as effectively as possible. Once again, thank you to those who have volunteered to take on this role. The more parents and friends who are involved, the better our PFA will become.
The representatives are as follows:
Reception: Sarah Mallett
Y1: Ellen Wilson
Y2: Ceri Ewen
Y3: Sarah Mallett
Y4: Clare Gordon
Y5: Emma Phipps
Y6: Gemma Ackerman
Information about creating Christmas cards, along with order forms and everything else you need to know will be coming home in book bags very soon, so please keep a look out. This is a fantastic way to get your Christmas cards organised nice and early whilst also supporting the fundraising efforts of the PFA.
To contact us you can email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”