Newsletter 9 – 4th November 2016

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher Meetings will take place on Wednesday 9th November and Thursday 10th November. Each meeting will last 10 minutes (we are very strict about the time so that people are not kept waiting). One or two appointments are still available in some of the year groups so if you have not yet booked, please go online to do so at

Eisteddfod Choir Competition Our Eisteddfod choir will be going to Devizes next Friday, 11th November. We wish them well as they compete against bigger schools and fee paying schools. They always do very well and this year we were delighted to be invited to sing at the Eisteddfod concert on Saturday 26th November! This is a huge tribute to the quality of our children’s singing. Our sincere thanks to Ms Sharman, the choir mistress, who spends so much time making sure our children are well prepared and excited to be taking part in this event, and to Mrs Edwards who accompanies the choir with such sensitivity.

Winter Please send your children in with coats as it is cold up on our school field and the children go out to play regardless of the temperature. All coats, jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves etc MUST be labelled with your child’s name so that they can be returned to them if they are mislaid.

We almost never close the school due to poor weather – in the absence of any notification, please assume the school is open. If we have to close the school because roads are impassable or conditions unsafe for children and staff to travel, text messages will be sent out, a note will be published on our website and on Facebook, and the local radio stations will carry the message.

Please be aware of the poor light conditions at this time of year if your child is walking or cycling home in the evenings – they will need high visibility jackets to keep them safe if they are on the roads.

In the event of snow, we do allow children to sledge down “Sledge Hill” onto the playground under adult supervision. If you would like your child to be part of this, you will need to have completed a permission slip.

Reading – inference and deduction It is extremely important that children have a deep understanding of the text that they are reading – rapid and efficient decoding of the words is just not enough to ensure your child is a good reader. In particular, children find the skills of inference and deduction difficult. They need to be able to draw meaning from the text that is not literal or immediately apparent. So, for instance, if the text reads:

“The girl slammed the door, stormed upstairs and threw herself onto her bed,” you might ask your child

“What is the girl feeling?”

Some children will assume that she is tired (she went upstairs and lay on her bed!) without understanding the deeper meaning of the words “slammed”, “stormed” and “threw” which seem obvious to us as adults.

In every text, it is important that you probe your child’s understanding, not just asking the questions at the back of the book, but continually asking probing questions such as, “Why do you think she did that?” “Why does he look like that on the picture?” “What do you think this person feels? Why?” “Which word tells you that?” “What do you think might happen next?” “Why is it written in this way?” “What else could have happened here?” Why is he thinking that?” and so on.

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 anti-bullying policy.

We have zero tolerance of bullying in this school. Any allegation of bullying will be investigated as a matter of urgency and, if upheld, will be dealt with in line with our anti-bullying policy. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. This could be physical or emotional bullying, cyber bullying or discrimination. Sometimes children will accuse each other of bullying when in fact they mean that they have fallen out with a friend. In these cases, they are given support to cope with social situations. If there is evidence of bullying, a file of bullying will be opened. All parents involved will be informed, the victim will be given support, and the perpetrator will be given sanctions and will also have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary.  If a child or group of children continue to bully another child, we would consider a fixed term or permanent exclusion for this offence. We are fortunate that we have very few bullying incidents in this school and children tell us that they feel safe in school. Children understand that they have to report to an adult if they know of any bullying taking place in our school community.

Stop and Drop Thank you to everyone who is working to ensure that our children can safely be dropped in the layby by not parking there at pick up and drop off times. Please check that your child has got into the school grounds before you drive away.

Young Engineers We are delighted to be able to offer a new club for the third half term of this year. This is a Young Engineers’ club, where children will have the opportunity to make a range of items such as catapults, windmills, air rockets, pneumatic monsters and torches. The six sessions are practical, hands-on and involve science, engineering and technology. The club will be for KS2 children only (Years 3 to 6) and will take place on Tuesdays, starting on the 3rd January with the final session on 7th February from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. To reserve a place for your child please register your details and pay online through the website: . If this is successful, we might hold a KS1 club later in the year.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings 3.15pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 10th November Parent/Teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 25th November Bedtime Story event – Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Monday 12th December Christmas play 10.00 am KS1,  1.00 pm KS2
Tuesday 13th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2
Wednesday 14th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2
Thursday 15th December Church Service – all welcome 9.30am – 10.00am
Friday 16th December Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Friday Tuck Shop sales reached their peak at the end of last term thanks to all your wonderful brownies! Your contribution towards fundraising is greatly valued. And many thanks to Jane, Laurie and Claire for all their help on the day.

Good news too on the fabric recycling front. Jacqui and Emma collected two carloads last time – around 180kg – let’s do it again this Monday!

We look forward to ‘Wake & Shaking’ with you next Friday. Come join us at the front – no need to practice as the song tells us what to do!!!

Dates for your diary:

:: FABRIC RECYCLING COLLECTION – Monday morning, November 7

:: PFA WAKE & SHAKE AND COFFEE MORNING – Friday, November 11

:: CINEMA NIGHT for pupils – Friday, November 18, 5-7pm

:: CHRISTMAS FAYRE – After school, Friday, December 9

From Debi, Louise, Julie, Poppy, Jane and Gemma

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