I hope you all had a relaxing and happy long Christmas break. It is always great to be back after a long break and we are feeling refreshed, invigorated, and ready for the Spring Term. We warmly welcome Miss Bernau to the Park team. Miss Bernau is working in Year One every Monday and she works across the school in the afternoons covering teachers planning time and she also works in Year Three in the mornings. We also welcome Mrs Juddha, a new teaching assistant who is joining us for three days a week until the end of the academic year.
Ms Greenfield is continuing to focus on raising the profile of reading this term. She calculated that 41 children out of a possible 80 children read three times a week without fail last term in years Reception to Year Two. To incentivise more children to read every day, Mrs Greenfield has organised for every child from Reception to Years Two to have a Reading Buddy to read to at home! We look forward to hearing about how you get on with your new family buddy! Mrs Greenfield has asked that you read the recent reading email she sent out and explain to your child this initiative to get them excited. Likewise, Years Three to Five will be treated to a movie afternoon together at the end of Spring term if they have read every day for 81 days; now that is exciting! So, please find the email and share it with your child so we can all get reading!
Miss Hilinska is busy planning more exciting ways to ensure children are regularly practicing their mental maths objectives at home. She has identified some children who need extra support in improving their times speed and she is now running a Rock Star lunchtime club to help everyone achieve their best.
In the weekly celebration assembly, we would love to celebrate children’s achievements outside of school. So, if you child achieves an award or something they are proud of or something that has required them to overcome an obstacle or barrier, then please prepare your child to come to share their achievement and good news.
Finally, it is National Handwriting day on Friday 23rd January, so we are asking children to write a poem at home in their neatest handwriting. They are also welcome to illustrate their poem too. There will be a winner per class for the neatest handwriting.