Newsletter week beginning 05/01/15

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after what I hope was a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

As I have said before, we are always looking for ways to improve school so that all the children are happy, safe and receiving the very best education possible. With that in mind there are several initiatives that we will be following this term.

Healthy eating
The governors and I are still concerned about the amount of chocolate and crisps that come into school. Next week is National Obesity Awareness Week and we will be looking at how we can help to develop healthy lifestyles for all our children. I will be sending home a survey about playtime snacks and school dinners and I would be grateful for your responses. We can only improve things if we know what the issues are.

Safety in and out of school
We work hard to try to ensure the safety of our children and I am grateful for the support that we have received around parking more safely. I am currently looking at making the winning posters into large banners which can be used outside to promote this. We are also still recording any incidents of unsafe parking and forms are available at the school office if you wish to make a report.

However, another concern that has been brought to my attention is that of people cycling across the playgrounds in the morning. We do have a number of younger siblings, who are at the Infants, in pushchairs or toddling, so I would ask that all cyclists ensure that they dismount when reaching the playground. We do not want any accidents or younger children being knocked over.

Unfortunately last term there were several incidents that occurred outside school, predominantly cyber issues, which impacted on children in school. The Internet and associated technology is fantastic when used correctly; however it can cause huge issues and distress when used incorrectly. We do educate the children about cyber bullying and keeping safe when online and I know that many parents follow this up at home.
If you have any concerns at all please do not hesitate to contact us. We have access to support and resources which may be of help to you in dealing with any cyber issues.

Teaching and Learning
This term our main focus will be on developing writing in school.
Our key aims are to ensure that:
-children enjoy writing and are given lots of opportunities to write in a variety of styles, genres and subject areas, both quickly and confidently;
-children are given good basic skills in handwriting, spelling and punctuation and that they take pride in every piece of written work;
-children have a well-developed and wide ranging vocabulary that they can apply in their own writing;
-we really challenge our most able writers and provide appropriate support for those who find writing difficult.

I will keep you updated with developments via the newsletter and the website.

The new assessment guidelines for writing will be introduced to the children over the next 2 weeks, with a copy being sent home for you to refer to. Once these are in place we will begin to roll out similar assessment sheets for reading and maths. The aim is that these will be fully in place by the end of this term so that discussions at Parents’ Evenings can revolve around the new “end of year expectations”.

Timings and lateness
The school day starts at 8:50am and children should be on the playground ready to enter school at this time. However some children do arrive late, but the playground doors are not locked until 9am every morning. If children arrive at school before this time then they must enter through the playground. Children attempting to enter through the front door will be sent round to the relevant playground. The reason for this is that the registers close at 9am and are then sent to the office. Unfortunately we have children coming in through the front door and signing in late who are then entered as here by the class teacher because the register has not closed. This means that the registers are not being completed accurately despite the fact that there is a legal requirement to ensure they are.

Children who consistently arrive after 9am will have those “lates” recorded as “unauthorised”. A warning letter will be issued and should there be no improvement after this then the school will have to consider issuing a penalty notice. Lessons start promptly at 9am and in many cases with a period where the children consider feedback and next steps in learning. This is key learning time and any time missed will impact on the progress that children make.

Friends of Nevill Road Schools
We really value the funds that are raised by the Friends and are delighted to have just received 46 iPads for the children to use! Our IT technician is in the process of setting these up so we are hoping to have them up and running in classrooms in the next few weeks.
Many thanks to everyone who has helped out by organising or attending events.

Monday 12th – National Obesity Awareness Week – focus on Healthy Living.
Wednesday 14th – Friends’ meeting at 8pm at The Kings Hall in Cheadle Hulme.
Monday 26th – Friends’ meeting at 3:30pm in the Junior school (repeat of the meeting on 14th)
Tuesday 10th – Safer Internet Day – “Let’s create a better Internet together”
Friday 13th – close for half term at 3:20pm
Monday 23rd – reopen after half term at 8:50am
Tuesday 31st – parents’ evening 4-6pm
Wednesday 1st – parents’ evening 4-7pm
Thursday 2nd – close for Easter at 3:20pm

I will keep you informed of other dates via the newsletters and the website.
Please note that all the letters we send out are also available to download from the school website.

Lost Property
Please note that the Lost Property box is overflowing!
If you know your child has lost something please direct them to look for it here.
Any unclaimed items will be passed on to charity or to the second hand uniform stall that the Friends’ run.

Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison


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