Newsletter week beginning 13/10/14

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Code of Conduct
Last week we focussed on “respect” and I am delighted to see certificates linked to this. I also know that teachers have talked about respect with the children in class and we will continue to refer to the importance of respect as term continues.

The second right on our code of conduct is “To be heard”, with the associated responsibility of “To listen”.
We ask children to listen when others are speaking and we encourage them to share their ideas. Our “Concerns bags” around school are a way for children to be heard when something is bothering them.
Mrs Watts will be organising the School Council for this year very shortly and that is another means by which the children can be heard in school.

Year 6 – Application for High School
Thank you to those parents who have made their applications for a school place at High School in September 2015. Don’t forget that the deadline is 31st October 2014 and applications must be made online.
The open evening at Bramhall High School is on Wednesday 15th October, between 6:00 and 8:30pm.
This is an opportunity for you to view the school, meet some of the current pupils and speak to staff.

Parents’ evenings and changes to assessment
Our parents’ evenings will be held on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November. Letters to make appointments will be going out before we close for half term and I would ask you to return them at the earliest opportunity. These appointments provide the chance to speak to your child’s teacher about how they are doing this year and whether there are any areas where extra support is needed.

You are probably aware that the method of assessing children at the end of Year 6 is changing. Our current Year 6 children will not be affected, and will sit their end of Key Stage tests in the week beginning 11th May 2015. The Year 6 teachers will still talk to parents in terms of national curriculum levels and progress against these.

However, children in Years 3, 4 and 5 will be assessed differently once they reach the end of Year 6.
National Curriculum levels for these children have been removed and replaced with a set of “End of Year Expectations” for English, Maths and Science. Children will be judged as having “met, not met or exceeded” these expectations. We are in the process of starting to transfer information we currently hold in terms of the old levels and APP grids on to the new system. I will provide more detailed information on these expectations as we progress through the year and we get our new system up and running. At parents’ evenings teachers will still provide information on the areas that the children have mastered and those that they need to work on next but please do not expect to talk in terms of “points progress” any more.

I would ask you to bear with us while we complete this transfer – it is new for everyone – but please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or phase leader if you have any questions or concerns.

School office hours
Please note that staff work in the school office from 8:30am until 4pm (Monday-Thursday) or 3:30pm (Friday). The answer machine is on during the times that the office is unmanned as teachers are busy preparing in their classrooms before school, and marking work or in staff meetings after school.
Please leave a message and we will get back to you.

The following children were awarded certificates in assembly today:

Y6R – Lily for always being respectful towards other people around school and an absolute delight to teach.
Y6R – Georgia for her fantastic setting description, including some lovely vocabulary and linking ideas well.
Y6S – Freya for creating an excellent self-portrait.
Y6S – Nia Moi for showing respect to all adults and children at all times.
Y6W – Sam for consistently working to the best of his ability and always being willing to share his knowledge with others through discussion.
Y6W – Miliani for applying her maths knowledge to new tasks and always completing them carefully.
Y5C – Abaigeal for fantastic work in maths using her investigation skills on factors and multiples.
Y5C – Evie for fantastic work in maths using her investigation skills on factors and multiples.
Y5L – Suzi for a fantastic attitude in maths and also for volunteering to share her answers with the rest of the class.
Y5L – Robert for excellent mental maths strategies and a willingness to share them with the class.
Y5P – Amy B for great work on adverbs.
Y5P – Harry for trying hard to use expression when reading in a group.
Y4H – Milky for showing increased effort in all subjects.
Y4H – Ben for being a kind and considerate member of the class.
Y4K – Che for answering questions and listening carefully in English.
Y4K – Luke McC for showing growing understanding of fractions in maths.
Y4S – Alissa for working well in her group during science investigation.
Y4S – Adeeka for being a credit to 4S and always being ready to listen and learn.
Y3L – Noah for working extra hard in Literacy and being extremely enthusiastic.
Y3L – Renee for producing an excellent character description in literacy.
Y3LW – Freddie for his fantastic writing all about Hercules and his 13th task.
Y3LW – Holly for always making good choices and working really hard.
Y3M – Tom for creating a great superhero cityscape.
Y3M – Devdas for following instructions and completing a task accurately.

Congratulations to class Y3L who had the highest attendance last week with 98.6%.
Please remember to inform the school office if your child is absent for any reason. The staff are there from 8:30am until 4pm, with the answerphone being switched on at all other times.

Events/key dates this term:
Monday 6th to Friday 17th – Walk to School fortnight.
Wednesday 15th – open evening at Bramhall High School 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
Tuesday 21st – football match v. Moorfield Primary at Nevill Road, straight after school.
Thursday 23rd – individual and family photographs.
Friday 24th – non-uniform day for Halloween; and close for half term.
Monday 3rd – school reopens
Wednesday 12th – parents’ evening 4-6pm
Wednesday 12th – Friends of Nevill Road meeting 8pm in the Kings Hall, Cheadle Hulme
Thursday 13th – parents’ evening 4-7pm
Friday 28th – Christmas Fair

Further details will be sent out nearer the time along with the dates of any additional events and new clubs.

Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison


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