January 19th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we had our statutory church inspection. The inspector, who comes once every five years, visited the infants on Wednesday morning and the juniors on Thursday morning. I was proud to show her our beautiful school, and in particular, the wonderful singing and the children who spoke so animatedly about their learning. I am grateful, too, to all the staff, governors and parents who worked hard to make the inspection such a success. The outcome remains confidential, but we were very pleased and I will let you know as soon as I can.

This morning, children in Nursery and Reception had a visit from the fire engine. There are some lovely pictures of that, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Supporting Your Child in Maths

It was lovely to see so many parents at our maths talk this morning. There were more parents than at any previous talk, a reflection of the challenges we face supporting children in maths. This morning’s presentation can be found here, also our Written Calculation policy, which explains the methods used in each year group. Do have a look at both, and if you have any questions do speak to your child’s teacher.

We have high expectations of children, and in maths that can mean exploring concepts and methods that many parents have forgotten from their own school days. A helpful website, called Maths at Home – Support for Busy Parents, has videos explaining everything that your child needs to know. Your child will need their USO logon details; we have given all children in school today their details, in case they cannot remember them.

Useful Websites

In addition to Maths at Home – Support for Busy Parents, there are two other websites on London Grid for Learning, that I know many parents find helpful:

Maths Home Learning

This week’s maths home learning solutions can be found here:

>>Click here for this week’s maths home learning solutions<<

Do ask your child to let his/her teacher know if the work seemed hard, or send an email to the class email address, so we can adjust future planning accordingly.

Years 3 & 4 Choir – Cluster Concert – Monday 29th January @ Rose Theatre

Please remember to cancel any hot meals booked for this date with ISS Catering.

Children are to bring a packed lunch on this day. Thank you.

Parent Helpers Needed

  • Friday 26th January (pm) Year 3 Library
  • Friday 26th January (pm)  6S Sports activities at Kings College School
  • Tuesday 30th January 6S National Archives – 2 more needed

Year 2 SATS: ­Helping Your Child Prepare – Friday 2nd February @ 9 a.m: Reminder

We will be offering a briefing on Friday 2nd February in the Infant Hall for the parents of Year 2 children about the statutory assessments, which we will be making this summer. We will explore how we can work together to support the children in achieving their best.

Cake Sale – Friday 2nd February – Year 1 & Year 6

Congratulations to Years 2 and 4 for raising a fantastic amount at their cake sales last Friday.

  • Year 2 raised £201.95 towards their butterflies
  • Year 4 raised £160.46 towards their trip to the London Aquarium

The next sales take place on Friday 2nd February for Years 1 and 6.  Year 1 will be fund raising for outdoor educational games and Year 6 for their leavers’ hoodies.

Junior Reading Dog

Every week, Hannah and her dog, Milo, come to the juniors and children read to them. A dog-loving volunteer is needed to support Hannah and the reading dog Milo. If you can spare two hours once a week to hear children read and sit with them, Hannah and Milo, please contact the junior office (phone 020 8336 7800 or email office@ccnm.rbksch.org).

With best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

This week’s ParentMail messages

  • Juniors –  Years 3,4,5 and 6 Girls’ football club Monday mornings, No orchestra Tuesday 23rd January, Year 3 & 4 Choir Cluster Concert Ticket information
  • Whole school – Help needed for PTA discos