January 22nd 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It seems strange to think that my main form of communication with your families is now via a camera or a written bulletin!  Thank you so much for all you have done to make arrangements to keep your children at home where possible and to keep everyone safe. I am enjoying the opportunity to see the children, at least virtually, via the live lessons and to celebrate all their enthusiasm and creative ideas.

This week, we are focusing on promoting reading. What perfect escapism! You will already have received a letter about the Spark Reading Awards and the children will be able to watch a video in today’s celebration assembly telling them more. Below, you will see two other suggestions about ways of supporting your child’s reading: let’s read, read, read!

New Chatterbooks Reading Clubs

Kingston Libraries has launched two new monthly Chatterbooks Reading Clubs for children aged 6-8 and 9-11, on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Find new recommended reads, chat about books, take quizzes and try your hand at creative writing and illustrating. This fun club is completely free. Please use this link to book through Eventbrite.

Free books for your child to read during lockdown

The National Literacy Trust have liaised with Oak Academy to offer high quality books for children to read online during lockdown. Use this link to find out more https://library.thenational.academy/  Their first Virtual School Library author of the week is Jacqueline Wilson! You can read her most popular book, The Story of Tracy Beaker, for FREE, find out more about Jacqueline’s inspiration for writing in an exclusive video and download fun activities to try at home, including a mask, a wordsearch and a brilliant quiz. They have also now uploaded The Girl Who Stole an Elephant.

Perform Online Sessions

Perform is running online drama, dance and singing classes during the lockdown via Zoom. All children are welcome to try a Free Trial Session. If this is of interest to you, please see their website for further details.

Have a lovely, if strange weekend!

Tabitha White, Headteacher