November 9th 2018

Dear Parent/Carers,

This week began with Years 5 and 6 expanding their knowledge of the Tudors on a visit to Hampton Court Palace. During their workshop they went on a tour of the palace, seeing the King’s rooms and the kitchens. By the end, I think most of them were glad we do not live in Tudor times! Thank you to all the parents who helped on the trip. Boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 also took part in the annual Cross Country race at the Kingston Grammar School fields. Despite a chilly start they all performed brilliantly with the Year 6 girls coming in 3rd place out of 28 schools – a fantastic effort by everyone who took part. A big thanks to Mr Smith who was our photographer and to Mr Bodley-Scott for coaching and all the parents who came along to support. You can see photos of these, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Early finish on Thursday 15th November

Please remember that School finishes early next Thursday in preparation for Parents Evening. Infants will finish at 2:15 p.m. and the Juniors at 2:30 p.m. Children who normally attend Connect after school will be collected at these times and it will run to the usual time of 6:15pm. For children who normally go to football club, this will run from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be no Dance Club.

Feedback & Marking

Research shows that feedback is the most effective way of improving a child’s learning, in response to this we have reviewed how we give feedback. Now, every time children do work in their books, the teacher will record a whole class feedback sheet, noting work to praise and share, children who need additional support and what needs to be adapted for the next lesson. Mr Burkinshaw and I were introduced to this at a meeting at the Department of Education, where they were sharing the latest research. Teachers are finding the new system far more effective, whereas they used to have comments spread among 30 books, now they are recorded on one sheet. They are therefore enabled to build their insights into their teaching more easily. Comments in children’s books are now only used sparingly; instead, teachers are using a triangle system to indicate whether a child has achieved the objective of the lesson. For longer pieces of writing, teachers will use a range of codes and highlighting. We call it Monster Marking and have attached details.

Flu immunisation reminder

If you have not already returned your flu immunisation consent form, please can you return it to either school office as soon as possible. If we have not received your form by 21st November your child will not be able to receive the immunisation.

Remembrance Sunday

On Wednesday, we had a special remembrance assembly. At the juniors, the Year 3 & 4 and 5&6 choirs performed beautifully. Some of our children will again be representing the School at this year’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday 11th November. Should you wish to join us the parade marches off at 9:20 a.m. from the junction of the High Street and Kingston Road and the service at the War Memorial will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Christmas Fair Music – Saturday 1st December

Here are the times for the school music groups that are performing at the Christmas Fair. The children will need to arrive by the stage in the junior hall ten minutes before their slot. They do not wear school uniform but Christmas hats etc. would be great!

  • Year 3/4 – 1 p.m.
  • Year 2 – 2 p.m.
  • School Orchestra 2:30 p.m.

Parking

Please do park considerately if dropping off or picking up by car. In the interests of our children’s safety, please be considerate to them and our neighbours:

  • Do not park on the zig zag lines outside school or park on the pavement
  • Do not park in the staff car park
  • Do not park across our neighbours entrance roads or driveways

Supporting our children with their Year 2 SATs – Friday 16th November

On Friday 16th November at 9 a.m. in the infant hall, we will be offering a talk to help parents understand how we will assess children’s learning at the end of Year 2 and report these assessments to parents. We will talk about how we can work together to enable your child to achieve his/her full potential. This talk is likely to take a maximum of 45 minutes, including questions. We will also put the presentation on our website for those who are not able to attend, although I am sure people will find the discussions helpful to listen to in person, if possible.

School photos

Pret-a-Portrait were in School today taking individual and sibling photographs. Details of how you can view and purchase these will be sent out in your child’s book bag shortly.

P.E.Kits
Please remember that full P.E. kits need to be in school at all times.

The Outdoor Learning Team would like to thank you for the wonderful board game donations we have received for our junior pupils. We know they will really enjoy playing these games – our teachers may be tempted to join in too!

World Diabetes Day- Wednesday 14th November

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of a condition that millions of people all around the world live with every day. Sadly, Type 1 diabetes is increasing by about four per cent each year and particularly in children. If you wish to support this effort, we will have collection boxes at both the Infant and Junior sites during Parent Interviews. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher