Autumn 2016

7th October 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

Whilst I always try to be as positive as possible in my newsletters, I’m afraid there are a few reminders on the back about ongoing issues with parking, snacks and dogs on the school site – apologies!

 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 12th October                                                                   Y1 Visit to Leyland Transport Museum

Monday 31st October (1:00pm)                                                        Open Afternoon for Reception Intake 2017

Tuesday/Thursday 1st/3rd November (1:00pm)                              Open Afternoon for Reception Intake 2017

Wednesday 2nd November (6:30pm)                                               Open Afternoon for Reception Intake 2017

 

Harvest

Thank you to all of you who attended our Harvest festival Services on Wednesday of this week – I have had a lot of very positive feedback about the change of venue. It goes without saying that we are immensely proud of the children - fantastic singers, actors, dancers, readers, writers, musicians and even philosophers in Year 6!

 

Daily Mile

During School Sports Week most of the children took part in running a mile on a daily basis and it was a great success. The Daily Mile is a national organisation and the aim is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances (see www.dailymile.co.uk). We have begun to introduce the Daily Mile in every year group in school (in some cases the children in YR/KS1 will take part in Wake and Shake activities organised by Mrs Durr). Details are as follows:

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

YR

-

Wake and Shake

-

Wake and Shake

-

Y1

10:30am

Wake and Shake

10:30am

Wake and Shake

10:30am

Y2

-

Wake and Shake

-

Wake and Shake

PE warm up

Y3

8:45am

8:45am

8:45am

8:45am

8:45am

Y4

PE warm up

1:00pm

1:00pm

-

-

Y5

8:55am

-

PE warm up

-

8:55am

Y6

8:55am

-

PE warm up

PE warm up

8:55am

 

Times Table Champions

In the next few weeks we will be awarding the children in Years 4,5 and 6 with special Twiss Green times Tables badges. In order to be awarded the children must be able to complete a times tables grid of all tables up to 12x12 in under 3 minutes. In addition, there will be a Year 3 version which will focus on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times table. Children will be able to undertake the test on a Wednesday afternoon during Hymn Practice. A roll of honour will appear on the school website.

 

School Improvement Plan

Each year the Governing Body, the staff and the children contribute to the annual School Improvement Plan. We have two main foci this year and they are improving reading across school and to also improve the children’s learning behaviour. We do appreciate the support that so many of you give your children with their reading but I appreciate that some children are reluctant readers at home. It is for this reason that we invested £1100 in Bug Club (this is an annual fee and the PTFA kindly funded 50% of the cosy this year). Bug Club is an online reading facility that is proven to engage even the most reluctant of readers. Each child in school has his/her own account and the teachers put reading tasks on the website for them. If you are having problems logging on then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher and you will be provided with help. We are adopting a very positive approach to improving the children’s learning behaviour – some of you will have received texts when your children have done some outstanding work and had their name put on the gold star (which is even better than being on the green Traffic light!). I will be sharing further information about learning behaviour in the next newsletter.

 

Parking

A number of parents have complained about parking at the beginning and end of the day, and asked me to bring to your attention the importance of parking appropriately. Interesting fact! ‘School Keep Clear’ road markings were initially introduced in the 1964 Traffic Signs Regulations. They were originally consisting of broken white lines that formed a box containing the words ‘School Entrance’. In 1975 these markings were changed to the current yellow zig zag lines with the words ‘School Keep Clear’ places between the zig zag lines. Due to the success in helping to prevent accidents between motorists and children, these yellow zig zag lines are now seen at the majority of school entrances and exits throughout the UK. I urge you not to park opposite the school entrance for obvious reasons.

 

Dogs in the school grounds

We do have a policy of no dogs in the school grounds. If you do come to school to meet your child at the end of the day would you please wait at the gates with your pet.

 

Collection at the end of the day

Many children in Year 5 and Year 6 have permission to walk home with their friends – would you please inform the school if there have been any changes to the last set of end of day instructions you sent to school.

 

Change in the law relating to children in cars

We have been informed by the local authority of a recent change in the law relating to child safety when travelling in vehicles, and this is probably a good time to remind parents and carers to check their safety provisions: all children between the ages of 3 and 11, when under the height of 1.35m, must use the correct restraint appropriate for their height and weight. Obviously there is more to the law than this simple statement, and I recommend that all parents and carers refer to ROSPA Child Seat & Seat Belt Laws

 

Railway Crossing

I know that some of you will have received a letter about the dangers of playing next to railway lines. This is something I have only had to address once in twelve years of headship. If your children are allowed to go further afield when playing outside, would you please remind them of the dangers of the railway.

 

Healthy Snacks

In a previous newsletter I asked for your support in ensuring that the children only bring healthy snacks to school Monday to Thursday. Unfortunately, we have a number of children who are bringing cakes and crisps for the morning break and I have asked staff to hang on to them so that the children can have them at the end of the day. I think for everyone concerned it would make sense to introduce a ‘fruit, vegetables or toast only’ snack rule apart from Friday when children may bring in a small treat (no lollipops please).

 

Proposed changes to libraries

LiveWire’s public consultation into the proposed changes to libraries and learning in Warrington has been extended and will close on Friday 21 October 2016. The extension of the consultation will allow Live Wire to attend follow up meetings in areas that have requested them and will also give residents longer to have their say. For more information about the consultation please go to https://livewirewarrington.co.uk/component/news/post/1036-warrington-library-consultation-to-be-extended

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

L A McGann