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Mr Nicholas West Weekly Update 30th October

It was wonderful to welcome everyone back after the short half-term break last week. The children and staff are all refreshed and rejuvenated for the busy weeks ahead.

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We have so much to look forward to and so much to achieve. We will be sending out details soon about upcoming presentations on how we are assessing the children’s progress and reporting on this. We encourage every single parent to attend one of the 4 sessions as it will help you better understand your child’s learning and progress report which you will receive before the parent/teacher meetings later in the term.

On Wednesday, we welcomed a number of parents to our first Phonics session and they enjoyed trying out some sounds and blends, just like the children learn. This was followed with a tour of the school to observe the Phonics lessons being taught. Parents were extremely interested to see the theory in practice and the progress the children make from one phase to the next and what they learn was clear to see. Many parents commented on how useful the information was to understand and support their children at home. For example, a child writing ‘sed’ (said) should be congratulated for the phonetic attempt. Said is a ‘red’ word, meaning it just has to be learnt by sight.

The week ends tonight, Friday 30th, with two Halloween discos for KS1 and KS2. I am sure these were both a huge success enjoyed by the children and staff. Look out for photos next week.

Next week, the children will be working hard to use ‘Good Manners’. This afternoon we held an assembly about how important it was as an individual and part of a global community, that we always use and show good manners. The old saying is true: ‘Good manners cost nothing but mean everything’. As parents and educators, we owe it to our children to display good manners. Fred Astaire, a very famous dancer of the 40s and 50s said: ’The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any!’  The children will only learn good manners if we all continually display them. Next week’s ‘Stars of the Week’ will be children who have been role models displaying good manners. Good manners are infectious; let’s all catch the bug!

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary

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