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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 06/01/17

Happy New Year! Welcome back and I wish to express a particularly warm welcome to all our new families who have joined us in Term 2.  We look forward to seeing your children settle into TX, and to getting to know you over the next few weeks and months.  I hope that we will be able to see many of you at our ‘Happy New Year and Welcome’ Coffee morning next week (details below).

Enquiry is one of the academic characteristics that make up our ‘aide memoire’.  This morning in assembly, we talked about the importance of asking questions.  Our children in EYFS are the champions at asking questions; the average 4-year-old asks around 100 questions every day, including ‘Why can’t pumpkins walk?’ which was asked by one of our F3 children today.  Questions are the means through which we make sense of the world.  

When entering the workplace, the message that comes from employers is that they want graduates who have enquiring minds and know how to ask the right sort of questions.  Our children in Milepost 3 are challenged to ask questions that will extend their learning. We call this higher order questioning, and we give the children tools such as the grid below to help them extend their own questioning skills. For example, ‘What is the capital city of France?’ is a simple factual question, whereas, to answer ‘How could computers affect our lives?’ the children will need to synthesise information from different sources and apply that knowledge to come up with an answer.

Although, as a parent, answering all those questions can be quite tiring, however it is something we need to keep encouraging.  Research has shown that percentage of children who ask questions drops as children go through school.  We need to make sure that doesn’t happen to our children and that they continue to have, as Einstein says, a ‘holy curiosity’.  Asking smart question is one of the keys to success.

Parents’ Evening

Earlier this week, you should have received login details for the online parents evening signup.  Thank you to those of you who have already signed up; well over half of the children already have appointments.  At the meetings on Thursday 12th January, our teachers will be sharing more details about the targets that your child needs to work on to make progress, and how you can provide the best support at home.  Please bring along your child’s report that was sent home in December.

Signing up is a simple process, so please check your emails for the login details; sign up will close at 9pm on Tuesday 10th January.

We have a lot of events coming up.  Please make sure you make a note of when these events will be taking place:

4/01/17 – Term 2 Begins

10/01/17 – Y3 Parent Lunch

11/01/17 – Happy New Year Coffee Morning & TX Fete planning

12/01/17 – Parents’ Evening

16/01/17 – Term 2 Clubs Begin

18/01/17 – EYFS Sports Day

19/01/17 – Years 1 – 6 Sports Day

23/01/17 – EYFS Tet Celebration

24/01/17 – Tet Fair

25/01/17 – 5/02/17 – Tet Holiday

Parents Corner

There is a special request from the parent corner asking for help with the upcoming healthy week.  Please click the link to read more about this and see if you can help.

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And Finally…

There are many unclaimed items in the lost property located in the foyer.  These items have been left throughout Term One and will be disposed of before the Tet holiday, so please make sure that there are no items that belong to your child before then.

I hope you have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of Tu Xuong Campus

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