I have spoken before about the many benefits of school residential trips such as the opportunity to experience a night away from home, develop confidence, experience new challenges and work as part of a team. Last week, on Friday evening, it was the turn of Year 3 to experience this; this however being slightly different as it was in the safety of our own school building! The children had a fantastic time at their Year 3 sleepover, the teachers had prepared all manner of activities for their them such as swimming, team sports, board games and even a talent show! After all this fun, the children brushed their teeth, changed into their pyjamas and snuggled down for the night in the sports hall. They behaved impeccably and even though there was a very early start (5am) were still full of enthusiasm when I saw them on Saturday morning. These opportunities really help prepare children for future trips in Years 4-6, which are further away from home. Some of the children were anxious beforehand but knowing they could be away from home and feel safe and secure reduces any future anxieties they may have both for them and you the parents.
Our assessment cycle has now come to an end and this week you will receive your child’s final report of the academic year. Once again, we were astounded at the progress your children have made and look forward to sharing this with you more at the Parent/Teacher Conferences. Worthy of a specific mention are the results of our Year 6 tests, something which Mr Sayer has also raised in his article this week. Language learning takes time, the proof of which is evident is some of the best results our primary school have ever had.
On Monday the whole of the primary school including F3 will take part in our Primary Transition Day. This day is planned so that children can meet the new teachers they will be working with next year and to have a better understanding of what life will be like in their new year group. Change can be challenging and for many children they often worry about how they will manage the work in their new class, what will their teacher be like, will they be able to make friends. The transition day is planned to help children move smoothly into their new year group without any anxieties.
I wish you all a restful weekend.