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Primary Weekly Update 14/06/2019 from Dr Nici Wood

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Dear Parents,

 

We've been focusing on performance this week. Providing children with the opportunity to speak publically is an excellent way to develop their communication skills. It builds their confidence, creates challenges so that they learn to overcome adversity and it helps them to learn how to develop relationships with an audience. Children begin to understand how voice control and body language can be used to deliver messages in different ways. Waiting for verbal cues before speaking their part in a play, improves their listening skills and for our bilingual learners, improves their language comprehension, while expanding their vocabulary. These are all essential life skills that the children will need to draw upon throughout their schooling and beyond into the workplace.

 

On the theme of performance, the 'In2Music' event was very impressive, as we witnessed instrumental ensemble and solo, debut performances from Year 4 pupils. These children had been instructed by students from our Secondary School, who had sacrificed their lunchtime breaks to work hard to help them develop their skills.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the music produced by a variety of different student bands during the 'Battle of the Bands' event this week and look forward to hearing the winners play again during our Arts Festival in a couple of weeks. And still on the theme of performance, our Year 6 students are busily rehearsing in preparation for their production of 'Aladdin’ next week.

 

As we finalise projects to mark the end of this academic year, we also look to the start of next year and have begun to make preparations for September. Our 'Transition Day' on Monday was a great success, as the children enjoyed the opportunity to meet their new teachers and in some cases, new classmates too. Over the next couple of weeks, the teachers will continue to support the children with transition so that they are well prepared.

 

Lastly, I would like to thank the parents of children in Years 1 to 3 for attending our 'Award Assembly' this week. It was wonderful to be able to share our pride in the children's achievements, celebrating their successes. Parents will receive more information about their children's annual performance through the end of year school reports that will be emailed today. If you have not received your report by Monday, then please let us know.

 

Have a restful weekend.