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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 3 December

Dear Parents,

With three weeks left in the school’s academic calendar the children are still working incredibly hard. 

Please remember that the children will be continuing their learning until the last day of term on Thursday, 20 December when we will be hosting our Music Assembly.  It is therefore essential that all children attend school daily and arrive at school at the expected time of 7.15 am. 

Tomorrow, 4 December, we will be hosting this month’s Friends of Compass School (FCS) Meeting, it is always wonderful to see so many parents at this event and many new faces.  FCS is now planning the children’s Blanket Sale which will take place on Tuesday, 11 December along with a Coffee Morning.  We look forward to seeing the children marketing old toys, books and games.  Encourage your child to be innovative and find other ways to make a profit.  At Gharaffa, we are always looking to develop future entrepreneurs.

FCS Coffee Morning                Gharaffa Blanket Sale

Year 3GC shared their learning during Thursday’s assembly on 29 November.   The assembly was linked to their ‘Footprints from the Past’ IPC unit.  We were treated to interesting facts about dinosaurs and palaeontology, with songs and dances linked to the unit of work. Well done to the 3C Time Travelers.

On Saturday, 1 December, we hosted our annual Secondary Showcase Open Day for our Year 6 students.  Thank you to all the families who were able to attend this event.  We hope you found the morning informative and enjoyable.  If you do have any further questions about the school’s secondary provision, please contact Tom Douch, Head of Secondary.

As the weather is now becoming a little chilly, please ensure that if your child would like to wear something warmer they are wearing our official Compass school jumper. From tomorrow, children will be asked to remove any alternative items of clothing and are considered not in uniform, unless parents have contacted the class teacher with a reason why their child is not wearing school uniform.

At home, please keep developing and embedding your child’s learning by asking focussed questions at the end of the school day. Parents often ask the school how they should do that. Hopefully, the information below will provide you with some guidance:

Learning in Primary can be divided into three distinct categories; Knowledge, Skills and Understanding. You may have noticed these terms displayed in the classrooms, corridors and on class dojo. When your child says they’ve learned some facts in school, say, “Wow, tell me what you know about that?” This is how you help your child learn knowledge.

When your child says they’ve learned how to do something in school say, “Show me how to do that.” This is how you help your child learn a skill (don’t forget they might be at the very beginning stage of learning that skill. No one can master a skill overnight.

When your child says they now understand something, ask them to talk to you about their understanding. Again, your child may be at the very beginning stage of that understanding. But the more you can both talk about understanding something, and the more your child expands on the related knowledge, and practises the related skills, then the more likely they will develop an even better understanding. 

I hope the above information helps.  Please keep the lines of communication open between home and school this will inevitably have a positive impact on your child’s learning.

Have a wonderful week.

Karen Wilson
Head of Gharaffa Campus