What an exciting and activity packed Book Week we had last week. There was so much enthusiasm for reading; from Reading Cafés, Drop Everything and Read to parents reading in school. Books were everywhere and our children were focused on reading. The children decorated their classroom doors with an illustration of their chosen book and designed new book covers to represent their understanding of their favourite book. The highlight of the week was the character parade with some very creative and inventive costumes on show.
A huge congratulations to Erick Scherch De Miranda, Ainslee Marsh and Faisal Al-Shaabi who won the 'Get Caught Reading' competition with their creative and unique photographs. Thank you for all of the entries, we received over 120 and judging was incredibly tricky!
The winner of the 'Best Fancy Dress' award was Jemimah Choudhury who came to school as a fantastic Oompa-Loompa.
Finally, thank you to all parents who contributed in making this Book Week a success; your support is much appreciated.
The main objective of the week is not only to get children to read more but to keep the focus on reading all year round. Without good readings skills, children will not make progress in other areas of the curriculum or develop their writing. Our Librarian, Ms Eman, will continue to promote reading through Accelerated Reader (Years 3-6) and by focusing on specific authors. We are delighted to announce that we have added a new collection of books, written in Arabic, for our children to enjoy.
Arabian Night was a fantastic evening of shared culture, performances and activities. Thankfully the rain held off and we were able to enjoy the performances, handicrafts, food and the traditional huroof (lamb and rice).
Thank you to all the parents who supported the week, helped out in school and got costumes ready for the parade. To Mr Anderton, our English Coordinator, and Ms Eman for organising the activities and to Ms Hind for preparing our children for their performance.
We are now gearing up for International Week and looking forward to seeing the cultural dolls displayed in the hall. The classes have chosen particular countries to study and our Friends of Compass School group will be teaching us about their home countries. It will be an amazing week for the children and parents and we hope you will join in the learning and celebrations. A separate programme will be sent out to you so that you can have an overview of the activities.
On Wednesday, 7 March, we have ‘Drop in for Coffee’ in school. All parents are welcome to join.
It is World Maths Day on Wednesday, 7 March and children will participate in quizzes, a treasure hunt with mathematics clues and many class based activities around the maths day theme. This will be followed by a Parent Seminar from Ms O Toole, our Maths Coordinator, who will share ideas on multiplication and division strategies, expectations and progression throughout primary school. The session will take place at 12.30pm so I hope you will join her.
Last weekend, I attended the Nord Anglia Education Regional Conference which delivered keynote speeches and workshops on STEAM Education in Primary School, including Early Years. The benefits of having this partnership with MIT and developing STEAM Education are endless and we will continue to work on incorporating elements and projects into our curriculum. Key to this are critical thinking skills, problem solving and working collaboratively to explore ideas, try new things and develop resilience. Further information on the benefits of STEAM education can be found here.
I look forward to seeing you at our coffee morning or for the International Flag Parade, next Sunday. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Head of Rayyan Campus