Headteachers Weekly Update – 16th September 2016

The unexpected September heatwave hasn’t stopped the children working really hard this week and there have been many great examples of fantastic learning from around the school. We have also welcomed our new Foundation Stage pupils and they have made a fantastic start to life at school. This year just over a third of the pupils starting school for the first time had already attended our Nursery. This means that they had all spent a significant amount of time at school already getting to know the teachers, classrooms and other pupils. This ‘village’ approach to the Early Years Foundation Stage is so important in helping pupils to make the transition from Nursery into school and we will continue to strengthen the links between the EYFS so that transition for our youngest pupils is as smooth as possible.

The whole of the school has started the year focusing on the quality of their presentation. All of the books that children work in have smart plastic covers and in English we are using special lined paper that really helps children to learn to join their handwriting. The adults in school have been practising their own handwriting and making sure that they model really clearly the expectations for pupils. Pictured above are three children who have this week been highlighted for working really hard on the quality of their work.

Finally I need to apologise for an incorrect date in our end of term newsletter from July. It incorrectly stated that there was going to be an INSET day on Tuesday 10th January. This is not the case and school will be open as normal on that day. We are in the process of updating the information on our website and the first thing we have done is make sure that the dates of holidays and INSET days are available on the calendar section.  Apologies for any confusion that has been caused.

Enjoy the weekend,

James Freeston

Headteacher