Head of School Update – 11th December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to this week’s update.

Thank you to everyone who has completed the parent/carer survey that we sent out earlier this week. Your feedback is really important to us and we will share a summary of views with you after the Christmas break along with how we have responded to your opinions.

The teachers and Leaders in Key Stage 1 have been extremely busy this week. Mrs Speed, Miss Malone, Mrs Harman and I have taken part in some exciting training called Read Write Inc which is a new approach to the teaching of phonics. Early Years will start the programme in January and then the whole school will be trained in February.

The ‘Read Write Inc’ Phonics programme is designed by Ruth Miskin. Our aim is to ensure that each and every one of our children learns to read with accuracy and confidence. We believe that the Read Write Inc programme will allow us to do this, as well as allowing us to support you in fostering a love of reading in your child that will last a lifetime.

At the core of the programme is lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children will learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). As their confidence in decoding develops they are taught to comprehend and compose ideas for their own writing. The children have the pleasure of reading exciting storybooks perfectly matched to their level – so that they have early success in reading.

DSR (Daily Supported Reader) has been so successful and we are confident that DSR will complement the Read Write Inc approach beautifully.

We will of course keep you updated and we be able to share more information after the whole school staff have been trained in February.

In other news, the children have been working particularly hard on DT (Design Technology) projects this week… the smell of scones has filled air, alongside some amazing castle constructions and even sewing in some classes! It has felt quite wonderful walking around the school and capturing all the hard work, smiling faces and fantastic learning behaviours that our pupils demonstrate on a daily basis.
Have a peaceful weekend.

Kind regards,

Miss N Baker

Head of School