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6th January 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back to school.  We hope the wonderful Christmas performances the children put on last month kicked off what proved to be a lovely festive break for you all.

Please find below: details of forthcoming trips; next week's "Book Look"; our newly published Maths Weekly Objectives; information about Mrs Ellis and our music teaching; and excellent news about our latest SATs performance.

Nicola, our Chair of Governors, has also provided her governor update which can be found here.

Work is almost complete on developing the (previously muddy!) area next to the school garden.  Thank you to the PTSA for their kind support.


Dates For Your Diary

Thursday 12th Jan - 6M trip to City Hall  

Friday 13th Jan - 6S trip to City Hall

Friday 13th Jan - Book look for parents       

Tuesday 17th Jan - Year 5 trip to Vestry House

Friday 20th Jan- Mid-year report sent home

Week beginning 23rd Jan - Parents' Evenings- days to be confirmed

Monday 23rd Jan - Year 6 trip to Town Hall 

Tuesday 7th Feb - Year 4 trip to Wallace Collection

 Friday 10th Feb - Parent Forum and school breaks up  

Monday 20th Feb - School returns

Week beginning 27th Feb - World Book Week


Helping your child

We received some feedback at Parent Forum meetings last year that some parents would like to know what their child is learning in English and Maths so they are able to support them with anything they find tricky. On the curriculum page, there are new documents which show what each year group will be doing each week in Maths (and across the term for English). These timings are subject to change as some children will already be confident at certain things while others will be consolidating previous learning.

Maths Weekly Objectives

Parents Evening and Reports

Parents' Evenings will be the week commencing 23rd January. The exact days for each class will be confirmed next week. In preparation for Parents' Evenings, a mid-year report will be sent out. This will be a brief report which tells you how well your child is doing in English and Maths and will also provide your login for Learning Ladders. Hopefully this will give you an initial picture about how your child is doing before Parents' Evening.

Also, there will be another opportunity for you to look at your childs' books on Friday 13th January. Parents of children in Nursery and Reception can view books at the start of the day and parents of children in Years 1-6 at the end of the day. 

Progress and Results

We have received some excellent news about last year's results in Year 6. Not only was attainment amongst the highest in the borough, but more importantly, they demonstrated excellent progress from their starting points. In fact their progress was in the top 10% in the country, as you can see from the table below. We even received a letter from the Department for Education, which you can read below, congratulating the staff on their hard work. If you would like more information on the school's performance last year, please use the link below which sends you to the league tables for Waltham Forest.

League Tables

Department for Education Letter

Breakfast Club Payments

Feedback from parents is that payments for After School Club and Breakfast Club can be a little confusing.  We are now trialling a new process for Breakfast Club and all parents concerned have received a letter this week. Don't forget to look for the 'Spring 2017 Breakfast Club' item in your ParentMail shop. This has the total amount for the half term; you can either pay all of it now or pay in part. 

If the system works well, we hope to roll it out to the After School Club next half term.

Parent Volunteers

We know that lots of you are looking to volunteer at school and we are working on a way we can use all of your different expertise effectively. In the mean time, if you would like read with children, either in your child's class or another class, please speak to your class teacher about your availability. We are organising some training to support parents who are interested in becoming reading volunteers. 

Music and Mrs Ellis

As you know, Mrs Ellis retired at Christmas. She has been such an important part of the school for a long time and we wish her the best of luck in her retirement. Happily she will still be with us a great deal; on trips such as France and the Year 5 camp. She is also organising a special sleepover for Year 4 children.

This term we have two new music teachers, one of whom will be teaching choir for Years 2-6 and the other will be running the orchestra and teaching Year 2 children the ocarina... 

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