Dear Parents and Carers,
Our term is now well under way. A lot has happened this week to help build the school into a challenging and positive learning environment. Our year 6 children have applied for and been given their roles and responsibilities. The year 5 & 6 girls have competed in a football match as part of the Danone Cup and the younger children in year 1 & 2 went on an extended nature walk to explore the downs and the forest.
Despite the weather the walk on the downs was an enriching experience for year 1 & 2. There were moments of ‘awe and wonder’ as some of the children saw the panoramic view across the valley that encompasses Brighstone Village, the cliffs and the coast line for the first time. This was then followed by exploration in the forest with Helen Parry from the National Trust, including the building of animal hibernation dens of all kinds of shapes and sizes.
I would like to thank all of the parents that have been ensuring that their children are at school on time and in the correct uniform. It is important that the children have a genuine sense of pride in their school and their own appearance. Please can hair ornaments be plain, a moderate size and in school colours, your support with this is much appreciated.
Some parents have been asking for further information about the curriculum, the spellings and the homework. We would like to hold a number of workshops that help parents to understand our approaches to learning in the classroom – with this in mind we will be offering a number of dates throughout the term for parent learning support sessions, these will be run in the afternoons. These will include spellings, homework, phonics, reading, maths (especially calculation methods). We realise that we have a large number of working parents and that these sessions might not always be convenient. Along with the afternoon sessions we will also run an evening summary session once per half term. The first afternoon session will be on Wednesday 4th October at 2.15pm – the focus will be spelling and homework. There will be an evening session for this on Wednesday 18th October at 6.00pm.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your class teacher or myself. I am in the playground most mornings and I am happy to speak to you informally or to arrange an appointment.
We hope you have an enjoyable weekend. Happy Isle of Wight Day.