Dear Parents,

As this year draws to a close, I would like to say thank you to all our pupils, parents and staff who have made this term so successful. We have packed such a lot into the term but the highlight has most definitely been that we are all back together under the same roof!

This term, our primary Zoom workshops for parents have been very well attended. Whilst we would love to be able to offer these sessions in school, Zoom provides a successful alternative and at least gives our parents flexibility with regards to their access arrangements. We intend to keep offering these workshops and hope that parents will offer their suggestions. Feedback is always very much valued and appreciated. For those parents who haven't been able to attend, the PowerPoint presentations are available for your perusal on Dojo.

I do hope you have found the recent parent-teacher consultations useful. Please remember that our teachers are available at any point through the term to discuss any concerns you may have about your child's progress in school. If for any reason, parents have been unable to have a consultation, these can be re-arranged at the start of January with your child's class teacher. A few parents have mentioned they would like more information on what the pupils are learning each week. The year group planning overview is shared on Dojo at the start of each term and, as from January, the Year Leaders will also post a brief weekly overview of what the pupils will be learning about in the forthcoming week

Making memorable experiences is so important to us in Primary and over the last month, we have involved our pupils in lots of different activities that are fun, engaging and interesting.

This week in school, we rolled out the red carpet to our movie stars! Our Primary pupils took the concept of maths being all around us to a different dimension when they watched extracts from specific movies and undertook related maths activities (all dressed as their favourite movie characters). Maths activities included data handling, calculating percentages, scaling, fractions, shapes and patterns, weighing, estimating and predicting to name a few. Watching a movie will never be the same!

As part of Computer Science Week, all our pupils took part in the national Hour of Code event.

Our Year 6 pupils have been taking part in Drama activities led by our school Drama teacher. This has been a super opportunity for them, not only in building their confidence levels but also as part of the transition programme.

This month, we have welcomed our newly appointed MFL teacher, who has started to deliver French to our pupils in Y1 and Y2. The children are thoroughly enjoying these sessions and I know our parents will be pleased to see French as part of our curriculum provision in KS1.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all our pupils, parents and staff a very special and restful Winter break. I look forward to seeing you all on 2nd January.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Andrea Smith