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The Somersham Bulletin – 2015th September 2017

The first day of a new school year sees a tangible explosion of energy return to school after the summer break! It has been lovely to have all the children back in school and hear about all their adventures over the summer. The children have all settled in well with their new class teachers today and we look forward to an action packed year here at Somersham in the 2017 – 18 academic year.

In assembly this morning the children were encourage to ‘Fly High’ with their ambitions for the school year and we introduced our new school motto ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve!’ We will be encouraging the children to think about this motto in all that they do in school this year.

 

Attached with this Bulletin is our termly Somersham School Parental Calendar that we will publish at the start of every term moving forwards. This has most of the key dates and events for the term on it and I hope this will support you when organising family life. We will not make any changes to the dates published on here unless we have exceptional circumstances and we will try our best not to add in events at short notice.

 

I believe passionately in being able to give children as many opportunities as possible within and beyond the school day to make their experiences with us as rich and varied as possible. To support this we have over the summer engaged the services of the ASCA music service who provide peripatetic music teachers to many schools in the local area. They are able to offer a wide range of instrumental lessons and they will be coming into school shortly to share what they do with the children in assembly. If you are interested in your child starting lessons with them then you need to contact them directly and a flyer detailing how to do this is attached with this Bulletin. Please note that music lessons with Mrs Cusworth will continue in school as they have previously but all other lessons will now take place via the ASCA music service.

 

It is great to see the children looking smart and ready for the school year this morning when they arrived. Please can I remind parents of the importance of wearing school uniform to make sure that children are ready to learn and feel a full part of the school community.

 

I have detailed below the homework expectations for each key stage of the school this year. You will be receiving a Newsletter with further curriculum information on Friday but I thought it would be helpful to send this information to you now so you are clear on what is expected in each class. Homework is an important part of school life as it can deepen learning and consolidate what children have learnt about within the school day. Please do support your children to ensure they can fully achieve what is expected of them in this area.

Early Years Foundation Stage – sharing of reading books – daily

 

Phonics, reading and handwriting activities – 3 x per week

Key Stage 1Read for 15-20 minutes – daily. Parents should sign Reading record weekly and can add a comment if they wish.

Complete one homework activity from their homework menu every other week (date on sheet) – due on a Tuesday.

 

 

Complete one reading task from reading record every two weeks (date same as homework sheet) – due on a Tuesday.

 

Spellings are weekly.  They go home on Friday and tested a week later on the Friday.   These don’t need to come back as children keep at home to practise.    We expect 10 minutes practise each day.

Kestrel, Magpie, Puffin & Red Kite – Read for 15 – 20 minutes – daily. Complete one reading activity in their reading record once a week. This will be collected in on a Friday every week to review.

 

Spellings and Rainbow maths will be given weekly and tested on a Friday. We expect children to practise these for around 10 minutes each day.

 

Every two weeks pupils are expected to complete an activity from our homework menu in their homework books. These will be due in on Tuesdays (due dates are listed at the bottom of the homework menu).

Barn Owl – Read for 30 minutes – at least 3 times per week.. Complete one reading activity in their reading record once a week. This will be collected in on a Tuesday to review.

 

Spellings and Rainbow maths will be given weekly. Spelling tests will be on a Friday. Rainbow maths tests will be given on a Monday. We expect children to practise these for around 10 minutes each day.

 

Every two weeks pupils are expected to complete an activity from our homework menu in their homework books. These will be due in on Tuesdays (due dates are listed at the bottom of the homework menu).

Other homework related to SATs may be issued at certain points in the year.

It is very important that if you have any concerns regarding the day to day support in school or questions you are able to contact your child’s teacher directly. I have therefore attached with this Bulletin an email contact list for all staff in school. Please feel free to email teachers directly or speak to them before or after school with any questions you may have. Teachers are extremely busy and may not response immediately to any email correspondence but they will aim to do so within 24 hours of your email being received.

Please do remember that we have our ‘Meet the Teacher’ drop in events taking place from 3.15 – 3.45 tomorrow and Friday this week. Please do pop into the classroom and say hello to the teachers and see where your child will be based this year. I look forward to seeing many of you in school.

 Mrs Bierton, Head of School