We are racing towards Easter and it will soon be time for everyone to have a well deserved break and eat lots of chocolate! The children have worked really hard this term and I have been so pleased with their great attitude to learning. I would like to thank all parents and family for your support, particularly with helping your child read at home five times a week. We are seeing massive improvements in reading and writing as a result so thank you.
Thank you also to parents for attending our recent parent/teacher meetings. There were some very positive and supportive comments from the meetings. Some parents were concerned about afternoon playtimes and whether they were happening so I wanted to clarify what happens for breaks during the day: All children have their morning break and lunch time break together. In an afternoon, children have class playtimes as and when they need what we call a ‘brain break’. This then gives the teacher more flexibility to give the children a break when the children need it.
This week is busy with our Easter service on Friday at 2.30pm (which we hope you can come to) and next week we have an Easter disco on Tuesday, chocolate tombola, egg decorating on Wednesday and then on Thursday you are invited in to school for Easter crafts and egg rolling from 1pm. Please look out for ‘latest news’ on those events.
At the end of this term we also will be saying ‘goodbye’ to Miss Barker who will be leaving us. Miss Barker has been a great asset to our school and will be really missed. All staff wish her well as I am sure you do. As we say ‘goodbye’ to Miss Barker, we say ‘welcome back’ to Mrs Hunter who is returning just before Easter from maternity leave. It will be great to have Mrs Hunter back in the team.
Next term will be a busy one (as it always is!). The first day back we have a paralympic athlete coming in for the day (more details will follow next week) and a list of calendar dates will go out at the beginning of next term letting you know what else is going on in school throughout the term. Our creative curriculum question for the term will be: ‘How does the planet care for us?’ and teachers have planned lots of learning outside around science so not only will the term be busy but also exciting.
I also wanted to update you on our plans for nursery and wrap around care. We are waiting to have the nursery proposal approved by the DfE and then we can go ahead with recruiting staff and preparing for the opening. We are hoping that this will be after the summer half term but if there is a delay it will be open from September and wrap around care will open at the same time. I know lots of parents would like both nursery and wrap around care so thank you for your patience. It is a very exciting venture and we will definitely be having a grand opening and celebration!
Thank you again for all your support. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the events planned up to Easter.