Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Friday 27th May, our children will be celebrating our Queens Platinum Jubilee. The children may come to school dressed in red, white and blue. They will enjoy Jubilee activities in their classroom during the morning. At 2.30pm we are inviting parents and family members to join us for a Street Tea Party in the playground. If you able to donate a small item of food to share on the day, it would be greatly appreciated - crisps/cupcakes/mini sausages or anything similar. Following this the children will be presented with a commemorative pin badge by Friends of Wessington, who have very kindly purchased them for the children. The children will then perform their Platinum Jubilee Song: '70 Years of Change' Fingers crossed for the weather and a lovely day.
Westwood Farm Visit
Natural England were established by an Act of Parliament in 2006. Their purpose is to help conserve, enhance and manage the natural environment for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Their vision is ‘Thriving Nature for people and planet’ and they aim to achieve this through our mission ‘Building partnerships for Nature’s recovery’. Westwood Farm, Uppertown are part of the Natural England Partnership and offer farm visits to children. They have offered for all children from Nursery to Y4 from both schools to be able to visit the farm. The farm will collect 6 children and a member of staff in their mini bus and allow the children to spend half a day at the farm. They are transporting and having 29 groups of children ! There isn't any cost and the dates are on the school calendar. A wonderful opportunity!
Reading at Home
We would just like to thank all the parents and family members who find time each day to read with their child. It really does make a difference. Reading is fundamental in a child being able to access the rest of the curriculum and is a vital skill for life. Children who regularly read at home, especially to an adult, make much greater progress than those who don't. After checking reading diaries, children spend less time reading to an adult at home in Y3-6. This may be because they are becoming more independent in their abilities. Although it is fabulous if a child is passionate about a book and wants to read to themselves, it is also important that they still read to an adult regularly as this provides support with mistakes, punctuation, expression and most importantly understanding the text. As texts become more complex, so do the comprehension skills needed to fully appreciate their books. We do appreciate the time it takes and families can have very busy lives however, if you can listen to your child read as often as possible, it will have a positive impact on their learning. If you have any questions or would like any specific guidance for your child, please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher. Thank you.