Happy Friday everyone!
I would like to start this week by mentioning those adults and children who came with us to London last week. They were amazing and helped to make the residential a resounding success. I am sure everyone will have memories to last for a long time. A special thank you to all the staff, who were on call 24 hours a day and kept everyone safe and ensured the children got the most out of the visit. I also want to thank the children for their enthusiasm and for being so well behaved. All the children mixed really well with each other and made new friends easily.
Some of the highlights for me were: watching a couple get engaged on the London Eye; the fire breathing dragon at Harry Potter Studios and getting to fly on a broomstick; seeing the changing of the guard at the Tower of London and watching a live debate in the House of Commons.
Thanks again to everyone for your hard work regarding this visit and for parents for encouraging their children to join us.
On a separate note, I want to remind parents about our ‘Strive for Five’ initiative. In school, we read with the children for at least 30 minutes every day, however not every child can be heard by an adult in this time and some children can only read to staff once or twice a week. We ask parents and wider families to help us to improve reading and comprehension, by reading with their child five times in a week and to sign to say they have done so. We try and make this easier for parents by not asking for a comment and by stating they can read any book of their choice at home.
Sadly, there is still a high percentage of children who are not reading five times in the week at home and a large number who aren’t reading at all. This has an impact on the child’s learning and progress not only in English but across the curriculum. In short, the more children read, the better they do in school and the easier school work is for them.
Can I ask again for parents to spare a few minutes in every day to support their child as a learner by hearing them read. It is a good way to end the day with a book before bedtime, or can be done whilst preparing dinner or any other convenient time. Why not get grandparents, aunts and uncles and family friends involved? I know you will be very impressed with how well your child is progressing as a reader. It is my hope that our children will adopt reading as a lifelong habit which can provide a much-needed break from the addictive and often negative issues associated with computer games and smart phones. Certainly, those children who came to London last week, managed without their electronic games and the majority enjoyed quality reading time whilst we were away.
Thank you for your support.