School Newsletter

Welcome back everyone! Not only did we welcome the children back this week but we also welcomed a parliament of owls into early years to launch their new topic of “Owl Babies’ where they are learning all about whether it’s good to be different.

Children throughout school showed great delight in being together again which has been heartwarming to see. Their focus on their learning and the many many skills they have
learned from home have been lovely to see. Some children’s writing has improved significantly, and some are now avid little readers having had more one to one learning time at home. A huge well done to all our families for supporting the remote learning – it’s been totally noticeable when children have received regular one to one input.

Parking

Please be respectful when parking in and around the school at drop off and collection times. We have noticed families parking around the roundabout again (blocking visibility for crossing), and in front of residents’ driveways. We are really keen to ensure that the roads are safe crossing places and so would remind families not to come to school too early at collection time especially which seems busier.

Chromebooks

Thanks to everyone for returning the chromebooks – but we’d like to gently remind those who are yet to return them to please bring them in asap. We now use them regularly during lessons.

Parent volunteers

We are delighted that we have been able to welcome three parent volunteers following last week’s request. We would love more to come on board though – reading especially with our children in early years, Y1 and Y2. If you are interested please contact us on info@villageprimary.org or speak to your child’s class teacher.

We are also looking for some new carers for our pigs and chicken family – so if you would like to be added onto the rota and come along at the weekends let us know! We are excited to be welcoming new hatching chicken eggs at the beginning of the Summer term in April.

Changes to entry and exit gates

All classes to be collected at their usual Friday times from the gates above.

Reading at CVPS

Book bags now reign! Please remember that the school office has a plentiful supply if you need a new one for your child’s reading items. We are encouraging reading to ‘re-launch’ as we ‘re-launch’ school again into a bit of normality. Our take on World Book Day encouraging every child to choose a book to take home and keep is a way of raising the profile of reading.

At home we’d encourage every child in school to read at least daily for the times outlined below. If you would like more information about reading for your child let your class teacher know – we will be sending out more information in the coming weeks to help with ideas. Books and book bags should be brought in daily.

Thanks so much to those who have already paid for their child’s choice of book.

IF YOU FEEL ABLE, PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR CHILD’S PARENT PAY ACCOUNT WITH A DONATION TOWARDS THEIR CHOICE OF NEW BOOKS WHICH ARE FOR THEM TO BRING HOME AND KEEP.

I’ve outlined below a few points to clarify relating to reading expectations at home and school.

Early Years reading (Reception and Nursery children) 5 to 10 minutes daily

Reception children who read regularly at home make the best progress with their reading with regular individual reading. We will send out book bags with individual words for the children, as well as a book which should be at the level they are able to manage. The key to this is to ‘enjoy’ a book together. This might be creating imaginary stories from the pictures, using skills like prediction to take a ‘good guess’ at what might happen next, or to refer to real life experiences that you or your child can recall. The decoding of words is just a small (albeit important) part of the process of reading. If you would like any additional guidance about reading at home please let us know- but we would ideally expect at least a daily 5 minute reading session at home for our reception children. Snuggle up together, and escape with your imaginations!

Nursery children are encouraged to listen to stories of any kind at home that you have as a regular slot – maybe at bedtimes or just after breakfast before school if there’s time. We concentrate a lot on the children’s listening skills at this stage, rather than using them to recognise letters, sounds and decoding (sounding out words) as research suggests that a child’s listening skills need to be fully developed so that they can learn to read quickly. We also know that if children are taught how to write the letter formation it is really important to get right from the start. If families use different practices it can delay children when they learn a different process at school so please be aware of this with your child. (Please don’t teach them in capitals!) For a very small minority of children, they are ready to start in the summer
term before reception, but please work with your class teacher before introducing children to formal reading, writing and number writing.

Our advice and encouragement for nursery children would be to enjoy stories, nursery rhymes, number rhymes, and reading for pleasure by using proper books instead of screens and having fun with all these elements.

Reading in Y1 and Y2 (10 to 15 minutes daily)

We would expect the children in Y1 and Y2 to be able to read most of the sentences in their story books, and to talk in more detail, using more challenging vocabulary about the stories in their books. Around 10 to 15 minutes a day would be ideal, and would allow you to consider starting to explore themes and use more questions at the end to test the children’s understanding of the key points of the story. Sometimes some of the books have prompts in them for this to help you with what sort of questions to ask.

Reading in Y3 and Y4 (15 to 30 minutes daily)

By the time the children get to Y3 and Y4 they should all more or less, be able to decode the words independently. By the end of year 2 we start to introduce a lot more inference and prediction into the reading process and they concentrate on comprehension, and pushing to extend children’s understanding of vocabulary. Children are given opportunities to explore themes and conventions, understand authorial intent and deepen their understanding of reading. Parents can support this by asking more questions about the stories, and questions about what the children understand. We would expect children to read at home at least for 15 to 30 minutes in these year groups and this is a good time to ensure that the children have good routines at home to protect reading time.

Reading in Y5 and Y6 (20 -30 minutes daily)

You may feel as your child progresses through school that there is less role for you to support their reading. However there is still plenty of opportunity to sense check children’s understanding and use similar approaches as Y3 and Y4 with good quality questions and a recap or summary of what they have read each session. Actually ensuring the children maintain a positive attitude to reading by having positive boundaries in place regarding screen time and use of gaming in these year groups has a massive impact on progress in learning!

We would expect children to read at home at least for 20 to 30 minutes in these year groups.

COVID Update

Thanks once again for supporting the new arrangements for school start and finish times. We are so grateful. Having monitored the ‘pinch points’ at 8.30 and after school, I’d like to make a couple of minor adjustments from Monday the 15th March.

New gate entry/exit points:

Y1/2 will be taken into the green side gate (next to Little Angels) on arrival with one member of staff greeting at the gate and two inside collecting the children on the EYFS yard. Please come to the usual drop off point. The children will be shown prior to Monday so they know where to go first thing Monday. (8.30 to 2.30 as previously.)

Y3/4 entry will continue at 8.30 from the top gate in the mornings, however after school (3.30) they will leave from the main black gate so families can collect from the front of school.

Y5/6 will leave school at 3.30 from the top gate (previously used by Y3/4).

This is to reduce the number of families on the single track pathways.

We’ll have plenty of staff around in the morning and after school to guide you with the new arrangements on Monday.

Ashleigh’s outdoor idea

Did you know that the moon is called a ‘worm moon’? The reason for this is that the last full moon of the winter where the ground starts to thaw and the earthworms appear. See if you can find any earthworms in your local area. You could even create a little wormery for them using sand, soil and compost.

Achievement Awards

Gold celebration children: Year 4 – Ruby Lewis

Kindness champions – Reece Hopkinson and Charlie Thirlwell

Dates for your Diary