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February 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Biodome

We are excited that construction of our biodome started this week. We expect the structure to be complete by the end of next week and we hope to officially open the facility during Science Week when children and parents will have the opportunity to visit.

 World Book Day 2020

 On Thursday 5th March the children and staff at Squirrels Heath Junior School will be celebrating World Book Day. Therefore, we have organised some activities to promote reading and enjoyment of books.

There will be a special ‘Book’ themed menu for school dinner that day and as in previous years, we would like to see as many children as possible dressed up as their favourite book character or any book-related costume. Costumes can be as intricate or simple as you wish and there will be a special assembly on the day where children will have the opportunity to see the whole school dressed up!

 Reading Workshops

 Mrs Marshall would like to thank all the parents who attended the recent Reading Workshops. They were a real success and feedback from parents was very positive. We aim to provide further opportunities like this at the beginning of next year for parents to see how their children are being taught and how they can help them at home. All the powerpoints from the sessions are available to view on the website. Please see below one parent’s review of the Y3 workshop:

 Our children's education is really important to us isn't it? 

 So when we were invited to the reading workshops I was definitely going to attend. 

 I have two children in the school one in year 5 and one in year 3.  I am lucky that I have a very flexible working so I can attend these things.  I also have two very supportive and well organised groups of mums -  who send reminders of meetings.  

Even with all of that I missed the first of the English workshops.  Eyeroll.  

Good news I made it to the second.  We all want to know what goes on at school don't we?  The view or the narrative we get told by our children vary from child to child. 

 The session was a great insight into the teaching of our children and how we should be supporting them at home.   Mrs Marshall kicked off the session with a brief (it was brief - we all just wanted to get into the classroom to see our kids) update on how the school wanted to achieve greatness by encouraging kids to put down their devices and pick up a book, together with how the school aimed to achieved it with strategies and reading drives. 

 I was reminded that reading isn't just about reading.  Reading is about understanding the text and being able to answer questions from it.  A large part of our adult working lives revolve around using this skill and so I suppose it is really important for our children to be taught this as early as possible. 

 I found the session to be really informative and helpful.   At the very least I was able to spend an hour with my child.   At best I now know how I should be reading with my children at home.  It isn't just about reading book after book but about understanding the text and answering questions about it.  

 Well worth attending the next one if you can! 

 Readathon

 Our 'Readathon' kicked off on the last day of half term and the children returned to school very eager to share how many pages they had already read! We will post an update of the classes' amounts towards the end of this week on our blog. Don't forget the Readathon will continue right up until Friday 13th March, so plenty of time to get reading!

 Sport

Well done to all the children who have competed in competitions so far this Spring Term. We have been very busy attending a girl’s football cup match, a girls football tournament, a boys football cup match, a hockey competition and a badminton festival! For more details and photos, please see the Blog on the school website.

 As always, thank you to our fabulous parents! We really do appreciate all that you do in supporting these events!

 Data Collection Sheets

If you were unable to attend parents’ evening back in the Autumn term and have not yet checked and completed your data collection sheet please ensure you collect it from the class teacher at parents’ evening next week. It is very important that we ensure we have your up to date contact details so would really appreciate you taking this opportunity to check all the information we have to ensure it is correct.