Infant 15/2/13

15 February 2013

Dear Parents,

Well half term is here and I have just come in from the playground where it is sunny and starting to feel warmer. Let’s hope that this continues for the holiday.

One interesting change we have seen over the years is the constant requirement for assessment, appraisal and evaluation. This marking of ourselves or by other people has undoubtedly helped our understanding and improved our learning and performance. The processes are very important in the school context from children assessing each other’s work to the important judgements of Ofsted for the school. Quite regularly children will read each other’s work and make comments. Yesterday I saw great lessons in year two where children were being encouraged to use superlatives in their writing. They then swapped papers to look at each other’s ‘est’ words. This enabled everyone to see how successful they had been.

One important tool for the children’s self –evaluation is Learning Journals. These give everybody opportunities to write about their work and focus on what they have learnt. These have the great effect of children helping to move their own learning forward and making progress. Learning Journals become a dialogue between the teacher and the child. It gives an opportunity to reflect on skills they have mastered and to set next steps to even greater success. I am taking home five from each class to be in the loop and add my input to some of the children and all the teachers.

We are continuing to enjoy the chapel. As I write the fluffy group who are learning belly dancing are working in there and Pete Batt (Julie’s husband) is making a beautiful simple wooden cross for the front wall.
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Have a great half term at home or away.

With best wishes,
Richard


What makes us happy?
On Monday 11 March BBC Surrey is devoting a day to finding out what makes us happy and, as part of this, they will be coming in to interview some of our children.  The interviews will be done by Nicci Holliday, Rocco’s mum (Oak Class) on the morning of Tuesday 26 February and will involve a few children in each class.  If you would not like your child to take part in this, please let Ruth know.  Further details are available in the ParentMail which went out on Wednesday. 

Toy Swap, Wednesday 27 February
The School Council are organising a toy swap on Wednesday 27th February.  They would like to ask all children to bring an unwanted toy/toys to school that day to swap at the Toy Swap shop in the afternoon.  Please could all toys be good quality; games and puzzles are fine but no books or DVDs please. Thank you for your support.

Start of the day
A reminder that doors open at 8.40 am every morning.  If you wish to drop your child off earlier we have the ‘early bird’ club in the hall from 8.25 am (£1 per session).  Please could we kindly request that parents and children do not wait in the library before school starts.

Welcome
We welcome Alice Riley who is doing a teacher training placement in Beech class this term.

Junk
Please could parents collect ‘junk’ for us over half-term.  We will be using this to make musical instruments, so please send in lids as well.

Nits - again
Unfortunately nits are still a big problem in Year 1.  Please could we ask all parents to check their children’s hair thoroughly over half term, and treat if necessary, so that we all come back nit-free.

FOPS News

Spring Barn Dance
FOPs will be hosting a Spring Barn Dance in the School Hall on Saturday 23 March from 5.30pm until 8pm for Pewley families and friends.  There will be dancing, fish and chips, drinks, sweeties and guaranteed good fun!  Tickets will go on sale after half term.  Look out for the flyer coming home in book bags. 
 
FOPS Meeting
The next FOPS meeting will take place in the staff room on Wednesday 27 February at 8pm.  Come along to have your say in events for the year and projects around the school needing our support.  All are very welcome!  
 
Children’s Cake Sale
The Children’s Cake Sale will take place on the afternoon of Friday 1 March and will be run by Year 1 classes.  We would be very grateful if children from all years could bring in no more than 6 cakes/biscuits that morning.  The children will then have an opportunity to buy two cakes during the afternoon.  Please remember that we are a nut free school.

Sainsbury’s voucher scheme
We are still hoping to find someone (or a couple of people) to co-ordinate the Sainsbury’s voucher scheme for us this year (basically counting the vouchers and sending them off).  Please contact the office if you are interested.

Girl Guiding Thinking Day, Monday 25 February
We will be supporting Thinking Day again this year and all Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Cubs are invited to wear their uniform to school on the Monday after half term, 25 February.

Menu for week beginning Monday 25 February

Thank you
The valentine themed charity concert on Saturday 9th February at St Mary's Church in aid of Hascombe Children's Ward at the Royal Surrey raised a FANTASTIC £1500.  Thanks to everyone who supported this event and made it such a special and successful evening.

Half Term Activities at Clandon Park
Tues 19th, Weds 20th, Thurs 21st: Upstairs, Downstairs – fun for all the family with re-enactment, activities, dressing up and attic tours.
Sun 24th: Discover Clandon – short talks about Clandon House with dressing up and activities for children. 
More details from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clandon-park