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15/01/18

31 Jan 15/01/18

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break- happy new year. Welcome back Miss Walker as our new part-time assistant head. Miss Walker taught year 6 in Moreland very successfully for the past few years and is teaching year 6 part-time in St Luke’s…

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break- happy new year. Welcome back Miss Walker as our new part-time assistant head. Miss Walker taught year 6 in Moreland very successfully for the past few years and is teaching year 6 part-time in St Luke’s this year. This is one of the values of the federation. We share the expertise of teachers across both schools and do our best to retain our excellent teachers when promotion opportunities come up. We also warmly welcome back Mrs Cheshire from maternity leave.

We have included in the newsletter the list of events that are going on this term. The most productive learning often happens in spring term. You will shortly receive an account of what your child will be learning between now and Easter. There may well be lots of opportunities in which you can support your child’s learning at home. For example some classes are learning about instructions- writing these and following them. Parents and families could read through a recipe and do some cooking. This is what we do at school- we join up children’s learning. Children often learn something new every day and our aim is that they enjoy their learning and that learning is meaningful. Enquiry based learning is widely practised in Moreland and has been for some years now from nursery to year 6. By the time children reach year 6 a majority of them have the skills and understanding to think more deeply, reflect, question, debate and discuss issues in a mature manner which often astounds us. The mind of the child, their imaginations, perception and openness is unique and something we actively encourage and nurture.

It is essential our children are confident and articulate and prepared as much as possible educationally, spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally for secondary school and indeed for life. We all need to work together to give them the necessary skills and nurture their qualities and individual personalities. We use positive role models as proof of what skill, qualities, hard work, determination and independence can do. The people that we invite into school for dream catcher assemblies range from entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, doctors as well as people who work in emergency services and skilled work force such as electricians, builders and plumbers who do essential work. Many of these people do light the fires of the children’s imaginations as they glimpse at what they can aspire towards. Not all our children will go to university but hopefully they will all have worthwhile jobs and lives in years to come. I firmly believe that schools and families must give children the skills, knowledge, tools and opportunities to prosper in this exiting and unpredictable 21st century.

Reminders- wear badges with pride:

Please remind your child to wear their silver and gold attendance badges every day. They have earned these badges by coming to school at least 95% of each term, even when they are tired or feel a little unwell. We

 

 

have spare badges and backs if any are lost. Please also do your best to get your child to school every day on time. 45% of absence is due to illness, 31% due to unauthorised absence such as holidays. Children are missing their education by staying at home with minor illnesses or by going on unauthorised holidays or trips abroad. Children are legally entitled to a good education and we really want to give them the best education we can.

 

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