Yardley Primary School Newsletter February 2018
6th February 2018
It’s already the last week of what has been a speedy half term and there are a few things to share with you.
Recent Sporting Events
Our high level of sporting achievements continue with more medals won in the last couple of weeks. The Year 2 Tri-Golf team won the gold medals at the recent key stage 1 competition (out of 23 teams) and the Year 3 and 4 Sportshall athletics team won the silver medals in their competition. Well done to all those who took part and thank you to those parents who helped out at the events .
Term dates for the next academic year - 2018-19
Weds 5th September to Thursday 20th December
Half Term – Mon 22nd October to Fri 26th October
Monday 7th January – Friday 5th April
Half Term – Monday 11th February to Friday 15th February
Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 19th July
Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday
Half Term Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May
Waltham Forest seem to have published different dates with regards to the February 2019 half term with their website listing the week of 18th Feb as being the holiday. Original documents sent out had the date as the week of 11th February and having checked with what other local schools are doing, in particular Chingford Foundation School, I have set the earlier week.
The school will be closed next term on Thursday May 3rd due to it being used as polling station for local elections that day.
Thursday 22nd February is the date on which the guiding and scouting organisations celebrate the birthdays of their founders Lord Baden-Powell and his wife Olave. As in previous years we are more than happy to support this day by encouraging any Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers or Rainbows to proudly wear their uniform to school on that day. More details are on the back of this letter.
Supporting your child with Reading
Helping support your child learn to read is incredibly important as the ability to read fluently and understand what they are reading helps them to access all other areas of the curriculum. The school has always encouraged parents to listen to their child read at home every night, even for a short period, as this will help them to improve their reading accuracy, improve their pace and give them the opportunity to ask questions. Listening to your child shouldn’t be a passive activity – asking them questions about what has happened so far, why they think events have happened, what specific words means, what is happening in the pictures and what they think will happen next – will all help them to develop their reading comprehension skills. Encouraging them to read other materials (signs, leaflets, shopping lists etc) when out and about will also help to keep skills sharp and develop confidence. Also, please don’t feel that once your child gets older that there is no longer a need to sit with them and listen to them read – reading should be for pleasure as much as possible and something that can be a shared experience whatever the age. Finally, we always welcome volunteer readers. If you can spare any time in the day please speak to one of the class teachers or support staff.