Phonics Screening Check – Thursday 15th June 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will know, our Year One children will be undertaking a Phonics Screening Check on Thursday 15th June. We held an information session for parents on 25th May and shared the following key points:

  • This check is light touch and not stressful for our children
  • It is designed to help us check our children’s ability to decode and read unfamiliar words accurately
  • The children have been learning this approach since they began in Reception and are well prepared
  • The results of the Check will be shared with parents in the end of year reports in July
  • The threshold (pass mark) is not given to us until after the Check has been carried out. It has been 32 out of 40 since the Check began in 2012
  • If a child does not meet the threshold we will support them throughout Year 2 in readiness for their re-take in June 2018

You will find all the documents from our information session here (please attach the attached files from this e-mail)
Please click the following links for useful websites and activities to support your child further at home:

Government guidance, materials and training video: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-sample-materials-and-training-video

Phonics Play (great website we use regularly at St Jude’s): http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Download the Parents letter here:   Year 1 Letter – Phonics Screening Check and Workshop

Read the Parent Presentation PDF here:  Parent Presentation

Read the Guide For Parents PDF here:  A Guide For Parents

Health and Fitness Week – 12th – 16th June 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our annual Health & Fitness Week kicks off on Monday 12th June.  The aims of the week are:

  • to raise awareness of healthy eating;
  • to increase participation in exercise and sporting activities; and
  • to encourage good personal hygiene.

During this week, the children will be taking part in a variety of sporting activities (multi-skills, yoga, dance, kickboxing, buddy’s big workout and sports day) as well as cooking and sessions on healthy lifestyle.

They will need to wear their school PE kit all week instead of their usual uniform.   As usual each day will start off at 8.40am with a short ‘Wake and Shake Session (Zumba)’ in the hall for children, staff and parents/carers (except for Wednesday).

We are having our school sports day on Wednesday 14th June at Brockwell Park from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

It will be the same format as last year.  Children from Reception to Year 2 will take part in 5 events (javelin throw; hurdles; bean bag throw; dress up relay and egg and spoon relay. KS2 children took part in 6 events – sack race relay; Standing Long Jump; tunnel ball; football dribble and pass relay; javelin throw and Ladder relay.

All the events will be taking place at the same time.

There will also be Sprint races (Reception – Year 6, parents and staff) and baton relay race (Year 3- year 6) after the carousel events.

All support is welcomed whether it is parents, carers, grandparents, aunts or uncles.

I am delighted to say that our school has chosen to support the valuable work of the NSPCC this term by taking part in a fundraising event, and I would really value your support and encouragement.

Each class will be taking part in various physical activities (buddy’s big workout), which will not only be exciting for our pupils but will also mean they’re raising money for the NSPCC’s vital work and helping keep even more children safe.

We are very much looking forward to the week. It promises to be a great week!

Here are some very useful websites for you to explore at home with your children:

http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/pages/get-going-every-day.aspx

http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/index.aspx

Multi Faith Week – 22nd to 26th May 2017