Welcome to Whitemoor Academy Weekly Newsletter: 19th January 2024
Head of School Welcome
We have had a fantastic start to the Spring term with a range of exciting learning opportunities for our children. Our key value for this term is 'passion'. At Whitemoor we want all of our children to be passionate about their learning but we also want to hear about their interests outside of school. If your child achieves an award or is successful at an out of school activity, please encourage them to share this with us so that we can celebrate together in our Friday assemblies.
I hope that you have already seen the key dates for this term and hope to see you at next week's parent forum on Tuesday after school. The purpose of a parent forum is to keep you updated on key priorities in school. It is also an opportunity for parents to ask questions. The minutes of the meeting will be sent out next week.
Following parent feedback last term, we have made the decision to send out a school newsletter fortnightly instead of weekly. The next newsletter will therefore be sent out on Friday 2nd February.
Have a lovely weekend, Mrs G Hooper
January 23.01.24: Termly Parent Forum at 3:30pm school hall - all parents invited. 25.01.24: Class 3 Netball event at Brannel School 29.01.24: Class 4 trip to Wheal Martyn
February 01.02.24: Reception pupils - Vision Screening Checks 02.02.24: Open Afternoon at 2:30pm parents in classrooms 05.02.24: Parents Evening from 2:30pm until 6:30pm 06.02.24: Safer Internet Day 07.02.24: Parents Evening from 2:30pm until 6:30pm 09.02.24: Aspire Inset Day - School/nursery closed to pupils 12.02.24 - 16.02.24: Half Term Week 19.02.24: All children to return to school/nursery
PHSE/RSE This term, our SCARF units from Nursery to Year 6 will be 'Keeping Safe' and 'Rights and Respect'. The class teachers have already introduced the Keeping Safe topic with a key stage assembly and last week's Head teachers award also reflected this. For more information on what your child will be learning and for activities that can be completed at home linking to the topic of Keeping Safe, please visit the parent page: Family SCARF – Keeping safe (coramlifeeducation.org.uk)
Safer Internet Day 2024 Linked to Keeping Safe, we will be taking part in Safer Internet Day on the 6th February this year. Children from Nursery to Year 6 will learn about how to stay safe online in an age appropriate way. For parent advice on keeping safe online, please visit - Safer Internet Day 2024: Free Advice for Parents and Carers - UK Safer Internet Centre As you are aware, we held a parent session on this subject in November as part of Anti-Bullying week. If you feel that you need more advice on how to keep your children safe online, please get in touch. We would be more than happy to guide you.
Parents evening bookings are now open Please book your parents evening appointment now via Arbor. If you are unable to physically come into school for your appointment, please let us know and we will be more than happy to arrange a phone or video call for you. Ahead of our parents evenings, we invite all parents/carers to an open afternoon on Friday 2nd February where your child will show you their books and their classroom. We do not put books out on parents evening.
Reading We believe that reading is the most important skill that a child can learn as it impacts so many other aspects of our lives. We encourage children to read widely and often. In school, children read every day - either independently, as a group or as a whole class. We also have dedicated time in the day where the teachers share books with the class. From research and experience though, the children who read regularly at home are the ones who make the most progress. Many of us are parents and appreciate how busy life can be especially with homework, reading and times tables thrown in. All children come home with a reading book (matched to their reading ability) and a library book (just for enjoyment) each week. We please ask that you do your best to listen to your child and read with your child as often as possible at home and ask that you make a note of this in their reading records. If this is something you would like some more support with, please get in touch.