Children from London schools and headteachers deliver a letter signed by over 100 London headteachers to London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, asking for him to tackle the air pollution crisis.
We have arranged for Year 3 to go on their first school journey - this term !!
We will be staying for 2 nights at a Residential Centre called Gorsefield which is owned and run by Tower Hamlets Local Authority. Gorsefield is situated in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex which is about an hour train/ drive away. It is a large house set in its own grounds with lots to do. There are staff who look after the centre and a fully qualified teacher who will assist with the activities during our stay there.
The trip will be from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd March 2017.
It will be great fun and I know the children will have a fantastic time. This centre has been chosen as I have many years’ experience of leading journeys there and know it is a perfect setting for a first residential school trip!
This is a trip - which I hope all Yr 3 children will take part in - will form the basis of work when they return to school.
A parents meeting is to be held on Tuesday 24th January at 9am and 5pm where you can find out more about this exciting week.
As this is the first Residential School journey for these children the costs will be reduced. This I can do through grants and donations from the PTA, therefore the actual cost will be only £50.
We’re excited to announce that we are launching a new programme to support the teaching of reading in Key Stage 2.
This week we have introduced Accelerated Reader to your child.
Accelerated reader is simple. A child reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
When a child finishes a book and completes a quiz in school, the teacher gets really useful information about the child’s reading level and what would be best for them to read next. One of the great things about AR is that children are given a range of appropriately challenging real books to choose from; challenging enough to keep them engaged but not so tricky children give up.
It’s so important that children read a suitably challenging book every day. Recent studies indicate that, when students spend 25 minutes a day reading, they make excellent progress in their reading skills.
Reading is also part of our homework in every year group. It’s so important that you make the time and encourage good reading habits from a very young age.
You can find out more about AR by visiting http://www.renlearn.co.uk/accelerated-reader/ where you will find videos, resources and lots more information. You can also access a list of books closely matched to your child’s ability level via the ARbookfinder website, which has a link to the parents’ guidance on its home page. This is a great resource for borrowing or purchasing books based on your child’s interests and ability level.
At Cass, we’ve purchased a number of iPods for each class in Key Stage 2 and children will be using these to complete their quizzes in school.
We’re going to be holding an information session about Accelerated Reader on Thursday 26th of January after school and we’d love you to come along. We’ll start at around 3-30 pm in Class 5.
Thank you for attending our recent Parent Conferences. Please ensure you have completed your feedback forms and sent them back to the school office. You can also fill them in online: https://goo.gl/forms/cCEVFuRNbv7seSfh1 . The teaching and leadership teams read every comment you make and the governing body curriculum committee analyse the results very closely. This helps us to continually make improvements.
The teachers in Class 2 have changed around the days they work. Ms Pak will now be working on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning. Ms Lucas will be in school from Wednesday to Friday.
We welcome Moira Colletta who will be assisting with French teaching until the end of the academic year. This will free up a little of Ms Pak’s time to focus on her own Class. Ms Pak will continue to lead modern foreign languages at school and will return to French teaching next year.
Our Term Dates
We always look to Tower Hamlets when setting our term dates. It’s come to our attention that while our term dates follow the pattern suggested by Tower Hamlets Local Authority one or two of the schools near to us have chosen different term dates for the spring term. Many schools are now free to set their own dates and don’t have to follow Local Authority advice. You can find out our term dates for the rest of this academic year on our website.
Our clubs and out of hours tuition typically start back on Week beginning 9th January, 2017. If you would like to check a date or time, please contact the school office.
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