Spring term (1) 2024
w/c 5th February 2024
READING AT HOME
Dear Parents and Carers, 9th February 2024
We all know how important it is for children to learn how to read. In school, reading is taught daily to the class. The children are taught phonics and spellings, and regularly the teacher will read an engaging book to the whole class with the intention of promoting a love of reading for pleasure.
Current expectations for supporting your child:
In KS1 and Reception, communication with a child’s class teacher about reading is done in the Reading Journal.
In KS2, children have been expected to use the guided questions in the KS2 diary to record responses when reading, at least three times a week.
Updated advice and expectations:
We are updating our advice and practice with regards to the recording of reading at home.
From Monday 19th February, we do not expect parents to make a comment in the KS1 Reading Journal or KS2 Diary. This is so that the focus for parents is to listen to their child read, model reading and promote reading for pleasure. If you or your child would still like to write something because the routine has been working for your family, then do so. The comprehension questions in the diary and guidance for supporting your child with reading, are still valuable tools for use at home, if you want to. The journal and diary will stay at home.
This change will also mean adults in school will have more available time to support with listening to children read. Each week, adults spend about 30-50 minutes looking through the journals and initialling. Instead, that 30-50 minutes will be spent listening to children read which will help children be better at their reading.
It remains school’s intention that reading should be an enjoyable and positive experience. Adults in school are always delighted to hear when parents and children have talked about the book they are reading together. A child develops as a reader, when reading is modelled to them, and they are provided with time to read to an adult.
Our commitment to the teaching of reading has not changed because we know what a critical skill it is for all children to be able to read with confidence, enjoyment and to understand what they have read.
Mrs Frances Davis
PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL AND COMPLIANT FROM A RESIDENT - LETTER FROM MRS DAVIS
Dear Parents and Carers, 6th February 2024
It has come to my attention from a Blackborough Road resident that they were verbally assaulted after school on Monday 5th February by a Parish parent who was parking over the resident’s driveway, meaning the resident was late for an appointment. They may report it to the Police.
I am very sad and disappointed to hear this has happened.
I politely ask parents who need to drive to school to park giving ample space for residents to use their own driveway.
Mrs Frances Davis, Headteacher
w/c 22nd January
INCREASE IN MEASLES CASES
Dear parents and carers,
You may have heard the news this week that measles is circulating in the UK and is extremely contagious.
We have no reported cases of measles at Reigate Parish at the moment. However, we wanted to share some information with you, in case it is helpful.
The advice is for all confirmed and likely cases of measles to be absent from school for the infectious period (from 4 days before rash onset and for a further 4 full days). Given the high risk of secondary infection following measles, it is advisable to return to school only after full recovery.
Measles is a notifiable disease. Please inform school if your child has a confirmed or likely case of measles. It is extremely important for our school community to be aware of every likely or confirmed case.
Symptoms of measles
Measles starts with a 2 to 4 day illness before the rash appears, which typically includes:
- high fever
- sore red watery eyes
- runny nose
- aching and feeling generally unwell
- a blotchy red brown rash which generally arrives after the first symptoms
Measles is vaccine preventable. Information on the MMR vaccine can be found on the NHS website - MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
In the UK children receive 2 doses of the combined measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine as part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule. Details of the vaccination programme in the UK can be found here NHS vaccinations and when to have them - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
If you think your child may have missed a vaccine, please contact your GP or the surrey immunisation team for advice - email email@example.com or by telephone 01737 775 467.
CYBER FLASHING - PARENT FACTSHEET
w/c 8th January
NSPCC’S SPEAK OUT. STAY SAFE.
Please find below a letter from Mrs Davis regarding the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme this term.
HELLO FROM THE PTA!
w/c 1st January 2024
Just a reminder of how to connect different devices to google classrooms, especially when new devices have been purchased over Christmas. Google classroom will not work in the usual way on Wednesday 10th January 7-9pm to let android tablets/android phones connect.
How to log in to googleclassrooms
How to log in to Mathletics etc
Not through Wonde but by downloading the Googleclassrooms app – The email address for pupils is firstname.lastname@example.org – Then log in using emoji password.
Ask teachers for username and passwords for https://login.mathletics.com/
Go onto settings and click on add new school account. Then type in your child’s email address which is email@example.com
Then type in your child’s emoji password.
To get onto google classroom, you need to go to https://classroom.google.com/ then click on the coloured letter to change from your child’s personal account to the school account. Please don’t go through wonde.
Go through wonde but you will need to install the wonde extension for it to auto sign in.
You need to email firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday and I will then give you the username and password with some instructions. You will need to download the google classrooms app and then setup a school account on Wednesday 10th January between 7-9pm.
Ask class teachers, not jhayden for username and passwords for https://login.mathletics.com/
Please email class teachers or jhayden to get emoji passwords.
Mr Joshua Hayden
Reigate Parish Church Primary School