Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend last week, I know we certainly enjoyed an extra opportunity to recharge.
The children and the teachers are working so hard to try to close the gaps in learning. The teachers have identified the main gaps through the assessments the children took last term and are adapting the teaching for the last ten weeks. We are in the process of holding pupil progress meetings where we identify the children that need an extra boost/ intervention. Once we have completed them all we will be inviting some children to classes before and after school. We will also being sending additional homework for some children who just need a little boost. Homework and curriculum letters are now on Teams so please make sure that you have had a look at the expectations and this term’s planned teaching.
One way you can support your child really easily is to hear them read aloud to you each day. It makes such a difference and also it is very pleasurable. Reading is at the heart of all subjects and a life skill so you are setting them up for life by listening to them each day; even if they are reading chapter books! Please build into your routine, when my daughter was younger I did every evening at bedtime, she would read to me and then I would read to her. It was the best time of the whole day! Read later on in the newsletter this month’s recommendation from Miss Glancy.
You will have received this week a letter from Mrs. Goldhill about a project we have joined called Together with Music. It is an intergenerational network centred around connection, community and music. The aim is to link every care home in the UK with a local school or community group. We are delighted to be able to provide some positivity and joy through music to our local care home link, Catherine Lodge, on Woodside Park Road. This partnership will not only tackle loneliness and isolation of some the most vulnerable in our community but will also encourage self-confidence, creativity and community spirit amongst the children who take part. Please make sure you return the permission slips so all the children can take part in this wonderful venture.
Another venture we are taking part in is the Royal Mail Heroes Stamp Design. The Royal Mail are asking the children to design stamps which represent the heroes from the pandemic and we will be entering the competition in school. How amazing would it be if a Northside child won! Visit our Art and Design page to find out more https://www.northsideschool.co.uk/this-term-6/
Our new resources continue to arrive for King’s College University, our 2 Year Old Nursery. We will be having an open day after the half term, so look out for the dates soon. We have a few places left for September, visit our page to find the application form. https://www.northsideschool.co.uk/2-year-old-nursery-kings-college-university/
The children in Durham, York, Queen’s and Cardiff Universities took part in a cricket workshop today, it certainly sounded fun from my office! We will share photos next week.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Eid to all our Muslim families. We will certainly be celebrating in school once all the children return from their celebrations at home.