Read extracts from the the newsletter here or the full newsletter can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking or tapping the link - Newsletter Issue 4 -January 2018.
As 2018 picks up momentum, I would like to draw your attention to the one commodity over which we have little control – TIME! Please support your children by giving them at least 20 minutes every day to give them your full attention; hear them read, talk about their books, their day. Research shows that what all children value more than gifts and gadgets, is your undivided attention!
We are also experiencing high levels of colds and flu, so personal hygiene is of the upmost importance, encouraging children to wash hands before eating and visiting washrooms as well as sneezing into a tissue will help prevent the spread of bacteria. We look forward to seeing you at parents open day next week.
Mrs L Khan, Head Teacher
Dream Big Read
Please encourage your child to read everyday! At Berrymede we are extremely passionate about reading and we want to get all parents involved in their child's reading.
Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Here’s how you can get your child off to a great start.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading:
- Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance.
- Join your local library - Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.
- Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction.
- All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.
- Get comfortable! – make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading.
- Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’
- Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery.
- Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.
- Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime
- Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.
Parent Workshops - Keeping Children Safe
Berrymede Junior School 9am – North Hall
- Tuesday 30th January
- Wednesday 7th February
- Tuesday 20th February
- Tuesday 27th February Tuesday 13th March
- Tuesday 20th March
Run by the Ealing Health Improvement Team.
Please remember that the current Government legislation does not give schools any authority to approve leave for children to take holidays in term time. Any leave requests need to be done by filling in the Leave of Absence form which can be collected from the school office. There is no entitlement to leave during term time and it will only be approved under exceptional circumstances which need to be explained and evidence produced. Failure to comply with this will mean a referral to the Local Authority which may result in a fine and court action. Thank you in supporting us to ensure your children have every opportunity for success in their education entitlement..
Extra Curricular Clubs, Spring Term
- Monday; Tai chi, Gym
- Tuesday; Football (Year 5&6)
- Wednesday; Dance, Cricket (Year 5&6), Taekwondo, Art Club
- and Tchoukball (Year 3&4)
- Thursday; Climbing, Football (Year 3&4), Knitting Club
- Friday; Hockey (Year 5&6)l, Arabic Club
Unicef Article 3: The best interest of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
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