I hope you all had a relaxing half term break and had the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones.
On Wednesday 4th November schools received an updated guidance to help prepare for the lockdown due to start the following morning. It is clear from this guidance that the education of children is being prioritized and that schools will continue to remain open during this period. I am sure that many parents may feel anxious at this time. Rest assured that the school continue to do everything possible to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
I hope you have been able to read the update letter: https://bit.ly/3mVPqsU.
As we head towards winter, the weather is certainly feeling a lot colder. Please remember to send children into school with coats, hats, and scarves that are labelled. We have noticed a number of jumpers and fleeces in school that have not been reclaimed and we cannot match them to their owner as they do not have a name inside.
We use a whole class reading approach at RPS. This includes an important focus on extending children’s vocabulary and knowledge of words. We do this by sharing pictures and discussing the meanings of words. We sometimes consider dictionary definitions and also teach children to use the context of a sentence to help them decide what a word may mean.
It was great to speak to children about their reading and I was extremely impressed by how enthusiastic and engaged the children were. Please do continue to read with your child/ren every night. Research shows that children who are read to and talk about books have wider vocabularies and make quicker progress.
We hope you found parents evening informative. I am aware that sometimes connection was lost during Teams meetings – thank you for your patience. The teachers were really pleased to finally have contact with you.
Next week is going to be a fun packed week as the children engage in lots of maths activities and we also have Children in Need.
Have a brilliant weekend!