Dear Parents and Carers,
It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents and carers to the school at Parents’ Evening last week, and see so many children showing off their work with such enthusiasm. Leah Phillips, teacher of Reception Scarlet Class, and Christina Huszar, teacher of Class 6A, will complete their Parents’ Evenings on Tuesday 27 November. A letter will be sent next week to those parents and carers this affects.
Our Anti-Bullying Week work culminated today in the children attending live performances of the play ‘The Power of One’, which reinforces the school’s anti-bullying strategies. Below in this Newsletter I have included excellent advice from the charity Kidscape about these strategies which you can discuss with your children, including the importance of acting calmly and assertively.
These strategies tie into the Department for Education document published this week entitled Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, which highlights the importance in children’s lives of structure, routine, calm and dignity in the promotion of good behaviour and mental health. Every child’s daily routine should include reading.
Many of Brunswick’s children attain well in reading at the end of Key Stage 2, but the greatest barrier to higher attainment is what is being
referred to at the moment as ‘The Vocabulary Gap’; children simply do not know what more tricky or uncommon words mean because they have not come across them before. The only way to close this gap is to broaden vocabulary by reading challenging texts and books regularly. That is where Ms Huszar’s Book Bonanza comes in; read all about it on the next page and do your best to join in to help and to support your child’s learning.
With best wishes for a peaceful and enjoyable weekend,