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Below you’ll find the news items that featured in last week’s email newsletter.
Newsletter sent Friday 14th of February 2020
I hope your child/ren are looking forward to taking part in World Book day on Thursday 5th March. We will all be dressing up as a book character for the day. There is no requirement for a ‘costume’ – your child may like to dress as one of the Famous Five or as a character from a Jacqueline Wilson book and wear their own clothes. You will receive a £1 voucher on Monday 2nd March which can be used to purchase a special £1 World Book day book or to take £1 off a book or audiobook worth £2.99 or more.
We are also very fortunate to be joined by the author Liz Kessler who will be visiting Muxton on Friday 6th March. There will be more details to follow including the books that will be on sale when we return after half-term.
We are continuing to focus on promoting reading by setting a target of reading at least four times a week at home. The majority of children already achieve or exceed this target every week but some do not record their reading in their reading diaries. Please check that your child’s reading is recorded in their reading diaries and signed by a parent.
This target is checked weekly by class teachers. We will support pupils by listening to them read at the start of break or lunchtime if they need to catch up with their reading in order to meet this target.
There have been many children who have really enjoyed using Bug Club to read books online and answer comprehension questions. Please logon and continue using the site during the half-term holidays!
Please find a range of questions below this text that can be used to see how well your child has understood what they have read. The comprehension skills of inference & deduction, fact retrieval and word knowledge are key parts of the curriculum and children make excellent progress when these skills are practised when your child is reading with you at home.
For more information about World Book Day and ideas on sharing books at home, please visit www.worldbookday.com
Question stems to ask your child during and after reading
Only ask a few questions when you start with your child so you do not interrupt their enjoyment of reading. As they get used to your questions encourage them to find the proof (prove it –KS1) or evidence (KS2) in the text to show why they think their answer is correct.
Give / explain the meaning of words in context
Find and copy one word meaning ________.
Which word most closely matches the meaning of the word ________ ?
Find and copy one word that suggests/shows that …
Complete the sentence using a summary of what had happened.
What does the word ________ suggest about ________
Find and copy one word from page ________ that tells you ________
What does the word ________ suggest about ________
Find and copy two different words from the sentence above that show …
Retrieve and record information / identify key details from fiction and non-fiction
Write down three things you are told about ________
What was revealed at ________ place in the story?
Why had _______ [done something earlier in the text]
Look at the paragraph beginning ….. What conclusion does _______ draw from this?
Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
Below are some summaries of different paragraphs from this text. Number them 1-6 to show the order in which they appear in the text.
An important lesson is learnt.
Reasons for extinction
Summary of the plight of the animals
New information is discovered
An explanation for the unreliable evidence.
Humans arrive on the island
Make inferences from the text / explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text
How can you tell that …?
What impressions of ……… do you get from these two paragraphs?
Why did __________ happen?
Look at ___________ place in the text (paragraph). How do you know that?
Explain what _________ [a phrase/clause with challenging vocabulary] suggests about _________.
How is ______made to seem ______?
What does this paragraph tell you about ______’s character?
This week’s Golden Ticket Awards go to the following pupils for always putting in their best effort in all they do and being excellent role models around our school:
In Reception: Pixie Sutton Year 1: Leila Hodgkiss Year 2: Lucy Hutchinson
Year 3: Isaac Beech Year 4: Kayden Ahmed Year 5: Summer Price
Year 6: Ella-Mai Morris
Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February: Half Term Holiday
Monday 24th February: PD Day – Children not in school
Thursday 5th March: World Book Day
Thursday 12th March: Parents’ Evening 3.20 – 6.00
Monday 16th March: Parents’ Evening 3.20 – 5.00
Tuesday 17th March: Parents’ Evening 3.20 – 5.00
Friday 27th March: PTA Easter Fair
Friday 3rd April: End of Spring Term
Monday 20th April: Summer Term begins
Friday 8th May: Bank Holiday
Monday 11th May – Thursday 14th May: SATS for all children in Year 6
Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May: Half Term Holiday
Monday 1st June: PD Day – Children not in school
Friday 26th June: PTA Summer Fair
Wednesday 8th July: End of year party for Year 6 children
Wednesday 15th July: PTA Discos
Friday 17th July: End of summer term
As we all rely on the internet more than ever before, ensuring children’s safe use of the internet is a continual part of our curriculum. Please help support our work by talking with your child about their own use of the internet and how they stay safe. There are excellent support materials and advice from https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Concerned-about-your-child/Online-contact-and-staying-safe/
KS2 children watched a video in assembly from the website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Please watch this and ask if your child has any questions about the video.
The advice below is taken from the UK Council for Internet Safety
Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.
But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.
What they might see or do:
Who they might meet:
How this could affect them:
It’s good practice for apps and websites to have safety advice and well-designed safety features which can make a real difference to how safe your child will be when using them. Work through safety and privacy features on the apps that your child is using, or might use. Make sure they understand the point of these and how to use them.
Don’t be put off by believing your child knows more than you: the tools are actually quite easy to manage.
In a mobile age, children can’t be completely protected, even by the best privacy controls; another child may use different settings. So it’s important to keep talking to your child about the implications of social media. Getting a sense of what they think is a useful place to start; you may be surprised by how much thought they may have given to the issues.
Encourage your child to think carefully about the way they, and others behave online, and how they might deal with difficult situations.
You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at:
Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online?
Contact CEOP: www.ceop.police.uk
If you stumble across criminal sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk
I have been so impressed by the reaction to the launch of the 500 words writing competition. We have had children voluntarily staying in at lunch time to start their stories. There is great excitement at the thought of attending the final at Buckingham Palace; every entrant is placed into a random draw to attend whether their story makes the final 50 or not so everyone is in with a chance.
You can find out more about the competition here. Use the resources and listen to previous stories to give yourself a headstart! The deadline for entering is Thursday 27th February 2020. Make sure you register on the site so you can submit your story online.
Highlights from 500 words 2019
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Muxton Primary School
Tel: 01952 387690
Head Teacher: Mrs Jenny Pritchard BEd.(Hons)
School Business Manager: Mrs Carol Little
School Administrators: Miss Teresa Luckman
& Mrs Hannah Ferrier