This is a very packed newsletter with lots of important information to share with you all, happy reading.
At this meeting I began the consultation regarding the new Relationships (all pupils) and Sex(Secondary Pupils) Education Policy that has to be in place by September 2020. We are an early adopter of this policy so have been working on the content throughout the autumn term. There are in fact no content changes for us, all of the content is what we cover in our current Sex Education Policy which you can find in the Parent Handbook. Our only change is that we are proposing a splitting of the current Year 6 talk over Year 5 and 6, instead of it all being in Year 6. So Year 5 will find out how their body changes and Year 6 will find out why, this will ensure the children are more aware of what is going to happen, before it does. We have decided to provide more detail to you about the curriculum to increase your awareness but none of this content is new. We are using the headings of My Body, My Feelings and My Relationships. This continues to be only a part of the PSHE curriculum which will continue, where the children learn about their personal, social and health education.
I have attached the proposed policy(*) so you can see all the detail and also made a short video which explains it to you. The Parent Council have viewed it and suggested some clarifications:
If you have any comments/questions, then there is a separate e-form being sent to you or pop in and discuss them with me. I will address any issues and publish in the next few weeks of newsletters and then finalise the policy at the end of this half term for the governors to adopt in the FGB meeting on 2.4.2020.
In addition to the policy and as part of our day to day practice, health and police forces have recently asked schools to use the correct terms for sexual organs to ensure children can be accurate when talking about their bodies. This is in response to the number of cases being rejected from courts as children are unable to clearly identify parts of their body when explaining matters. All adults will use the correct scientific vocabulary (penis, scrotum, vulva, vagina, breast and nipple) for sexual organs from now on to ensure children can name the body part accurately and communicate about these areas clearly.
Does your child help to care for someone in your home? If you, another adult or child in your home has an illness, disability or learning need which means that your child has more on their plate than other children, then they may benefit from some extra support at school.
We are setting up a group for young carers from Year 1 upwards. We will be running fortnightly sessions within school time led by our School Counsellor. The sessions will be fun and informal, centred around games which will give children an opportunity to relax and chat to other children in similar situations. We will have 2 groups, one for Key Stage 1 aged children and one for Key Stage 2.
If you think that your child would benefit from these sessions, then please contact your child’s class teacher or speak to me.
Children have chosen their afterschool club and these begin on Tuesday this week.
You will have been notified by email if your child has been successful in getting a club – Contact the office before Tuesday if you are unsure. Please collect club children from the middle playground at 4.15pm.
Information about our clubs is available here.
In response to children and parent/ carer feedback, we have made some changes to homework.
Spelling: From next week, Friday 24th January, children in years 1-6 will practise their weekly spellings online at Readiwriter, web address: https://login.readiwriter.com . From next Friday the children will no longer write out their sentences as their homework.
Their login and password details are exactly the same as Mathletics.
You will receive an electronic message containing login details.
Reading: In addition, weekly reading homework will also be set via the Reading Eggs website, (you may remember we conducted a trial recently), web address: https://readingeggs.co.uk/login1 . Of course you will continue to read books with and to them for pleasure and to see how they are processing with their reading certificate targets, this is in addition to that.
A separate log in and password will be required. This will also be sent electronically.
Weekly homework expectations are that every child will spend a minimum of ten minutes, 3 times per week on Mathletics, Readiwriter and Reading Eggs, making a total of 3 x 30 minutes of homework = 1 ½ hours per week.
If children do not have reliable access to online facilities, they have access every day at break and lunchtimes to the computer room and could complete their homework and have time to play every day. If you have any questions, please talk to your class teacher, Mrs Rumsby or me.
Please be aware that we have Scarlet Fever in school (one case). Further details and symptoms to be aware of are on the NHS website.
As we start the new term, our spare clothes supply for accidents in Early Years (2-5 year olds) has run low due to our loans not being returned. So if you find Ash Grange clothes at home - usually marked up with Nursery or Reception in black marker - please drop them off at the office with no questions asked!
Also, if you happen to have any children's old leggings, shorts, tracksuit bottoms, school trousers or skirts, pants or school tops that you are happy to pass on - please leave them with office (Preschool/Nursery) or with Reception Class team.
On Thursday 23rd January our School Kitchen will be offering a special menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This will be different to the published menu.
To be served with Oriental Vegetables, Sweetcorn and Peppers, followed by Mandarin Jelly.
There has been a rise in the number of pupils having appointments during school time. Permission for absence (authorised absence) during the school day is only granted in exceptional circumstances. Leave for holiday is not permitted and you may be subject to a fine. Appointments should be made outside of the school day.
If you are attending a pre-planned medical appointment please notify the office beforehand either through the website or fill in a paper form (available from the office). Proof of the appointment will also need to be provided.
Family Voice Surrey in partnership with Recover College and SCC are running a course starting on 30th January 2020 called “Under the surface of school avoidance”.
This is a 6 week course to enable you to support your child through the stages and symptoms of anxiety. The course aims to provide information, support and guidance to empower parents to deal with the roots of anxiety as well as managing the associated behaviours and challenges.
Through the course you will cover topics such as:
If you are interested in taking part please register on the Recovery College website by visiting https://www.sabp.nhs.uk/our-services/recovery/recovery-college/become-a-student
You will need to be a Recovery College student to take part, but registration is free and you will have access to lots of other beneficial and useful courses on the website as well.
If you have any further questions, please contact Support Services Assistant, Rachael, by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 3 core strategic functions of a Governing Body are:
The minutes of the latest Governing Body meeting can be found by clicking this link.
Points are being awarded this week for trackers, any child who achieves 5,000 earns 100 points for their team, 10,000 = 300 points and there is an extra 100 points for every additional 1,000 steps. Get walking!
Next week is Week 3 – Focus Week – This week is Not Wasting Energy Week – keeping heating off when not needed, opening windows if the heating is off, keeping doors closed at breaktime to keep the heating in, lights off when not needed, computers off when not needed. Hopefully this important learning will help the children to reduce our wasted energy and yours at home.
School Dinners - Week 1