We hope you all had a great half term break and enjoyed the sunshine. We have a busy half term ahead and our theme for collective worship this half term is Changes. In this term, we will be saying goodbye to our Year 4s as they move onto middle school and we will be welcoming our new Reception class for September. All of our children will meet their class Teacher for September and our assemblies and PSHE lessons will focus on how we experience change and how we manage change.
Next week we will send out letters to parents of children in Bears, Giraffes, Elephants and Tigers. We will let you know who your child’s class Teacher will be in September and we will be inviting you to a virtual meeting with your child’s current class Teacher and their Teacher for next year. This will be an opportunity for you to reflect on and talk about your child’s annual report, which will come out to parents on Friday 9th July, and will give you an opportunity to talk through any questions you have about your child’s next step in their education.
On Thursday 8th July, your child will spend time in their new classroom with their Class Teacher for September.
Since the children have come back to school after the national lockdown, Teachers have been carrying out ongoing assessments in all subjects to see how the school lockdowns have affected progress and attainment. We have collated this data and will use this to inform our actions going forward.
One of the key areas which has been affected by the pandemic is in phonics and reading progress. This has particularly impacted on our younger children. We therefore ask that all parents support their child with practising their reading at home. Ideally a child would practise their reading each day but they should practise at least three times a week.
Due to our current restrictions, we are unable to have our usual reading support volunteers in school. This means that 1:1 reading within the school day with each child is limited.
We ask that parents continue to support their child with reading practise throughout the 6 week summer holiday as this will greatly support each child in their next step in education.
We have purchased Oxford Owl online reading which provides a number of texts to read. These can be accessed from home. You will find information about this on the class story page on Class Dojo when the login details for each class were sent to parents in the second lockdown.
We also strongly encourage parents to join Redditch library so that each child can access a range of great books during the school holidays.
As you will have seen, we have had some new play equipment installed in our play area adjacent to the carpark. This has been funded through the Sports Premium funding to increase physical activity throughout the school day. From Monday, the children will be able to access the play equipment and we know that they are very much looking forward to going on it.
Southcrest Nursing Home
St Luke’s children in Bears, Giraffes and Elephants are currently working on a special art project to produce a piece of artwork to donate to the Southcrest Nursing Home. The theme of this artwork is God’s Creation with a special focus on nature. We will be handing over these special gifts at the end of this term. We hope to work with Southcrest on future projects.
A special well done to all of our children who have taken part in our science competition. There have been some wonderful experiments and we have loved seeing the children’s efforts. Mrs Leach and Mrs Burling will be judging the competition on Monday and winners will be announced on Class Dojo.
The winners for each group will go forward to the Ogden Partnership Schools competition along with 14 other schools.
We have noticed that there are a number of children wearing trainers to school on non-PE days. All children should be wearing black shoes with their school uniform. We understand that children grow out of shoes and shoes get broken but we kindly ask that any matters are rectified as soon as possible and that children don’t wear trainers to school unless it is PE.
This year we have asked children to come to school in their PE kits on PE days. This was because of COVID restrictions. However, this has proved to be successful in enabling our children to have more PE time and in reducing the amount of lost property.
We are therefore going to continue this in September. We now have a PE kit with the school logo which can be purchased from Orchard Clothing. However, we are also happy for children to wear off the shelf PE kit without the logo as long as it is the same colour as our school PE kit.
The PE kit is;
· Blue/black shorts
· White T-shirt
· Navy blue tracksuit – top and bottoms
· Black pumps/trainers
From September we ask that all children wear a navy blue tracksuit with black pumps or trainers. Your child’s class Teacher for September will let you know when your child will have PE.
Just a reminder to parents when dropping off and collecting your child to and from school. Mrs Coleman and Mrs Pemberton are not able to engage in long conversations with parents whilst they are ensuring the children come into school or go home safely. If you have a quick message, you can pass this onto to Mrs Coleman or Mrs Pemberton. However, if you need to talk at length, please email or telephone school and the most relevant member of staff will contact you.
Take care and stay safe.