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All Saints CE Primary School 4th December 2020 Newsletter

A Message From Mrs Palmer

We can't believe there are only a couple of weeks left until the end of term- and what a term it has been! We are so incredibly proud of the way our school community has pulled together in tough times. Despite everything, the smiles, laughter and learning have continued. We have been working hard to help the children to fill any gaps from the time missed earlier this year, but most importantly we have been working hard on our wellbeing. The children have been a source of joy and pride- they really have coped so well.

A huge thank you also goes to our fabulous staff, who have all taken on extra duties alongside their usual commitments- duties which they would never have been trained for! They are an unending source of energy and enthusiasm and we could not be prouder of everyone.

Finally, our sincere thanks goes to you as parents and carers. The support and trust you have given us means so much.

We hope you have a fabulous Christmas and enjoy some of our festive offerings. We are sad that they have to be virtual events and look forward to a new year which hopefully will be one where we can be all together again!

Don't forget to follow us and stay in touch via our Facebook page

Thank you to Sapcote Garden Centre for their generous donation! We love our tree and it is looking brilliant with all of your decorations being added to it.

Thank you for helping us raise £190

We had a lovely week in the run up to Children In Need. We focused on what we need to thrive and on Friday we had great fun dressing up as Wellbeing Superheroes!

Birch Class Lead Remembrance Day Service

On 11th November Year 5 led our Remembrance Service for All Saints, Sharnford and Ullesthorpe. They did a fantastic job! Thank you Birch class- you made us very proud and helped us to reflect and remember some important things.

If you would like to watch the Collective Worship, click the button below:

Some fabulous writing and artwork during our work on Remembrance- Well done Year 6

School Council

Mr Duncan has recently taken on leading the School Council. These fantastic children have been nominated as representatives this year. They already have lots of ideas and gave brilliant speeches as to why they should be chosen. We can't wait to see what they get up to!

Wellbeing Team

Wellbeing is a high priority at the moment and you may have heard about our newly created, Wellbeing Team. These ambassadors are working hard to ensure the children's ideas and needs are being heard. With Mrs Smith's guidance they have already set up a Chill Out space for upper key stage 2 and are working with the Salvation Army on The Big Toy Appeal. Watch this space for more of their super work!

Real PE at home

We know active, healthy children achieve more. At school, we have created an enabling environment where EVERY child feels included, valued, challenged and supported to achieve their maximum potential in PE, school and life.

As part of your child’s PE lesson they are participating in a new approach called REAL PE. To support this learning there are activities that can be completed at home so each child has their own logins. These will be sent home with your child please look out for them and log in together. Visit: real.jasmineactive.com/login

Your child should be able to talk about and show what they have been doing in lessons.

We hope your children enjoy exploring and taking part in real PE at home.

Please contact jasmine@createdevelopment.co.uk if you have any questions or require further support.

Miss Glenn and Mrs Dawkins

Marking and Feedback

At the end of the last academic year we talked to children and staff about marking and read some research about this area. I wanted to let you know our findings and share with you what we are now trialling in school.

When asked about the feedback policy the children said things like:

It became very clear that our policy of using a highlighter traffic light system and including long, “next step” comments was not working.

The Education Endowment Fund have also conducted some key research which say that that feedback (including written marking) should:

Taking all of this into account, we have been trialling a new way of marking which has at its core a number of principles:

This trial is going well in school and more recent discussions with children have been positive. They say that:

We will continue to use this model for feedback for this academic year and continually review how it is working. We hope the children will continue to find it a more useful way of working!

Congratulations!

A huge congratulations goes to Mrs Thompson, who has now completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination. Mrs Thompson works so hard at school to organise lots of help and support for us- somehow she managed to find time to do this qualification too! It is a big undertaking and we are incredibly proud of her! Well done Mrs T!

What a hero!

WOW- so many birthdays to celebrate before the next newsletter!

Happy Birthday this time goes to...

Ella-Rose, Maisie, Roxanna, Harry, Grace, Jasper and Charlie in Little Acorns

Hollie, Rufus, Elsie and Dylan in Year 1

Oliver, Carter, Eloise and Kaiden in Year 2

Harry, Jack, Violet, Disney and Holly in Year 3

Rhys, Ben, Isla, Cayden and Baxley in Year 4

Emelia, Dottie, Mary-Jane and Isabelle in Year 5

Chloe and Erin in Year 6

We hope you have a lovely day!

Governor News

Congratulations to Mrs Emma Knight, who has recently been appointed as our Parent Governor. Thank you to all who put themselves forward for this position. We are very grateful for your support.

The governors have recently conducted Safeguarding Audits in school (virtually) and were very pleased with the way the children could talk confidently about how they are kept safe in school. The children said they felt safe, had someone to talk to if they needed to, and could clearly talk about issues such as bullying, visitors to school, e-safety and fire safety. Thank you to our volunteers from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who spoke so eloquently.

Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day

On Wednesday 16th December we would like to support Save The Children by wearing our Christmas Jumpers to school in exchange for a £1 donation.

It is also Christmas Dinner Day! Please pre-order your child's dinner on Parent Pay by 7th December.

Christmas Cards

We would love for the children to still be able to exchange Christmas Cards. However, due to Covid19 restrictions, we will have to do some things a little differently.

Children may bring in Christmas Cards for their "bubble" only. (Bubbles are: Little Acorns, Ash Class, Oak Class, Maple Class, Pine Class, Conifer Class, Rowan Class, Year 5/ 6)

There will be a postbox in each bubble and cards must be posted by Monday 14th December, allowing us to quarantine them for at least 72 hours before delivering them on Thursday and Friday.

Catch- Up Funding

The government recognises that children have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of Covid-19. Therefore schools have received a sum of money, equivalent to £80 per pupil, for specific activities to support children to catch up for lost teaching time in the previous months and mitigate the effects of the disruption. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their pupils and circumstances.

At All Saints we have decided to spend the money on delivering high quality support and intervention to individuals and groups based on any gaps in learning. We have employed Mrs Anne Norton to work with some of our Year 5 and 6 children on 3 afternoons per week; she is focussing on English and Maths. Mrs Wale has been employed to lead phonics intervention in Years 1 and 2 for 3 afternoons per week. Mrs Wale will also be working with children in Years 3 and 4 on 3 mornings per week with a focus on reading and writing. We are delighted to have been able to employ two experienced teachers to work with us.

What's on this winter at Leicestershire Libraries? Please click below for the library's latest newsletter and information on Borrowbox- a great way to borrow thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks.

AlterNativity

Have you thought about altruistic gift giving this year? That might take the shape of a donation to your local food bank, or shelter, an eco-charity or children’s hospice. There are many charities and associations to support across the Diocese of Leicester.

If you would like to know more about Hinckley AlterNativity, its chosen charities and gifts, visit www.hinckley-alternativity.org.uk Gifts can be ordered until December 9th.

Speech And Language Q & A

Join the EPIC Speech and Language Therapy Services team for access to a FREE online Questions & Answers webinar, where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your child's speech, language and/or communication.

Tuesday 8th December 2020

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Health and Wellbeing

LSLSSP have come up with some newsletters inserts for parents/ carers for each month of the academic year. The newsletters are designed to give parents a basic understanding of health and well-being. They include links to websites for more detailed information and helplines/further support.

This month's newsletter looks at Internet Safety.

Festive Fun

Conversation Starters

EPIC, who are our school psychology service have recommended these brilliant Wellbeing Conversation Starters from the charity Young Minds. It is a great infographic reminder for us all to prompt conversation about a child’s wellbeing.

Conkers

Our before and after school club, provided by Conkers is running. Conkers have put lots in place to ensure children remain safely in "bubbles". More information is below.

Teacher Training with us through TELA

Useful Dates

Christmas lunch and Christmas Jumper Day - Wednesday 16th December (menu will be email out in due course)

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