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Ingoldsby Update April 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming children back to school for the start on the summer term on Monday.

The Ingoldsby team were so impressed with the children's attitudes to learning last term and we are all excited to make the most of every opportunity over the summer weeks.

The School Day:

Initially we will remain as 2 bubbles. This will be reviewed as restrictions lift and we return to one start and finish time. I have reviewed the arrival and finish times so that we can make the most of a prompt 8.55am start to the day.

EYFS and KS1: 8.45am arrival, 3.15pm collection

KS2: 8.40am arrival, 3.20pm collection

Siblings can, of course, arrive and be collected at the later time if needed.

Sports Update

The daily mile will continue this term as we are committed to supporting our pupils to maintain and improve their fitness, overall health and wellbeing.

DRET Sport will be commencing the Primary Running Cup, after the Easter holidays. This competition will run for the remainder of the academic year, with every child from your school being able to take part (nursery to Yr6).

PE days:

PE kit may be worn on PE and days that your child has club. The usual school polo-shirt and sweater are perfectly suitable alternatives to the red PE t-shirt. Any red, grey or black bottoms can be worn as we appreciate that some children may be wearing kit most days of the week!

All pupils have dance on a Friday.

EYFS and KS1 have PE on a Tuesday.

- Horizon PE Curriculum (throwing and catching – dribbling and striking)

KS2 have PE on a Wednesday.

- Horizon PE Curriculum (hockey and athletics)

Clubs:

Tuesday and Thursday sports clubs will remain the same as last term.

We are pleased to announce that Dance Club will restart on Friday the 23rd April.

11+ Club will resume from Monday the 19th April for Year 4 and 5.

Parents Meetings

We will be offering parents meetings by Teams on Tuesday 4th May. If you are unable to use Teams, we can arrange a telephone call.

Appointments will be made via the MCAS app.

Academic Priorities Summer Term

We are really proud of the progress children made in just a short time back together in classrooms and the phenomenal effort made by all with remote learning.

Last term, we carried out assessments to determine our starting point and where our priorities lay for the coming weeks. We will not be talking about 'catching up' with pupils; we are, however, setting achievable and specific targets and working together to ensure success, fluency and most importantly, confidence is built.

Reading

At Ingoldsby, we prioritise early literacy skills and have seen tremendous results in recent years in Reading. In our Early Years, we have implemented NELI ( an early language programme) alongside Read Write Inc to give our pupils the best start.

We launched our online reading logs just before Easter. Children are expected to read at home at least 5 times a week. We want to encourage children to read as much as possible; the impact of regular reading on vocabulary, knowledge, spelling and access to other subjects is huge.

5 logs a week = 1 golden ticket.

Next week we are launching the DRET 10 Challenge. Each child is being challenged to read 10 books from a reading list. The purpose of the challenge is to increase the range of texts that pupils read and give children access to texts linked to our curriculum. Lists will be adapted for individuals.

1 book from the challenge list = 1 golden ticket

Each golden ticket is a raffle ticket for our summer draw where children will have the opportunity to win prizes including a £25 Amazon voucher.

In order to raise aspiration, inspire and develop a love of reading that sets all of our pupils up for life, we will be finding ways to increase our class libraries. Earlier this year, we bought new RWI book bag books and a small number of books have been purchased for KS2. These books are snapped up by our children so we are hoping to build on and improve our library this year.

Very kindly, we have been granted a donation towards our library improvements from a previous pupil who attended Ingoldsby School in the 1940s. His grandchildren attended here when I first started as a reception teacher (20 years ago now) and are now studying architecture and economics at university. We will pick books with the children and write thank you letters.

Maths Fluency

Daily tables have long formed part of our homework. We are relaunching the maths component of home learning as 5 minutes of fluency practice which is directly linked to our Fluency 5 lessons in school. We are aiming to build pupil's speed, accuracy and confidence in 5 key areas. Each area completed = 1 golden ticket.

PSHE

Personal, social and health education remains a priority after this difficult period.

We have noticed that some children have found interacting with each other trickier than usual so we will keep relationships and behaviour at the forefront of everything we do.

School Guinea Pigs

Having animals to care for ties in with the school curriculum of emotional and social needs – empathy, care, love, compassion, understanding, commitment and building confidence.

Pets can encourage a child's learning needs, especially in reading, communication, observation and speaking.

However, I am aware that some children may have allergies that may affect the school risk assessment. Could I ask that you contact me with this information on mcapes@ingoldsbyacademy.co.uk.

Finally, we all look forward to seeing you all next week. If you are taking part in the lateral flow testing programme (open to all adults) please inform me of positive results ASAP via mcapes@ingoldsbyacademy.co.uk.

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