Please see the letter from the Chair of Governors.
Year 6 pupils are trying out a new blog format with some of their own news articles.
We have recently been trying out a free blog platform as we were paying too much for the old one.
Please have a look at the stories there and see what you think. Let the children know what you think in the comments below their stories.
Information from Pearson
1. Make books a part of family life – Always have books around at home. That way you and your children are ready to get reading, even if it’s only for ten minutes.
2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. They’ll be able to get their hands on hundreds of fantastic books, as well as the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs. Let them choose what they want to read to help them develop their own interests.
3. Read about something they’re interested in – Help your child find the right book for them. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction.
4. All reading is good – Don’t rule out non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines or leaflets. Reading is reading and it’s all worthwhile.
5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up together somewhere warm and cosy, whether it’s in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa. And make sure your child has somewhere comfy to read on their own too.
6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read. Start with ‘Where did we get to last time?’, ‘Can you remember what’s happened so far?’ and ‘What do you think will happen next?’.
7. Read whenever you get the chance – Have a book or magazine with you for any time your child has to wait, like at the doctor’s or the dentist.
8. Read favourites again and again – Encourage your child to re-read the books and poems they love. Re-reading helps to build fluency and confidence.
9. Enjoy bedtime stories – Read with your kids at bedtime as often as you can. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with them.
10. Make the most of rhyme and repetition – Books and poems with rhymes and repeated words or phrases are great for getting your kids to join in and remember the words.
Here is the latest featured website for parents to share with kids:
Norfolk and Norwich Festival – This Weekend!!
There are loads of free events going on for families this weekend. Get yourself down to Chapelfield Park or go to the Forum. See the link below for more details.
Reading with your child
(information from Booktrust.org.uk)
Tips for reading with children of any age
- Set aside some time
Find somewhere quiet without any distractions – turn off the TV/radio/computer.
- Ask your child to choose a book
Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. This means they are more likely to engage with the book.
- Sit close together
Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
- Point to the pictures
If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
- Encourage your child to talk about the book
Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.
- And lastly, above all – make it fun!
It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don’t be afraid to use funny voices – children love this!
Here is the latest featured website for parents:
Easter holidays start today. Luckily there are loads of things going on in Norwich and Norfolk. Check out the Visit Norwich page.
As always, make sure you do plenty of reading. Have children read themselves or read them a book. See how many you can get through in the holiday.
Enjoy the break.
Thankyou for all your donantions, so far we have raised a staggering £2,356.30