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Head of Primary Message Week 13

A fantastic end to the week with our Wonderland community event. It was great to see so many families enjoying the festivities and celebrating together.

We also hosted the Year 3 and Year 4 Sports Day, and the students once again excelled in every event. From running to jumping, throwing to catching, everyone had a great time and there were some fantastic skills on show.

We also welcomed parents of our Early Years students into the library today. Ms Andrea, our Teacher Librarian, hosted a workshop on developing a love of reading in the early years. The session focussed on reading routines, such as daily story time and family reading. Ms Andrea has also shared a wonderful quote and a reminder that there is no app to replace your lap.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." Emilie Buchwald.

A huge thank you to Ms Andrea for hosting the workshop, with more to follow in term 2.

If you were on campus this morning, you will have seen that Pre Kindy and Kindy had a wet and wild start to the day. Everyone who sees them in action is always delighted by the joy, it is great to see and hear.

We continue our focus on Maths Mastery, with Barvember almost coming to a close. We have had hundreds of submissions since the beginning of November and we are very proud of our young mathematicians who have been working with their families to solve the complex bar modelling problems. If you have missed any of the Barvember questions we have posted them all to the Primary Newsfeed. We have also posted an answer video for every question which can either be used to check your answers or it can be used to work alongside the solving of the problems.

We have also sent out a reminder today of how parents can check their child's Heat Map in the Times Tables Rock Stars app.

For every child to know their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4 is an integral part of our curriculum expectations. Without this knowledge, children find every area of Maths more difficult. If you would like to see how your child is getting on with learning their times tables, ask them to show you their Heat Map in the TT Rock Stars app.

You can see how their heat map has improved over time and challenge them to turn each number green. Remember - little and often works best!

We have also published a new Free Write Friday activity to Seesaw and the Primary Newsfeed. This week, Planet A21. Find out more in the special events folder in Seesaw or by clicking below:

I hope you have a restful weekend and we look forward to a busy final week of Term 1. Please note that all ECAs have now ended and we break up on Friday 2nd December.

Mr Michael Everett | Head of Primary

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