Headteacher Weekly News 27th November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We've had another action packed week at MPJS and we are now firmly on the countdown to the end of the autumn term. I am going to send a short 'dates for your diary' slip out tomorrow detailing all the events and parties fron now until the end of the term. Our children will be doing their end of term assessments in the next fortnight, which will be useful to share with you at Parents Evening on 11th December. Letters to book your times are going out on Friday.

A big thanks to all pupils and parents who came to the Stretford Schools Cross Country Meet at Longford Park to run for Moss Park. You all contribute towards our placings and we came 2nd out of all the school there! A special mention to Betty and Rayyan in Year 6 and Lucas W in Year 4 for their individual placings. All the children did extremely well on a wet and muddy morning!

Please don't forget to send in an ornament or bauble for the Christmas Tree Decorating event on Friday.

I mentioned that we would look at your comments on our Maths Homework in your Open Week feedback form to inform any improvements and this is what we have done with your feedback. All changes will start in January:

  1. We are looking at My Maths to see how we can extend it for pupils who want to challenge themselves. We will train the pupils to find the extra features too.
  2. Some of you would like arithmetic practice or problem solving worksheets instead of just My Maths – we will mix and match from January.
  3. I want to share again that Holiday homework challenges are not compulsory every time. Pupils do love this but we recognise that sometimes it just doesn’t fit into your family plans. We know how precious this time is so please don’t feel pressured.
  4. Our Year 6 have been doing a range of ‘freer’ activities, including creative writing for homework that are set over the half term. We will review this and possible try in Year 5 next term
  5. We know that regular reading (of anything!), spelling and learning tables are the most useful things you can do at home that enhance your child’s learning in school so do please try to do little and often even when it’s a school holiday.
  6. We will analyse the homework registers at Christmas and we will be running teacher-led Homework Club each Thursday lunchtime for pupils who struggle to complete homework at home.

PTFA Christmas Fun Afternoon

I’ve already mentioned a non-uniform day on Friday 6th December so that pupils can bring in a donation for Chocolate tombola and I’d like to ask for your help with the ever-popular RAFFLE! We are trying to get prizes from local businesses. Please let us know if you can help us with this – either yourselves or a contact you may have. Smaller donations also welcome – bottles, toiletries, small gifts and items you may have spare at home. If you do have anything that could go into the raffle, please send them in with your child any day up to the day of the fair itself.

I’ve uploaded it to the PTFA page now and a paper copy will go out tomorrow with the dates.

Have a lovely (wet) week!

Yours truly, Mrs Nunwick