Newsletter 29th January 2016

29 January 2016

Welcome to this week’s newsletter…

It has been another really busy week here at Belthorn and the children have once again been working hard and enthusiastically at their learning.  All classes have been working particularly hard in their Guided Reading sessions – which have undergone a ‘revamp’ and renewed focus here in school. In these sessions the children work closely with the teacher developing higher-order reading skills and understanding, which lead to a much more in-depth comprehension of what they have read. The children have responded really positively to this and are making great progress already.

Due to the increased focus on teacher led guided reading (which research indicates has a greater effect on children’s understanding and progress than purely listening to them read), it may well be the case that your child is not heard read as regularly as they may be used to, and especially in Key Stage 2. Therefore, it is really important that you find opportunity to listen to your child read as regularly as you can, and by working together with our different foci we can ensure that your child enjoys the reading success they are capable of.

Don’t forget that Jessica in Year 5 has organised a sponsored walk climbing to Darwen Tower dressed as super-heroes, called ‘Heroes for Theo’ – which is taking place this Sunday the 31st of January. Full details are on the Facebook page Heroes for Theo, ‘like’ the page and it will take you to links with further information. Alternatively a sponsor sheet and donation box is available in the Reception area in school. To Jessica and all those taking part we wish you well and don’t forget your wellies!

Message from the office… as of 5th January Dinner Money was increased to £2.20 per day, or £11 per week to bring us in line with other Lancashire school meal prices.

Three Attendance Award winners this week! Years 3, 4 and 6 - all with 99%! Well done to those three classes.

And finally…

Don’t forget the PTFA Meeting on Thursday evening at 6:30pm at The Pack. Everybody is welcome and I know the PTFA are always keen to have new members. Straight after this meeting the PTFA are having a meal there, which you are also most welcome to come along to – if you do intend to come to the meal please let one of the PTFA know so that a place can be reserved.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Mr Tilley