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Glasllwch Primary School • Melbourne Way • Newport • NP20 3RH / 01633 266398 / glasllwch.primary@newport.gov.uk

January Newsletter

Annwyl Rhieni,

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb.

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year to you all!

A huge thank you from all of us in school for your gifts, cards and good wishes for Christmas.

The children and staff have already settled back into the routines of school life and we are all looking forward to

another very busy and exciting spring term.

Creative Curriculum and Curriculum Letters

This term we are continuing to develop our creative, project based curriculum with children having a say in what they want to learn, how they want to learn and how they want to record their findings. This is having a really positive impact on the already high standards of learning and teaching, with the children recognising the value we place on their involvement at this level. You will soon be receiving information, via curriculum letters and class pages on the school website, about the projects to be studied this term. If anybody would like a paper copy please ask your child’s teacher. We hope you will find this information useful and that it will enable you to support your child’s learning at home. Any parents who are willing and able to come into school to help out in any way are most welcome. Just approach your child’s teacher and arrange a time!

Literacy and Numeracy Framework

The National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) has been developed to help achieve Welsh Government’s aim that the children of Wales are able to develop excellent literacy and numeracy skills during their time at school. We continue to evaluate and revise our schemes of work to ensure that we have  a learner centred, skills focused curriculum that is relevant to the 21st  century and inclusive of all learners. The Key Skills of Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and Thinking form the basis of all our planning with the LNF given priority. In each lesson the key skills are discussed with the children so they are aware of the skills they are developing. Please help us by asking the children about the key skills they have been focusing on in their learning each day. Thank you!

National Tests

Two years ago, Welsh Government introduced National tests in reading and numeracy for all pupils from year 2 to year 9. This year pupils will sit these tests between Wednesday 6th  May 2015 and Tuesday 12th  May 2015. It is vital that all children are in school on these days . The tests will last about an hour each and are constructed so that our younger learners will be able to sit them in ‘chunks’. They will be delivered on a year group or small group basis. The reading test will consist of a number of passages followed by short, closed response and multiple choice type questions.

There are two numeracy tests; a procedural test for knowledge and understanding and a reasoning test for application of skills and problem solving. The tests will be marked in school and learners’ raw scores will be converted to standardised scores and age – equivalent scores. The standardised score will show how your child’s performance in the test compares to other children of the same age who have sat the test in Wales. The age – equivalent score will tell you whether your child’s reading age (or equivalent for numeracy) is equivalent to, above or below their actual age, based on how he or she performed in the test. Test results and comparative data will be sent out at the end of the year.

Extra Curricular Activities.

We offer a variety of extra curricular activities and these are always well attended. This term the after school (AS) or lunch time (LT) clubs that will be taking place are as follows;

Clubs

All clubs will start week beginning Monday 12th  January (unless they started this week). If it is raining, parents will

need to contact the school to find out if outdoor clubs are going ahead.

Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig

We will be in celebrating our Welsh culture and heritage during week beginning Monday 23rd February 2015. Our St. David’s Day Eisteddfod will be held on Friday February 27th . More information will follow before half term.

School Website

We are in the process of changing the service provider for our website. This will be done next week. The website will have a slightly different look with a few different features. As a result, the site will not be updated for two weeks.

Nursery

We are delighted that plans to open Glasllwch Nursery in September 2015 are going ahead. Building is scheduled to begin on 2nd  February 2015. The building programme is for 26 weeks and is due to be completed by the end of July. The nursery will be situated on the land in front of the lower junior area. Nursery provision will be for 16 places in the morning and 16 places in the afternoon. Applications will open on Monday 12th  January at 12 noon. Go to http://www.newport.gov.uk/schooladmissions  and follow the instructions.

Even though the nursery building itself is being funded by Welsh Government, we are not being allocated any funding for resources. We would therefore be grateful for donations of any unwanted new or nearly new toys, jig saws, play equipment, bikes or trikes that will be suitable for 3 – 4 year olds. Thank you!

Parking

I have already received complaints from residents about parents parking either directly across their driveways or directly opposite; either way restricting access. Please Please DO NOT OBSTRUCT DRIVEWAYS,  even if it means parking a little way away from school and walking your child the rest of the way.

Reminder – School Closed INSET

School is closed on Monday 12th January due to INSET.

As you can see we are going to be very busy indeed! We look forward to another very productive and exciting term.

Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

C. M. Jackson (Headteacher)

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