Our core value this half term is RESPECT
It has been a super start to the new school year. Over the week, children across the school have been engaged with new learning and are rising to the challenge a move into a new year group brings. A special welcome to the youngest members of our school community who have joined us in Squirrels class and to our new families whose child/ children have joined Brailes Primary School this week.
It was lovely to see so many parents and carers attend the Coffee and Croissants morning on the first day of term organised by FOBS and we hope as many families as possible will become actively involved in their support of FOBS this year. The first FOBS meeting is being held on 13th September, 3.30pm for those who would like to be involved in FOBS Bonfire Night planning.
Start and End of day Routines
NEW From Monday 9th September, the gate to the school playground will not be opened until 8.45am when the member of staff comes out on duty. This is to ensure that our school Breakfast Club children have safe use of the playground before school.
Families will be able to come onto the playground from 8.45am when children can be dropped off at school and all children are expected to be in classrooms for registration at 8.55am.
NEW From Monday 9th September, children attending after school clubs and wraparound care should be collected from the main school entrance please.
At the end of school day (3.15pm), Badgers and Owls classes will continue to leave through their classroom doors. Squirrels class will continue to leave from the Outdoor Learning Area and Rabbits class will continue to leave from the playground door.
With the exception of registered assistance dogs, no dogs should be brought onto the school site.
Wrap Around Care and After School Clubs
Our school wraparound care is now fully up and running every school day until 6pm. A variety of after school clubs are now incorporated within wraparound with families having the option to book sessions until 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm or 6pm each night. We are now able to offer a wider range of ‘light tea’ choices.
After School Club Choices open to children in Reception – Year 6, 3.30pm-4.30pm until October half term:
Monday –Forest School Team Building
Tuesday – Multi-sports
Wednesday – Arts and Crafts
Thursday – Tag Rugby
Friday – Cooking
Wraparound is booked through the After School Club tab on the school website – https://www.brailescofeprimary.org.uk/wraparound-care/. Please see the separate letter about wraparound provision which includes information on the new facility for families to set up split payments for clubs rather than having to pay for the whole half term block up front. We hope that families will find this facility helpful.
School Meals ParentPay
From Monday 9th September, all hot school meals must be booked by families in advance by midnight on Sundays for the week ahead. If your child is in Reception, Years 1 and 2 or is eligible for Free School Meals, meal choices must still be made on ParentPay by families by midnight on Sundays in advance of the week starting, but no charge will be made in this instance.
It really helps office efficiency on a Monday morning if all families wanting school lunches have booked meals and we thank you in advance for your support with this.
All class Seesaw accounts have now been set up and we encourage all families to activate their accounts as soon as possible so that class teachers and children can start to share children’s learning with you and to communicate updates and reminders.
School newsletters will continue to be sent home on the last Wednesday of each month this year. Whilst these letters are quite lengthy, we feel it is important to share and celebrate with parents and the wider community school achievements and pupil success as well as ‘admin’ information, organisation and curriculum development.
Interim communication letters, such as this one, will be sent out on some Fridays in between, particularly at the start and end of term.
Wednesdays and Fridays are the days which, wherever possible, letters will be sent out to families.
The blackboard outside school is updated weekly showing the key events for the week and things to remember. The digital screen is also updated each week.
Groupcall will continue to be used to send messages to parents via text and email when arrangements change at short notice or extra reminders are needed.
Home/School diaries All children from Reception to Year 6 have a school diary. These diaries should be used for parents/carers to record home reading and can be used by parents/ carers and staff to communicate messages to and from school.
The school website and Twitter are also important methods we use to communicate with families and the wider community. You don’t need a Twitter account to view the content – simply browse to http://twitter.com/brailesschool.
Core reading homework has started this week and all children should be reading every night at home. This reading should be recorded in home/school diaries. All children should have restarted practising Total Recall maths facts. Class teachers will confirm with children and families which badge your child should be working on. Mathletics logins for children in Y1-6 are stuck into children’s diaries.
Core homework and additional optional homework will start properly next week. A copy of home learning expectations for each year group will be stuck into your child’s home/school diary for reference. The full Homework policy is available on the school website.
All Year 6 are prefects this year and following team elections this morning team captains and sports captains have been elected. Congratulations to the children who have been elected to these roles and well done and thank you to all those who put themselves forward.
Bishop: Eliza Sheldon: Isabella Gillets: Barney
Bishop: Ollie Sheldon: Joel Gillets: Oscar
In the coming weeks, we will be holding School Council elections in each class to elect this year’s school council.
Summer Reading Challenge
Over the week, many children have shared with us that they have completed the summer reading challenge. Reading is a key curriculum area, in particular reading for enjoyment. Please can all the children who have completed the Summer Reading Challenge bring in their medals and certificates next Friday 13th September.
Our school Harvest Festival will be taking place on Friday 4th October, 9am at St George’s Church, Lower Brailes. All parents, carers and extended family and friends are invited to this service. We would like children to be dropped off at church on the morning of the Harvest Festival. Children who attend Breakfast Club will walk down to church with staff. Children are invited to bring packet food, canned goods or fresh produce which doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge to church. This will be donated to the local Foodbank.
First Aid and Medicines in School
Children who receive first aid in school (beyond a wet paper towel to clean a graze) will be given a slip to take home letting parents know. Parents will be notified by slip or telephone call of all bumps to heads. If the school is uncertain of the seriousness of an injury, parents/carers will always be telephoned to inform them to allow parents/carers to make decisions.
If your child has an inhaler, please can you make sure we have an in-date inhaler in school at all times.
In line with our school policy on medicines in school, we are only able to administer medicines to children in school if parents/ carers have fully completed a medication in school form and handed it in to the school office. Medicine to be administered must be labelled with the child’s name and brought to the school office by an adult only.
Diary Dates for the Term
Key dates for the term are being sent home to families today. Families will be notified of any additional dates which are added or diary dates which need to be changed in the school newsletter, via email, Groupcall or Seesaw.
Year Group Curriculum Letters
Curriculum newsletters for each year group are available on the school website for download – https://www.brailescofeprimary.org.uk/curriculum/
These will be sent home to families on Wednesday 11th September.
Please can all families make sure we have up to date contact details from a safety/ communication point of view and also for GDPR consent. In December 2018, parents were invited to use the SIMS Parent app to make any changes to their data. Please continue to use the app. New parents will receive an invitation in due course.
We look forward to working closely in partnership with you over the coming year to provide the best possible education for your child/children. Please do not hesitate to contact staff should you have any questions or queries about the term ahead.