Primary News – 27th October 2017

This was the first week back following the half term holiday and Deepavali. We had a great whole school assembly on Friday afternoon from Year 6, a coffee morning for parents on learning to read with phonics, and the ISQM report from our accreditation visit was published.

Mr Dalton emailed all parents with the fantastic news that we have earned the Gold Award for the ISQM accreditation, and included in this message a copy of the full report. We are also sharing highlights on our newly revamped Twitter feed.

Congratulations to Year 6 for their fantastic ‘Stomp’ assembly on Friday afternoon. It was the first primary year group ‘whole school’ assembly and they all did a brilliant job not only performing, but teaching us about the science of sound. I also enjoyed their improvisations to accompany the announcement of housepoints at the end!

Mr Nathan led a coffee morning on Thursday to explain how children learn to read at ISP, via our phonics programme. Many thanks to the many parents who attended. We will be following on from this in a few weeks’s time with a coffee morning on reading in Key Stage 2, lead by Miss Laura. Also coming up soon is a session on learning maths in the primary school, lead by Miss Fiona. As usual, dates and topics for all our coffee mornings can be found on the calendars page.

Book Week 2017 is next week, with the costume parade starting things off on the Monday morning, at 8:30am on the astro. As usual we have many exciting activities planned for the week, including two special assemblies, writer workshops, buddy reading with different key stages, D.E.A.R, snuggle-up-and-read, plus a rather exciting whole school event on Friday…!

One of the many areas of school that the ISQM report identified as a strength is our Sports and CCA programme. I went along to watch some of the Y3 and 4 benchball friendlies with BSKL on Wednesday, and also saw some of the secondary swim meet with Alice Smith. The addition of our new pool and sports hall (on the 6th floor of the new building) are already being very well used and enjoyed by students during lessons, and after school.

Later this term we can look forward to various primary performing arts events, including concerts and recitals. Like our sports squads, our orchestras and ensembles put in a lot of time and effort each week to learn, develop, and prepare for these events. Here is the primary orchestra having their weekly Friday rehearsal:

I hope you and your children enjoy Book Week next week – and perhaps see you at the character parade on Monday morning!

Best wishes

Mr Rik
Head of Primary