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Dear Parents,

Welcome back to all of you, including our new pupils and teachers who are already settling into our school community.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer break. It was so lovely to return to school on Tuesday, in the sunshine, with the children looking so smart and smiley for the start of their new year. The Year 3s looked so grown up in their ties! The children were excited about sharing what they had been doing in their holidays, and it was great to hear that so many of them had visited the library and taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your co-operation and patience this week whilst we’ve been settling into our classes and establishing new routines.

Over the summer the staff have been working hard to enhance our learning environment, and the EYFS are particularly pleased with their new playground markings.

Children in Nursery have settled in really well and were keen to show off their healthy packed lunches during lunchtime, and I can’t believe that the Reception classes have only been in ‘big school’ for four days. In their first assembly and in class they have already shown fantastic learning behaviours.

The KS1 area looks great and I’ve been impressed by the focused listening of the Year 1s and their enthusiastic approach to the learning. The Year 2 children are already becoming excellent role models for the younger children, thinking about how they can look after each other on the playground and how to keep themselves safe in school.

In KS2 the children have ‘have hit the ground running’ with some excellent results. Year 3 have written letters to their teachers to tell them about their holidays. They were well-presented with interesting details. Year 4 have already produced some lovely art work for their poetry about themselves, whilst Year 5 have been thinking very carefully about how important it is to have clear class expectations to help everyone with their learning. Year 6 have been busy thinking about their applications for head girl and head boy, and they had some excellent ideas to help with the first KS2 assembly of the year.

All the staff are really proud of how positively the children have started the new year. Mr Snow popped in at the end of the week and was also impressed with the attitude and focus of the children. Well done children – thank you!

I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and I know the staff are too.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mrs Meredith