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Parent information - Supporting your child

Recommended Christmas Reading - want a good book to relax with? Try one of our suggestions :

Holiday passport, please complete during summer and bring your passport to show us in September.

Supporting MFL in the School: KS2 French Sacks

Through your generous support at last year's French Cafe, and through FOFSA,  we are delighted to be sending home the KS2 French Sacks this week. There is a bag for each year group in KS2 and children will take it in turns to have the bag for a week. The first children will be bringing home the bags this week.


The French Sacks are a way of promoting MFL in school. Each contains some books, a dictionary, a game and a traditional French recipe card. As a family, you might like to try some of the activities and leave a comment or some photos in the journal. Further details are attached to the bags.


Thank you again for your support which have made these bags possible. Merci!

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Left to their own devices? - Confident Parenting in a World of Screens

Supporting your Child with Multiplication tables. 


On Tuesday 13th November 2018, the Multiplication Tables Check Assessment Framework was published by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). The aim of the framework document is to provide guidance to the test developers to help them develop fair and robust tests, but it also provides an excellent guide to what schools and teachers will be expected to have taught their pupils.

Assuming it gets parliamentary approval, the check will not be statutory until June 2020.

This means that our current Year 4 pupils do not have to complete the check, but that our current Year 3 pupils will have to complete the check.


It is therefore important to ensure that our Year 3’s  develop fluency in their multiplication facts this year. The curriculum suggests that by the end of Year 3, children should be fluent in the 2,3,4,5,8,10 times tables.


In school, we are working hard to develop and maintain children’s fluency with their multiplication tables with activities such as the Table Mountains. You can support your child at home by encouraging them to practice little and often – 5-10 minutes a day would help them to learn ( and more importantly, retain) their knowledge of times tables facts. Rote learning can be useful but it is better for children to know the facts in random order to be quicker at answering questions. This is where flashcards can be helpful as they can be shuffled for random practice.


It’s been confirmed that test will be fully digital and take place on screen. It will be available to use on laptops, desktops and tablets. To give you an idea of what the Multiplication test will look like and the speed with which the children will be expected to answer questions, use the following site. It may be useful as part of the children’s daily practice and can be used on tablets or PCs. 

Spelling difficult words - Make it an acrostic


Some words just don't follow a pattern and may be hard to sound out.  Sometimes, visualising a difficult word in a different way can suddenly make it stick. Create a phrase from each letter of a word and turn it into an acrostic, which can be easier to remember than the word itself. Try these, or have your child make up their own!


Ocean: Only Cats’ Eyes Are Narrow
Rhythm: Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move
Necessary: Never Eat Chips Eat Salad Sandwiches And Raspberry Yoghurt


Or. as we learned from one of the Chaffinch children this week, you can use an acrostic to help recall just a difficult part of a word.  For beautiful the eau pattern is hard to remember but not if you know that beautiful elephants and unicorns can help!

Another spelling idea - now the snow's gone you can use shaving/bath foam in the bath or shower.

Another spelling idea - now the snow's gone you can use shaving/bath foam in the bath or shower.  1

Spelling idea of the week:

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Please let us know if you enjoy this spelling art idea!

Mrs Dodds is looking for other innovative ways to help learn your weekly spelling patterns.  please let her have your ideas so she can share them on this page. 

Ideas to help learn spelling

Ideas for new reading books.