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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Our school vision at St Joseph’s Catholic Infant school is to develop eloquent and truthful learners who are ambitious and capable. Eloquent in what they say of themselves and in  the relations between people and the world. To be eloquent in our Foundation Phase setting, children must learn to speak with confidence and then build on these skills to develop reading and writing skills.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

 

Collaboration with parents to develop ambitious, capable learners

During lockdown some children have flown with reading development, however, many for lots of different reasons have plateaued or regressed.

We would like all parents to work with us to help improve every child’s reading skills.

 

 

How?

Step 1: Be consistent. Read daily with your child 10- 15 mins

Step 2: Practise reading the Oxford Reading Scheme daily. It is always good to ‘walk ‘ through the book before reading, looking at pictures on the cover, and looking through the book together. Go over any tricky words. Set children up to achieve.

  • Read the story to your child, pointing under the words as you read
  • Re-read the story with your child, encouraging them to join in with repeated patterns
  • Give them lots of praise
  • Write in the Reading Record – share how the session went with your child’s teacher.
  • PLEASE remember to send book and reading record back on the designated day. We need to set them aside 48 hours before using.

Step 3: Log on to Oxford Reading Buddies for short burst 3 times a week. This is a fantastic resource which tracking shows is being underused. Logon codes will be resent later this week.

Step 4: Use flash cards sent home as a home learning tool. Make the activity fun. Keep it short, make it a game. Make additional flash cards if your child finds a word tricky. Help them recognise common words by sight. Make sure they know the names of the main characters.

Step 5: Use fun resources that surround us in a language rich world.  Teach them songs and nursery rhymes; clap rhythms of the words, help them to think of another word that begins with…

Make use of online resources such as:

·       BBC Bitesize has a good section on ‘Top tips to support your child’s reading at home’ which may be of help with strategies.

·       readingrockets.org has ideas for family reading activities.

·       The Pori Drwy Stori website has lots of activities/ideas for families (https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/poridrwystori/

·       The Literacy Trust also has information/support for parents (https://literacytrust.org.uk/)

Parents and Friends Meeting May 2019. What’s new?

Minutes for PTFA: 8th May 2019

Next meeting: Friday 7th June 2019 at 9:00 in Main School

Confirmed attendances for fete;

  • Surf School (Nick Thomas)
  • Theatre School (idea for them to run taster sessions for the children to take part throughout the afternoon).
  • Fire Services
  • Police

 

Ideas:

  • Mascots from local business/ bizzy bees (friends of the school) 1st refusal bring their mascots and to charge 50p for a photo.
  • Chloe found a business online which has rides and mascots free of charge for schools. (I will msg Chloe to find out if she has contacted them).
  • Leanne’s friend Danielle to do stall for bows & to approach Aberavon Quinns to see if interested in doing taster session.

All very positive so far.

 

Beach Walk:

PTFA meeting was called to arrange & plan the beach walk which was a great success from feedback I have received. Good turn out and lots of fun. Slight negative- Little confusion in regards to donation/sponsorship and perhaps food for thought for future things we organise.

 

Other ideas:-

Louise Griffiths (Secretary)has been made aware of a parent learning group which is running at another school (Central Primary). Theirs is mainly aimed at the early years (nursery/reception) they run a block of sessions to aid learning/teaching at home. It could be run quite informally by PTFA with perhaps one off “guests”. We could do tasters of jolly phonics so there would be opportunity for the adults to learn. Ideas of games to play…. ideas perhaps parents already do/ input from teachers also. There could be tea and coffee at the sessions and perhaps charge £2 a session with a drink & biscuit included. Perhaps run a block of 6-8 sessions. If it worked & there was demand other sessions could be run. Also if the sessions alternated the day….. there may be more chance of a wider catchment coming (granted parents may only attend one or two sessions that way but depending on numbers that may work out better).

 

Perhaps a family event which could take place early evening with a performer of some kind. Something that both children and adults would enjoy? Pay so much on the door or sell tickets with the usual drinks and snacks for sale and raffle.

 

Action:-

1.We need to schedule the next PTFA in prep for the fete as that will be here before we know it.

2.Could reminders also be sent this Friday (tomorrow) in regards to book day as a lot of parents on our group had forgotten.

 

  • Kind Regards always
  • Louise Griffiths – Secretary for PTFA
  • Frankie Boucher’s Mum

Inclement Weather

Dear Parents and Carers,

As there is a suggestion that we might have some bad weather on the way, I thought it would be a good idea to give an update on procedures.

Should weather conditions deteriorate to the extent that it would be unsafe to run school, please check the school texting service for updates. Mrs Jones and I will keep you informed.

We will also use The Wave and Swansea Sound Radio Stations to share essential information.

I am hoping that we will not need to use either service to close school.

 

Best wishes,

Ms Beaumont

Language and Play

Calling all Parents, Grandparents and Carers.

You are all welcome to attend our Language and Play ‘Speech, language and communication’ drop-in session this February (date tbc).

This is a great opportunity to discuss any worries or concerns you may have about your pre- school child with both a qualified speech and language Therapist and the Nursery teacher/s.

Language and Play is run every Wednesday* from 1.45- 3.15pm

*(Spring term sessions beginning Wednesday 9th Jan)

Language and Play

Language and Play in Saint Joseph’s Infant School

 

Would you and your child like to join us for some fun activities?

Sessions are FREE and last for about an hour.

Language and Play is a short programme for children aged 0-3 years.

We will share ideas and activities that will make a real difference to

both you and your child. Join us for sessions

 at: Saint Joseph’s Infant School

on: Wednesday at 1:15-3:15

We look forward to seeing you,

Ms. Beaumont,

Mrs D. Coughlin ( Nursery Foundation Team)