6th January 2017 newsletter

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Just before Christmas we asked you if you had any transport toys that you could donate to the school. We are trying to fill a box with transport toys for the playground. Maybe now that Christmas has been and gone you may have some new toys and could possibly part with some of the older ones. If so please send them in to school for a new lease of life on the playground. Thanks.

If you would still like to buy a copy of the Winter Show DVD please complete the disclaimer/order form and return it to school with your payment.

After school clubs start again on 10th January. If you would like your child to be considered for a place please complete the form and return to the school office.

You have recently received a form asking for information about your child’s country of birth and nationality. This is information that we must now include on the annual school census. Please can you complete the form and return it to school.

If it is necessary for your child to be administered medication during the school day then it must be sent in the original box/packaging that the medication was dispensed from the chemist. A prescription label must be displayed on the box or bottle with the correct dosage and instructions. If medication is sent in incorrectly parents or carers will be contacted by the school and asked to come in and medicate your own child. If you cannot be contacted the school may not be able to medicate your child that day. This is WSCC policy and is to safeguard both the pupils and the staff.

We are in the process of transferring our curriculum over to the new Onwards and Upwards Assessment tool. English, Maths, Science, Computing and Communication are already being assessed using our new stage format. Following the recommendations of the Rochford review we are now assessing using Stages. These have replaced the former P-Levels. The Stage approach we have starts from the old P-Level 3i and tracks progress to year 4 age expected profiles.

We have worked really hard as a school team and quality assured our work with other local special schools to ensure our assessment process is rigorous and up to scratch – it is something we are very proud of and we can now celebrate both the big and small steps our children make.

We set targets for our children at the start of each year and support our children to make rapid and sustained progress. This is approximately 60% progress for most of our children which is predicted inline with National Guidance and our work with other special schools. At the end of year 2 our children are given a predicted year 6 target which enables us to make sure we are always providing the best opportunities for the children at Manor Green. We are continuing to work on the assessment tool and are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Dates for your diary

  • Friday 17th February – inset day
  • Mon 20th February to Friday 24th February – Half Term
  • Friday 7th April – last day of term

Happy Birthday to you

Only Aaron in Lilac has had a birthday this week.

We hope you had a lovely day.