A reminder that we are a ‘nut-free’ school so please do not send any nuts into school as part of your child’s packed lunch. Nuts are one of the food allergens most often linked to anaphylaxis — a serious, rapid-onset allergic reaction that may be fatal.
The School Council and Miss Relph have decided to organise a Pyjama Day on Friday the 15th of February. You can wear your PJs all day with some clothes underneath so you won’t get cold.
Please bring donations, the max amount of money is £10. You can bring your slippers with you but come in your school shoes or trainers for outside. We are doing it to raise money for an outside reading area.
The School Council
We have now received the letter following the recent Ofsted Inspection. As it was a Short Inspection we receive a letter instead of a full report. We are really pleased with some of the observations that the Inspector made about the children and the school.
He noted that ‘the school is well led’, there is a ‘strong team ethic’, that ‘expectations are high’ and that ‘pupils enjoy school’ and ‘have good attitudes to learning. They are well motivated and keen to do well.’
Safeguarding was highlighted as a strength with the Inspector noting that ‘Keeping pupils safe has a high profile in the school’ and that ‘pupils feel safe and well cared for in school.’
The recommended next steps were ‘Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that the curriculum in all subjects is as well planned and sequenced as it is in English and mathematics, so that pupils’ learning and knowledge build logically and
systematically as they move through the school.’ This is an area that we had already identified as an area of development on our 2018-19 School Improvement Plan, where we had set target one to be to ‘Evaluate and develop curriculum planning further to ensure all subjects are taught with depth and progression and that all staff have a deep knowledge and understanding of all subjects.’
The full letter can be read here:-
We have been monitoring the weather forecast and with heavy snow forecast from 3pm we have decided to cancel this afternoon’s Care Club and Top Hat Theatre Arts. We apologise for any inconvenience but we want to minimise any risk of children and parents being caught in any rapid build up of snow. Please share.
The weather forecast suggests a chance of snow this week, so we thought it would be helpful to remind you of our school closure procedures in the event of severe weather conditions.
We have to weigh up many different risks regarding travelling to school, site safety and pupil supervision on site. Maintaining the level of learning is extremely important, but we have to balance that against the risks to our pupils and staff. Closing the school is the very last option for us. We know that for working parents when the school has to close this presents problems with regard to childcare, so the decision will not be taken lightly.
We keep up-to-date with forecasts and weather warnings, however some snow and ice conditions can be quite localised, especially in the Ditton Priors local area.
In the event of overnight snow, we endeavour to make an early decision regarding opening the school. If the decision is made to close the school, parents will be notified on:-
- Radio Shropshire: 96FM
- Shropshire Council Website: shropshire.gov.uk/school-closures
- School’s Website: www.browncleeschool.org.uk
- School’s Social Media (Twitter and Facebook pages)
When the weather forecast suggests that there is snow arriving during the school day, the decision to close or not, is much trickier and we can’t always get it right!
In the event of the school having to close after the start of the school day, parents will be notified by phone/social media and the school’s website, requesting parents to collect their child as soon as possible. We strongly advise that, if snow is forecast during the day, you monitor the above sources of information as the snow situation can change quite quickly in Ditton Priors. The safety of all children, staff and parents is our key priority.
Please do not ring school – we need to keep the lines clear for emergencies.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT CLOSING A SCHOOL IS NEVER A DECISION THAT IS TAKEN LIGHTLY; WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STAY OPEN.
Following our Curriculum Committee Meeting last night, where we reviewed progress on the School’s Development Plan, we thought it would be helpful to share the presentation given to parents to help offer strategies and guidance with helping your child read. This includes information on the teaching and pronunciation of phonics, as well as ideas to help engage children with the content of the text including questioning and prompts for working out tricky words.
We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our survey on reading at home. We have also carried out a survey with pupils in school, as we want to find out if there is anything that we can do to help encourage children to read more, and to allow us to help support families in promoting comprehension skills.
Here are the results of the survey:-
We have been investigating longer than and shorter than this afternoon, ensuring we use longer instead of bigger, and shorter instead of smaller, as we want to use proper maths words. We found lots of comparisons.
Class 1 and 4 are enjoying their first buddy read of 2019! There are lots of good questions and heaps of encouragement, as well as mountains of enjoyment!
Enjoy singing? Come and join our lovely community choir – all ages, any ability, families welcome. We rehearse every Tuesday in term time 6 -6.45pm at Brown Clee Primary school – no audition just turn up. For more information contact Karen Kirkland by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The local choir recently had a very successful Xmas Concert performing with OfOne Accord and Stompers, and they would love to have more involvement, from children, adults or both! See if you can spot Hetty in the performance – she would love it if more of her classmates joined!
We recently held a workshop to provide guidance on how to help your child read, aimed at parents of infant children. We thought, in light of our drive to help raise the profile of the importance of quality reading, we would share some feedback from a parent that attended. Thank you to Mr Hurst for taking the time to send the feedback in, and if any parents can think of any other areas that they would like support with please do let us know!
At Brown Clee, reading is a key part of the English curriculum, with reading happening at all times in all classrooms. We recognise the huge importance of reading as there is overwhelming evidence that literacy has a significant relationship to people’s life chances.
Parents are the most important reading role models for children and young people, yet according to the Reading Agency, only 1 in 5 parents easily find the opportunity to read to their children.
We would really like to find out if there are any barriers to children receiving quality reading time at home in order to be able to help, so would really appreciate it if parents could spend a few minutes completing this survey about Reading, one per child please. There is also a paper copy being sent home.
A big thank you to Mrs Smith, for noticing in our letter regarding PE uniform and jewellery, that we had erroneously copied and pasted information that is now out of date – and that the PE T-shirt is green and not white! I hope that this hasn’t caused too much confusion, it is a rather busy time of year!
Wow – what amazing effort has gone in to decorating the Christmas Jam Jars for our Xmas Fair on Sunday at Cleobury North Village Hall between 9am and 1pm. These are beautiful, festive and make you smile! What’s even better is they are full of sweets! There are 3 winning jars – ‘Most Original’, ‘Most Festive’ and ‘Most Humorous’! Come along to Well Done Assembly tomorrow to find out who the winners are, and then come along to the Xmas Fair on Sunday and buy one of these stunning Christmas Jam Jars full of goodies!
Our first team of Brown Clee Buddies have been enjoying visiting the residents of Ditton Priors Care Home on Tuesday afternoons. This is a new initiative where a small team of Class 4 pupils spend sometime with the residents of the Care Home, reading stories, sharing some colouring-in, playing games and just enjoying a chat and getting to know each other. So far there have been lots of smiles, and informative, caring conversations!
Class 1 enjoyed going for a hunt to find 3D shapes this afternoon! We found lots of cubes, cuboids, cylinders and even cones! It was so exciting!
Our reception children had a great time at Forest School this morning, where they worked together to make bird feeders out of solids and liquids, as well as enjoying some free time where they created animal nests by digging homes and created some lovely role-play stories together.
They enjoyed sharing their activities in Circle Time, where they spoke articulately and listened attentively to each other’s recounts.
Don’t forget to come along to our ‘Help Your Child Read’ session this evening at 6pm in school! We will teach you a bit about phonics, as well as help with ideas of how to really encourage your child to ‘get into’ books! Plus show you some useful websites that can help.
Class 3 held a special Victorian Day today, where all the children and staff dressed up in Victorian clothing and carried out Victorian activities. Mrs Heath looked very strict and even had a cane! In the afternoon, they held a Victorian party, where they played games like pin the tail on the donkey and Wheres’s Moriarty?! They then enjoyed afternoon tea with Victoria Sponge Cake! A spiffing day!
Class 1 have been enjoying creating 3D shapes this afternoon. There was lots of of collaboration and excitement when we found lots of other shapes too, like squares and rectangles!
We have our new Culture Corner! This half term we are going to be finding out all about Krgyzstan! It looks a beautiful country!
Unfortunately we have had to reschedule the ‘Help Your Child Read’ workshop that was due to be held this Wednesday at 6pm. The new date for this session is now Wednesday 21st November at 6pm in school. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause, and hopefully you can still attend.
The presentation and any accompanying leaflets will also be made available on the school website.
A massive thank you to everyone from the School Council, as with your help they have managed to raise £153.05 towards creating an outdoors reading area for everyone!! A great achievement and the School Council were brilliant co-ordinators!