Monthly Archives: May, 2017

How to Talk to Children about Difficult News

Good Morning Parents and Carers
This week has been incredibly difficult for everybody and understandably our children are going to ask us lots of questions which we might find hard to answer. Please follow the link below for some advice on how to manage this;

Half-term fun!

Not sure what to do over half-term?

Here are a few ideas;

Calling all Year 2-perfect to follow up your habitats topic!

Minibeast Week at Staunton.

Bugs and beasties everywhere! Enjoy minibeast themed crafts and have your face painted. Follow our Minibeast Super Power Trail and meet some of our biggest bugs! Price: Normal admission applies. Small charge for some crafts and activities. All children must be supervised by an adult.

  • Contact Staunton Country Park
  • Phone 023 9245 3405

‘Families’ have lots of ideas. Pick up a magazine from Reception, or follow the link to the website;

Information on fun half term activities and childcare can be found at

Don’t forget to visit your local library. Does your child like Elmer? Then you might like to do this on Saturday May 27th for free;

Elmer Day at Leigh Park Library
Join us in celebrating our favourite patchwork elephant!
Join us for a morning of Elmer themed crafts to celebrate our favourite patchwork elephant, including making masks and a hunt to find Elmer around the library. Drop in between 11am and 12noon on Saturday 27 May.
For more information please contact the library.
Cost: Free
Contact: Leigh Park Library

Have fun!

Prevent Strategy

What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a Government strategy designed to stop people supporting extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of extremism, including political and religious extremism.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect them from the other aspects of modern society that may be a danger to our children. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves. We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include;
• Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
• Challenging prejudices and racist comments
• Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
• Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014 and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. British values include:
• Democracy
• The rule of law
•Individual liberty and mutual respect
•Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school. If you are interested in reading the Government’s full document, this can be accessed using the link below;



Improving Attendance at School

What can parents and carers do to ensure good attendance at school?

*Parental attitude has a key influence on a child’s school attendance and parents/carers can do much to encourage even reluctant pupils to attend.

*Good school attendance habits are best started early. Children learn from those around them and you as parents/carers set the standards and expectations for your child.

*Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly at school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment.

*Read the school attendance policy and follow procedures set down by the school. Always ring school and ask for advice about illness with regards to attendance if you are unsure what to do.

*Be organised, consistent and create good routines for mornings at home so that your child can arrive on time and they are properly equipped; this will also mean your mornings can start calmly too.

*Make time to encourage and show interest. Chat to them about the things they have learnt, what friends they have made and even what they had for lunch! Remember children can be tired when coming out of school, so a short chat over a snack, or later that evening, may produce a better result than a long list of questions when they first come out of school.

*Check book bags, diaries, Blogs on the website etc. for all school communications.

*Attend school open evenings and functions.

*Check your child understands the home learning and that it has been completed. Support them in completing home learning by creating a calm space for them to work in and set specific times during the week when this can be done.

*Share any education concerns your child, or you may have with the appropriate member of school staff. Don’t leave things to build up in to larger problems.

*Avoid absence from school wherever possible – try to make doctors and dental appointments out of school hours.

*Of course occasional bouts of illness can happen. Lots of fresh air, exercise and a balanced diet can help to reduce illness.

*Unnecessary absence means your child will miss out on learning opportunities and this will affect their chances in life. They will also learn that education is not the main priority within the family. This can have a lifelong effect.