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January 2016 Newsletter

There is a lot in this letter about keeping safe and well so that we can all have a happy and healthy 2016.  When you leave school, please hold your child’s hand if they are young.  It is worrying to see 2 and 3 year olds running out of the gate and onto Corden Street.  Children of that age are unpredictable and could run into the road.  Please don’t let them run off as they leave school. 

Traffic is causing problems for children to cross Cambridge Street safely at the start and end of each day.  Please park considerately and consider the safety of all our children.

 

If your child is a little poorly, rather than them missing their learning, you could administer Calpol and send them to school.  Our medical assistant, Mrs. Muldoon, will keep an eye on your child at school.  We will always contact you if your child is unwell and needs to go home.

 

Just a reminder that we have a policy of no nuts or nut products on site.  Please check any birthday cakes etc you send in to be sure that they do not have nut allergy warnings on them.

According to researchers at Cardiff University, pupils are twice as likely to achieve above average results in school if they eat breakfast. The quality of the breakfast was also found to affect a child's academic success.  Eating unhealthy items like sweets and crisps for breakfast was found to have no positive impact on educational attainment.  The study, published in the Public Health Nutrition journal, examined the links between the breakfast habits of 5,000 nine to 11-year-olds from more than 100 primary schools in Wales, and their subsequent performance in Key Stage 2 tests later in the year.

Public health England have revealed that 5 year olds eat and drink their body weight in sugar every year.  Four to ten year olds consume over 5,500 sugar cubes a year, or around 22kg - the average weight of a five year old.  A new Sugar Smart app has been launched to help parents see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink.  The free app works by scanning the barcode of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams.  The Change4Life web site has created an eye-opening short film to warn parents about the health harms of eating and drinking too much sugar, including becoming overweight and tooth decay.

Please make sure that you if your child brings a packed lunch, it is healthy.  No sweets or fizzy drinks.  Cold chips and burgers are not an appetising or healthy choice, neither is chocolate spread and it also contains nut products.  Please send Muller fruit corners rather than the Muller yoghurt with sweets in the corner as these also may contain nut products. 

 

Please make dental and medical appointments for out of school hours so that children do not miss their learning.

We are all very proud of Arboretum.  Please make sure that your children wear their full uniform with pride including appropriate footwear.  We also have a policy regarding haircuts.  Hair should be of a natural colour and no shaved patterns, or different lengths on the scalp.

 

Young children who are strong readers are likely to make significant cognitive progress between the ages of 10 and 16 according to a large scale longitudinal study. It was found that children who read for pleasure tended to make the most progress between the ages of 10 and 16. Reading was most strongly linked to progress in vocabulary but had a link to maths progress. It was a stronger predictor of teenage academic progress than parents' levels of education. So – if you want your child to do well in their GCSEs, you need to encourage them to read for pleasure now!

 

On the last day before Christmas, we drew the tickets for the 4 prize winners.  They were very excited to be taken to Waterstones to choose a selection of books to the value of £20 each!  Many thanks to Mrs Wynn for escorting the children: Mohammed Omar FS2 (class 3), Sienna Freeman Y1 (class 4), Rafaih Abdul Y4 (class 12) and Natasha Ahmed Y5 (class 15).

 

A study has found that the pre-school and the early years home learning environment shaped students' GCSE attainment.  It showed that children attending any pre-school, compared to none, achieved higher total GCSE scores, higher grades in GCSE English and maths, and the likelihood of achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-C. The more months students had spent in pre-school, the greater the impact on total GCSE scores and grades in English and maths.  It also showed that positive parenting experiences, especially a more stimulating home learning environment when children were young, helped to promote better long term outcomes.

 

Our weekly after-school Homework clubs are to help you support your child’s learning.  If you are unable to attend at least 1 week in 4, then your child may lose their place.

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