September round-up

Dear Parents/ Carers,

September always brings change. This year at Central, we have welcomed many new families to the school, in nearly all of the classes. It is great to learn about where in the World they have joined us from and add more languages and diversity to our school. Nothing makes me prouder than seeing our children welcome new children to our school. They are relentlessly kind, warm and patient and you can see each new child feel instantly relaxed as they make friends and play. If any measure should be used to judge a school, it should be this. Our children are brilliant and we should continually celebrate their kindness.

At Easter, we made the decision to change the books in our school into notebooks. This decision was made to increase the usefulness of our books and to ensure that pupils were able to recall and reflect on their learning more effectively. Our new notebooks are developing well and we can already see how they are going to build independence and support our children to retain their learning over time. We are looking forward to sharing them at our open evening in November.

As well as notebooks, we have been developing the talk (Oracy) that our pupils use in school. We are focusing on pairs as a way to build talk in class. Our desire is to help all our pupils be confident speakers, who are not only articulate but now how to listen and respond to others. We hope you start to see the positive impact of this work at home soon.

September is usually a time of year when we give thanks for the harvest. This year it feels a little like we have sown the seeds of our new ideas. These ideas are now starting to sprout and I am looking forward to seeing how they grow.

Dr John Mynott

Our new Notebooks

Oracy in action in Monday Assembly

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