Friday, 29 November 2013

Mrs Dean

Yesterday we unveiled a bench dedicated to Mrs Dean, which will kept in the allotment area. We asked a representative from the Ellenor Hospice to attend too and  presented her with a cheque for £950.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

How can I encourage my child to write at home?

Write yourself! Set an example by letting your children see you writing letters, both formal and informal, filling in forms and even shopping lists. Involve your children in all those daily activities which need written communication. Let them add to letters you write to relatives and friends. Perhaps you've always wanted to write a short story? Try it. Read it to your children and see what they think of it. Let them see that making changes can improve it.

Simple things can make writing easier and more enjoyable:

  • Provide a good place for your child to write - a desk or table with a smooth surface and good lighting
  • Provide plenty of materials - pens and pencils of various colours and kinds, pads of paper, a diary to keep, attractive stationery and envelopes. For older children a dictionary and thesaurus are useful.
  • Give them plenty of time to write - people often need lots of thinking time, so be patient!
  • Respond to your child's writing. Concentrate on what they have written, rather than on how they have written it - focus on the contents, not the grammar, spelling or handwriting.
  • Praise your child - say something positive about what they've written.
  • Encourage your child to write a journal or a private diary - if not every day, then perhaps of special events or a holiday. Encourage them to write postcards, thank-you letters to relatives for presents, to make lists, or copy favourite poems or song lyrics.
  • If they like to draw or make collages, encourage them to mix writing in with their pictures, perhaps describing what they've drawn, or telling a story and illustrating it.

Santa's Elves - taking part in Gravesham Council's World Record Attempt

On Friday 22nd November our School Councillors took part in Gravesham Council's World Record Attempt to set the largest gathering of Santa's Elves in one place!  They patiently waited in the cold to join in the fun attempt in the town.  It seems we were amongst over 900 elves and helped to break the record!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dress Down Day - Friday 22nd November

This Friday 22nd November our Friends of Wrotham Road Primary School Association are organising a 'Dress Down Day', when children may wear their own clothes into school and bring in a donation for the 'Room of Secrets' at the Christmas Craft Fair please.  This only needs to be a small gift (any clean, unwanted toys/gifts; or gifts 50p-£1 maximum).  Thank you.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Road Safety Week- 18-24th November

Here are our top tips to help you stay as safe as possible:
1. Hold hands with your mum, dad or carer and make sure little children hold hands too.
2. Think hard about where you are going and how you are going to get there using pavements and crossing roads at the safest places, like crossings with traffic lights. If you're not sure which way is safest, ask an adult before you set off. 
3. Always stop, look and listen before crossing a road. Never cross if you are not sure it is safe. If your friends cross when it's not safe, don't follow them. 
4. Play in the park, not near or on a road. Never play about near roads, even if your friends do.
5. If you ride a bike, always wear a cycle helmet and a high visibility vest. Don't cycle on roads that are really busy or have fast traffic on them.

6. If you are in a car, you need to use a child or booster seat if you are smaller than 150cm tall. 
7. Help your mum, dad or carer drive safely. Ask them to drive at 20mph or slower around homes, schools and shops, and to slow down on country roads too, in case there are people about. Ask them to never use a mobile phone while driving. 
7. Ask your mum, dad or carer if you can travel by train or bus instead of by car. Trains and buses are safer and more fun, and better for the environment. Or if it's a short journey and there are safe pavements, ask if you can walk together.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

E- Safety advice

Dear Parents,   
You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. 
As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our pupils’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent you can play a significant part in ensuring this. We have recently received information regarding a number of our children being exposed to sites that one would not wish them to have access to. 
Here are just a few simple steps to help keep them safe and give young people the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter while on the internet:
  1. If you do not wish for your child to be able to access any inappropriate content online, please ensure that their computers, laptops and other devices with internet access are all fitted with parental controls.
  2. You can find free downloadable versions online or you can contact your internet service provider (such as BT, Talk Talk, Sky) for more information. Some ISP’s allow security changes in your router that will block inappropriate websites, your service provider will be able to talk you through those steps.
  3. As a minimum, please set parental controls on your search engines, youtube account and the mobile phone your child uses.
  4. One of the most popular search engines in the world is Google. You can visit Google’s informative safety centre for simple step by step guides –

Friday, 8 November 2013

Visiting Author Promoting Writing

Meg Harper

Meg Harper is a children’s author, workshop facilitator and story-teller. She also runs a thriving youth theatre.  She has written a variety of fiction and non-fiction for ages 4 – 15 and has been short-listed for several awards. Her most recent book is a biography of Elizabeth 1st for children. Her next book will come out in January 2014 and is called 'Roxanne and the Fairy Godbrother.' Meg visited our school today and spoke to all the Key Stage 2 children about her books and becoming an author, she then carried out two workshops with chosen gifted and talented children in year 5 and 6.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Year 2 - School Trip- Science Museum

Year 2 visited the 'Launchpad' at the Science Museum in London.  We then looked at 'old' technology in 'The Secret Life of the Home'.

Year 3- IPC Entry Point

We looked at 5 pieces of cut up art work. We had to see if we could put the puzzle back together and then we worked as a group to recreate the art work.

Year 6- Entry Point

Fascinating Forces

Highland Games Winners!

Seven Year 6 children took part in the 'Highland Games' competition yesterday and won! 
Well done.

Headteacher Reading Competition Winners

Where is the most unusual place that you can read a book?

Year 1- Entry Point IPC

Making toys for the magic Toymaker!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Year 1- Trip To The Toy Museum

IPC- New topics for this term

Year 1- The Magic Toymaker
Year 2- It's shocking
Year 3- Paintings, pictures and Photographs
Year 4- Turn it up
Year 5- Weather and climate
Year 6- Fascinating Forces

Michael Morpurgo

November 2013 sees a month-long celebration of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful stories, marking his 70th birthday this year. We’re inviting book lovers, schools, libraries and bookshops nationwide to take part and celebrate 30 unmissable books by one of our greatest writers for children.
Throughout November the Michael Morpurgo website is hosting free teacher resources, brand new author videos, audio downloads and competitions, focussing on a different book each day. From War Horse to Beowulf and The Butterfly Lion to Kensuke’s Kingdom, celebrate 70 years of Michael Morpurgo’s stories this November...
Here is the link:-