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Pupils given momentum to read more for pleasure!

This week has flown by, but that in no way means we have sped through our learning. It has been the first week of our Art and Design topic and pupils have been drawing portraits and learning all about the styles and techniques of a variety of different artists from Van Gogh to Britto. Will we be able to uncover the next artistic genius, I wonder? There have certainly been some quality early efforts.

On Tuesday, we had a very important visit from a Headteacher and her Deputy from a school in Bishop's Stortford (Windhill21), to provide us with some external validation of our Teaching and Learning quality. It was a fabulous opportunity to highlight all that I love about Homefield to somebody new and they were pleased with many things they saw. They have also given us some different things to work on to make our school even better. 

Thank you for some of your input on Radio Norfolk regarding the increased and diverted traffic around Homefield. Please keep your children safe on the way to school and be vigilant for motorists, who are taking increased risks at peak times. Hopefully, the radio article will heighten the need to improve the road disruption.

We are having a stronger drive on reading for pleasure in order to promote lifelong readers. We are encouraging your children to pick books and other reading material that appeals to them, no matter if it appears too hard or too simplistic. We are enabling them to relax in an environment of their choosing in a position which is most comfortable and supporting them to discuss what it is about the books that they enjoy. It has been great to hear children recommend books to others and seeing our staff model positive reading for pleasure to their classes. As parents you can join into, by talking about your own reading history with your children and sharing what appealed to you as a child with them. Happy reading!

Attendance this week was won by Year 3 with a whopping 100%. The Attendance Race is now tied between Years 3 and 4 with two stars a piece. Pleasingly, all classes were above the County threshold of 95%. 

Kingfishers claimed top spot on the House Point board, so well done to them. 

Next week, is the PTA disco - so let them know if you are able to help. I am sure there will be some staff available to bust some moves on the dancefloor. 

Have a restful weekend everyone.