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Oak Bites 5th June 2020

OAK BITES 5th June 2020

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Dear Fair Oak Family,

Happy Friday!

The message below was shared on Wednesday’s Oak Bites but we wanted to ensure that everyone has had an opportunity to read this message regarding next year’s classes.

Classes for next year

Each year the children are put into new classes. Although the children haven’t completed a whole year with their current class due to the COVID19 situation, we will be splitting the children for September 2020 – which is in line with our colleagues at the infant school, who will be splitting their year two children for transition to us.

Why? Classes are split by three main factors:

  1. A mix of academic ability, so that children of all prior attainment levels can succeed
  2. Relationships and learning and/or social behaviours – these change yearly. Sometimes children’s learning/social behaviours change considerably in a school year for a number of reasons
  3. Friendships – as much as possible, we try to give your child the scope to choose a friend.

We split the classes each year because we have a holistic picture of what is happening in each class and indeed throughout the year group. As a parent you, rightly, will have your child’s best interest at heart which may be governed by friendship issues and/or perceived concerns with behaviour (learning and/or social). Whilst we clearly take this all on board, we have to look at every individual child, relating to the factors above, as well as the needs of the teachers – in that teachers may need to change year groups etc.

So why change then? Changes to classes are needed to redress the balance according to the three factors above. As parents, you may not know the full picture of the class or the year group, whereas we, as the educational professionals – who see the children daily in an educational context, do. That being said, you as parents may have communicated concerns about your child’s class placement throughout the year. Class splits, therefore, allow us to continue to redress the balance as best as possible.

I understand the logic over the class splits, but I’m really worried about how my child will cope with not knowing who his/her class teacher is, and who else will be in his/her class. Once classes have been split, your child’s new teacher will communicate with him/her via a new Purple Mash Blog. Whilst we are unable to share the names of children in each class group with your child due to data protection, s/he will be able to communicate with the new class group on Purple Mash.

So, will my child be able to decide who is in his/her class? The short answer is no, but your child will be able to select 5 friends. We will absolutely try our best to get at least 1 of their 5 friends into his/her new class.

How will my child be able to choose these friends?

Please speak to your child about the process – that they will be able to choose 5 friends from across the year group and that the school will do its best to get at least 1 of their choices in their class for next year. Once done, please complete the short survey monkey questionnaire (click here) by Midday on Monday 15th June. If this isn’t completed, we will not have choices from your child. Teachers will be creating the classes during the inset day on Friday 19th June. Once the choices have been made by the staff, they will not change.

As always, thank you for your support with this.

 

Year 6 children

Free School Meal food hampers will not be prepared for a child that is due to be in school as part of their Bubble - unless we have already been notified that the child will not be in. The children that are in school will be fed here, as usual. If you also have a younger child at our school, a hamper will still be prepared for them.

Transition to Wyvern

Wyvern have asked us to provide them with questions from the children regarding transition to Wyvern.

We have spoken to those in school this week to get their questions, and this will also be done for those year 6 children in school next week. However, if your child was not in school this week and will not be coming next week, please do email adminoffice@fairoak-jun.hants.sch.uk if your child has any questions that s/he would like Wyvern to answer. Please email your questions by 3pm on Tuesday FAO Mrs Gowers.

For those children who are not in school with their bubble, we would be grateful if they could keep up with our YouTube learning videos at home. This means that when they are back in school for their week, they will be up to date and the learning can continue! Thank you, we know that many demands are being made of you all at this time and we really appreciate your support with this.

For the next few weeks, there will be no set to dos on Purple Mash due to the increased demand of the planned work. However, please feel free to upload your child’s learning and comment on the blog.

 

Have a good weekend.

Mr De Silva

 

 

Please find attached the free Keep Calm and Make Music resources for the next week (Su 2 week 2) from Hampshire Music Service.

 This week we are sending you two Weekly Wonders.

  • Weekly Wonder – a themed learning resource designed to be used over several sessions based around a topic or the development of key musical understanding and skills

We hope that you and your children enjoy using these to develop their musical understanding and skills. We encourage you to send these to your children isolating at home as none of these resources are dependent on the children having prior musical knowledge or access to musical resources

 This week’s Keep Calm and Make Music instalments are:

Weekly Wonders:

  • Keep Calm and Make Music - weekly wonder - Read Write and Remeber Music - Notation - KS2

For the webpage where you can access all the resources sent out to date follow the link to http://hantsmusic.org.uk/makemusic/ and use the password musicfun.

 Each of our resources are in power point format so you simply need to "load, click and go". We hope you enjoy sharing these with your children.

 Advisory note to parents and teachers: we wanted to make you aware that these powerpoints have links to carefully chosen resources on youtube however we are not able to control the adverts that may sometimes appear at the start of a clip or comments written underneath.   

 Please also visit our Tuning In online music festival freely availabale for all Hampshire residents at this address

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshiremusic/news/22may20-tuning-in-summer-festival2020

or it can be found by visiting the HMS website and following the links to Tuning In

 In particular have a look at our 30 day Tuning in Challenge (see image below) with a short musical activity for everyday of June

 Here is the link to the HMS youtube channel where you can find our singing assemblies and much more besides

https://www.youtube.com/user/HantsMusServ

 Other resources you may like to look at are

BBC Ten Pieces At Home - Activities & Interactive Workshops

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces/ten-pieces-at-home/zjy3382

 Out of the ark Music@Home

https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/

 Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.  Keep smiling and Keep calm and continue to make music!

 

 

 

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