Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a fantastic and motivating two weeks in school. Everyone should be very proud of their efforts in and out of the classroom!

Respect

During the month of November we are focusing on the value of respect in school. The children have been fantastic in recognising that if we are to be able to be a living example of this value we have to be kind. Kind words, thoughts and actions towards ourselves, each other and the environment. The children have had access to some very thought provoking assemblies led by different staff.

Inside the four walls of the classroom and outside on the playground is where the magic happens! 

Along with other senior staff, I have been busy visiting a number of different classes across the school to see learning in action, visiting lessons and meeting with children and their books to discuss the different opportunities they have in a range of subjects. The children I have met are developing their confidence and ability to converse about their learning, their successes and the things they may need to do next in order to improve further. It has been pleasing to see and hear about the progress they are making in school.

Class blogs

The class blogs on our school website provide an insight into what has been taking place in and out of the classroom. Please take some time to have a look at this section of the website as it may assist parents and carers as a springboard into a conversation with your child about what is happening in school.

Loud and proud in Year 4 Linden

On Tuesday afternoon the children from Year 4 Linden Class shared some of their learning from different curriculum areas with parents, carers and the rest of Key Stage 2. I was particularly impressed with their voice projection and the huge number of parents that were in school to enjoy this opportunity. Well done to the children and staff in Year 4 Linden Class.

Remembrance Day

On Thursday 11th November and over the last few weeks the children have been learning about the importance of this special day. The respectful behaviour and learning opportunities the children have had linked to this have been very thoughtful and special. Thank you to all those who have purchased items to support the Poppy Appeal.

Amazing displays 

Over the last few weeks I have seen some amazing displays created that reflect the current learning of the children and the high standards they are achieving. Huge thanks to the teaching staff for taking the time to celebrate learning this way to make our learning environment reflective of the high expectations we are aiming to achieve.

 

Fantastic Family Workers 

From regular coffee mornings to thought provoking courses, our school family workers are here to help all families at Wigmore. They have been working incredibly hard over the last few weeks to ensure they continue to support families who are facing a number of different challenges. If you ever feel you need any support, for any reason, our family workers can signpost you to a number of different services and most importantly they are often available to listen.

On Thursday 2nd December at 9 am Mrs Clark, Susan and Trezett will be running a course on developing speech, language and communication. The course is open to all families and will provide helpful tips on how to support your child develop good skills in this area.

The Back Page!

Huge well done to the Key Stage 1 children who took part in the indoor athletics festival at Inspire on Wednesday.

Huge well done to the children who have been putting in maximum effort to their swimming lessons since the beginning of this year. Swimming is such an important life skill and it has been great to hear about the pleasing progress they are making after an extended period of time of not being able to go swimming.

Our before and after school clubs for sport are very popular! It is great to see such a huge number of children involved in physical activity. The benefits of regular physical activity are wide reaching!

I was also fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the Year 6 Dance group who will be representing Wigmore at a local dance festival very soon. Their skill level, agility, energy and enthusiasm is amazing!

Massive thanks to Mr Marshall, Miss Williams and Mr Addison for their willingness to make the magic happen in sport so regularly.

 

Clubs 

Thursday after school is a real treat being able to listen to our wonderful school choir in their preparations for Christmas and the Young Voices performance which is taking place in January in Birmingham.

Mr Omer and Mrs Porteous-Heath have kindly volunteered to open our school library every Tuesday after school for families. This will help your child achieve the Give Me Ten reading milestones! 10 minutes of reading at home every day will have a positive impact on your child’s learning.

Foot paths around the school 

As the weather starts to close in some of the grassy areas are becoming soft and slippery under foot. There is a lot of parent and carer foot traffic on site of a morning and at the end of the day. I have noticed the path up to the back gate is rather narrow and can be congested when people are trying to pass one another. It is important that we all consider the space we have to ensure everyone can stay on the path. If you have a push chair please consider walking in single file to allow others to pass safely.

The Gold Book

Well done to the following children who have been in the Gold Book this week.

Class 12th November 19th November
Acorns (Reception) Amanah Ayrah
Conkers (Reception) Elijah Ibrahim
Pine (Reception) Rafsan Darius
Poplar (Year 1) Angela Leunisa
Rowan (Year 1) Evie Tyler
Yew (Year 1) Macy Toby
Aspen (Year 2) Adeline Layla-May
Hazel (Year 2) Kaiden Nimmy
Juniper (Year 2) Lily Malina
Elm (Year 3) Victoriya Daniel
Maple (Year 3) Aryan Darsh
Willow (Year 3) Grace Nouri
Beech (Year 4) Sophia Louie
Hawthorn (Year 4) Sulaiman Cristi
Linden (Year 4) Emily Sam
Holly (Year 5) Saleh Kenzie
Lime (Year 5) Alayna Ruby
Oak (Year 5) Jaydon Gabriela
Alder (Year 6) Bogdan Saphia
Ash (Year 6) Leon Mireia
Birch (Year 6) Kai Emily

House Points

The children have been working incredibly hard in school to earn points for their House!

Week beginning Aviators Brewers Mechanics Plaiters
8.11.21 712 – WINNERS! 678 673 683
15.11.21 446 – WINNERS! 269 293 234

ATTEND TO ACHIEVE!

 487 (WB 8.11.21) and 481 (WB 15.11.21) children’s names were entered into our attendance “Wheel of Fortune” family prize draw.

At Wigmore we have to aim to be here every day! Excellent attendance is 97% or above. There are strong links between good attendance and good progress in school, both academically and socially.

Attendance for this school year at Wigmore stands at 94.6% which is slightly above the national average. At Wigmore we do not want to be slightly better than average – we want to be the best we can possibly be and reach our school target of 97%.

Class WB 8.11.21 Comment WB 15.11.21 Comment
Acorns (Reception) 94.1% Must improve! 93.7% Must improve!
Conkers (Reception) 96.2% Almost there! 82.8% Must improve!
Pine (Reception) 93.4% Must improve! 85.7% Must improve!
Poplar (Year 1) 95.5% Must improve! 95.1% Must improve!
Rowan (Year 1) 92.4% Must improve! 91% Must improve!
Yew (Year 1) 95.9% Must improve! 91.9% Must improve!
Aspen (Year 2) 97.9% Outstanding! 97.9% Outstanding!
Hazel (Year 2) 91.3% Must improve! 88% Must improve!
Juniper (Year 2) 90.7% Must improve! 91.1% Must improve!
Elm (Year 3) 94.3% Must improve! 94.7% Must improve!
Maple (Year 3) 99% WOW! 95.5% Must improve!
Willow (Year 3) 96.7% Almost there! 97.3% Outstanding!
Beech (Year 4) 92.1% Almost there! 97.9% Outstanding!
Hawthorn (Year 4) 93.9% Must improve! 95% Must improve!
Linden (Year 4) 93.9% Must improve! 94.2% Must improve!
Holly (Year 5) 93.8% Must improve! 91.2% Must improve!
Lime (Year 5) 88.3% Must improve! 95.8% Must improve!
Oak (Year 5) 96.2% Almost there! 98.7% Outstanding!
Alder (Year 6) 93.8% Must improve! 96.9% Almost there!
Ash (Year 6) 97% Outstanding! 95.6% Must improve!
Birch (Year 6) 93.9% Must improve! 99.3% WOW!
Whole school 94.3% Must improve! 93.9% Must improve!

Lateness = lost learning!

5 minutes late every day 3 days of learning lost
10 minutes late every day 6 and half days of learning lost
15 minutes late every day 2 weeks of learning lost
20 minutes late every day 19 days of learning lost

Days off school = lost learning!

97% to 100% attendance  Excellent attendance! This is our goal!
95% attendance  10 days of learning lost per year
90% attendance 19 days of learning lost per year
85% attendance 29 days of learning lost per year
80% attendance 38 days of learning lost per year
75% attendance 47 days of learning lost per year

With thanks for your continued support,

Mr Johnston