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National Storytelling Week; 26 January - 2 February 2019 

"Storytelling can be found enriching lives everywhere. The sharing between teller and listener empowers, feeding the imagination from one generation to the next.”

National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes (where this event has been steadily growing each year!) Wherever the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breathe of the teller and the ear of the listener.

National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly.

See a quote from The Society for Storytelling below:

'Over the past 25 years The Society For Storytelling has achieved much in its mission for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.      National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes (where this event has been steadily growing each year!) Where ever the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breathe of the teller and the ear of the listener. National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly.  Remember everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best and as it is only the beginning, the stories you will tell might begin with...Once upon a time or not in my time, not in your time but in someone's time... 

Enjoy! 

National Storytelling Week 2019 runs from January 26th to February 2nd . 

If you have a story to tell ~tell it.  If you don't, find someone to tell you theirs.

The children at Brabyns will be celebrating this week and we ask that you support by telling/sharing stories at home.  If you would like to come into school and share a story with your child's class, please contact their class teacher.  

Useful link: www.sfs.org.uk/national-storyt...

CAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) - parent guide

Please click here for information on CAT

Spelling Bee

The aim of the Spelling Bee is to promote Spelling within the School and support the children's learning and progress in spelling.  The words the children will be challenged with are taken from the following age appropriate most frequently used word lists:

Reception – First 100 hundred words

Year 1 & 2 - First 300 hundred words

Year 3 & 4 – Statutory words from National Curriculum

Year 5 & 6 – Statutory words from National Curriculum

You may wish to work with your child/children on learning or securing their spelling of these words. They will also continue to study the words in School as appropriate.

Some Handy Hints

Guided Reading

Reading really is amazing,  and is the key which unlocks the door to education.  In a bid to improve the children’s reading skills, a new Guided Reading policy was introduced at the start of 2017/18.  The purpose of the policy was to further enhance our teaching of reading, especially in terms of encouraging, developing and extending independent reading skills.   Read the latest Guided Reading Policy here.

We know that parents like to help their children however they can.  Please find the following suggested questions and activities, which support Guided Reading.  These questions and activities will be beneficial for developing your child/children’s independent reading skills. 

Guided Reading - Help for Parents

 

 

Learning Pit We often talk to the children about being in the ‘Learning Pit’ when they are working and this is a journey for them to climb out of to develop their understanding and in doing so they may make mistakes. Copies of this are up in classrooms and a copy of it can be viewed here.

 

Headteacher Assemblies - Mr Sanders, January 2018

My assemblies so far this term have focussed on children’s “Individual Liberty”, with the children reflecting on their aims for the year (Click here) who their heroes are and how they can be a hero and honesty. I use my assemblies in various ways to get messages and morals over to the children and more importantly to give them the chance to discuss and form their own opinions to help them make the right decisions in life. The base of the assembly may come from religious (incorporating different religions) stories from the past, stories I find or make up to support a point with the emphasis always to get the children to think for themselves. They also incorporate British Values.

The honesty assembly this week linked in to the Senior School exam process and was based around the moral: is it is best to do something fairly to the best of you capability, than to cheat and be awarded a prize.  My final question for the children to ponder is below – it brought up some interesting thoughts! Chat it through with your child/ren.

You are asked to complete a project on Victorians as a group of 4, with the main success criteria being teamwork and all contributing fairly. 2 of you are much more knowledgeable than the other 2 so do all the work. When you hand in the project Mr Higgins the teacher gives you all 20 House Points.

Questions we then discussed were - Is this fair? Is it cheating? Who is the cheat? Should you own up?

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