Newsletter 12 – February 2017

Dear Parents 
We are now halfway through this academic year already! The children have had a very busy term with lots of fantastic learning taking place: Chestnut have been carrying out a Polar topic. Maple have been learning about Flax Bourton and the City of Bristol. Willow have been learning about different types of houses. Beech have been learning about the Lost World in particular the Egyptians and Oak have been learning about the body under the topic of Knowing Me, Knowing You. Lots of trips and activities outside of the classroom have taken place, along with visitors coming into the school to share their knowledge. The children have created some wonderful work linked to their topics.
As part of our ‘Learning Without Limits’ approach we have shown the children a short clip called Austin’s Butterfly: This focuses on critique and feedback amongst children and shows the importance of redrafting and improving their work.  It can sometimes be a challenge to get children to revisit work and we are keen to support them to understand why it is such a valuable thing to do following feedback (from peers or adults).  Please do have a look at the video link (it’s not very long) and talk about the message within it with your child.  If you have any questions please do ask your child’s class teacher.
Thank you to all those parents that attended the maths evening. We have had lots of positive feedback about how valuable it was to see how your child learns maths at Flax.
Please can we remind you of our sickness policy; if your child has been sick or has had diarrhoea they must not be in school for 48 hours after their last ‘episode.’ We have to enforce this policy to ensure that illnesses do not spread throughout the school, which it can very easily with children. 
Please can we also remind you about parking safely and considerately outside the school. Please do not park on the corners of the roads or on a junction as this causes a safety hazard to people crossing the road. Please can you also park away from the crossing points directly outside of school to help to provide a safer crossing area.
Many thanks for your cooperation on both of the above matters.
Have a lovely half term break and re-charge all batteries!
Best wishes Jane Bennett

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