Friday Bulletin – 9th September 2016

9 September 2016

Welcome back to school after what I hope was an enjoyable summer break. It’s been fantastic to see the children so happy to return to school this week. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new starters in Early Years; they too have come in very happy and have settled remarkably quickly.

We have another busy year ahead of us at Kells Lane Primary School. We will continue to work hard to sustain the highest quality of education for your children. Our core purpose is to provide your child with a well-rounded curriculum and the highest quality teaching in order to maximise every child’s potential. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all children and are embracing the ‘Growth Mindset’ approach to teaching and learning. Pupils who embrace growth mindsets—the belief that they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere—may learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills. The concept of a growth mindset was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck. She writes:

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,”

The opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset. She explains a fixed mindset as follows:

“In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.”

You can read more about this approach by following this link:

I will be consulting with you on your views about homework in the coming weeks. I value your opinion on what would benefit your child and what you feel would be worthwhile and manageable at home. I will then use this information to modernise our current homework policy. Please look out for a questionnaire in your child’s book bag in the next few weeks.

Good luck to everyone taking part in this Sunday’s Great North Run.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs A Whistler




Dates for your diary for this half term:

Monday 12th September

·         Year 6 Evacuee experience in school

·         All classes will be celebrating the work of Roald Dahl this week to mark his 100th birthday

Wednesday 13th September

·         Year 6 trip to Beamish

Friday 16th September

·         Year 3 swimming starts

Monday 19th September

·         Talk Like A Pirate Day in Year 2

Tuesday 20th September

·         Dukeshouse Wood meeting for Year 4 parents – starts at 5pm

Wednesday 21st September

·         Electrical safety assembly and workshop (Y2 – Y6)

Thursday 22nd September

·         Meeting for parents of new Early Years pupils – starts at 1.30pm

Wednesday 28th September

·         Year 3 Roman Day in school

Thursday 29th September

·         Year 3 visit to Segedunum 

Monday 3rd October

·         Book fair in school this week

Tuesday 11th October

·         ‘Traditional Tales’ by Chris Connaughton in Year 1

Wednesday 12th October – Friday 14th October

·         Y4 residential trip to Dukeshouse Wood

Monday 17th October

·         Meeting for anyone interested in being a parent helper in school – starts 2.45pm

Tuesday 18th October

·         Early Years Harvest Assembly – parents welcome to attend – starts at 2.45pm

Wednesday 19th October

·         Year 1 Harvest Assembly – parents welcome to attend – starts at 2.30pm


Thursday 20th October

·         Year 2 Harvest Assembly – parents welcome to attend – starts at 2.30pm


Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October (inclusive)

·          Half term holiday