• Place available in Year 3 for Sept - email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Junior - 27 January

27 January 2012

Dear Parents,

There has been a little confusion recently about homework and if I’m honest I think that I may have been responsible for the confusion.  I suppose it all comes down to definitions.  If we define homework as any school task carried out at home then we certainly do have homework.

I believe that it is really important that some tasks happen at home. This is in order to consolidate learning from school; be confident readers and spellers and know how to research and produce a project from their topic using their resources.

To this end all children will be encouraged to read at home. In the earliest year this will be sharing the books with a parent, moving through to our oldest children, who I hope will be reading age appropriate books for their personal pleasure, as well as to continuing to improve their literacy. Of course, we would still hope that they will read aloud with you and be read to.

Initial spellings will be brought home as well as phonics. After the major and minor spelling rules have been addressed, many of the lists may be connected to words from their topics and learning areas for that week.

As the children move through the school multiplication tables and facts are added into the mix.  Complete recall of tables is a really useful aid to maths and they help the children with mental manipulation of numbers.

Finally in the upper years of the juniors we give children the opportunity to prepare part of their topic as a homework task.

With all these homework tasks, we still want children to have a happy and fulfilling childhood and use their leisure time to the full. Most of these tasks will be on the ‘Just to let you know’ pages.  Please look each week.

So there it is - we do have homework; it is well focused, relevant, useful and not onerous.  I would like to thank all parents for their partnership in their child’s learning.

With best wishes, Richard

Week commencing Monday, 30th January
Wednesday 1st February - 3MG and 4A swimming
Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm - Parenting Workshop

Please note the change of date for this event:
Surviving Parenting in 2012 On Thursday 2nd February at 7pm in the HT hall there will be a session for any parents who wish to attend. This will be run by Sam Allen, our Home School Link Worker and Mary. We will be looking at a variety of parenting issues: peer pressure, how to say “no” positively, how we can help transition to secondary school etc. Please email maryb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you think you will be able to attend, so we have some idea of numbers.

Cross Country
Congratulations to our team of runners who participated in the Surrey Schools Cross-Country run at Reigate Priory last Saturday. Outstanding individual performances from Thomas Naisby who came 2nd and Freddie Esplen who came 4th and together with Bo Beynon and Sam Hallam the boys team achieved 1st place overall.
Swimming Gala
Great to see 29 of our children enjoying a swimming gala at Cranmore this week.
Well done to everyone who took part, there was a great team spirit!
Well done to all 31 of our Year 5 and 6 netballers who played in a mini tournament at Tormead on Wednesday. It was very enjoyable and the girls all valued the experience. Good luck to the Year 5 team who are playing in the Rydes Hill Tournament on Saturday.

Get Set
Holy Trinity Pewley Down have joined the Get Set network in the run up to the Olympic Games.
It promises to offer some exclusive opportunities and resources for our children to keep the excitement going throughout the year. We are already planning our curriculum week commencing 9th July which this year has an Olympic theme. It will incorporate our sports day which will have a different format so watch this space!

The library system has now gone online and can be accessed from home. You can see what books your child has out and what they have borrowed in the past. There are lots of new features, some of which I am still playing with. I am gradually showing everyone how it works.  Children can log on by putting their library number into both the Username and Password boxes. If they want to find out what their number is they can either ask me or look in the yellow file on my desk which is arranged in class order.  The link needed is:  http://u005614.microlibrarian.net.

Parents have raised concerns regarding the amount of time their children are spending on line.  We have recenly been made aware of a program called GroundHog  that may help. It is a free, simple to install application that allows parents to limit the time children can access the internet for.  Children can pause their time allocation to eat dinner, do homework, etc then return to the remaining time.  It doesn't however allow you to select specific time windows for different days at this stage. There are more sofiticated programs that you can buy if you choose to but GroundHog is a great starting point to set a daily time limit. http://mediavention.com/groundhogmain.html


  • Pair of George Asda shoes with Velcro straps, size 5.  If you have seen these shoes, please let the office know. Thank you.
  • A Keller sweatshirt belonging to Jack Jones. Please return it to the office if you have it.

Valentine's Day Movie Night
Stuck for somewhere to go this year, or perhaps finding it hard to afford a night out in this troubled times - look no further! Christ Church in Waterden Road is hosting a romantic evening out on Valentine's Day, Feb 14th. For just £2 per couple come and watch a movie on the big screen - this includes a glass of wine each and nibbles. Film is "Midnight in Paris" (tbc). Doors open at 7.45 for 8pm film start. Tickets on sale from the Church (Box) Office, G. 567072 - email office@christchurchguildford.com, more details from Michael Tame (Geraldine's husband) on 07795173161, michael@christchurchguildford.com. Numbers are limited so first come first serve.

Surrey Arts Open Rehearsal
ll string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and levels of experience are invited to an open rehearsal with the Surrey Arts orchestras and ensembles at Tillingbourne Junior School, Chilworth on Wednesday February 8th 2012 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. There is no charge - just bring your instrument. If you have any questions please call 01483 518099