Newtletter - Thursday 22nd September 2016

Dear Parents,

We are an ECAR School!

‘Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!’

ECAR stands for ‘Every Child a Reader’. This is a literacy programme which has been running since the 1970s across the world. Through all the data that has been collected they can show how pupils who are taught using ECAR programmes make better progress than their peers they also retain their literacy skills better. It is both a Reading and a Writing programme.

How did that happen?

Mrs E is a trained Reading Recovery Teacher. This means she studied for a Masters level course for a year to develop her skills helping children to read. The part of ECAR she runs daily 1 to 1 sessions in reading and writing for Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. Because she is a Reading Recovery qualified teacher we can also train more staff in other special programmes that are called ‘ECAR’ programmes. These are in the infants as well as the juniors.

So what does this mean for my child?

Over the coming year staff will be attending a range of training for both juniors and infants. This training will be early communication skills for Reception and Year 1 staff, Reading Recovery training for all staff and Comprehension training for junior staff. By the end of this school year we aim to be running ECAR booster groups across the school. So that as time passes we can truly say at Pear Tree School ‘Every Child is a Reader!’

How are pupils selected to be part of this programme?

Reading Recovery pupils are specially selected by Mrs E working with staff and Mrs Wrenshall, our Special Needs Teacher. Other interventions will be developed in the same way. However every child will in time benefit from improved staff confidence in how to help every child grow in confidence with reading and writing.

How can parents help?

Keep reading; anything and everything at home. The more children read the better they get. We know it’s not always easy and are happy to help but regular reading at home is proven to be one of the biggest help to children in the juniors as well as the infants.

Are you going to help parents?


On Wednesday November 9th we will be hosting a ‘Family Learning Event’ this is aimed at sharing strategies we know work, explaining and demonstrating Reading Recovery and giving parents an opportunity to take part in building comprehension skills with their children. Keep the date free more details will be sent out closer to the time.

We need your help!

We are still very short of reading Parents and Grandparents in school. You will not necessarily work with your child’s class but we URGENTLY need helpers to listen to children read regularly. Together we are stronger and even if it is only an hour a week we would really welcome you. Please see Mrs Nixon in the school office if you think you could help.


We have tried for the first two weeks to have all three gates open in the mornings. However after some near misses we feel the two gates being open that’s the field gate and the gate where Mrs E stands are the best two to avoid any child being hurt.

Please can we also ask that pupils dismount scooters and bikes as they pass through the gates?


As Christmas approaches (Yes I’ve said it now!!!), you may consider a sort out. Thank-you for the amazing donations we have already had but if you have books, games, toy sets and particularly Lego you might consider moving to us, we would really appreciate it.

Data Collection Sheets

Thank-you for returning all the sheets regarding allergies, IT permissions, home school agreements etc. if you still haven’t we must have them back by Monday 26th please. We have a legal requirement now to report on pupil’s nationality and their country of birth. A lot of forms have not had this information completed. We are requested to return this to the government so would be extremely grateful if this section in particular is completed. If you didn’t and want to pop in and let Mrs Nixon know the details that would be really helpful.

Lunches and Snack

We would like to make a few changes to our morning break to make it easier and quicker for the children. Snack will be served from the main hall each morning as from Monday 26th September, as follows

Two items for 50p, either toast and a drink or two toast or half a bagel and a drink or a full bagel.

As a treat once a month on a Friday, pizza or cheese oatcakes will be offered and we will let you know in advance when this will be.

Please send 50p in with your child for each day.

We are currently looking at a new menu from November which will be sent out shortly. We will hold a free taster session shortly for some KS2 children who may be interested in having a hot meal. We are also having a promotion day on Thursday 6th October, if your KS2 child would like to sample a hot meal for £2.20 that day the menu is:

Homemade Pizza or Butcher’s or Quorn Sausage with Chips and Beans

If you think you may be eligible for Free Schools Meals please phone 0300 123 5012, this makes a huge financial difference to school.

Violet Class

You are swimming tomorrow don’t forget your kit. Your London residential is fast approaching on 23rd November; fund raising will start on Thursdays from 6th October with cake sales after school for four weeks. The payment plan is set up on School Money where you can pay in instalments if you wish, just edit the amount you want to pay.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Year 6 have been busy organising a Macmillan coffee morning for Friday 30th September at 10.30am. As part of this we will be holding our very own ‘Cake off’ with a panel of talented judges: Mr Edward Chatwin of Chatwin bakeries, Mrs Timpson, wife of Edward Timpson plus their children and Mr Cliff from Brine Leas.

If you’d like to take part please bring in your cake/s on the morning of Friday 30th September. In order for us to plan ahead please complete the attached slip in advance or send a note in.

There will be prizes for 3 categories: best adult baker, best KS1 baker and best KS2 baker and other spot prizes.

Once the winner has been chosen all cakes will be sliced and sold at 50p a slice.

And even if you don’t want to join in the ‘Cake off’ we welcome all ‘cakey’ donations 

We would love to welcome as many of you as possible to our coffee morning and look forward to seeing you on 30th September.


I would love to take part in the Pear Tree ‘Cake Off’ I will be sending in

 Large cake  Cupcakes  Biscuits

Name ................................................... Child’s class ............................................


Assemblies and dates for your diary

Wed 28th Sep – 7pm PTA AGM – all welcome
Friday 30th Sep 10:30am - MacMillan Coffee Morning Fri 14th Oct – 10am Harvest Worship
Fri 21st Oct – 10am Yellow class
Fri 28th Oct – 10am Violet class
Fri 18th Nov – 10am Blue class
Fri 25th Nov – 10am Green class
Fri 2nd Dec – 10am Orange class
Fri 9th Dec – 10am Indigo class
Mon 19th Dec - Carol Service – Details to follow

Forest School

Red – Every Tuesday
Orange – Every Wednesday
Yellow – Every other Monday from 26th September 

Contact the School

Pear Tree Primary School

Pear Tree Field





Headteacher - Mrs Boo Edleston

SENCO- Mrs Lesley Wrenshall

General Enquiries - Mrs Jane Nixon

Tel: 01270 685155

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