“With so many references to assessments for primary aged children in the press and on social media currently, we have been mindful of the many of our Junior children taking their assessments in their stride over the course of the past week, and those preparing for our tests to come next week too.

“Our focus has been to help the children see assessments as an opportunity to celebrate their achievements to date, and a normal part of our academic routines – particularly during Mental Health Awareness Week, which is focused on shining a light on anxiety this year. We encourage our pupils to embrace their assessments, and know that their teachers seek to offer tests which are constructive and help identify next steps for them. Please help them to keep their assessments in perspective by normalising the role tests play here at King’s – informing our approaches and driving the positive learning experiences we shape for the children.

“Half term will soon be with us and offer a break from the busy summer routines we are enjoying. Please note that as the weather warms (it really will happen!), we ask that the children either come to school with sunscreen on, or bring in a named spray or cream to use during the day. There are dispensers around school but we know that the children often prefer to have their own supply if possible. In addition to sunscreen, if your child wishes to bring in a named, plain navy or white sun hat/cap, those are welcome for the remainder of the term.

“With our best wishes to you and your families for the weekend.”

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