Reading and writing are such fundamental and important aspects of our lives that we have been thinking recently how we can encourage more ‘free’ writing – writing to achieve a purpose. One of the ideas we’re trying is Mr Payne’s postbox – a letterbox outside the office that any child can post in to write directly to Mr Payne. As long as letters in KS1 have a date, and in KS2 have an address and are set out correctly, then Mr Payne is trying to reply to every letter. Year 2 wrote to him with a reminder that we had spoken of having a lunchtime ‘top table’ at the end of a week for people who had been awarded ‘lunchtime star’ tickets for good behaviour, tidiness and good conversations in the hall. What has happened to this idea? they asked.
As a results of their letters, the lunchtime stars and top table idea were reinstated and last week we held our first meal on the stage, with juice, table cloth and a Vienetta pudding – the food of the Gods! We’ll draw the names each Thursday to find out which nine children will be joining a member of staff for this special meal. Great letter writing and great lunchtime choices combined!