Next Wednesday we arrive at the end of our first half-term and what a lovely seven weeks it has been! The children have all grown into their new roles and each class has been immersed in learning and exploring new concepts. Many classes have managed to visit new places to enhance their curriculum and the children have truly benefited from these experiences; I think that the parents who accompanied classes have also enjoyed the trips!
On Tuesday our Year 3 children shared their scientific research with us during their assembly. They spoke with knowledge and authority, giving us all an insight into their study of birds. Who knew there were so many species?! Year 3 even dug up several parts of the field in the name of science! Thank you children for speaking out with confidence.
We are hurdling towards half-term, and I have to say, enthusiasm and hard work are apparent in all areas of the school life as children are striving to reach those challenging targets. Our Year 6 children have been focused on achieving new skills through the IXL program, which is proving tricky at times but then, they are certainly up for that challenge!
On Tuesday I was invited into Year 5 to experience 'Hamlet in 20 minutes'! After surviving the many eventful deaths and the turmoil of deceit and subterfuge, I was overwhelmed by the confident delivery of Shakespeare’s language and the emotive use of body shape. I hope you can all manage to experience this first hand at our Curriculum Evening on 17th November; a date to put in your diary.
Our new Reception children have settled in seamlessly to school life and it really feels as though they've been part of the school for a long time. They have established all those important routines and I must say they have made a very smooth transition into the hall at lunch times and are having a go at eating all their lunches; every plate is quickly emptied and their cutting skills are improving by the day! Today I was invited into class to hear their rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I can honestly say, the enthusiasm and complete enjoyment when storytelling, shone from each and every face! Following this, they enticed me to join them in performing their porridge song, during which I was duly told off for not putting my face in the bowl, something I have been asked to practise before Monday! Miss Bassett and her team are so proud of them all.
This year we are trialing a new online system for booking appointments with class teachers which will hopefully be more convenient for everyone. To access the site you will need to follow the instructions here once you have received your text message tonight.
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Well, it has certainly grown colder this week and we've even had rain interrupting our break and lunch times! With the field out of use at times, we're all having to be far more creative and over the coming months, new games and ways of playing together outside will be explored. Our new student council met this week for the first time and they've been faced with the challenge of discussing new project possibilities with their classes. We look forward to seeing where the children want to take us next as we continue to improve the school environment.
On Tuesday our Year 6 children reminded us about the importance of service. Walking through history, they introduced us to a variety of inspirational leaders, sharing their aspirations to help them become great role models. They spoke with such confidence and conviction; it was clear to see their passion for service and I know they're going to take us all on an exciting journey this year. Thank you Year 6 for sharing such an important message, in such a thought-provoking way! Next week our Year 2 children will be sharing their message with us during their assembly on Tuesday; it is always lovely to see family members on these special occasions.
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What an exciting time this has been! Last Friday our Year 6 children entertained us all with their wonderful House Captain speeches; they spoke with such confidence and expression, well done Year 6! The rest of the children in each House then had the onerous task of voting, I'm so glad I didn't have to! Today all positions have been allocated and our Board of Responsibilities in the Hall will shortly be informing you of the decisions made as the children’s unique design comes to life. Each class has also voted for two members in their year group to represent them at our new student council. Classes ran their own elections and again the children demonstrated great confidence as they made their voices heard. To complete all our positions the new Eco Council, from Year 5, were awarded their badges. They have the responsibility of helping us all to think in a greener way!