This week our Year 6 children have been sitting their end of Key Stage assessments which they have taken calmly in their stride. I have been inspired by their focus and concentration between papers as they have coached each other and worked as a team; well done Year 6, you have all given of your best and no one can ask for more!
Now the hard work really starts as we ask our oldest children to give something back. The children will now be applying for jobs as they take on an extra responsibility around school. They will also begin to work alongside Year 5 as they prepare to put on a performance of ’Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. It is always a joy to see the children blossom at this point in the year as they use all the skills they have developed to extend their own learning and consider the possibilities! However, before we've had chance to catch our breath at the start of the final half term, Year 6 will be packing their bags and heading off on their residential trip to Lake Coniston on June 8th! There is much excitement and anticipation and I'm sure they will bring back many funny stories of their adventures at the Water Park.
The shorter week has caused confusion over the last four days as Tuesday became Monday and Wednesday became Tuesday and suddenly we have arrived at Friday again! We've packed so much into the four days that I think everyone is exhausted! Our Year 5 children certainly do need a pat on the back for their resilience through persistent rain over the first two days of their cycling course; there wasn't a negative word to be heard; only smiles to be seen as they braved the poor weather conditions. The cycling coaches have been unanimous in praise for their listening skills and pure positivity; well done Year 5! We hope to see many of you cycling to school over the next two months.
Next week our Year 6 children will be taking their SAT assessments and we wish them well and please do remember them in your prayers. They are a delightful year group who have worked so hard and as we have repeatedly told them their best is always good enough. This time next week they will have completed their final assessment and then the real fun begins as we think ahead to the play and of course the exciting residential trip to Water Park!
Already we're halfway through this half-term and both staff and children are finding that time is flying. It's so lovely to consistently hear children express surprise that a lesson has finished and it's break time, clearly a sign that they're focused, engaged and enjoying the whole learning process! Alongside this hard work and endeavour which I see in each classroom I visit, many children know that great effort supports true learning. They strive to problem-solve, challenge themselves and develop a resilience which helps them to achieve. This never goes unnoticed and as one child said in assembly last week: 'practice makes progress'!
The better weather has enabled us all to spread out on to the field during break and lunch times giving the children opportunities to try out different activities. We are continuously encouraging them to explore and discover new games alongside their beloved football! If you have any childhood games which you enjoyed and maybe still enjoy, why not share them with your child; who knows, they may become a school favourite!
My goodness time really is flying by! We've had a lovely two weeks back at school with so many exciting learning opportunities and watching the children strive to reach their challenging targets has been inspiring. Our Year 6 children are really challenging themselves as they prepare for their assessments in two weeks time; we are all so proud of them. Our Year 4 children have completed their first swimming session and already we can see real potential for progress in the group; they were so enthusiastic! This year some of our talented swimmers will get the opportunity to compete against other local schools on June 5th at our Fylde Swimming Gala; we are all looking forward to this event.
I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely Easter with your families, all the staff have had a well deserved rest and have arrived back at school ready for the new term. The children too have bounced back into school and are clearly ready for their new challenges! On Monday we gathered together to rejoice in the Easter message and share Jesus' good news, which we will all attempt to spread over the coming weeks. Many of the children have been sharing their holiday experiences with me and clearly there were a lot of holy families over Easter!
As you know, part of our Lenten preparation involved almsgiving and we'd like to thank you on behalf of St Peter's School in Uganda as we have raised a little over £1,000 which we know will be gratefully accepted. We are still collecting football shirts so please keep them coming in, we've already collected over 50! Supporting others in need is central to our prayer life at school and it is always humbling to witness prayer in action. It was really touching to hear what some children had done in order to raise some money for people who they felt needed their help.
I am sure we have all been deeply affected by the children’s portrayal of the events of Holy week. Each morning we've been moved as the children have interpreted, with great sensitivity, each stage of Jesus' journey towards the Cross and then His Resurrection. We began with our Year 2 children sharing the excitement of Palm Sunday which really illustrated the joy felt by the crowds. Following which we celebrated the solemnity of the Last Supper with Year 3. From there we experienced a sense of anguish and loneliness in the Garden of Gethsemane with Year 4 and then shared the agony of the Crucifixion with Year 5, which deeply moved everyone in the hall; it is hard to believe that children so young can teach us so much through their heartfelt portrayal of the Passion, even, in the case of our older children, writing their own words. Today we finally had a wonderful sense of being the Easter People with Year 6 as they celebrated the joy and wonder of the Resurrection in such a beautiful and reflective way; it was extremely thought-provoking and reminded us all of our responsibility to serve. Each step on the journey has been so movingly depicted by each class, with great creativity. At special times like these we are all asked to reflect and challenge ourselves; the children have definitely asked us to do so. Sharing these moments as a community always gives me a real joy and a confirmation that together we are growing and making a difference.
We've reached Holy week in School today as our Year 2 children have shared their depiction of Palm Sunday with us all. This really was a delight and sent us all off with a smile! The children acted, moved and raised their voices in song with such confidence; it is hard to believe we were watching a Year 2 class. I have to say it was cleverly performed with such a poignant moment at the end, helping us all to think ahead to events which will follow. I know both Miss Brisco and Mrs Webster are so proud of them; thank you Year 2.
Our journey through Holy Week continues next week as our Year 3 children share the Last Supper on Monday at 9:15am. This will be followed by Year 4 with their depiction of Jesus and disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane on Tuesday; Year 5 will take us on the sombre lonely journey of desolation that is the Crucifixion on Wednesday and finally on Thursday, our last day of term, Year 6 will lead us joyfully into the glory of the Resurrection. Parents and families are very welcome, all our Assemblies will begin at 9:15am.