It was great to be able to share a spelling lesson with our parents yesterday. Thank you for your help during the lesson. For all children I sent home a set of ideas for activities to ‘play’ with spelling and also a list of all the different spelling rules and common exception words we learn across year 2. Please check your child’s bookbag. Feel free to come and ask if you have any questions.
What a busy week we have had again!
Thank you to all the parents that came to parents evening and shared in all your wonderful children’s achievements! It was lovely to see both them and you so proud of how they are progressing in there learning.
We have had a move around in the classroom as well! It would be lovely to know what the children think about it?
I think that is has had a really positive effect on our learning! It has made the classroom look so much bigger!
Have a great weekend!
Thank you to everyone for sharing in discussions about the children’s learning at parent evening chats this week. It was great to review their progress and look at next steps.
We have enjoyed noticing how the roots and shoots are starting to appear from the bulbs we have planted. I wonder how they will change next week.
We have written some great stories this week, based on the Anthony Browne book ‘Into the Forest’ and our understanding of money is getting better as we are adding and making totals.
Today has been enforced time for reflecting on our school and the work we are doing to develop. I have succumbed to the tummy bug. As always though, it’s been a day for catching up, then reviewing our action plans and considering the work we are doing on curriculum and planning ahead – and this coincides with what all my headteacher colleagues are doing today. The collaboration around curriculum and using evidence of what works, considering our children’s needs to enable them in an ever- changing world, and developing staff is an exciting time.
This week has been a full and rewarding one in many ways. The children have been reviewing their progress with their families at parents evenings and the buzz in the corridors has been amazing. I loved sharing some of our latest visible developments- Mr Gott’s amazing artwork in the library and the work Mr Hancock and Patrick have done to create Shakespeare’s writing den by my office.
As I walked around the school at the end of the day I reflected on the journey I have shared with you and how proud I am of all the developments we have made to our school. It truly is a unique school and an amazing place to be. Many of our visitors acknowledge this .
The week started with a new experience for me . I have been selected as one of ten ELE s Evidence Lead in Education across leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland , which will involve us working across schools to enable their use of research evidence and inform our work too. Exciting learning for me- it also supports our achool budget a little more!
Tuesday was all about finance as Mr Bates and I worked with the DSAT team to consider financial planning for the years ahead- with rising costs and limited funding this is never an easy task . That’s why we value all the support FOACC gives school .
Yesterday was a sad occasion for our community and I attended Mrs Hooper’s funeral moth Mrs Bartram and Mrs Giles- Barlow. I’m sure everyone joins me in offering Reverend Peter and his family our love and condolences at the loss of Suzanne.
Reverend Peter sends his love and says he will be back to see us soon.
Another week of varied experiences, but within a warm community . Have a great weekend everyone .
What a great first couple of weeks back!
We have been learning all about the Romans and how they had influenced modern Britain!
We have explored everything from being a Roman slave to how they constructed the Roman roads.
A particular favourite of ours was the constructing the Roman roads, we did not do this the conventional way, we decided to make ours edible!
They were superb! We used different ingredients to represent all the different layers!
(pictures coming soon!)
We have also been learning our performance for The Sky Challenge at the beginning of next month! Robins are performing a version of Alice in Wonderland – but as you’ve never seen it before! The children are working so hard at this and the dance is coming along amazingly – Thanks to the help of Hannah a wonderful teacher that is coming in to help! ( as Mrs Beck is a terrible dancer!)
Finally today we were read a book by Miss Sims for the Story time selfie! We absolutely loved it! – See Twitter feeds for pictures of what the whole school got up to!
I write this after a busy couple of weeks working with staff looking forward. Following a very successful Ofsted and a busy Christmas period, we started the year revisiting our sense of purpose , what we want for our children and then made sure we have great plans to make that happen.
I also had a fantastic assembly session with the whole school encouraging children to tell us what they value about our school and what they learn .
Now we are really looking at what we offer across our whole curriculum to make sure what we say is what we do and that we make sure what we want our children to experience and learn is what we achieve – and more!
Then a hugely successful Young Voices trip popped in to really show us what we do that is valuable . The smiles on our children’s faces and the collaborative , self-regulation strategies they needed to succeed and achieve , as well as that learning involves practice and effort as well as resilience and they pay off dividends and can be really rewarding in terms of fulfilment and joy were absolute evidence that our achool vision is personified in what we deliver .
It may be that we need to unpick this further with more of you and make sure everyone is a part of building on our excellent achievements.
Here’s to a fantastic 2019!
Tennis is a hit on Monday mornings! The children love being active and their skills are improving already! Keep up the good work year 1!
Pupils and teachers from all schools in our trust took part in the annual math conference today. There were workshops to get involved in, a show from the Magical Maths team, problem solving puzzles in the hall and a chance to play and meet new friends at playtime and lunchtime.
I was struck by how many smiles I saw today and how much laughter I heard.
It has been a lovely experience.
Happy New Year from the Chaffinches!
We saw real chaffinches outside our classroom window this morning. What a surprise! We’ve had a great first week back. We had our first Friday swimming lesson, which was great. We enjoyed using footballs in our games skills PE lesson.
Our new book is called Into the Forest and we have enjoyed thinking about the forest habitat in the United Kingdom. We have used our art skills and co-operation skills to create a class forest model.
When we looked at the difference between bulbs and seeds we noticed that one bulb had a shoot. When we went out to play we found lots of conkers on the ground that also had shoots. Some of us are going to try and grow conker trees!
We have already been giving out lots of Captain’s Coins and Mrs Hancock has had a visit from some of us already this term.
We have had a lovely week.
There has been a murder in the classroom!
When the children came back after the Christmas holiday, a small section of the classroom had been taped off! We noticed that there was a body mapped onto the floor which shows that there had been a murder.
Luckily the children investigated the clues and worked out that the victim was a king due to a crown left on the scene. They also noticed footprints on the floor which were oddly shaped which shows a male and female could be involved. The children then wrote amazing forensic reports based on their findings.
Thank goodness for Year 4!
(Suspects are being called in for questioning.)