Class 3’s fingers certainly turned green on Friday when our student teacher, Mrs Sperry, turned the classroon into a greenhouse! We learned about how plants reproduce and took cuttings to grow into new plants for our gardens. We are monitoring the cuttings every week to see how successful we are. So far, so good!
This half term we will be focusing on our core value of Courage during collective Worship. We will be learning an acrostic poem to help us understand the value in more detail:
Carrying on when things are difficult
Understanding and facing a challenge
Risking being out of your comfort zone
Always believing in God’s promises
Going for a goal
Empowered by encouragement
Each week in Collective Worship we will be exploring different themes including: Stepping out of your comfort zone, focusing on the story of Moses and the children setting themselves challenges; Doing the Right thing, not the easy thing; Facing a Challenge – Benjamin and Jacob’s Story; Overcoming fear – sometimes our fears can stop us having fun or trying something new and Encouraging Others – are there times when our friends need to build us up and encourage us?
As ever, we have our Home Values sheet available on our website, with suggested activities that you may wish to explore at home to support this value, such as trying to eat something you haven’t eaten before – carrots, cabbage, broccoli, pears etc; reading a book by an author you haven’t chosen before or try a new activity: jogging, swimming, tennis, walking, looking at the night sky, bird watching. You could also try researching heroes or heroines in history, who made the decision to follow a course of action that they believed to be right, rather than taking the easy option and doing nothing at all or staying silent instead of speaking out. We’d love to hear how you get on with any of these!
Our End of Term Awards assembly was a wonderful opportunity to say well done to those children who had made excellent progress in maths, reading and writing, as well as honouring some of our children as sporting heroes. There was also the opportunity to congratulate some exceptional children who have consistently demonstrated our school values this term. Well done to all of those children who reviewed a certificate today, we are always being impressed by excellent learning attitudes and enthusiasm!
It was a wonderful to have our Christingle service in church this week where the children had an opportunity to learn about the significance of the different parts of the Christingle oranges and the work of The Children’s Society. What a wonderful and special way to end the term!
Last week the school focused on Anti-Bullying Week – Choose Respect and reviewed our commitment to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.
At our school EVERYONE has an important part to play in discouraging and preventing bullying from happening. Whenever the opportunity arises it must be made clear that we will not tolerate bullying. Children must be encouraged to tell adults, be given strategies for self-help and staff must always be observant
During the week we talked about the variety of methods for helping children to prevent bullying, as well as what is bullying?
We believe that bullying behaviours are Several Times On Purpose and therefore need to STOP. Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.
Bullying can be:
Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
Racial – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
Homophobic – because or focusing on the issue of sexuality
Verbal – indirect or direct name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
Cyber – All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room, the misuse of mobile threats by text messaging & calls etc
During the week some children made some posters too.
A group of year of 5 and 6 children have been taking part in weekly dance sessions with Premier Sport to prepare a dance sequence that they will perform along with several other schools at St. Luke’s secondary school on the evening of the 5th December. The children have really enjoyed choreographing the dance to one of songs from The Greatest Showman.
Here are a few snapshots of their rehearsals…
Class 2 had a lovely first week at forest school enjoying the last of the summer sunshine. Some the children enjoyed the space to create their own games and looking for bugs whilst others were busy decorating our cross ready for ethos day to celebrate our outside prayer space. They also talked about what we want our forest school to be and started to make signs to hang up.
Class 3 felt really lucky at forest school to come back and discover a hedge full of blackberries, so all the children picked a handful and we put them into a pot to cook over the fire pit and ate them with biscuits! They loved it! The children also enjoyed playing in the field and busy creating in our new mud kitchen kindly donated by Woodbury Council.
Welcome back! We hope you had a good summer break and are ready for a new term. Class letters are going home tonight, detailing the arrangements and useful information for this academic year. This will also include your child’s home learning grids, outlining the home learning activities which can really support your child’s learning at school. We hope you find them useful; parental engagement in learning can make such a massive difference to your child’s progress.
As a minimum would encourage everyone to:
- Read daily with your child (10 minutes).
- Support multiplication tables practice including related division facts.
- Practice spellings including their meanings and creating word families of related words.
- Complete at least one activity per week from the home learning grid or a piece of interest to them that may or may not be linked to our learning in school.
As you know, we have an open door policy, so please do come and talk to us if you are worried or have any queries about any aspect of the home learning and/or arrangements for this academic year. Mornings are a little busy, but staff will always see parents/carers after school.