Newsletter - 15th September 2017
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
The holidays seem far behind us now and we have quickly got into our stride as term moves on. I have been very impressed with the learning that has been going on and with how well the children are settling in to the term. It was good to hear from Mr Miller this week, for example, how well his class did with their maths on place value. I enjoyed teaching Otter on Tuesday, too, who came up with some great ideas and thought-provoking questions in R.E. Years 1 and 2 are getting on very well with their phonics and already the Reception children don't seem 'new' anymore!
Meanwhile we are moving ahead with some of the outdoor and off-site learning opportunities that we are very keen to build in to the curriculum. Kingfisher have of course already been on a trip, to @Bristol. Dates have been set already for Forest School trips next term and you will get details of this nearer the time. We have also arranged an RSPB-led wildlife workshop for Dragonfly to support their topic work on animals, a trip to an inter-schools challenge for some talented mathematicians and all classes are hoping to visit Wild Things Farm before the end of term.
In the classroom, our spelling focus for the year is taking off and it's been brilliant to see children practising their spellings, including at breakfast club. Thank-you very much to parents who are supporting this at home too.
Have a very good weekend,
Supervision in the playground
We would like to remind parents that children should not be playing at the back or side of the school before or after school. They should be in sight of parents in the front playground at these times, in order to ensure the safety of all children. Thank-you for your cooperation.
Our emphasis on citizenship this year is being supported by our established and growing range of opportunities for children to step up as leaders. For example, we were proud to announce our new School Councillors in assembly this morning, as voted for by their peers. They are: Charlotte, Lilou, Lucy, Lucas, Harry, Will, Oakley, Lilly and Amore.
We have also introduced House Captains this year, further raising the profile of sport. They are: Ellis (Carpenter), Genevieve (Blackwell), Devon (Brunel) and Peter (Cabot). These captains will be supported by their deputies - Chloe (Cabot), Charlie L (Blackwell), Charlie B (Brunel) and John & Ella (Co-deputies for Cabot).
Our Play Leaders team will be refreshed soon too, and on Monday Mr Barton will be introducing another team of leaders within the school, who will focus on how well we support the environment. Being a small school is allowing us to give all the Year 6 children (and many of the younger ones) an opportunity to take part in leadership at some level.
This is back on again on Thursdays and next week's film will be:
Please enquire at the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a place for your child. The club runs until 5pm and costs £5 (or £4 per week if you book for the rest of term).
As part of our school development strand this year on developing children as good citizens, we were pleased to have the Scouting association do an assembly on Thursday. Here is a copy of their leaflet, with details of an Open Evening in Chew Stoke on the 25th September.