Headteacher’s Blog 6th October 2017

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Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this blog which aims to keep you in the loop with school and school life.

It has again been a remarkably industrious week at St Ethelwold’s.

Class one have been investigating all things autumn this week both in the classroom and outside.  The class have been busy sorting and weighing all kinds of autumnal conkers, leaves, acorns and pumpkins.  This is the foundation phase at its best where children use the natural resources around them to bring learning to life – when your child comes home and answers your question of, ‘What have you done today?’, with, ‘I played conkers’, they’re not wrong!  They were playing! It’s just that the playing with the conkers involved counting and grouping and weighing and describing and investigating and…I could go on!

If this was not enough, they have also made bubbles in the playground and bread in the classroom.  In a couple of cases we ended up with more flour on school uniforms than went into the bread mixture (sorry!) but the children had a great deal of fun whilst learning a huge number of new skills.

Class 3 are continuing with their Prince William Award which they look forward to with a sense of enormous anticipation.  This week the leader, Dylan Jones, lead activities which worked on the key skill of relationships.  You can see from the photographs the sense of joy and achievement that the pupils gain from these sessions.

Class 4 have been learning essential map reading skills this week (my wife tells me I should have sat through some of the sessions and learned how to ask for directions…) as well as working on extending sentences to make their writing more interesting.  It is an important year for all of our children but especially for our class 4 pupils as they begin their preparations for high school.

After school clubs got off to a fabulous start this week.  Art and craft club is full now but children are still more than welcome to attend football, crochet and coding clubs – details are on the school website.

The football club was a big hit with the expert tutoring of a premier league academy coach.  This is an opportunity not to be missed and in one short session we saw gains in skills, confidence and technique from all who attended.

As well as all of the exciting learning going on in school this week, teachers have been assessing the pupils in reading, maths and science in readiness for parents’ evenings in October.  Staff will be able to pinpoint children’s strengths as well as giving advice on what they need to progress still further and how you can help at home.

 

Thank you all so much for supporting your children and the school in great numbers at the Harvest Service on Friday.  The service was beautifully presented by the children who excelled at taking to the microphone in front of the congregation.  Well done to them all and also to our reception class who, despite a few wriggles, sang, and in a few cases danced, with great energy throughout.

We were delighted to win a Facebook competition run by @WWhiteboards this week.  Many thanks to all those who voted for our school with special thanks going to parent forum member Jane Wilkinson who gently cajoled parents and carers to vote.  The whiteboard which we won as a prize, is already being used in school.

There are a couple of reminders for next week:

  • Swimming starts in Class 4 on Thursday 12th October 2017 – children need: swimming costume or trunks, a towel, £2.50 and goggles
  • Flu vaccinations for reception, Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4 pupils on Friday 13th October 2017 – parents should have completed written consent, if you have not yet done so but would like your child to be immunised, please sign the form and bring back to school before Friday