Head Teacher's Blog 08.11.21

1st November 2021

We have had a very settled week back at school, with the slight adjustments following the increased COVID restrictions being implemented smoothly. 

This week we are beginning our parent consultations via a telephone call. Parents in Pear, Beech and Rowan have completed their google forms and the class teachers will call you during your selected time slot. Please be mindful of our teachers' work commitments and select either a morning or afternoon slot and only request an evening call if there’s absolutely no alternative.

The Maths Week England competition is well underway in KS2. So far, Chestnut Class are leading the way for Swansfield Park with Rowan Class not far behind them! With only four more days to go, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the children’s scores and looking for some star performances to share with you next week - Keep calculating KS2!

After careful risk assessment and ensuring that we can keep classes separate we are sending the lower key stage 2 children on a visit to Beamish on Friday. Children need to arrive at school for 8:15am and we are aiming to be back at school for 15:15pm. Text message service will be used to keep parents informed.


Children’s Christmas card designs have been sent home this week, remember to place orders online: www.myschoolprinting.co.uk using the unique code on the back of your child’s card.


Other events of note this week include:

  • author visits for Pear, Plum, Rowan and Larch

  • Poppies will be on sale for Remembrance Day


With Remembrance Sunday coming up, our music this week gives us an opportunity to stop, listen and reflect on the sacrifices of others. It’s a piece written by Edward Elgar, it comes from his Enigma Variations and it’s called Nimrod.  You’ll see lots of brass instruments playing in this video. We wonder how many of them you can name?  This piece of music will be played a lot this week across the whole country as we all reflect upon sacrifices others have made for us. We wonder who you are very grateful for? Maybe you could take some time out as a family to talk about this. 





Our Sycamore children shared an assembly with Mrs Grimes on Monday and enjoyed talking about COP 26.  Our Picture News question centred around how we can play a part in saving our planet. Sycamore came up with their top 5 suggestions and shared these with their friends in Rowan and Larch classes. We thought you might like to see them too: 


  1. Reduce our use of fuels and energy (walk, bike, run, turn lights off when leaving rooms, turn taps off when cleaning teeth)

  2. Recycle and re-use as much as possible

  3. Reduce the litter that goes into our environment - particularly into our seas

  4. Look at ways to use green energy - electric cars

  5. Reduce our meat consumption - meat free Monday in school


Well done to our weekly stars, they are: Damon L, Karina K, Tom R, Libby M, Sam F, Cooper C, Sophie C-M, Jude G, Isabelle A, Charlie J, Archie N and Abbey H.

An electronic certificate will be winging its way to you.

Bye for now,

Mrs Smith and Mrs Grimes