Head Teacher's Blog 15.01.24

14th January 2024

It was great to get ‘back to normal’ last week after all the excitement of Christmas and the holidays. The children came back sensibly and showed that they are ready to work hard throughout the spring term. Our UKS2 children warmly welcomed Loti Nabombe to their classrooms on Thursday and were keen to listen to the important messages he shared. Loti spoke openly about his personal experiences of racist behaviour and linked this with keeping safe online. Staff were really encouraged by the children’s engagement and keenness to keep talking about these important messages after their sessions. If your child is in Sycamore, Larch or Rowan, have a chat about the session and what your child took away from Loti’s words. 

It was wonderful to see our Larch class families for lunch on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who was able to come along and share a roast with us!

Let’s have a quick look at the week ahead: 

  • The weather forecast is set for a chilly week - please ensure that children can wrap up warm for their playtimes outside. Ensuring that your child has wellies or outdoor shoes in school is appreciated. 

  • Teacher led clubs begin on Monday and continue on Thursday from 15.00 - 15.45. Text messages have been sent out to confirm places. 

  • Larch class will be heading to the town library on Monday afternoon and Sycamore will visit on Wednesday afternoon

  • It’s Pear class family lunch on Wednesday. If you haven’t already signed up, please do so by the end of the day on Monday and come to the main entrance for 11.45.

With all the hard work going on last week, staff could have picked so many stars of the week. Here are the recipients who will get their certificates in their achievement assemblies next week: 

Ruby Robson, Jessica Shiels, Marvella Gunstone, Victoria Eddy, Joshua Cuthbert, Rebecca Tutleman, Adam McRoberts, Freja Hobbs, Evie Brown and Hallie Welsh. Well done, we are proud of you all!

We regularly run ‘pupil voice’ sessions in school, a chance for subject leads to talk with children about the knowledge and skills they are building and their enjoyment of a subject. I had the good fortune to speak with some of our Sycamore children about their music curriculum on Friday. It was great to hear about their enjoyment of their lessons, listen to their developing recorder skills, their understanding of notation and their knowledge of rock and jazz genres, which they studied during the autumn term. During this discussion, Marisa put in a request for the blog this week, and it’s a great choice! Our UKS2 friends will see and hear many of the features of rock music in this track - enjoy ‘Human’ by The Killers. 


See you in the week, 

Mrs G

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