09 Oct

What a week!

Let’s see what some of our students have been learning about starting with Mrs Woodhead’s class…

I am absolutely delighted with how well the children have settled back into school. They are all really pleased to be back and are loving our topic this half term which is based on the book Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth, by Oliver Jeffers. We have explored our universe, Earth and where we fit in on Google earth. We made a visitor’s guide to planet Earth using green screen on the iPads. All the children took a speaking part which was fantastic.

Lots of outdoor learning has taken place which has been a great success. We are starting to transform an area outside our classroom to use for forest school. The children loved getting involved. The children have explored the colours in nature and have probably come home singing ‘What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong. We have made Trees of green, Red roses too, along with all the colours of the rainbow. The communication, speech and language this has generated is just amazing. The progress the children have made is brilliant.

In Maths we have been comparing numbers using concrete objects and playing games. Some children have even moved on to two-digit numbers!

We are really looking forward to continuing to develop our forest school area and engaging in lots of outdoor learning.

Mr Gold’s new form have been busy this week too..

In English they are studying the book, ‘War Horse’. The class have been analysing how the characters develop throughout the book and have used evidence to support their ideas.

This term in Science the class have completed a unit on Photosynthesis and have also begun learning about gravity and space. They are currently in the middle of building a scale model of the solar system.

This month is Black History Month, to celebrate this in art they have been making silhouettes of influential black people using different materials to develop their own skills whilst developing their knowledge.

The class have also been learning various basketball skills in PE. They have been practising dribbling, ball control and communication skills.

They have all enjoyed an exciting week of learning in all their various subjects and are looking forward to another exciting week next week.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Miss Shin’s STAR this week is Riley for super communication and working hard all week!

  • Miss Marston’s STAR this week is Stanley has settled in really well this week and has worked very hard to get use to the new routine. We have been so proud of his efforts and how well he has played with his other classmates. Well done Stanley!

  • Miss Marston’s STAR this week is Ethan has done so well coming into school more settled and getting used to the new routine. We are so happy with his hard work and how much he has progressed in the last couple of weeks. Well done Ethan!

  • Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Oscar for trying and eating new foods at lunch time
  • Miss Parkinson’s SEAL Superstar is Jacob for recognising his different emotions

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Caitlin for super listening this week and trying her best in lessons

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Joshua for using his words to greet friends and ask for help

  • Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is George for super effort during phonics.
  • Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Zakariyah for eating all his lunch all week.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s and Miss McDonald’s SEAL Superstars are Renico and Tyler for recognising their friends’ feelings.
  • Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Madison! Well done.

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Matthew for being a good friend and playing games in the playground

  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Essah for understanding why someone is in the blue zone

  • Miss Simms’ WOW moment goes to Alfie for being a very kind boy and thinking of Miss Simms

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Thomas for having a great week and being a brilliant role model for our class

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL Superstar is Ethan for recognising how it feels to be happy, sad, excited or scared

  • Miss Tootill’s Dojo winners this week is Jack! Well done

  • Miss Collinge’s STAR’s of the week is Lenni for amazing effort with his communication

  • Miss Collinge’s SEAL Superstar is Lenni for being a good friend and working hard towards sharing with his peers

  • Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Amelia for persevering in music when you were struggling and ended up doing the whole song independently

  • Mrs Lomax’s SEAL Superstar is Harrison for being able to talk about your feelings and how to deal with them

  • Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Hamza for great Maths – comparing two groups of objects and saying which has more or less

  • Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstars is Jacob for recognising when his friends are happy and upset

AMAZING and well done to everyone!

We are five weeks into the new academic year and we have had our first positive COVID case. We have measures in place, via the risk assessment, to try and mitigate this risk and we acted as quickly and sensitively as possible to support our students and staff. We received confirmation late Friday morning at 11:25am that a staff member had tested positive for COVID and by 11:54am Public Health were informed. Public Health have praised the school for our efforts and immediate response to the situation. They were massively impressed with how quickly we were able to identify those who have been in direct contact with the staff member. All students and staff affected were informed immediately and parents were called to come and collect their children. All those affected were off site before 2pm.

We have collapsed one secondary bubble and sent six other students home due to them being in direct contact. All students have taken their iPads home in order to resume learning from home and the teachers will ensure work is set via Showbie. All students and staff will return to school on Wednesday 21st October.

The robust risk assessment, planning, organisation and consistency of the bubbles has been key in this situation, as this has enabled us to track and trace promptly. As students return to school on Monday who were not a direct contact, we will answer any questions that they have, reassure them, remind them of the importance of washing their hands and explain the importance of social distancing at all times.

As always, the safety of all our students and staff still remains paramount during this very challenging time.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard

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