Snow business this week in KS2 forest school!
Key stage 2 children wrapped up warm with most having gloves and hats to sustain an afternoon in the snow!
You can see Y6 making snow people and horses (!) that reflected the characters in their novel about China. Y5 enjoyed cooking Chinese dumplings in the yurt, which tasted great! Y3 and Y4 practised their construction skills, building ‘African mud huts’ using the snow! You can see some of their excellent designs above. The children all enjoyed their time and we are grateful for the majority having appropriate, warm outdoor clothes, including gloves and hats.
We are holding a STEM week (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) this term in March. Do you work (or know someone who does) in an industry relating to these sectors? If so, would you be willing to volunteer to take part in a class based activity with a year group and their teacher? Let Sarah Koratzitis know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in to see her in Y5.
Australia dress up day in Y1 and Y2
Y1 and Y2 hold an Australia day on Friday 26th from 1-2pm. They will be sharing some of their work with parents who are invited to a stay and play session. Photos next week!
Structured conversations about learning
We are rolling out a new approach to parent consultations with a pilot group of families that is due to start this programme from Mon 29th Jan. Some families will receive a letter inviting them to participate allowing us all to explore targets for learning in more depth. We will look to roll it out to more parents as we refine the programme over the next few months.
Cold weather or cold clothes?
Our early years children start their visits to the local care home again this week. Please ensure they have suitable warm clothes to walk up to the care home. We look forward to seeing the photos on Facebook!
Attendance and Punctuality
- YR 92%(5) Y1 98%(4)
- Y1/2 93%(5) Y3 96% (2)
- Y4 92% (2) Y5 97%(2)
- Y6 98% (2)
Congratulations to Y6 this week who win extra playtime.
Joint training on Saturday!
Staff and governors came together for a joint training session to analyse school data on Saturday. We were able to celebrate the many successes your children achieve and we also reviewed the best next steps and where to focus our energy and resources in the future.
Pathways in school
School staff have been working hard to keep a pathway clear around school during the snowy season. Please take care on pathways and we ask that both school children and those younger, leave bikes in the bike racks at the front of school. Our children know that they should only walk around the paths once they come into the school gates. Please remind them at the start and end of the day for their own, and others’ safety.
There’s a saying in Norway: ‘There’s no such thing as cold weather, just cold clothes!’ Please let us know if you struggle to buy what your children need for forest school and outdoor play. We have spares in school, both new and used that we can give out. Let your class teacher know, pop into the office, or catch someone on gate duty if you want us to help.