Happy Christmas 2020 everyone! Welcome back Y5 AND Y6 It was great to welcome Y5 last week and then Y6 this week following the reduction in the isolation period. Y6 ambled in excitedly on Tuesday morning and have been able to enjoy more time learning how to use the ice skates than they’d thought previously get. I think more fun was to be had by having a good old mess around with the snow machine as well as playing music as loud as the speaker could go!
Skating, singing and Santa as our Winter Wonderland kicks off. What a wonderful week it’s been. All the children got to safely speak to Santa, send their Christmas wishes up through Daffodil the wish ribbon fairy, and to hear about how reindeer people live.
The CVPS pace quickens as our Christmas plans come together! There has been a host of exceptional practice that I was able to see taking place during observation week, with examples of inspirational input into the teaching and learning across school.
Happy Harvest everyone! The children have been excitedly preparing for our annual harvest thanksgiving service which we hosted this morning. A huge thank you for all the donations of dry food – it has been much appreciated – particularly in this year of challenging circumstances when many families have had to deal with reduced salaries due to furloughing. Photos in next week’s newsletter. Last date for bringing in donations for The Centre for Hope food bank will be Friday the 20th November.
Children love our storytelling pod and we’re planning for Christmas! It’s been all change since Monday in early years following our review of the ‘bubbles’. The children in Carly’s key worker group have been exploring and engaging well in their amazing new environment. This building came from our application to the Department for Education who gave us £100K to provide some extra nursery space that we can use for additional focus on language development. Once our Covid issues recede we can then start using it in the way in which it was intended but until then we can definitely see how much the children in nursery love it.
Happy Half term everyone! A very well earned rest for everyone! As we come to the end of our first half term back under the new Covid arrangements we have enjoyed yet another non-stop busy week.
Autumnal Artwork continues. This week some of the pupils in Y6 enjoyed a new Book Club opportunity with lower sixth students from Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School (RGS). They explored themes and conventions used by the author in the text ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. This was a fantastic opportunity for some really deep discussion and a great breadth of dialogue about what makes the stories and author so interesting. We were so proud of the way the Y6 pupils from
CVPS held their own in the discussions and aim to continue them from now on.
Some autumn sunshine helps outdoor learning! Some of the last days of September brought lovely sunshine that
makes our outdoor experiences so much more enjoyable as you can see from the forest school photos above. And I continue to be very impressed with the biro drawings created by the children. This is Ellie’s Mouse and Leo’s badger. Amazing attention to detail. Well done one and all!
How has art changed at CVPS? Staff researched the skills they wanted the children to have in art and design last summer, and we have changed some of the approaches to meet the challenges of developing these skills. So you may well hear your children discussing some of the language of artists when they come home after their lessons. They will talk
about tone, line, shading, the perspectives, the shading, as well as the subject of their creations.
Almost in the swing of things this term. The beginning of the week got off to a fantastic start as our new resident artist Jane McCracken joined pupils in year 3 and 4 to share some of her amazing skills as an artist specialising in wild animals.