Thank you so much to all the parents and carers who have got behind Angela Stockwell’s campaign to improve the parking outside the school by using signs to highlight the issue. I really appreciate the support shown by you all in keeping our children safe. Angela and I are meeting next week to look at the various formats available. In the meantime, there has been some improvement in the situation so thank you for that.
In this edition of the newsletter you will read about some of the activities the children took part in during Arts Week. Our theme of ‘Trees for Life’ has resulted in some fabulous poetry, dance and art work. Each year group focussed on a particular artist and their interpretation of a tree. The children have also explored the importance of trees in our world and the current news around the devastating fires that have been sweeping through Australia, Indonesia and the Amazon. The children heard the story ‘Buddy’s Rainforest Rescue’ by Ellie Jackson which linked beautifully to Sunday evening’s David Attenborough’s One Planet programme. The Creative Curriculum Team are now working on turning the library area into a rainforest using the leaves the children have drawn! Hopefully, the children will feel inspired to keep thinking about how important our natural world is and how best they can help to protect its resources. I hope the children have been chattering at home about their achievements and are looking forward to sharing them at Parent/Teacher/Pupil Consultations next week!
For those of you new to the school, the Key Stage 2 hall is where everyone meets to review children’s progress so far between 15:30 and 19:00 on Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th November. The staff have the children’s maths and English books with them in the hall to help illustrate how the children are doing and what their next steps will be. In addition, the classrooms are open for you to look at displays and the rest of the children’s books. Please try to look at work before meeting the teachers; especially if your appointment is at the end of the evening as Mr Jess and I will be locking up the buildings as close to 7 as possible! We encourage children to attend the meetings and, should you need to discuss anything out of the earshot of children, they can wait in the centre of the hall until you are finished. I aim to keep things running as smoothly as possible and ask that you arrive promptly to help this, thank you! We look forward to seeing you.
I’m sure there must be many of you who, like me, are incredulous that we’re half way through November already! The excitement is mounting (led by Mrs Bugg) around Decoration Day on Monday 2nd December. I will be trying my best to avoid the glitter and seeking environmentally friendly alternatives! If you would like to get involved, please speak to class teachers as I’m sure that additional pairs of hands will be greatly appreciated!