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February assemblies have focussed on being resourceful and this couldn’t have been more evident than in Arts Week. The teachers all modelled how resourceful they are through the exciting learning opportunities and activities they planned for the children throughout the week. It was amazing to see just how much work had been produced by the end of the week using a range of different resources. The children, of course, used their own resourcefulness throughout the week too; creating skeletons using different materials, composing rhythms using a range of different percussion instruments and through the costumes they wore on the final day. They all looked fantastic! While a lot of our learning powers were used throughout the week, resourcefulness definitely shone through.
In talking groups, the children have also been discussing how they can be resourceful in school and how it is important to choose and use the correct resources appropriately to support them with their learning. They discussed how we can learn a lot from nature and looked at how plants and insects can be much more resourceful than we are. The children then discussed what we can learn from their resourcefulness and how we can apply it to our own lives.
The school will be open today. Registers will be kept open until 9:30 to help families stagger their journeys and/or walk. Please take children directly to classrooms up to 9:30.
As classrooms are warm, we’ll continue with World Book Day to avoid disappointment and planned activities! Do have suitable outside clothing for those children who would enjoy playing in the snow. Alternative arrangements will be made for children to stay inside if they prefer.
If the weather deteriorates, we will operate a similar policy to yesterday – feeding the children, announcing an earlier pick up time but keeping the school open with a skeleton staff until 3:10/15.
Should anyone be able to help Mr Jenkins with clearing paths and the car parks – it would be most welcome.
Please see our Extreme Weather policy for more information.
Due to the heavy snow forecast for the rest of the day, we will be allowing the children to be collected from school at 1pm after they have had their lunch. For those parents who cannot collect their children, we will be running on a skeleton staff and will combine the children across year groups to ensure they are well looked after. Please collect your child from the usual door and we will only be able to let children go with their agreed adult. Please take care when travelling to and from school; our site manager is trying to keep the main paths clear but obviously some areas of the site are slippery due to the most recent snow.
A decision about the school opening tomorrow will be made in the morning, please check the website and your email for notifications.
This is a reminder that tomorrow, Friday 23rd February, the children will be celebrating our special Art Week with a parade and showcase to the rest of the school.
The day will be fancy dress, with a ‘Dia de los Muertos’ theme, which involves lots of bright colours, face paints and masks – any colourful clothing would be just perfect!
A little creative face painting is entirely optional.
As a result, Summercroft Time will be moved to Friday 2nd March and Friday 9th March.
So far, it has been a fun and educational week for the children. Thank you for your support.
The Creative Arts Team.
We have started the New Year with our ‘Resilience’ learning power. The first assembly reminded the children about what resilience means through the story of Milo the starfish. The children have then been thinking about what resilience looks like in real life at home and at school. We have continued this through further assemblies getting the children to think about how and when they have been resilient and why it is important. We have also been setting New Year’s Resolutions in talking groups and thinking about how we need to be resilient in order to achieve these goals. It is important for the children to recognise that they may not succeed first time but need to keep trying to get better in class, on the sports field or playing musical instruments. Without being resilient we can’t learn from our mistakes. The story of Austin’s Butterfly is another great example of how by being resilient and taking on feedback, we can improve our work from any age as you can see from the picture. If you notice a bit more resilience from your children at home, please do let us know.
The computing team are pleased to announce the children who will be our first Computing Ambassadors. As this is a new role, it will evolve throughout the year but initially they will focus on:
Our ambassadors have already been road testing apps and their ‘App of the Week’ is:
10 Minutes a Day Times Tables – This app is an ‘excellent, fun, racing car way to learn!’ times tables for 6-9 year olds and it gets a 4 Star rating from Liberty.
Watch this space for a regular update.