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Week Ending 9th March 2018


This week, the following children have received a Head Teacher’s Award:


Thomas – Year 4 – For some excellent homework, where he was able to ‘up-level’ simple sentences with a wide range of vocabulary and expanded noun phrases


Attendance figures this week are as follows:


Despite school only being open for 3 days last week, due to snow, classes 2, 5, 6, 9 and 12 all received 100% attendance – well done, all!


The ‘Top Table’ VIP lunch awards goes to:


Class 1 – Rylan Gregory

Class 2 –Poppy Bestwick

Class 4 – Amy Kerry Cole

Class 5 – Isabelle Groves

Class 7 – Reagon groves

Class 10 – Jakob Bentley Coombes

Class 13 – Liam Sawdon

Class 13 – Sam Shipley


Week Ending 9th March 2018

Welcome back to the first full week back after the snow. Apologies for the inconvenience caused once again, but we really did have the safety of the whole Greasley Beauvale community at heart. Thanks also for the emails of support and the reassurance that we were doing the right thing for the children also. We are aware that workshops and trips were booked during the snowy period, and the freezing conditions, and we are currently looking at reorganising those events.


Monday was so exciting being back at school and what a day to return too…World Book Day! The children looked amazing and thanks for all of your time, effort and purchases to ensure that the children looked truly fabulous. The array of characters was fabulous and the children ‘had a ball’. As did the teachers, who all enjoyed dressing up as Mr. Men and Little Miss Characters. I thoroughly enjoyed being ‘Little Miss Girl Boss’ for the day!


Throughout the past two weeks, I have been carrying out observations of the teaching and learning taking place at Greasley, and I can honestly say that I am truly impressed as school has been a hive of activity and positivity since returning after the half term holiday. I have seen new approaches to reading in school being embedded, writing really developing for their audiences and purposes and resilience when problem solving in Maths. I have seen resourcefulness in the classroom and a real sense of independence developing. The words that we have chosen towards our new vision of 2018 have really started to shine through and they haven’t even been implemented yet. We are just aware of them; beginning to talk about, starting to use them and already they are visible around school and starting to become part of the culture and ethos.


A reminder of the chosen words for the vision from children, parents, staff and governors:


Effective communication, social skills, independence, creative, resilience, respect, self-confidence, challenging yourself, risk-taking, aspirational, empathy, curious and forward-thinking.


This week, we had our parents’ evenings and thanks to all the parents, who managed to come to the appointments to discuss your child’s learning. It was lovely to see you all and the comments you made were lovely! Thank you.


Today ended well with the year 5 children experiencing their Viking visitor day. They all dressed up for the experience and looked absolutely fabulous as Viking warriors, men, women and children. Don’t be too scared when they come tonight as characters from the past.


Next week, we have an exciting week planned for the children with National science week. Monday starts with the delivery of the eggs in their incubators. I love watching the eggs crack and seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as the chicks hatch out. What a great way to start off an exciting week.


During the science week, we also have lots of science activities planned, visitors from Hall Park Academy to share some secondary science and art work to display in the corridors. We have also invited parents in on Thursday afternoon to take part in some of the activities. We hope you can make it. Sorry once again for the delay as we were hoping to get the letters out before the snow closures. All of the work will then we showcased for the children to see in the hall for the following Monday. I can’t wait to see what the different classes get up to and what scientific learning they have to share.


Have a fabulous weekend, everyone and enjoy the warmth!


Warm regards,

Mrs Bates

Head Teacher