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Week Ending 14th June 2019


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


Yellow 1 – Seb, Jagan and Ollie – For a fantastic attitude to learning. During free time, all three boys chose to work on their writing and maths with each other and there was a great use of vocabulary and ideas. The boys also marked their own work during checking time and self-corrected to make it even better. Super attitude boys – well done!


Green 2 – Jack, Lily Mae and Sid – For their superb homework activities. They have each challenged themselves to complete a range of activities to a good standard and all handed in on time. Their books look fantastic.


Blue 2 – Isaac – For excellent presentation of his poem using personification and good language choices. Isaac focussed really well and gave some fantastic ideas.


Violet 1 – Ben – For his absolutely fantastic contribution to class during the last two science lessons. His knowledge and willingness to learn has been outstanding!


Violet 1 – KJ – For vivid and imaginative description when doing a piece of writing about the ‘Titanium’ video in class. KJ showed great persistent and perseverance when writing and was eager to do more. He pushed his vocabulary choices and aimed for the very top!


A HUGE well done this week to three girls in Miss Thompson’s class, who have now become ‘ROCK HEROES’ on Times Tables Rock. This means that the children are now able to answer the questions at lightning speed…in fact, under a second. Something which I can not yet do! A BIG well done to Ella-Ryley, Katherine and Maddie! Such an achievement!


Current attendance results are as follows:


1st place goes to Orange 2 for 100% attendance.

2nd place goes to Violet 2 for 97.4% attendance.

3rd place goes to Green 2 for 96.7% attendance.


Weekly update…


A great start to the week by giving all children, who received 100% attendance in the spring term, their reward certificate and raffle ticket. These children were very excited and Holly from Indigo 2 won the £10 book token. I spoke to the children about attendance being important for school and later on in life when working. However, that we do not expect children to be in school when poorly and that if they didn’t get 100% last term, then they may well do this term. We aim for attendance to be above 95% and currently our figures are at 96.6%. Thanks for your support, as whole-school attendance is improving all the time.


This week, the year 1 children have been sitting their statutory Phonics Screening Check. These are conducted by Miss Atamaniuk and Miss Schofield, but it is good practice for me to go and observe some of the checks. I have to say, I was incredibly impressed. The children worked so hard to segment, blend and chunk the sounds to read out the real words and nonsense words on the page. They clearly have worked hard throughout the year and I have been incredibly proud of the year 1 children and all their staff (including all the TAs who have worked with them this year!).


On Tuesday, Miss Marvin’s class and Mr Leyshon’s class met with their link schools from the other side of Nottingham. Once again, they were able to share their experiences and worked jointly on projects and sessions. These were the last of the sessions and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences of meeting new children from different schools. I too have enjoyed seeing different children and staff at Greasley Beauvale Primary and sharing skills. This is what the Mr Leyshon had to say… 


We began the day by creating welcome posters to ensure that Beeston Rylands Junior School were received warmly. We also introduced some of the Rainbow Values that we hold at the heart of our curriculum. We then split into mixed groups for the morning and afternoon sessions. One of which, with myself, children took part in a teamwork focussed session where they had to create the tallest building-like structure that could house a ‘Beegu’ (an alien we met on a drama activity earlier in the year!), using limited resources. The results, both in outcome and the level of teamwork and cooperation on show, were incredible and a credit to both schools.


In the other session, children analysed the similarities and differences of our two schools and then designed a school of their own. We shared playtime and lunchtime together, with many of the children feeling confident enough to choose to sit with children from the other schools, which was lovely to see.


Overall, it was a very successful day, rounded off by some very sentimental last thoughts we shared about the Link Project as a whole. Nearly all of the children felt a sadness that it was all coming to an end, but they all agreed that the many skills they’d learnt would set them up well for future experiences in life and that they’d feel more confident of meeting new people, particularly at secondary school in a few years.


Mr Leyshon



To end the week, our year 6 children are going to Brookhill Leys primary School today for the “Great Get Together”. This afternoon is for all year 6 children, within the local family of schools, to meet before going off to secondary school. This was a planned event to form part of the transition plan from a primary perspective – team building skills and community links. What a great idea and I am sure they will love it.  


Have a great weekend everyone and I look forward already to another super week next week. Please let’s pray for less rain next week!!

Warm regards,


Michelle Bates

Head Teacher