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Week Ending 27th January 2017
This week, the following children have received a Head Teacher’s Award:
Leah – Year 3 – Methodical work when solving maths reasoning problems with accurate calculations
Ella Ryley – Year 3 – Methodical work when solving maths reasoning problems with accurate calculations
Toby – Year 2 – for consistent use of adjectives in his animal fact file
Joshua – Year 5 – for excellent understanding of parenthesis
James – Year 4 – for fantastic Maths reasoning and use of halving and times tables
Charlie – Year 4 – for a fantastic descriptive paragraph using fronted adverbials, ambitious vocabulary and top punctuation.
Neive – Year 4 – for a fantastic descriptive paragraph including accurate use of fronted adverbials.
Alice – EYFS – for writing a super sentence all by herself
WILF will be spending time with class 2 for 100% attendance this week and Jessica will be visiting class 7 for 98.7%.
Diary of the week:
What a great start to the week with the ‘Parent Partnership event’ where I was able to tell you the story of my research into the impact of parental engagement in the child’s learning. There was a fantastic turn out and it was great to see so many of you there. You asked some great questions and I enjoyed the challenge with one or two more tricky questions! Thank you to everyone who has agreed to be part of the research process, I look forward to interviewing you. If anybody else would like to be involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In class 5 and 6 this week, it has been very exciting due to new class pets. The year 2 topic is ‘Secret lives of Pets’ and introducing their new fish to the classroom has allowed the children to explore the responsibilities of looking after pets and the needs of animals. ‘Daisy and Bubble’ are currently enjoying their life in class 6 and ‘Rose and Freddie’ are swimming around happily in class 5.
We have had a considerable amount of staff absence this week as a number of bugs and viruses have swept through the building. We are expecting Miss McKellar back in school on Monday, alongside Mr Fuller. We are not expecting Mrs Henshaw back in school until Thursday, Mrs Tantum will be covering in her class to ensure continuity.

I am delighted to say that my intensive training is now complete and apart from the odd day here and there carrying out inspections, I am back in school. I have to congratulate Michelle Bates and the team for their super efforts in my absence. Mrs Bates has now raised the bar for the weekly blog, and I will attempt to meet her high expectations.

Due to pupil pressure, we have reinstated the weekly singing session. Many children have missed this and asked if it could return (we have only missed 2 weeks). It was great to have them all together on Thursday afternoon, when we didn’t learn anything new but enjoyed a good sing of our favourites. From next Monday we will be introducing some new songs and I am very much looking forward to it, it’s great to be able to spend some time with them all again.

The unveiling of the new ‘Buddy Bench’ on Friday morning was lovely. Mrs Joan Slack was Great Grandmother to Keira Dakin and Adam Gill, and Great Great Grandmother to Finley Campbell. In her will she gifted money for the school and we chose to have a ‘Buddy Bench’, where children could sit if they had no one to play with, so that this could be addressed. The unveiling took place as part of the Gold Book assembly, with representatives from the family present. We are grateful to Joan and the family for this super gift.

Have a lovely weekend.