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Week Ending 5th October 2018


What another super busy week in school this week. The children have been busy doing their baseline assessments so that we can evaluate where the children are now, and what targets they need to work on throughout this term to reach their potential. They have all worked so hard and I look forward to seeing the progress they can make this year. The results that they receive will help us to predict where they may be at by the end of the year and consider whether they are ‘on track’.


The children really did ‘Believe in Themselves’ and worked hard to ‘Overcome their Obstacles’.


On Wednesday, we had ‘No Pens Wednesday’. It was fabulous to put our pens down for a day and concentrate on the speaking and listening skills that are so important for everyday life and the future. The children thoroughly enjoyed doing their learning in maths, English and topic through discussions, role-play, questioning and debating. No Pens Wednesday also made everyone realise the power of discussion and conversation, and how we all have to develop these skills to further our learning alongside others. The day was also to raise awareness of Dyslexia and the way in which some learners (including adults) do actually have difficulties putting pen to paper. The children also found other ways in which to develop their learning and further their progress throughout their learning career. What a powerful day!


For the day, we were very ‘inclusive, yet individual’.


On Thursday, the majority of our year 6 children (and their parents) may have visited Hall Park Academy in preparation for making their secondary school choices. Last week, it may have been The Kimberley School, Hucknall National or Bluecoat? Personally, as a mum myself, I am also in the same position for my daughter, Maisie, and I truly understand about this difficult choice. Good luck, folks….and remember you have to apply online by the 31st October 2018. Do not forget and end up regretting it.


This year will be about ‘Nurturing, developing and growing’


Project Playground is now finished! I am so excited, as are the children and teachers. We are currently awaiting the safety checks and the go ahead that the children can start their adventures. I think you’ll agree both developments on KS1 and KS2 playgrounds look fabulous and will give the children lots of opportunities to develop an…


Active body and Active Mind


We are constantly striving to evaluate ourselves as a school; considering ‘what we do well’ and ‘what would be even better if’. One of the best ways to capture this information is through ‘Parent View’, using the following website: The website is easy to use and the consultation only takes only a few minutes to complete.


Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about our school. We believe that Greasley Beauvale Primary School is a great school, but we also very much value parental opinion and feedback.


Using the Parent View website, all you have to do initially is register with your email address and then you can complete the online survey. The statements that you are asked to consider are around the following areas:


1. My child is happy at this school

2. My child feels safe at this school

3. My child makes good progress at this school

4. My child is well looked after at this school

5. My child is taught well at this school

6. My child receives appropriate homework for their age

7. This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

8. This school deals effectively with bullying

9. This school is well led and managed

10. This school responds well to any concerns I raise

11. I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress

12. Would you recommend this school to another parent?


We really value your views and by sharing your opinions, you’ll be helping us, as a school, to improve. Following the completion of the survey, we can then view your anonymous responses (as a whole-school community and not individually) and consequently make decisions about how to move forward as a school and in which areas.


In advance, I thank you so much for your co-operation as this really can help us to make Greasley Beauvale Primary School an even better place for all the children that attend. We very much look forward to the results and making continued plans for the future.


We really do wonder, and are curious, as to what you think?


Have a super weekend everyone. Enjoy your family time, stay safe at Goose Fair and see you next week.


Warm regards,


Mrs Michelle Bates