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Week Ending 9th November 2018


Hello everyone,


What a fantastic start to the second half of the autumn term. On Tuesday morning, when the children returned to school, I couldn’t have been any prouder. I walked around school to see all the children in their different classes and all were smart, respectful, ready for learning and had kept themselves safe over the holidays. It was so lovely to see the children and staff again and we are ready and raring to go for this half term. One of our governors also commented on Tuesday what a great atmosphere there was in school and how happy and settled everyone seemed after the holiday.

Our INSET day on Monday was around positive behaviour management and ways in which we can further support children with specific needs in school. We talked at length about our behaviour policy and the ways in which we can improve behaviour to learning also. In addition to this, I met with local head teachers today around how, as a group of schools, we move forward with behaviour consistency and ensure that as a family of schools we have similar policies and practice.


Our DT club over the last 3 weeks has been a huge success; the children have worked fantastically as part of a team, used cooperation and fantastic imagination to create our three wonderful sculptures… Ian the Jellyfish, Barbara the octopus and Travis the turtle! On top of all that, they have showed a great empathy for their environment and really engaged with the huge plastic problem we are encountering at the moment. On Tuesday evening, the club finished their plastic sculptures and we will be sending off our entries to the competition this Friday. In support of our entry, we will also include a short video, which shows the children hard at work! It will include some short interviews with some children and staff and lots of photographs of the creation process. The children are really excited about this opportunity and we really believe we have a chance of winning! I look forward to sharing the results with you.



Please view the below link which just goes to show what a great school we have. We have entered into a competition about the damaging effects that plastic is having on us locally and globally. I am so proud of the staff and children. I think they deserve some recognition for this and if Ofsted want to see a curriculum that doesn't focus just on tests, data and a narrowed curriculum, this is how we do it as GREASLEY BEAUVALE PRIMARY SCHOOL 😊


In the main corridor this week, we had a Viking invasion of long ships and the homework projects from the year 5 children is well displayed and demonstrates the pride, effort and enthusiasm they put into this work. For anyone that sees them, I’m sure that you’ll agree that the work and craftsmanship is of a very high standard and the children deserve a huge well done for their efforts and time with their parents during Home learning.


On Thursday morning, I also watched the year 4 parental event, where all the children were dressed as Roman soldiers, gods, goddesses or ladies. They looked fabulous (including the staff!). I heard readings from the children, read articles from the Pompeii news, looked at the artistic mosaics and witnessed Roman war defence lines. The parents were then invited to try roman bread and trial mosaic designs for themselves. A great event and so lovely to see so many of you in school.


Today, we obviously gave our respect to all the soldiers, and their families, as part of the First World War Centenary. The children took part in activities throughout the day and year 6 children have also been to meet members of the Greasley Parish Council and made cards in respect of the soldiers of Eastwood during the first world war. Every class did activities around Remembrance and the work produced was stunning. The work in the hall from all classes, including year 4 homework projects, is stunning and well worth a viewing.


Thanks for your continued support in school. Have a great weekend everyone.


Warm regards,

Michelle Bates

Head Teacher