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Week Ending 1st March 2019


Positive praise this week went to:


Freddie – Green 2 – Handwriting and spelling

Aaron – Green 2 – Handwriting

Lilly - Green 2 - Handwriting

Jacob – Yellow 1 – Timestables

Jagan – Yellow 1 – Timestables

Ollie – Yellow 1 – Timestables


Current attendance results are as follows:


1st place goes to Indigo 2 for 99.6% attendance.

2nd place goes to Green 2 for 99.2% attendance.

3rd place goes to Red 1 for 98.3% attendance.


Week Ending 1st March 2019


What a great first week back and welcome everyone to spring term 2.


It’s been a busy week already, with some fabulous highlights. The first one being an invite for four children to attend a sports event in Birmingham. This is what Mr Leyshon had to say about the day:


“Our day was kicked off with a session designed to show children that high-level sport isn’t all about the athletes themselves. They looked at many different professions that support elite athletes in their pursuit of excellence and then a professional nutrionalist delved deeper into how different food groups are utilised differently for different sports.


Then, we had the star of the show - the session with a trained cycling instructor on the velodrome track! They were trained on how to stop and start without any brakes using race bikes with wheels that couldn’t even free wheel (you can’t stop pedalling and are locked in to the pedal with special footwear!). It was definitely daunting for them, but they absolutely LOVED it when they got going and started to move onto the curved and raised - also daunting - velodrome track! A few described this is as the best thing they’ve ever done with school that they could remember, ever, or even one, KJ, said it was the best day of his life!


We finished with a volleyball session with a strong leadership focus. Children were mixed to work with different school groups and not only had to learn the skills themselves, but also use the new skills to design a comprehensive warm up that would raise heart rates, loosen muscles and tune in the sport specific skills ready for a match. They delivered these warm ups to large groups of other children in their groups of four - which again was an extremely daunting, new experience for most - and then applied the new skills in some matches.


A thoroughly enjoyable day!”


I have been entertained all day by some fabulous sounds coming from Year 4 in the hall. This week we have had a theatre company in school teaching the children a short musical play to perform for their parents at the end of the day. This has been linked to their topic of Ancient Greece. Some of the children have discovered new talents and very much enjoyed learning some great songs and dance routines. The children who are Greek Gods have very easily slipped into their roles!


I know the children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you Year 4 for brightening my day.


For me personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching some of the year 2 children this week as part of a reading group. The children were curious about language and ‘reading between the lines’ to answer questions in detail. They used their own life experiences to comprehend the text in full, and understand what the paragraphs were telling them. They were also really challenging themselves to use the very best vocabulary that they could.


I also had a personal highlight in EYFS yesterday. I bought them the story book ‘The Wonky Donkey’. Many people fell in love with this story, following an internet sensation, where a granny was filmed reading to her grandson. She laughed her way through the reading and the clip went viral. The book is currently a bestseller and hilarious when reading with children. I bought the book for early years and many begged me to go and read it to them! It was a highlight and I loved every minute of it!


What a great job.


It’s been a busy week back at school and it has been great to see the children back safe, well, learning and happy. Have a great weekend everyone and I look forward already to another super week next week.


Warm regards,


Michelle Bates

Head Teacher