Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back after the Christmas break. I hope that you all had an enjoyable break with your children.
It was lovely to see the children back who despite being tired got straight into their learning routines with enthusiasm.
Year 6 have excelled themselves at the start of this term with their focus on Dragons and literature relating to this topic. They have been using the outside area to explore dragon habitats and construct a dragon’s nest. I was amazed when I went outside to see what they had created! The classes had worked together to research, design and build a full-sized nest using interwoven branches and twigs with leaves and a dug out centrepiece. The classes then designed and made their own eggs. Mr Dutton, Mrs Smith and Mrs Fewell were delighted with the vocabulary the children used and their excitement about this topic. I am expecting some amazing pieces of writing!
As the rain and wet weather becomes more frequent using the outdoor area is becoming a messier affair! All children need to have their wellies and outdoor rain clothes in school at all times, just as they would a PE kit. We will not prevent children from going outside but their shoes and clothes may become very dirty. If you have not sent your child in with their outdoor clothes please try to do this term, thank you.
The snow caused great excitement and we were sad to not be able to play with the children outside. The reason we could not go onto the field to enjoy the weather was due to the large amount of fox deposits.
Normally we keep on top of this during the summer months but the field has not been cleared since before Christmas and Mrs Lambourne and myself, on checking the grass could see plenty of evidence of fox activity!
Mr Goldsmith did an amazing job clearing pathways for families to get across the site. He started this job at 5am and continued throughout the day. I am sure you will join me in thanking him for doing this.
Thank you to all the parents who had to make changes to pick-ups when we postponed the PTA Movie Night. This was not a decision we took lightly; following the previous evening of staff stuck in traffic for hours, some children unable to be collected from Play4Ages until just before 7pm and staff abandoning cars in the school car park, we decided that the risk of further delays due to thawed snow and new ice was too great a hazard.
Spring Term’s Parents’ Evening has been changed to the week before half term. The evenings will take place on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th February. We believe that Term 4 is hugely important and we would like to consult with parents before this term starts. Letters will be coming home regarding this. We will also shortly be confirming dates for open afternoons when you are welcome to come and see your children’s work in class during the day.
As always thank you for your support of our wonderful school and your children’s ongoing learning.
Mrs S Goosani