We are heading towards the end of the first term which has flown by. We have had some exciting events happening in school, and still have some more to come during Fenland week.
The whole school was treated to a fantastic poetry reading by the famous poet Benjamin Zephaniah earlier in the term. Year 5/6 were particularly lucky because he then talked to the children about the process of writing. This fitted in brilliantly to one of the areas of the curriculum that we are developing this year; creative writing. Unfortunately Benjamin didn’t want the event publicised. He no longer performs in schools as he does more acting work, so he didn’t want lots of schools asking his agent for a performance. We were very lucky to have him, and all the children enjoyed his performance.
We are part of a new Wisbech wide project where some children from Year 3/4 get the chance to become “Reading Ambassadors”. Across the Wisbech schools as a whole, we are trying to promote a deeper love of reading. 15 children from our Year 3/4 went to the “Secret Garden” in Wisbech St. Mary where they were treated an afternoon of reading activities (including dissecting pretend poo!). They have another day in November where they will be meeting authors. The idea is that our Reading Ambassadors will then come back to school and support other children to develop a love of reading. The afternoon they attended was fun, and they are all looking forward to the day event next term.
What is still to come in the term?
Next Monday we have an assembly for Years 3 to 6 from the YMCA called “I am whole.” This is the opportunity for the children to think about who they can go to if they need to ask for help if they are worried, or how to spot signs in other children if they are struggling. Very sadly there are increasing number of young children who are struggling with mental health issues, and whether this is due to the internet, or peer pressure it is something that schools need to address. This is a tried and tested child friendly assembly which will be aimed at the ages and stages of the children.
Also coming next week on Thursday is the Halloween disco. You will have received a letter from the Parent Council this week to apply for tickets. I would also make a plea, we are very short of parents who want to join the Parent Council. Indeed we thought that we would have to cancel the disco, due to not enough parents wanting to help out. Luckily some parents responded to a Facebook appeal and the disco is going ahead. The Parent Council raises money for treats for the children for example, making the cost of the coach cheaper for all children going on a trip. If you are thinking of joining, let school know, or speak to Amber Irvine, Jessica’s mum in Year Two.
On Friday 11th Reception parents are invited to a coffee afternoon at 2.30pm. This is to raise money for McMillan cancer, it is also part of the Early Years’ curriculum; helping others. Donations of cakes would be most welcome on the day. Any unsold cakes will be sold after school to the rest of the school community.
During the final week of term (w/c 14th October) we have our special Fenland week. This is an event that we do every year in order that the children have pride living on the Fens. We have a number of events booked for this.
On Monday 14th we are having a visitor who lives on the Fens who tells Ghanaian stories. This is part of our work on the Five Fabulous Foundations of our curriculum (reading and the wider world)
On Tuesday 15th all the children will have the opportunity to try speed stacking with the company that we use who are based in Chatteris.
Wednesday 16th is a whole school Religious Education (RE) day, where the children will get the chance to learn more about Harvest through activities that the teachers will be creating. They will be working with children from other classes during the day.
On Thursday 17th there are two events. The first is the scarecrow competition. The children are given a wooden spoon and are expected to make a scarecrow for home learning around a theme. A separate letter will be coming out with further details, however the theme this year will be traditional clothes around the world. (This is to fit in with our focus on geography).
The second event on the same day is the Harvest Festival which Year 3/4 are in charge of. Please do join us at Emmanuel church at 2pm on 17th for the event. We always make up harvest parcels for elderly people in the village from donations of food. These are delivered after the harvest festival. A letter will be coming out separately about this, but if you are shopping at the weekend, do think about an extra tin of food that we can add to the parcels. This event helps us to teach the children about respect for elderly people living locally. Respect is one of our five fabulous foundations of the curriculum.
On Friday 18th, just before the half term holiday, we have a harvest lunch for children. Again the aim of this is to have pride about living on the Fens, which is such an important food growing area.
How are we addressing the main school priorities for this year?
One of our families have been extraordinarily generous. They have decided to set up a scheme to help children tell the time. Once the children can tell the time to the minute, they will be given a watch to keep. The detail of how we test the children is yet to be worked out, so this will be something we will begin after half term However if you want some additional holiday home learning, spend a few minutes each day helping your child to learn to tell the time using a traditional (analogue) clock. The family have very generously funded the scheme, but wish to remain anonymous. We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift.
Welcome to Ellphia who joined us from another school this term. We now have 102 on roll.
A huge thank you to Mr. Killingworth who raised over £700 at the Race Night. This will be used to pay for the children to go to the pantomime at Christmas. Also to Mrs .Killingworth who runs the bingos at the village hall. The last one raised almost £200 for the school. We are very grateful for their continued support. Thank you to you if you attended any of these events, or supported them in any way.
We currently have a vacancy for a Lunchtime Assistant on Monday and Thursday. The main duty is supervising the children during the lunchtime break and playing games with them. This term time only post is £8.43 per hour for two days a week. If you are interested, please pick up an application form from the office.
Swimming will end at half term. After that we will be moving on to another area of the PE curriculum, and will be focusing on dance. We employ an excellent dance teacher who will be joining us after the half term break to work with all classes in school. Swimming restarts after Easter.
Remember we have a Breakfast Club which is open from 8.00am. There is no need to book for this, you can just turn up and pay on the day. So if you need to do some secret Christmas shopping next term, this is the perfect opportunity to get to the shops before the crowds! The club charges are £2.00 per day. It includes a breakfast as well as an hour’s childcare. If you have more than one child and want to attend, costs reduce. Please pop into the school hall before school if you want to talk to the Breakfast Club staff.
What’s happening this term?
These dates are also on the school website if you lose this letter.
10th Halloween disco
11th Reception parents invited to a coffee afternoon 2.30pm
w/c 14th Fenland week
14th African experience - all year groups have the opportunity to find out about music and stories from Ghana
15th speed stacking extravaganza - all year groups have the opportunity to try speed stacking
17th Scarecrow competition in school
17th Harvest Festival at the church 2.00pm run by Mango Class
18th Harvest lunch for children
w/c 22nd HALF TERM
28th Bikeability for Year 5/6
28th KS2 basketball after school club begins
30th Flu vaccination 1pm Years R to 6
29th Parents’ evening 3.45pm – 5.15pm
31st Parents’ evening 3.45pm – 6.45pm
5th Reading ambassadors to visit the “Secret Garden”
11h Remembrance at the War Memorial on the Village Green 11am - please join us
11th - 15th Anti Bullying Week
11th Individual photos taken 1.30pm
14th Curiosity Café 2.30pm
21st Christmas Fair 3.15pm – 4.30pm
w/c 9th last week for after school sports club
12th Nativity at the church 2pm
17th Christmas Dinner for children
18th Pantomime at Spalding am
19th CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
6th School begins for children
Ms. Blyth, Headteacher
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