Welcome back to the latter half of the Autumn term.
This is a wonderful time of year to be working in a Primary School with young children. In spite of the new national lock down starting today we intend to make every effort to stay open and offer our children some normality with their daily lessons and some fun and excitement as we share with them the joy of preparing for Christmas. This year will be different but this does not mean we cannot spread some joy and happiness within our school community over the next 6 weeks.
Next week there will be no clubs all week as we will be holding our parents' evenings by Zoom. This is a new experience for us all and we hope it works well for everyone. We will be sending out some guidance and invitations shortly. Teachers will be zooming from their classrooms and please contact the school office should you experience any difficulties connecting. We will do our best to help and any constructive feedback will be helpful after your meeting.
Let us hope the sun continues to shine so we can enjoy a walk in our wonderful countryside during our first lock down weekend this Autumn.
Please let me know if you have any concerns or worries that I can help with by email or phone; or please speak to me outside school in the morning during "Drop off". I am here to help.
It's that time of year again...Year 6 have gone Pudsey mad!!
Children in Need is next week and the children have been very busy. We all had to get our thinking caps on, as this event, too, needed a new and different approach. Staff encouraged us to create game boxes that they can access in their bubbles - and we got onto this straight away!
We have tried really hard, to still tailor our game ideas to the different age groups and children will donate to Children in Need in return for puzzle sheets, raffle tickets and other activities and games.
Parents - we need your help.
Please can you send your child into school on Thursday 12th November with some money to donate to Children in Need. This can be in an envelope, money bag, or purse. We normally ask for £5 for the children to enjoy the games and the event; this year is slightly different. We ask that you send in £5 or more if possible as a donation to this super event, and most importantly to support this worthwhile cause - helping children less fortunate than us.
We will make sure that pictures are still taken, showing everyone having fun! Check out next week's newsletter.
The Friends of Grantham Prep. are organising a Christmas raffle and would appreciate your support.
We will be placing a trug in each classroom and if you have any gifts you are able to donate please ask your child to place it in the trug. Once filled these will make terrific raffle prizes, based on previous years!
We will also be sending a booklet of raffle tickets home with each child in the coming days. The cut off time for bringing in gifts will be a week ahead of the draw, in order to enable trugs to be ‘quarantined’, so please drop off any contributions as early as possible. Many thanks for your help. Monies raised will contribute to the new musical instruments which the Friends are donating to the school playground.
Just a quick reminder about the Inter-House recitation competition which will take place on Friday 13th November. I have received lots of entries, which is wonderful. Everyone who has entered has just over a week to perfect their performance. Please remember the poems will need to be performed from memory.
During the week before half term our children responded to a challenge set up by one of our sister schools in Spain - the jerusalemachallenge.
During STEAM, the juniors, learned and performed the dance, under the watchful eyes of Miss Linehan, Mrs Jackson, Mrs Dickinson and Mrs Clegg. Although they are very suspicious by their lack of appearance on the dance floor, Mr Tranter and Mr Park were also there!!) The Infants also got involved and the children learned and performed the dance brilliantly in the hour session.
Make up your own minds and maybe you could get involved in your own family version of the dance!
During October Holiday Camp the children have been doing lots of fun autumn crafts and enjoyable sports activities.
They have made some beautiful Autumn Mandalas and Autumn mobiles out of colourful leaves, conkers, acorns, sticks and pine cones.
The children have also been busy cutting, gluing and sticking their own pumpkins. The Juniors have made some very cool Halloween pumpkin projects using the art technique of positive and negative space as well as symmetry.
The children have also been painting leaves and pine cones to make lovely Autumnal imprint pictures.
A great time was had by all and we look forward to welcoming the children again at the Christmas Holiday Camp.
On the Thursday before we broke up for half term the children enjoyed some fun and games during their Halloween "Bubble" parties. As well as bringing/wearing a Halloween accessory the children enjoyed playing themed games such as wrapping a mummy (by wrapping someone in toilet roll!), decorating satsumas into pumpkins and musical statues to name but a few.
We might not be able to gather in large groups this year to watch stunning colourful firework displays and watch the dancing flames of a bonfire. But on this fifth of November our Pre-school children have not missed out (too much) because they have been very creative making their own bonfire collages. Aren’t they great?
As an extra treat the children were encouraged, (not that they needed it!) to skewer 5 marshmallows on a bamboo stick, under close supervision and socially distant, which they took home to ‘toast’ and enjoy!
In Reception the children have really enjoyed their first week back after the half term holidays. In History they have been learning about the famous Gunpowder Plot which took place on 5th November 1605 and have been researching about what happened to poor old Guy Fawkes!!! They also linked this with their Literacy, when they wrote their own bonfire shape poems. They brainstormed some super adjectives that described fireworks and the sounds they make beautifully. We were really proud of their work and have created a firework display board in the classroom. We also gave the children a firework model challenge which they had to complete independently. It was great to watch them assemble their models and observe how creative they were creating their individual designs. Well done!
The children in Year One have had a busy week. Not only have they been working hard in all curriculum subjects, but they have also been looking at the importance of working as a team to get things done! In this area, they particularly excelled whilst classifying animals by their food requirements... be they, carnivore, herbivore or omnivore, the animals were swiftly put into groups. Everyone showed expert knowledge and understanding during the team discussions and decision making. In P.S.H.E., the task was set to construct a wonderful Duplo model; working together right through from the design process to completing the model. Year One children are tough negotiators and as you can see, the end results were fantastic. Welcome back everyone and thank you for your enthusiasm and effort.
The children in class 2 quickly settled down to some hard work after returning from the half term holidays.
In English, they enjoyed writing "Acrostic" poems that described a specific topic word. The topic word was "Fireworks". This linked in with what they were learning in their History lessons. Each line of the poem started with the letters of the topic word and it was a great way to introduce poetry writing.
Here are some fun acrostic poems written by our class 2 poets!
In maths, the children worked on adding and subtracting numbers using the column method. They wrote down the sums into ones, tens and hundreds columns with great concentration and remembered to start with the ones first.
The children showed some fantastic maths skills whilst working out the sums.
Everyone in class 2 worked hard with strong focus, excellent effort and determination.
During their PSHE lessons Class 3 have been thinking about Respect. In particular we discussed how to show courtesy and respect to others and understanding mutual respect. We then thought about how we could grow respect and the children came up with some wonderful ways in which we could and displayed them in our Respect garden.
Here are some of their thoughts:
Question - How does respect grow?
"When you say it is OK to be different"
" When you treat others how you would like to be treated"
"When you listen to other people's opinions"
"When you make people smile"
Class 4 have been looking at the different ways that we can have a healthy lifestyle.
They designed a poster to promote 6 main areas - exercise, good hygiene, sleep, healthy diet, good mental health and appropriate clothing.
Pupils also discussed the many factors that can affect these, especially looking at how advertising and Media can alter our choices in our diet.
Pupils had some excellent ideas on how to stay healthy, and offered different points of view on how things change as we get older!! It was good to hear that many pupils of Class 4 recognise their parents as super role models. Well done class 4 (and well done parents!)
This week in STEM class 5 turned their hands to aeronautical design and building. The children were challenged to make a plane that would fly the furthest. They practised making a prototype first before building their final design. The children worked really well and produced some excellent designs, whilst having fun in the process. Definitely some future engineers in the making.
This week class 6 turned their hands to microbiology. Learning about viruses, bacteria and fungi the children made their own virus (very topical!). The children’s finished designs were very interesting and well thought out. Well done year 6!
An Important Vote
In English this week, we voted on the Shakespeare play that we will study in more depth this half term. Mrs Dickinson pitched 3 contrasting plays and it was a tie! In the end, The Comedy of Errors was chosen; a tale of mistaken identity and confusion, and we started to think about the challenges of a play that includes two sets of identical twins!
This week some of our preschool students returned to our school in the CAI (Daycare) system. Anxiety, excitement, and anticipation filled their young hearts while part of the school staff warmly welcome them. As soon as they arrived, the health protocol was carefully reviewed with them in order to keep a safe environment at all times. This first approach to normalcy pretends to test the safety protocols in all and each possible forms to guarantee a harmless stay to our recently arrived kids. It is imperative that all people involved; students, parents, teachers, maintenance and administrative personnel, follow the health guidelines in a thorough manner. Besides following the already mentioned procedures, it must be said that students sincerely cherished this new opportunity to regain some of the routines they were suddenly deprived from. Last but not least, it is also important to highlight the teachers´ reaction to this shy reopening as one of extreme satisfaction just by looking at those little shiny faces. As one kid put it last Monday on his way out at the end of the school day: “Mommy, I just wish it were tomorrow already”.
Ronald Ramírez G.
Head of Studies
Offstage Drama has resumed their Saturday drama workshops.
There are two sessions:
9.30 am - 10.30 am - Children aged 4-11
10.30 am - 11.30 am - Secondary aged children
We ensure that children are spaced out, the hall is well-ventilated and that good hand hygiene is adhered to. We have contact details for all of the families, so that if there are any concerns, these can be shared quickly. This is subject, of course, to any further updates from the Government nearer the time.
I would like to offer any current children in Year 6, whether or not they already attend the sessions, the chance to join the 10.30am workshop.
Please contact Ellie Dickinson for more information on email@example.com
School Bus Collection Points & Times
Bookings for this week:
Please contact the school office to book a place for your child.
8.10am Normanton on Cliffe
On Fridays the bus will run 15 minutes earlier to ensure pupils arrive in time for the *Music Machine" School Band rehearsal.
Access to the School Building after 4.30pm
As you are all aware there is now a gate which has a key code access to the Creche in the evening. If you do not have the code, please call 01476 593293 and your call will be answered by Creche.