|E-Newsletter Issue 107: Friday 3rd November 2017|
As part of the Year 5/6 theme of USA, pupils were immersed in Area 51 this week, carrying out an alien autopsy and testing for DNA. The children were completley engaged and produced some amazing science work - Heather told me this morning that humans share 50% of their DNA with potatoes!
Wedding in Early Years
I'm sure that many of you will have already seen the photos on display near Oak Class but to bring you up to speed with a busy end to last half term, here are our reception children taking a very exciting and real life approach to their RE studies of celebrations and special days! The carefully arranged wedding ceremony saw each of the children take on a very important role from bride and groom to photographer and best man. The ceremony took place in St Mary's Church and was conducted by not one but two vicars! Waiting back at school was a fantastic wedding reception with cake and sandwiches. It was such a special day that we will forgive the groom for eating his ring.
The Great Outdoors!
Cedar Class and Oak Class enjoyed a beautiful autumnal day at Salcey Forest this week. Pupils in Year 1/2 are learning about the Jungle Book as part of their Indian theme and, in the spirit of acting like Mowgli, they set about making dens out of branches and building bridges across ditches to hold their weight. The children also explored the Gruffalo trail using the Gruffalo Spotter APP. Oak Class built brilliant dens for their teddy bears and explored the surroundings as part of their new theme of 'The Forest' - what a great place to start!
Wraparound Care Update
Yesterday, Woodleys Day Nurseries emailed over their wraparound care offer which will be checked in school and shared with parents next week. Ofsted regulations mean that Woodleys are required to register the Grendon setting which can be a lengthy process and this will be explained in the paperwork, along with opening times and costings.
I am aware that there are a small minority of pupils who are persistently arriving for school late. The school day begins at 8.55am, with registration taking place at 9am. Arriving late into class is disruptive not only to the individual pupil but also to the whole class and so please ensure that your child arrives at school in good time.
Arriving after the register has closed constitues an unauthorised absence.
If you arrive at school after 8.55am, please report to the school office.
Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate!
Pine Class pupils were excited to begin the new half term with a letter from Cadburys World. The letter explained that the factory had made too much chocolate and that they wanted the children to design packaging for a new chocolate bar! Throughout the week, children have been involved in various investigations involving chocolate to support this work. There have been some wonderful smells wafting into my office.
Alice in Wonderland
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (Years 1-6)
Wednesday 13th December 2017 evening performance
Ticket information to follow
Like Oak's wedding, children in Year 1/2 rounded off their half term with a wonderful religious celebration, this time on Diwali, linked to their theme of India. The children were so excited to share their hard work with parents, relatives and friends, which included diva lamps, traditional stories, curry and samosas, shadow puppets, lotus flowers and much much more. Thanks to all of our visitors for supporting this exciting enterprise.
Miss Jenkinson is leading on one of our key school priorities of outdoor learning! She says:
'Time spent outdoors can hugely impact children’s learning; boosting creativity, imagination and providing the opportunity to work practically with natural resources to support all areas of our world class curriculum. With this in mind, we are incorporating outdoor-learning opportunities for all classes as often as possible and are lucky to have a fantastic playground and park to support our learning.
For children to become fully involved and to allow them to make spontaneous use of the outdoor space, we would like each child to have a pair of wellies to keep in school, and for them to wear a suitably warm and waterproof coat to school, especially during the colder months.
Please do not send wellies/outdoor clothing in just yet! We are currently searching for a large, strong shed to act as our base for storing outdoor learning clothing (possibly with benches, coat hooks and considerable floor space). We will let you know when a shed has been sourced. We wanted to make you aware of our intentions so that you could perhaps start to think about setting aside some old wellies and a suitable coat.
If anyone is able to help with sourcing our large shed, please let us know!'
|Grendon Church Of England Primary School
Tel: 01933 663208