A letter from the Minister of State for School Standards
The half term break was a very busy time in school, with school staff dismantling their classrooms and creating their new learning environments for the current curriculum projects.
The first week of our new curriculum themes is known as Engagement Week and there is a strong emphasis on immersing the children in their new studies so that they are 'hooked' and eager to discover more about their new theme. I hope that your child has talked to you about what they have been up to!
School staff want children to reach their potential and do well in school through a real love of learning and our curriculum is designed to create memorable and enjoyable experiences. In amongst the excitement of Engagement Week, I was delighted to receive a letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards. In it, the school is congratulated on their high achievement in reading which ranks the school in the top 1% of primary schools in England.
The children have enjoyed a fantastic start to their new curriculum themes!
Oak Class has become London. The children are enjoying their role play on the double decker London Bus and on the Thames river boat. In their Natural History Museum area, children have been digging for dinosaur bones in their lab coats and goggles and have baked delicious dinosaur biscuits.
Cedar Class has been transported to Greece. Their learning experiences so far have ranged from preparing Greek salad in their Taverna to learning all about Pythagoras' Theorem and the Greek alphabet. The children are very excited to have a staged area in their amphitheatre!
Pine Class has become Ancient Egypt. During the week, children have tasted food, made costumes and were visited by Howard Carter who helped the children to become expert archaeologists, discovering pricelss artefacts and exploring Tut's Tomb in their desert!
Willow Class are taking a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express, making a scrapbook of their travels as they go! Russia is a new theme for the school and I'm sure the children will enjoy sharing their new knowledge with us as the project progresses.
World Book Day
World Book Day is fast approaching! On Thursday 1st March, children are asked to come to school dressed as their favourite book character for a day filled with book related fun!
A particularly important piece of information is that, to tie in with World Book Day, FOGS agreed to allocate £1000 to be spent on updating our school library. Teaching staff have been busy adding brand new titles to a huge wishlist and we will look forward to showing the children the books we have bought so far!
As school budgets continue to be chipped away, FOGS have a vital role in helping to fund resources for the school and I am incredibly grateful to their efforts and to the support of parents for attending their events and parting with their hard earned cash.
FOGS are holding a book sale after school on World Book Day and we will look forward to seeing you there!
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