Head's Blog

SMART Values

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at the school vision, intent and values. We are planning to share the vision statement and intent with you all very shortly but, in the meantime, thought you would like to know about our new SMART values. These have been shared with all the children in assembly and are now being celebrated in our weekly ‘achievers’ assembly. SMART stands for the following:

* Self-confident

* Motivated

* Aspirational

* Resilient

* Team player

As a teaching team, we believe all of the above to be key attributes in contributing to success at school academically, socially and emotionally. Each week, ahead of our Wednesday assembly, we will focus on one of the values and the class teachers will choose one child from each year group who has demonstrated that value in the week. We will share this with all the children and each child will receive a SMART badge and be photographed for our new SMART display in the hall.

Look out for those badges and further updates about how we are going to reinforce our values though the curriculum and other activities!

Books...

The term is flying by quicker than ever and we are as busy as ever! We are very much looking forward to the year three and four residential at the end of this term. Thank you to all the parents who came to the information evening last week. If you missed it, please do not worry; you should, by now, have received an email with the Power Point from the evening, a consent form and a kit list.

Many thanks to all of you who helped your children look amazing on World Book Day! We had a great day using Maths story books as our focus. The book swap was very popular and it was lovely to see so many of you come and share a book with your child in the afternoon. This week we will be visited by the Book Bus, a new venture. If you can support us by buying a book that would be great but if not please do not worry.

Art Workshops

The first half term of the year has flown by and here we are at the midway point of the school year! We held our World Religions Week activities, took part in many sporting activities and clubs and learnt about keeping safe online. The children in Key Stage 2 really enjoyed their visit to Yardley Arts this week to take part in workshops about negative and positive space. They created some wonderful pieces of artwork which they proudly displayed to share with parents and carers. Thank you to the team at Yardley Arts for a fantastic day and for helping the children develop their artistic skills. They have returned to school feeling very positive about their work.

We've got lots of exciting activities planned for next term so watch this space for news and updates!

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