Head's Blog

What a busy term!

What a busy couple of weeks it has been!

All the children recently enjoyed our inaugural Digital Federation Day. The classes communicated with each other digitally and many ‘Skyped’. The children shared their recent ‘topic’ learning and were very excited to see many familiar staff and at Yardley! Years 3 and 4 even challenged themselves to a game of ‘Roman’ knowledge based ‘Risk’.

Last week, we were visited by children’s author Lou Trevellan as part of our Reading Festival. Based on characters from her books, the children (and staff!) dressed up as pirates or aliens. The children were very excited to meet a ‘real life’ author and ask her questions about her books. They also took part in various reading activities including reading the clues for a treasure hunt and following instructions to make aliens. The children also ‘buddied up’ and it was lovely to see many of the older children reading to the younger ones. ‘Reading is fun’ was a very clear message that day and there was a real ‘buzz’ about the school.

Last Friday, on a very cold evening, the school took part in a Lantern parade in Yardley Hastings coordinated by Yardley Arts. All the children had been making lanterns supported by their artists and the finished results looked spectacular as they formed a very long parade through the village, singing for the elderly residents and back at Yardley Arts.

The parade was a fitting start to a very busy festive period. Our next event will be the Christmas Fete which will be open by our amazing orchestra and singing from children from years 5 and 6. I look forward to seeing you there!

Fundraising success!

At the end of last term, we took part in sponsored event to raise funds for Spencer Contact. This charity collects donated items of furniture and repairs, cleans and restores them so they can then be distributed and delivered to families in need within and around Northampton. Representatives from the charity came in to explain this to the children during an assembly in which we launched the sponsorship event with theme: ‘I am going to sleep on the floor so no one else has to’. Each child then sought sponsorship for sleeping on the floor on the night of Friday October 18th. We were delighted with how many children took part and to have supported a charity that makes a difference in our own locality. Our pupils raised an incredible £1438.80! Thank you to everyone who took part and to those who sponsored the children so generously.

Term 1 update

The term is flying by and we seem to be as busy as ever!

Thank you to everyone who came to the curriculum evenings. The PowerPoints for each year group have now been uploaded to our homepage. If you were unable to attend the evenings and would like some more information, please do not hesitate to ask the class teachers or me. The reception and nursery evening will take place next Wednesday (9th) 7pm at Yardley.

As you are aware, we have recently held our school council elections. The children produced some amazing manifestos and enjoyed replicating the parliamentary process in their voting. Thank you to all who produced a manifesto and well done to those who were elected.

The newly formed council will shortly be writing to you about our next Charity event on October 18th. I mentioned this at the curriculum evening at the beginning of term so many of you are already aware of it. We are working closely with a local charity called Spencer Contact who support families in difficulties by providing and recycling basic furniture items. The idea is that, for one night (Friday 18th October), children are sponsored to sleep on the floor to raise money to support people in and around Northampton who do not have a bed for the night. The slogan ‘I have slept on the floor so other people do not have to’ is the basis of the sponsorship. A representative from the charity will visit on Monday to talk to all the children in an assembly; we will then issue the sponsorship forms.

We hope as many of you as possible are able to take part!

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