Head's Blog

Our Global Curriculum

The children have all settled back in to school brilliantly and it really does feel like our community is beginning to return to normal. Our routines and structures are certainly not what they were during pre-COVID times but we are getting there! We are very much looking forward to future ‘wider’ events such as trips, residentials and hopefully even a school fete! We are also hoping to begin some ‘bubble specific’ clubs and to reopen the library to a class a week.

Our catch up plans are now well under way and we are very grateful for your support with this. You will now have been contacted if your child needs any aspects of catch up. Please rest assured that we are keeping an eye on the academic and emotional progress of all children. We will contact you if your child needs any additional support or interventions over the next few weeks. You will all have had opportunities to discuss any concerns at recent Parents’ Evenings but if anything does arise, please let us know.Please could I also remind you about the start times for our different classes. These are as follows:
  • Sycamore and Rowan : 8.30am
  • Beech: 8.40am
  • Willow and Oak: 8.50am
  • Maple: 9.00am
There are a number of children arriving a little late, particularly for our earlier 8.30 and 8.40 starts. I do know that most of these times are earlier than previously and the recent road works have not helped. However, for all children, our learning starts straight away. Registration occurs as the children complete their first task of the day; just 5 minutes missed can make a difference! This also applies to catch up sessions happening at the beginning of the day.The start to our term has seen a re-launch of our Global Curriculum and the children are very enthusiastic about it. You may recall at the very beginning of our curriculum journey, we talked about widening children’s perspectives and equipping them with skills for lifelong learning and occupations in an interconnected world. In many of my recent assemblies, we have looked at the meaning of the word ‘global’ and how this may look in school. The children have been amazing in their responses about equality, taking responsibility for their actions, looking after our environment etc. Many aspects of this are linked to the children’s current topic learning but we would also like to encourage the children to adopt positive global attitudes in wider school life.We have been thinking long and hard about what makes a good global citizen and, more importantly, what this looks like from a child’s point of view. To complement our existing SMART values (self-confident, aspirational, motivated, resilient, team player) we have, as a school, agreed the values we would like to instil in our children in a global context. These are to:
  • Take responsibility for their actions
  • Respect and value diversity
  • Recognise that they can make a contribution to the wider community at a range of levels.
  • Be aware of the wider world and how it works
  • Understand equality and fairness.
We have designed a badge to recognise any child’s contribution to these. I have shared this with the children in my assembly this week. We will look to award these at termly special assemblies but are also encouraging the children to write to myself (in an age appropriate way) to persuade me that they deserve a global badge and why! I have already had two letters from a Year 2 and a Year 6 child today!It has been so lovely to write to you all about issues other than COVID! As usual, please come back to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Federation Art Day

On Friday (11th), we will be holding our third Federation Day. This event normally means that the children from both schools get together and work collaboratively; last year it was for sporting activities. This year, we obviously cannot get together in person. We will, however, do so remotely with each year group collaborating over Zoom. Our day will focus on art, specifically around the theme of trees and the colour green.

At the moment, many of the classes are sharing a lovely book about personal and social development called ‘Can I build another me?’ In the section about individuality under the heading ‘I’m no one but me’, it states:

“Grandma once told me that everyone is like a tree. Trees come in all different shapes and sizes. You can’t choose what kind of tree you are, but you can choose how to grow. And you can decorate yourself in any way you like!”

This is a lovely concept that will underpin our art through the day and supports our key values of respecting individuality and celebrating difference. We will look at how trees differ in shape, colour and size and how different artists have represented them. We will then experiment with many different materials to paint and draw trees including paints, chalk and oil pastels, inks and watercolours. Children will also learn how to mix different tones of green. Children will then ‘paint’ their own tree using a material of their choice to then be decorated using collage. All the finished tress will then be displayed in a central location.

During the day, each year group will share their pictures and ideas across each school via Zoom.

The day could get a little messy with so many different art materials and a lot of green! For this day (Friday 11th), if you would like to send your children into school in old ‘non- uniform’ clothes, then that is absolutely fine. We do have art aprons, but probably not enough for the whole school and the ability to share them across classes is now limited.

Finally, thank you for all you amazing support with our flower day. We have yet to total all the donations as the money is currently being quarantined! I will let you know when we have a total but really appreciate your generosity!

17th June Update

We had lots of response to our survey last week regarding parent views on a return to school. Having spent some time working out the logistics and various 'what if' scenarios, I am pleased to say that we are able to invite years 2, 3, 4 & 5 back for at least 1 week before the end of term.

We have tried to be as creative with this plan as possible whilst following the necessary safety guidelines. Any decisions about this further opening to children have been based on the following information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools#inviting-back-additional-pupils-where-there-is-capacity

Based on the survey responses and the fact that the year 5s have the least amount of time left in primary school, all the children in this year group who wish to can attend school from Monday 22nd June until the end of term, Friday 17th July.

We are, however, very keen to ensure that all children get at least a week in school before the end of term. As such, Years 2, 3 and 4 will be invited into school for 1 week per year group. In addition, we will be inviting all Pupil Premium and SEND children in to school for at least 2 days a week. Start and end times for each year group, along with lunch and breaks will be staggered to help ease the volume and movement of parents and pupils across the day.

We are so pleased to be able to offer time in school for so many pupils, and are really looking forward to their return!

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