Head's Blog

Casey arrives

A lovely caterpillar has arrived in school! His name is Casey and the purpose of his visit will be fully revealed to all the children on Wednesday and to parents at our workshops on that evening (Yardley 7pm) or (Tuesday (Denton 4pm). Do not forget we are offering crèche facilities for those if you who may be having issues with childcare.

The term is flying by and the children are as busy as evert. Maple Class are thoroughly enjoying their dinosaur topic and were all seen hunting for fossils and dinosaur bones last week. As part of World Religions week, they also visited our local church.

Oak and Willow Classes are looking at our locality and have been walking round the village observing the buildings and features of where the school is situated. They have even been learning about multiplication through a ‘village arrays’! They too have visit the church.

Beech Class are teaching all about or brilliant bodies and have been dazzling me with their knowledge of different types of skeletons and the names of bones as well as learning to draw the human body and making incredible progress doing so.

Rowan and Sycamore Classes have a fascinating topic about space as well as having fantastic time participating in the Young Voices concert in Birmingham last week. I was lucky enough to attend with them along with staff and children from Yardley. What a night! The children sang brilliantly and were a credit to both schools. Staff too joined in with the singing and dancing much to the amusement of many of the children who were far better at it than I was!

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Welcome back!

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a lovely break.

The children have all settled back into school really well and are enjoying starting their new topics. I was very impressed how many children could discuss their topic theme in my assembly yesterday. And how many are enjoying the ‘new’ topic teaching for that matter!

This term, as well as core curriculum and subject specific learning, we will continue to work with the children on their emotional well-being and resilience.

One of our key priorities in the school’s aims and intent is the development of children’s emotional security, resilience, empathy and self-confidence. To this end, we will be working very closely with a Bedford based charity called ‘Mind Map’. This charity focuses on supporting children’s emotional development and wellbeing. At the end of this month, they will run workshops for all pupils. At our recent training day, they talked to all staff about strategies for promoting resilience and facilitating children communicating their feelings.

Following the initial workshops, we will fully launch the initiative at the beginning of February. This will involve all children being given the opportunity to communicate their emotions on daily basis in a very simple, non-verbal way. They will be taught to recognise positive and negative emotions and how to deal with them appropriately. All the teaching is, of course, tailored to the age and stage of the children. In addition to the teaching detailed above, all KS2 children, will receive coaching in resilience, how to develop ‘staying power’ and deal with emotional setbacks.

Before we start the programme, would like to invite all parents to a workshop led by ‘Mind Map’ in which we will explain the strategies we will be using in school and how you can help at home. You should have received a letter about this. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend. Don’t forget you can make use of our ‘bespoke’ crèche facilities if child care is an issue!

If you have any questions about any of the above, or anything else for that matter, please do not hesitate to drop me an email or call into the office.

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!

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