Thank you to all the PTFA members and Mr Smith who worked so hard to make last night’s cinema evening so successful and thank you to all the families who attended. We made over £200 profit from the evening which will go towards school resources.
Thanks to all the parents who attended Birch class assembly today where we learnt a lot about how to beat bullies. The children had lots of different ideas about what to do and who might help you if you were in this situation and they finished off with a lovely rendition of a Bruno Mars song about friendship. We are working hard to make sure the children have every opportunity they need to tell an adult if they are worried about anything in school and have put up new post boxes around the building that they can use to write to us as well as tell us.
We will all be coming in our own clothes on Friday to raise money for the charity Children in Need. We are asking for a 50p donation from each child to go towards this good cause. In the afternoon we will all be spending time in our mixed groups getting to know children in other year groups better as part of our learning about the value of friendship to round off the week.
Thank you to the volunteers at Black Poppy Rose, who we met through our involvement with the Pepperpot Community Centre, for the work they did with our classes today. The explored the history of soldiers from different backgrounds during the war. They helped the children think about where they lived, what their jobs entailed and how their efforts supported their Empire. They were all really informative sessions that caused us to reflect on our cultural identity and the sacrifices people have made to ensure the freedom of others today.
Thank you to all the parents who attended Mr Adams workshop this morning on the importance of grammar. There have been a number of changes the way we teach grammar in school recently and we are keen to make sure all parents are aware of these so that they can help at home and practice the grammatical rules with their children. We teach grammar formally throughout the school as the children are tested at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 on what they have learnt. For those parents unable to attend on this occasion please see the materials attached and please see Mr Adams if you would like any further information.
Year 1 and 2 had a very special visitor this afternoon when a husky came to school as part of their arctic adventure topic. All of the children and some of the parents got the chance to pet Lexie the dog and ask questions about how she was cared for. They all really enjoyed the experience and hopefully she will be back again to visit soon. See our Twitter for more photos.
On Wednesday our 5 lucky competition winners visited the Picasso exhibit in central London. They had the opportunity to study the original portraits, learn more about the artist and his life and refine their ideas for the transfer of their original paintings to oils. Hopefully this is the start of a life long love of painting and art that would make Picasso proud.
Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos in the gallery but here are some of the rest of our day out.
Cherry class performed their remembrance assembly to a packed house of parents this morning and reminded us all of the sacrifices that others have made to ensure our freedom. Elsewhere in the school we had a visit from the Royal British legion and Black Poppy Rose who talked to the children about all the soldiers from different backgrounds who have fought in all the wars. We will have two minutes of silence at 11 today in honour of the dead. Please see out Twitter for photos.