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Thank you Mr Bullock!

Well done to Mr Bullock who completed a ‘Coaching 4 Teachers’ survey and as a result he was selected as the winner of the Aresson School Rounders Set (worth£149.99).

 

 


Forest School Project Update

We are delighted with our plans, which are coming together, for our Forest Schools project. This has been our priority this year as a result of so many requests for outdoor learning from our community. In this respect we have:

  • obtained consent for the planting of trees from the local family who gifted the land to the school for forest school use.
  • received a generous donation of trees from Mr Taylor, which have been kindly planted by Mr McCready.
  • invested over £1000 to send two members of staff (Mrs Davidson and Mrs Stewart) on Forest School training. Mrs Davidson is now working tirelessly (in addition to all her other duties) to complete the essays and follow up course work required for her to deliver sessions to the children and gain the Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification. Mrs Stewart is also working hard in her own time to complete the extensive coursework required for the Level 2 Forest School Assistant qualification.
  • obtained a variety of equipment for delivering forest school sessions with grateful thanks to Mr Hartley. These items mean we have a good starter set of tools and equipment to enable a range of Forest School activities. Aren’t we lucky to have such supportive and proactive governors!

New Lunchtime equipment

The children are looking forward to being able to enjoy a large drape bench for some calmer activities outside and a funky junk yard percussion set to encourage creative musical play. We are hopeful these items will be delivered soon.

We have also ordered new equipment for the ‘Gameshop’ which is the play equipment the children use at lunchtime. The items ordered include:

  • Frisbee targets
  • New table tennis balls
  • Hoops
  • Large foam dominoes
  • Foam hopscotch
  • Scoop and ball set
  • Dance hoops
  • Catch cups
  • Cars and car tracks (ordered by the PTFA)

Playtimes

I am delighted to update you about our ongoing project to enhance playtimes for the children.

We have already assigned capital funds to purchase some outdoor equipment (with thanks to the help of the PTFA for some of the items) which the children have been enjoying.


Digital Leader Conference

The children had a wonderful time at the spring digital leader conference with Mr Sanderson today.  They have developed their skills using apps on the iPads and have exciting plans for projects during the summer term.

Watch this space!


Year 1 letter from Buckingham Palace

Year 1 were very excited to receive a reply to their letters they sent to the Queen earlier this term.   They opened the reply on Wednesday which thanked the children for their artwork and letters that they sent.


Snow, snow and more snow!

Thank you again to all of you for being so understanding regarding our difficult decision to close during the recent extreme weather.   As you can see from photographs taken by Mrs McCready the snow hit Much Birch School pretty badly!

I personally spent many hours at school on Sunday trying to get the heating working, organising for the repair of the phone lines as well as spending time trying to clear some of the snow which, as you can see from the photograph, was very deep in places.

On Monday we had a great turn out of staff, governors and parents to help clear pathways and the areas surrounding school to make it safe for children and staff to return on Tuesday. Mrs Tweddell also worked tirelessly on Monday to ensure the phone line was fixed and that parents and carers were kept updated with information regarding school opening.

Thank you so much for your cooperation with the staggered start and finish times this week whilst parking on the road has not been possible.   We have had many positive responses regarding the ‘kiss and drop’ system we used this week and would welcome your views on how you would find this as a more permanent set up for morning drop off. If this was something that the school adopted, it would, however, require parent volunteers to act as chaperones and to help direct traffic as it would be impossible to maintain the number of staff carrying out these duties on a daily basis. If everyone dropped off in this way in the morning it could be a very positive solution to all the congestion and parents having to park so far up the hill each morning.

 

 


Year R – Road Safety

Reception have been practising ‘road safety’ with our ‘street feet’ resources. They have been looking carefully at the road signs, traffic lights and     pedestrian lights to check when it is safe to cross the road.

 


Year 5 – Handwriting

Year 5 have enjoyed creating handwriting pictures as part of their homework. This links in with our focus on handwriting and ensuring that children in KS2 are always joining their letters and the presentation of their work is always of a high standard. Please see Kimberley’s work below.


Year 2 – Safer Internet Day

During Safer Internet Day Year 2 thought carefully about how the World Wide Web connects people. We then created our own web to say how each member of the class are connected.

We also thought about messages that are posted online or sent by mobile phone and discussed what content they should contain. We wrote kind messages on post-its. These will help us to remember that although we can’t see people when we are on the       Internet we still need to be kind.

We created digital footprints to remind us that whatever we do on the Internet can leave a trace and builds up a picture of the things we like and dislike.

 

Finally, we finished off with the emoji game. We listened to scenarios and thought about how it made us feel. We chose an emoji and explained why that situation made us feel a certain way.