After a rather wet Christmas the term started with a colder feel and some beautiful sunrises.
It is easy to take for granted, our beautiful school setting, but it is often commented up by visitors to the site. It is important that we make sure that there is time for the pupils to appreciate the awe and wonder of the world and reflect upon this.
Governors spent time looking at this topic during a joint governor session with Temple Guiting School. Part of the Ofsted remit is for inspectors to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. Governors were able to discuss and develop knowledge to ensure that this is being delivered across both schools.
Spirituality is not something we can see – it is something we feel inside ourselves. It is about aue and wonder, as we become aware of God as someone or something more than ourselves. Spirituality helps us recognise and reflect on these experiences.
We have continued with our Sharing Assemblies this term with reception and year 1 pupils able to share their work with their parents/carers. They did the school proud standing up in front of everyone to show what they have learnt and achieved. Public speaking is an important skill to learn, which can be challenging, so well done to all!
We welcomed the local police and their car into school at the beginning of the year. They were able to visit each class to talk about keeping safe, the role of the police and answer questions that the pupils had. Each group also visited the police car – complete with siren demonstrations!
Active Literacy and Numeracy
Class 3 were able to visit Chipping Campden School to take part in a literacy and numeracy activity session. Very inventive team games while practising spelling, times tables and other literacy or mathematical skills.
Class 5 American Museum
Class 5 have learnt about North America in their class work and they have consolidated this learning with a visit from the American Museum at Bath. They were able to create a physical map of North America and could handle authentic Native American and first frontiersmen artifacts, with an expert of the period on hand to answer any questions.
Pupils are continuing to travel to Shipston Swimming Pool on a Monday afternoon. Class 2 went this term and next term it is Class 1’s turn. Swimming is an important life skill that we are required to teach the pupils, with the aim that they leave school swimming 25 metres and are able to perform a self-rescue.
For a grand end to their Roman topic, Class 3 will be treated to a history workshop on Friday, giving them the opportunity to explore artefacts and participate in a Roman march amongst other activities.
Pupils in year two and Class 4 are currently working together on a STEM project, building locomotives with moving parts and even working engines. This is an opportunity afforded to us through Primary Engineer and Porterbrook. Children are looking forward to completing their builds and taking part in a celebration event with other local schools.
Food in School
Can we remind all that we have pupils in school with severe allergies and we therefore ask that food brought into school doesn’t contain nuts.
Snacks at break time should also be healthy. For ideas of healthy snacks, please visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/healthier-families/food-facts/healthier-snacks/
Pupils participated in Internet Safety Day this week. They had an assembly and workshops around the topic. A reminder of useful material to help keep your children safe can be found:
We need to work together to ensure pupils are equipped to navigate the online world safely. Can we also remind you that no internet enabled devices (including smart watches) should be brought into school. If pupils need to bring a phone into school to use after school they are required to hand it in at the school office where it will be kept safely until the end of the school day.
Term 4 begins on Monday 19th February for pupils and staff. Dates of events happening in school can be found on the website but some to note are below:
Parent Carers evenings
Year 2 – Monday 18th March
Reception, Year 1, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 – Wednesday 20th March, Thursday 21st March
Have a wonderful break and we will see you refreshed for term 4.
Blockley C of E Primary School