This week has been a busy return to school. Monday started in spectacular fashion for Key Stage 1 as the focus of their celebrations topic shifted to bonfire night, ending in a fabulous fireworks display on Monday evening. Listening to the excitement and enthusiasm of our Year 1 and 2 pupils was a delight. They have been learning about Guy Fawkes in history, this was followed up with some brilliant art work during our Key Stage 1 Art focus week. Following the fireworks display on Monday they have been inspired to create amazing paintings and poetry. Thank you to everyone who attended to share the display with your children.
Year 5 have had their Arts focus week this week and are developing their artistic skills in painting landscapes inspired by their visit up The Wrekin earlier in the year. We have altered the way we organise our curriculum this term to allow more time to be devoted to developing skills in different subject areas and ensuring they are building on previous knowledge and experiences through school.
It was Class 19's turn to visit Sunnycroft this week, they enjoyed exploring the grounds, finding out about 'The Halliday' conservatory renovation project and hearing form Lou, from the National Trust, about the people who have lived at the house in the past. The opportunity to practise mapping skills was taken up, while they were also able to compare these gardens to those they saw on their visit to the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham last half term. The children are keen to return later in the year.
As our partnership with Sunnycroft develops more of our pupils will use the site as a place of learning. We have also been invited to use this enchanting site as a backdrop for some of our Christmas performances and celebrations. We hope to share these plans soon.
We are mindful that rates of COVID infections are still high locally. Please continue to use the lateral flow tests that can now be collected free from pharmacies, or you can have them delivered to your door if you order online. Please do not send your child to school with any symptoms, get a test first. Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping everyone as safe as we can.
Next week we have the photographer in school on Tuesday 9th November. We will be doing individual photos only this time. We look forward to seeing the children's best smiles!
As the weather is getting chillier please ensure your child comes to school everyday with a warm coat and suitable footwear. We will continue to do our weekly outdoor learning sessions, so they need their kits, including wellies, in school.
A letter was sent out this week with dates for the month ahead.
With bonfire night and Divali celebrations this week we have been talking other children about how to be safe around the celebrations and to not forget our pets too, who can find fireworks really stressful.
Have a safe and happy weekend we look forward to seeing everyone next week.
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