As the school started back in January, so the work started on the new fencing around the site. The school has been very lucky to have been able to secure a grant from the Dawson’s Trust to enable higher fencing and gates around the perimeter of the school and at the front around the playground. The staff, children and governors are very grateful to the Dawson’s Trust as without the grant this would not have been possible.
During this half term we have had a focus on different authors to support our reading and writing. School learning has also been enhanced with some trips during this time. Year 2 went on a trip to Aston Hall where they were able to explore traditional stories within a workshop which included lots of drama activities as well as learning about the history of Aston Hall and having a good look around all the rooms. Year 6 children have been studying the language of Shakespeare within Macbeth and this was developed further when they attended a theatre workshop, giving them opportunities to take on the characters within the play alongside professional actors. Reception and Year 1 had planned to visit Hagley Library and although this had to be postponed will go ahead next half term. The visit to the library is an annual visit for our children who go to Hagley on the train. Travelling on a train is exciting for the children, but at the library they get the chance to be read to by the library staff and to become a member of the library if they are not already. Next half term the school is celebrating World Book Day and holding a week of different reading and writing activities to share favourite authors and stories together. The children and staff will be dressing up as some of their favourite characters too!
It is important to the school that we work together with our parents. Last term, parents were invited into school to take part in a handwriting lesson with their child and to learn about the new scheme that we have introduced. This half term has ended with a reading workshop for Reception and Key Stage 1 so that our parents can support their children with reading to an even greater extent. Next half term, parents will be invited into school to take part in a science lesson with their children. All these experiences help the school to share how learning takes place and to inform our parents about the expectations for each year group, as well as providing a long lasting shared experience between the children and their families that can be talked about at home.
Our church community have been coming into school regularly to deliver Open the Book to the school. These have been very successful and have been welcomed by the children and staff as they bring Bible stories alive and ensure that close links are kept with the church community. Class 4 led the school in celebrating the start of Lent and at the end of the term our Worship Council will be leading the Easter Service.
We all look forward to moving forward into the next half term and welcoming spring time into school.