Let’s Explore

23rd February 2015

 

I definitely feel spring is in the air and the school had a wonderful buzz about it this week. And what a week it’s been! I have been lucky enough to be in classes working alongside the children.  Gardening Club have done  a brilliant job giving the garden a good tidy up  and cutting back all the old dead plants ready for some spring planting. I am really looking forward to smartening up our tubs and making a start on brightening up our Early Years yard and making the Year 1 & Year 2 entrance more welcoming to our families, Nursery have been getting to grips with the properties of ice and have had a fabulous time. In Playgroup have been fascinated by bubbles and were both amazed and delighted by them. Reception have had the hammers out as they finish off their project on buildings and builders. I was especially impressed by the delicate patters they have managed to make. Year 4 have been going wild in Jesmond Dene and had a brilliant time looking at the classification of living things first hand. Year 5 and Year 6 footballers took part in the Newcastle United Community Football Tournament at Walker Dome. They reached the quarter finals and played their hearts out. I am so proud of their achievement out and I am really impressed with all the sporting competitions we are beginning to take part in.  Year 5 rounded the week off for the school with their amazingly thoughtful assembly based on the work they have been doing on the Victorians. It was filled with poetry, dance and drama. They even opened with a blast of the trumpets to blow the cobwebs away. They made it look so easy but it really was impressive!

In Reception, Mrs Armstrong was very proud of Rachael who is trying hard to join in all of the learning opportunities in her class and not just the ones she enjoys. Well done! We also welcome Kenzie to our school and we are all really looking forward to watching you develop with your new friends and class. What superstars! Mrs Robson and Mrs Williamson in Year 1 were very impressed with Evie, Tanan, Kizzi, Stella, Tasawar, Chloe, Jasmine and Nikhelesh as these children have consistently got all their spellings correct. Fantastic news! Mrs Knowles in Year 2 was very pleased with Matthew and Damaris and the effort they have out into learning their spellings. She also wanted me to know about how brilliant Adam, Himshu and Max have been in learning how to bridge 10 in Maths. What an achievement! Keep up the good work. Mrs Dunn and Mrs Robinson in Year 3 were delighted with Okan and his superb use of water colours in his art work. They also wanted me to know about the excellent attitude Katie has to all aspects of her work every day.  You are both brilliant examples to your class. Ms Taylor in Year 4 was knocked out by the achievement of Alice in improving her writing and with Leah, Rhianna, Layla and Hiven’s positive mature attitude to resolving conflict. What a lovely complement, Well done all of you I am very proud of you all. Ms Gorsky in year 5 was delighted with Shaun and all the effort he is putting into his writing which is showing real improvement. Well done and keep up the good work. She also wanted me to know about the independent and creative work Tallie, Danny and Shaz had done when working with their shadow puppets. In Year 6 Mrs. Andrews was amazed by the fantastic progress Shuhada has made with her reading. Wonderful news! She also wanted me to know about the great help Tommy, Khadija and Tilly have been in explaining the new Lego Mindstorm. I am very impressed with you all!

A special mention goes to Hannah, Adam, Layla, Troy, Kaisey and Charlie, out Quick Sticks Champions who made Ms Taylor and the whole school proud not only because of their sporting achievements but also their outstanding sportsmanship. True champions indeed!


This week our top attending class was Year 2 with 97.9% and they gain 5 minutes extra playtime.

It is certainly hard to believe that we are at the end of the first half of the spring term. We have so much to look forward to in the next half term. Thank you again for all your support and hard work in helping us shape your child’s learning. I look forward to sharing more wonderful news of our amazing children’s achievements. I hope you had an enjoyable half term break.

Karen Elliott

karen.elliott@chillingham.newcastle.sch.uk