It’s a Wonderful World!

27th March 2015

 

 

We had a fantastic end to the week this week. Year 5 and Year 6 have been doing a course of Street Dance with Miss Tilly and today they showcased their work. It was amazing! They performed with such verve and fun I was really impressed. What was so rewarding was how much enjoyment they took in their work even if they were exhausted by the end of it. The whole school has been working with Andrew Scott with singing this term and this afternoon I thought the roof was going to lift off the sports hall as each year group and phase shared with us the songs that they been working on. The standard was very high, singing in 5 parts on one occasion, and the children were so enthusiastic and really just loved showing off. Mr Scott also took the children, performing at the City Hall on Monday night, through their pieces. Mr Wallis- Clarke has very kindly agreed to accompany our singers. The sound the children made was delightful. On Monday night our children will be joining in what has become a bit of a tradition when we join all our sister schools at the City Hall. This year our theme is Making Connections and the city Hall bash will see the Ouseburn Learning Partnership being launched. I look forward to seeing as many as you there because I know how much our families look forward to this annual event. Next week sees activities and open door events happening in all our partnership schools. We are hosting a big draw for representatives from all our schools to produce a joint piece of art on the theme of connections. I can’t wait to see what this collaboration produces.

 

Elsewhere in the school I have been coming across all sorts of interesting activities. In the playgroup it has been all about making friends not only with each other but with buddies in Year 6. In Nursery there were plenty of awe and wonder moments when children explored shining light through coloured shapes. Reception have been getting ready for their daffodil tea next week where they will sing their hearts out, together with the Nursery, for your delight. Year 1 has been having a tricky time combining shape and patterns into sequences. It was certainly a big job! In Year 2 they have been really taking off with their writing. Most impressive! Year 3 have also been writing for England and were so engrossed when I popped in that they didn’t even notice me. Year 4 have been working hard, creating books for their reading buddies in the Reception Class. They have been making them with an app on the i-pads. I just know Reception will just love reading them. They have also been exploring pushes and pulls in their science and judging what difference the surface makes to the experiment. They certainly had some great ideas. Year 5 brought in some amazing Victorian themes rooms in a shoe box. I was amazed by the detail and creativity these rooms showed. The children were so proud. In Year 6 the children were showing me the progress they had made with their fraction work. Most of them were talking level 6 work with ease. Apparently it was no big deal! What enquiring minds they have. It was lovely to see parents at our year 6 SATs briefing meeting I know it’s not the most enjoyable aspect of school life but it is important. We do try really hard to make the process as painless as possible and we usually manage to have a bit of fun along the way.

Next week Year 4 are holding a fundraising event for Save Our Artic Seas and I have been very impressed with their level of thought and organisation. I do hope you are able to support this worthwhile event.

 

I look forward to next week and sharing with you the achievements of our amazing children. Enjoy your week!

 

Karen Elliott

 

karen.elliott@chillingham.newcastle.sch.uk