Autumn Days

17th October 2014


Here we are heading towards the end of our first half term; it’s hard to believe really. It has been lovely to be in school this week and see so many of you at the Reception meeting where you could see well the children had settled and how happy they are. I have enjoyed visiting the Nursery where the home corner is set up as a hospital and there w ere some very sick patients as you can see. The Reception class were very much into their autumn theme examining pumpkins and relishing painting in autumn colours. In Year 1 it was castle all the way they even went up to Heaton Park to explore King John’s Castle and thoroughly enjoyed their trip. It was evident how much they had taken in when they made their models of castles with such an attention to detail. Brilliant! Year 2 are taking their work with Ms Hancock very seriously and their designs for decorating their stairs are truly inspirational! In Year & Year 4 they are really getting to grips with Quick Sticks working with our specialist PE teacher Ms Jones. This is a great example of something w e couldn’t do unless we were a Trust. There is an inter school Quick Sticks competition at Heaton Manor planned for later this year and I think we will do rather  well if the standard they are playing at is anything to go by! Year 5 shared some amazing homework that they had produced as part of their project on Egypt. Amazing! In Year 6 were extremely knowledgeable about Walter Tull – the first black officer in the British army.  The whole school had a real treat on Thursday when we had Tanya Bentham, story teller, in school. Everyone have a wonderful time and got us all in the mood for a week of reading next week.


Mrs Armstrong in Reception has been so impressed with Dora, Robin and Clara because they have persevered with mastering the correct pencil grip. Well done what superstars you are! In Year 2, Mrs Knowles has been staggered that Heather, Max, Hannah, Yasmin, holly and Damaris have been getting 100% of their spellings correct. What was their winning formula I asked, nothing much they said we just learn them! Brilliant!  Year 3 are turning out to be real wizards at Quick Sticks. Mrs Robinson and Mrs Dunn told how impressed Ms Jones had been by the progress Reece had made in the PE lessons. They also mentioned Lauren for her excellent work in the story workshop. They also wanted e to know w at an absolute e star Sylvie is with her kindness towards others. What a lovely complement! Meanwhile Samuel in Year 4 has made fantastic progress with his division work, Ms Taylor has been telling me. And let’s face it there is nothing harder than division. I am very proud of you Samuel! In Year 5 Ms Gorsky has been sharing with me the great Maths work Shaz has produced. It was accurate, quickly done and Shaz was very resilient in getting it done so speedily. Fantastic! Ms Gorsky also told of Lucy G great can do attitude to all aspects of school life. You amaze me Lucy.  In Year 6 Mrs Andrews has been delighted with the rapid progress Sumer is making with her Maths. Keep it up! She also told me about all the fantastic hard work Shuhada puts  in to everything she does.  What lovely mentions this week!


Top attending class this week with Year 6 with 100% and they gain 5 minutes extra playtime.


I can’t wait to welcome you all to our Harvest Festival on Thursday and hearing your views about our school and how we can make an even better learning environment for our wonderful children.  Enjoy your week.


Karen Elliott