With summer fast receding, we welcome the children back for a new academic year and extend our good wishes to those former pupils who have moved on to secondary education. Many of our new children, coming from Allsorts Pre-school with whom we share the site, are already familiar with the surroundings and are settling in well.
We sadly said farewell to Mrs Garrard, who taught Years 3 and 4, and to Mrs Tallents who had been a Teaching Assistant with us for many years. We welcomed back Mrs Evans at the end of her maternity leave, to teach Class 3 (Years 3 and 4).
At the end of last term, following a comprehensive audit, we were granted Healthy School status. This award recognises the hard work the staff, children and parents have put into the school for the last three years to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles.
Over the summer we had some additional improvements to our pathways around the school. We now look forward to the installation of new windows in three of the classroom during this term. This year we are focussing on the school ethos, staff wellbeing, the new national frameworks for literacy and mathematics, and developing an innovative approach to the curriculum through a thematic approach- what we used to know as ‘topic work’, only we’re not allowed to call it that.
Also, as part of our push on healthy eating we are eager this year to achieve the Silver Award as an Eco School. We currently hold the Bronze Award. This will mean committing ourselves to being a ‘greener’, more environmentally-friendly school. It will involve us in projects with our garden pond and our allotment in the village.
Lastly, if you or someone you know missed out on life at school and would really be interested being our ‘handy person’ for a few hours a week, please contact the school. (We may experience some difficulty squeezing you into a uniform, although the older children are a whiz with a needle and thread!