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Newsletter 4th December 2020

Headteacher Comment

This week the children of Greenfields Primary School and Nursery have been working really hard to ensure that they are getting their maximum house point allocation by reading regularly at home. So, just a quick reminder: 5 reads at home recorded on the reading log = 5 House Points.

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As many of you know, I like to welcome the children and say farewell to them from the main gate every day. This lovely part of my job helps me to keep tabs on what the weather is like, and boy, was it wet and cold today! I was a ill prepared without my winter boots! If you would like your child to wear boots to school, then just pop their school shoes into their school bag and they can change as soon as they get into school. Hats, scarves and gloves are also advised but please do remember to clearly label all items with your child's name.

Should we experience adverse weather conditions, i.e. snow, we will risk assess the school site for safety as well as evaluate staffing requirements before we determine whether the school can be fully open, partially open or closed. This will be communicated to you via your MyCAS app or email, so please check that your email and app are working.

Enjoy reading this weeks fun packed newsletter and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Appleby

Marvellous Meerkats Rock!

Recently, Marvellous Meerkats were tasked with planning and creating an advert to recruit a new member to Mr Big’s band. Fortunately, Meerkats were up for the challenge and created some fabulous adverts for a variety of different roles. I am sure Mr Big would be happy with our children’s creations.

Marvellous Meerkats
Marvellous Meerkats
Marvellous Meerkats
Marvellous Meerkats
Marvellous Meerkats
Marvellous Meerkats

It's Christmas!

This week, Marvellous Meerkats have also kicked off the Christmas season by putting their creative skills to the test. They had a go at making some beautiful Christmas-themed pictures, which will be sent out and displayed in the local community, so be sure to keep your eye out for them. We hope that these pictures will go some way in spreading the Christmas joy and lifting people's spirits.

Marvellous Meerkats
Marvellous Meerkats
Marvellous Meerkats

Year 2 are Superheros

Year Two had an awesome time learning the story of Traction Man! They designed their own superhero and selected powers and an outfit, then created them. They also used a lasso to save damsels in distress in the playground.

Smart Snakes and Excellent Elephants

In maths, Dragonflies have been learning about patterns. They made patterns with themselves in along line: boy, girl, boy, girl. Then they used different objects to make patterns. The class then used cubes to make patterns too. The children have enjoyed making patterns .

Dragonflies

Year 2 Have 'Naughty But Nice' Visitors

Year Two have had some unexpected visitors this week...two cheeky elves named Winston and Elfie! They have got up to mischief all around the classroom, but they want spread Christmas cheer instead of mischief. They have started a collection box for Kettering Food Bank and will be accepting Christmas treats and and long life food. A full list can be found by clicking the button below.

The donation box will be outside Year 2 every day next week.

Hero House Building

This week in Nursery the children have been learning about different types of homes. The teacher has used the children's interest in super heroes and the children have used the wooden bricks to create a super hero village .

Ladybirds
Ladybirds
Ladybirds
Ladybirds

"Terrific, Happy Online Learning"

Terrific Tigers and Happy Hyenas have worked very hard online this week! Here is a selection of their work. They learnt a new model text in Talk 4 Writing, designed their own space crafts in Science and even got to take part in a live workout with Adam Hale from Hale Training (thank you Adam!). They have enjoyed logging onto Teams every day to chat to their teachers and friends. They have even listened to stories and sang songs.

Year 1
Year 1
Year 1
Year 1
Year 1

Dragonflies Love Stickman

This week the children have enjoyed listening to the story Stickman and hearing of his adventures. They have also liked sharing their favourites parts of the book and even created their own stickman to take with them on adventures.

Dragonflies

Busy Bees Making Patterns

In Maths Busy Bees have liked creating patterns using objects, coloured paper and cubes. As you can see from their homework all sorts of objects have been used to help with their understanding “it has to repeat!”.

Busy Bees

Bossing the Brass!

This week in brass the lovely, talented Ruby got her first music certificate. Ruby was awarded this for being articulate when she plays. Miss Kenny and the children are all so proud of Rubes and are loving her confidence.

Super Sharks make an Impression

In science, Super Sharks are learning about fossils. They made their own fossil impressions in clay.

Super Sharks
Super Sharks
Super Sharks

Post Office Competition

Kettering main Post Office hosted a 'Design a Christmas Card' competition. Mrs Appleby was delighted to discover that not only did Ania and Jessica from Year 6 enter the competition, but won! Mrs Appleby was very proud of Ania and Jessica. The girls received a prize bundle containing bear, balloon and a box of treats! Well done, girls!

Prize bundle
winning entry
winning entry
Ania and Jessica
Other Entries
Other entries
Post office staff

KS2 Celebration Awards

Star Pupil

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Logan
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Esther
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Arav
  • Super Sharks - Maleeq
  • Champion Cheetahs - Julian
  • Soaring Eagles - Erin
  • Proud Lions - Maya

Handwriting Awards

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Megan
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Amelia
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Cassandra
  • Super Sharks - Charlotte
  • Champion Cheetahs - Daizi
  • Soaring Eagles - Lionnel
  • Proud Lions - Alex

Sports Awards

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Liberty
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Afsoon
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Daniel
  • Super Sharks - Maya
  • Champion Cheetahs - Vinnie
  • Soaring Eagles - Lewis
  • Proud Lions - Allen-Junior

Positive Points Awards

In 1st Place for the most positive points (and winning the basket of treats) is.......

Soaring Eagles

Positive Awards

House Cup

Congratulations to this week's winner.....

Adlington!

House cup points

September 2021 Reception Intake

If you have a child turning 4 years old between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021, you need to apply for their place to start in Reception in September 2021.

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery is now rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and as with all outstanding schools the popularity of the school increases. With this in mind, we are expecting to be oversubscribed in our admissions for a place in our Reception class in September 2021. This means that we will not have enough places for the number of children applying and some families will be disappointed and not be allocated Greenfields. More information on admissions can be found on our website

The application process is now available on the Northamptonshire County Council website: click on the button below to apply for place at Greenfields. The closing date is Thursday 17:00hrs 15th January 2021.

If your child is currently attending our nursery and is due to start in our Reception next year, then we do not want you to be disappointed and miss out on a place. You must submit an application before the closing date as places are NOT automatically allocated.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our school office.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is where you will find Greenfields' amazing virtual classrooms full of chat and lots of hard work! If you have not used Google Classroom before, or you are new to Greenfields, please follow this link that explains how to log on to a PC, Android or Apple device. You will need your child’s email address and password, and the class codes below:

Class Code and Google Link

Teachers are looking forward to posting their ‘Flipping Greenfields’ videos this Friday in time for the weekend. Each one is all about next week’s learning, so will get your child prepared for a flying start on Monday. Research shows that children who feel prepared for the coming week are less anxious about school, happier to get up and go on a Monday morning and achieve better than those who are not.

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Just a quick COVID reminder

Please help us keep the school and its community safe by:

  • Keeping to the pick-up and drop-off times, and limiting your contact with school staff at these times
  • Keeping your distance from other families in the playground
  • Following the one-way system
  • Wearing a face covering when you are on the school grounds
  • Limiting the number of adults picking up children to 1. If you have a teenager, or partner who is currently dropping off/picking up with you, please ask them to remain off-site.

Google Classroom

If you are having issues with Google Classroom please click on the handy link below

My Child At School

Please click on the button below for an easy guide to the My Child At School app

Office Contact

As per our Covid -19 risk assessment, the office is currently closed to visitors. This includes parents wanting to drop off any forgotten items such as packed lunches, drinks bottles and school bags. If you need to contact the school please ensure this is done by telephone on 01536 514622 or email at admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk.

School Reading Books

Please could you return to your child's class teacher any school books that you may have borrowed during lockdown.

Online Reading Log Access

to log your child's daily reading, please either scan the QR code with your mobile phone using the camera function or click on the button below.

QR code for Greenfields' Reading Log

The Greenfields Way for Families

Please follow the link below for handy information about how life at Greenfields Primary School and Nursery works. From attendance, to Parent Pay, to Google Classroom, find all the answers to any questions you may have here:

Wraparound Care booking

All bookings for wraparound care must be booked weekly the last day for booking is the Wednesday before care is required.

Flu Vaccine Catch-up

If your child missed the flu vaccine and you wish to vaccinate your child please call the School Nurse team on 03001111022 option 4 to arrange a Saturday morning slot.

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Dates for your Diary

Santa Run Wednesday 16th December 2020

Whole school watching PantoLive! Thursday 17th December 2020

Christmas Break - Last day Friday 18th December 2020. Return Tuesday 5th January 2021

Closing date for September 2021 Reception intake - 21st January 2021

February Break - Last day Friday 12th February 2021. Return Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Created By
Amy Critchley
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Credits:

Created with images by Pexels - "audience band concert" • anncapictures - "christmas gifts gift bag" • ErikaWittlieb - "wonder woman superman superhero" • MichaelGaida - "mosaic tiles pattern" • InspiredImages - "hero spiderman super" • Shotkitimages - "online classes online letters" • jarmoluk - "old books book old" • stux - "snail shells pattern" • schuetz-mediendesign - "saxophone music gold" • cocoparisienne - "ammonit petrification fossil" • Larisa-K - "holiday christmas new year" • Jess Bailey - "red and gold stars" • geralt - "board blackboard empty" • KeithJJ - "champions award trophy" • MarvellousPhotos - "schools education study" • Morning Brew - "untitled image" • Agence Olloweb - "Il s’agit d’une photographie réalisée pour illustrer notre page des offres de création graphique de l’agence web Olloweb Solution" • Hans - "tree wintry hoarfrost"