Newsletter 13th November 2020

Headteacher Comment

We have had another lovely week at Greenfields. We respectfully remembered on 11th November. With a whole school assembly outlining the essence of Armistice Day followed by everyone joining in with a 2 minute silence.

And, then of course we ended the week with a day of fundraising activity to support the Children in Need charity. We started the day by joining in with the energetic Joe Wicks PE Lesson, even nursery took part! Do check out the photos we have shared on Twitter. Then throughout the day the children explored the Five to Thrive big ideas. You can find out more about that here:

I am super proud of your fundraising efforts. Read on to find out how you have raised for Children in Need.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Appleby

Tigers Understand Remembrance Day

Terrific Tigers created their own Poppy wreath on Remembrance Day. They learned all about why people wear poppies and how brave the soldiers in the war were. They enjoyed watching a video of Prince Charles laying a poppy wreath on Remembrance Sunday.

Terrific Tigers

Year Two Make Poppies

Year 2 celebrated Remembrance Day on Wednesday by learning all about WW1 and why people wear poppies. They drew and created a range of display and wearable poppies using lots of different materials.

Smart Snakes
Smart Snakes

Dragonflies Remember

Today Dragonflies have been learning about Remembrance Day. They watched a video explaining all about how people and animals lost their lives in different wars and they also had a school assembly. They then made some beautiful poppies.


CSI:Year 6

CSI Year 6

Year Six were disgusted to arrive in school last Tuesday to find a mess on the playground. Something or someone had turned the Year 6 playground upside down. They investigated carefully, ruled out many suspects and eventually discovered that a family of foxes had been scrummaging desperately for food! This provided them with the perfect hook, ready for their story writing unit ‘LittLe Vixen Street’ which is all about foxes.

Year Six
Year Six
Year Six
Year Six

Happy Hyenas Planetarium

In Happy Hyenas, the class have been enjoying learning all about Astronomy. They have been using the space station role play area and creating their own constellation pictures! They have also created a big classroom display to help them memorise the order of the 8 planets.

Happy Hyenas

Newton Gravitates to Year Six

Year 6 were stunned and amazed learning about gravity this week! From their investigations and research, they learnt that gravity exerts the same force on ANY object regardless of mass or size. They found it fascinating and flabbergasting that a full bottle of water and an empty bottle of water take the same amount of time to reach the ground when dropped!!

Year Six
Year Six
Year Six

Busy Throwing Paint

This week in class, Busy Bees have been exploring the work of Jackson Pollock. They learned that he often worked on canvases on the floor, dripping paint onto them (this is called action painting as he moved very quickly). Sometimes he threw paint at the canvas too. The children used a range of tools to create different marks. During the activity the class showed great focus and ability to share the resources. Great exploring and experimenting with paint Busy Bees.

Busy Bees

Shakespeare in Year 5

Year 5 have been hard at work with their Shakespeare Performance. Horatio, Marcellus and Bernardo, spot King Hamlet's ghost.

Horacio, Marcellus, Bernardo and Hamlet's Ghost

Prince Hamlet looks to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius.....will he do it?

Hamlet and Claudius

Ladybirds Learning New Skills

In Ladybirds' Two Year-Old Room, the younger children have mastered getting their coats on all by themselves!

Ladybirds learning new skills

They have been busy making their own poppies for Remembrance Day.

Ladybirds making poppies

They have been working alongside their friends to achieve being more as a team, like this brilliant train track, great fun.

Ladybirds team working

They have been using their imaginations outside, to go on a journey just like the little bear from their story. They made trains, boats and buses using crates

Ladybirds working as a team

Fundraising for Children in Need

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery are always proud fund raisers and today is no exception. Our brilliant students and parents have raised a fantastic £330.30 for Children in Need! Thank you all for this amazing amount of money, however you can still donate on ParentPay!

Greenfields children Support Children in Need

Smart Snakes have been making paper chains for friendship day to celebrate Children in Need

Smart Snakes

The children in years 4 and 5 have been making friendship cards and a whole class friendship paper chain. The children also made their friends a smiley face biscuit to celebrate Children in Need. Happy days!

Years 4 and 5

Ladybirds' Children in Need activities have been about giving. They have really enjoyed making friendship cards and decorating biscuits to give to others.


Life Bus

Please ensure you have made payment on ParentPay


We are so excited to let you know that we will be welcoming The Life Education Centre Bus back into school for 4 days, beginning the week of Monday 23rd November. This has always been a very popular event with the children and is both practical and educational. Each class will have a visit from the ‘life educator’, where they will meet Harold the Giraffe and learn all about how to keep their bodies fit and healthy in a workshop delivered by The Life Education Group. This will be an invaluable addition to what we already teach and is the perfect addition to our Jigsaw puzzle, Healthy Me!

Please make a contribution of £4.50 towards the cost of the visit by Friday 20th November. These fantastic enrichment opportunities really enhances what teachers are able to deliver in the classroom and we rely on payment from all families in order for them to go ahead. This is an exciting opportunity for our children, and we are extremely grateful for your support in enabling this event to go ahead.

Please see the attached leaflet from The Life Education Centre, which details exactly what is covered in sessions for each year group.

As I am sure you are aware, changes will need to be made so that the visit is Covid safe. As a result, this year’s visit will take place in the classroom rather that the Life Education Bus.

Please speak to your child’s class teacher with any questions/concerns you may have.

Many thanks in advance.

Are you up to the challenge?

Mathletics challenge

EYFS &KS1 Celebration Awards

Star Pupil

  • Ladybirds - Esmee
  • Busy Bees - Patrick
  • Dragonflies - Keeva
  • Happy Hyenas - Hamza
  • Terrific Tigers - Ebony
  • Excellent Elephants - Eugen
  • Smart Snakes - Shiven

Handwriting Awards

  • Busy Bees - Jade
  • Dragonflies - Emi-Leigh
  • Happy Hyenas - Katie
  • Terrific Tigers - Jaxon
  • Excellent Elephants -Millie
  • Smart Snakes - Loagan

Sports Awards

  • Busy Bees - Amina
  • Dragonflies - Bailey
  • Happy Hyenas - Ashton
  • Terrific Tigers - Leila
  • Excellent Elephants - Aalia
  • Smart Snakes - Koki

Amazing Mathletics

Amazing effort Ward: a remarkable achievement!

Ward Remarkable Rhinos

Parent Governor Vacancy


I am writing to you to invite you to stand for election as a parent governor on the Academy Scrutiny Committee. In our Academy we have provision for 2 parent governors and there is currently 1 vacancy.

The Academy Scrutiny Committee has three key functions:

  • Understanding and promoting the Trust’s and the Academy’s vision and ethos.
  • Scrutiny and Challenge of achievement of targets, school improvement and pupil outcomes. Escalation of any concerns to the Trustees via the Executive; and
  • • Supporting and facilitating parental and community engagement.

No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the Academy and be prepared to play an active part in the Academy Scrutiny Committee’s work. The main benefit you can gain from being a governor is a sense of satisfaction through involvement in the most important volunteering role in education. The collective support and challenge you make as a member of the Academy Scrutiny Committee, will help shape the future of children at the academy. Training is available for all governors.

All governors have the same roles and responsibilities; as a parent governor you would be a representative parent, not a representative of parents. The role and responsibilities of a governor are set out in further detail in the attached governor role description.

It should be noted that an elected Parent Governor is appointed for a four year term and may continue in office even though their child may have left the Academy part way through their four year term of office.

Parents/carers who have paid employment in the school for 500 or more hours per academic year or who are elected members of the Local Authority, are not eligible to stand in these elections. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the school on the day that nominations close.

If you would like to stand for election, please click on the following link to complete the nomination form and submit by no later than 23rd November 2020.

You should also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 500 words. You will then be invited to meet with the Chair of Governors and/or Principal who will provide information on the role and provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions.

If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to stand for election please contact the Returning Officer who will be able to supply you with further details.

Any queries relating to this election should be made to the Returning Officer at the Academy. Yours sincerely

Sandra Appleby Returning Officer

Parent Governor Vacancy

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 21st 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.


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.

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 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.

We are on Facebook and Twitter!

Dates for your Diary

Life Education Bus - Monday 23rd November 2020

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

Created By
Amy Critchley


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