Newsletter 18th September 2020

Headteacher Comment

Where there is a will, there is a way!

As we are still settling into the new way of working, this week we have experimented with how to run assemblies across the school. My job was made far more pleasurable on Monday when we had our first whole school 'live' assembly. The delight on the children's faces and the joy I could hear coming from classrooms made the act of coming together all the more meaningful. Look out for TEAMS invitations coming out to parents of families whose children are due to receive awards in celebration assembly over the coming weeks.

You may have noticed that we were joined by our new community police officer, Kerry York, on the school gate. She is keen to work closely with us all at the school, to help the children of Greenfields Primary School and Nursery be the best citizens they can be and how to stay safe. It is lovely to feel well supported.

Finally, a massive shout out to you all. We can see that there have been more than 500 entries onto our new reading log system which gives you a way of sharing what your child is reading at home. Your child's class teacher checks your comments regularly and you'll already know just how important reading practise is so thank you and keep it up.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Appleby

Amazing, Inspirational, Winners!

Every year the DRET community have an opportunity to vote for award winning teachers, support workers and employees. There are various categories including: Unsung Hero, Team of the Year in Primary and Inspirational Teacher of the Year.

Miss Wood, Miss Dot and the Greenfields Senior Leadership Team (consisting of Mrs Appleby, Mrs Tyrrell-Smith, Miss Wood, Miss Kenny and Mrs Holdcroft) were all finalists after being nominated among hundreds of nominations nationally! Every single member of the Greenfields team go above and beyond, however these amazing members of the Greenfields community were recognised and shortlisted for the fantastic work they do to ensure our children get the best education there is. The SLT team won the category for "Team of the year" in primary!

Congratulations to all of you for your fantastic effort every single day.

Go Team Greenfields!

Maeve gets an Ambassador!

Maeve is a very lucky dog. She now has a school ambassador called Jessica from Proud Lions. Both Jessica and Maeve are very proud indeed! Jessica take on responsibility for helping to care for Maeve when it is a working day for her. They already get on very well and training is on track.

Happy learners in the sun

This week Remarkable Rhinos took advantage of the beautiful weather by taking their learning outside. As part of our lesson on the circulatory system children mapped out the human body veins and blood vessels. We learnt a lot about the body including the role of our blood cells. Possible doctors in the making?

Year 4

Counting Dragonflies

Dragonflies have enjoyed their maths this week, counting and ordering to 10. Not only a great skill but a very good challenge for our reception class. What a super effort from you all.

Sunshine, Spanish and Meerkats

This week, Marvellous Meerkats spent some time in the glorious sun, where they revised the different fruits in Spanish. To do this, they worked in small groups, using chalk to draw the different fruits and then practiced writing the name of each fruit, underneath their drawings, in Spanish. Mr Leach was super impressed with the high-quality teamwork children demonstrated in this activity.

A Mountain Troll

On Monday, Year Six discovered a mystery creature lurking in the playground. They were alarmed to see trees swaying, branches snapping and roaring echoing around the playground. When they stepped closer they found a grass covered moving ‘thing’ which they later found out was a Mountain Troll. Fortunately the creature has now been removed . They loved our hook session for their new English unit and can’t wait to start writing about the Mountain Troll.

Year 6

Bubble Wrap painting

Busy Bees have been busy artists this week, enjoying using different media to paint on when engaged in creative learning.

More About Trolls

The children had a shocking day this week in Year 6! The school forest area was invaded by a humungous, baby mountain troll. They were lucky that the mother wasn’t in the vicinity as mother trolls can be very protective. The children wrote superb witness statements about the incident, there will be further English writing opportunities related to our 'hook day'

Key Stage 1 Celebration Assembly Winners

Handwriting Award

  • Busy Bees - Nikola
  • Dragonflies - Aivah
  • Happy Hyenas - Sarah
  • Terrific Tigers - Chris
  • Excellent Elephants - Sinem
  • Smart Snakes - Cayden

Star Pupil Award

  • Ladybirds - Mia
  • Busy Bees - Henry
  • Dragonflies - Ethel
  • Happy Hyenas - Eden
  • Terrific Tigers - Amelia
  • Excellent Elephants - Sean
  • Smart Snakes - Charlie

Music Lessons

Music lessons have now started. To book your child's space please email the office at: admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk. Spaces are booked on a first come first served basis.

We have a few remaining spaces for guitar and drumming at £5.50 per lesson. Please contact admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk for more information

Violin Lessons.

We currently have a small number of spaces available for violin lessons with our NMPAT tutor. These lessons take place during the school day, and cost £55 for a full term. Please have a look at the short video of an introduction to strings to give you an idea what your child would be learning with the NMPAT Tutor during their lesson.

Please contact the school office on admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk to register your interest. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Google Classroom

We loved using Google Classroom to keep our learning going during lockdown and we were delighted that 99% of children at Greenfields accessed it to keep in touch with their teachers, to keep up with friends and complete their learning.

To keep Google Classroom going successfully this year, we have tried to make access simpler, by renaming your child’s Google Classroom from last year with this year’s class name. So, for example, if you child was in Smart Snakes (Year 2) and has moved to Marvellous Meerkats (Year 3), their Google Classroom code will not have changed, and they should log in as before. Classes where last year’s Google Classrooms are being continued into the new year are highlighted in yellow.

Year 4/5 classes may need to use a new access code and follow the link below. Similarly, Year 1 Google Classrooms are completely new, as parents used Tapestry last year.

Teachers are looking forward to posting their first ‘Flipping Greenfields’ video of the term in time for the weekend. It will be all about next week’s learning, so will get your child off to 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.

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

to access Google Classroom please click on the class name your child is in. The class code is next to the class name.

Just a quick reminder

The school meal menu is on ParentPay. Please book no later than midnight Tuesday for the following week.

Google Classroom

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.

School Uniform

Compulsory School Uniform

Please place your order with Karl Sports. They are fully stocked and have all uniform in all available sizes.

Karl Sports preferred method of ordering is via their website. (Click below)

The shop is now fully open (Trafalgar Road, Kettering NN16 8DD). The current opening hours are Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm.

We are on Facebook and Twitter!

Dates for your Diary

Half term break - Last day Friday 23rd October 2020. Return Monday 2nd November 2020

Nasal flu vaccine (receprion to year 6) - Tuesday 3rd November 2020

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

Created By
Amy Critchley


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