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Newsletter 19th March 2021

Headteacher Comment

School is beginning to feel like its usual self: the staggered start and finish times run smoothly (thank you, families!), and the children are very much settled back into the routines and demands of the school day.

We know that the children have missed getting out and about and exercising, so today we have had a flying start to "The Great Greenfields Daily Mile", which is a daily opportunity to get out into the playground and run or walk 6 laps, making a full mile - every day! Together, the children in Reception to Year 6 ran/walked an incredible 359 miles, at different times during the day, in their year group bubbles. This means by the end of next week, they will have clocked up over 2,000 miles. A few of us were a bit puffed out, but after a few practices, we know that the children will be taking the 'Daily Mile' comfortably in their stride.

We will bring you some photos of the 'Daily Mile' next week, as well as hot-of the -press reports from Greenfields' Science Week.

Mrs Appleby

Minibeasts

The children in Ladybirds have been going mad about minibeasts this week, they have all loved being creative with the junk modelling and art work, learning lots of new skills.

Ladybirds

Goldsworthy Self Portraits

Dragonflies and Busy Bees have been looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy whose art is made from natural materials . They then made a self portrait using natural materials including leaves, pine cones , petals and pebbles. What great self portraits!

Reception

The Stone Trolls’ Cave

This week, Marvellous Meerkats have worked their socks off in their writing lessons. For one of their lessons, they spent some time learning about prepositions and then used the wonderful knowledge they had gained to create a preposition poem. Take a look at some examples of the finished products.

Marvellous Meerkats

Eye Models

In science, Years Four and Five have been learning about the eye. Super Sharks made models of the eye and learnt about the functions of the different parts of the eye.

Super Sharks

Remarkable Rhinos used photography and video to look at their own eyes and see if they could use light to grow and shrink their pupils.

The children made scientific drawings of their own eyes then labelled and explained the functions.

Maybe we have some opticians in the making…..

Remarkable Rhinos

Thank you!

On behalf of the staff, pupils and parents of Greenfields Primary School and Nursery, Mrs Tyrrell-Smith would thank Morrison’s Kettering and the anonymous benefactor who has kindly donated £100 to our school to be spent for the benefit of the school community. Mrs Tyrrell-Smith said "I will make sure this kind donation will be utilised in the best way for our school."

Kids Read More When We Turn On The Subtitles.

You might have heard about this research in the news, so we wanted to let you know how one brilliantly simple, free, small change to children’s existing TV viewing habits can drastically improve their reading skills. Here is Stephen Fry to explain the benefits of turning on the subtitles in more detail.

For more information, click the button below:

How you can help to Keep Greenfields COVID Safe

You may know from the news that schools are being provided with Lateral Flow Device testing kits for staff to test, on a voluntary basis, for COVID twice weekly, and that secondary school children are also using these kits. You might not know that families of children who are in school can also start testing at home by ordering testing kits online for home delivery. This is so that new clusters of infection can be identified and prevented from transmitting further and is one of the ways that everyone can help life start to return to 'normal'. Please see the information below, or follow the link to find out more...

Covid testing

KS2 Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to our KS1 winners.......

Star Pupil Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Maisie
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Nathan
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Stefan
  • Champion Cheetahs - Jai
  • Super sharks - Daniela
  • Proud Lions - Corwin
  • Soaring Eagles - Kheysha

Handwriting Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Kevinas
  • Cheeky Monkeys - James
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Xenia
  • Champion Cheetahs - Regan
  • Super Sharks - Charlotte
  • Proud Lions - Jamie
  • Soaring Eagles - Jasmine

Sports Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Freddy
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Shayla
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Phoebe
  • Champion Cheetahs - Charlotte
  • Super Sharks - Oscar
  • Proud Lions - Gracie
  • Soaring Eagles - Madison

Positive Points Awards

In first place for the most positive points is.......

Excellent Elephants!

Excellent Elephants

Remember, you can earn your class 5 points for 5 reads at home per week, 2 points per day if you are on the Greenfields Moon or 1 point per day if you are on the Greenfields Star - play your part!

House Cup

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

Ennis!

Ennis

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:

Home School Agreement

As we become more used to our online way of working, we thought it was important to add to our home/school agreement (that you signed when your child started at Greenfields) to include online learning. Please follow the link below to complete this short addition relating to online learning with Greenfields Primary School and Nursery.

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.

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery Term Dates

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.

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

Wraparound care has been reserved for key worker parents accessing school. If you require wraparound care please email admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk

Breakfast Club

Notification of price increase starting September 2021

As you know Greenfields offers wraparound care from 7.30am until 6pm every school day.

From September 2021 the price is £3 per child per day. The £3 charge is used to staff the Breakfast Club regardless if your child attends at 7.30am or 8.15am. Of course you will still be required to book your place in advance of care required.

Drumming Lessons

We are lucky to be able to offer a wide range of music lessons to pupils at Greenfields Primary School & Nursery, and we now have a limited number of spaces for drumming lessons for pupils from Year 2 – Year 6. Please see the attached letter from our drumming tutor Mark McHarg with details on how you can secure your child a space.

Drumming lessons

Easter Holiday Camps

Easter holiday camps

We are on Facebook and Twitter!

Dates for your Diary

Easter Break - Last day of Spring Term in school is Friday 26th March 2021.

School re-opens to the children for Summer Term on Monday 12th April 2021

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