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Newsletter 12th March 2021

Headteacher Comment

It has been truly joyful to see the children return to school this week. They have surpassed our expectations as they have conducted themselves brilliantly throughout the week. Everyone has shown great maturity and resilience across the board. Already your children are focused and working hard as they 'Go for Green' at Greenfields.

And, what a very Greenfields return we have had. Enjoy exploring the newsletter this week, which is full of Wow Day! learning snippets from across the school.

If you pick and drop off your children in person, you can't fail to have notice that the traffic conditions on Highfield Road has been quite impossible. I would like to ask for your help with this as it has become dangerous at times.

- Please do not park on double or single yellow lines

- Please do not park blocking drive-ways or access roads

- Please do not park on the school driveway

All of the above are illegal and caused an obstruction, and risks the safety of yours and other children. You could also be subject to a parking ticket and hefty fine if caught.

Thank you in advance for you help, understanding and patience.

Enjoy the weekend and see you next week.

Mrs Appleby

Fun in the Sun...

What a great way to kick off our return to school! Year Four/Five have absolutely loved being outside spending time with their friends and us teachers.

The teachers are all so happy to have the children back and have loved this week and I think the children have too, just look at these faces.

Long may it last - keep smiling Year Four/Five!

Year Four/Five

Dragons in School

Year One were so excited to see that a dragon had visited their school this week! This English hook got them ready for their new English unit, 'George and the Dragon'!

Year One

Dreamy Art in Year One

Year One learnt about the Spanish artist, Joan Miro, this week and how he used his dreams and reality to create paintings. The children thought about their own dreams and used these to create paintings.

Year One

Police Hunt in the Playground

Year Two have been learning the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' in their English lessons. They performed the story using props, using a storytelling table and with a story box. They even went on an police hunt in the playground and collected evidence from the crime scene! Keep an eye out for naughty wolves around Kettering!

Year Two

LIGHTS, Camera, Action………. Year Four/Five

This week Year Four/Five have started their new science topic on light and learnt about different light sources and the ways in which we see light and colour. Children found out how light travels and also spent some time studying the light from the sun and how this creates shadows.

As well as being scientists, the children spent some time on Monday learning how to work collaboratively again: lots of teamwork skills were on show when children attempted to make towers with spaghetti and marshmallows.

A huge 'well done' to Stefan and Caleb for their creativity and also to Andesha, Tuesday and Ayisha for their team work.

Year Four/Five

Sharks Build the Tallest Towers

Super Sharks were not only building the tallest tower they could, but working on their team building skills too #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

Enormous Turnips

The children in Reception have enjoyed learning their new story, 'The Enormous Turnip' using puppets in their retelling. Since the children returned to school they have been keen to share what they are good at and the ability to write lots of sentences independently. 'Welcome back', Busy Bees and Dragonflies, it’s lovely to have you all back.

Reception

Shadow Art

Super Sharks have been making shadow puppets and using torches to see the shadows they created. The children enjoyed lots of arty making and showing off their creations.

Year 4/5

Travelling water

Year 6 had a fun afternoon investigating how water travels in plants. They were all amazed how clear they could see the dye in the ‘tubes’ (xylem) which carry the water from the roots to leaves !!

Year 6

Year 3 Wow Day!

This week Year 3 have had a super return to school. They started their week with a Wow Day! In English they read the story The Stone Trolls and made their own boats and stone trolls. For History they learned the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and create their own mazes.

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

KS1 Celebration Assembly

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

Star Pupil Award

  • Ladybirds - Liam
  • Busy Bees - Nikola
  • Dragonflies - Sophie
  • Happy Hyenas - Ianna
  • Terrific Tigers - Ella
  • Excellent Elephants - Milana
  • Smart Snakes - Leeroy

Handwriting Award

  • Busy bees - Charlotte
  • Dragonflies - Adam
  • Happy Hyenas - Darius
  • Terrific Tigers - Chris
  • Excellent Elephants - Eugen
  • Smart Snakes - Shiven

Sports Award

  • Busy Bees - Remy
  • Dragonflies - Rexhep
  • Happy Hyenas - Harry
  • Terrific Tigers - Hudson
  • Excellent Elephants - Gabriel
  • Smart Snakes - Vinnie

Positive Points Awards

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

Marvellous Meerkats!

Marvellous Meerkats

House Cup

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

Adlington!

Adlington

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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