Newsletter 1st October 2021

Headteacher Comment

It was a pleasure to welcome Reverends Claire and David from St Peter and St Paul's church in the centre of Kettering. Reverend Claire led a Harvest assembly and agreed that collecting donations for the Food Bank would be a great way of showing our gratitude and caring for our community. There is information below about what to bring in and where to leave it next week, but I do hope that you are able to support this worthy community action.

In other sports news, following the Summer Cup last week, the boys' and girls' football teams have been representing the school in three different competitions: at the Poppies' football ground, at Buccleuch Academy and at Tresham College. As ever, the children played their best and represented their school brilliantly. Thank you to Mr Hughes, Miss Bayes and Mr Ilko (who has only just joined our Sports and PE team) for helping to organise the event.

Last but not least, please take read the notice about road safety carefully. The school really can only keep Highfield Road safe for our children with your help and co-operation. Please park considerately, for our community neighbours, and safely for our children, and use the car park at the pub to reduce congestion.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Appleby

Parking outside the school gate

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery prides itself on the safety of our children and families and we are all grateful to everyone who parks and drive considerately and safely. We wanted to let you know however that following increased levels of complaints from parents, local residents and passers by regarding the congestion outside of the school gate and in residents only parking spaces, the council and PCSOs local to this area will be issuing parking tickets to anyone who has parked dangerously, or on the restricted single yellow lines along Highfield Road. The fines are really quite high and to be avoided.

Mrs Appleby, Mrs Tyrrell-Smith and other senior staff are on the gate to ensure safety of our children and request ALL parents/carers and anyone who drops children off at Greenfields to please use the free council car park at the end of Highfield Road next to the Mikado Pheasant public house. Please help us keep everyone safe.

October Half Term Camp

Due to high demand, the October Holiday Camp is on from 18th -22nd October 2021 - this is the first week of the two-week half term. Please click the button below to book your space or call the office on 01536 514622 for more information.

Holiday Camp

Greenfields Celebrates Harvest Festival

After our brilliant assembly with Reverend Clare from St Peter and St Paul's Church, where the school learnt all about celebrating and giving thanks for the Harvest, Greenfields Primary School and Nursery want to show their support by collecting for the local Food Banks.

All next week, your child's teacher will have a collection box outside their classroom where you can donate items to the food bank. Remember this does not just have to be food; this can also be other helpful items such as shower gel, toilet rolls and sanitary products.

file photo

Very Happy Hyenas..... And Tigers!

Year One received some new classroom equipment this week. Mrs Wensley and Mrs Willmot asked the very excited children to open the new boxed equipment. The year group were so happy to see a brand new sandpit to play with!

Year One

Champion Masterpieces

Champion Cheetahs have enjoyed creating their own scenery masterpieces focussing on perspective and the importance of layering their pictures to have a foreground, middle and background.

Champion Cheetahs

Funny Faces

During Monday's science lesson, Year Four studied the muscles of facial expression in detail. These muscles are an example of voluntary muscles because people have conscious control over them, meaning they choose to use them or not. The children learnt that there are a number of different muscles in their face that are responsible for forming different facial expressions. For example, contraction of the nasalis muscle can cause our nostrils to flare (try it!). In order to help remember the different muscles of facial expression and their function, the children practiced forming funny facial expressions with their partner, where they took photographs on the iPads, and also spoke about the different muscles behind the expression. This was a fun and relatable learning activity which will help make their learning more memorable and support the easier recall of knowledge.

Year Four

Learning Through Exercise

Year Five designed an exercise programme using their knowledge of the muscular system showing strength, flexibility and endurance.

Year Five

Excellent Drawing

Excellent Elephants have been learning about observational drawings and sketching in their art lessons. The children were so proud of their first attempts of sketching!

Excellent Elephant

Phone a Friend

In English, Marvellous Meerkats explored ways to recall their invented story- they used 'phone a friend' to retell their story in the right order.

Marvellous Meerkats

Warning! Stories Invented!

Cheeky Monkeys’ class have been writing their invented warning story this week, this is all about a chocolate cake being eaten. To help with our writing process we tasted, smelled and discussed chocolate cakes! It really helped the children develop their vocabulary and language. Smiles all around!

Cheeky Monkeys

Busy reading in Reception

The children this week have enjoyed reading their favourite stories, sharing stories with friends, and used props in retelling core texts.

Busy Bees

Autumn in Nursery

The two years old's have been exploring Autumn objects. Using paint to roll and rub the different items to see their effects. The children then print them onto paper to see what shapes they leave.

The group have also been following on with their topic story Goldilocks and The Three Bears, creating our own bears using forks to give a fur like texture. “Grrrr”


Celebration Assembly

KS2 Awards

Star Pupil

  • Marvllous Meerkats - Aalia
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Ryan
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Harriet
  • Powerful Panthers - Rocco
  • Super Sharks - Maleeq
  • Champion Cheetahs - Rhea
  • Proud Lions - Asma
  • Soaring Eagles - Archie

Handwriting Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Eliska
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Husna
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Aureja
  • Powerful Panthers - Milita
  • Super Sharks - Jai
  • Champion Cheetahs - Jewel
  • Prould Lions - Katy
  • Soaring Eagles - Xenia

Sports Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Oscar
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Jack
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Shayla
  • Powerful Panthers - Megan
  • Super Sharks - Daniella
  • Champion Cheetahs - Daniel
  • Proud Lions - Vaika
  • Soaring Eagles - Bobby

Positive Points Awards

In first place for the most positive points this week:

Proud Lions

Class Points

Remember, you can earn points for your class and your house by completing your learning at home, getting 1 point per day if you remain on GREEN on the traffic lights or 2 points per day if you are on the Greenfields Moon or Star - play your part!

House Cup winner

Congratulations to...............


House cup points

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

These have been updated for the classes in 2021-22, so click on the link for the class you will be in in September.

Teachers are looking forward to posting their ‘Flipping Greenfields’ videos every Friday next term 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

Covid- 19 information

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

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 working parents accessing school. If you require wraparound care please read and sign the terms and conditions to ensure we can accept your booking. Bookings must be made by the Thursday before the care is required.

P.E Days

Please click below to check when your child's class has P.E.

Greenfields Welcomes Parents

This week has been the start of the Online Parent Meetings. These are a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher, find out what your child is learning about this year and to also ask any questions you may have. It has been great to see lots of families already joining their meetings this week, so thank you for taking the time out of your evenings to do this. If you are not able to join your child's class meeting, the recordings will be posted on Google Classroom for you to watch back. We are also continuing to run our in-person school visits next week, so please let the office know if you would like a tour.

September 2022 intake open days

The time of year has come for parents of 3 - 4 year old children to decide on and apply for their Childs school place for September 2022. Greenfields are holding some view the school in action events, meet the headteacher evenings. to book your place please click the button below and fill in the form.

View the school in action event

  • Wednesday 6th October 9:30am
  • Wednesday 3rd November 9:30am
  • Wednesday 17th November 1:30pm

Meet the Headteacher evening

  • Tuesday 12th October 5pm
  • Tuesday 23rd November 5pm

Year 6 Applications for Year 7

The closing date for year 7 applications is 5pm on 31st October 2021. Applications made after this time will not be considered in the first round of applications which could mean that the chance of getting one of your preferred schools is greatly reduced.

By using the Northamptonshire Citizen Portal (button above) where you will also find all information needed when applying for a secondary school place.

You can request a paper form from the Admissions Team at: admissions@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk or telephone 0300 126 1000. Please allow adequate time for postage.

  • Bishop Stopford - Please check their website on Monday 4th October 2021 for an update https://www.bishopstopford.com/
  • Latimer Arts College - Thursday 7th October 2021. Please check their website for virtual tours https://www.latimer.org.uk/
  • Montsaye Academy - Live Open Evening on Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 4.30pm and 6pm. Please email the school to book your slot on openevening@montsaye.northants.sch.uk
  • Lodge Park Academy - Monday 4th October 2021.Please ring the school on 01536 203817 to book a time slot for either 5pm or-6.30pm

Outward Bound 2021

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Dates for your Diary

After school clubs start Monday 4th October 2021

Year Two visit to St Peter and St Paul's Church Kettering - Tuesday 5th October 2021

Year Four visit to Twycross Zoo 15th October 2021

Last day for pupils - Friday 15th October 2021

Half Term Holiday Camp Monday 18th October - Friday 22nd October 2021

Outward Bound Monday 18th October - Friday 22nd October 2021

Scholl re-opens for pupils - Monday 1st November

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Amy Critchley


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