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Newsletter 25th September 2020

Headteacher Comment

This week Maeve (the school dog) has experienced life on the school gate. She seems to have loved the extra attention she has been getting and the children have commented that they have loved seeing her to say hello too.

Every term pupils at Greenfields work toward being a 'Going for Green Champion' and aim to achieve green in the 6 key areas. Whilst we are operating under very different circumstances we have made tweak to the reporting areas. So, teachers will report red, amber and green for the following 6 areas: Punctuality, Uniform, Effort, Behaviour and Homework. Please note, to achieve green for uniform your child need to be in full school uniform daily as well as bringing their correct P.E. kit weekly. Furthermore, teachers will be looking at online learning as well to see whether your child reads regularly at home to achieve green for homework. If you have any question regarding 'Going for Green' please contact the school office and they will do what they can to help.

As we look ahead to chillier temperatures, can I please remind you to ensure that your child has a warm coat in school. At Greenfields we know that part of a healthy school day includes outdoor activity. For that reason we will be continuing with outdoor learning as well as outdoor playtime throughout the winter months and we don't want children to feel cold. It is also worth arming your children with hats and scarves but be please be reminded to clearly label all items with your child's name.

Have a super weekend.

Mrs Appleby

The Brilliant Club

Twelve of Greenfields’ talented Year 6 children are currently taking part in live philosophical discussions, led by a PhD scholar, Amy, from the University of Leicester. The children are attending seminars via Teams each week and completing written discussions as extra homework. They are working towards graduating by writing 1,000 word philosophical essay about fairness. This is part of a scheme run by The Brilliant Club, which is a national charity that supports children from all backgrounds to go to top universities. For more information please visit:

You will remember that Greenfields have a great history of winning DRET debating competitions and this group are already thoughtful and persuasive in their arguments. This week, they have been thinking about fairness as inequality and answering questions like ‘What is the difference between needing and deserving?’, ’How do we decide who get what and who deserves what?’ ‘What could happen if we get that wrong and someone who needs something, doesn't get it?’. They questioned if it is fair for everyone to always have the same, or should things be distributed according to deservedness.

There was a lively debate too that considered:-

  • whether children need free medicine more than adults
  • whether doctors deserve better pay than nurses (and you learnt the term 'emotional labour' and you thought about 'risk' too)
  • whether male footballers deserve to be paid more than female footballers

We cannot wait to publish a selection of the children’s final essays in the Greenfields Newsletter watch this space!

The Brilliant Club

Under, over or through it?

Dragonflies enjoyed their first Forest School session. Firstly, the children listened to the story of the Gruffalo then they went on a hunt for the characters from the story. They had to decide if they could go under it or over it. They had a great time going through it. We are so lucky to have a school environment that lets the children get out and about into the woods to do their learning.

Dragonflies

P.E is back for the very Proud Lions

In order to keep Greenfields COVID secure, the Senior Leadership Team were thinking very hard on the best way to continue PE lessons. It's so important to keep active to stay healthy and our amazing team have done it and PE is back on!

This term in in Year 6's PE, Proud Lions are working on their speed and agility skills. Here they are enjoying an agility circuit. They are loving their PE this term. Go Lions!

Proud Lions - Year 6

Where's Fred?

This week Busy Bees have enjoyed using Fred the Frog to show their understanding of different preposition such as on top, next to, in between, under, in the box. Fantastic understanding Busy Bees 🐝

Smart Snakes' Science

Year Two have been learning all about plants in their science topic. They wanted to find out how seeds travelled. The children experimented with filling and popping balloons to show how seeds spread by dispersal, then they used the wind to make seeds travel, and finally they investigated how birds help spread seeds, by making their own bird poo! The children all really enjoyed wearing the lab coats and being super scientists.

Smart Snakes

Key Stage 2 Celebration Assembly Winners

Star Pupil

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Vanesa
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Kelly
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Lana
  • Super Sharks - Laura
  • Champion Cheetahs - Darius
  • Proud Lions - Arunali
  • Soaring Eagles - Scarlet F

Handwriting Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Teddy
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Ameliah
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Ruby
  • Super Sharks - Viaka
  • Champion Cheetahs - Rhea
  • Proud Lions - Dylan
  • Soaring Eagles - Eduard

Mathletics

Congratulations Lionnel from Soaring Eagles on your Gold award in Mathletics.

Lionnel - Soaring Eagles
I had to work really hard and earned 5 silver Mathletics awards to get the Gold!"

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.

Year 6 Secondary School Virtual Open Days

It is now time for all year 6 pupils to think about and decide what senior school to apply for. please find below the online link to apply along with links to our local schools. some are having a virtual open event.

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 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 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.

Open Events for Reception Intake September 2021

If your child is turning four between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 now is the time to apply for their primary school place, and what better place to start their school life than at an Ofsted rated “OUTSTANDING” school.

Due to the current situation across the country, this year Greenfields Primary School & Nursery are giving our prospective parents the chance to attend our open events virtually! You will still have the chance to meet our Headteacher, Sandra Appleby, our teaching staff from our Reception classes, our admissions team as well as see a short video of our school in action!

These events will take place on:

• Tuesday 13th October 2020 5pm

• Thursday 5th November 2020 5pm

• Thursday 12th November 2020 5pm

As well as our virtual events we will also be holding an external and partial internal viewing of the school on:

• Saturday 17th October 2020 9:30am - 11am (Book your time slots at 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am or 11am)

At this event you will have the chance to look around the school from the outside, view the playgrounds, Reception outdoor learning area as well as having a glance inside the Reception classrooms, library and school hall! These events will last 15 minutes, with a maximum of 6 people to a group and we shall be observing a strict protocol for hand sanitizing and face coverings. We regret we cannot allow children to these events.

If you would like to attend any of our virtual events and/or our external viewing event then please book in with our school office either by email at admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk or call 01536 514622

Just a quick reminder

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

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.

October Half Term

Please see details of the following clubs for October half term.

Soccer Camps

We are on Facebook and Twitter!

Dates for your Diary

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

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

Nasal Flu vaccine - 3rd November 2020

Created By
Amy Critchley
Appreciate

Credits:

Created with images by Mimzy - "trophy award winner" • Antoine Dautry - "System of equations" • Matthijs Smit - "Was shooting my guitar in a forest for a school project. Was trying all sorts of positions and angels and just laying down the guitar on the ground made the beauty of this instrument just pop out. I like how the details of the guitar just fit into nature and how nature gives back to music." • Kimberly Farmer - "A collection of books. A little time. A lot of learning." • Morning Brew - "untitled image" • Agence Olloweb - "Il s’agit d’une photographie réalisée pour illustrer notre page des offres de création graphique de l’agence web Olloweb Solution" • Daniel J. Schwarz - "More Autumn Vibes from Graz."