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Newsletter 9th october 2020

Headteacher Comment

At Greenfields we try our hardest to give children as many opportunities as possible to demonstrate the values that we instill in our children : Courage, Aspiration, Ambition and Respect. So this week, I am absolutely delighted to be sharing with you the pictures of our new Junior Leadership Team (JLT). Congratulations to all of the children, and especially to Jasmine and Isaac, our new Head Girl and Head Boy, who have the privilege of wearing special silver ties around school. Together with their peers who are Deputies, House Captains, Sports Captains and Digital Leaders, they fulfill many roles around the school, including supporting the Senior Leadership Team (Mrs Tyrrell-Smith, Mrs Kenny, Miss Wood and I) with interviews, book scrutinies, feedback from subjects and insights into how life at Greenfields is like from a child's perspective, and even supporting other children to use IT . The Junior Leadership Team also show visitors around the school, meet Greenfields' Governors and represent the children at school events. A special mention also to Blu and Simge who will be leading the School Council and representing the views of all the classes and their representatives.

Mrs Appleby

Introducing........ The Junior Leadership Team!

Head Girl, Jasmine and Head, Boy Isaac

Jasmine and Isaac

Deputy Head Boy, Riley and Deputy Head, Girl Tatiana

Riley and Tatiana

Head and Deputy Head of School Council

Blu ( Head) and Simge ( Deputy)

House and Deputy House Captains

Adlington House Captain, Adelaide - Deputy, Arunali
Farah House Captain, Harrison and Deputy Allen
Ennis House Captain, Scarlett Rose and Deputy Awa
Hoy House Captain Wyatt and Deputy Saif

Sports Captains

  • Ennis Sports Captain - Scarlett
  • Ennis Deputy Sports Captain - Ryan
  • Hoy Sports Captain - Maddison
  • Hoy Deputy Sports Captain - Alex
  • Farah Sports Captain - Kiera
  • Farah Deputy Sports Captain - Logan
  • Adlington Sports Captain - Daisy
  • Adlington Deputy Sports Captain - Benji

Digital Leaders

  • Head Digital Leader - Alicia
  • Head of Technology - Corwin
  • Digital Leader - Myrie
  • Digital Leader - Ceira
  • Digital Leader - Ellie
  • Digital Leader - Ted

Reading in a tree

Two girls reading in a beautiful tree, enjoying the last of the Autumn sun.

Book and Biscuit the Smart Way!

To ensure Greenfields is Covid secure we are not allowing visitors into school. Unfortunately that means parents cannot join their children for 'Book and Biscuit'. Luckily Greenfields never lets the 'new normal' stop us from doing the nice things in class. Smart Snakes have been really enjoying the 'Book and Biscuit' session every week, although we are missing welcoming our families into school.

Scrummy Yummy Reading Rewards

Year Two star readers for this week have been rewarded with a scrumptious chocolate cake!

Ladybirds Fun

In the Two Year Old room this week they have been learning about numbers and practicing their point and count technique to help them understand quantity.

They have also had lots of fun sharing with friends and taking turns with the marble run, they love to play alongside their friends at Nursery. It has been so lovely to see all the different friendships forming, they have been offering their friends help when they need it balancing on the trim trail.

What great friends they all are.

Ladybirds 2 Year Room

Story Puppets

This week in Year One we invented three new characters for the story. The children all had some brilliant ideas and then had a go at creating puppets to retell their new stories!

Happy Hyenas

Super Skills in Dragonflies

Dragonflies have been enjoying their PE lessons, they have been focusing on balancing . They practiced balancing on one leg then they practiced walking heel to toe on the floor and finally along a beam. Super balancing skills Dragonflies!

Dragonflies

The Red Hen meets the Dragonflies

For the Talk 4 Writing story, the children have been learning The Little Red Hen. Today the class had a visit from the hen to ask her some questions from the story. They have been focusing on developing their speaking and communication skills. They loved our visit from her.

Dragonflies

Baker Bees

This week Busy Bees have enjoyed The Bakery role play, here they have been using their imagination to pretend to make bread in connection with the story The Little Red Hen. They have had lots of messy fun recreating the bread making from their previous learning.

Busy Bees

Journey Invention: Rhino Style

This week the children have been inventing their own journey tales. Take a look at the incredible paintings of their settings. By doing this the children were able to make up their own sentences with similes, metaphors and personification. Miss Kenny was absolutely blown away by the children’s attitude to learning and the work they produced. Great job guys!

Remarkable Rhinos

It's "all about the brass"

Year Four/Five have absolutely loved the time they have spent so far learning to play brass instruments. This is a ten week programme where children are taught by professionals musicians. Instruments include; trumpets, trombones and tubas. Miss Kenny popped her head into the session on Tuesday and was greeted by magnificent sounds and I know that parents are loving hearing the children rehearse at home too. It is wonderful that Greenfields can still offer such fantastic enrichment opportunities, let’s hope this gets more children into learning how to play an instrument.

Year 4/5 Music lesson

Healthy Cheetahs

In Champion Cheetahs this week, in science, they have been learning all about keeping themselves healthy. They learnt that exercise is just as important as a healthy diet!

Champion Cheetahs

Super Healthy Sharks

Super Sharks have also been learning about healthy eating and exercise. Here are some of our awesome posters.

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Super Sharks

Squelchy Monkeys

This week Year 3 were Super Scientists. They created an amazing discovery called 'oobleck'. This disgusting fluid which when you hold it is wet like a liquid but when left to rest turns in to a solid. It was very wet, sticky and messy but was lots of fun for the children to squelch between their fingers!

Cheeky Monkeys

Dragonflies' Walkabout

This week, Dragonflies decided to get some fresh autumn air. During their walk they decided to collect some autumnal items to use in an art project. The Reception children really enjoyed themselves.

Dragonflies

Key Stage 2 Celebration Assembly Winners

Star Pupil

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Ayva-Lilly
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Ianis
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Phoebe
  • Champion Cheetahs -Charlotte
  • Super Sharks - Alan
  • Proud Lions - Wyatt
  • Soaring Eagles - Lewis

Handwriting Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Kevinas
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Tyler
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Julia
  • Champion Cheetahs - Jake
  • Super Sharks - Ryley
  • Proud Lions - Blu
  • Soaring Eagles - Saif

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.

Guitar lessons

We have a few remaining spaces for guitar at £5.50 per lesson. . 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.

Drumming lessons

We have a few remaining spaces for guitar at £4.75 per lesson. Please contact the office on 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.

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

September 2021 Reception intake

If you have a child turning 4 years old between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021, you need to apply for their place to start in Reception in September 2021.

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery is now rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and as with all outstanding schools the popularity of the school increases. With this in mind, we are expecting to be oversubscribed in our admissions for a place in our Reception class in September 2021. This means that we will not have enough places for the number of children applying and some families will be disappointed and not be allocated Greenfields. More information on admissions can be found on our website

The application process is now available on the Northamptonshire County Council website: click on the button below to apply for place at Greenfields.

If your child is currently attending our nursery and is due to start in our Reception next year, then we do not want you to be disappointed and miss out on a place. You must submit an application before the closing date as places are NOT automatically allocated.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our school office.

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 ‘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.

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 QuinceCreative - "trophy soccer sport" • LUM3N - "workplace office desk" • Mimzy - "trophy award winner" • 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." • MarvellousPhotos - "schools education study" • 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."