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Newsletter 26th February 2021

Headteacher Comment

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support on this – we know it has been challenging for everyone to juggle home-schooling with other commitments, and your support is very much appreciated. Supported by our fantastic staff, I am so proud of how much the children have achieved while learning at home. However, no virtual experience can replace face-to-face teaching and it is really good to be returning to the classroom on Monday, March 8th.

Your and your children's efforts have not gone unnoticed and I enjoyed hearing how positively this week's parent/teacher Pupil Progress Meeting went. Hopefully these meetings have helped you have a better understanding of how well your child is doing at school and how we can continue to work together, in partnership, to best support your child as they return to school. We have plenty of time before your child is due to move up to their next year group, so please feel reassured that we will use the time wisely and will help your child be ready.

Online safety is a crucial area of concern for us and it should be for you to, if your child uses any kind of device that has access to the internet. We have invested in the parent support package from the National Online Safety website. It offers practical advice and support to help you keep up and help to keep your child/ren safe online. Please use this link to login and set up you account to access the service for free.

Enjoy the weekend and see you next week.

Mrs Appleby

Thank you Kettering Lions!

The Kettering Lions made a very generous donation of three laptops to Greenfields Primary School and Nursery. Mrs Appleby and members of the Key Worker bubble were delighted to meet representatives of the Kettering Lions (socially distanced, of course) and to be presented with the laptops that will be kept in school for the benefit of all children. Please look out for a full report in the local press.

The Lions Club International are an active community charity that fundraises and makes contributions to community groups across the World. In Kettering, they support local food banks, make donations to Kettering General Hospital, Green Patch and of course, run the famous Kettering Santa’s Sleigh at Christmas. Everyone involved in Lions service is a volunteer and if you are interested in finding out more about their service locally:

Kettering Lions' kind donation

Year Three enjoy Eat Lunch and Read with Mr Leach

Year Three have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to enjoy a regular live storytelling session with Mr Leach, all whilst eating their scrumptious lunch and drinking a beverage of their choice (hot chocolate seems to be a popular choice!). So far, Year Three have enjoyed a wide and varied selection of books, such as The World in Danger, The Little Cockroach, How to not go to School, Superheroes are Everywhere (a personal favourite of Mr Leach’s) and ultimate classic, Oliver Twist. It is safe to say that Eat Lunch and Read has definitely served as a Friday treat. Matei in Marvellous Meerkats was super eager to tell Mr Leach what he thinks of Eat Lunch and Read, he stated the following: "I like that we are able to sit and relax and enjoy a story together, just like we do in class, I cannot wait for the next story!". These sentiments were further echoed by Teddy, who said “It’s great, we get to listen to you read Mr Leach and enjoy my lunch at the same time!”.

Lunch and Read

Year Three’s Remarkable Recounts

This week Year Three have been learning about recounts in our Talk 4 Writing lessons. We have learned all about past tense verbs and fantastic writing tools to help excite our readers. In our unit this term we have read the story of King Midas. We used our knowledge of this story and the skills we have learned to create super recounts from the point of view of the main character. You can read some of our super diary entries at our padlet below!

Nursery Two Year Olds

In Nursery the youngest children have been exploring lines and using them to form prints onto paper. They could see different shapes and pictures in their creations like dinosaurs and houses.

Two Year Olds enjoying their art

Reception are Growing

Dragonflies and Busy Bees have started their new topic about growing. They have watched videos all about plants growing and today both in school and at home have made cress heads. They decorated their pots and carefully sprinkled the seeds onto cotton wool. The children can’t wait to see the cress heads grow!

Reception

Learning Life Cycles

Dragonflies and Busy Bees have started their new topic all about growing. Part of this is learning about how animals grow, change and develop. Today they learnt about the life cycle of a chicken and a frog. After watching videos and listening to stories about the life cycle the children went on to make their own life cycle pictures.

Reception

Guatemalan Worry Dolls

This term, Year Two will be learning more about North and South America as part of their Geography topic. To kick start the topic, we pinpointed Guatemala on the world map and found out about one of their traditions. Children from Guatemala would make worry dolls and tell them their worries. The worry dolls would then do the worrying for them. Have a look at some of Year Two's own creations!

Year 2

The Queen visits Year One

Year One had a great time learning about the United Kingdom this week ready for their new Geography topic. The children made their own crowns and learnt about the Royal family. They also completed activities around the topic of materials ready for their Science lessons. They learnt about why it is important to recycle and made their own bags for life.

Year One

Year Six meet another Awesome Sportsman

This week, English Rugby Legend, Peter Winterbottom talked to the children of Year Six about aiming to the best that you can be. He talked about how it’s important to aim high, even if you don’t reach number one – keep aiming high and never give up! He also discussed with the children, the importance of teamwork and how every person in the team is important and valued. He talked about how supporting your teammates is crucial to success, never apportioning blame for a mistake made – instead – everyone working together to make up for that mistake. Peter was a superb inspirational speaker and one we will remember for a long time!

Year Six meet Peter Winterbottom, England Rugby Legend

Dragonology

This week in Year Four and Five we have kicked off our new Talk 4 Writing unit on Dragonology.

The children were able to find out about the species and had fun creating their own dragons. I loved Isaac’s comment; ‘today was fun I loved learning about that’.

We were all blown away by the creativity of the children and really enjoyed hearing all of the names you came up with. We look forward to finding out more about Wanda X Plore and all of her discoveries. Take a look at some of the dragons below…..

Year Four/Five

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World Book Day

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery is again participating in World Book Day on Thursday 4th March so look out for all of the fun activities your teacher has in store for you on Google Classroom.

An Evening with Ben Pritchard

We are extremely excited to share with you the details for our upcoming event, “An Evening with Ben Pritchard”, which will take place on 6th March, 5:00pm and will be held live on YouTube (private link). This has been organised via the Inspiration Fund and DRET Sport.

A former cyclist and triathlete, Ben Pritchard became paralysed from the waist down after a cycling crash in September 2016. He first took up indoor rowing during his rehab at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and was quickly spotted by British Rowing staff, joining the para development squad in 2017 and hopes to compete at the Paralympics later this year.

His incredible story will be shared in a live talk and workshop, followed by a Q&A where we will be asking each participant to prepare a question for Ben.

Please find attached posters and Instagram images to share in your academies, and a link below for students to register. Please contact students with a passion and talent in sport directly to encourage them to attend, but it’s also open to all. Please don’t just post it on social media and expect students to sign-up.

Celebration Assembly

Star Pupil

  • Ladybirds - Michaella
  • Busy Bees - Patrick
  • Dragonflies - Darwin
  • Happy Hyenas - Robyn
  • Terrific Tigers - Nia
  • Excellent Elephants - Milena
  • Smart Snakes - Loagan
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Kelly
  • Marvellous Meerkats - Ayva - Lilly
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Eryn
  • Super Sharks - Maya
  • Champion Cheetahs - Charlotte
  • Proud Lions - Allen-Junior
  • Soaring Eagles - Lionnel

Positive Points Awards

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

Excellent Elephants!

Excellent Elephants

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.

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 working 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 offer wraparound care from 7.30am until 6pm every school day. Unfortunately, due to the continued strain on budgets we have had to increase the cost of Breakfast Club.

From September the price will be £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. Please understand we have not taken this increase lightly but unfortunately we have no alternative.

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Dates for your Diary

World Book Day - 4th March 2021

Full school reopening - Monday 8th March 2021

Easter Break - Last day in school is Friday 26th March 2021. School re-opens to the children on Monday 12th April 2021

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