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Newsletter 6th November 2020

Headteacher Comment

We have all starting to feel the first chilly mornings of Winter this week - thank you everyone who has sent their children wrapped up warmly.

This week has seen the first of our Virtual Parents' Evenings. Held on Teams, the meetings have been a great opportunity for families to meet with teachers and talk about the most important people in Greenfields - the children. We all realise how much families are missing being able to speak to teachers on the doors at the beginning and end of the day, and I have to tell you, the teachers miss those opportunities to talk to you too. If you have not yet booked your child's Parents' Evening and would like to do so, please book via your MCAS app, or call the school office (01536 514622). There is more information further down the Newsletter.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the parental survey that we sent out recently. An incredible 139 responses were received and I am happy to tell you that the responses were overwhelmingly positive. I am also thankful to the individuals who added individual comments and suggestions: I have to tell you that they are always helpful to the Senior Leadership Team and I when we are thinking about making sure our school works brilliantly for everyone. If you do have comments and suggestions, or questions, please do contact us on admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk, or by ringing the school office - please don't wait until the next survey comes out!

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Appleby

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Dragonflies Explore Change and Growth

Dragonflies have been looking at how we grow and change. Firstly, they looked at their baby pictures and had great fun trying to guess whose picture was whose . Then they looked at some different objects and decided if they were used by a baby or an adult. The class finished their lesson drawing pictures of themselves as babies and now. What a fun lesson they had!

Dragonflies

Eagles' Scientists Learn Filtration

We had a fun science afternoon separating mixtures. Year 6 used filter paper and recycled plastic bottles to separate sand and water!

Soaring Eagles

Brilliant Bobby

This week in his brass lesson, Bobby was awarded a certificate for his brilliant listening and performing with his trombone.

Miss Kenny and the rest of Remarkable Rhinos are so very proud of Bobby, he was the only child to be awarded a certificate from Peter Smalley from NMPAT. Tremendous trombone playing.

Terrific Violin Playing

Aliana has been enjoying violin lessons this term and was so excited to get to take one home this week for extra practise. She even showed her class what she had been learning.

Aliana from Terrific Tigers
Aliana from Terrific Tigers

Wow! Meerkats! Wow!

During their WOW DAY this term, Marvellous Meerkats spent some valuable time exploring their new topics in History, Religious Education and Science. In RE, they will be learning about Christianity, so they made their very own Christingles and discussed what Christingle celebrations involve - the children were very knowledgeable and loved broadening their minds by learning about Christianity. In addition, they spent some time making their very own toy cars that use a wheel and axle mechanism. This provided children with a valuable insight into the wheel and axle mechanism, one of the several simple machines that we will be exploring in their science lessons this term.

In their first science lesson this term, Marvellous Meerkats studied inclined planes, including what they are and what they are used for. Interestingly, they learned that an inclined plane is smooth surface that is sloped - one end is higher than the other, which makes it easier to move objects over the surface. For their experiment, they explored how the different surfaces on an inclined plane can influence the ease at which a car can move over the surface. Children discovered that a smooth, wooden surface allowed the car to move the fastest, but artificial grass made the car move the slowest. Children suggested that the artificial grass was a less effective material because it is thicker and less smooth, thus making it difficult for the car to move over.

Mathematics Super Bees

This week in Busy Bees the children have been amazing us with their maths understanding of part, part whole problem solving. Well done Busy Bees - Maths Superstars!

Busy Bees

Reception Explore Space

Reception have had a great virtual singing afternoon with Sarah Wise from the DRET music team this week. They learnt some new music skills focusing on pitch and rhythm. The children loved taking part in the session as it links to their current topic all about Space!

Reception

Whoosh! Whoosh! Fireworks!

Dragonflies have really enjoyed creating firework art pictures this week. They watched a virtual fireworks show and then created their own fireworks display. They also learnt how to keep safe on bonfire night.

Dragonflies

Rocking Rocks and Soils….

This week Remarkable Rhinos kick started their new Science topic by taking on the role of Mary Anning. The children had so much fun creating the layers of the soil with different types of chocolate and spent yesterday afternoon on the hunt for different types of rocks. I can’t wait to see where this learning takes us next…..

Remarkable Rhinos

KS2 Celebration Awards

Handwriting Awards

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Shelton
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Layla
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Julia
  • Super Sharks - Kieran
  • Champion Cheetahs - Tyrone
  • Proud Lions - Samuel
  • Soaring Eagles - Maryam

Sports Awards

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Oscar
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Zachary
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Andesha
  • Super Sharks - Theo
  • Champion Cheetahs - Harry
  • Proud Lions - Miguel
  • Soaring Eagles - Isaac

Star Pupil

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Philip
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Ellie
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Maddison
  • Super Sharks - Thomas
  • Champion Cheetahs - Jacob
  • Proud Lions - Corwin
  • Soaring Eagles - Ben

Amazing Mathematicians

Mrs McNamara is extremely proud of Eduard and Tatiana for the amazing effort they have put in to receive these gold awards!

Eduard - Soaring Eagles
Tatiana - Soaring Eagles

Parent Governor Vacancy

PARENT GOVERNOR VACANCY ON THE ACADEMY SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

I am writing to you to invite you to stand for election as a parent governor on the Academy Scrutiny Committee. In our Academy we have provision for 2 parent governors and there is currently 1 vacancy.

The Academy Scrutiny Committee has three key functions:

  • Understanding and promoting the Trust’s and the Academy’s vision and ethos.
  • Scrutiny and Challenge of achievement of targets, school improvement and pupil outcomes. Escalation of any concerns to the Trustees via the Executive; and
  • • Supporting and facilitating parental and community engagement.

No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the Academy and be prepared to play an active part in the Academy Scrutiny Committee’s work. The main benefit you can gain from being a governor is a sense of satisfaction through involvement in the most important volunteering role in education. The collective support and challenge you make as a member of the Academy Scrutiny Committee, will help shape the future of children at the academy. Training is available for all governors.

All governors have the same roles and responsibilities; as a parent governor you would be a representative parent, not a representative of parents. The role and responsibilities of a governor are set out in further detail in the attached governor role description.

It should be noted that an elected Parent Governor is appointed for a four year term and may continue in office even though their child may have left the Academy part way through their four year term of office.

Parents/carers who have paid employment in the school for 500 or more hours per academic year or who are elected members of the Local Authority, are not eligible to stand in these elections. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the school on the day that nominations close.

If you would like to stand for election, please click on the following link to complete the nomination form and submit by no later than 23rd November 2020.

You should also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 500 words. You will then be invited to meet with the Chair of Governors and/or Principal who will provide information on the role and provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions.

If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to stand for election please contact the Returning Officer who will be able to supply you with further details.

Any queries relating to this election should be made to the Returning Officer at the Academy. Yours sincerely

Sandra Appleby Returning Officer

Parent Governor Vacancy

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:

• 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 5th December 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. The closing date is Thursday 21st January 2021.

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.

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.

Children in Need 2020

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery are proud to support Children in Need again this year. Please send your child in mufti on Friday 13th November 2020 and make a donation directly to Children in Need via ParentPay.

Children in Need 2020

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.

Life Ed Bus

Please ensure you pay your child's entry onto the Life Education Bus. The payment item is on ParentPay

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.

We are on Facebook and Twitter!

Dates for your Diary

School Photographs - Wednesday 11th November 2020

Children in Need Dress Down Day Friday 13th November 2020

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

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