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Newsletter 2nd october 2020

Headteacher Comment

What a soggy end to what has been a very lovely week at Greenfields!

As the Indian Summer draws to an abrupt close and the Autumnal weather sets in, I'd like to just remind you to send your children well equipped for all weathers. As a school we have also to ensure that we continue to maintain good ventilation in classrooms to help reduce the possible transmission of Coronavirus whilst ensuring that your children are warm. The heating is on but there are times when the classroom may feel a little chilly, following full ventilation during the break times for example. Therefore, you may want to think about harping back to a somewhat old-fashioned way of adding warmth for your child in the form of a vest underneath their school uniform. Further guidance on our school uniform can be found on our school website: https://www.greenfields-pri.co.uk/

You'll see below that we have organised both virtual and 'in real life' open events for parents whose children are due to start school next September. Please do pass on this information to friends and family who may not read our newsletter.

Have a lovely weekend and we'll see you Monday.

Mrs Appleby

This is getting extreme!

Here at Greenfields, the children are passionate about reading. Year 6 decided to kick start reading their favourite books 'extreme reading' style. Year 6 were very extreme!

Proud Lions

Reception Bakers

In Reception, the children talked about how making bread links to the story of The Little Red Hen which they are learning this week. They also thought about where the flour comes from and spoke about the ingredients they needed to make some bread. They all enjoyed eating their bread and Maeve the School Dog, enjoyed sniffing it when the children took it home at the end of the day!

Rewarding Year Two

Year Two have been thinking about rewards in their Jigsaw PSHE lesson this week. They thought about how and why they get rewards and how it makes them feel. They created their own medals for each other to celebrate their wonderful qualities.

Terrific, Tigers

Terrific Tigers have been loving the continuous provision so far this year, especially the farm which they used the help us innovate our T4W story!

Terrific Tigers

Year One Make Potions

Year 1 enjoyed listening to a story about Winnie the Witch in the forest school area and then helped Winnie by making nature wands and magic potions.

Terrific Tigers

Top 10 Readers

Year Six children are being rewarded with a hot chocolate if their name appears on the school’s top 10 readers chart. Here are our first winners enjoying a treat this morning, Greenfields are really proud of them.

Year 6

Virtual Voices

This week all classrooms around the school have been lucky enough to take part in singing lessons with specialist singing professionals from across the Trust. Sessions throughout the week took part via TEAMS and the children loved it. We have missed singing regularly together, so it is brilliant that enrichment experiences such as this are beginning again. Next week, you'll be able to read all about the Year 4/5 whole class instrument lessons and Shakespeare rehearsals.

Children learned all about rhythm, pulse and even began to read music notation. The songs ranged from traditional such as; ‘My Bonnie lies over the ocean’ to more modern classics like ‘Shotgun’.

It was great to hear the children sing again and they are all looking forward to the next session. And, if you look really closed at the screen shot you can see Champion Cheetahs class taking part!

Singing lessons with all of the primary school across the trust #DRETMusic
Remarkable Rhinos joining in with the singing

Key Stage 1 and EYFS Celebration Assembly Winners

Star Pupil

  • Ladybirds - Kylian
  • Busy Bees - Emilia
  • Dragonflies - Adam
  • Happy Hyenas - Benjamin
  • Terrific Tigers - Liam
  • Excellent Elephants - Lucas
  • Smart Snakes - Ryan

Handwriting Award

  • Busy Bees - Jade
  • Dragonflies - Stark
  • Happy Hyenas - Oana
  • Terrific Tigers - Esmee
  • Excellent Elephants - Tiana
  • Smart Snakes - Maize-Mai

Mathletics

Congratulations James K from Cheeky Monkeys on receiving your gold award

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

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 every 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 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."