Here we are at the end of an unusual Spring term. On the anniversary of the first lockdown, I am sure none of us would have imagined a year ago that we would just be returning in full after a second lockdown, nor that we would have become a fully virtual school for a while and that all of us would have definitely improved our IT skills. The school community has been remarkably resilient and I am so proud of all the children, their families and the school staff for pulling together for the entire period.
Next term begins on the Monday 12th April and I am confident that we will all continue to observe any COVID-safe measures on site and I am delighted to have been able to start planning some of the additional extras that make Greenfields the outstanding school that it is. I am very much hoping to bring you information about the resumption of after-school sports and arts clubs later in the term.
Please do take some time to watch the attached clips from our amazing Primary and Secondary Music Festivals, and explore the Virtual Library. I would also encourage you, if you are looking forward to organising holidays next year, to have a look at the revised term-time dates on the website: www.greenfields-pri.co.uk or by following the link further down the Newsletter.
Have a lovely break.
This week Greenfields Primary School and Nursery took part in British Science Week 2021. The theme for all of the learning has been 'Innovating for the Future'. Have a look at some of the year group activities that the children enjoyed.
Year 3 Investigate Water Uptake in Plants
This week, Marvellous Meerkats kicks off British Science Week 2021 news. They have engaged in a range of activities. Firstly, they conducted an experiment using celery and food colouring to investigate water uptake in plants. Secondly, they began to clear away some of the flower beds in the KS2 playground so that they can grow and care for their own vegetables. In addition, they also spent some time exploring the structure and function of different parts of a plant before creating their own plant models to show off their incredible learning. Take a look at pictures of the some of our work from this week.
Year One had fun collecting materials to grind and make their own paint with. The children learnt so much about making paint with natural materials.
Year One then decided to take the project further by making their own futuristic clothes at home.
Keeping People and the Environment Safe
For Science Week Year Six have looked closely at how viruses (like COVID-19) spread. They found out that using face masks is essential to stop the spread. They made their own face coverings out of old unwanted clothes because that’s the best way to protect the environment at the same time.
Flying Cars in Reception
The children in Reception have enjoyed talking about futuristic vehicles from flying cars to boats that can go on land and sea.
Ladybirds' Science Fun this Week.
Children in the Two Year Old Room in Ladybirds had fun this week. Andreea made a futuristic outfit for her doll at home. They have been learning about the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and enjoyed tasting all the different fruits. They talked about what fruits smell like, feel like and taste like making choices themselves. They have been exploring British Science Week learning about how vehicles move and creating their own planes, trains and cars.
This term Year Four and Five have been looking about the dangers of smoking as part of their 'Healthy Me' Jigsaw lessons.
Children took a closer look at the negative effects of not only first hand smoking but passive smoking too.
Take a look at some of the persuasive notes they made to give to people they know who smoke.
Greenfields' Daily Mile
Every child at Greenfields takes part in the Daily Mile (of course it could also be called the 'long way' for the younger children who can't quite manage the full mile). Here are Year One enjoying getting fitter and eventually heathier by completing their daily mile each day.
Super Sharks and Champion Cheetahs are getting healthily competitive. The children say that they enjoy taking part in the Daily Mile.
Greenfields' Virtual Library
I know you will all be very excited about our Easter half term arriving after working so hard in your classes this term. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that this is a perfect time to catch up on a great book. At Greenfields, we have some fantastic resources to help you to continue to enjoy your reading over the half term period. Our Virtual Library is full of stories for you to listen to. Stories that are read by some familiar faces, as well as comics, newspapers, magazines and even our core texts from our Talk 4 Reading lessons! You can enjoy reading independently or as families at home.
Don't forget to log your reading on the Greenfields Reading Log each day too! I can't wait to see where your reading adventures take you during the holidays. Enjoy!
DRET Music Festival
The brilliant children who attend DRET secondary schools took part in the DRET Music Festival. Click below to watch the awe-inspiring musicians! It is one of the many benefits of being part of the David Ross Education Trust that all our children, from the age of two to eighteen years, have so many opportunities to work with talented peers and professionals from the world of the performing arts and music.
How you can help to Keep Greenfields COVID Safe
You may know from the news that schools are being provided with Lateral Flow Device testing kits for staff to test, on a voluntary basis, for COVID twice weekly, and that secondary school children are also using these kits. You might not know that families of children who are in school can also start testing at home by ordering testing kits online for home delivery. This is so that new clusters of infection can be identified and prevented from transmitting further and is one of the ways that everyone can help life start to return to 'normal'. Please see the information below, or follow the link to find out more...
Congratulations to the following pupils:
- Ladybirds - Ruben
- Busy Bees - Emilia
- Dragonflies - Adam
- Happy Hyenas - Benjamin
- Terrific Tigers - Liam
- Excellent Elephant - Eliska
- Smart Snakes - Jada
- Cheeky Monkeys - James
- Marvellous Merrkats - Shelton
- Remarkable Rhinos - Ward
- Champion Cheetahs - Tiegan
- Super Sharks - Vaika
- Proud Lions - Kiera
- Soaring Eagles - Daisy
Who earned themselves the most behaviour points this term and now hold the Learning Behaviour Trophy.
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.
Greenfields Primary School and Nursery Term Dates
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 worker parents accessing school. If you require wraparound care please email email@example.com
Notification of price increase starting September 2021
As you know Greenfields offers wraparound care from 7.30am until 6pm every school day.
From September 2021 the price is £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.
We are lucky to be able to offer a wide range of music lessons to pupils at Greenfields Primary School & Nursery, and we now have a limited number of spaces for drumming lessons for pupils from Year 2 – Year 6. Please see the attached letter from our drumming tutor Mark McHarg with details on how you can secure your child a space.
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