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Newsletter 8th January 2021

Headteacher Comment

It was a complete surprise on Monday night, when the Prime Minister announced that schools were going to only be open for a small number of children again, and for everyone else to be learning online at home! I'm sure you'll agree that Greenfields Primary School and Nursery has done an amazingly swift about-turn, and by lunchtime on Wednesday, everyone had settled into remote learning either in school, or at home - there's some lovely examples later on in the Newsletter.

Of course, because it was such a surprise, we didn't have a chance to offer you learning packs (for younger children), books and other materials that you might need to support your child's learning at home. Please let us know if you would like exercise books or (almost) anything else to support your child at home. Please also have a look at the messages sent this week as the office have sent details of a Government scheme to receive data top-ups to support online learning.

Sandra Appleby - Headteacher

Google Classroom Access via games consoles

If you have more than one child at home and you're juggling the live lessons between devices, did you know that if you also have an X-Box or Playstation linked to the internet, you can use them to access Google Classroom - at least to watch the live lessons? Both consoles have an internet browser (PS4 is easier than PS5, but XBox is Microsoft Edge) and all you need to do is type in classroom.google.com and add your log-in details when asked using your controller. You will be let straight into your classroom. You can follow links to live lessons from there. If you have a plug in keyboard for your console (some people do), you can even complete your work via your console (this might be easier than typing with your controller) For full instructions (click below).

Extreme Environments

This week Year Four/Five kicked off their new Talk 4 Writing unit by preparing for survival in an extreme environment. I absolutely loved seeing the children in their survival gear and think Bear Grylls would be proud.

Children planned to venture to places including outer space, the Outback and The Arctic.

Take a look at some of the children and Miss Kenny about to embark on their adventure.

Year 4/5

Year 2 in the Stone Age

Year 2 are learning about the Stone Age this term so as part of WOW Day they found natural materials to make different coloured paints. They then painted pictures using their new paints to show what they did during the holidays. Can you guess what Year 2 did over the holidays?

Year 2 WoW Day

Year 2 completed some incredible Science work on Tuesday! They didn’t let the surprise of home learning get in their way! They examined their own teeth using mirrors and then drew diagrams and included the specific names of the teeth! Well done super scientists!

Year 2

Reception group: School

In Reception, the children had a great time learning about dinosaurs. Today they made their own playdough and then used it to make dinosaur footprints. The children measured out the ingredients and worked together to mix and then knead the dough . Super team work class! For those children not in school, keep a look out for the recipe to make your own playdough at home on Tapestry.

Reception

Sizes and shapes in Reception

Reception have been impressing us all with their hard work at home this week! They have been ordering objects by length and using the correct mathematical language. They have also been using the phonics videos and the handwriting rhymes to practise their handwriting! Keep it up everyone!

Reception

Nursery get online

It has been great to see so many of the Nursery children engaging in some fantastic learning this week both at home and in the bubble at school. Keep up the hard work!!

Don't forget to join us daily at 2.30pm for our live story time, the link can be found on Tapestry.

Ladybirds

Yr1/2 School Group Working Hard

The children in school this week have been very busy completing their work! They loved using the school laptops and getting creative in CKC lessons! They were thrilled to join in with their class' live teams meeting and listen to a story from their teacher.

Year 1/2

We Welcome.................

Mrs Roz Giles to the Greenfields Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Mrs Giles is married to Steve and they have 2 daughters, Emilia aged 4 who is in our Busy Bees class at Greenfields and Martha aged almost 2. Roz has been working as an Optometrist for 17 years and loves running, cycling, reading and playing the piano.

Mrs Giles

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 17:00hrs 15th 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.

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.

School Reading Books

Please could you return to your child's class teacher any school books that you may have borrowed during lockdown.

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

Please note that Wraparound care is currently open to Keyworker's children only.

Flu Vaccine Catch-up

If your child missed the flu vaccine and you wish to vaccinate your child please call the School Nurse team on 03001111022 option 4 to arrange a Saturday morning slot.

We are on Facebook and Twitter!

Dates for your Diary

Closing date for September 2021 Reception intake - 5:00 pm 15th January 2021

February Break - Last day Friday 12th February 2021. Return Tuesday 23rd February 2021

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