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Newsletter 21st May 2021

Headteacher Comment

This week in Celebration Assembly, I was delighted to be able to share the shiny new Singing Trophy with the school. You'll see below that Greenfields has launched the DRET Summer of Singing project and everyone has noticed the increase in singing around the school - even more than usual!

There has been lots of reports in the media about how the arts are struggling since the pandemic began and how some children may not have really high quality arts education, so we are always proud of the way that we continue to support the arts at Greenfields, and how much value the David Ross Education Trust places on making sure that children take part in the arts as a regular part of school life. Next week, to show our support for the arts in England, we will be taking part in the National Festival of School and College Arts, promoted jointly by the major teaching unions and many more educational organisations.

The idea is to celebrate the vital role of the arts in our schools and colleges around the country, and the fantastic work created by children and young people, so you can look forward to seeing a special edition of the Newsletter that celebrates the arts in all their forms from right across the Greenfields Primary School and Nursery.

Enjoy the weekend and see you all on Monday.

Mrs Appleby

DRET Summer of Singing

The DRET Summer of Singing project has launched at Greenfields this week and the children are loving it. Each class has its own designated Singing Leaders, whose job is to teach the other children new songs. Children can earn tokens for their class and the winning class with be presented with the fabulous and prestigious singing trophy for the week!

Greenfields loves being a Singing School

Another Greenfields Womble!

Well done and thank you, Nia!

You may remember recently Jacob and Harry from Greenfields became Wombles. Greenfields has another Womble who also loves to protect her environment in the form of Nia from Terrific Tigers. Its lovely to see how the Greenfields way is teaching our children how important it is to be responsible for not only themselves but the environment and the community around them.

House Building

The two year olds in Greenfields Nursery have been learning about connecting materials and using different tools to create a picture. They used painted bricks outside to form a base of bricks then draw with pens to add detail to their house ideas.

Ladybirds

Year Six Investigate

On Monday, detectives from Year Six were called to investigate a disturbing discovery in the Hall. They arrived to find ‘blood stained ‘ pictures and love notes around the room. They investigated further, with super sleuth Mrs Black, and found links to the poem ‘The Highway Man’. This is the children's new English unit, which they are now really excited about.

Year Six' English 'Hook'

Planting Seeds

In the Nursery, this week’s focus story for the two year olds is Jasper's Beanstalk. They have been talking about what plants need to grow. They even had a go at planting their own beanstalks! It was great fun.

The children learnt new words such as trowel, rake, watering can, seeds and soil.

Ladybirds

A Sweet Time

Soaring Eagles had a sweet-tastically fun afternoon learning how to design a classification key. This activity has honed their skills ready for the next piece of learning - classifying plants and animals. They even had the extra special treat of eating (the wrapped) sweets afterwards!

Soaring Eagles

STEM Club

Year Two's After-School STEM (Science, Technology and Maths) Club had a fascinating time this week exploring food colouring and how they can use this in non reversible experiments. They made rainbows using Skittles sweets and learnt how washing up liquid disperses colouring.

Kimbolton Students Virtually Visit Year Six

The Proud Lions have had another brilliant session with students from Kimbolton School. This time they were given some great advice from them about how to cope with their upcoming transition to Secondary School. They also had the opportunity to ask the Kimbolton students questions about what life will be like for them in Year Seven. The children found this so useful and as always loved spending time with their older friends.

Proud Lions enjoy the mentorship of older pupils from Kimbolton School

Year Three Science

In science, Marvellous Meerkats have been learning all about photosynthesis. To help us remember the word equation for photosynthesis, we decided to act it out. We learnt that, for photosynthesis to occur, water and carbon dioxide must react in the presence of sunlight and chlorophyll (the green substance that gives leaves their green colour). As a result, sugar (glucose) and oxygen are produced. The sugar is transported to other parts of the plants and used as the plant's main food supply. However, the oxygen, which is a waste product of photosynthesis, is released from the plant through small holes on the underside of the leaves, called stomata. Next week, we will be learning all about water transport in plants...we cannot wait!

Marvellous Meerkats

Evolution and Adaptation in Years Four and Five

In Super Sharks, in science, the children are studying evolution. They have been investigating and simulating different types of beaks to work out which type of beak is most usual to ensure birds will survive and adapt in their environment.

Super Sharks' Beak Experiments

Champion Cheetahs Check Out Darwin

The children discovered that Charles Darwin had observed finishes in the Galápagos Islands, and noticed that although they were the same species of bird, their beaks were slightly different so that they could survive in their habitat. The class put this to the test.

Here are Champion Cheetahs’ very own ‘birds’ trying out their ‘beaks’.

Champion Cheetahs

Geographical Features

Year One had a fun geography lesson learning about human and physical features. They learnt the definition of each feature and then found examples around the school.

Terrific Tigers

KS2 Celebration Assembly

Star Pupil

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Riley
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Ameliah
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Xenia
  • Super Sharks - Ethan
  • Champion Cheetahs - Harry
  • Proud Lions - Allen-Junior
  • Soaring Eagles - Denislav

Handwriting Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Matei
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Keira
  • Remarkable Rhinos Tuesday
  • Super Sharks - Arthur
  • Champion Cheetahs - Rhea
  • Proud Lions - Wyatt
  • Soaring Eagles - Simge

Sports Award

  • Marvellous Meerkats - Ayva-Lilly
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Ellie
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Eryn
  • Super Sharks - Jasmine
  • Champion Cheetahs - Oliver
  • Proud Lions - Miguel
  • Soaring Eagles - Scarlet

Positive Points Awards

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

Soaring Eagles!

Soaring Eagles

Remember, you can earn your class 5 points for 5 reads at home per week, 1 point per day if you are on the Greenfields Moon or 2 points per day if you are on the Greenfields Star - play your part!

House Cup

Congratulations to this week's winner.....

Hoy!

Hoy

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.

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery Term Dates

Just a quick COVID reminder

Parents and carers with children in a school setting that have been asked to isolate due to Covid and meet the criteria are eligible to a support payment. Please click below to see if you are eligible and how to claim.

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.

Competition Time!

Please click on the link to enter into the National Book token of £100. Please nominate Greenfields Primary School and Nursery and you could help the school win £5000 worth of books for our library.

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 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 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.

Year 6 Hoodie Ordering Information

Last day to order Friday 11th June 2021

Outward Bound 2021

Greenfields Half-Term Camp

Greenfields are very excited to share with you the new Greenfields Holiday Club. This will be staffed by people your child(ren) will know from school and will include a variety of activities. The price is £18 for a full day with half day and short day options. Please contact the school via email: admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk or by calling the office on 01536 514622 for more information. To book your place please click on the link below.

Guitar lessons

If you are interested in guitar lessons for your child in school please contact Bradley directly.

F.R.O.G.S (Friends and Relatives of Greenfields School)

You may remember the days before the pandemic, Greenfields used to host a number of events and fund raising activities for the school. This was run by the outstanding group of dedicated friends and relatives to the school who made up F.R.O.G.S. The wonderful team organised school discos, fetes, and Easter egg hunts to name but a few. The money raised has paid for a school minibus and outside play equipment. Now the pandemic is easing within England, FROGS are looking to start up again in September 2021 and raise some much needed money for the school and more importantly add in some extra fun for the children. If you would like to help in any way then please click on the link below and add your name and what help you can give. There is no commitment required and you can help as a one off or help in all events. If you would like more information click the button below.

Make your own fairy and dinosaur garden

Would you like to make a garden fit for a fairy or roarsome as a dinosaur? North Northamptonshire ouncil have a free online lesson for both adults and children to create their own amazing garden on Friday 4th June at 10am. This is a perfect parent child activity for half term. Click the button below to register for a place.

Year Six Transition Days

Please find below the days for the local secondary school transition days for the current Year Six cohort.

  • Bishop Stopford School - Monday 5th - Thursday 8th July 2021
  • Brooke Weston Academy - To be confirmed
  • Huxlow Science College - Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd July 2021
  • Kettering Buccleuch Academy - Monday 5th July
  • Kettering Science Academy - Thursday 8th - Friday 9th July 2021
  • Lodge Park Academy Thursday 8th - Friday 9th July 2021
  • Montsaye Academy - Monday 5th July 2021
  • Southfields School for Girls - Monday 12th July
  • The Latimer Arts College - To be confirmed

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Dates for your Diary

End of Term - Friday 28th May 2021

Back to School Monday 7th June 2021

Last day to order year 6 hoodies Friday 11th June 2021

Drayton Manor Year 6 Trip - Tuesday 29th June 2021

End of Term Friday 16th July 2021

Outward Bound 2021 Monday 18th October - Friday 22nd October 2021

Created By
Amy Critchley
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Credits:

Created with images by geralt - "school board empty" • Mimzy - "trophy award winner" • 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" • Schwoaze - "ladybug insect beetle"