10 May

I don’t know where this week has gone because it doesn’t seem like two minutes ago that I was writing last week’s blog! We’ve had lots of visitors to Heron Street this week. As well as our Standards and Safeguarding Board meetings on Friday, we have also shown around 3 more families who are interested in their children joining our school. All of them commented on how welcoming and polite the children were and special mention needs to go to Bailey who did an excellent job of showing one young guest around. Well done Bailey, you represented our school brilliantly!

You may recall from last week that Class 2 had been making some 3D effect landscape images using chalk and oil pastels? Well, they’ve made some lovely wood effect frames this week to finish them off and I think they look great. The children are really proud of their work. Mr Cruz even got them tidying up their own mess!

Class 2’s work this term in Geography has been about the local area so as part of this, combined with their English work, they have been investigating the historical case of the Bill O’Jacks murders – when two men were killed at the pub of that name on Saddleworth Moor in 1832. They have not only visited the scene of the murder, but also been to visit the graves in St Chad’s cemetery to see what clues these primary historical sources could give them.

They have researched old newspaper articles, looked at photographs and are trying to piece together what might have happened and why. They have written their own newspaper reports about the murders, which they have then aged with tea bags – they really do look so authentic. Another special mention to Akaash who has been doing some additional research at home. Class 2 have really been enthused by this topic and have used their iPads’ to study the ordnance survey maps. I can’t wait to find out if they find out ‘who dunnit!’

Class 5 have been learning about the life cycle of a frog..

They have also been learning about how flowers grow and got super messy when they made their sunflower pictures using their hands. It looks like Zane, Tyler and Eric have had a ball!

Our youngest pupils have also joined Class 4 again for their PE lesson where they have been practicing using their gross motor skills and improving their ball control. Mr Hopkins is really pleased with how well they are all doing. Both classes were excellent in their session with City in The Community coach Marcus..

I must say how lucky we are to have had Marcus allocated as our coach this year – he is so calm and encouraging, this makes the sessions really productive in a lesson that can often be quite tricky for our children.

The children have been working hard on learning to recognise and spell number words to 20..

Class 4 ended their week with the Friday cooking club – I think there was more tasting going on really, but it looks like they’ve enjoyed themselves. Mrs Makin is pleased with how they are all working well together and getting really good at following the instructions. Happy Birthday to Calvin too who was 8 on Friday.

Miss Wright and Mr Bright have held their first meeting this week with our iPad Champions who are going to be launching something called Trilby TV. You may have seen (if you have visited other sites) TV screens that showcase the work the pupils have been doing. Well, Spring Brook Lower will soon have their own up and running and our team of pupils are busily putting together clips of the parts of our school that we are really proud of. We can’t wait for you to see them.

Finally, Class 7 have had an amazing Friday. As part of their work on Healthy Eating and the Digestive System, they spent the morning at Wagamama’s in Media City. Mrs Pulman was blown away by their hospitality and cannot thank Jodie and Head Chef Milo enough. They had a tour of the restaurant and kitchen, found out about the fresh and healthy ingredients they use, were taught how to prepare and cook meals and learned lots about food hygiene too. We cannot praise them enough for their inclusive approach to education – thank you Wagamama’s!

Class 7 also really enjoyed their visit to Alexandra Park..

That’s all from me for this week – I’m off to Wembley on Saturday with my football team (don’t think I’ve mentioned it too much this week!) Have a great weekend & we will see you all next week,

Miss Thomason
Head of School

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