20 Sep

Our first full week of the year has been fantastic!

Mr Dec, our wonderful IT Technician, has got all of our iPads up and running and we are raring to go. Last year’s children have been telling all the new ones about how good they are, so they can’t wait to have a go. Here is a clip of Jack doing his news report, I think we might see him on the News at 10 when he is older!

Before I tell you about the learning from this week, let me share with you some of the photos from our last week in school. We had a great sports afternoon with lots of funny games – as you can see, the children particularly enjoyed getting Mrs Sanderson wet!

We also had to release our butterflies into the wild that we had watched develop from caterpillars.

Class 7 had a very special trip at the end of the year to the Sailing Club at Dovestones where they were able to go out on the reservoir and sail with Mrs Pulman. Finley and Jayden had an amazing experience and did things they never thought they would have the confidence to do. Well done boys!

I mentioned in the last blog of the summer that our Year 6s had come up with some designs for our workrooms that are recessed areas off the main corridor. They’ve always been very plain and during our pupil council meetings, children asked if they could be decorated in some way. We asked what they would like and the Year 6 pupils, led by the very artistic Theo, came up with a Bee/Manchester and an Under the Sea theme for each room. You can see the photographs here of the work in progress and the nearly finished rooms – don’t they look amazing? The children really enjoyed seeing the project develop and were supported by Mrs Tokelove and Mrs Shortall. Lots of children were involved and they are really pleased with the results.

I took the opportunity to get one last photograph with all of our Year 6s before they left us for pastures new.

I’ve been able to catch up with most of them during the last week and they are settling in to their new classes nicely. It’s really lovely to get positive feedback from their new teachers. It’s also wonderful to hear from parents what a difference our school and our staff have made to their home lives. Here is a copy of a thank you card that we received at the end of the summer and I’m sure you will agree that this is wonderful feedback for our team. It’s why we are here, every day – trying to make that difference.

So, back to this last week. As I mentioned on the last blog, we have had lots of new children starting with us on day 1, more than ever before in fact, so our first week has been about helping them to settle in, make friends and begin to build trusting relationships with the staff team. They have all experienced Yoga with Katie, PE with Mr Hopkins, sport with our CITC Coach Marcus and swimming at Chadderton Pool with Amanda. Many have also taken part in our new music offer with Mr Challinor which was a great success and hugely popular with the children. We are making plans for Young Voices again in February, getting excited about being in another MAT production and the Year 6s are already asking about Wales! Children have been making relaxation toys, learning about their breathing and how important it is that this is controlled, learning key life skills in baking and during breakfast club as well as completing their other learning too. It’s going to be a busy year indeed.

A letter has been sent home (click here to view it) with details of Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission’s upcoming return visit following the Oldham Local Area SEND inspection. As part of the re-visit, they would very much like to have your views which you can give at an open meeting on Monday 23rd September. You can find more details on the POINT (Oldham’s Parent Carer Forum) website here.

We are going to be holding our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September at 10am in the Community Room and we would love as many of our families and neighbours as possible to join us. If any family members would be able to help us organise this, we would really appreciate it! If you can’t help out, then please support us by coming along for a brew and a cake – and bring lots of friends! If anyone can donate some cakes that would be fabulous!!

Let’s all channel our inner Mary Berry and get baking 🙂

See you all soon,

Miss Thomason
Head of School

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