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An overview of what's been happening in school this week

Dear Parents and Carers,
Well the weather has certainly kept us all on our toes this week; no one is quite sure whether to wear flip-flops or snow boots!

Our whole school attendance for last week was 90.1%, which is well below our whole school target of 97%, however we are aware Covid has impacted on this. Well done to Mrs McEntee’s class, who had the highest attendance last week with 96.4%. Just a reminder that our gates are open between 8:40am and 8:50am and collection time is 3:05pm.

Mini Meteorites have been exploring and talking about how the frog spawn is changing into tadpoles. They have also loved our new story resources, re-enacting their favourite ones with their friends. Can they retell their favourite story at home?

Early Years have had an exciting week, even getting caught in a snowstorm during Forest School! The children have enjoyed looking after the tadpoles, painting Spring pictures and innovating stories in Talk for Writing. They have even been adding in Maths – what a busy week!

Key Stage 1 this week have had a great week of Maths learning. Year 1 have learnt about capacity and completed lots of measuring tasks, using water to learn about full and empty. Year 2 have completed more learning about fractions. We can now make 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of an amount. In Topic, we have learnt all about the artist Salvador Dali and drew pictures of animals in his style.

Lower Juniors have been writing their Hot Write ‘Conquer the Monster’ stories this week. I have seen some amazing writing and lots of use of turquoise editing pens, where children have self-corrected their first drafts; well done! In Topic, children have been finding out more about life in the Roman army and how brutal it could be. Can they remember any details at home?

Upper Juniors have had an exciting week. Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their trip into Leicester to visit The Warning Zone. The children explored many real-life scenarios and thought about how to keep themselves safe. Year 5 have been working hard practising Steel Pans, ready to perform to parents at the Easter assembly. I have been lucky enough to see a rehearsal a few weeks ago; you will be blown away!

We are looking forward to welcoming you into school next week for our Easter assemblies. It has been such a long time! The children are very excited and have been working hard on their songs and poems to share with you.

Just a reminder, school will close next Friday – 8th April – for the Easter break.

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