Headteachers Blog

December 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

I can’t believe we’ve already come to the end of 2017. We have had an amazing Autumn term with many highlights. Everyone has pulled together for the Christmas productions and did a great job. I never cease to be amazed at how confident the children are when performing in front of a large audience. The choirs performance at the Cathedral is always very special and this year was no exception. We are already booked in for next year, so watch out for the dates in the new year.

Our focus this term has been on History and Art and Craft. The children have enjoyed many wonderful visits linked to their topics: Consibrough Castle, Creswell Crags, Skegness, Civic Theatre, Chester, Murton Park. Next term, we have already arranged some exciting experiences for your children. We all believe that first hand experiences are incredibly valuable for children and do everything we can to keep the cost down for families. This year FOTS have very kindly donated £200 to each class to help subsidise visits. This has undoubtedly helped us to continue providing first hand experiences for the children. Thank you FOTS!

The home learning projects that children have done are amazing – thank you for your support. We have many of them on display around school and they really showcase the quality of learning and talents of the children. Next term, the focus will be on Geography and Music. Because we have some wonderful work in school, we are planning an open day towards the end of term when parents and families can come into school and see the work the children have done. Look out for further details in the new year.

As you may know, I am a firm believer in the power of music to help develop children mentally, socially and emotionally. This term has seen music become a real strength in school. I am so pleased to have a growing number of children taking music lessons and/or becoming involved in the school choir. As well as the class lessons in Y3 and Y5, we can also offer shared or individual lessons in keyboard, violin, viola, drums and guitar. If you wish to discuss this further please speak to either myself or Mrs Doubleday (often seen on the yard collecting her two boys in Y3 and F2)

We are sorry to have said ‘goodbye’ to two members of staff this term; Miss Bedford and Mr Gray. They have both been valuable members of our team and they will be missed. Mrs Aldridge is our new Business Manager and will be starting at the end of February. Miss Taylor will be our new TA in lower KS2.

Thank you to everyone for the continued support this term, especially to FOTS and our Governors who are really the unsung heroes and work incredibly hard for our school.

To everyone – have a lovely holiday, a well deserved break and enjoy some quality family time together.

With very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Diane Smales