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Little Brothers and Sisters

We look forward to welcoming 16 little brothers and sisters and their parents to our second induction session ‘Life at Greenfield’ next week on Wednesday 20 June. Our new children will go into our Reception class to enjoy activities with our staff and play with their future classmates. We shall introduce our staff to the parents, provide information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, explain how learning is structured and share our expectations. Our Friends of Greenfield will be present together with staff from the Uniform Shop, so you will have the opportunity to buy or order new school uniform. This meeting is an important opportunity for us to ensure that the information we hold on all children is accurate. Make sure you bring our child’s birth certificate to enable us to record that we have seen it and verify that the information we hold is indeed correct.

 

Reading Champions

It has been great to see so many children being presented with their Reading Champions badges in our weekly assemblies. 55 children have already managed to achieve their Gold Award! It is encouraging to see the range of both fluent and reluctant readers, who have been motivated to read the key texts and complete the complementary activities. If you are on your way to becoming a Reading Champion, please make sure you hand in your completed activities to your classteacher by Friday 29 June. There will be a very special treat for our Gold Reading Champions.

 

Rocking It!

It is great to see so many of our Year 2 mathematicians doing so well on Times Tables Rockstars. There is a real spirit of positive competition among the children and they are gaining a thorough understanding and instant recall of their number facts. Here’s our top ten for this week.

  1. Rehan Abbasi
  2. James Morley
  3. Elliot Dhaliwal
  4. Connie Cutler
  5. William Turner
  6. Oscar Carpenter
  7. Amelia Beard
  8. Ruby Lawrence
  9. Jude Wright
  10. Ethan James

 

Moving On Up

Can you believe that it’s only six weeks until the end of the Summer Term? As we look towards the end of one school year and the start of another, we are keen to ensure that the transition to new classes and teachers is achieved as smoothly and effectively as possible for all our children. This starts with the organisation of our classes for September.

For many years at Greenfield all the classes were organised exclusively according to age. However, in 2009 as part of our drive to improve the standards of learning and achievement in our school, we decided to organise the classes differently and had the funds to do so. The three key aims were to keep the classes as small as possible, to take into account each child’s individual learning needs and to recognise the importance of friendship groupings. This approach has proved to be extremely successful. It has not only enabled us to manage each child’s personal learning and development more effectively year on year, but also resulted in Greenfield children achieving significantly better levels of attainment and progress than other children nationally.

Due to the financial pressures of inadequate funding and rising costs, a number of tough decisions have had to be made at Greenfield more recently. This included the loss of a Maths teacher last year and an overall reduction in our expenditure on resources. We have worked hard to ensure that cuts have had minimal impact on learning by being creative and overcoming the challenge of doing more with less. The purchase of new computers for our Computing Suite last October was only possible due to the fundraising efforts of our Friends of Greenfield.

There will be certain unavoidable changes at Greenfield in September but we promise that we shall do whatever it takes to ensure our children continue to achieve the very best outcomes. We are keen to share our plans with you at our Transition Meetings and are confident that these changes will still enable all our Greenfield children to be happy in their friendship groups, access a broad, rich curriculum and make excellent progress by achieving high levels of attainment.

Our Transition Meetings for Parents will take place on Monday 18 June. These meetings are intended for parents of children, who are entering a new phase in our school but are open to all parents. The meetings will enable our staff to fully explain how we shall structure our classes, plan the curriculum and organise learning.

5.00pm      Reception to Key Stage 1 for Reception Parents

5.45pm     Year 2 to Key Stage 2  for Year 2 Parents

6.30pm      Moving to Upper Key Stage 2 for Year 4 & Year 5 Parents

We shall run our successful ‘Welcome to Your New Class’ meetings in September for all parents. These will enable you to meet your child’s teaching team and get important information on the learning expectations, curriculum content, educational visits and residentials, significant calendar events and top tips for how you can best support your child in their learning to help them achieve their full potential in their new year band.

 

Share The Learning

Our ‘Share The Learning’ assemblies bring the year’s learning journey to a conclusion for our classes and allow you to see what the children consider to be the highlights of their learning. Please do your best to join your child’s class on the following days.

Monday 9 July            Martinique at 9.15

Wednesday 11 July Mauritius at 9.15

Monday 16 July Cayman Islands at 9.15

Tuesday 17 July Madagascar at 9.15

Wednesday 18 July Australia at 9.15

Wednesday 18 July Zanzibar at 2.30

Thursday 19 July Guadeloupe at 9.15

Thursday 19 July Greenland & Iceland at 2.30

These assemblies have been very well received by our parents and families for the past six years and we do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to make it to these special celebrations of learning this year.

Additional celebrations for our intervention groups including the G-Bees, the Dirty Dozen, Mission Possible and WeDo will follow the Share the Learning assemblies.

 

Back to School

We wish all our families a happy, restful and peaceful half term break. We look forward to seeing all our children again at 8.45 am on Tuesday 5 June.

 

Good Sports

We are delighted and fortunate to have been able to enjoy dry weather for yesterday’s Sports’ Day. It was wonderful to see our parents and families turning out in such great numbers for both events. The morning was decidedly chilly but fortunately it warmed up in the afternoon. Some of you were well prepared for a sporting picnic complete with blankets, chairs and drinks, but many of you also made the most of the chance to have a tea, coffee and ice-cream, courtesy of our wonderful Friends of Greenfield.

We were all really pleased to be able to use the facilities at Oldswinford Hospital School. The track on the top field provided the perfect venue in such an idyllic setting. We would like to thank Mr Paul Kilbride, Headteacher, for the invitation and appreciate the warm welcome given to us by his team, who helped the day run smoothly.

I am sure you will agree that our children excelled themselves in the true spirit of healthy competition. Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils, who worked together so efficiently to run the individual events, organise the equipment and tally the scores.

 

Surviving the Adventure

We are really pleased that our Year 6 children have returned safely from an exciting outdoor adventure residential at Boreatton Park, PGL’s flagship centre in Shropshire. After the excitement of two nights away with their classmates and an action-packed schedule of raft building, tunnel trails, giant swing, rifle shooting, abseiling and zipwire, I am sure they will be ready for the half term break. Many thanks to our brilliant team of Miss Cook, Miss Tang, Mrs Remmers, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Westley-Smith and Mrs Green for accompanying the children on this memorable educational experience. Our PGL Group Leader commented that our children were one of the best groups she had worked with. I was fortunate to be able to be with the group and must commend all our children for their superb behaviour, enthusiastic participation and real courage in the face of challenge.

 

Tried and Tested

Many congratulations to our Year 6 pupils for showing such excellent positive attitude, great determination and an admirable work ethic during SAT’s this week. We have been very pleased with their progress this year and we are confident that all our pupils will achieve the excellent outcomes they deserve.

It has been good to see all of our boys and girls early each morning at our SAT’s Breakfast Club. Now in its eleventh year, this has yet again proven to be a successful and worthwhile initiative. It gives children the opportunity to get into school early, see their classmates and overcome any pre-test nerves. We would like to thank our Friends of Greenfield for annually funding this activity and are very grateful to our dynamic Year 6 team of Miss Cook, Miss Tang, Mrs Remmers, Mrs Knapman, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Westley-Smith and Mrs Green, who were in school early each day to prepare and serve the breakfasts. Special thanks also to our teachers for popping to give the children a smile and words of encouragement each morning.

Year 6 can now look forward to making the most of their last eight weeks at Greenfield. This starts on Monday with our three day outdoor adventure residential at Boreatton Park, PGL’s flagship centre in Shropshire. Interschool sports, arts celebrations and community events will soon follow. There is still time for our pupils to achieve even more (as well as preparing an excellent end of year performance) before they make the move onto the next phase of their education. Keep up the good work and well done, Year 6!

 

Going for Gold!

Please keep your fingers crossed for warm, dry weather for our Sports’ Day next week on Thursday 24 May. It would be lovely to see even more picnic blankets, camping chairs and parasols than last year! We are grateful to Mr Paul Kilbride, Headteacher at Oldswinford Hospital School, for kindly allowing us to use their facilities again this year. This means a short, safe walk for our children and the chance to race on a marked grass track. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports will run from 9.30-11.30 am and our Key Stage 2 Sports from 1.15-3.15 pm. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families at both of these exciting events. Refreshments will be provided by our Friends of Greenfield.