All posts by Peter Bravo

Christmas at Greenfield

We are all really looking forward to next week’s Christmas Fair on Friday 7 December from 6.00-8.00 pm. This is not just one of our major annual fundraisers but also an evening when our school community comes together, enabling new and old friends to meet and socialise. Please do your very best to come along, join in and support our school.

We welcome all our parents and families to ‘Carols by Candlelight’ on Monday 17 December in our hall at 6.30 pm. This is a family event with performances from our choir and all the children, who are learning musical instruments. Come along and enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and community carol singing to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Everyone in our extended Greenfield family is warmly invited to join us for our traditional Christmas Carol Service in the beautiful setting of St Thomas’s Church on Tuesday 18 December from 10.00-11.00 am. If you haven’t got into the spirit of Christmas by the last week of term, our traditional service with carols, readings and a Nativity is guaranteed to get you feeling suitably seasonal.

Our final Christmas events for our children take place on Thursday 20 December, the penultimate day of term, with our annual talent show, ‘Greenfield’s Got Talent’, in the morning and Class Christmas Parties in the afternoon. Children are welcome to wear their party clothes to school.

 

Keep it in the Family

We believe it’s important for children to feel proud of their achievements and photographs and films provide the perfect record of the special moments in their lives. A simple photo also enables family and friends to share the successes of their children. However, it is also important for us all to be aware of child protection and safeguarding issues when people are taking photos or filming at events. The potential for misuse of images can be reduced if we are all aware of the potential dangers and put appropriate measures in place. Potential risks include children being identifiable when a photograph is shared on websites and the inappropriate use, adaptation or copying of images.

In the interests of safeguarding our children, we need your cooperation. There will be opportunities at all our performances for families to take photographs or videos but these must be exclusively for personal use. If anyone were foolish enough to upload any of these images onto social networking websites, the privilege of taking personal photographs would have to be withdrawn. We are sure that you will agree that we must all act together to keep all our Greenfield children as safe as possible at all times. The important thing is to be sure that people with no connection with our school do not have any opportunity to access images of our children. Our members of staff are asked to quiz anyone they do not recognise, who is using a camera or video recorder at events and productions.

 

A Polite Reminder

Please check that your child has all their belongings with them before coming into school. While there are many children, who have all they need all the time, there are others still without PE kits, water bottles, bookbags, Forest School clothes and even lunches. Please include jogging pants and a tracksuit top or hoodie for outdoor PE. In the cold or wet weather all children also need to have coat. If your child doesn’t bring a coat they will need to stay in for break and lunch.

 

Open Minds

This week’s Writing Open Sessions for Year 2 have been highly successful. It has clearly been a positive decision to improve the way in which they operate. The teachers set learning tasks, which involved parents working one to one with their children. The reduction in numbers freed up space in the classrooms and parents were able to sit next to and work purposefully with their child. Overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents has shown that you were able to focus very precisely on the lesson objectives and in turn help your children to achieve them. In the words of one Mum: “I thought the session was superb. Very interactive, lots of different activities and techniques. It was very enjoyable to both observe and be involved in.” The cancelled session for Year 2 children in Mercury will now take place on Thursday 29 November at 9.15 am.

We look forward to seeing great attendance from our Year 3 parents at next week’s Open Sessions. To ensure that the learning atmosphere in class is as calm as it usually is, we would ask that only one adult attends for each child and that babies and toddlers remain at home. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Mars   Tuesday 27 November

Saturn   Wednesday 28 November

Jupiter   Thursday 29 November

 

What’s cooking in the school kitchen?

Our children all love having the pleasure of eating a school dinner alongside their Mums, Dads and grandparents. During this term, parents of children in Reception have turned up in good numbers. We now look forward to welcoming Year 1 and Year 2 parents to see what’s on the menu, while parents in Key Stage 2 will be invited later in the Spring.

Wednesday 5 December    Mercury  Year 1

Wednesday 12 December  Mercury   Year 2

Wednesday 9 January    Venus     Year 1

Wednesday 16 January     Venus    Year 2

Wednesday 23 January    Earth    Year 1

Wednesday 30 January    Earth    Year2

At the moment 75% of our boys and girls children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are taking up the offer of Universal Free School Meals. If your child hasn’t tried one yet, they can always give it a try. Just ask them to choose a school dinner at morning registration with their classteacher.

 

Shhhhh!

Congratulations to Jennifer and Caitie in Year 4 for their determination in completing a sponsored silence for Children in Need last Friday. The girls are aiming to raise £200 with the support of families, friends and neighbours. Both girls used notebooks to communicate and carried signs to let their friends and classmates know what they were doing. If you would like to support the girls, please see their classteacher, Mrs Leech.

 

On the Buses with Peacemakers

On Tuesday Cerys, Henry, Soraya and Elliot went to the Peace Hub in Birmingham for a very special day with Peacemakers.

“We worked with children from three other schools from the West Midlands for a day of workshops. We explored our understanding of peace and how we can make a difference in our schools and communities. Four children from each school were involved and we are the 2018 Junior Peacemakers. We discussed how we feel about travelling into Birmingham city centre and what it is like to be on the buses. We wanted to send a positive message to people travelling on the buses over the Christmas period and worked together to design a poster. Our poster will be part of a campaign, which will run on the inside of 70 Birmingham buses for four weeks in December. If you go on a bus in Birmingham, please look out for our poster on the inside, with the slogan of “Love, Live and Forgive this Christmas!”

 

Open to New Ideas

Our Open Sessions have been a successful and productive means of engaging parents in your children’s learning since 2011. They have become so popular that we can hardly fit you all into the limited space in our classrooms.

In order to allow parents to have a more meaningful and worthwhile experience of your child(ren)’s learning, we are going to run more sessions for smaller groups of parents. This has already happened for the Phonics Open Sessions in Reception this week and the response from parents has been excellent. The reduction in numbers has enabled parents to have a clearer view of the learning, a better understanding of the lesson’s objectives and more ideas for supporting your child at home.

Our Writing Open Sessions for Year 2 take place next week and for Year 3 the following week. Your child’s teacher will explain the aims of the lesson and what we expect from you before the session, while there will be the opportunity after the lesson to discuss the learning. We hope that these Open Sessions will really help parents to understand how the key skills of writing are taught at Greenfield. To ensure that the learning atmosphere in class is as calm as it usually is, we would ask that only one adult attends for each child and that babies and toddlers remain at home. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Kinetic Letters

We do hope that as many parents as possible can attend our Kinetics Letters Workshop on Monday 19 November at 2.45pm. Kinetic Letters is our new and innovative approach to improving handwriting. It is a systematic and energising whole school approach, based on a high quality teaching programme, which provides shared focus for pupils and teachers, while motivating our children with the reward of immediate and rapid progress. Even though we only implemented this approach across our school at the start of this second half term, we are already seeing improvements! The workshop will really help you to understand the four strands of learning, on which Kinetic Letters is based: Making bodies stronger, Learning the letters, Holding the pencil and Flow and fluency. Our children and teachers really love Kinetic Letters and we are sure you will too!

 

40 Boys from Hill Street

Many thanks to all or children for the superb support you have given to the Poppy Appeal this year. We observed two minutes’ silence in school on Monday. Please spare a thought for these former pupils from our school, who gave their lives in World War I and World War II. You are very welcome to come in and see memorial boards in our entrance hall for yourselves.

1914-1918

Albert Bennett William Biddle Jeffrey Bomber Walter Boxley William Bradley Alfred Cartwright  Arthur Chamberlain Wilfred Chance Frederick Cook Arthur Cooper Harry Dudley Edward Girling Bert Jones Thomas Jones Arthur Moreton Bert Phipps Edward Posting Harry Wainwright George Winnall

1939-1945

Harold Male Alfred Bishop Roland Edwards John Foley Harold Harper Ronald Harris Ronald Heathcock William Hill Alfred Leighton George Oliver George Malpass George Oakley Gerald Pearson Gerald Rice William Richards Michael Turner Douglas Warner Stephen White Cranage Young Eric Dawes Frederick Zinke