The Greenfield Team wishes all our children and families a wonderful half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 27 February at 8.45 am. Parents’ Evening letters have gone out this week, so if you haven’t already returned your appointment slips, please make sure they come in on the first day back.
Have you ever thought your child has difficulty in reading print or has your child ever told you they can’t see the whiteboard in school clearly? If so, please get their eyes checked during the half term break. It’s recommended that children have regular eye tests at least once every two years. These tests can be done at a high street opticians and are free for all children under 16 years old (and those under 19 years old in full-time education). Similarly, if you’re worried about your child’s hearing, please don’t hesitate to speak to your GP or health visitor. It’s not always easy to identify problems with sight and hearing, but if you are in any doubt, please get your child checked. Sight and hearing difficulties can have a big effect on your child’s life and really impact on their learning in school.
Our 2018 Eisteddfod takes place on the afternoon of Friday 2 March. The original National Eisteddfod of Wales was a grand gathering to which poets and musicians from all over the country were invited and can be traced back to 1176, so we are following in the footsteps of a long artistic tradition. My own maternal grandfather was a keen amateur Welsh-speaking actor and reciter, who competed in Eisteddfods in South Wales in the first half of the last century. Our Eisteddfod is an important part of our life at Greenfield and enriches our curriculum by giving the children the opportunity to perform. It has been wonderful to see so many children taking part in this week’s auditions in singing, instrumental music, dance and poetry. The standard of entries has been really high and I know we shall all enjoy their artistic talents on the big day. The coming half term break provides the perfect time for our finalists to perfect those performances.
Last week’s ‘Come and Play’ with Dudley Performing Arts was a great success. The DPA staff were overwhelmed by the large number of children, who had turned up to perform together, and said it was probably their best attended session in any school. With djembe drums, violins, a keyboard, guitars, flutes, tenor horns, trumpets and 12 trombones, the makeshift band made an amazing sound. If you couldn’t make it this time, please come and play next time – there’s always room for more children, parents and grandparents.
This week it was a pleasure to be able to see our school choir on stage as part of a massed choir of over 1,000 children at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, one of the best concert halls in the world! ‘Sing!’, presented by Music Mark West Midlands, featured children from across 14 local authorities performing a varied international programme of modern and traditional songs. As usual, our Greenfield children were brilliantly supported by their families, who turned out in good numbers to enjoy this memorable event. Our next big performance in school is our spring musical, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, starring the children of Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5, with shows on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March. Rehearsals are well underway and I know we are going to be in for a real treat.
We would like to remind you of these two important meetings for the parents of children in Year 2 and Year 6, which will explain what the SAT’s actually are. Our teachers will go through the format of the statutory assessment, explaining the timeframe for delivery and how results will be reported. Following the SAT’s meeting, our Year 6 parents will also find out all about our adventure residential at PGL’s flagship activity centre in Shropshire, which takes place in the week following the Year 6 SAT’s. These meetings on Monday 12 February are a little earlier than previously stated, so please note the new times.
Year 2 SAT’s Meeting for Parents 5.30- 6.00pm
Year 6 SAT’s & Boreatton Park Meeting for Parents 6.00-6.45 pm
Many of our children are keen Times Tables Rockstars, who are working hard to improve their mental maths skills online at home and in school. We shall announce our weekly top 10 in every newsletter. Make sure you get on Times Tables Rockstars as often as you can! Our top Key Stage 1 Rockstar is Toby Rudge in Madagascar – well done, Toby!
- Hibbah Ahmed
- Joshua Davies
- James Fox
- Mary Cutler
- Finley Wright
- Jude Berry
- William Kilbride
- Alfie Westwood
- Alfie Wilde
- Jack Miles
Parental support and engagement is at an all-time high at Greenfield. We have had a superb turn out for our Maths Open Sessions in this term. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at our Spring Term Parents’ Evenings, which are being held on Monday 5 March and Tuesday 6 March. It is essential that we achieve 100% attendance from parents. Please look out for the letters and reply slips next week, so you can book your appointments with your child’s teachers at the most convenient time. Remember, if you ever have any questions or would like to know more about your child’s education in our school, you don’t have to wait for Parents’ Evening. Just come in and see your child’s class teacher or myself. The door is always open.
We are working with Dudley Catering to improve the quality of our lunches and increase the variety of food on offer. The majority of our children enjoy the hot dinners but there are those, who prefer to choose a wrap with salad. In order to improve the range of choices, children throughout school will have the chance to opt for a Grab Bag from the start of next week. A Grab Bag is basically a lunchbox-style lunch with a sandwich, fruit or yogurt plus a cake or cookie and a drink. The sandwiches are ham, cheese or tuna on brown or white bread. The system for ordering is the same as for our normal school dinners. Children will complete a simple order form in class and the Grab Bag will be ready and waiting for them, when they come into the dining hall.
We are delighted to be hosting our second ‘Come and Play’ with Dudley Performing Arts next week on Thursday 8 February from 4.00 to 5.00 pm. All our pupils, parents, teachers and friends of our school are invited to bring their musical instruments and take part in a one off playing session with staff from Dudley Performing Arts. This session is for all instrumentalists, regardless of your experience, from beginners to more advanced players. To take part, simply come along with your instrument and the Performing Arts staff will do the rest!
We extend a warm invitation to:
- All pupils taking part in our whole class trombone project in Year 3 and Year 4
- All pupils having instrumental lessons in school or outside of school
- School staff who play a musical instrument
- Parents who play a musical instrument
Parents, teachers and pupils, who used to play but haven’t done so for some time are more than welcome to dust down your instruments and bring them along. For parents who don’t play an instrument, the session will include a separate drumming workshop, so that everyone will be able to play. The session will include a short performance from the Performing Arts Team, lots of laughs, a big rehearsal (during which the drumming workshop will take place) and a final performance starring everyone. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come along and join in a relaxed hour of music making. There is no need to register or cost involved – just turn up with your children (and instrument) and have fun! ‘Come and Play’ was really great fun last year and it was wonderful to see parents and children joining in together. Please do your best to join us.
We have been pleased to see so many parents joining us for our Maths Open Sessions in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 over the past two weeks. Your feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Open Sessions are an important part of learning at Greenfield as they enable you to have an invaluable insight into how our teachers work with our pupils in a large variety of ways, in order to achieve excellent outcomes for each child. You will have seen that we use a combination of one to one support, small ability groups, differentiated table groups, mixed ability groups, guided groups and whole class sessions. Lots of our children have one to one support or may even work independently at a table by themselves at times throughout the course of the week. These ways of working are tailored to a child’s learning style, enabling them to focus, think clearly and do their best. One of the prerequisites of independent learning is the ability to work on your own, with minimal direction and with confidence. It doesn’t mean a child is isolated or different.
The main drive behind the Open Sessions is to increase your involvement in and understanding of your own child’s education at Greenfield. By being in the classroom, you have the privilege of seeing your child’s learning behaviour, response to the teacher and interaction with other children. While you may be drawn to compare your own child with other children, please resist this temptation and concentrate on observing and working with your own child. While being in one lesson gives you a snapshot of the children at work in one area of the curriculum, it doesn’t provide an overall picture of any individual child’s ability in all subjects. It’s not surprising that our teachers find the behaviour of some children can be different from usual with parents in the room, but the boys and girls soon settle down to work after the initial excitement. Of course, if you have any questions specifically about your child’s learning or generally about how we work, structure the learning and group the children, please ask your child’s classteacher or find me. We are keen to share as much as we can with you and also welcome your suggestions.
We genuinely believe that the more that you as parents, carers and grandparents can support and engage in your own child’s learning and development, the more successful your child will be. We have a great team of teachers at Greenfield but don’t forget that you are your child’s greatest teachers and most influential role models!