Wider Horizons

As part of our drive to make our children more aware of the wider world in which we live, we have named all our classes after countries and significant people from around the world for the last 8 years. To prepare our children for life in an ever changing world, we do our best to provide learning opportunities to enable our pupils to be proactive global citizens. All our children learn to speak French as a foreign language with specialist teachers in Key Stage 2. Our pupils gain an important understanding and appreciation of other cultures through cross-curricular topic work and educational visits in History, Geography and RE. Through Music, PE, PSHE and residentials, our children learn to work together towards shared goals, respecting each other, valuing our differences and acknowledging the contributions that each individual can make to projects and teams. These are all key components of a well-rounded education.

The theme for our classes for the new school year is ‘islands’, some of which are countries and others territories, from across the world. We are pleased to announce our class names for the new school year.

Reception     Australia

Year 1 & Year 2   Madagascar, Zanzibar and Mauritius

Year 3 & Year 4   Cayman Islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe

Year 5      Greenland and Iceland

Year 6      Borneo and Bali

We would like to continue to develop the international dimension at Greenfield and build links with schools and communities abroad. If you have any contacts from which we might benefit or skills and experiences you can share with us to enhance the children’s learning, please come in and let us know.

 

Summer Recital

Don’t forget to join us for our Summer Recital at 2.00 pm on Monday 3 July. This showcase for the musical talents of our Greenfield children is always a well-attended and enjoyable event, when we are entertained by ensembles and individual performers.

 

Come and Play

We look forward to welcoming our new Reception children (16 of whom already have brothers and sisters at Greenfield) and parents on Tuesday 4 July for the final induction event this term, ‘Learning at Greenfield – Phonics and Play’. Our expert staff will explain our approaches and provide top tips on phonics and reading to help you get your child’s education off to a brilliant start, while our new intake children have another chance to get to know their future classmates and our Reception Team through activities and play.

 

Reading Champions

As we approach the end of the year, we shall soon be rewarding our Reading Champions. There is one more week for you to finish off your books and activities before our Reading Champions Assembly on Friday 7 July. Reading Champions is not about patting our best readers on the back. Reading Champions simply aims to encourage more children to read more books and to develop reluctant readers. We have some amazing readers, who read voraciously and for whom the joy of reading is satisfying enough and a reward in itself. However, some of us need a little extrinsic motivation and this is where Reading Champions works so well. All our Gold Reading Champions will be rewarded with a very special treat on Monday 10 July.

 

Summer Fayre on Saturday 1 July – 1.00-4.00 pm

At last it’s time for the BIG EVENT! A fantastic event presented by the Friends of Greenfield! All are welcome. We’ll have over 25 stalls of fun and games including: live music, talent show, martial arts and dance displays, BBQ, licensed bar, cream teas, ice cream, jolly bag stall, bottle and bear hoopla, craft stalls, police and fire engine and loads of fun games for all the family.

See the back page of this week’s newsletter for more information.

 

Podium Place at the 2017 Maths Championship Results

Well done to our Year 3 and Year 4 Maths Team for coming third in the Dudley Maths Championship finals. Many congratulations to our team of Erin Holloway, Ben Thomas, Soraya Tasadiq, Solomon Tyler-Gordon, Katie Cunningham and Tom Hinds for an amazing achievement on achieving a podium place! We are all really proud of the children and staff for achieving such a high standard of Maths proficiency. We were all so impressed with the children’s teamwork skills, as they all got involved, worked well together and shared ideas to solve a broad range of problems throughout nine challenging rounds of competition. The children were rewarded with prizes and certificates and have been invited back next week for a creative fun and fitness session with Virgin Active. We are already looking forward to next year’s competition and hope to do even better.

 

Great Gurdwaras!

On Wednesday 21 June, Year 6 visited the Gurdwara in Handsworth, Birmingham. We were greeted by a Sikh faith guide, who talked to us about the building and explained the different features of the temple. The outside of the building looked beautiful and the atmosphere was calm and very relaxing inside. It was a fascinating experience for us to visit a Sikh temple and we learned lots of interesting facts about the building of the Gurdwara and the Sikh faith. We were offered a meal, a tasty curry and chapatti, as part of the Sikh way of welcoming others to their temple. Year 6 were all respectful and followed the Sikh rules inside the Gurdwara, such as removing our shoes and covering our heads. Everyone thought it was a great experience and appreciated the generosity and warmth of the Sikhs, who helped us learn more about the religion. All of Year 6 enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone, who has the chance to go.

Reporter: Kyle Green

 

All the Fun of the Fayre

We look forward to seeing as many of our children, families and friends of our school as possible at our Greenfield Summer Fayre on Saturday 1 July. The wonderful Friends of Greenfield are busy planning the stalls and entertainment, buying prizes and charming some brilliant raffle prizes from our generous and supportive local business community. The Summer Faye is the major social and fundraising event of the year for our school community. We are always grateful for the support from our families with children at Greenfield, but our Summer Fayre also attracts many longstanding friends and familiar faces, who have been involved in life and learning at Greenfield over the years. With ever reducing budgets for education, the importance of raising much needed funds can not be emphasised enough. We have worked together with determination and innovation to build Greenfield into the school it is and are determined to continue to improve what we offer to all our children. Every penny of profit goes straight into providing learning resources and educational opportunities, which we would simply not have otherwise. The fun starts at 1.00 pm and runs until 4.00 pm.

 

Play it Again

We invite parents and families to join us for our Summer Recital, which will take place at 2.00 pm on Monday 3 July. This showcase for the musical talents of our Greenfield children is always a well-attended and enjoyable event. What originally started as a small performance seven years ago has grown into a proper concert. We are all looking forward to being entertained by a guitar ensemble, vocalists and individual performers on the piano, guitar, clarinet, flute, trombone and violin, ranging from new starters to more seasoned players. You will also have the chance to hear our choir, who are currently rehearsing for a charity choir competition on Wednesday 12 July. They shall be singing two songs, one chosen to demonstrate their vocal range and ability and the other as an entertaining show piece.

 

Move On Up

We do hope that as many of our Reception and Year 2 parents as possible will be able to come to our Transition Meetings on Monday 10 July. They will enable our staff to explain fully the different learning expectations for Reception children as they move into Key Stage 1 and for Year 2 children as they move up to the dizzy heights of Key Stage 2.

  • Reception Transition Meeting at 5.30 pm
  • Year 2 Transition Meeting at 6.00 pm

 

Everyone can grow in a Greenfield!