Autumn Open Sessions

Our Open Sessions for Early Years take place next week and for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the following week. These sessions will focus on writing and give you the chance to come in and see your child(ren)’s learning in action in our classrooms. Your child’s teacher will explain the aims of the lesson before the session and 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.

Reception Beatrix Potter with Mrs Kelly on Tuesday 18 November at 2.00 pm

Picasso with Miss Ridout on Thursday 20 November at 2.00 pm

Year 1 & Year 2 All classes on Wednesday 26 November at 9.00-10.00 pm

Year 3 & Year 4 & Year 5 All classes on Thursday 27 November 11.00-12.00 pm

Year 6 Both classes on Tuesday 25 November at 11.00-12.00 pm

 

Can you help to make a child’s day every day in December?

We are asking if you can help us give to families that are living in poverty in our borough this Christmas. Over 5,300 children in Dudley are from families that have to use the services of the Black Country Foodbank and it would be wonderful to give the children in these families a treat. When you are buying your advent calendars this year, would you be able to buy an extra one please to donate to the Black Country Food Bank and make a child’s day? We will be collecting them in school until 24 November when we will pass them to Black Country Foodbank. We are grateful for your generosity and also for your support for BBC Children in Need today.

 

40 Boys from Hill Street

Many thanks to all our children for the superb support you have given to the Poppy Appeal this year. We observed two minutes’ silence in school on Tuesday at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and remembered these former pupils from our school, who gave their lives in World War I and World War II. The memorial boards are now in our entrance hall, so please do come in and see them 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, Eric Dawes, 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, Frederick Zinke.

 

Brilliant Ideas

The first week back after our half term break has seen all our Key Stage 2 children engrossed in their Child Initiated Learning (CIL) Projects. I am always fascinated by the children’s high levels of creativity, cooperation and concentration. Every time the children amaze me with their ability to be able to come up with innovative and original ideas. We are grateful to all our parents, grandparents and volunteers, who have been able to come in and support the children this week. Our commitment to CIL really does provide an excellent opportunity for the children to take responsibility for organising, extending and deepening their very own learning.

 

Time to remember

We are supporting the Poppy Appeal at Greenfield as we do every year. It is one of the best known national campaigns and each year the nation shows its support for the Royal British Legion’s work by giving generously to the Poppy Appeal. Many thanks to all the children, who have bought poppies this week. We shall observe two minutes’ silence in school on Tuesday at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

 

Chemistry at Work

We are pleased that a number of our Year 5 children were privileged to attend Chemistry at Work at the Black Country Living Museum yesterday. This is an annual free event funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and offers pupils the opportunity to appreciate the place of chemistry in everyday life and the world of work, with particular emphasis on what is happening in our local area.  Mrs Luckhurst, our Science Subject Leader, led the children through a series of interactive workshops and an interactive tour of the Museum site highlighting the strong chemical heritage of the region.

As a Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award school, we recognise the importance of developing the children’s investigative and observational skills. Next week is our annual Science Week with a focus on Mathematics in Science. Science Week aims to raise the profile of the subject and I look forward to seeing all our budding young scientists immersing themselves in stimulating, practical experiments.

 

Thank you for the Thank you

It has been a busy week of Parents’ Evenings across our school and we have enjoyed being able to talk with you about your children’s learning and behaviour. I was moved to receive a touching email from one of our Reception parents and would like to share it with you:

Dear Mr Bravo

I just want to say how deeply impressed I am with Greenfield Primary School in the short time my son has been with you. It’s amazing. The attitude of the children is testament to the staff’s care and commitment. The children I have encountered in the school, the playground and on Greenfield Gardens have been polite, friendly, kind and helpful. There are several examples. Two older boys asked all the children on the witch’s hat in the park to stop the spinning so they could help me encourage my son to get off it, which they successfully did. A boy in the playground in his football lesson told parents he hoped we would enjoy the Harvest Festival because, “It’s really good”. A Year 1 boy called William calmly and politely showed us the way to the medical room when my son was hurt in the playground.

The effort your staff put in to provide a rich and stimulating learning and caring environment is obvious and the effort to involve parents is clear and welcome, though (I admit) a little daunting. I didn’t really know what to expect when my child started at Greenfield. I thought I went to a good school when I was in primary 40 years ago. Greenfield knocks the socks off it. To provide such a positive, nurturing place and successfully navigate central government’s educational policies must take almost superhuman effort. I am extremely grateful to all your staff and to you for running such a great school.

We really do appreciate receiving your feedback. While we always work to address any concerns, we are also keen to hear your views when you feel that things are going well and when we are getting it right for your children, so please let us know.

 

Daffodil Day

We are grateful to all our children and families for supporting our Greenfield Daffodil Day.  We have managed to plant just over 600 bulbs in the grass area outside our main entrance.   Many thanks to the wonderful parents, who braved the elements this afternoon with our Site Manager, Mr Butler.  We really could not have done it without your help.  We are astounded and delighted that our Daffodil Day has raised over £300 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

 

A host of golden daffodils

Friday 24 October is going to be our Greenfield Daffodil Day.  We are planning to plant several hundred daffodil bulbs around the front entrance to our school so that when spring does eventually emerge after the dark winter months, we shall have the most wonderful display of cheerful, seasonal colour.  We are going to use our Daffodil Day as an opportunity to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.  We would like all our children to come to school next Friday in clothes suitable for a bit of gardening and bring a donation of £1 for every two bulbs that they would like to plant.  If any parents or grandparents would like to lend a hand, you are more than welcome to join us.  We do hope that you are able to support this worthwhile cause.  It will be very exciting for our children to keep an eye on where they have planted their own bulbs and see their daffodils make their appearance in the spring.

 

Hats off to our parents

It has been superb to have such a great response to our call for help to support the continued work of our excellent Home and School Association, The Greenfield HSA.  We are grateful to those of you who have already promised your support and involvement, guaranteeing a positive future.  It was especially encouraging to have such a good turnout for this week’s meeting at the Longlands.  Our HSA’s main priority is the children of our school and the aim is to provide a blend of social and fundraising opportunities to meet the needs of our children and families.  As a parent in our school you are automatically a member, so please get involved in whatever way you can and help to provide your children with the very best of learning and play experiences in our school.

 

Everyone can grow in a Greenfield!