Showtime at Greenfield

Next week sees our children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 on stage for their highly anticipated Christmas performances. We are looking forward to seeing our Year 1 and Year 2 show, “The Apprentice”, on Tuesday 2 at 2.00 pm and on Thursday 4 December at 6.30 pm. Our eagerly awaited Reception performance, “Celebrate Good Times”, takes place on Friday 5 at 10.30 am. The children have amazed me with their ability to learn so many new songs so quickly and the quality of their singing, acting and dancing is superb. We hope to see as many parents and grandparents in the audiences as possible, as you shall be in for a real treat.

 

Making Learning Irresistible

It has been brilliant to see so many parents joining us for our Open Sessions in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 this week. We really do appreciate your involvement in your child’s education at Greenfield and value your feedback. We are not required to run Open Sessions and as a school we only engage in any activities, which have a positive impact on improving learning. We genuinely believe that the more that you as parents and carers can support and engage in your 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 you are your child’s teacher too!

 

Children at Work

The Reception Open Sessions have been well received this week. One parent commented: “It was really lovely to see how my daughter is learning. I would recommend it to all parents”, while another added: “What a great idea! My son talks a lot about ‘my teachers’ and ‘my school’. It’s good to know what he needs to concentrate on at home”. Please do your best to join us for our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Open Sessions next 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.

 

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.

 

Everyone can grow in a Greenfield!