Parents in the Classroom

We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at next week’s Open Sessions for children in all year groups.  This term our focus is Reading and Phonics.  Please check this week’s newsletter for dates and times.

 

Positions of Responsibility

We are very proud of the valuable contributions, which our Year 6 children make to life and learning at Greenfield. We have high expectations for the children at the top of our school and trust them with responsibilities. Greenfield has a long history of Head and Deputy Boys and Girls and this year these positions are held by Toby Gorner, Jessica Noble, Ben Harper and Bethan Rees. We trust our Year 6 pupils to help our school to run as smoothly as possible. A team of Year 6 Playleaders go into lunch early and then spend the lunch hour helping, playing with and taking care of our Reception and Year 1 children. We all realise that lunchtimes at Greenfield at would not be so successful without our Playleaders. If you ever have to ring up our school at lunchtime, your call will be answered by one of our Year 6 Secretaries. You may not realise that they are children because they do such a professional job and handle all calls politely and efficiently. When callers are put through to me, they are always compliment our Secretaries. Year 6 pupils also work as ICT Monitors, who check that PC’s and printers are working. I would especially like to thank Ned Saunders, Lauren Stewart and Grace Sisley-Smith for their reliability in organising and distributing the registers every day.

Each child at Greenfield is in a House and these are led by Year 6 House Captains (a boy and a girl) and Vice Captains (a boy and a girl). Year 6 pupils can stand for election by all the children in their house at the start of the school year. They have to give a speech and say what they will do if they are elected. Captains and Vice Captains monitor housepoints across the school, hold termly House meetings and organise teams for our regular Maths and Spelling assemblies. We shall be showcasing our four Houses (Foley, Lyttleton, Stevens and Webb) in forthcoming newsletters, so please check who is leading your own child(ren)’s House.

 

Spring Term Parents’ Evenings

We have had an excellent reply slip response to our Spring Term Parents’ Evenings, which are being held on Monday 9 February and Tuesday 10 February. It is essential that we achieve 100% attendance at our Parents’ Evenings, so that we can guarantee that all our parents are informed about your child’s individual progress and know exactly what support you can offer your children. If you have not returned your reply slip, please make sure you send it in on Monday morning as our teachers will be organising the appointments during an extended assembly. These Parents’ Evenings are held in our school hall and we aim to focus on your child’s progress in English and Mathematics, while also taking about their attitude and effort in their learning. You will also have the opportunity to look at your child’s work in their books and on display in the classrooms and corridors. 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.

 

Champion Spellers!

Our work on phonics, reading and spelling is really paying off. Two teams of our Year 5 pupils took part in the Spelling Bee competition at Ridgewood High School this week and we are pleased to have come first! Congratulations to Mimi Haynes, Jake Holloway, Lilly Mullis, George Westley-Smith, Jada Thompson and Lukia Pardoe for representing Greenfield and doing so well. Jake commented: “It was great to be working as a team and we helped each other to spell the difficult words like ‘ambiguity’ and ‘miscellaneous’. We are now through to the finals and hope to do really well again.”

 

Food Dudes

We were delighted to take part in Food Dudes last year and this year we are launching it to include our children in Reception. The Food Dudes Programme is the result of an extensive research initiative conducted by the Bangor Food and Activity Research Unit (BFARU), at the School of Psychology, Bangor University. The research began in 1992, when the BFARU embarked upon a series of studies designed to investigate children’s food preferences and establish a method of helping children learn to like eating fruit and vegetables. In early research, children between the ages of 2-7 years took part in studies conducted in homes, schools and nursery settings, in the course of which the distinctive Food Dudes approach was developed. It was found to be extremely effective at boosting children’s consumption of fruit and vegetables with long-lasting effects. Following these initial successes, the BFARU went on to develop a stand-alone package to enable primary schools themselves to implement the programme across the full age range of school pupils, from 4-11 years old.

The mission of Food Dudes at Greenfield continues to be to improve the health and well-being of our children. We shall be reminding all our children about the importance of healthy eating this term. I f you do provide your child with a break time snack, please ensure that it is a healthy one. Fruit, vegetables and healthy cereal bars are all highly recommended but please do not bring crisps, sweets or chocolate!

 

How are they doing?

It is exciting to see so much excellent work going on in all our classes this term and we look forward to discussing your children with you at our Spring Parents’ Evenings on Monday 9 February from 4.00-6.00 pm and Tuesday 10 February from 6.00-8.00 pm. The Parents’ Evening letter will come out to you on Monday 26 January and we would like you to return the appointment slips by Friday 30 January or Monday 2 February at latest. Our teachers will be arranging the appointments first thing on Monday 2 February, so you might not be able to get the time slot you desire if you are late. If you have any questions or would like to know more about your child’s education in our school, please do not feel you have to wait for a Parents’ Evening. Just come in and see your child’s class teacher or me. The door is always open.

 

Tell us what you think

We carry out our annual survey of parents and carers in the Spring Term. This gives you an opportunity to let us know how you rate aspects of life and learning at Greenfield.   We are always keen to hear your feedback on what you think we do well and welcome new ideas, which will help us to improve the outcomes for all our children. The survey will be handed out at our Parents’ Evenings on Monday 9 February from 4.00-6.00 pm and Tuesday 10 February from 6.00-8.00 pm.   If you do have any questions about how we work or simply feel unsure about something, don’t wait for the survey, just come in and see your child’s class teacher or me, so we can explain everything to you in person. The door is always open. We include a breakdown of last year’s survey for your information.  We are pleased with the very high percentages indicating an overwhelming level of support but emphasise that we are working hard to make it even better and we have some exciting plans for further improvements.

 

Parent Survey 2014 Analysis Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree
1 My child enjoys school 57% 43% 0 0
2 My child is making good progress in his/her learning 69% 31% 0 0
3 The teaching is of a high standard 73% 27% 0 0
4 The curriculum at Greenfield helps my child to become an independent learner 53% 43% 3% 0
5 My child enjoys and benefits from learning opportunities outside the classroom (eg educational visits, themed days and weeks, visitors, clubs, CIL, residentials) 77% 23% 0 0
6 My child is learning about healthy lifestyles (eg healthy eating and exercise) 66% 34% 0 0
7 The school helps me to support my child at home (eg through Open Sessions for Parents, Parents’ Evenings, discussions with teachers) 53% 46% 1% 0
8 The school is well led and managed 71% 29% 0 0
9 My child has made good friendships at school 64% 33% 3% 0
10 My child feels happy and safe at playtime and knows where to go if they have no one to play with (eg MiniMentors, Play Leaders) 64% 36% 0 0
11 I feel that my child is in a safe and nurturing environment at school 67% 32% 1% 0
12 The school takes account of children’s views (eg School Council, Eco Warriors) 50% 47% 1% 0
13 The school seeks the views of parents and carers and takes account of their suggestions and concerns 50% 47% 3% 0
14 I am aware that my child behaves well in school and am informed if he/she does not 64% 36% 0 0
15 I feel I can approach the school if I have a concern or worry 76% 24% 0 0

The children will be completing our Greenfield pupil questionnaire next week. This focuses on what it is like to be a child in our school and covers behaviour, learning and safety.

A Stunning Start to a Happy New Year

It has been good to see all our children and families again after the Christmas break. The children look rested and have all made an excellent start to the new term. It has been exciting to see the children launching into their new learning topics with such great enthusiasm. Year 1 and Year 2 started ‘Get your wellies on!’ with a Forest School party. To start ‘UK OK’ Year 3 and Year 4 came to school dressed as British icons, ranging from Vivienne Westwood and Sid Vicious to the Queen and her Beefeaters. Year 5’s ‘Invaders and Settlers’ theme started with an invasion day, when the children’s classes were taken over and occupied by enemy forces and the Year 5 pupils had to persuade the invaders to return the classrooms to the rightful owners! News on Reception and Year 6 will follow next week. Many thanks to our teachers for coming up with such innovative ideas to capture the children’s imaginations and kick start cross-curricular leaning for the new term.

 

Staying in touch

Our newsletter is the key means of communicating essential information to all our parents and families. We provide each family with a paper copy on a Friday. A digital copy is also emailed to each family and you will also find it on our website. If you still can’t find one to read, you will find spare copies in our foyer! When you check the newsletter, you will find a list of the letters, which have been sent out with the children. Please check you have received what has been sent home. If you haven’t done so already, please explore our website www.greenfield.dudley.sch.uk.

Parentmail is another means of keeping you informed, especially if we need to share information with you quickly. Make sure that you let us know of any changes to your contact details or you might miss out on important information sent by email under normal circumstances and text in emergency.

In the event of snow, we shall use our website to let you know by 7.45 am if we are open or not. Please be assured that Greenfield would only be closed in the most compelling of circumstances, when the safety of our children and staff would be at risk. Information would also be provided to Beacon, Heart and The Bridge radio stations.

Many, many thanks for all your very kind cards and wonderful Christmas gifts, which all our staff received at the end of last term. We really do appreciate your kindness and are grateful for your generosity. We all look forward together to a very successful, hardworking and healthy 2015 at Greenfield.

Back to business!

Our staff team will be returning to school on Monday 5 January for a training day run by two Educational Psychologists on the theme of attachment. We all look forward to seeing the children at 8.45 am on Tuesday 6 January for the start of the Spring Term 2015.

 

Everyone can grow in a Greenfield!