Head's Blog

Festive plans!

I cannot believe how quickly this term is going and that we only have 1 week left in school! We are very much hoping that these can be as festive and enjoyable as possible for the children, even with a visit from Father Christmas on the last day!

All of our planned events will be fully risk assessed with COVID cases and the current situation in mind. Our aim will be for festivities to be as normal as possible without compromising the safety of any children, staff or visiting adults.

The first of our planned events was Theme Day, and the children and parents had a wonderful time. It is always such a fun, creative day and this year was no exception.

Our festivities will culminate in ‘Carols Round the Tree’ on the last day of term, and all children in Key Stages One and Two will be singing traditional Carols, accompanied a Nativity scene performed by Class Two.

After the Carol Concert has finished, FOYS have kindly agreed to provide teas, coffees and mince pies during which we will draw the FOYS Christmas raffle.

Following the refreshments, Class One will then perform their Nativity. We would ask that only parents, carers and relatives of these children watch this performance to ensure that we keep the numbers low in the hall and to allow us to socially distance if necessary.

Of course, our plans may need to change, but we are really hoping that they will be able to go ahead as planned, and we can celebrate ahead of the Christmas break.

Global Theme Week- Water

Global Themed Weeks

Over the course of the next 2 years, we are planning to run several Global themed weeks in which we will develop the children’s wider understanding of the world and ensure that the content of our Global Curriculum is delivered in a cohesive and meaningful way. The themes for each week will be taken from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/goals) which aim to aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for everyone by 2030. As a staff team, we have agreed that these provide an appropriate focus for our Global Weeks.

Water Week

The theme of our first Global Week, which will take place at the end of this term, will be clean water and sanitation. We have many exciting activities planned around the central question “Why is water important?”. These will include Science around the water cycle and waterproofing, Art on theme of Water and a speaker from the charity Water Aid.

A key aspect of our week will be teaching the children about how far children in poorer countries have to walk for water…an astonishing 6 kilometres! The charity World Vision are, this year, organising a ‘Walk 6K for Water Event’ which we will take part in. To launch the event, myself and a couple of members of staff from each school will run the 6 km between each school! On Monday morning I will hold an assembly at 9am Yardley to explain the week’s activities and their significance. I will then run to Denton hold the same assembly there and then run back to Yardley. The children from both schools will be able to track our progress as we run.

During the week, the children will all take part in walking 6 km. Our younger children will do this collectively, as a class, whilst the older children will walk the full amount. We will take lots of pictures to share with you!