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Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a lovely break.

The children have all settled back into school really well and are enjoying starting their new topics. I was very impressed how many children could discuss their topic theme in my assembly yesterday. And how many are enjoying the ‘new’ topic teaching for that matter!

This term, as well as core curriculum and subject specific learning, we will continue to work with the children on their emotional well-being and resilience.

One of our key priorities in the school’s aims and intent is the development of children’s emotional security, resilience, empathy and self-confidence.  To this end, we will be working very closely with a Bedford based charity called ‘Mind Map’. This charity focuses on supporting children’s emotional development and wellbeing. At the end of this month, they will run workshops for all pupils. At our recent training day, they talked to all staff about strategies for promoting resilience and facilitating children communicating their feelings.

Following the initial workshops, we will fully launch the initiative at the beginning of February. This will involve all children being given the opportunity to communicate their emotions on daily basis in a very simple, non-verbal way. They will be taught to recognise positive and negative emotions and how to deal with them appropriately. All the teaching is, of course, tailored to the age and stage of the children. In addition to the teaching detailed above, all KS2 children, will receive coaching in resilience, how to develop ‘staying power’ and deal with emotional setbacks.

Before we start the programme, would like to invite all parents to a workshop led by ‘Mind Map’ in which we will explain the strategies we will be using in school and how you can help at home. You should have received a letter about this. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend. Don’t forget you can make use of our ‘bespoke’ crèche facilities if child care is an issue!

If you have any questions about any of the above, or anything else for that matter, please do not hesitate to drop me an email or call into the office.

What a busy couple of weeks it has been!

All the children recently enjoyed our inaugural Digital Federation Day. The classes communicated with each other digitally and many ‘Skyped’. The children shared their recent ‘topic’ learning and were very excited to see many familiar staff and at Denton! Years 3 and 4 even challenged themselves to a game of ‘Roman’ knowledge based ‘Risk’.

Last week, we were visited by children’s author Lou Trevellan as part of our Reading Festival. Based on characters from her books, the children (and staff!) dressed up as pirates or aliens. The children were very excited to meet a ‘real life’ author and ask her questions about her books. They also took part in huge variety of reading activities including following instructions, reading environmental print and reading to the younger members of the school. ‘Reading is fun’ was a very clear message that day and there was a real ‘buzz’ about the school.

Last Friday, on a very cold evening, the school took part in a Lantern parade through the village coordinated and hosted by Yardley Arts. All the children had been making lanterns supported by their artists and the finished results looked spectacular as they formed a very long parade through the village, singing for the elderly residents and back at Yardley Arts.

The parade was a fitting start to a very busy festive period. Our next event will be the Theme Day on December 9th which, this year, will be following a theme of ‘recycle and re-use’. Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to help. I am sure them day will be as enjoyable as ever.

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