We have had another very busy couple of weeks and are thoroughly enjoying the SMART activities and days that we have incorporated into our curriculum.
Modern foreign languages day was a huge success. The morning French café to start our day was incredible and definitely set the tone for the day; we sold an amazing 120 croissants and pain au chocolats! The engagement of the children was wonderful. All the groups were of mixed age and ability and it was lovely to see older children looking after younger ones and children of different abilities supporting each other learning about new languages and cultures.
I was hugely impressed by the learning that was demonstrated in the end of the day sharing assembly and very proud of how many children could explain the SMART values they had demonstrated through the day. Self-confidence was certainly in abundance as children tried to speak new vocabulary and phrases; some were adventurous enough to share them in assembly! I loved the comment from the little girl who said:
‘I have been reflective because I have been thinking about all the things I have learnt today and how I may use them again.’
Many thanks to all the parents who came in to share their languages. By the end of the day we had learnt some Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, German, Russian, Albanian, French and Polish.
A truly memorable day that we shall definitely repeat.
Last Thursday we celebrated ‘Federation Day’ with our partner school Denton Primary school. We wanted to ensure the children had the opportunity to celebrate our new collaboration which began on September 1st. We had a wonderful day in which children from each school worked together on a variety of activities designed to promote teambuilding and social skills. By the end of the day, each child had visited Denton and all Denton children had visited us. The prospect of getting on a bus to do this was of great excitement, particularly for our younger children! During the morning we had an assembly for all children from both schools in which we explored the meaning of federation and collaboration and looked at famous collaborations from history and the present day. Do you know what these collaborations are famous for?
Watson and Crick
Lennon and McCartney
Page and Brin
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
Last Thursday was just the beginning of our federation journey. As you are aware, we already work together very closely, particularly as a teaching team, and have already had joint residentials, trips and, of course, the fantastic orchestra. We now intend to build on this and have many collaborative opportunities planned. We do, of course, need a federation name and an emblem and have asked the children to think of ideas. Please do let me know if you have any suggestions!
We also want to give you, as parents and carers, the opportunity to visit each school so please look out of the ‘Coffee and Catch up Sessions’ at each school. The next one will be at Yardley Hastings on Thursday 20th September at 9.00am. I look forward to seeing you!