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Letter from the Head of Primary - 10th June 2016

We have certainly crammed a lot into the last four days here in Early Years and Primary, including trips, presentations, coffee mornings and rehearsals, and the week hasn’t finished yet, particularly for our Year 3 students and teachers.

A variety of visits have taken place this week; our Year 2 students, as part of their topic ‘Water World’ have been walking to a local pond to identify the different kinds of minibeasts and pond life, which they have then been sorting by means of a branching database. Whilst the students have initially been doing this on paper, they will then move to create their database using IT.

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Also going on a visit for the very first time, were our Nursery students, who went to Shanghai Ocean World on Wednesday.  Mrs Hugo and Mrs Goan were so proud of the Nursery children on their very first school trip and said they had an absolutely fantastic time, not only from looking at all the fascinating exhibits, but also enjoying a picnic lunch at the museum!

Our final trip to take place this week is for Year 6, who today will be visiting Century Park. The Year 6s will be taking part in a scavenger hunt at the park and further developing their team building skills in preparation for their move to secondary school.

Earlier in the week the Year 6 classes had their first taste of life as a secondary student when they spent the day at the secondary school, sampling some lessons in a new environment. All of our students participated in a Science, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Drama lesson with a variety of our secondary teachers. They also had an assembly where the current Year 7 students talked to them about their experiences in the past year. The Year 6s then got a chance to ask the current Year 7s any questions about the year ahead, including ‘How much homework do you have?’ and ‘Who is the strictest teacher?’ The feedback from the Year 6 students and the teachers was that they had an awesome day and can’t wait until August when they become Year 7 students.

Year 5 were also busy earlier in the week showing their ‘Holiday Show’ presentations to their peers and parents. Based in the auditorium on Tuesday morning, the students were incredibly proud of the work they had completed on their topic which is particularly apt for this time of year when we are all thinking about our forthcoming holidays. However, as well as something to look forward to, the Year 5 students have definitely given us something to think about with regards to being a respectful and considerate tourist whilst on our travels.

On Wednesday we held our ‘Thank you’ Early Years and Primary Coffee Morning, where we summed up what we had achieved during the past year by means of our coffee mornings and the feedback we had received from parents. We will continue to host our monthly coffee mornings next academic year and have already scheduled dates in for the autumn term. Please let us know if there are any particularly topics you would be keen for us to discuss within our monthly coffee mornings.

And finally, final preparations are underway for our Junior performance of Horrible Histories taking place next Wednesday and Thursday. The Junior students, along with their teachers and the Performing Arts Department have been working really hard to deliver a show which promises to be entertaining, informative and perhaps a little bit gory!

I must now go and prepare for the Year 3 Camp Out, which is certainly going to be a lot fun - but first I must figure out how to put my tent up…

Wishing you a lovely weekend

 

Lisa Passante

Head of Primary

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