A warm welcome to our school where we are always busy learning and having fun. Please use the pages of our website to look around the school and see what work we have been doing and what projects and events we have been involved with.
The staff and pupils would like to share some of their exciting projects that they have been working on in class and after school.
If you have enjoyed visiting our web site then please feel free to visit the school. This is an excellent opportunity to see the children in a learning environment and to ask any questions.
Mr M. Maksymiw
This is the last newsletter before half term. The time has certainly sped by! All the Foundation Stage children in Catkin and Acorn have settled in well to school and our other new children are firmly part of their new classes. You will have an opportunity to speak to your child’s class teacher straight after half term to discuss their achievements and any targets they have been set by their teacher. Please return the Parents Evening slip by tomorrow so that we can allocate you a time.
Please have a great half term and we will see you back in school on Monday 27th October at 8.50am.
First of all can I say thank you for the generous contributions you made to our Harvest collection. Every class put together a basket of produce to celebrate our unique Harvest Scarecrow walk. On Monday afternoon I took the baskets to Rainbows and then to the Carpenter’s Arms. Both organisations were grateful for the tins and fresh produce you provided.
The children enjoyed the Harvest Scarecrow Walk itself and it was nice to see so many parents come along as well. Year 5 take the accolade of seeing every single one of the sixteen scarecrows. Mr Law measured the total distance, which was exactly 4 miles. It took the children and adults two hours with some lengthy stops to see the different characters the classes had produced. All the other children managed to see some of the scarecrows when they ventured out to the roads around the school. Everyone had their own personal favourite. I liked the Mr Gumpy figure and the characters from the book, The Scarecrow’s Wedding. All of them showed imagination and a creative approach to the challenge they had been set. The less said about Mr Reeve’s effort the better!
Well the day has arrived and it’s time for our Scarecrow Walk. I have seen the children and staff busily preparing their scarecrows and putting the finishing touches to their designs. Every one looked magnificent on Friday when I went round to photograph them all. There were all sorts of designs from a Bananaman superhero to a more traditional straw filled ‘bird scarer.’ One was a ‘special’ surprise design that I wasn’t allowed to see. I can only guess what Mr Reeve and class Redwood were up to!
All will be revealed on Monday when the scarecrows go on display around the school’s catchment area. The children will be walking along the roads around school searching out the scarecrows. Each scarecrow has a secret symbol that the children will copy and bring back to school. Once back in their classrooms, they will use the symbols to decode a secret message about this special time of year.
I want to say a big thank you to Jayne and Sue in the kitchen who have baked biscuits and cakes for the children on their return from their scarecrow walk. The forecast is for a dry day and so everything is set for a great Scarecrow Walk.
Mark Maksymiw (Headteacher)
After a very good sleep, we all ate a hearty breakfast and headed off to our first activities of the day. For many of us this was experiencing the heights of the Leap of Faith and Abseiling Wall – it was Mrs Hoare who put us all to shame though with her bravery down the large climbing wall! The children were all incredibly brave and are very proud of their achievements. By this time, the sun was shining brightly and we were all becoming very excited about our afternoon at the beach!
Following a scrumptious lunch, we pulled on our wellington boots, grabbed our clipboards and ice-cream money and set off for the coast of West Runton along the cliff. Our time on the beach was excellent. The children: learnt about the purpose of coastal defences and the different types that are used to protect the coastline in West Runton, created their own coastal defence from items found on the beach and spent the remaining time searching for crabs and creatures hiding in rock pools nearby. Caitlin found an enormous crab! Although the sun was still shining and we were having a wonderful time, we had another exciting activity to return to the centre for so we headed back, licking our enormous ice-creams as we went.
Filled with ice-cream, the children enjoyed either a blindfolded team work activity called Nightline, Orienteering or Archery before having tea and spending the rest of their pennies on gifts in the on-site shop. Mini Olympics is tonight’s evening activity, which the children have just finished, involving sack races, javelin and hurdles – what a great way to end an exciting day. Now time for hot chocolate and bed. Zzzz.
What a jam packed day it has been – the children are having a fabulous time and have greatly improved their teamwork over the course of these three days.
See you all tomorrow!