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Newsletter 24 September 2021

24 September 2021

Dear Parents,

Three weeks in and I definitely feel that we are all back to a good routine. As I walk around school and pop in to classes the children all seem to be settled and working hard.

 Each week, we try to make sure there is something different for the children to experience that enriches their time in school and brings learning to life. This week we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot or “The Feast of Tabernacles”. It commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on the way to their promised land and the way in which God protected them under difficult circumstances. The word sukkot means hut or shelter – and that’s exactly what we did .We built a shelter using Willow – each class completed their own section and added their decorations.

It was also whole school Art Day on Wednesday – the children were tackling a whole range of new skills in their Art sketchbooks.

Next week , as part of “Diverse Book Week “ we have story teller Richard O’Neill in school.

As part of our ever-growing curriculum provision here at Delamere Academy, this year we have a specialist music teacher Mr Benson joining our teaching team. Mr Benson has a wealth of experience in working with primary aged children across the Trust. He will work with each class for a full term across the academic year and he is currently working with Blakemere and Linmere on a Friday morning. The children are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Mr Benson as not only are his lessons really fun and engaging, he also has plenty of knowledge and experience to pass on to them. These lessons will take place in addition to our weekly singing lessons with Mr Hartwell Jones. 

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Newsletter 17 September 2021

Dear Parents,

 The weeks are flying by….. this week we saw our Hatchmere children take part in their very first swimming lesson with school. I think the coach journey was as equally exciting as getting in the pool. The children of Hatchmere were amazing and incredibly well behaved. I know the whole of the Hatchmere team were very proud of them.

 All of our clubs before and after school are up and running now – it is lovely to see so many of the children coming in early to access our morning clubs. These clubs are running at full capacity and we are working hard to provide even more opportunities.

 On Tuesday 21 September, we have our Bags 2 School day – this is an excellent way to raise money for the school and get rid of some of your unwanted items – see list below. If you have any of the items below to donate please can you place them in a bin bag and drop them in the car park by the minibus on Tuesday morning by 9.05am.

 

  • Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
  • Household linen
  • Household curtains
  • Household towels
  • Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)

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Newsletter 10 September 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well, what a fun and busy first full week we have had back in school! It certainly has been a week of indifferent weather, the drive home down Kelsall hill wasn’t too fun yesterday! It has been lovely this morning having a look on the school Twitter account to see what all of the classes have been up to. It certainly has been great to be able to have swimming back full time on the curriculum here at Delamere. You could see how excited all of the children were, this was great to see! Also this week the Year 6’s have been out on their residential camp to Alderford Lake, it’s always a nice way to start the year and one I hope they have had a wonderful time.

A mention and well done to EH who won a ‘Reading Recognition Award’ for all of her reading undertaken over the summer! A big well done to you!

Here is a snap shot of what the classes have been doing this week-

This week was Hatchmere's first ever full school week! We've enjoyed lots of fun in the classroom, had a music lesson with Mr Hartwell-Jones, a lovely walk around the beautiful school grounds, met the chickens and had PE lessons with Mr Freeman too! What a fun week it's been! The team in Hatchmere are so proud of the children for settling into school so well and feel excited for another fun week next week!

Oakmere have had a fantastic first full week! We have been so impressed with how well the children have settled in to year 1. On Monday, some mysterious objects turned up in the classroom. The children had a close look and made lots of great inferences! Later on in the week, the children explored characters' thoughts and feelings through some role play. In maths, we have been consolidating the children's knowledge of counting and number sequences. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their swimming lesson this week and are looking forward to going again already!

Sandymere have had a fantastic first full week in school, we've been busy getting started with our topic work and literacy and maths work. The children have enjoyed reading the story 'A River' during literacy lessons and have been writing sentences using their senses. We've also started our maths focus on place value and have been focusing this week on reading and writing numbers to 100 in digits and words.

Blakemere have had a great time learning outside of the classroom this week, taking full advantage of the warm weather we have had. They started off with creating number sequences and problems whilst learning their 4 and 8 times tables; the children used sticks, leaves and acorns in order to do this. Whilst in science the class have been investigating the flowers in our class garden, the children were able to dissect them and learn about the different parts of the plants. In literacy Blakemere have loved learning all about whales, undertaking research and presenting their findings to the class! It was also lovely to see them acting out a piece of Elephant themed poetry this week too.

 

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Newsletter 3 September 2021

                                                                                                                                                3 September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome back!

 

I hope you all have had a lovely summer break – everyone seems to be in agreement that it went by much too quickly.

Yesterday was a day of firsts. Our new Reception children in Hatchmere had their very first morning in school. I must say I was so impressed with how well they all came into school. A few worried faces – but no tears. I checked up on them all throughout the morning and they all seemed to be happily playing and learning.

A highlight of the first day for me was definitely Collective Worship. Having Collective Worship in the hall together for the very first time in eighteen months. Being able to interact with the children instead of appearing on screen once a week. We are also back to eating together in the hall again at lunch time. These small things are so reassuring.


It has been lovely having the children back with us after the summer holidays. In our two days so far, the children have been busy doing lots of different things. Many classes have created their topic book covers for our new topic this year called “Are We All Equal?”  We have discussed our school values; produced very artistic happiness jars and in computing we have started to learn about coding. We have been so impressed with how they settled in and we’re looking forward to a fantastic year!

 Next week – our weekly swimming begins again and we have the first residential of the year for our year 6 children in Linmere.

 Just a reminder of the arrangements for drop off and pick up – please be patient with us whilst we adjust to the new timings – particularly for those of you with siblings. If you have siblings – you can choose to drop off and pick up at the earliest allocated time or collect your children separately.

We have altered the times slightly to try to accommodate the requirements of parents. Please note the times are very tight and if parents arrive too early or do not leave promptly this will block up the parking areas for others.

 

Morning Drop off

 

Who

Where

When

Sandymere

Carpark 

8.35am

Pickmere

Front Entrance

8.45am 

Oakmere

Carpark

8.45am 

Blakemere

Front Entrance

8.35am 

Nunsmere

Carpark

8.55am 

Hatchmere

Please park in the carpark and you can walk your child into the playground. Please do not enter the ARK.

9.05am

Linmere

Front Entrance

8.55am

*Late arrivals must use the front entrance

 

 Collection (Pick Up)

 

Who

Where

When

Nunsmere

Playground

3.25pm

Sandymere

Playground

3.05pm

Oakmere

Playground

3.15pm

Hatchmere

Playground- this is from Monday 7/9/20

3.15pm

Pickmere

Front Entrance

3.15pm

Linmere

Front Entrance 

3.25pm

Blakemere

Front Entrance

3.05pm

 

A note from Reverend Angela

 

Please come and join us for a brand new adventure; this Sunday we are starting a new family friendly worship service.  The service is café style with a bible story, craft, music and conversation.  The meeting starts with coffee and toast in the bell tent in the Rectory garden and ends in church for communion.  There is also a service of holy communion which will run in tandem in church.  Coffee from 10 am, service start 10.30.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, 

Blessings 

Rev Angela and the team.

 

Have a lovely weekend – please see below the diary dates for this term

Julie Clayton

Head of School

Diary Dates

Tuesday 7 September – Curriculum Meetings

Thursday 9 September – swimming starts

9, 10 September – Year 6 Camp Out

Tuesday 21 September – Bag2School Collection

Wednesday 22 September – Whole School Art Day

Wednesday 29 September – Whole school flu vaccinations

Wednesday 6 October – Year 5 Farm Trip

Saturday 16 October – Open Morning 9.30 – 12.00noon

Friday 22 October – INSET Day

Monday 25 – Friday 29 October – Half Term

Wednesday 17 November – Open Afternoon – 3.30 – 6.30pm

 

 

Newsletter 9 July 2021

9 July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

As someone who never ever follows football, I appreciate that for the majority of England this week it has been very exciting with the England team finally getting to a major final. Sunday, I am sure will be both thrilling and nail biting at the same time.

We have our very own Sports’ Week next week. Mr Freeman always works incredibly hard to make this fun and exciting with our Houses competing in lots of different games and activities, culminating in our Sports’ Day. This is our first Sports’ day in two years and although we are unable to invite parents we are determined to make this a day to remember. With the help of the generosity of several of our parent’s including Mrs Thompson and her new Ice cream business - Meadow Lea Moo’s and The Cartwright’s at Delamere Events – our children will be treated to a delicious ice cream mid- way through our morning of sport on Friday. At lunch time The Gerrard’s of Blakemere Village are bringing their Pizza Oven and the children can pick up a pizza, a chocolate brownie and a drink for £4.00, bookable on Eezee trip. All proceeds for this amazing lunch will go straight to school and will be used by the PTA to support your child’s learning. Fingers crossed we have beautiful weather and I promise that although you cannot be there to share the event we will post many, many photographs on Twitter. If you do not have a Twitter account our Twitter feed is on our website – here you can access all the photographs that we post.

Apart from the football, Linmere have also had an exciting week, some of which I have been lucky enough to share with them. Due to ever changing DFE and PHE guidance, our poor year 6 children have had 4 residentials arranged and then cancelled. The last cancellation was very last minute, so the Linmere Team worked incredibly hard to make the last few weeks of our Year 6 children’s time here at Delamere as memorable as possible. So, this week they have visited The Ice Cream Farm – where they took part in numerous activities and topped off with a delicious ice cream, The following day we were very generously permitted to swim and undertake a treasure hunt in the grounds of Sir John Timpson’s home and later that afternoon the children had a fun time playing Hockey on the grounds of Deeside Rambler’s Hockey Club. Yesterday was a super busy day with Ten Pin Bowling, Pizza Hut for lunch and finished off with a cinema visit. Today they have gone to Tatton Outdoor centre where they are climbing trees and tackling high ropes.

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