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Newsletter 14 February 2020

Friday 14 February 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

It is half term next week which means we are halfway through this academic year. Doesn’t time fly? Driving to work this morning, there were definitely signs that spring is on its way. The mornings are lighter and the birds are in full song.

In our last week of this half term, Hatchmere and Oakmere travelled to Manchester to Sealife. They began the day with a workshop, learning about different sea animals before designing their own aquariums. The rest of the day was spent exploring the different fish and animals. Some of the favourite parts of the day were watching the divers scrub the turtles with a big brush, and watching the sharks and sting-rays swim above our heads in the tunnel. Don't forget to have a look on Twitter for pictures of the day.

Earlier in the week Linmere and Pickmere had a visit from Kingfisher Education and both classes took part in United Utilities workshop. Children learnt about the water cycle and discussed the different stages involved. Children were challenged to think about how much water they use on a daily basis and how this could be reduced. The children were as fantastic as always so well done Pickmere and Linmere.

 There have been lots of sporting events this week. On Tuesday two of our football teams travelled to St Clare's Primary School to take part in fixtures as part of their involvement in the Chester Primaryship Football League. Both teams played exceptionally well with our Year 3 and 4 team winning 8-1 and our Year 5 and 6 team winning 4-0. All of the children involved were a credit to our school and special mention must go to Charlie Barratt who scored all four of our teams goals!

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Newsletter 6 February 2020

                                                                                                                                   Thursday 6 February 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

This week has been ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’. This is an initiative set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be. As a school we have been marking this week for four years. Apart from being a lot of fun, we use the week to raise awareness of the importance of supporting children and young people's mental health.

This year’s theme is Find your Brave. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself. Life often throws challenges our way. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself. 

In school we have been working on our wellbeing. The week started with Disco Fit which saw each class armed with glow sticks and disco lights, having a whale of a time whilst exercising. The children had so much fun and came out of each session red-faced and grinning. It was such a huge success that we are trying to arrange this as a before or after school club later in the year. On Tuesday we had Drama workshops run by Little Voices who are our LAMDA instructors. The focus was all about positive mental attitude. The message being that it wasn’t ‘I cannot do this’ but ‘I cannot do this YET’! On Wednesday we raised money for Place2 Be by wearing our slippers to school. There were some very small children wearing very big slippers around school. Each class also took part in a stretch and relaxation session run by Mr Freeman and Mrs Lloyd. Alongside the workshops the classes have been looking at mindfulness, empathy and self-esteem.

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Newsletter 31 January 2020

Friday 31 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

There have been so many lovely things going on in school this week. The singing taking place with Mr Jones this week was simply amazing. Key Stage Two children have been working on singing Katy Perry’s Firework and Adele’s Hello. In PE lessons for the last few weeks Mr Freeman has been focusing on gymnastic skills and using the apparatus – Sandymere have working on controlled jumping and landing. Please have a look on our Twitter feed to see some super videos of our children in action. These really showcase what a talented bunch of children we have in school.

 

We also received a letter from Rt Honourable Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools congratulating us on the very high level of progress our children make in reading, writing and maths. The progress our children make puts us in the top 3% of schools nationally. A copy of the letter will be sent out via email with your newsletter

 

On Wednesday, Explore Learning came into school to run maths workshops for all of Key Stage 2. Blakemere and Nunsmere took part in a workshop called ‘Dice Dilemma”. Children were challenged to use their problem solving skills along with their knowledge of place value. They had to roll dice and make the lowest and highest numbers possible. Pickmere and Linmere took part in a workshop called ‘Lunch Boxes’. The children worked in teams to make predictions based on the most popular school lunches. They then looked at how they could record their findings through using a variety of methods. Chris, the Explore Learning tutor, was really impressed with the mathematical skills that Key Stage 2 demonstrated throughout the workshops. We are excited to welcome Explore Learning back to school next week for our literacy workshops.

 

We had a very special collective worship on Thursday. Mr Crawley (a parent) kindly volunteered to come into school and talk to the children about photography. The children were spellbound by the amazing photographs and the different techniques used to take them. If any other parents would like to come in and talk with our children about their career or hobbies, please let us know. Events like this are both inspirational and aspirational.

 

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Newsletter 24 January 2020

Friday 24 January 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Last week a group of our year five and six children took part in “The Explore Learning Maths Award”. We received a lovely letter this week outlining how well they had done although our team did not make it through to the finals. They have been congratulated on their superb communication, team work and presentation skills. The Delamere team stood out above all others during the final presentation. Well done to all the children who took part.

 

On Tuesday the children in Linmere visited Tarporley High School to see the school production of ‘School Will Rock You’. We were all very impressed and we even knew some of the songs to sing along to. We definitely have some future stars! 

 

Wednesday was a very quiet day in school; mainly because all of our Key Stage 2 classes were out on trips. The children in Nunsmere and Blakemere had a wonderful trip to the Liverpool World Museum! This was a fantastic multi-sensory experience for all of the children. With 5 floors of different entertainment (Aquarium, Dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, World Cultures and Space) there was plenty for the children to learn. The main focus of the visit was to gain a further understanding of ‘other cultures’ which links in with our ‘How are things different?’ country based topic. The children were able to immerse themselves into the history and traditions of the Oceania and China respectively. Mr Huddart and Miss Lewis were so impressed with how the children conducted themselves on the day.

 

Pickmere and Linmere had a fantastic day at the Museum of Liverpool on Wednesday. Whilst at the museum, children took part in a workshop called ‘Gateway to the World’. Children learnt about the imports and exports that Liverpool has had with other countries historically and still today. Children explored the many artefacts that were on display and there were lots of discussions about where these items had originated from. Whilst walking around the museum, a couple of members of the public approached staff to say how well behaved the children were so well done Pickmere and Linmere. All four class teachers want to extend a thank you to the parents who were able to support on the day. 

 

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Newsletter 17 January 2020

                                                                                                                                Friday 17 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Having just finished adding all the diary dates on the newsletter, it is evident that we are in for a busy term!

No trips to report on this week, but there have been some exciting things happening in the classes. I was lucky enough to be dropping into Oakmere this week and I happened to meet a new pupil named “Goldilocks” and she was answering questions all about what she got up to in the three bears’ house. There was also quite a lot of noise coming from Sandymere the other day. After a quick investigation it turned out they were learning about the traditional music of Madagascar and then creating their own compositions. Please check out our PE and Class blogs on the website and our Twitter feed.

On Tuesday, Pickmere had a special visit from the Cheshire Fire Service. They learnt all about how to stay safe in and around their homes through group discussions and role play. The ladies from the Cheshire Fire Service were very impressed with the children’s knowledge so well done Pickmere!

 

Four very lucky children from Years 5 and 6 were invited to take part in Explore Learning’s Young Mathematician Award. They worked as a team to solve a mystery challenge and we will find out towards the end of the month how they got on! They have worked incredibly hard to get through to this stage - WELL DONE!

 

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