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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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Newsletter 2 July 2021

2 July 2021

Dear Parents,

This week we have started our assessment weeks. Over this week and next week our children (Years 1-6) will be undertaking a series of tests. Please do not be alarmed – these will be done as part of our normal school day in a very informal way. The result from these tests will help inform our Teacher Assessment, which will be recorded on your child’s school report. Alongside some standardised testing – such as a reading and spelling age. We will also use the data collected to identify any gaps in learning, which will help to inform your child’s new class teacher in their curriculum planning for the next Academic year. We have also had the chance, this week, to meet the new families that will be joining us in September. Unfortunately, this was just over Zoom- but we will be getting to know them all a lot better when we have our “socially distanced “ Teddy Bear’s picnic in just over a week.

It has also been an eventful week for the children in Hatchmere, who had their first ever educational visit. They all had a lovely time – although on their return they all looked a little dishevelled and exhausted.

With only two full weeks left of the term – let’s see what our classes have been up to:

Hatchmere went on their first school trip this week! We started the day at our Church, walking around the grounds with Reverend Angela and hearing about the important local history we have on our doorstep. We learnt that the Rectory used to be much further away and the Rector would need to walk across fields each day to get to the Church. When we went inside the Church we drew beautiful pictures in our class to sketch books of the wonderful features we could see. The children loved the dove stained glass window glowing in the sunshine. We then headed to Delamere Forest for a packed lunch, before a lovely walk through the forest to see the Gruffalo and a forest activity. The behaviour of every child was fantastic, thank you so much to all the adults who made the day special too.

It has been a fun week for Oakmere! The children have really impressed us with their work ethic this week. They have written some incredible stories packed full of adjectives, powerful verbs and conjunctions. They have also worked incredibly hard in maths, recognising different coins and notes. However, the highlight of the week was definitely Wednesday when they got to visit the Church to participate in a wonderful lesson on baptism with Reverend Angela and then come back to school to make puppets in DT!

This week Sandymere have been working really hard in some assessments, the Sandymere staff are so proud of how well they have worked. We have also been reflecting on our time in Year 2 this week and each child has been writing their report comment. It’s been lovely looking back on all we have achieved and the fun we’ve had. This morning we’re taking part in a live lesson linking to our topic work which we’re sure will be really interesting.

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Newsletter 25 June 2021

Friday 25 June 2021

Dear Parents,

 

I cannot believe how quickly these last few weeks of the academic year are flying by. The end of the year is always a mixture of emotions; saying goodbye to our Year 6 children and some of the families who have been a part of Delamere for many years, combined with the excitement and hopes for our plans for the new academic year.

 

Each year, we always have some changes in staff. At the end of the Summer Term Miss Wood is taking a year’s secondment to Weaverham Primary Academy as EYFS and Key Stage Leader. We will miss her as Miss Wood has been an integral part of the Delamere Teaching and leadership team for over 10 years. Fingers crossed she will return to us in twelve months’ time.

 

Your child’s school report will be sent out on Friday 16 July and this will include staffing arrangements for the next academic year. The following Monday (19 July) there will be an opportunity for you to book a Zoom call with your child’s class teacher to discuss any concerns.

 

Friday 16 July is also our school Sports Day. Sadly, due to CWAC and PHE guidance, we will unfortunately be unable to invite parents to come along and watch. However, we will endeavour to make this a fun and exciting event as much as we possibly can for all of those involved. We will take lots and lots photos and share these on our Twitter account.  (Our Twitter feed is also available on our website for those parents who do not have Twitter).

 

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Newsletter 18 June 2021

                                                                                                                                                                 Friday 18th June 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Well, it certainly has been a busy and exciting time in and out of school this week! I have loved looking at all of the photographs on our school Twitter page, so many happy and smiley faces. There have been 3 residentials going on this week and we have been delighted the children have had the opportunity to take part in these this year. Residentials are such wonderful experiences for children; a chance to have fun, try something new and really push their comfort zones. As a teacher, the pride you feel when you see the children overcoming a challenge is indescribable. I know this is something all of the teachers have fed back to me this week. Thank you to all of the staff, children and parents for making this learning experience happen.

 

Next Friday (25th June) our school chef Harry Marquart will be in school to cook two special meals for those who elect to have a school dinner. He will be making BBQ pulled pork burgers and vegetable sausage rolls along with other delicious accompanying sides and desserts for the children.

 

Here is a snapshot of what the classes have been doing this week.

 

Hatchmere have continued learning about money this week. The class have been busy playing in their role play shop in the classroom by pricing up items and handling money. It has been lovely to see the children work together to decide how much the toys, stationary and cakes should cost, as well as supporting each other to identify coins and pay for these items. The children have worked really hard using coins to make a certain amount of money. E.g. how many ways can you make 10p using coins? A great week in Hatchmere! 

 

Oakmere have worked extremely hard on their new topic in maths this week. They have been learning all about position and direction through lots of practical hands-on experiences. In Literacy they have produced some beautiful descriptive sentences using the ‘ed’ suffix. However, the highlight of their week was learning all about healthy eating. Oakmere got creative and designed their own healthy meal using different food groups. Another fantastic week for Oakmere!

 

Sandymere have had a fantastic week this week, in fact they have been telling me “This is the best day ever!” Their first residential has been a brilliant success; they have taken part in lake dipping, nature walks, games of dodgeball and today they’re out on the water canoeing and learning survival skills. The Sandymere staff couldn’t be prouder of the children, they have been amazing and we hope they have made some life long memories.

 

Blakemere have had THE best time away at Alderford Lake in Whitchurch for their residential this week! Whilst they were there the children took part in: canoeing, rock climbing, archery, built a campfire and had such a lovely walk around the lake itself in the evening sun. The children absolutely loved having their own Bell tents to sleep in at night. The whole of the Blakemere Team were incredibly proud of all of the children, you were an absolute pleasure to take away and it was lovely seeing you all have such fun!

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Newsletter 11 June 2021

Friday 11 June 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing and refreshing half term break. What a delight it was to have a half term break and have beautiful weather. It has been lovely to hear that so many of the children and families have managed to get away on a holiday or a short break within the UK.

It has been a really exciting week in school. Our first residential for two years has taken place. Our Year 4 class, Nunsmere, have been on a three-day residential to York. The weather was glorious and they had three fun packed days. Not only that – but our Year 4 children and their class teacher Miss Bate have become TV stars. The DFE have been in filming and interviewing the class today – learning about how Miss Bate incorporates the use of a drone in her lessons. Next week – we have three classes out on residentials. It is so good to be able to give the children these opportunities. All three classes are camping and all activities are outside – so fingers crossed the weather stays fine.

We are creeping towards the end of the Academic Year and over the next few weeks we will be inviting our new starters in to school. Our New Starters' afternoons will be held outside to ensure that there is no cross bubbling.

Here is a brief overview of what our classes have been up to this week - please remember that each week your child’s class teacher posts a blog on our school website that gives more information about what your child has been up to this week. Hatchmere started a new story this week called Dogger by Shirley Hughes. The children have been busy making a toy stall just like the story in Dogger, with price tags, a money box and play money to play shop keeper and customer games! As well as money games, Hatchmere have started to write sentences about key events in the story using instructional language. This book is also brilliant for understanding feelings, so Hatchmere have also been thinking about the character Dave and how he felt when Dogger went missing and then when he was returned! We look forward to continuing with this story next week!

Oakmere have had a great first week back after half term. On Monday, ‘Wanted’ posters mysteriously turned up around school and Miss Lewis captured a wolf on camera on her way into school! The children were very excited and made some inferences to decide who this wolf was, where he had come from and why! In Maths, the children made the most of the sunshine and took their learning outside, practising timing activities in seconds and minutes. The class also enjoyed spending an afternoon outside using viewfinders and developing their sketching skills.

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