Friday, 15 September 2017

Week ending 15th September 2017

Children (and staff) in Foxes and Deer have been exceptionally energetic this week!

They have been following the Joe Wickes Body Coach School Fitness Programme, which involves starting each day with a high impact interval training session.  The programme is delivered via Youtube video on the big screen in the Hall, and the children have really engaged with it and all thoroughly enjoyed the activity.

Meanwhile, outdoor sports are also in full swing, and though it has been a little damp and drizzly this week, the field has been used for tag rugby and fitness games.  After School Football Club has restarted on a Wednesday and Friday afternoons, and Cross Country and Hiking Club at lunchtimes.

Cross Country Club children look happy after their first run of the School Year!
On Wednesday evening, an Information Evening was held for parents in the School Hall.  This was an opportunity for parents to find out how they could help and support their child with their school work, prepare them for SATs, and ensure that they achieve to the best of their abilities.  The meeting was very well attended, and it was lovely to see so many parents there.  Thank you to all who came along.

The children have settled back into the school routine, and have began producing some great work in the classrooms.  Squirrels Class have been looking at traditional tales during their English lessons, and have had lots of fun making masks and acting out the story of Hansel and Gretel.  Can you spot which is the witch?

We have lots of bright colourful new Maths resources to start the new term, and children throughout the School have been having a fine time using these to help with their learning.

Year Five children have had their first EBA Enterprise sessions.  This week involved food tasting, and the children were given a selection of different cheeses to taste, as well as garlic, olives, figs, chilli jam and snails!  They had to write down their impressions of the various tastes, noting down what they liked and what they weren't so keen on, and thinking about what flavours went well together.  They will use their findings to help them devise interesting and inventive dishes in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Year Six children have been learning to make pastry this week, which is a skill that will serve them well as they plan and put into operation their "Best of British" restaurant later this academic year.

On Friday, the new School Council met for the first time.  For their inaugural meeting they enjoyed a "business lunch" with complementary fruit and cake, courtesy of Mrs Hounslow!  The new chairpersons were voted for, and plans for the year were discussed - we look forward to learning more about these in the coming months!

Friday meanwhile marked the end of an era for EBA, as we said goodbye to Mrs Healy, a member of staff who has been part of the School for many years.  In recent times she has worked in the School Kitchen, where she has been particularly valued for her excellent cake baking skills, but over the years she has donned various different hats, including Site Agent and School Governor.

Staff and children will miss her cheerful smile, infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humour, but we all wish her the very best for her retirement.