We have basked in the sunshine for another week and the children have been enjoying themselves out in the garden. We have loved being able to sing together and play together as small groups of Willow class have been joining Oak in the garden to play, this is going to continue on a rota basis so everyone gets to enjoy the garden without it getting overcrowded. This has been loved by everyone and a great opportunity for our entire community to get together. We have also enjoyed art, sporting activities, singing and reading. The selection of photographs below show how happy it has made everyone.
We have also been experiencing adventures both inside and outside of school and Willow class have been having lots of fun. Years 3 and 4 have been having Ukulele lessons, courtesy of The Rotary Club, who donated £500 to support our children having the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. We are very grateful to them for this, we love to offer a broad curriculum to all of our children. In the summer, Oak class are going to be learning an instrument, which I think is going to be the Samba drum. They are going to have so much fun whilst improving their dexterity and concentration.
Today, Willow class have been able to participate in an archaeological dig at Mile End. This was led by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS) and organised for us by The Forester’s Forest. Forester’s Forest are extremely supportive in helping our children learn about our wonderful Forest of Dean, this term the inquiry is “Did the Roman’s visit the Forest of Dean?’.
A busy week at Clearwell, we have been busy getting everyone settled in to life at school. All of the children have been so good at adapting to being back and working in classrooms. We have also started to have whole school worship again which has been wonderful and I am extremely impressed with the younger children who just take it all in their stride. They sit and listen impeccably, something I find astonishing as it is a new situation for them. This week we have been learning about what it means to be a refugee and why people might need to flee their homes. We continue to subscribe to Picture News which provides age appropriate resources about current affairs within a Christian context. I am extremely proud of the way that our children listen and reflect on these challenging topics.
Oak class have been out having adventures and developing different aspects of Physical development as well as their Personal, Social and Emotional development. We all love Welly Walk and it is at the heart of the provision at Clearwell.
What a start to the Autumn term – the hottest weather we have had since we broke up in July! It is great to have sunshine as it means the children can get outside and play with their friends, even if it meant trying to stay in the shade for PE – as you can see the photographs below. We have welcomed lots of new children to our school across different year groups and now have 54 on roll. This is 19 more than when I started in 2017 which shows what a great team of people we have at Clearwell, all working together to get the best outcomes for our children. We do have spaces in Reception, year 2, year 3 and year 5 if anyone is interested in joining us. With only 17 children in a class for the majority of the week the children get personalised learning to support their individual needs.
On Welly Walk we needed to stay in the shade because it was 28 degrees! All of our new Reception showed us that they could climb over the stile and these parents will have received a montage of their first week from the fabulous Mrs Griffiths, supported by Miss Warr, Mrs Knight and Abby, who goes over and above to help the children settle into school. All of Oak class loved climbing the tree!