Not the way that we expected to finish half term with Storm Eunice. I hope that everyone has stayed safe and that properties have remained in tact – there seems to be a lot of fences down so good news for Forest Products! As I sat in my dining room, I saw a lovely rainbow appear up over May Hill, there is always a glimmer of hope amongst the storms. We talk about this with our children as part of our Worship and the importance of trusting in God to bring calm – Trust has been our value this term.
The children in KS2 have been able to be creative this week and have been communicating confidently without speech as part of the second part of the Drama Workshops with Wyldwood. They produced some fabulous sketches linked to different parts of the book, ”The Farmer and the Clown”. It is surprising how some of the quieter children really come out of themselves when performing which is exactly why we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum even post COVID.
This week we have recruited a fabulous new teacher to join us in September, Mrs Karen Peters. She grew up in the Forest and has taught at both Coalway Infants and Mitcheldean Primary school. She will be a real asset to our team. Mr Rob Hulse will be joining us after Easter.
I have written a newsletter this week which shares other news about our school. The link is below. Have a wonderful half term for those in education.
COVID finally forced us to close a bubble this week and I want to thank our parents for their support. We are so lucky to have parents that work with us. As a team, we never underestimate how important this is to the success of our school. Thank you for this. We received some photographs of children learning, using resources sent home to them, creating their own resources and utilising our wonderful outdoors – for those not isolating!
We have been very fortunate to have Olivia, a pianist, to come and work with our children in preparation for our Easter service and also learning songs for us to perform at our Jubilee Garden Party which will take place on Tuesday 21st June (more information to follow). Wye Valley Music Society fund these sessions as they know the importance of exposing children to high quality musicians to help inspire them to play their own instruments. We also have, funded by the Art Council, Wyldwood arts working with our KS2 children. Over the course of a few days they are going to explore, create and make some drama together. Their ideas can help Wyldwood develop their brand new play based on the book, The Farmer and the Clown. This week, they played games, used props and created sensory play doh characters. The smell of lemon, spearmint and other herbs was divine! Our children are so lucky having all of these creative opportunities and living our our vision in their learning.
Mr Tomley also arranged for Ollie from Gloucestershire Cricket Club to come and work with our children as part of their Chance to Shine programme. They had the chance to play indoor cricket, hopefully some of them will take the sport when the season starts. They will be doing more cricket in the summer.
As part of RE in KS1 and Understanding the World: People, Culture and Communities for EYFS, Oak class have been learning about the significance of objects to people who follow Judaism. The children really enjoyed inspecting and reflecting on the objects, making comparisons to Christianity with the importance of candles and light.
We have been lucky enough to experience some sunshine this week and Oak class made the most of it when they went on their weekly Welly walk. As part of D&T and Art, they have been investigating texture so they used the trees in our local area and made some wax rubbing to see what patterns they were able to get.
As working scientifically is how we want our children to experience science, Willow class have been using a range of different materials to investigate friction and the impact it has on movement.