Monthly Archives: November 2022

Head’s Blog – 25th November 2022

We have been showing our courageous advocacy this week with with children bringing in a number of shoe boxes for Teams4u. Keith and Sandy Jones collect them from us every year and arrange them to be send to different countries according to need. We have also had children starting to bring in food items for families in our community that need a bit of support at this expensive time of year. If you are able to donate then please do bring them into our reception. Children also brought in a range of different bottles for our school raffle. Tickets have been sent home with children and if members of our community would like to buy them then please contact admin@clearwell.gloucs.sch.uk and we can arrange payment. Thank you.

As part of our vision, we encourage children to be creative. Our year 3 and 4 children have been making their own paint using spices as part of their Stone Age art.

We need to say a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Davies (they have children in Reception and Year 4) who after finding out that our CD player had broken bought us a sound system to use. This was as a thank you for supporting their children to settle into school life. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity and cannot wait to use it.

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Head’s Blog – 18th November 2022

The weather is starting to cool off now so our Reception children have been learning about what it means to hibernate. They have been creative and made their own hedgehogs and their habitats. They are going to keep an eye out for hedgehogs at home and help them to survive the winter.

Today has been Children in Need day, so we have been learning about what this charity is about and the huge range of children that are supported by them. We came in a range of clothes, some of which were spotty and lots of families donated. As a school we raised over £60, so thank you very much. We encourage our children to be advocates of change, whether this is through donating to charities or making a difference to someone or something in another way.

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As part of our “Developing who we are” offer, we gave out our first badge (they are being made, very enthusiastically, by our year 6 children. Eevee was the very first recipient of a silver badge for her talent (Creative part of our vision) of writing and performing a poem as part of our Remembrance service last week. Lots more will be awarded over the next few weeks as we encourage children to take a lead in their personal development and show us what they have been successful in achieving.

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Ten of our Y5 and 6 children participated in a National Maths Challenge this week, many achieving the Bronze award. Zach was highly successful and achieved Gold and has the opportunity to do the Bonus Round in the summer months. We are really proud of all of these children for seeing themselves as mathematicians.

Head’s Blog – 11th November 2022

From Reception to Year 6, we have spent time this week reflecting on what it means to serve your country and gave thanks to those who have fought and fight in wars both past and present. Many of which losing their lives in the process so that we can live in freedom. As always, we go into the village at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember these people and animals. This year, we were joined by members of our community at St. Peter’s Church. Eevee, read out her beautiful poem that she wrote.

Young soldier strolls through the poppies, leaving his children behind. Dark clouds roaming around the sky making spirits whisper in his ears. But hope and love save him from the clouds above. Poppies shine and rain falls whilst a rainbow shine and rain falls whilst a rainbow of positivity grows. A big smiles appears on his face and he’s filled with peace.

Eevee, year 5

After our two minutes silence and the Last Post, Mrs McBean read “Flanders Field” and Richard Henson lay a wreath at the memorial. It was very emotional and our children were extremely respectful. Then we went into the church and Mrs McBean talked to us all about Private Miles VC, who lived in Clearwell and actually attended our school. We also talked about the other men from our parish who lost their lives during the first and second world wars. Thank you for helping the children to understand the importance of Remembrance day Mrs McBean.

Years 3 and 4 have experienced their STEM afternoon with Mr Ridgway making bridges. They had a fabulous time learning about how to strengthen one piece of paper enough to hold a car!

Meanwhile, most of the children from year 5 and 6 attended an athletics event at Dene Magna. They had lots of fun and did their best. They were very supportive of each other and tried events out of their comfort zone. Well done.

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Florence was top learner for History.

Head’s Blog – 4th November 2022

We have a wet and blustery week back at school but it hasn’t stopped Welly Walk taking place, even if it was restricted to the garden. Part of our vision is to be creative and this is evident in our classes. Reception children have been making Rangoli patterns as part of their understanding of People, Culture and community but it also develops their fine motor skills. The outcomes were beautiful. Years 1 and 2 have also been artists and have been learning about primary colours and the outcomes of mixing.

We not only implement our creative skills in school but we inspire children to be creative outside of the classroom. Here are a few children who have done this this week. In addition to this we were able to share the advert that she appeared in ready to hit the screens! This is when you know you are having an impact!

Years 3 and 4 have been learning about States of Matter in Science and also writing Stone Age hoards. Here are some of the outcomes.

Year 5 and 6 have been doing some project management with STEM ambassador Mark Ridgway. In small groups they have been designing bridges using one piece of paper over a 180mm gap which holds 280 g. This then progressed into material costs, so they had to produce a bridge that was stronger but it had to be as cheap as possible. They had lots of fun applying their maths.

Attendance

Attendance is so important in school and we have talked about how much learning is missed with just one day off. Dunraven had the best attendance this week at 97.9%; Wyndham had 93.7% and Joce had 87.8%.

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