Monthly Archives: February 2023

Head’s Blog – 17th February 2023

As we approach half term, a week later than normal we have had a busy one! We are very proud that one of our children is being a Courageous Advocate. Following our whole class reading about Endangered Animals, Maci decided that she wanted to raise money to support endangered animals and their habitats. She is going to do a sponsored litter pick around the forest, with the main pick planned for the Easter Holidays. Below is a link to her Just Giving Page, where the chosen charity is “The World Land Trust”.

In addition to this, she is going to organise a “Guess how many sweets in the jar” competition at school to raise more money. This will be launched in school after half term. We are very proud of Maci, it shows how someone young can make a difference.

Our school council changes twice a year to give more children the opportunity to take a leadership role. During the new election earlier this week, one of the school council members explained to others what they had achieved during their tenure; they were very surprised and pleased with themselves.

Our School Council

Here are some of the things that have been implemented that the previous school council had requested:

  • A quiet place to colour and read on the decking – a colouring box has been put together for children to take out and use
  • Further rewards for pupils living out our vision – Golden time once a week for all pupils in school who do this (different goals dependent on the year groups
  • KS2 pupils to be able to use the garden more – changed break time for KS2 to allow this to happen
  • Pupils to run clubs – Year 5 and 6 children run their own clubs (with adult supervision). These include Worship, Environment, Colouring, Doodle, Microbit coding, Jewellery making and Singing club
  • Raise money for charities – Children in Need collected for so far

We often get asked what we do all day at school, well earlier this week Mrs Tarry and I got down on our hands and knees to clean all of the silt out of the acos. All glamour in this job!

Whatever the weather at Clearwell the Reception (and KS1) children have access to indoor and outdoor continuous provision. It enables them to develop as individuals and build lots of skills and have mini adventures.

We like to inspire children to pursue interests after they have left our school so we give them opportunities to learn different skills. Below are some images of the year 3 and 4 learning the violin, they sound great and will be performing a mini concert to parents in March.

We are really looking forward to our next adventure in Bristol when we come back after half term. In preparation for this Mrs Peters has created a new area of her continuous provision about Brunel which is challenging children to inventors, engineers and designers! This classroom is so inspiring, thank you Mrs Peters.

Today, years 5 and 6 had Ben from Big Pit visit us to give a Workshop on coal, the Industrial Revolution and the impact this had on migration. They got to be historians by looking at artefacts and working what this tells us about the period of time in which it derives from. We also got to smell different items that people would have experienced during that time. A couple of children got to dress up, Evan Evans took his Tommy box with his bread, cheese and a jug of beer to drink down the mine and his wife, Blodwyn Evans worked as a Screener.

Ben has been researching Henrietta Franklyn who worked in the mines as a child and she was born in Newland. She was interviewed and appears in the1842 children’s employment Commissioners report as one of the witnesses. Paige even got to record Henrietta’s testimony from the report which will form part of a new workshop at Big Pit. What an experience! We have been offered to visit the pit and experience the workshop free of charge when it has been completed.

Years 3 and 4 have been making rainbow vegetable tarts as part of their Design Technology. They have been cutting and chopping using vegetables.

Our Celebrations

Head’s Blog – 10th February 2023

Just as we were all getting used to slightly warmer weather, the temperature has dropped again. Although, the sunshine and blue skies have been welcomed and always brightens our day. The British seasons and weather are always a conversation starter! Reception and Key Stage one learn about the different seasons on their weekly Welly Walks and have also been choreographing their own dances to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This week they were mirroring each others moves. It is a joy to watch them smile and get lost in the music.

More hands-on Science has been taking place in UKS2 where they have been using resources from Dene Magna to investigate filtration.

Lots of our children demonstrated their swimming skills this week, earning both 5 and 10m badges. For many of our children, COVID meant that they didn’t swim or have had the opportunity since to learn this essential life-long skill. We are very proud of the determination shown to start on their journey to being a swimmer. Below is a photograph of some our Y2 children who got badges, they are so proud of themselves.

Our Celebrations

Head’s Blog – 3rd February 2023

This week has seen some of years 5 and 6 completing their Bikeability course to support them to safely ride their bikes to school. This can be challenging when your playground has a rather steep incline but fortunately the roads in Clearwell are relatively flat so they could train out in the village. Even the most experienced bike riders improved their practice and for those less experienced there was a huge improvement in their ability to cycle safely on the roads. As we all aim to reduce our carbon footprint, it is brilliant that these children can now ride their bikes safely to school. Now we just need a bike rack installed to store them in during the day!

Not wanting to be left out in learning essential life-long skills, four of our year 2 children have been awarded their 5m badges at swimming. This is often the most challenging as it is a brand new skill to acquire. Well done to Victoria, Lacey, Matilda and Réne – badges can be collected from the pool next time!

As part of learning that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution, years 5 and 6 have been carrying out an investigation using a range of household products. Lots of fun and learning was had by all! Filtration next week using resources lent by Dene Magna Science Department – thank you Mr Derrick.

Our Celebrations

Roman was a Top Learner for his hard work in phonics and reading.