Head’s Blog – 1st April
We have had a such a busy week at school, with the children experiencing more adventures. We were very lucky to have a professional string quartet, Carducci Quartet, come to Clearwell to play for us on Monday. There were two violins, a viola and a cello. The musicians told us that the longer the string the lower the note it can play. We learnt about the dynamics of music and how this simply means the music gets louder or quieter.
We learnt lots of different Latin words that are used in musical annotation. One of the many inspirational aspects of the recital was that musicians can have a very varied life. Carducci Quartet perform concerts around the world; have performed in front of the Queen and even played the score on the Paddington film! We all absolutely loved the recital and want to say a big thank you to Nick Steele at Gloucestershire Music for making this happen.
We also had PC Greg Steer in to talk to the Year 6 children about how to stay safe online. The children’s awareness of which games and apps they should be playing. The biggest shock for them was that Fortnite should not be played before the age of 12. A few of our children admitted that they play games that are meant for 18 year olds, Call of Duty and GTA were popular ones. A couple of children also said that they let strangers follow them on Instagram/Tik Tok. They have been advised to remove these people.
There is a lot of guidance on our website, http://www.clearwellprimaryschool.co.uk/safeguarding-child-development/, to support parents with keeping their child/ren safe online.
On Tuesday, a number of our Key Stage 2 children participated in the ’Give it a Go’ day at Newent school. This was part of the Gloucestershire Games offer. Some of the activities that they participated included PowerChair Football, Golf, New Age curling, New Age bowls, cycling, football and a range of cricket related games. Paralympian, Andy Lewis, played table cricket with them! They had a brilliant time and got to do a number of things that they wouldn’t normally get to do in school.
Eevee was Top Learner for showing great perseverance when completing her assessments this week and Macey was Top Learner for her positive attitude to learning.
Head’s Blog – 4th March
Apologies to start with, I forgot to include photographs that parents sent me from Home Learning on Storm Eunice day, so here they are. The majority of the children in Willow class completed all of the Doodles that we set them to complete so that their learning was not impacted as much as it would have been pre-COVID and when we did not have remote learning all set up. Well done everyone! There has to be some positive outcomes from COVID!
Mrs Griffiths, as English lead, started our day celebrating books. We decided to dress in party clothes today not only because is it the 25th World Book Day but also books and the ability to read is something to celebrate. We watched a rap which named lots of books and we had to identify as many as we could. They included the Gruffalo, Hairy McClary and Paper Dolls. It was also a reminder that all children will get a £1 voucher to exchange for a free book or put it towards a book which costs more money. Mrs Griffiths also read “Dogger” as a tribute to Shirley Hughes, who died this week at the age of 94. Her writing inspired many of the great authors we read today and I am sure will continue to inspire many more. The children all participated in a number of activities with the most important being reading, something that the day is all about. In the early evening Mrs Griffiths, supported by Mrs McKelvey, hosted EYFS and KS1 for a bedtime with hot chocolate and bed time stories. A lovely hour was had by all. I must thank Mrs Thomas who made party food for us all, as we were celebrating.
We set a reading challenge for children to read every day for the 25 days leading up to World Book Day. All of the children who entered were given a bar of chocolate as a reward and 3 lucky winners got given a book voucher.
We have been showing our support for the people of Ukraine today and whilst we cannot begin to comprehend what these families must be experiencing at the moment we can show compassion. Thank you to the Clearwell families who have donated to support the people of Ukraine. Today, we have all coloured in a Ukrainian flag each and written a message of support. We have also planted sunflower seeds which is the national flower of Ukraine. All children have taken these home today and as the seedlings grow we will be reminded of the people of Ukraine and the importance of showing compassion. We have spoken a lot about the importance of treating others as we like to be treated, something that some adults around the world could learn from.
Head’s Blog – 26th November
Our school is very much about our community and I could not be prouder of one of our Parent Governors and her husband, Kate and Charlie. They ran the Gower Half marathon a few weeks ago, a gruelling course, with all of their sponsorship going towards our School Library fund. They raised an absolutely staggering £2,800! We cannot thank them and their sponsors enough as this is a phenomenal amount of money that has a huge impact on our small school.
On Wednesday, Willow class had another adventure when we all went to the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. We learned a phenomenal amount of information with our workshop focusing on Isotope analysis and walking around the museum. One mind blowing aspect for our children was how a scientist can analyse a tooth or a bone and identify which part of the world people are from. This is because of the mineral finger prints within our body which are left because of the food we eat and the soil that this has grown in. This information is used as the basis for our story as a person. Then the children got to be true history detectives and construct a narrative about some people from the past. Having adventures first hand is the best way for children to create a memory which their learning can then be assimilated to. Making memories is the essence of life and education, which is why we do it! Thank you to the Bells Foundation who donated money towards this trip to make it more affordable for our children. We had a fabulous day and I can highly recommend the education workshop at the museum, it was great!
Inspired by our visit to Cirencester, Willow class have been practising their sculpting skills using air drying class.
Books, books and more books….whether you’re Christmas Shopping, need birthday gifts, a treat to reward your child or simply books to enjoy everyday….We have something for everyone all available at this week’s Virtual Book Fair
You and your children will be pleased to know there is a huge range of brand new books to choose from including board books such as Hugless Douglas, picture books such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and many Julia Donaldson titles, we have early reader titles like Horrid Henry, Roald Dahl books, Diary of the Wimpy kid, Dork Diaries, Alex Rider and just in some David Walliams’ titles like Billionaire Boy…there really are too many to mention at only £2.50!
Simply visitwww.booksforbugs.co.uk/shopand choose your books
Once you get to the checkout stage please compete the billing details as normal but remember at the delivery details stage to add your child’s name and class where prompted. The link shows you how easy it is to order https://booksforbugs.co.uk/virtual-book-fair-info-for-parents/
For the delivery address please put Clearwell Primary School and the school’s postcode GL16 8LG this will remove all postage fees.
You can order up until midnight on Sunday 5th December
All orders will then be dispatched and we will let you know when you can collect from school.
Buying through the Virtual Book Fair will help Clearwell Primary School as we will receive a free book for every 5 collectively sold that has a value of £2.50, so every book counts!
Freya was our Christi-Angel in Oak class.
We have had lots of celebrations this week. It started with some children bringing in a decorated pumpkin to celebrate All Hallows’ day. They really showed off their creative side, which is something we value at Clearwell. The Winners were Asha and Matilda, Commended were Arthur and Dylan. Other entries were by Amelia, Alfie, Shannon, Mari, Florence, Paige, Theo and Max. Thank you to parents for their support with this. All monies raised by the entries is going to our library fund.
We also celebrated our Harvest service where we are fortunate enough to do at St. Peter’s church with our Foundation Governors present. Unfortunately, we were unable to invite parents due to COVID but they did get to watch their children in their full glory on the videos that have been posted onto Class Dojo – this is a secure site accessible for parents. I am able to share on here the vast quantity of food that families donated, all of which goes to Forest Food bank. We have spoken to children that it is important to give, whether that is love, happiness, kindness or at this time of year food to support those parents that may need extra help to feed their families. Thank you to everyone that are in a position to donate and did so, we know that the recipients will be grateful for this. We will be operating a Reverse Advent calendar during December which again all donations will go to the Forest Food bank.
Another celebration that took place within the Hindu Religious calendar is Divali. So as part of the RE, Cultural awareness and art lesson the children made divas out of salt dough. They had to measure out the ingredients, work together to make the dough, then shape and paint them. They had lots of fun and have created some lovely lamps which will go home next week after they have been PVA’d!
Then came Fireworks images. Art club created some fabulous chalk art work. The children are so lucky that the teachers value art and creativity. I love the fact that they work together, especially after being separated so much in the last 2 years because of COVID.
Head’s Blog – 22nd October
Well we have survived another half term where COVID has become more and more prevalent in our local community but thankfully we have managed to avoid it having a drastic effect at our school. New guidance has been issued by the Local Authority today because of the high rate of cases locally. The main recommendation that impacts on our school is for children to take regular lateral flow tests as this can help to identify cases at an early stage. This could be twice weekly or daily if that person has been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID. We need to help each other to stay safe as we approach the winter months and pray that there is not another lockdown going to happen. I don’t think anyone is keen to return to home learning! As far as attendance is concerned here is some further guidance which should help families know what to do:
- Symptoms: Should anyone have symptoms (one or more of the main three – new continuous cough, loss/change in taste or smell or a temperature) with a negative LFT, you should call the school for advice before coming in. Students who are advised to remain at home should continue to do LFT tests and book a PCR test. Please advise the school as soon as possible of any positive result. Work will be available for students to continue with on Doodle and we can share additional learning.
- Positive LFT: Students who test positive on a LFT should book a PCR test and remain at home until the PCR test result has been returned. Please let the school know of both LFT and PCR test results as soon as possible. Work will be available for students to continue with on Doodle and other additional learning.
- Positive PCR: Students should remain at home for the isolation period NHS Track and Trace have advised, plus any additional time should the symptoms still be present and are considered to still be contagious. Please advise the school of the result and any additional absence needed. Work will be available for students to continue with on Doodle and other additional learning, if they are well enough to work.
- Positive LFT/PCR in the household: Students should continue to do LFTs daily and if negative should come into school.
The intention for our science at Clearwell is one that is practically based, this has been happening a lot over this term when pupils have been learning about light and sound at KS2. Here are a few images of the years 3 and 4 investigating the best material to create headphones.
As part of our encouraging creativity the children have also been making Roman shields, they had lots of fun and created some fabulous designs, as you can see.
Head’s Blog – 6th November 2020
What a first week back after half term! We have had an OFSTED visit, the announcement of National Lockdown 2.0 and ITV in to record years 3 and 4 learn about Equality and what it means. I spend over 3 hours with OFSTED telling them all about how we have coped and responded to COVID and the impact it has had on our school community, pupils and staff. We will receive a letter, which will be shared with you, but no judgement. The purpose of the visit was building up a national picture of the impact of COVID on education by interviewing 1200 Headteachers – we were one of these.
Despite National Lockdown we are still able to go on our wonderful Welly Walk. The sky was blue and when we were in the sun it was surprisingly warm. The children absolutely love these afternoons and learn and develop so many skills during this time. The photographs speak for themselves.
As part of our global awareness, Khady and Eleni (representing of the Local Equality Commission) came in to talk to Willow class what is meant by Equality, ensure the understanding of some key terms associated with this topic (equality, segregation, freedom, protest, boycott) and to have an opportunity to ask questions. Khady has been working a lot with both the BBC and ITV over recent months and ITV wanted to come in and record the girls first (probably of many) education sessions with a school. I was very impressed with the amount of information that the children have remembered from their education over recent months. I am very optimistic about the future of equality if your children are representative of the next generation. They made it very clear how they believe in equality and what they are going to do in order to make this happen. I am one very proud Headteacher.