The Value for this term is:

Busy, busy, busy …


What a lot we have packed into the last two weeks – so much to do and so little time this term!

Our Open Morning was super – many thanks to those of you who came, our staff, children and governors were so pleased with the positive feedback they received from our visitors during and after their visit.  The school looked particularly fabulous and the sun shone so we were able to take our visitors out to see our forest, where Maple Class were particularly busy gathering natural resources for their Andy Goldsworthy sculptures.  Nearly all the little people who came with their parents took the plunge and joined Badgers for their morning snack – it was lovely to see them making themselves at home so quickly!  If you missed our Open Morning there is still the opportunity to make an appointment to visit and take a look at our beautiful school and what we have to offer; do please contact the school office if you are interested.

We so enjoyed entertaining our visitors that we did it all again at the end of the week, when we invited parents in to join us in the forest.  Wellies were essential – it had turned a bit damp by then!  That didn’t stop us having a den-building competition, which involved a huge amount of creative thinking from children and parents alike, particularly when it came to forming the roof!  Most of the structures are still standing, which is impressive; the children are looking forward to finishing them during their buddy-group time at the end of term.  To escape the damp some parents joined their children inside to paint some of the plants Miss Tarry had brought – I think they did rather well!


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Some parents took the opportunity to take a look around the Foundation Stage classroom and garden, directed by our ‘tour guides’ from Cedar Class who did a very professional job and answered questions with great confidence.  We ended the afternoon with a cake sale which raised about £30 for FOBS – every little helps, so thanks to those of you who contributed to this.

Then we had a visit for Key Stage 2 from author Ed Wickes who wrote the ever-popular Wicked Tales – he worked with all the children on developing characters and plot for an exciting story and they all had a go at writing their own before the end of the morning.  The children came out of the session very fired up – I went into Cedar Class the following day to do some shared writing with the children and the ideas they came out with were fantastic!  We are currently in the middle of writing a story about a heroic dinner lady who makes magical food – watch this space …

A quieter week this week as our Year 6 children undertake their SATs; Mr Hoskins and I are looking forward to seeing them bright and early tomorrow for breakfast to fuel them up before they get going!  For light relief there’s always the Maypole dancing rehearsals to enjoy …

Finally, thanks to those of you who joined me for afternoon tea on Friday – it was great to be able to chat to parents informally and at greater length than we get first thing in the morning or at the end of the day, and I heard some really interesting ideas – they are all on the list!  Thanks to Anna for helping out and for the delicious tea, and if you missed it I’ll be holding a coffee morning after the Reading open morning next Tuesday, 20th May – I look forward to it!


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