Welcome back to school everyone, it has been lovely to see all the children at school after six long weeks. I was certainly ready to hand my own kids back to school so I’m sure many of you felt the same this morning! A special welcome to our youngest children starting school for the first time and to the new starters we have in a couple of other classes – you are all very welcome and we wish you well for your time at Marfleet. There’s been a nice feel around the school today as the children settle back into the old routine; everyone looks incredibly smart so a big thank you to all of you for making this happen, especially given the current financial difficulties.
Changes for this year
You may have noticed that we have moved Year 6 into the Year 3 classroom. This is simply because this is the largest classroom in the school and more suitable for the oldest children. It means Year 5, 4 and 3 are now down the older corridor.
Year 1 and 2 – Enter and leave via the double doors outside their classroom.
Year 3 – Enter via the main KS2 but leave via the door near where the bikes are now kept.
Year 4 and 5 – Enter and leave via the main KS2 door.
Year 6 – Enter and leave via the side door in their classroom.
This term we are introducing six new school values which will underpin all that we do in school. In an assembly this morning I introduced them to the children and as the term progresses we will be learning about each one and using them to promote positive behaviour and attitude in school. The six values are:
Love of Learning
Alongside these school values we will be selecting two children from each class to act as School Value Ambassadors. These children will be announced in a special assembly before the October half term with parents of the chosen children invited to attend.
I hope that you have now read our Ofsted report from last term, if not it can be found here – https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50184047. In general, we were delighted with the outcome and it has provided us with a clear set of things that we need to improve. The main priority is to improve the curriculum, especially in how we teach our foundation subjects such as History and Geography. With this in mind we have redesigned our curriculum, which we will start from this term. We will increase the number of topics from 3 to 6 giving our children a greater variety. Topics from Years 1 to Years 6 are now also themed with the first half term being ‘Significant Periods in Time’. The new topics for this half term are:
EYFS: All About Me
Year 1: Guy Fawkes – Why do we remember the 5th of November?
Year 2: The Great Fire of London – What can we learn from the Great Fire of London?
Year 3: The Stone Age – Why is Skara Brae important?
Year 4: Vikings – How were the Vikings victorious?
Year 5: The Victorians – Was the Victorian Age the best of times or the worst of times?
Year 6: World War 2 – What was life like for a child in WW2?
Specific information about staffing, homework, PE etc for your child’s year group will come from your child’s teacher this week. I will also share a more detailed curriculum overview with parents in the coming weeks.
After School Clubs
Like last year, these will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3.15pm until 4.15pm. I am just finalising the list and I hope to get it to you on Friday. If this is the case then clubs will start next week. Please look out on Bloomz for more information.
A reminder that all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are entitled to a school meal every day, free of charge, this is regardless of whether your child is entitled to free school meals or not. However, if you think you may be entitled to free school meals then please contact the school office for a form.
Year 6 will have swimming lessons Monday 10th October for 2 weeks. Year 5’s lessons will be from Monday March 27th, again for 2 weeks. Year 4 are on a waiting list, which has been caused, by Covid and a problem with Ennerdale’s pool last year.
A reminder that we offer a breakfast club to all children. Breakfast club is open from 8am until 8.30am (until 8.20am for food). If you wish to book on then please speak to Mrs Steyert who will be happy to help you.
Miss Hemingway is delighted to announce that she is pregnant with her baby due in January. We couldn’t be happier for her! I will be in touch later this term with plans for how we will cover her maternity leave; as it stands Miss Hemingway is hoping to continue working until Christmas.