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Autumn term 2021 – Week 2

I have been spending time in the classrooms this week, seeing our new Maths Curriculum, ‘White Rose’, in action.  I have been impressed by the stretch and depth level  at which the children are being taught and the real ‘mastery’ skills the curriculum develops.  

It has been lovely to see the children skip past my office after swimming over the last couple of weeks.  We are so lucky to be able to have our outside swimming pool up and running, following some difficulties last term.  I know Years 1 and 2 are looking forward to their swimming lessons offsite over the next two terms, as well.   

Year 4 went on the first ‘Beach Trip’ this week.  As part of the new ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’ initiative, every year group will visit the beach at one point over the year.  Year 4 visited Seaton and went on the tramline, to great excitement. There was pebble art on the beach and study of the rocks and the Jurassic Coast. We want to enjoy and understand the fantastic local environment and Year 4 were the first to take on that challenge.  Year 7 has also started their Friday activity sessions at the beach and Year 6 has begun their Wild Woods activities every Friday.  Each year group from Year 3 to Year 8 will have an activity session at some point over the year exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom.  If you would like to know more about this new initiative please watch this presentation.  

It was super to see parents onsite for the academic presentations on the Baccalaureate and the EYFS, as well as socially on Thursday evening.  The first matches took place for the U9s and the place is buzzing, as it should be.  

I am sending out a Parent Survey this week, which I would be grateful if you could take the time to complete.

Charlotte Johnston

Head