A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 24th March 2017

Many of you will have been in school this week for the parent consultation evenings which provided the opportunity to discuss academic and pastoral matters. Some children also attended the meetings, and certainly, as the children reach the upper years in the Junior Department, this can be a productive way to share expectations and guidance for them with parents and teachers working together with a common aim for the children.

The Spring Music Concert on Tuesday evening was excellent – there was such a wonderful range of musical talents showcased across the whole school and it was good to know how much children appreciate each other’s performances. Thank you to Ms Romero –Fernadez and Mrs Sillett for organising the concert.

Assemblies are an important time for children to have SMSC (social, moral, spiritual  and cultural)  incorporated into their learning in addition to when this is achieved via lessons and enrichment activities. This week the assemblies have been varied and promoted a range of SMSC aspects. Years 3 and 4 had time to reflect on when laughter is appropriate and when it is not, with Mrs Smith reading the story “We shouldn’t laugh” and discussing the character Raymond who was laughed at by 5 school children.  Later in the week the Lower School children were treated to performances from the Senior Production of “An Evening of Les Miserables” – which was a wonderful opportunity for the younger children to be inspired with what you can achieve. I think that everyone was transfixed by the fantastic singing – there are such talented children it is great that they can share this with the younger children.

During the week the CHSA have been running an extremely popular stall selling gifts for Mothers’ Day and this has become a firm favourite with the children. The children in Nursery and Reception also went to the florists this week to go shopping for flowers for Mothers’ Day and each child bought a beautifully wrapped flower to take home. In the lead up to Red Nose Day, the school has sold hundreds of Red Noses and on Friday the school looked particularly bright with everyone in their red clothing to mark this day. The grand total of donations will be known next week.

Success was experienced by the team of Year 5 and 6 children who took part in the first round of the Essex School English challenge, competing against other primary schools. The team came second overall and will be receiving an invitation to the next round.

Today Year 2 will be hosting a marvellous “Grand Exhibition” which is the culmination of their learning in History, but which is also cross-curricular with literacy and geography also being part of the learning. Families will come in to see the Grand Exhibition – thank you to Miss Door for planning such an excellent learning experience for the children.

Next week the children have the CHSA Easter fun activities to look forward to, and having seen a preview of some of the prizes on offer, there is likely to be lots of interest in this.