Head of School weekly update 28.1.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to this week’s update. Firstly, I would like to mention that the school has had a fantastic feel this week. The children have been motivated and ready to learn even though we have had some high levels of staff absence. It is paramount to us that we keep our classes open and our children learning and we all know this can be a challenge for some of our pupils, especially when their class teacher is not in school. Thank you to the staff for being flexible, a real team effort has ensured minimal disruption.

Year 3 have been incredibly hard working this week. I have seen some amazing maths mastery work in particular. I was blown away by the huge efforts and progress that these children pictured above have made. The children were thrilled with their special golden sticker. They have real pride in their work and Mrs Smith was very proud and described the children in her class as having a ‘hunger for learning’. I did explain that this did not mean eating the rulers or pencils and of course the children understood my terrible joke!

Pupils in Year 4 have been completely submerged into their History and Geography learning. They are currently investigating how invaders settled and influenced communities. They have studied Romans and Anglo Saxons and of course were very excited when they discovered who King Offa was- not only was he a brilliant soldier, he has places named after him in Bexhill because he gave permission for a religious community and charter to be established…he even had his own coins! Curie and Earhart class are off to Battle Abbey on Monday and I know they are very excited to find out even more about their topic.

As part of reading and writing lessons, Year 5 have been reading a mysterious book. They have based their own story writing on the fantastical book  ‘THE VIEWER’ which tells the peculiar story of a boy whose obsession with curious artefacts leads him to discover a strange box at a dump site. It proves to be an ancient chest full of optical devices, one of which captures his interest; an intricately mechanical object which carries disks of images; scenes of destruction, violence and the collapse of civilisations throughout time. The boy is afraid, but also cannot help but look into the machine time and time again as the images shift and change … I am waiting in anticipation to read the final drafts!

Finally, I would like to remind you that we are fund raising for the NSPCC next week (3rd Feb) through a themed ‘Number Day’ celebration. Please join us to dress up as anything mathematical in EYFS/KS1 and as a Rockstar in KS2. I am sure we will have lots of fun but importantly raise some money for the NSPCC. Thank you as always for your support.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss N Baker

Head of School