Newsletter 30th April 2022

Welcome back to a new term! The staff and I would like to thank those who kindly sent us ‘get well’ messages. Thankfully, everyone seems to be on the mend. The May Day dancing has begun in earnest this week and the May pole has been dusted down and is ready to go!

Here’s what else we’ve been up to this week:

Woodpeckers: We have had a great first week back, starting with the fabulous bonnets! Well done. We have loved starting our new topic this week, learning all about the Victorian era. In English this week we learned about Queen Victoria, gathering facts to create a fact file. In maths this week we have been focusing on division. We started by using cubes and counters to share in to groups and then some of us moved on to drawing groups or using our times tables to help us. In art this week we started to learn about the work of L.S.Lowry and imagined we were inside one of his paintings. In RE this week we started work towards our new Big Question by thinking about special places and how they make us feel.

Kingfishers: The Kingfishers were off to a flying start for the first week of term; they have been busy working on fractions in Maths, discussing and writing about sacrifice in English and RE, as well as beginning our new History topic – Ancient Romans. We began by looking at the spread of the Roman Empire and how long it took for England to be conquered. We also began practising our traditional dancing in preparation for the May Day festivities. In Music, the class enjoyed playing the recorder and learning about elements of written music, such as the stave and treble clef.

Owls: A busy week, for the start of a new term! We began to rehearse our May Day dances our chose our May Queen and JacK O’the Green! See below for more details. The year 6s are preparing for their SATs which take place the week beginning 9th May. Year 5s worked on negative numbers and mental calculations in Maths and we all began researching British owls for an information text, which is proving to be very interesting, and we have found out some amazing facts. The children caught up on the digestive system in Science and will move on to the circulatory system. Finishing off their topic of punishment through the ages, the children discussed what they thought prison should be for e.g rehabilitation or punishment.

What a brilliant display of Easter bonnets and Eggstravganzas we had! Congratulations to our winners –  Eloise Bagnall, Henley Woodward, Harry Miller, Jacob Hall, Sylvie McNaught, William Harwood, Alice Jordan and Keeley Wood.

We have our May Day/Jubilee celebration on Friday 20th May at 12pm. There will be a picnic, a BBQ and children vs parent cricket matches. There will be an exact itinerary to follow.

This tradition of the May Queen celebrates the coming of Spring and rebirth. Jack O’ the Green is a variation of the Green man – a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring. The May Queen s a personification of the May Day holiday, springtime and summer. She will be crowned with a crown of flowers during the celebration and the Jack O’ the Green receives a cauliflower. The Hobby ‘Oss (horse) is the comic element to the festivities who clowns around, throws sweets but unfortunately dies very dramatically at the end! The attendants to the Queen support her and hold her bower of flowers, the branch bearers beat the bounds and the torch bearers represent the coming of lighter days and banishes evil.

Each class is learning a traditional dance/dances which will take place after the crowning of the May Queen. Children who are not part of the Court (as mentioned below) traditionally wear school trousers or skirt and a white shirt or blouse, this is to differentiate them from the ‘court’. Corsages may be worn on the wrist or pinned to the shirt. Children will need to bring their ‘performance’ clothes in a separate bag to change into.

Your May Queen and her Court:

May Queen: Anashe Motsie

Jack O the Green: Rory Miller

Hobby ‘Oss: Katy Baker

Queen’s attendants: Keeley Wood, Olivia Moss, Sofie Konapcova, Maya Parmer-Steele

Branch Bearers: Ella Noga, EJ Goodgame, Izzy Dobbins, Duke O’Hare

Torch Bearers: Willow Hastings, Hayden Fisher, Thomas Mullane, Imogen Preece.

The Crown and Cauliflower Bearers: Chloe, Harrison

Narrator: Alice Jordan

As the weather is getting warmer (fingers crossed) please can you ensure your child has a sunhat and water bottle in school.

The Eco Council have placed a box in the ‘airlock’ for collecting old ink cartridges, we will send them off to be recycled. Please keep adding books to the Bletch Bookswap bookcase, we noticed it is being regularly used – which is great!

Clubs this term:

Monday: Eco Club, KS1 and 2. Cost £5 per session

Tuesday: Rounders Club, KS2 only. Cost £5 per session

Wednesday: Music from the World, KS1 and KS2. Cost £5 per session

Thursday: Multisport, by Club Energy, book via their website

Friday: Fun games, by Club Energy, book via their website

Have a great long weekend!

Dates for the diary

Wednesday 4th May: STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Challenge Day

Wk/B Monday 9th May: KS2 SATs week

Wk/B Monday 16th May: KS1 SATs week

Tuesday 17th May: Induction Day 1 for year 6s going to Marlborough school

Friday 20th May: May Day

Thursday 26th May: RNU Jo Pinker to give SRE lesson to year 5 and 6

Friday 27th May: HALF TERM

Monday 6th June: Work begins on the new learning space outside the Owl Classroom

Monday 6th June: INSET DAY, Owls head to PGL residential

Wednesday 8th June : Owls return from residential

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