Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Wow Newsletter

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Church School Inspection

We are very pleased with the outcome of last month's church school (SIAMs) inspection. This was led by Graham Lancaster who is an ex-headteacher and Lead Strategic Commissioner for North Essex as well as being an accredited Ofsted inspector.  Mr Lancaster spent a day in school in which he talked to children, parents, staff and governors, attended collective worship, and observed Beliefs and Values (RE) lessons.

The report has now been published and I am delighted to say that the school was judged to be ‘good’. We are proud of the many very positive statements in the report which capture the warmth and care shown towards all within the school:

‘[The school’s] Christian ethos is demonstrated in its inclusivity and the care shown to those in particular need.’  
‘Relationships between all members of the school community are very positive, based on high levels of respect for one another.’
‘Behaviour is exemplary’
‘Pupils are thoughtful and articulate. They and their parents are proud of their school and confident in its leadership.’

The report suggests that we further develop collective worship and ensure that its themes are fully embedded in the school and that we extend opportunities for spirituality through the creation of reflective spaces in the school.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Yuck!

Sycamore Class (Y3 & 4) had great fun this week during science! They replicated food's journey through the digestive system, mashing it up and adding water (the mouth), squeezing it thought a piping bag (the oesophagus), churning it up in a plastic bag (the stomach) and adding 'bile' and 'pancreatic secretions', before passing through some tights (the small and large intestines).



Tuesday, 15 November 2016

World Diabetes Day

Izzy in Year 6 has diabetes which she copes with amazingly well. It doesn't stop her doing what she wants to do, including being a champion cyclist! With her friend Lucy, she organised an event at school to raise awareness and money for World Diabetes Day yesterday. Children came to school in their PJs or onesies and everyone did some exercise together to encourage healthy lifestyles. A total of £61 was raised. Well done Lucy and Izzy! 

The day was featured in the local paper!





Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance Service

The Ethos Committee led a very moving Remembrance Service this morning. The theme was children affected by war, particularly those who become refugees. All the children came with no shoes on to symbolise how many refugees flee their homes without shoes or with shoes that they lose or break.

 Each class took part. Lime Class children recited a poem about poppies and showed some poppies they had made:
Sycamore Class told the rest of the school about the Kindertransport in the second world war. Some children made a live version of the sculpture at Liverpool Street Station. Other children were chosen to gently touch them, making them say how they were feeling:
Chestnut Class children then led a time of reflection by showing outline pictures of houses with all the possessions they had and loved. These were then put in a shredder to symbolise how children fleeing war zones often have to leave their possessions behind.
Speaking to children afterwards, many had found it incredibly moving and several said they were close to tears. They were certainly very quiet and subdued when they left the room to go back to class.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Islamic Visitor

Sycamore Class welcomed Parul Jalal to their class today to follow up the work they have been doing in Beliefs and Values (formally known as RE(!)) on Islam. They had an absolutely fascinating hour and a half and learnt a huge amount.

We were bursting with pride when Parul, who visits lots of schools, said they knew more about Islam than any children she had talked to before and was amazed at the questions they asked.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

WOW Newsletter

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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Cathedral Dance

Some of our children will be performing a dance in the cathedral at the Church Schools' Service next week. They have been practising for several weeks with children from Thorndon Primary School. We can't wait to see it! It is going to be stunning, with long strips of cloth and candles.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Roald Dahl Day

We had all sorts of characters at school today - Sophie, the BFG, several Georges, Verrucas, witches, crocodiles and even some Oompa Loompas!

Sycamore Class recited a Revolting Rhyme they had learnt during assembly, there was a special lunch and learning activities based on Roald Dahl's books.











Sunday, 17 July 2016

Year 3/4 Camp Out

Sycamore Class had their own residential trip of sorts, camping out on the school field for a night. They thoroughly enjoyed it – one of them said it was ‘like having a sleepover with my entire class!’. After managing (eventually) to put up their own tents, they took part in archery, bushcraft and had a campfire before going to bed. Not a huge amount of sleep was had, with the first children waking up as dawn broke at around 4.30am!





Sports Night



Instead of a Sports Day, traditionally we have Sports Night at Wetheringsett. Parents and children come along at 6pm and children take part in an array of athletics events with a bar and BBQ for their families.

 The sun shone yet again for our this year's Sports Night. It was great to see the children supporting their team mates and to see how much their athletic skills have improved with the national emphasis on school PE over the last few years.



Y5/6 Residential Trip

Chestnut Class spent a week at ‘African Adventure’ at Sizewell Hall. They took part in all sorts of activities from low ropes to bridge building but at the same time learnt about some of the issues some people in parts of Africa may face.




          

Friday, 24 June 2016

Debenham Pyramid Resilience Showcase

Yesterday, all the local primary schools got together with Debenham High School to showcase the work we have all been doing to develop resilience in our children.

Five children from Wetheringsett demonstrated the skills and lessons they had learnt during Skipping Week earlier in the year. All children's skipping had improved over the week and our Growth Mindsets ethos was re-enforced - that you get better through practice, time and teaching.

The children who represented the school at the roadshow did a brilliant job, showing their skills, talking to people and encouraging all sorts of people to have a go at skipping. They were delighted to persuade Miss Upton, the headteacher at the high school to have a go too!



Tuesday, 31 May 2016

WOW Newsletter

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Dance Club

Dance Club is one of our most popular clubs. This afternoon, parents were invited along to see some of the dances the children had been learning. They did brilliantly! It was also lovely to see how all the children from Reception to Year 6 worked together with the older children really looking out for the younger ones.




Thursday, 5 May 2016

Ascension Day Kite Flying

The weather was glorious this afternoon (although there wasn't a lot of wind) when children took the kites they had made onto the field to fly them. This was to mark Ascension Day when Jesus ascended back 'up' to heaven after the resurrection.




Wednesday, 4 May 2016

New Arrivals

There was great excitement in Lime Class today when the children learned that the chicks that had been in an incubator in the classroom had hatched over the weekend. There were fascinated to watch them and were so excited to be able to hold them.



Monday, 18 April 2016

Medal-Winning Swimmers!

We were delighted with the performance of our swimming team at the Swimming Gala in Diss this morning. We came 3rd, out of the 15 teams competing!

The swimmers all did fantastically well, not just in their swimming, but in their teamwork and support for each other. A proud morning for the school!


Thursday, 24 March 2016

WOW Newsletter

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Easter Gardens

At the Easter Service at the church this morning, children presented their Easter Gardens which will be on display over Easter. The gardens were lovely and showed incredible creativity. Here are some of them.