FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 13: 29.3.19
Opening Ceremony for our new Food Technology Room
This week we had a very special event, formally opening our new Food Technology Room, and we were very lucky to be joined by Trevor and Sally Oliver. Governors and Friends of Clavering representatives also joined us for the occasion.
Trevor Oliver visited year 6 a couple of weeks ago and shared a soup recipe with them and then taught them how to make it. The year 6 pupils were then set the challenge to design and make their own soups for Trevor to judge on the morning of the Opening Ceremony.
Trevor and Sally were able to join us for the whole morning prior to the Opening Ceremony. At 9.30 they tasted the year 6 soups. The soups were very well made and presented. The children went to a great deal of trouble at home and school perfecting their recipe, responding to ideas Trevor had shared with them previously.
Trevor and Sally then had a tour of the school and each class met their guests and talked about their learning.
The whole school and visitors then came together for a Sharing Assembly. All classes shared their learning linked to cooking and food. Reception shared their learning linked to the text The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and the cheese straws they had made linked to this story. Year 1 made Australian biscuits to share. Year 2 wrote menus that were fit for astronauts to take up into Space. Prior to this they researched which foods were suitable for this journey, linked to their Space topic. Year 3 shared food linked to the Hindu festival, Holi. Year 4 wrote their own versions of the Michael Rosen poem ‘Chocolate Cake’, using actions and excellent expression. Year 5 shared their healthy breakfasts. Year 6 shared their research and findings around their soup making.
Trevor talked about his school life and journey to becoming an excellent chef and owner of the Cricketers Pub. He then announced the Year 6 soup winners – Ben, Seraphina, Millie, Grace, Jake and Albany – and gave them each a Jamie Oliver book. The children were thrilled. The Olivers have also bought the school a set of pans for the new Food Technology Room.
After the assembly we all went outside for the formal part of the morning. The School Council representatives held the ribbon and Trevor Oliver, after a drum roll, cut the ribbon to officially open the Food Technology Room.
The guests then enjoyed tea and refreshments that had been made by the children.
Thank you so much to all our guests that attended, especially Trevor and Sally Oliver. Also to Liz Carter, for taking photographs, and the Friends of Clavering, for organising the refreshments.
It was a fantastic morning, highlighting what a special school we are all part of.
Teachers’ research with Bill Lucas, Winchester University
18 teachers gathered at Clavering Primary School in Essex, supported by their headteachers, to present their action research findings after two terms of investigation on a range of topics including resilience, creativity, pupil agency, drawing and writing. Attending the session Bill Lucas said: ‘This was a wonderful group of dedicated teachers all of whom committed their time to exploring the ways in which their attempts to improve learning outcomes for their pupils are working.’
Daws Hall years 5 and 6
Years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to enjoy beautiful weather for their geography field trips to Daws Hall. The children loved being able to wade in the tributary of the River Stour to measure depth, flow rates and nitrate content of the water and used their map-reading skills well to complete the orienteering task. Apart from identifying the occasional welly boot with a hole in it (including Mrs Carline’s borrowed pair), we know the children had a wonderful day, cementing their learning about rivers this term.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Dance Festival
On Wednesday 27th March Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 went to Rickling School for the annual Dance Festival. The children were very excited to be performing the dances they had learnt this term. Everyone danced brilliantly and really enjoyed watching other schools perform too. Well done to all the children who took part, it was a lovely experience for us all.
Year 4 Dance at SWCHS
On Thursday 21st March Class 4 went to Saffron Walden County High to dance to Grease mega-mix on a BIG stage. We all enjoyed it very much. We all wore clothes from the 1950s. The girls wore skirts and colourful t-shirts. The boys wore leather jackets and jeans and a t-shirt. There were 15 dancers and we were 9th.
Please can we support the children limiting the number of key rings on their bags to just one key ring. Some children have many key rings on their bags that make them very bulky for the cloakrooms. Children are also getting upset if they fall off or get lost. Thank you for your support with this.
School starts at 8.50 a.m. We have noticed several children that are consistently arriving late for school – ‘late’ is defined by not being within the school gates by 8.50 a.m. Please make every effort to be at school on time and if you know that your journey will be disrupted by road works, do allow time for this.
Please note that lateness is recorded on a per pupil basis.
Please can we ensure that all items are named. There is a lot of unclaimed and unnamed items in lost property. This will be put on display in the entrance hall during the last week of term Monday -Thursday 1st – 4th April.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
29th March Sharing Assembly – invitation to Year 3 parents 2.45pm
1st April School Council Spring Fayre
3rd April Friends of Clavering Easter Fayre
4th April Tray Day
5th April FOC Easter Egg Hunt
5th April End of term
23rd April Summer Term starts
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending March 15th
Reception Poppy – for being such a kind and helpful friend
Year One Rosie-Ann – for super concentrating and listening all week
Year Two Ashton – for the improved fluency of his reading
Year Three Chloe S – for a heart-warming and thoughtful homework on female role models
Year Four Alice – for working hard and making good progress in Maths
Year Five Mia – for demonstrating great focus in all lessons
Year Six Albany – for her conscientious approach to all her learning and super progress in English
Week ending March 22nd
Reception Jemima – for outstanding writing with spaces between her words and for all her help
Year One Ellie – for super effort in dance this week
Year Two Joshua L – for his great sense of rhythm
Year Three Conor – for great perseverance and improvement when dividing
Year Four India – for trying hard in Maths
Year Five Jude – for super Maths
Year Six Grace – for excellent effort and achievement in Maths
THE TIDIEST CLASSROOM OF THE WEEK!
Our cleaners are judging the tidiest classroom each week. The winners are announced in assembly on a Friday. The class that has won the most times at the end of a term will be awarded an afternoon with an activity of their choice or an extra playtime.
21.1.19 Year 3
28.1.19 Year 6
4.2.19 Year 2
11.2.19 Year 5
25.2.19 Year 1
4.3.19 Year 4
11.3.19 Year 6
18.3.19 Year 1
IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD
George, Year 4, for being a kind friend
CLUBS SUMMER TERM
Sting Performing Arts
|Year 5 & 6
|3.15 – 4.15
3.15 – 4.15
3.15 – 4.15
12.45 – 1.15
|TUESDAY||Football||Year 1 & 2||3.15 – 4.15|
|WEDNESDAY||Running Club||Year 3,4,5,6||3.15 – 4.15|
|Year 3 & 4
Year 5 & 6
|3.15 – 4.15
3.15 – 4.15
|FRIDAY||Football||Year 3 & 4||3.15 – 4.15|
- DINNER MONEY is £2.20 per day. If you wish to pay up until May half term, the amount will be £50.60 or £129.80 for the whole summer term.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment
Have a good weekend