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Headmaster's News, Friday 5th March, 2021

Mar 5, 2021


5th March 2021

 

Dear Parents

 

Welcome Back to School!

I am looking forward to welcoming all the children back on Monday. It will be amazing to have all the children back in school again. Please could you remind your child that we will be continuing with all the measures that were in place before Christmas. I hope the children have plenty of rest during the weekend and are ready for the start of an exciting week in school on Monday.

 

 

Easter Egg Raffle

We are planning to have the Easter Egg Raffle this term. This is an annual event which the children look forward to each year. As we are still not holding large gatherings

(i.e. assemblies), the raffle will be held in each classroom. Please could every child take an egg, to their classroom, by Friday 19th March. This will give us time to quarantine the eggs before we raffle them in the last two days of term. If the children would like to buy raffle tickets, they should bring money in a named envelope with the amount marked on the outside on Monday 22nd March. Each strip of tickets will cost £1; children may buy up to five strips.  Tickets will be on sale in the classrooms.

World Book Day

Thank you to everyone who made such a wonderful effort for World Book Day. We had a range of interesting and colourful characters ranging from Matilda to James Bond! The day started with assembly during which the children talked about which character they had come dressed as, as well as answering questions about their favourite book. We also had 4 Masked Readers! Two members of staff and two children read a passage from their favourite book and the children had to guess who was reading. Thank you to Neelesh, Hiba, Mrs Hayes and Mrs Botton for being our Masked Readers! After break, the whole school took part in, ‘Drop Everything and Read’. It was lovely to wander around school and see all the children and staff immersed in their reading books. It was a real celebration of literature and a range of authors. Hopefully, we have inspired the children to try out another genre or author as they continue their reading journey at Highfield.

Out and About

As always, the year groups have been very busy across the school and in your homes. Here are some of the things they have been getting up to in the last fortnight.

Creative Writing in Year 6

Year 6 have been writing pirate journals in their creative writing lessons.  The focus was on trying to sound like a pirate and also using a wide variety of punctuation.

Storm at Sea – An Extract from a Pirate’s Journal

3rd December 1636

I made the crew wake up at 5am. The storm was brutal so the crew had to mend the hole in the ship and the hole in the sail; catch some of the fish we lost and pump out the water. But with the hole in the ship, we will ‘ave to find land. We sailed for ages then someone in the crow’s nest said there were two islands: a big one or a small one. We would go to the big island but Soto the Destroyer was still there and with a hole in my ship, we had to go to the small one. When me crew finally went fishin’, they caught twice as much fish than before so tonight we will ‘ave a feast! Me crew are asleep but I worried Soto would attack me ship so I will stay up all night if I ‘ave to. Sara 6H

ICT in Year 5

In ICT this term, we have been looking at DTP (Desktop Publishing) and have taken on the role of musician managers. For this, we needed exciting and attractive business cards to show who we are representing and to draw in new artists. Jaya produced a brilliant business card that used simple line effects and a microphone silhouette to showcase her management of Taylor Swift. Manavi used the iconic Abbey Road image to design her business card for The Beatles, incorporating the classic zebra crossing scene into her background. Amazing work from everyone; we will now move onto a digital flyer for our bands and artists!  Mr Drake

The Tudors in 5M

This week, 5M completed their history topic of the Tudors. To consolidate their learning and to review the topic, the class took part in an exciting quiz. For this activity, they worked in groups, both at home and at school. From home, the children worked in ‘Break Out Rooms’ on Teams, in groups of five, to write their own questions to ask the other groups. The children really enjoyed the group preparation and actually taking part in the quiz. It was a very close competition and the class thoroughly enjoyed the activity.  Miss Macklam

HPSED Exams in Year 3 and Year 6

Congratulations to Year 3 who took their first HPSED exams this term. They recited poetry and prose by heart and I was delighted with their expressive performances and clear enunciation. I shall look forward to handing them their first HPSED certificate when they return to school. Well done, Year 3!

I have also been delighted with Year Six’s professional presentations in the Dragons’ Den. They have now all completed their first Grade Four exam. Their pitches were clear, informative and persuasive and they presented a variety of unique and innovative products to the Dragons with self-belief and confidence. Excellent, Year 6!   Mrs Duke

Humanities in Year 1

The children in Year 1 have spent the last two weeks learning about Ethiopia and Africa in our Geography lessons. We painted beautiful African sunset pictures and took part in an African drumming and dancing activity. It was lots of fun and the children had some very groovy moves! In History, we have begun our Castles topic by learning about the different parts of a castle building. We now know why most castles were built at the top of a hill!  

Mrs Davidson

Science in Reception

The children in Reception have enjoyed finding out about the weather in the last two weeks. They have recorded the weather each day and reported to each other what type of weather they could see. The children have carried out investigations and have been finding out how strong the wind has to be to blow something. The children at home joined in with putting different objects in front of a fan or wafting them with a book to create wind. They have been learning how to predict, test, explain and record their results. Well done Reception, what amazing scientists you are!  Mrs Bennett

Gardening in Nursery

Spring is in the air! Nursery and Rising 3s have started work on our gardening area with the help of Miss Travis. We have a variety of fruit and vegetables seeds that have been planted and are now starting to grow. They will soon be ready to move into our garden area. We are also happy to share the news that Nursery and Rising 3s have achieved their Level 1 Gardening Award and Membership with the RHS because of all their hard work and preparation ready for the new growing season. We will now be working towards our Level 2. 

A variety of Forest School, woodwork and learning experiences have been taking place in Nursery and Rising 3s over the last couple of weeks. We have enjoyed making chocolate soup with teapots, finding the first letters of the name in magic potions, mark making with large rollers and making smoothies. Mrs Elstone

 

Merit Awards 26.2.21

RB: Hana  1D: Mohini  2E: Summer  2W: Dylan

3D: Scarlett  3M: Imogen  4J: Avni  5M: Jaya  6H: Jack  6P: Evie

 

Merit Awards 5.3.21

RB: Francis  1D: Isabella  2E: Harriet M  2W: William

3D: Drew  3M: Ahmed  4J: Malaaikah  5M: Manavi  6H: Tim  6P: Macaulay

 

Yours sincerely

J M Duke

Headmaster

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle

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