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Welcome back Reception!
Autumn has most definitely arrived, the children have already noticed the frosty mornings and the masses of autumnal leaves in our school. It has been lots of fun collecting them with our wheelbarrow, piling them up and running through them.
Our first week back was a busy one, full of lots of colour and celebrations. We began our week learning all about Diwali, reading the story and learning about how it is celebrated. The children have been mesmerised by videos of how to make Rangoli patterns and have spent a long time drawing them and creating their own using coloured sand, rice and beans. They have looked carefully at the details, colours and patterns and have created some wonderful designs. The children also created their own Diva lamps using clay which they will be bringing home. Fireworks have also been a feature of our lessons and we have had so much fun creating pictures using chalk, marbles, glitter and sand.
If you are taking part in celebrations over the coming weeks, please be sure to add photos and videos onto Tapestry. We would love to share them with your children and give them the opportunity to show their friends in class.
The EYFS Team

Headteacher’s Blog

A new ‘Noma Creates’ programme starts via Zoom on Monday 26th July 2021. The Young People’s Healthy Hub has a new FREE course available for young people (aged 11-16) and their families over the summer holidays. The course is hosted by former BBC MasterChef Quarter Finalist, 2016, Noma Creates (Nomalanga Nyamayaro). Through this course, young people and families will learn how to prepare healthy meals, while mastering key life skills. The course will be held via Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays during the summer holidays, with the first session on Monday 26th July, 11am – 1pm. Sign up for this event via Eventbrite.

School Nursing Team presentation – take a look at how the school nursing team could support your child.

The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service provides lessons and resources on their StayWise website that promote safety to children and their families, especially useful during the summer holidays.

New and prospective reception families: are your children school ready? The Early Years service, in partnership with Early Years providers, schools and Herts for Learning have developed a school readiness guide to support families and children.

What a year it has been! We end the school year with some uncertainty about what happens next; lots of unfinished business;  many questions about what school will look and feel like in September; and a very strong sense of ‘what just happened?’ It really has been an extraordinary year and a half.

The pandemic has affected all of us to varying degrees and in different ways and the legacy of COVID-19 is likely to affect our children’s generation for years to come. It had an immediate effect upon school life and it is likely to have a sustained impact upon our curriculum and the operational organisation of school. Some families within our school community have thrived under the restrictions, with families enjoying living, learning and supporting each other differently. For some families, however, we know that the last eighteen months have been incredibly difficult, with Lockdown negatively impacting upon housing, employment, relationships and finances.

The school’s capacity to deal with anything other than very urgent business has been greatly reduced this year, in part due to the increased level of support that many pupils and families have required as a result of the pandemic. There has been lots of coverage in the media about helping pupils to ‘catch-up’ academically yet many schools, including our own, are also having to support pupils with their emotional and wellbeing needs which have been significantly affected by the pandemic.  Our curriculum next term, will continue to reflect and respond to these needs.

There have been some huge positives and successes to take from this year and we therefore also end the year with a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. We made it! Our school community has pulled together even stronger during the last eighteen months and supported each other through the awfulness and uncertainty. This school community is amazing! Families have gone out of their way to send their support and positivity to the school, as well as each other, and I have been humbled and immensely proud many times this year by the supportive comments, acts of kindness and the resilience, resolve and happiness of our pupils. Thank you.

We don’t always get decisions right and we cannot please everyone but we will always try out hardest for your children. We care deeply about their wellbeing, the quality of their education and future prospects and we will continue to work in partnership with you, to ensure that they achieve their potential.

Thank you to my wonderful staff team. I am not quite sure how they have held me, their pupils and themselves together this year – it has been a journey! The staff at Bowmansgreen have done an incredible job at providing your children (and me!) with the support, nurturing and certainty that they have needed to help them cope this year. Thank you everyone – I couldn’t have done this year without you all; your trust, patience and understanding… even when through gritted teeth and deep breaths!

Have a lovely summer!

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you for bearing with us over the last few days and putting up with frequent late night emails and texts. I will try and make this the last one for a while!

There have been lots of calls and emails asking about remote learning and school lunches. We will endeavour to respond to all individual requests that are not addressed below.

Bowmansgreen’s remote learning is published weekly on the school website, although additional resources may be added throughout the week to supplement some units of work or activities. It currently includes lesson and unit plans and weekly videos delivered by class teachers. Pupils also have individual log-ins for Times Tables Rockstars and Numbots (please let the office know if your child has forgotten their log-in) and workbooks to support reading comprehension and spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) for KS2. Half-termly Home Learning grids are also published on the school website – new grids will be available this week.

Hard copies of some remote learning resources are available – please contact the school office for more information.  We are currently reviewing our remote learning provision, in light of the new national Lockdown and we will update parents with any changes.

We are awaiting updated information and guidance from the Department of Education about the provision of free school meals for eligible children who are learning remotely. Hertfordshire Catering Ltd will provide food parcels for eligible families in the interim, and hot meals for pupils attending school.

If you are a critical key worker, please let us know if you are intending to send your child into school. It is essential that we have this information before your child returns, to help us effectively prepare and organise resources.

Please be reminded that all parents, carers and visitors are asked to wear a face covering whilst on site. We appreciate your support in helping to protect our school community.

We really appreciate the very kind messages that families have been sending in, expressing their support and appreciation during this very difficult and unsettling time. Thank you.

 

Headteacher’s Blog

Having met with all staff this morning to discuss how we can safely re-open school tomorrow, I can confirm that some year groups will open in a limited capacity for face-to-face teaching.

You will shortly receive an email to confirm how this affects your child and what support is available.

This week’s celebrations

Author of the week KS2: Willow


Author of the week KS1: Isaak


Reader of the week KS2: Amelia


Reader of the week KS1: Olivia


Mathematician of the week KS2: Rayaan

Mathematician of the week KS1: Jessica

Autumn Term Arrangements

With just over two weeks to go before the start of the new school year, plans and preparations are well under way to welcome all pupils back to school.

Please read the latest letters that have been sent to parents outlining some of the arrangements and protective measures that we are taking, to ensure that the full opening of Bowmansgreen is as safe as possible. Apologies if you have not received either of the letters – it appears that some families did not receive the emails via the Schoolcomms app.

Parent and Carer letter – end of year and autumn term information, including start/finish times

Parent and Carer letter – breakfast club

Breakfast Club survey – only complete this survey if you are in urgent need of childcare in the autumn term.

If you are a family new to the Bowmansgreen school community, we look forward to you joining us next month. Please take a look at the Parents and Carers section of our website for information and useful contact details. All new families will need to complete and submit enrolment and data capture forms before your child starts. These forms and essential information about school meals and uniform can be found on the New Families page, under the Parents and Carers tab.

The Chair of Governors and I have been to look at how the building work for the new Lattimore and Village Surgery development is progressing. We met with the site manager who reassured us that a new path will be in place and the back gate in full use by the beginning of term. The new path will be on the other side of the Caledon Club Community Centre, between the park and the building. The parish council is encouraging families, who would have parked at the Caledon Club, to use the car park in Haseldine Road and will be funding a temporary crossing patrol so that families can safely walk to school, to their preferred entrance.

Word of the Week

 

Obliterate6A, 6C and 6G
Awe-inspiring5S and 5W
Optimistic4H and 4G
Deny3RW and 3C
Venture2C and 2H
Nativity1O and 1CW
StageREK and RNM

Headteacher’s Blog

What a busy week it has been at Bowmansgreen!

Friday’s celebration assembly is always a highlight of my week as it is a time to come together as a whole school to celebrate the behaviour and achievements of our wonderful pupils. This week, I was lucky enough to have Maisie by my side, to help me announce the names of pupils who were being celebrated this morning. Maisie did a fantastic job of  presenting the cockerel cards and trophies. Thank you Maisie – you are a star!

Parents who joined us for this morning’s celebration assembly were able to hear the first performance of our new school song.  Mrs Flatt has been working with Year 5, during their music lessons, to write the lyrics and create a school song that represents our ethos, values and school life at Bowmansgreen. Thank you Mrs Flatt and Year 5 – you have done a super job. Our school song sounds amazing!

Maisie had earned the opportunity to help me with my assembly duties as a result of her bid in the staff auction at the summer fair. Other auction winners include Lyra who, with her guests, joined Miss Golding for lunch today and Ella and Kiera who have been busy baking scones with Mrs Stanley.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support their children and enjoy sports day with us on Wednesday. It was a great day and pupils in all year groups had fun taking part. Congratulations to Morpurgo House for being our winning sports day team.

Congratulations to Keira and Lucy for getting through to the final of the Rotary Club’s Junior Bake Off. The final takes place at Sandringham School on July 17th. Good luck girls!

Next week, pupils will find out who their teachers are for next year. There will be an opportunity for parents to meet the new class teachers next Thursday, during our final curriculum evening of the year. We hope to see you all there!

Enjoy your weekend.