Half way through the term already!

I can’t believe we are at the end of week 4! It is nearly October, the weather has changed and the dark nights and mornings are drawing in. Eastcombe Primary is embracing the change of season and is as full of life and enthusiasm as ever.
Owl class have finished writing their non-fiction texts on different aspects of Ancient Egypt. They are full of interesting facts, beautifully presented and will look great on display. They have also been learning about space and the planets in Science, a Puja tray and what it is used for in RE, long division in maths and how to score in Badminton; a diverse week indeed!
Hedgehog class are completing their spy stories, they have been adding and subtracting in maths and creating Ancient Greek art. They are enjoying their swimming lessons and are learning about parables in RE. Children are reading The Ice Palace in Guided Reading, one of my favourite books. Enjoy!
Squirrel class are looking forward to their Fire Engine visit this week. We have joined with Ridgeway playgroup to share the fun and excitement. Look out for pictures posted online after Tuesday. The children have also been learning their phonics, looking at inverse calculation in maths and playing in the outdoor area. This week my highlight was reading the youngest children a Julia Donaldson book, Tiddler, they then initiated sand play creating different Julia Donaldson book characters. Stick man was their favourite!
I have been reminded this week how amazing and magical teaching can be. You might have seen one of my Facebook posts highlighting the progress Reception children can make in a short space of time. One of our children struggled with pencil grip and control when they started school just 3 weeks ago. They have practised tracing over lines, colouring, writing in sand and tracing over their name. In the space of just a week we have seen a few independent drawn lines representing a name, to a full name written with correct letter formation! This is fantastic progress and a huge achievement. Well done to all of our Reception children who are all shining in their own way, contributing to our school family and coming to school each day with a smile and desire to learn and have fun.
We have started learning the songs for the Young Voices concert in January at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. We will be forming part of an 8000 strong choir of school children, putting on the most amazing concert for families to enjoy. This is the fourth time we will be attending and the buzz of excitement is higher than ever with a great selection of songs including a Queen and Frightfest mix!
Our clubs are going well. Mrs Monk’s drawing club has created a lovely display titled ‘Monster Mash’ in the school. The children enjoyed following an online tutorial on how to draw cute kittens this week. Running club are getting the miles in, they vary the club by going to train at the field some weeks and going out for long cross country runs other weeks. The children come back tired, muddy and happy. Football club and outdoor discover and do are also going well. Our extra-curricular clubs will change again after half term, watch this space for what we will be offering.
Reminder: Our open morning is Wednesday 9th October, 10-11.30am. No appointment is necessary. If this day and time is not convenient to you then please get in touch with the school office to arrange a viewing on 01452 770227. We look forward to showing you around our school. We also offer taster sessions for children thinking of joining us in different year groups. This fortnight alone we have welcomed children into 4 different year groups for a taster sessions. If this is something you are interested in then again please ring into the school office. Our school is buzzing with new children and families currently!
Have a great week everyone.