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What a week.

The first week of November has been a very busy one! The children have come back to school refreshed after their half term break and are ready to learn and have some fun.
Owl class are continuing their topic about the Egyptians for a few weeks longer as they have their trip to The Saatchi gallery to see the Tutankhamun exhibition to look forward to and a class assembly to prepare for. Newspaper reports are being written in English lessons, fraction are being multiplied in Maths and Young Voices songs are being learnt in Music.
Hedgehog class also continue to learn about the Greeks in preparation for their trip to The History Museum in London next week, then they will be moving on to learn about France and comparing it to the UK. The class have started a different way of learning spellings this week – a ‘No Nonsense’ approach which has come highly recommended. This new scheme for teaching and learning spelling will be implemented across the whole school as we really try and focus on developing spelling skills in our children.
Squirrel class have started a new topic about ‘Great Britain’. They started the week by learning how to stay safe on the 5th November and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. They even had an indoor firework party which was very exciting!!! Firework poems, pictures and art work were created by all. Squirrel class welcomed a new Year 2 pupil this week, we hope Evelyn enjoys all Eastcombe Primary has to offer.
Squirrel class visited ‘We the curious’ in Bristol on Wednesday. They had hands on practical Science learning all day and had a great time. The workshop was fantastic and the children were especially fascinated by the house building and human body exhibits. Mrs Scott and Mrs Fowles reported that behaviour was ‘excellent’ and ‘the children were brilliant ambassadors for the school’.
Both Foxes and Badgers class (our Thursday afternoon and Friday classes) enjoyed a week of firsts. The children thoroughly enjoyed their first street dance lesson and are looking forward to developing a routine to perform near the end of term. The after school street dance club was also a huge success. The Badgers class were highly engaged and motivated in IT lessons, programming the OhBots to make them blink, turn their heads, speak and make facial expressions. In one lesson the children demonstrated so many coding skills Mr King is re-evaluating and tweaking his planning!!
Our Year 6 Charity ambassadors have been busy lately. They have been selling poppies for the British Legion all this week and are planning Children In Need for next week. Giving them this responsibility has developed and refined skills they didn’t even know they had, well done boys, you are doing a fantastic job.
School photos took place this week, make sure you get your orders in to the school office. Each child looked very smart and flashed their very best smiles.
The new clubs started this week, we are offering colouring, Young Voices, Chess, Street Dance and Book worm club this term. The children have enjoyed these new offerings and are looking forward to six more weeks of fun.
The week ended with an entertaining Saturday night at the Village Hall. The inaugural ESA quiz and curry night took place with nearly 100 people for an evening of questions, curry, drinks, friendship and fundraising. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event and to everyone who did a fantastic job of organising it. I hope this becomes a regular event in the Eastcombe calendar.
We welcomed more prospective parents last week and are hosting children for taster days this week. We are full and over-subscribed in a couple of year groups, however we still have plenty of spaces in others. If you would like to visit the school please ring to make an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to our busy, vibrant, village school.
I have a feeling next week will be as busy as the one just gone…keep following to hear our news.