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A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 22/10/2021

A message from Carly Ellis

It is definitely feeling very autumnal now!  I am amazed at how quickly this half term has flown by.   The teachers have, and are, working incredibly hard to make sure that the curriculum is engaging and interesting, building on previous learning and providing first hand experiences.  I do hope that you have a look at the learning that all the classes have been up to and not just your child's class.  Dojo is amazing but I sometimes feel, that as parents, you are missing out on what the whole school is doing as classes post on their class pages.  You get a sense of how much we are developing and how many experiences your child will get as they move through their school career in Priorswood.  We are working hard to develop our curriculum page to reflect this.    As a taster, Stag class were lucky enough to not just learn about the heart using diagrams but they actually had the opportunity to dissect one! An experience that children might not have had until they reach secondary school.  We also had a wolf (not the real thing!) who invaded Badger class and left a path of destruction and Hedgehog class became detectives.  They had to find out what cold and slimy material had covered 'Tim' the class hedgehog by experiencing the touch of lots of materials.  It's all very exciting!  How I would have thrived in this sort of environment at school!    We have been working really hard on our school library.  It is now a space that is used at break and lunchtimes where children can use story sacks, complete quizzes, listen to the adult audio books and read quietly.  Each class has a reading for pleasure time in their classrooms too.  We are nearly at the stage where we will be able to provide you with a link to the audio books so that the children can listen to stories at home.  A story a day would be fantastic!  There is a Reading Challenge that we will be taking part in as the Trust so watch this space for more information about that.   I hope you all have a wonderful half term.  Keep safe, especially on the approach to Halloween!   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 16/07/2021

A message from Carly Ellis

A message from Carly Ellis I cannot believe how quickly this half term has blown by.  It feels like I have never been away!  I hope that the next academic year has less challenges than we faced this year.  I would like to extend a thank you to Mrs Lancey and the whole Priorswood school community for the support you all gave during such a testing year.  I would like to thank Mrs Lancey for driving my vision for the school forward in my absence and for continuing to build on the progress in the previous year, despite all the obstacles along the way.    The visits we have had from the CEO, Deputy CEO and Paul Jones (an external reviewer) and many others who have visited throughout this term have all commented very positively about the school.  They have been impressed with how well the children settle to their learning and the experiences and activities that the children are being given.  Some of the experiences have made it into the local newspaper!  They also commented positively on the quality of the learning seen in class and in the children’s books.  A recent visitor (who had come to visit the kitchen) praised the school saying that she felt really welcomed and wanted to come back!  She said that the school is really calm and recognised how lucky we are to have all the outside space.    Although we have still had many restrictions in place we have managed to get a few trips in.  Stag class did a Dawn to Dusk day at Magdalen Farm, there has been a trip to French Weir and Otter Class did a trip to the County Museum to find out more about the Anglo Saxons.  The Year 6's took part in a Sports Festival run by SASP at Wellsprings Leisure Centre and are looking forward to their trip to Crealy next week too!   We have been lucky to be involved in a project called Priorswood Pollinators.  Children mapped the school grounds looking for areas that encouraged pollinating species.  They also identified areas that were poor and have now planted these areas with a range of plants including herbs, lavender and apple trees.  Part of the project involved our Year 6's working with a filmmaker to film the project.   We have a few changes in staff next year which were mentioned in more detail in the class structure letter that went home.  We are looking forward to welcoming Miss Ashleigh Thompson and Miss Katy Collard to the team.  I’m really looking forward to next year and I hope that you all have a wonderful summer holiday!  See you in September! Good Luck Year 6!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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