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A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 21/01/2022

A message from Carly Ellis

A message from Carly Ellis Christmas and New Year seem like such a distant memory!  I do hope everyone had a restful break. The children have started the new year calmly and with enthusiasm for learning!  We have just started using different exercise books for our humanities learning which the children really like.  We have also just started teaching our science themes weekly instead of as a block at the end of each half term.  The children have been speaking very enthusiastically to me about this so I am pleased that this change has inspired a love for science.  Before Christmas I asked the children what they would like to do more of in science and a majority of them said ‘to make more potions’!  I am hoping that in a few weeks they will be able to articulate this in a more scientific way!  I have had a lot of conversations with the children about the curriculum and they are all saying that they are really enjoying all the learning in the wider curriculum and I am sure that with all this exposure, we will be uncovering talents that even they didn’t know existed.  I am really proud of what we offer here at Priorswood and I am grateful for all the hard work from the teachers and support staff.  They really have been working relentlessly in order to provide the best education to the children. As you are aware, we have sent home knowledge organisers at the start of our science and main driver (History or Geography) projects.  We would really like your support in encouraging the children to learn the information on the sheet.  We will be developing this information through our project but in order for new information to stick, it needs something to stick to, which is why the very basic knowledge is sent home in the form of a knowledge organiser.  The children will be taking part in some fun quizzing as the project unfolds.  It is my mission this term to relaunch our FOPs!  I did Dojo about this a while back and I have noted those who showed an interest.  Please, if you are interested and fully support everything we do here, then we would love to hear from you!  I would like to get some dates in the diary as soon as possible.  Thank you. We are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Coussell to the Priorswood team, She will be teaching Hedgehog Class as of 31st January.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 17/12/2021

A Message from Carly Ellis

Christmas is here! I am so looking forward to the holiday and spending time with my family.  I am sure you’ll all be busy with the lead up but hopefully you’ll all get some rest afterwards! School is the place to be at Christmas.  The children have enjoyed lots of treats this week.  They have made some cakes, sung around the Christmas tree, been creative in making cards and calendars, performed in the nativity, enjoyed a festive dinner with crackers and had a Christmas party.  The biggest treat of all was the pantomime and a visit from Santa who gave each child a gift.  They will have so much to tell you this week! I’m looking forward to the new year and continuing on the journey we are on.  We have made so much progress and we will continue to do so next year.  I hope you have all managed to watch the virtual tour.  The children were fantastic and said exactly what they thought about their school when asked.  It’s great to know that the children feel this way about Priorswood.  It must be lovely for you all to watch what is happening in school as you have had to keep a distance for so long now.  Well, I’m going to keep it short and sign off now.  I hope you all have a great rest and look after yourselves!  I’m not sure what January will bring but plans are in place should we need to do any remote learning.  Fingers crossed we won’t and I’ll see you all on 5th January.  Have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 25/11/2021

A message from Carly Ellis

Can you believe that we are now at the end of November?  I took my children to see the Christmas lights being turned on in town at the weekend, which seemed really early!  School life seems to be maintaining its fast pace which will be notched up again with the preparation of the Nativity.  Due to the constraints of COVID we will not be able to share this with you in person.  We would hate for the Christmas period to be dampened with positive cases which may have been a result of sharing our Nativity in person.  We hope you understand. I hope you all had the opportunity to see all the Poppies that were created in Forest School and tied up on our front gates as a remembrance to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.  They looked amazing. We raised £162.81 for Children in Need - thank you all so much!  The children always enjoy a good dress-up day and looked great in their outfits.   The children had a railway safety awareness assembly to demonstrate the dangers and to deliver key messages.  This has come as a rise in incidents on railways recently.  Stag and Badger class had a visit from SWT Engagement Lead Angela Bolitho and Elaine Jones from ENGIE (the main contractor) to talk about the dangers of trespassing on a building site. This is currently really important with the regeneration project that is underway in North Taunton with both demolition and rebuilding that is going on.  Angela has said that they were very impressed with how well behaved the children were, how well they listened, participated and took on board the important messages they were sharing about the dangers on building sites. There is currently a lot of roadworks around Taunton too.  We have just been informed that on 4th January (for a month) there will be a road closure turning into Wedlands from Cheddon Road.  We are currently putting together a preloved uniform list which we are hoping we can make ‘live’ very soon where you will be able to purchase good quality second hand logo uniform items for £3.  There is a trade in option where, if you trade in a good quality logo item, you can purchase another for £2.  We will let you know when this is up and running. Please enjoy the day tomorrow as school is not open and we will see you all on Monday 29th November. Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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

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