Celebrating STEM

This week, although I have had many meetings to attend, I have also had a few opportunities across the week to visit some classes to see what Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities they have been engaging with. This began for me on Monday afternoon when Y6 were given the challenge of building the tallest possible tower out of simply ...
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Wild Wednesday

A first… a mid-week Musing but this one can't wait for a number of reasons. Firstly, the title would be wasted, secondly there is a staff member who could do with a bit of cheering up and thirdly, a huge thank you is deserved to a parent and other staff. Before I get to the main point of this musing, a little mention about the wind. Wow! It wa...
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Stories to tell...

While last week was one of unexpected events, this one has gone more to plan yet that hasn't meant there has been any lull. While Monday and Tuesday will have had their own highlights for individuals and classes, the only thing of note more generally was the cancellation of the Fire Brigade talk to Y3; this is being re-arranged. The fun began in ea...
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A crazy week

I can barely remember a week like this; we began with glorious sunshine that saw the children out on the field from Monday through Wednesday enjoying themselves during break times like it was high Summer. I guess this was enhanced by our memories of last year when we were all bracing ourselves against the "Beast from the East". Then suddenly on Thu...
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Goodbye / Welcome back

That is the end of the first half of the year, well, technically we passed that a while ago as this is the end of week 21 out of 39 but who's counting. The weather too seems to have begun to turn a corner; after some frosty mornings the afternoons have been glorious and I sincerely hope it continues into next week so that we can enjoy some time out...
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Mini-marvels

I've had the pleasure with working with some of our younger children this week and am thrilled to have seen how engaging, keen and independent they are. At first, I spent a couple of days in Y2 where I saw in one class, the children tackle pictograms and tally charts confidently and then in the other class, they began writing limericks. How pleased...
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A flurry of …

Ideas; it had to be this as there was no snow! This morning I heard a British lady speaking from Chicago on the news about it being a balmy -27 o C there after ridiculously extreme low temperatures – the final comment in that report was that it takes a lot to make that city shut down. However, I am feeling fairly smug as I gave up on trusting any o...
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Finger on the pulse

This week I seem to have spent a lot of time taking the 'temperature of the school'; this has been through listening, watching and talking to lots of different people – Governors, staff members of all categories, parents and children – as well as walking around with my eyes and mind open. What view do I have? What about other people? Two plans whic...
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Aspire and Inspire

It is fair to say that this week, I have found it difficult to identify what to use as the basis of these musings. That was until this lunchtime's run. While I was doing my laps, I had the chance to think freely and watching those around me, an idea formed as well as the title of this short piece. As Head Teacher, I have to set high expectations of...
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Run, Forest, …

A New Year is often a time to start something new and is frequently linked to giving up on something. The media is full of "Veganuary" and "Dry January" and many people set themselves goals such as joining a gym. This week saw us start our Daily Mile again; it has been nearly 2 whole months since I ran so I was a little cautious and nervous about m...
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Back to reality (Earth) with a bump

Although only two school days into 2019, it has been a memorable start, especially for one class who were treated to a morning of 'Space Exploration' today to inspire their writing. For the rest of us, the sudden drop in temperature will have added something to our morning routines whether that is having to scrape the car or put on a thicker coat. ...
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Brrr

No, not a spelling mistake but a reflection of the turn in the weather this week – I even put a coat on for 10 minutes. If this continues, please do begin, or continue, to provide your children with appropriate outdoor clothing, including on their Games days. I hope like me, you enjoyed the Dance Shows this week and were rightly impressed by the ch...
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Standards

Always expect the best of yourself…I don't really have a motto or mantra but this one seems to fit for this week. After last week's daily miles, I have found that I'm not only enjoying it but also that it is easing. I have been helped by the constant support of others, one girl in particular has been by my side each day, and on a couple of occasion...
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Small things make a difference

  There has been a recurrent theme over these first few weeks, and although it could be seen as a cliché, I hope that this little note helps to prove the power of this. It has been a very busy week for me, one in which I have at times felt that I have not achieved very much. This has been due to teaching commitments (hopefully I can still do t...
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Best intentions…lessons learnt

This week has been full of promise again as we have had the chance to complete a full week and most of the Foundation Stage children have joined us this week. It has been wonderful to see those young people arrive at school these past few mornings, looking smart and ready to begin their journey with us. At all times, I have been trying to make deci...
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First Impression

Our first week is now complete, albeit a short three days, but I thought I would start the year by sharing a few thoughts with you. For all of us, this is the start of a new chapter in our lives – new classrooms, new teachers and for me a completely new role. Inevitably, this will bring both great successes and challenges and for this reason, I hav...
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