Newsletter 28 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Another busy week at Palm Bay!

Apologies for the newsletter coming out a little late. As you may know, I was not in school on Friday as I attended the Headteachers’ march at the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street to push for better funding for schools. I was very proud of our Year 5 pupils, who had written eloquent, persuasive let-ters on the issue for me to deliver to 10 Downing Street.

Lots of exciting Topic learning has been happening all across the school. For year 5’s Topic – Beast Creator – the children have been watching the cycle of metamorphosis, with caterpillars turning into butterflies in the classroom which were set free on Thursday. The children have been focusing on persuasive writ-ing around environmental issues including the global decline of the bee population and its implications for farming and food production. Also, on Friday, a group of our Year 5 and 6 pupils attended a writing workshop. Jack, Year 6, said: “Meeting the author, Colin, was great – he spoke about his books and we wrote our own version of DISC– it was fun and a great experience working with a real author.’

Year 6 are thoroughly enjoying their weekly Politics sessions with Tatton Spiller from Simple Politics. In the last two weeks, Sparrowhawks and Kingfishers have been enthusiastically debating current issues and exploring their own and each other’s opinions. They are looking forward to the next three weeks when they will look at local and national political institutions and how they work. Year 4 children en-joyed their 1st swimming lesson at Hartsdown Leisure centre on Thursday. It was lovely to see the children having new experi-ences with their friends. Children in Year 1 have been thor-oughly enjoying their Mathematics mastery lessons and this week have been exploring different ways to make and break the number five. Our new Reception children had their first week of school lunches and they are all settling in well.

We have held our School Council elections this week. Congratulations to our new School Councillors: Polly and Broden (Year 2), Bear and Mia (Year 3), Holly and Zac (Year 4), Chloe and William (Year 5), Ryan and Betsy (Year 6). They had their first meeting where they discussed lots of exciting ideas for how to improve our school and they will be working with Miss Hornig throughout the year to represent the pupils in school decision-making. Watch this space…

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Williams

Head Teacher

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