“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” Aladdin, Aladdin
Welcome back to what I hope is going to be another Disneyfest of learning – if there is such a thing! The classrooms will be hubs of imagination and creativity this half term as we explore the messages and themes from 1001 Arabian Nights including tales of Aladdin, magic lamps and carpets and adventures in far off places.
We hope to share some glimpses of our learning experiences through our class blogs starting this week. You can see what we’ve been up to and catch our latest posts in the next few days onwards.
Our Year 4 Cakes went like the proverbial hot ones, so much so that I had to go to the shops to replenish stocks. Thank you so much to everyone who gave so generously, Holly and her team raised £90 for Leukaemia Research and Brendan’s group matched that amount for the World Wildlife Fund.
We are looking forward to further fundraising fun on Friday for Children in Need.
Week beginning Monday 22nd May.
A response from two of our learners who sum it up beautifully.
We have had a busy week dotted with real moments of thought and reflection.
Our thoughts and prayers have continued to be with those affected by this week’s terrible news.
As we close for half term the children have enjoyed another fantastic half term of learning. From Google Expeditions to gym visits and zoo visits alongside healthy baking and heart dissection (gulp).
The sunshine has added to the excitement of the daily mile and despite a good excuse not to run our Y5 and Y6 learners have pushed themselves to the limit and really challenged their perseverance.
We have risen to the challenge of national assessments and we look forward to a new half term of fun filled learning ahead.
Congratulations and thanks to those children who have represented us in this half term’s sporting events, we have achieved some great results in netball, football, athletics, tennis and cricket.
Finally, what better on a hot day than an ice lolly – great big thank you to the PA for our surprise gift of an ice lolly each for playtime.
Have a lovely half term break – wherever you choose to spend it. We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 13th June.
I wanted to thank you for your fantastic support regarding the national funding formula consultation and acknowledge the responses we have head from local MPs across the borough.
The consultation closes on Wednesday but that won’t be the end of our campaigning. Stockport has been one of the worst funded Local Authorities across the country for the last 27 years. We had hoped that the funding formula proposals would really help to boost funding across our schools and as a collective of Head teachers we were positive about the plan to reform funding to schools.
As in our letter to you, our parents, this has not proven to be the case. Stockport as an authority has a small gain but we are still ranked 146 out of 150 in the funding allocation to our schools. This will mean that from 2019 schools like ours will be dramatically hit by the shortfall in funding and the general on costs of between 8 and 11% predicted for the general running of the school.
We believe that the Government haven’t got it right this time and the more we campaign the more they may listen. We don’t want to take funds from other LAs to provide for our learners we believe there should be a bigger pot of money in the first place. We know that the Government have given more money to education than allocated before but when the general costs of running a school are continually rising this extra spend is cancelled out.
You may have seen in the press that several Local Authority groups across the country are lobbying MPs, making press release statements and considering allsorts of money efficiencies. They are talking about losing services to schools to support learners with specific needs, reducing staff which may mean bigger classes, stopping educational visits and extra curricular provision and even shortening the teaching week to save on additional costs to cover classes whilst teachers have their statutory planning time. Any of these measures will be detrimental to our learners learning.
Can you help? Yes you can. If you haven’t already written to William Wragg then please do so. He needs to hear that our school, like all Stockport schools face a really difficult future if this current proposal becomes a reality.
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and thank you in advance for helping our school to be heard.
What a week we’ve had…
Monday was the start of an amazing week where all the children in Recetion, Year 1 and Year 2 had a surprise visit from CBeebies and the Rhyme Rocket team. They were entertained and excited to learn more about making up rhymes and even had a go at their own.
Then, yesterday, as part of their visit to Go on a Bear Hunt ,Year 2 were lucky enough to meet and great actor and actress John Thompson and Sherrie Hewson who just happened to pass by in between rehearsals for their Christmas Pantomime. It seems our children were a real hit with both celebrities and it added to what was already a brilliant week
Last week we participated in a range of Pudsey related activities and raised a whopping £712.24 for Children in Need and on top of that Sam and Matthew, with the help of their Mum baked some brilliant Pudsey biscuits and raised a further £100 from the sale.
We had a great time eating them. Thank you boys!
As we approach the end of November and look forward to the usual festivities in school we are all getting excited about next week’s Christmas Fair. Join us next week at 6pm ( Friday December 2nd ) for fun, festivities, family time and maybe even Father Christmas!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mrs Ames 🙂
The view from our playground just before Friday’s fair. Thank you so much to everyone who helped and supported. A whopping £3,800 was raised.
So there may be a shower or two in this evening’s forecast. It has never stopped us before! Come along and join us between 6pm and 8pm. The sun will no doubt make an appearance of sorts.
I couldn’t put it better myself Ben!
After what feels like one of the busiest weeks in school it is lovely to have an opportunity to sit down and reflect on this week’s achievements. Not only have we welcomed the early summer sunshine we have also welcomed our seven new feathered friends in the chicken coop and another less feathery family of blue tits that have hatched from their eggs since last Sunday. It seems that all our new additions are thriving and enjoying their welcome to the Norbury Family.
Some of our new additions…
For those learners who are our most experienced the week has proven to be a personal triumph for everyone of them. SATs week eventually arrived after much anticipation and indeed, speculation. Amidst complicated texts and questions to make your head itch the children continued to conduct themselves in a mature and confident manner. Each one of them tackled the unknown questions with a positive attitude and were a true credit to our lovely school.
What has this week taught our Year 6 learners? It has taught them that they can be resilient, that they can take comfort in being around good friends and that despite the pressure felt of getting it all right, at the end of the day, this week is just a snapshot of who they truly are. What they truly are – are superstars! We are all very proud of them!
Around school we had the additional buzz of superheroes in Key Stage 1 and Early Years. Spiderman graced us with his company and was seen on the infant adventure playground several times. Apparently he was accompanied by a few cat women and a batman or two!
Year Four took advantage of the brilliant sunshine on Thursday afternoon and raised further monies to help maintain the keep of their chicken with draws to enter and pots to purchase. They are still counting up the total to see what profit they’ve made.
As we prepare for the weekend the school feels like a hive of industry. Learners busy with their investigations and enquiries and teachers engaging and motivating with their eggstra special ideas.
Let’s hope the sunshine stays for a little while longer.
Have a lovely weekend.
It may have been a breezy 10 degrees in not so sunny Hazel Grove but we were certainly feeling the heat of Carnival spirit as we samba danced, shimmied and most certainly made some noise!
…and we’re off.
…following the samba rhythm
…looks like we’re going this way.
… swing those hips.
…shake, shake, shake.
…hold on to your hats.
…oops – can you see where you are going?
…bang, bang, bang went the drums.
…keep up those smiles.
…another step forward.
…singing as we go.
…flags and banners high.
… banners bright and bold.
…a great time was had by all!
It was great to see so many parents and friends join us in the playground for our Carnival procession. It may not have been quite Rio but there was a little bit of colour and fun in our learning today.