Please click here to view the latest school Newsletter - 28.05.2021
In PE, year five spent last term practising tennis skills and drills and it was wonderful, on their last lesson before the half term break, to spend the time at Smalley Lawn Tennis Club. How lucky we are to have such super courts on our doorstep and we're very grateful to the club for giving us access to the fabulous facilities. We had a super afternoon and the children enjoyed practising sufficient power to get the ball over the net, working on their diagonal direction, serving and returning the ball. They worked really hard and were quite worn out afterwards! It was definitely an effective cardio session! They had a fabulous time and it was wonderful to see their enthusiasm. Well done especially to Theo whose experience at his club showed and he definitely helped in a coaching capacity during our time on court. Well done Class 5!
Following Mental Health Awareness Week, it's been wonderful to receive so many photos of the children connecting with nature and I would love to share them with you here. I hope you feel inspired to get outdoors and connect with nature, whether that's for exercise, pleasure, conservation, creativity, mindfulness or whether you bring the outdoors into your home: the mental health benefits are tremendous. Thank you so much to all the children, parents and grandparents who got in touch to share their adventures- the photos and messages have been truly uplifting :)
Class 5 have been learning about Fauvism which is the name applied to the work produced by a group of artists (including Henri Matisse and André Derain) from around 1905 to 1910, which is during the time our class text, The Railway Children, was written. Fauvism is characterised by strong colours and the name les fauves translates as ‘the wild beasts’. The fauvists were interested in scientific colour theories developed in the nineteenth century – particularly those relating to complementary colours that when viewed side by side seem brighter.
We hope you like these 'wild' and abstract impressions of trains that the children created to link with our heritage theme and focus on trains in the curriculum...
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the focus this year is 'Nature'. Being close to nature is so beneficial for our mental health and really helps to prevent mental distress and promotes good well-being for all. For more information, please watch this video by mentalhealth.org:
To encourage our children, and their families, to get out into nature (and to help them experience the benefits to their mental health), we would love them to take photographs of themselves doing what they love outdoors.
I love walking among the bluebells in the nearby woods, for example, and playing with my cats in the garden, not to mention spending time with my son and family outdoors. What do you like doing in nature, children?
Whether you love playing sport, walking your dog, spending time on the beach (or even just in the sandpit during these odd times!) or relaxing in the garden, we would love you to send in your photos for a whole school display to promote the benefits of nature on our mental health. Please email your photos to your class' home learning email address as we would love to see, and share, your photographs.
Get outside, enjoy nature, use your senses, exercise in nature, combine nature with creativity and protect nature. Feel the benefits. And please remember to share your photos and experiences with us! Thank you :)
Our Star this week is Emily.
She has received her pen license and it's well deserved too.
Carrie, our music teacher, commented on how she is always ready for her Class ukulele lesson.
Thank you Emily for always doing the right thing and for all the effort you put into your work. You're a superstar⭐️
We have relaunched this post from October, as the Embark Award is a unique, special award for our academy of schools and whilst we are at home, we could still be working towards achieving the goals. There are activities and experiences that we can't or must not do at the moment, but there are many that we can - We think that many of us could do number 25 on 'Family' after last weekend's snow! Please contact your class teacher children with a photograph/video of you achieving your goals and we will be able to award the stickers into your folders for when you return into school.
The Embark Award is part of the Trust’s wider offer to our children here at Richardson Endowed.
Your child has been given a folder in school with 100 activities in to enable them to access a number of experiences before they leave us at age 11.
The Embark Award is designed such that the children can carry out the activities at home or in school . They are linked to our core beliefs of Family, Integrity, Teamwork and Success!
If you feel your child has achieved one of the activities please send evidence, such as a photograph, to Google Classroom where they will be given the appropriate sticker to mark off their achievement in their luxury folder.
We hope that in the future folders will be able to come back and forth between home and school but at this time it is not possible. Therefore, please refer to all the information below, which is from the folder in school.
The EMBARK Award (Please click on this link here to access the full details of the award.)
The children are so excited about this new project so please encourage and enjoy some new experiences together.
Welcome back to the Spring Term and our brand new whole school and Embark theme of 'Saving the Environment'.
Each class has a special book(s) to inspire this term's learning - we can't wait to see this term's work blossom, hopefully just like the beautiful tree on our school driveway.
Please dive into your class book and explore the potential that it holds - please comment below with thoughts, feelings, facts and ideas about your book so far - at the end of the term - all comments will go into a prize pot and a prize winner will be picked at random - good luck!
Here are the front covers of all of the class books - aren't they beautiful? Front covers are so exciting, but wait until you get inside!