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Mrs. D. Allen

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Cotysmore Road
Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
B75 6BL

Closure Newsletter 20-03-20

school closure iconToday is indeed a sad day as we say goodbye to most of our children for the time being and school closes for educational purposes for the foreseeable future.

Please [click here] to read our closure letter with our most up to date information. 

A song from school for all our absent friends! We miss you x

 

 

Keeping bodies and minds healthy at home

Go Noodle is a fantastic resource that has an 'at home' section full of movement and mindfullness guided video sessions, activities and games. Most children have used Go Noodle on the PE ipads at school, and the 'at home' website section is free. The activities are super for burning energy and balancing busy, or worried minds; the image below is a link. 

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School Closure Letter to Parents

Dear Parents

Due to government directives regarding coronavirus, it may become necessary to close our school. It may also be necessary for some families to participate in self-isolation. Obviously, our priority as a community is to stay safe and to care for those who are more vulnerable than ourselves. Please make sure that you continue to remain updated with the latest facts regarding coronavirus symptoms and how to look after yourselves and your families by accessing the NHS website.

As your school, it is important that we provide you and your children with information and guidance so that we can all ensure as much continuity of education as practically possible. Our children still need to use time well for valuable learning. Therefore, we have provided you with a range of homework to support your child’s ongoing learning for the period of a school closure or self-isolation. Details of this are available on our website and can easily be found in the ‘curriculum’ tab.

There is specific guidance on homework for all year groups as well as information about cultural learning. It will not surprise you that we ask you to read to and with your child daily. Also, please ensure you read a range of texts as this builds up a range of knowledge and a breadth of vocabulary. You will also find some information on ways to learn spellings. Please ensure that children regularly practise their arithmetic as well as having opportunities to investigate measures such as weight, length, capacity and time.

We are also delighted to inform you that Twinkl is offering one month free membership to all parents and carers. In order to access this go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

We will endeavour to keep you updated through the website and /or group texting. Please look out for updates regarding homework and any school closure or re-opening information.

Please if you are self-isolating or any children are unwell and absent please keep the school office informed as usual.

Yours sincerely

Mrs D A Allen

Head Teacher

Excellent Work (Week Beginning 9/3/20)

Let's go cultural - Looking back to our project meeting in Cartagena.

 

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As we reach the end of Day 2 of our project meeting at Whitehouse Common, it has been drawn to the attention of Señora Stevens that she never posted the videos of our first meeting that were promised a few weeks ago. 

 

So here is the story of the first project meeting in five videos! 

 

 

 

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Excellent Work (Week Beginning 23/2/20)

Newsletter 28th February 2020

Please [click here] for the newsletter 

International School Award presentation

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On Tuesday we were very privileged to receive a visit from John Rolfe MBE representing the British Council to present our International School Award. 

The International School Award rewards schools that have shown a commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding within their class or school. 
We have been awarded the International School Award three times now, in recognition of our outstanding work on international themes, in collaboration with schools across Europe and around the world, as well as within our school and local community. Every time it gets harder to achieve as you have to show how you have built on your previous activities. In addition you have to show how you have inspired others and acted as mentors for them on their international journey.

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During the special assembly on Tuesday, Señora Stevens shared some of the many activities that we carried out last year that helped us gain this recognition:

  • The Great International Bake Off
  • International Challenge
  • Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity week
  • Belonging week (based on the book Belonging by Jeannie Baker)
  • Celebrating Remembrance and El Día de Paz - multilingual thank yous
  • our eTwinning projects, Let's travel with our mascot and Toys the Travellers
  • How's your Christmas? which saw over 200 Christmas cards from around Europe adorning our tree
  • Green Kids, an eTwinning project for which we won an eTwinning Quality Label and were highly commended at the National eTwinning prize giving
  • Celebrating languages - both in classes with Y1 searching out students at the school with linguistic talents and asking them questions, and also in our special Language Celebration assembly
  • Hands of the World project for which we won a National AND a European Quality Label, and a National eTwinning Prize - singing in Makaton with schools across the world, learning a Makaton phrase each week and beginning to exchange postcards too.
  • World Book Day - KS2 learned to tell the story Querido Zoo (Dear Zoo) in Spanish and Makaton and then some of them went to FKS/KS1 and told it to them.

You can find out about all of these events and activities by looking back through the school website and the Spanish blog in particular over the last year.

We also looked at how we are continuing our international work through our link with Montessori School Cape Coast, the next phase of the Hands of the World project, and of course, our Erasmus+ project, Let's Go Cultural!IMG 4418 opt

John Rolfe congratulated us on receiving the ISA for the 3rd time, and on our successes in gaining our quality labels and awards which are very hard to achieve. He also shared how Whitehouse Common are used as an example of good practice in International work, and thanked us for all our hard work to celebrate the richness of experience gained from sharing our similarities and learning from our differences.

We thank him for travelling from London just to visit us and join in our celebration!

Mr Horne now has lots of plaques to put up - watch out for them on a wall near you in the near future!

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