Newsletter 20th October 2023

Headteacher Comment

It has been a wonderful first term back at Greenfields. It was lovely to see you all at Parents' Evening earlier this week and to receive all your highly positive and helpful feedback comments. I know lots of you are also looking forward to the Spooktacular Disco tonight, and I of course, would like to thank our amazing FROGS for their hard work putting this on for the children.

This week's newsletter is packed full of articles from across the school, but I would particularly like to draw your attention to everyone's remarkable generosity for our Harvest Festival. We are proud to support Kettering Foodbank who provide such an incredible service . Jane and Matthew from the Foodbank told the Harvest assembly that currently they provide around 1500 meals per week to families from our local area, so your donations were very gratefully received.

As the clocks change and the nights draw in, I'd really like you to think about your child's safety in the dark, particularly road safety. Mike Bowes PCSO has reminded all the children about bonfire and Halloween safety, but it is easy to forget how rainy, dark nights leave pedestrians vulnerable due to reduced visibility.

Finally, I'd like to let you know that we have responded to parent comments that Book and Biscuit would be more accessible if younger/older year groups were held on alternate weeks, so we will trial this next term. Please see the details below and watch out for MCAS alerts to remind you.

Have a lovey two week break and we will see you all on Monday 6th November.

Mrs Appleby

Celebrating Harvest in True Greenfields style!

Miss Mitchell and Mr Thorne led the assembly on Thursday. Jane and Matthew from Kettering Foodbank joined us. Everybody was so impressed with the musical contributions - Harvest Samba and YR's rendition of Old MacDonald went down a storm! They thought about the importance of teamwork throughout. As the school has learned in their new PiXL teamwork lessons, Together Everyone Achieves More! This was evident in the Harvest contributions at the front of the hall! They could not have done this without YOUR contributions. Jane talked about where our food would be going and thanked us for the incredible teamwork that will make a very real difference to the lives of people in our community, who are less fortunate than ourselves. And without Matthew, who drives the van to distribute food, it also would not have been possible. Together, everyone really does achieve more.

At the end of our assembly, the school were treated to a musical extravaganza as Asmeena and Aliana from Year Four performed Jewish Wedding on their violins. The girls reminded everyone that practice makes progress and that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, with a bit of hard work.

Teamwork makes the Dreamwork

Saluting our Sisters

As part of Black History Month, 'Saluting our Sisters', Year Six have been studying the life of Katherine Johnson. The children enjoyed writing biographies, painting portraits and creating formulas for flight.

What an incredible woman she was.

Amazing Teamwork

The children in Year Two have been learning about teamwork and how to be a good team member. They put their team work skills to the test and they took part in a blindfolded obstacle course. They worked in small teams to help their blindfolded peer complete the course using clear instructions and great listening skills.

Difference is Great

This week the children in Reception have been enjoying drawing self portraits. The children have realised that everyone is different from our eye, skin and hair colour. It's great to be different and unique. Well done Reception.

Year Four 'WOW' This Week

They have been writing their hot writes based on the model text, 'Adventure at Sandy Cove'. They have had adventures in pyramids, in Greek caverns and even haunted mansions!

They have loved this Talk4Writing unit and watch this space for some budding authors of the future. Just look at the focus and enthusiasm for writing!

Magnetic Force in Year Three

Cheeky Monkeys designed their own scientific experiment in groups this week (using teamwork!) to test the strength of different magnets. The children really enjoyed being able to use everything they have investigated this term to help them design their final experiments and how they wanted to record their results.

Ladybird's Fire Time 🔥

This week in Ladybirds they had a fire for an end of term treat. All the children listened carefully to the rules before the fire was lit. The fire was then lit they watched the fire for a few moments and were able to see the fire was "orange, hot and smelly". They then put their marshmallow on the stick and toasted it over the fire.

Heartbeeps Workshop

Nursery and Reception had a lovely time during their Heartbeeps workshop where they had lots of fun developing their fine and gross motor skills.

Beating Hearts

In Science, Year Five have been looking at their hearts. In the final lesson this half term they have been looking at aerobic exercise and the impact on their pulse! They predicted that when they jog their pulse will get faster - THEY WERE RIGHT! How amazing is their scientific thinking - we are so proud!

Where is the Tomb

This week Year One learned about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. We learned about the precious object discovered inside and even visited the pyramids of Giza using virtual reality!

Headteacher Award

Congratulations to the following children who received the Headteacher's Award:

  • Ladybirds - Bella
  • Busy Bees -Rahul
  • Dragonflies - Anna-Melaniia
  • Happy Hyenas - Jeanelle
  • Terrific Tigers - Oscar
  • Excellent Elephants - Max
  • Smart Snakes - Milana
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Jermaine
  • Marvellous Meerkats - Aaron
  • Powerful Panthers - Jacob
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Sarah
  • Champion Cheetahs - Emily
  • Super Sharks - David
  • Proud Lions - Dinudi
  • Soaring Eagles - Philip

House Cup winner this week

Congratulations to...............


Positive House Points Awards

Look out for the class with the highest points next week!

Proud Lions

Remember, you can earn points for your class and your house by completing your learning at home, getting 1 point per day if you remain on GREEN on the traffic lights or 2 points per day if you are on the Greenfields Moon or Star - play your part!

Winner! Winner! Friday Dinner!

Congratulations to:

Peter from Champion Cheetahs

To be in the draw to win Friday dinner for the family you have to be in school every day on time. You will receive a message via the app on Thursday to advise you if your child has qualified to enter the draw.

Well done to the following classes who have logged the highest reads :

  1. Super Sharks with 53 reads
  2. Marvellous Meerkats with 35 reads
  3. Excellent Elephants with 31 reads

Dates for your Diary

  • Last Day of Term - Friday 20th October 2023
  • Outward Bound Residential - Monday 23rd October 2023 - Friday 27th October 2023
  • Back to School - Monday 6th November 2023
  • Individual School Photos - Wednesday 8th November 2023
  • FROGS Christmas Fayre - Friday 8th October 2023
  • Greenfields Christmas performance - Wednesday 20th December 2023
  • Last Day of Term - Thursday 21st December 2023
  • Teacher Training Day - Wednesday 3rd January 2024
  • Back to School - Thursday 4th January 2024
  • Last Day of Term - Friday 16th February 2024
  • Back to School - Monday 26th February 2024
  • Govilon Residential - Tuesday 26th March - Thursday 28th March 2024
  • Last Day of Term - Thursday 28th March 2024
  • Back to School - Monday 15th April 2024
  • May Day Bank Holiday Closed - Monday 6th May 2024
  • Last Day of Term - Friday 24th May 2024
  • Back to School - Monday 3rd June 2024
  • Last Day of Term - Friday 19th July 2024
  • Teacher Training Day Monday 22nd Tuesday 23rd July 2024

Greenfields Notifications

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Google Classroom

Google Classroom is where you will find Flipping Greenfields and the rest of Greenfields' amazing virtual classrooms full of chat and lots of hard work! If you have not used Google Classroom before, or you are new to Greenfields, please follow this link that explains how to log on to a PC, Android or Apple device. You will need your child’s email address and password, and the class codes below:

Home School Agreement

As we become more used to our online way of working, we thought it was important to add to our home/school agreement (that you signed when your child started at Greenfields) to include online learning. Please follow the link below to complete this short addition relating to online learning with Greenfields Primary School and Nursery.

Class Code and Google Link

These have been updated for the classes in 2023-24, so click on the link for the class you will be in in September.

Teachers always look forward to posting their ‘Flippin' Greenfields’ videos every Friday next term in time for the weekend. Each one is all about next week’s learning, so will get your child prepared for a flying start on Monday. Research shows that children who feel prepared for the coming week are less anxious about school, happier to get up and go on a Monday morning and achieve better than those who are not.

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery Term Dates

My Child At School

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QR code for Greenfields' Reading Log

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