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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

An altogether Grimm week - but a fun one too!

Book week - led by Mr Rimell, our English subject leader - began with the Scholastic Book Fair which offered children the chance for children to buy books before and after school.  We raised £640 from this, which will go towards purchasing books for the School.
During the week every class studied the Brothers Grimm, choosing which fairy tale to read for the week and focussing on different ways to re-tell the stories.  "Their fairy tales certainly are dark and grim(!)," commented Mr Rimell during assembly.  He then went onto explain the stories always have a message or moral meaning behind the darkness.  He also showed the children the famous Bavarian castle of Neuschwanstein (see photo opposite) which illustrates the rich tradition of storytelling in Germany.
Children from Key Stage Two shared reading with Key Stage One, and throughout the school plays were rehearsed, monologues and character perspectives practised, biographies written and art work completed.

Mr. Rimell's end-of-week assembly celebrated all the work carried out during the week.
Reception stood up and showed their pictures, having studied ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
Year 1 showed off their phonics skills by reading ‘Cinderella’ phonically spelt with big, loud voices.
Year 2 looked at the story of ‘Rapunzel’ and performed three scenes, in a dramatic way that would upstage any actor (even those who have trained at the Guildhall - you know who you are!).
Year 3 recited ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’, with the whole class joining in the repeated lines.
Year 4 studied ‘The Juniper Tree’ and acted out the tale with inventive adaptations, props and singing.  They displayed energetic acting throughout.
Year 5 studied ‘The Emperor's New Clothes’ and read out some book reviews on the tale, explaining the storyline and deeper meanings within the book.  They also showed a picture book of illustrations they had drawn from this tale.
Year 6 spent the week studying ‘Hansel and Gretel’, looking at the differences between different versions written over the decades from the 1900's to present day.  In assembly, they read out extracts they had written themselves, from the perspective of the characters.
Finally congratulations to the winners from each class for the ‘Design a Book Cover’ competition and a big thank you to Mr Rimell for a week of fun, learning and imagination, supported by all the other staff who helped make this such a stimulating and exciting week for the children.
Ms Bekir