“You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!” Dr Seuss
The return to school can often be a daunting one for children and even more so for parents dropping their little ones off at the school door for the very first time, but I was pleased to see so many smiley faces coming through the school gates in September. There have been a great many number of activities taking place that the start of the academic year seems like a distant memory! What follows is just a flavour of what has been happening at Littleport Community Primary School
Early Years Foundation Stage
The transition into school has been very successful, it has given the children time to slowly learn the daily routine, the class rules, and more importantly, it has given them the time to make new friends and explore the indoor and outdoor provision. The children were particularly excited to begin their first P.E. lesson, where they have learnt the safety rules by playing active games such as ‘traffic lights.’ At lunchtime they have all been very grown up in ordering their lunch and independently collecting their trays and cutlery. They are then taken by older children who help them outside when they have finished their lunch.
We would like to thank those of you who have taken the opportunity to join the children for lunch, attend coffee afternoons and for participating in the play and learn workshops. It has been great to see so many of you and has given the children the opportunity to show you around their new classroom.
Ms Gaines, EYFS Leader
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Once again, our Year 6 pupils and our chief organiser, Ms Duffield, hosted a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan. We were delighted to welcome parents, carers and other members of the community to our school hall to enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cakes. There were also prizes to be won in our raffle and guess the length of the sausage roll competition! Thank you to everyone who joined us on the day or sent in cakes and prizes. We managed to raise £477 for this great cause!
One of the highlights of the year for our Year 6s has to be the trip to Grafham Water. The weather as we left school was rather grim but that didn’t dampen our spirits and the sun reappeared just in time for our first activities. Over the three days, all the children had the opportunity to test their endurance on the 10-mile bike ride, their teamwork in raft building and sailing and their courage on the high ropes – even Mr Rivett had a go! We had lots of fun trying new things, working with different people and getting muddy on the Grafham Challenge. What a great way to start a busy year!
Ms Hoal, Upper School Leader
World Clean Up Day
On Friday 27th September, a group of children and staff from our school participated in a community litter pick as part of World Clean Up Day. We accumulated nearly two large bags of rubbish from just collecting in Parsons Lane, including a large amount of cigarette ends. The children really enjoyed taking part in this activity and are keen to participate in this again another time.
The school holds a weekly well-attended eco-club for the children, and they have inspired the PTFA to wrap all this year’s Christmas Shop presents in 100% recyclable paper and tape.
The Christmas Shop is run by the PTFA so children can purchase presents to give to family and friends. “It’s so popular with the children as it means they buy presents at pocket money prices to put under their tree,” says PTFA chair Rachel Dray. “And now parents and carers can simply pop the wrapping in their recycling bin, helping cut down on the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill. It’s a win-win!”
Our school ‘Eco Club’ has discussed how we can make a positive impact in our community and we are now accepting used markers, felt-tip pens and biros which we will be taking to a local recycling collection point. Any used writing instruments can be dropped off for recycling at our school office. We also hope to expand our recycling network further in the future.
Ms Krajewski, Eco Club Leader
On the 10th October we supported the #IAMWHOLE campaign. The aim of the campaign is to encourage young people to challenge harmful language and negative stigma surrounding mental health and encourage others to speak out and seek help.
Ms Armstrong, SENCO
I am looking forward to a very successful year here at Littleport Community Primary School. We cannot wait to share our learning with you.