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Mrs K Clark

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Financial Education Sessions for Peacocks & Elephants

At Springwood, we are committed to ensuring that our children having the skills and experiences necessary for successful futures.  One key aspect is a sound understanding of financial matters.  We were delighted to welcome Nick Quin, his colleagues from the Yorkshire Building Society, and Stephanie Peacock, MP, to Hoyland Springwood on Friday afternoon.  The team came in to deliver two Money Minds sessions with the children in Peacocks (Y4/5) and Elephants (Y5/6).  The sessions provided the children with an introduction to controlling a budget and working out costings via ‘Project Party’. The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions as can be seen from their faces in the photos.

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Music at Springwood

Our children continue to enjoy a wide range of musical opportunities – to learn instruments, to sing in a choir and to perform for a range of audiences.  Every child has music lessons each school year, usually in a block to enable children to build on skills on a regular basis.  For children in Kangaroos, Peacocks and Elephants, this has been delivered by Mrs Wright, our Music Teacher and Choir Leader, who is an experienced music teacher and also a Musical Director of Barnsley Children’s Choir.  Children in Lions continue to take part in the First Access Programme, having weekly woodwind lessons with Mrs Laycock from Barnsley Music Service.

Our School Choir took part in the Young Voices event in January this year with thousands of other school children from South Yorkshire and beyond.  The children learnt a range of songs which they then performed at Sheffield Arena for parents and friends.  Amazing, super and brilliant were just some of the words used by the children to describe the experience.  They represented our school brilliantly.  The choir will be performing some of the songs they learnt for Young Voices at the Summer Term Choir Concert.  Choir rehearsals are held on a Friday lunchtime.

A number of children have peripatetic music lessons in school, delivered by staff from Barnsley Music Service.  The instruments they learn include drums, piano, keyboard and guitar.  The children recently showcased their talents in our Musical Performance Assembly along with Lions’ class on their recorders and our School Choir.  It was great to see the children enjoying their performing.  There will be further performance opportunities in the Summer Term at the KS2 Music Festival and the Barnsley Vocal Festival.

If your child is interested in learning to play an instrument or would like to join choir, please do encourage them to come and see me.

Mrs Clark

 

 

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A Busy Spring Term at Springwood

 

Our Spring Term was an extremely busy one with lots of exciting events and activities taking place.  These included:

  • Scooter training for children in Years 1, 2 & 3
  • The school choir taking part in the Young Voices event at Sheffield Arena
  • An amazing fortnight of international and Fairtrade activities
  • A visit to London for a group of our Year 6 children to look at democracy at a National level
  • A visit from Debs from Eggucation and a film crew when we received our eggs which have since hatched into seven lovely chicks
  • Our ‘Shakespeare in a Day’ event for the whole school, culminating in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Our Family Workshop afternoon linked to our International & Fairtrade Fortnight
  • Our Sports Relief events with children competing against the staff in their class (and winning!)
  • Over forty children achieved their Spring Term Reading Ladder Award for 50 days of reading
  • Our Musical Showcase Assembly where our talented musicians shared their talents with the whole school
  • Two computing theme days for Kangaroos’ class focusing on programming and animation
  • Many sporting events both locally and further afield for children of all ages, including Olympic Day at the English Institute of Sport.

 

More information about many of these activities can be found on the individual blogs of each of the classes.

 

 

 

We have been focusing on safety and wellbeing in many of our assemblies this term.  We have discussed how we stay safe in school and the importance of sharing worries.  We have introduced a Worry Box where children can share any worries that they may have which has been really successful and have led to initiatives such as our relaxation sessions for Year 6 pupils who were a bit worried about the forthcoming SATs tests.

 

We also had an assembly on the Underwear Rule which resulted in many amazing entries to our Design a Pair of Pants competition.  Congratulations to the winners: Jessica, Charlie, Tulisa & Noah, who each received some Crayola art supplies in recognition of their super designs.  You can see all of the entries on our Underwear Rule display in the school hall.

I have been overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries into this year’s decorate an egg competition and the number of Easter bonnets created.  It is lovely to see children and families working together to create such beautiful products.  All of the children who created a bonnet have received an Easter egg.  The egg decorating competition winners were:

 

Learning Lemurs Ted Milnes & Poppy Needham
Capitalising Kangaroos Ollie Barnham-Wilkin & Poppy Parker
Listening Lions Lydia Braithwaite & Charlie Kershaw
Planning Peacocks Alicia Davies & Charlie Oldfield
Empathising Elephants Abbie Riley & Kyle Bacon
‘Children’s Choice’ Archie Riley

The winners have received a large Easter egg with a smaller egg for all of the entrants in recognition of their super efforts.  As we did last year, we have aimed to recognise the efforts of the children themselves and also the families who have worked together to create their child’s entry to the competition.

Thank you also to all of the staff and parents who organised and ran our Easter Disco. Without the time and commitment given by this relatively small group, we would be unable to run the number of school events that we do.  Thank you also to each member of our staff team – each of whom goes above and beyond to ensure that our children receive the care, guidance and support that they would want for their own child.

I am very much looking forward to seeing what the Summer Term brings and to creating lots of exciting memories of our wonderful children, staff and parents.

 

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Lovely Lino Printing

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    • December 22, 2017
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Following visits to The Cooper Gallery last academic year, Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Goodison were so inspired and enthused by the lino print workshops, that they decided to offer lino printing as a Golden Time activity.  The children have worked really hard, under the watchful eyes of Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Goodison, and produced some stunning prints.  Well done to all of the children for their perseverance and efforts – I am really impressed with your prints.

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Awards Galore

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    • December 22, 2017
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We celebrated the children’s achievements in many aspects of school life this morning with the presentation of our Bronze Dojo Awards, Reading Certificards for 50 and 100 Reading Points as well as awards for our Learning Heroes and Smartie Pants.  The children who had achieved their Reading Ladder Award for 50 days of reading were also presented with their certificate and prize (a book of their choice) by Mrs Parker.  We ended the assembly with presentations of awards for writing.  There were two awards for each class; Excellence in Writing and Excellent Improvement in Writing.  The winners of the awards were chosen by class teachers and were presented with a certificate and an Usborne Story Writing book.  We also congratulated Ellie on her bravery during her recent visit to the hospital and Jacob’s award for most improved Piano player!  Here are some photos of our award winners from this morning:

 

Reading Ladder Award Winners – Learning Lemurs (FS2/Y1)

Reading Ladder Award Winners – Capitalising Kangaroos (Y1/2)

Reading Ladder Award Winners – Listening Lions (Y3/4)

 

Reading Ladder Award Winners – Planning Peacocks (Y4/5)

 

Reading Ladder Award Winners – Empathising Elephants (Y5/6)

 

Reading Award Cards for Reading 50 & 100 Times

 

Our Writing Award Winners

 

Our Learning Heroes & Smartie Pants Award Winners

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Christmas Celebrations

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    • December 22, 2017
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We have had a very busy and fun-filled Autumn term this year.  The children’s behaviour has been fantastic overall and they have shown themselves to be committed and enthusiastic learners.  From our very youngest children in Reception to our oldest children in Elephants’ Class, our learners have settled well into class and involved themselves in a wide range of activities.

Our Christmas preparations began with an assembly, led by Father Richard and Father Paul, about Advent on 1st December.  This set the scene for our activities this month.  Our Christmas Fair was exceptionally well-attended and raised over £440 for Friends of Springwood funds.  These monies will be used for the benefit of the children.  If any parents or carers would like to get involved with The Friends of Springwood, please do let me know or speak to a member of the school admin team.

We all enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch last Friday, beautifully prepared for us by Anita, our Head of Kitchen, and her team.  The children looked super in their Christmas jumpers and enjoyed singing along to Christmas songs in the hall whilst they had their lunch and pulled their crackers.

The Lemurs & Kangaroos’ performance on Wednesday morning was absolutely fantastic.  The children performed with great enthusiasm and tremendous confidence.  The comments made by the mums, dads, grandmas, grandads and other audience members were super and everyone seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Yesterday afternoon, the Lions, Peacocks and Elephants provided us with a light-hearted look at the true meaning of Christmas, once again wow-ing the audience with their confident singing and filling St. Peter’s Church with music.  Thank you to all the parents and family members who have come to the performances this week for your support—it means a tremendous amount to the children to see you enjoying their performances.  A huge thanks must also be given to all the staff who go above and beyond to ensure that our children have great opportunities to showcase their talents—they are amazingly committed, extremely hard-working and in-short, a super team!

I am so incredibly proud of all our children and their achievements.  They continually amaze me with their hard work and talents and I am really looking forward to our return in January …once we have all had a good rest, of course!

Thank you so much for my lovely cards, gifts and well wishes—it is really very much appreciated.  I wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and look forward to welcoming the children back into school on Monday 8th January 2018!

 

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Advent Attendance

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    • December 14, 2017
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We celebrated our children with 100% attendance for the month of December in our assembly this morning.  Our prize winners for Friday to Wednesday were Abbie, Lauren, Layla & Zak.  Well done to you all!  I hope you enjoy your prizes.

 

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Christmas Fair – Thank You

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    • December 12, 2017
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Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Fair last week.  We raised £446.37 in total!

Huge thanks also to the members of Friends of Springwood, particularly Louise Oldfield, Helen Goulding & Maxine Sunderland for organising and running such a super fair.  As well as to the staff and family members who volunteered their time.

 

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Christmas Preparations at Springwood

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    • December 8, 2017
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A dedicated group of children from the Planning Peacocks volunteered to help decorate the school for Christmas, along with Mrs Fletcher, Carla & Miss Levitt. Tinsel, baubles and red paint were in abundance as the children adorned the Christmas tree in the hall and decorated the shared area with large amounts of tinsel to ensure that the school is ready for the festive season and particularly our Christmas Fair this afternoon.

Our former Christmas postbox was looking rather tired so we decided to buy a new one. Miss Levitt kindly offered to paint it and was ably assisted by Grace, Megan, Elouise & Katie. The postbox will be available from Monday morning for the children to post their cards.

Thank you so much to all the staff and children who helped with the preparations. (more…)

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Road Safety Week

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    • November 24, 2017
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This week is National Road Safety Week and to highlight the importance of staying safe near roads, this was the focus for our assembly yesterday.  The children engaged and joined in brilliantly.  We talked about finding a safe place to cross and how to cross the road safely as well as ways of being seen in the dusk/dark. A special thanks to McKenzie for modelling how to cross safely and for putting into action the children’s suggestions.  To find out more about staying safe near roads, please see resources from the Think! project here:

http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary/pupils/over-7s/

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