Harvest Food Bank

This week we welcomed Alyson from the Braintree Food Bank to school. She led our assembly on Tuesday, sharing all of the great work that the volunteers do.

Alice and Isabel in Sun class have written a short piece to share some information from the assembly:

‘The food bank is an amazing place where people volunteer to work in their spare time. A place that helps people who are struggling for money and in need of help. Since April this year our local food bank has fed over 1,900 people. Many of these people were children. Altogether the Braintree food bank have given out 21.25 tonnes of food since April 2018.
However at the moment there are only 4.4 tonnes of food at the warehouse. So that’s why more people need to donate at the food bank, as their produce is drastically reducing as it comes up to winter. As we’ve been donating at Flitch Green this week we’ve collected two benches full and it is only Tuesday! So please help us donate!
By Alice and Isabelle, Sun Class
On behalf of the Braintree Food Bank, we would like to thank everyone who donated to our collection. Alyson will be coming back tomorrow with her van to collect your donations.
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Welcome back

Firstly, a warm welcome back to everyone! The summer break seems a long time ago now, but I hope you all had an enjoyable summer and enjoyed the sunshine. 

We have had a great start to the term, welcoming several new staff along with 46 new children in Reception. Across the whole academy there is a very positive, purposeful and calm feel to all of the classes with everyone gearing up for a busy and successful year.

At this time of year we tend to look back and reflect on the successes of the previous year, and begin to make plans to improve further. Below is the published assessment information from last academic year. 

As you will know, we have had an intense focus on improving the way we teach maths over the last few years. This work was highlighted in the most recent Ofsted report, and we’re delighted to see the result of this work is now showing in our end of key stage assessment information. 

 

Whist celebrating these successes it’s important for us to look forward to identify how we can continue to improve. The leadership team and governing body have been reflecting on our vision for the academy and focussing on how we can continue to ensure that our children are ‘Learning for Life’.

As a result, we have created two statements to make sure we focus on preparing children leave us at the end of year 6 ready for the challenges ahead. 

Vision

With a very positive Ofsted report and strong assessment outcomes in 2018, a talented and committed team of staff and – most importantly – motivated and enthusiastic children, Flitch Green is in a fantastic position to continue to deliver the best possible all-round education for our children. 

I look forward to working with you all over the coming year. 

Red Cross Fundraiser

We recently held our Red Cross fundraiser event in school. A huge thank you to the parents who came along to support our children. The evening saw several children read their ‘Red Cross’ poems, a ‘live’ debate from some of our Year 6 children and a showcase of work from all year groups.

We were delighted to welcome Ben Webster, Head of Emergency at the British Red Cross, to collect just over £270 that was raised on the day.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Diversity Day

Today we have been celebrating ‘Diversity’ at Flitch Green.  Miss Ash has worked tirelessly to organise the day – and I’m sure everyone will join me in thanking her for the hard work and effort she has put in.

Children across the school spent time exploring a range of different countries and cultures.  We had visits from parents who loved sharing how their lives were as children in different countries. You’ll see from the photos we had a range of activities going on throughout the day.

Although we celebrated Diversity day today, this fits in with our ongoing work in school to ensure we prepare our children for life in modern Britain, as part of our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum.

Here are a range of photos showing what a great day we had…

World Book Day

We had our re-arranged World Book Day on Thursday, and as you can see from the photographs, everyone looked amazing.

Miss Pearce led a special assembly.  During this she gave out prizes for the recent story writing competition.  There were 50 entries across the school, with some fantastic winners and runners up!

Welcome back!

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer break and has settled back into routine during the first week back at school.

You may have noticed that our three new classrooms are finished and our year 5 and 6 children are enjoying their brand new learning space.  You may also have noticed that although the new hard play area is finished, the field is not quite in the condition we hope for.  This is being addressed and will be rectified soon!

It has been lovely to see all our new children in reception and they have settled in very well to their new classes.  Our year 6 lunchtime ‘assistants’ have been busy helping our youngest children at lunchtime and are enjoying the responsibility.

Maths update

You will have received communication from our maths leader, Jemma Benstead, last week sharing with you our new approach to times tables.  She also shared a link to the maths blog, which I would encourage you to have look at when you get the chance.

Mrs Benstead also shared with you some dates for sessions she is running for parents over the next few weeks.  It will be great to see as many of you as possible attending the sessions.  For those who cannot attend, there will be updates on the maths blog.

Keeping children safe

A session during our Inset day last week was spent with staff recapping our policies and procedures that are in place to ensure our children are safe.  Our Child Protection policy is on our website should you need to refer to it at any point.  It outlines the key statutory documents we have regard for and the processes in place should staff have concerns about the welfare of any child in school.

With online safety being a concern for us all in this day and age, I’d like to point you to a fantastic resource on the NSPCC website.  It contains lots of information and support for parents in helping to discuss specific online safety issues with children, and helping parents keep up to date with the rapid developments in online tools and the way young people communicate online.

Finally, I’m delighted to share that we have been awarded the School Games ‘silver’ award for our sporting provision last year.  This is a step up from our previous ‘bronze’ award, and we’re now looking to reach gold by the the end this year…

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