Can we please remind parents of the importance of being considerate when parking to drop-off or collect children. Please do not park on the narrow road behind the Station Rd houses, and please don’t park on the grassy area at the end of this row.
Please note that we have had to rearrange our planned Sports morning – it is now on Tuesday 28th June – not 5th July.
Can we kindly request that parents in the village spread the word that school kindly requests that all dogs are kept off the school grounds at all times – as we have had some recent instances of dog foulling. This is totally unacceptable, and is also a health issue, and is unfair on the children, who love playing on the school fields.
We are looking forward to our afternoon tea party on Thursday 26th May at 2pm, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year. In order to plan for this we do need to know numbers in advance. Therefore, if you and your family are planning on joining us can you please complete the attached reply slip and return to the School Office by Friday 20th May at the latest please.
We would like to invite families to join us on the afternoon of Thursday 26th May to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
We are planning on holding an afternoon tea party for children, families and staff. We could do with a small team of volunteers to co-ordinate cakes and refreshments – if you are keen to volunteer then please get in touch with the School Office.
On the day children can wear red, white and blue clothing instead of school uniform.
Please let any prospective parents know that Littler Explorers Pre-School and ourselves are holding Open Days on Monday 23rd May and Thursday 16th June between 09:30am and 2pm.
We are also offering any of our current parents, who have never visited school the opportunity to join a tour at 2pm on the above dates.
Please find a letter providing useful information as well as important dates for the summer term 2022.
Good Morning Brown Clee! Welcome back to the school at the beginning of the summer term and we hope that everyone had a restful and relaxing Easter holiday. We were so lucky with the weather!
I always enjoy this time of year – when we are truly immersed in the midst of Spring – the days are longer, lighter and hopefully warmer, the colours of nature and the countryside are vibrant and rich and there is a sense of optimism and hope, that seems to lift everyone’s spirits. This is also reflected in school as we start the last term of the academic year; we continue to teach and learn together, well and truly settled into established routines , all knowing what is expected of us, with each class working together as strong units within the Brown Clee team.
So today I would like to focus on the importance of being a team – on why working, playing and learning together in a harmonious, happy and supporting environment is so important for everyone – and that includes adults as well as children!
A successful team is one where different people work together and aim to help one another. It is where EVERYONE supports and encourages each other to be the best they can be, so that the team can operate successfully.
I am going to share 2 video stories of the same story – the story from the Bible of Jesus and his first disciples – have a watch and think what this story teaches us about the importance of working together as a team….
So now you know the story of Jesus and his first disciples, a story which teaches us about the importance of helping each other, supporting each other, and working together, …have a watch now of the story from a different perspective…
Can you identify the different ways that ‘help’ was given in the story……
– Peter allowing Jesus to use his boat
– Jesus encouraging and helping the fishermen to land a large catch
– James and John responding to Peter’s request for help by helping to pull in the net of fish and helping one another safely back to shore
– Jesus asking the fishermen to help and follow him
– The fishermen agreeing to join his team
Have a think now about why asking for help and being ready to help others might be important in school today. Can you share any examples?
Let’s take a moment now to reflect ….have a think about a time when you helped someone else; how did it make you feel? What did it achieve? Can you think of a time when someone helped you? How did that make you feel? Let us appreciate that working and learning together only works successfully if everyone helps and supports each other – if we are friendly and kind, respectful and forgiving…
Prayer of the Day
Thank you for all the people who help us in our lives.
Thank you for the people who have already helped us today.
Please help us to help one another.
Please help us to remember that it is good to work together in a team.
It has been brought to our attention that there is a new online horror game which some children are talking about in school. It is called Poppy’s playtime and is based on a toy which chases you around a toy factory. There is not an official rating for the game; however, it is causing some of our older children to have nightmares.
The toy in this game is called Huggy Wuggy and he looks like this:
Online safety experts have been alerted to a video game, being described by some users as an “introduction to horror.” Videos, versions of the game, and associated material are becoming increasingly popular on YouTube, Roblox, and other platforms used by young children.
Poppy Playtime features frightening images and themes that are paired with child-friendly items. This may be especially upsetting to children who have not yet developed the resilience to deal with disturbing content.
What are the risks?
There are multiple risks that can arise from children and young people being exposed to frightening content before they are prepared.
Added anxiety and stress – Children and young people are still growing and learning. They may not be at a level of emotional maturity that would be able to process frightening content, even if it is intentional. Horror games could hamper that growth by creating unnecessary anxiety and stress.
Intrusive thoughts – Everyone has the ‘thing that goes bump in the night.’ If children play this game or watch it, the Boogeyman could easily be replaced with characters like Huggy Wuggy. This could cause children to lose focus or sleep and could interrupt family rest cycles.
New fears – The manipulation of child-friendly items into threatening characters exploits the sense of security a child would feel around these things. They may suddenly be terrified of something that had never been a worry before.
To help parents and carers better understand these issues, you can find out more information here:-
School Reports are being sent out today so please check your child’s bag. We always appreciate feedback so have attached a feedback form to the reports – it would be great if parents could complete and return to the School Office.
Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April
On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.
Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April.
Updated guidance will advise:
It’s with great sadness to tell everyone that Michelle will be leaving Pre-School for a very deserved rest after 18 years of being Deputy Manager at Pre-School, starting at Burwarton Pre-school in 2004 joining Wende and moving to Ditton in 2014.
Over the years Michelle has had a major part to play in Pre-School’s success, through her vision to provide the very best Early Years’ experience to all the children that have attended. Her practice, knowledge, commitment and love of children has a real positive impact on all of the children that have attended over the years.
Michelle is going to be missed very much by all the staff, especially Wende and of course all the children, therefore as Michelle has taught many children over many years, we thought the children who remember her in Brown Clee and maybe some parents would like to send her their best wishes, therefore any cards or notes can be left at Brown Clee School’s office, put in Little Explorers Post box or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle’s last day will be Tuesday 5th April.
We recently had our SIAMS Inspection (9th March) and we have now received our final report. We are really pleased with the observations that the Inspector, Father Jeremy Hellier, noted, in particular the following comments:-
“The vision is promoted through strong innovative and collaborative leadership ensuring that the whole school community flourishes.”
“The school has significant impact on the spirituality of the wider community through daily ‘Thought for the day’ emails. This supports and sustains adults and pupils especially in this time of pandemic.”
“Governors and staff are a highly effective team. This is evident in clear strategic planning for future development as a church school ensuring the continuing impact of the vision.”
“The vision is truly lived by pupils through associated Christian values and is apparent in positive relationships and good behaviour.”
The full report can be read here:- SIAMS Report – Brown Clee C of E Primary School
A big thank you to those parents who contributed to feedback for the Inspector.
Following last week’s Wear Something Blue and/or Yellow Day and Cake Sale, the school community have raised the fantastic sum of £1046.11! What an amazing achievement for a small school, from a simple idea of Ollie and Will! These funds are getting sent off today to the Disaster Emergency Committee so that refugees from the Ukraine can receive the support they so desperately need.
We have received so many cakes that we have sent some across to Pre-School at Little Explorers!
We will also be providing some whole cakes to parents at the end of the day, and also in Well Done Assembly tomorrow!
We want to say a massive thank you for the overwhelmingly generous donations of cake and money that we have had in to school this morning! Here are the cakes…
Thank you to The Willows Cafe for also donating some delicious looking biscuits!
Everyone has also made a great effort with wearing something blue and/or yellow – Lily even made some yellow and blue ribbons for the staff – thank you!
We have even had Maisie join in from home!
So far you have donated £519 – which is phenomenal! We are going to continue to collect donations for Ukraine up to next Friday, 18th March – and we are sending all money raised to the Disaster Emergency Charity – which works with 15 humanitarian charities and will ensure funds go straight to where it is needed
Children are going to have opportunity to enjoy cake today, but because there are so many cakes, they will also be outside at the end of the day for anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to donate yet, and they will also be available after Well Done Assembly tomorrow. Children will also get to enjoy more cake tomorrow, and if there are any left will be given the chance to take some home at the end of the day!
THANK YOU and well done to Ollie and Will R for coming up with the idea in the first place!!! It would be great if we could continue with raising more to support the Ukrainian families!
Don’t forget to send in donations and cakes to help support the Ukrainian refugees tomorrow – as well as wear one thing blue and/or yellow with your uniform! We want to show our compassion
Ollie and Will from the Scorpions approached me on Friday to say they wished to organise something to help support the refugees from Ukraine. They have come up with the idea of children being able to wear something blue and/or yellow (the colours of the Ukrainian flag) and to hold a cake sale – but a cake sale with a difference – in that children bring cakes in to ‘sell’ – but the purchase cost is simply a donation – so not fixed cost!
The children in the Scorpions had discussed the Ukraine crisis during their R.E lesson, and appreciate the complexities. Our focus is going to very much be on the fact that the conflict has meant that more than a million people have already fled their home and have had to leave their belongings behind and are now in need of food, shelter, clothes and medication.
Please help us to do our bit!
We will continue to collect any donations up to Friday 18th March.
We have been notified that our SIAMs Inspection is being held on Wednesday this week (9th March).
SIAMS stands for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. All Church of England Schools receive a Section 48 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) in addition to the regular Section 5 Ofsted inspection. These inspections take place on a five year cycle.
The Inspection focuses on one key question: How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels (including governors), in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This question is evaluated through seven strands:
- Strand 1: Vision and Leadership
- Strand 2: Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
- Strand 3: Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
- Strand 4: Community and Living Well Together
- Strand 5: Dignity and Respect
- Strand 6: The impact of collective worship
- Strand 7: The effectiveness of religious education
We are very proud of being a Church of England school and feel that we have got lots to celebrate. As parents, you are important partners in helping us to help children flourish. A group of parents are meeting with the Inspector on the day to share their thoughts – unfortunately we are limited on numbers for this group, however, if you wish your comments to be included, please feel free to send in a report, either by email or letter.
Following Will & Ollie’s request to support the Ukrainian refugees, we’ve found this link. Currently, financial support appears to be more meaningful, and can make most impact…and this looks like a good way to get the support to the right place.
Watch this space for news on upcoming event to raise funds to support this appeal, led by Will and Ollie!
We are keen to support the Ukrainian refugees in a way that children can be involved in a meaningful way such as how we support the Karibuni Children. But this is going to take a bit of research and preparation. In the meantime we are aware that there are some local support organisations are providing help and have been given the following information for a collection in Bridgnorth this weekend:-
We would like to remind parents that we are a nut free school as we have a pupil with a serious nut allergy. This includes ALL nuts, and foods with nuts in them such as nutella, biscuits, snack bars etc. Can parents please ensure that children’s packed lunches do not contain any food items with nuts in.
Whittles apologises, but due to a vehicle breakdown the school bus will be 15 minutes late this afternoon as they are having to send a replacement vehicle.
We hope you had a restful and relaxing half term, even with the rather windy, wet weather! There are many signs of Spring around – lambs, daffodils, blossom, longer and lighter days – that all signify hope of brighter days ahead!
We are looking forwards to welcoming the children back on Wednesday to another busy, happy term full of learning and thought it would be helpful to share some information and reminders:-
Covid19: As the government has now updated it’s guidance we have reviewed our Covid19 Risk Assessment and as a result there are the following changes:-
- There is no longer a need for a one way system at drop-off or collection. We are still asking children to access school independently from the gate at the main entrance, as before, as this has worked very successfully in allowing a smooth start to the day. At the end of the day, parents access and leave the infant playground from this gate – the top-gate will now be locked.
- There is no longer a legal requirement for people with COVID19 to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. The new government guidance can be found here: COVID19: People with Covid19 and their contacts.
- If your child has symptoms of Covid or has tested positive then they need to stay at home and follow the following guidance:-If you are unable to access LFTs to carry out the day 5 and 6 tests, then we ask that children stay at home for 5 days to mitigate infection, and they can return on day 6 if they are well and no longer have symptoms.
- Again, we ask for your understanding and support – it is tricky – and all we can do as a school is follow the guidance given and be consistent. We appreciate that the symptoms of Covid19 are very similar to other ailments, and also that LFTS are no longer being freely available.
- Visitors to school: We can now remove the need to restrict visits to essential visits only. However we ask that all visitors, including parents and governors, only do so if they are clear of Covid19 symptoms and are not living in the same household as someone who has tested positive for Covid19.
Well Done Assemblies: We will continue to hold our Friday Well Done Assemblies in the school hall, and as from Friday 11th March we are delighted to be able to welcome parents, family and friends back to join us celebrate the achievements of the week. Please note the above requirements for visitors to school.
Ukraine: I am sure that many of you will be following the events in Ukraine, and we are aware that children may well have their own questions or concerns. The Diocese of Hereford have shared this prayer reflection video so that we can share our thoughts and prayer for the people of Ukraine…
We are also looking into how we can support Ukrainian children and families who have had to leave their homes – we would prefer to be able to support practically, as we support our school charity, Karibuni Children – and it is early days at the moment, but we will keep you informed.
Good morning Dragonflies! 18th February 2022
Please find your work for the day below.
1. Count in Fractions – Watch the video and complete the tasks within it as instructed. Video: https://vimeo.com/506082065
2. Complete the Worksheet: “Count in Fractions” (attached to email).
(Y3: Do at least questions 1&2 and more if you choose)
(Y4: Do at least all the White Rose Maths Sheet and the Reasoning & Problem Solving
sheet in addition if you choose)
3. Verbally rehearse the 4 & 12 times tables.
4. Verbally rehearse counting up in 4s & 12s.
5. Go on TTRS – There will be a battle taking place!
(Y3 vs Y4: 8.00-10.00am tomorrow)
(Boys vs Girls: Mon 21st 9.00am – Fri 25th 3.00pm)
6. Go on Numbots.
Go on Spelling Shed and practice spelling list 6b.
2. Sentence work
Look at the attached activity. Read the sentences carefully and correct the errors
that you spot.
1. Location of settlements
Watch the powerpoint attached to this email called “Location of settlements”
2. Make notes giving information under these headings:
Join with the first Joe Wickes workout that was aired during the first lockdown.
How far can you walk or run whilst you are at home? You could run laps of the garden or a route around the house. Send us the distance you cover and we will add it to the class total. I wonder whether we will finish our second lap around the Shropshire border during half term…
I look forward to being back in class with you all again soon.
Please note that this Friday’s Football Club is cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.