What a busy term it has been so far! At the time of writing, we are awaiting updates from the government about whether we will continue to stay open as Covid 19 gains momentum.
We have lots of plans in place for home-learning should the decision be made to close schools. We hope for our children that this does not have to happen although the safety of our community is very important to us.
So far this term, we have enjoyed a super Burbage Book Day where all the children dressed up as their favourite book character. Even the teachers got into the spirit of things although we all spent the day trying to avoid Miss Truchball! The children were excited to bring in a book from home wrapped in brown paper as part of our ‘mystery’ book swap. The children wrote books review, blurbs, recommendations etc and everyone ended up with a different book to take home to read. We promote reading at every opportunity in school – it was wonderful to hear how many children had been persuaded into trying a different sort of book. We are now enjoying contributing the World Book Day’s theme; ‘Share a Million Stories’ with class teachers counting up all the stories that have been enjoyed by their children. We had some brilliant entries into our ‘Extreme Reading’ competition with children bringing in photos of them reading in strange places. The day was rounded off with a menu of stories which were read by teachers around school – the children chose the stories they most wanted to listen to with many of our reception children choosing to try out life in Year 6 and many of our older children enjoying some old favourites further down the school. There is endless pleasure in reading which was really evident during our Burbage Book Day.
Sports Relief was the second event in as many weeks, with all our children coming into school with their sports kit on, we took the opportunity to run a mile. Seven laps of the school field energised everyone, it was lovely to see our older children encouraging and supporting the younger ones. Our youngest runners ar a determined bunch and made it to end without e We were pleased to have raised £200.04, a lot of this was from the cake sale that was run by the year 6s.
If you are interested in hearing more about our learning in school, you can now follow us on Twitter @Burbage_School. We are keen to promote ourselves although the word must be getting out as we have a strong intake of reception children joining us in September and a steady rise in pupil numbers across the year groups. Our ‘Owl’s Nest’ facility (Wrap-Around Care from 7.30am – 5.45pm) is thriving and an attractive option for many parents.
Pre-School continues to flourish with several sessions now full. We are in a fortunate position to have Pre-School as part of our school. If you know of anyone looking for a kind, caring setting run by an inspirational team, do please put them in touch. We take children from two upwards.
Mrs Zoe Garbutt. Principal, Burbage Primary School