As we start the new school year our learning will centre around the topic 'Marvellous Me' and involve us learning lots about the human body and our senses as we explore the key question 'How do we work?'
Each Friday your child will bring home their weekly homework which will be linked to the teaching and learning within the classroom. The homework may involve your child engaging with an interactive game, worksheet, a small practical task for them to complete or even a board game type activity which they have to play with you. We ask that homework is returned the following Wednesday to allow us enough time to mark your childs homework and prepare their new homework. Alongside this the children can choose if they would like to complete some of the homework challenges.
As a class we really value parent involvement and from time to time will be inviting parents in to share our learning. If any parents have a particular skill or job role which they would like to share with the children or you would like to offer their time to assist with classroom activities, listening to children read etc, please do let us know.
If you have any questions, queries, or concerns then please do communicate through your child’s link book or speak to myself or one of the classroom staff . You can also send me an email or book a short appointment to meet with me before or after school.
Friday 6th September
What a busy few days we have had in Elm Class. We are settling well into our new classroom and building up a familiarity with the rules and expectations. Here are just a few photos to show you what we have been up to.
Today we enjoyed our first Forest Schools session with Ms Gardner and Forest Ranger Gerry. We had lots of fun exploring the woodland site before making our own versions of 'Stickman', just like the one in the Julia Donaldson story.
Today we enjoyed a visit to Pizza Express in Monmouth where we had the opportunity to go behind the scenes in the restaurant tasting the different ingredients used in many of their recipes including olives, basil, tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella. We then got the chance to be pizza chefs as we made individual Margherita pizzas. We also had enough time to visit Waitrose exploring the different fruits and vegetables available.
This afternoon we were visited by the police horses. We enjoyed learning about their roles and how they help the police officers carry out their duties.
Thursday 10th October
As part of World Mental Health day , we discussed the importance of talking to others about our feelings, looking out for others as well as how we can help to keep ourselves healthy by doing things we enjoy. We enjoyed taking part in a whole hour of craft, colouring and construction before finishing off with a whole class relaxing story massage session.
This morning we took part in the whole school rugby festival. Although the weather was a little miserable we didn't let it bother us and had a fantastic time playing short tag rugby matches at Berry Hill Rugby Club. It was great to put into practise the skills and core values we had learnt in our PE sessions, as well as parade the flag we had made.
Wednesday 23rd October
In preparation for Bonfire Night, todays assembly was led by Firefighters from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue and focussed on fire safety. prior to the assembly we got the chance to look around the outside of the fire engine and certainly had lots of questions regarding what could be inside.
Autumn Term Two
Welcome back to a new half term, and what a busy one it will be with many Christmas celebrations planned. Our topic for this term is 'Fire Fire' and will involve us learning about 'The Great Fire of London' as we explore the key question 'Did the great fire make London a better place?'
To commemorate Remembrance we watched how others were marking the occasion and joined in with the two minutes silence. We then discussed 'What remembrance means?' and painted our representation of Flanders field.
Monday 2nd December
Today we were visited by a special visitor whose arrival caused great excitement . We learnt that he is called Elvis and has been sent by Father Christmas to keep an eye on us in the run up to Christmas. We look forward to seeing what he gets up to over the next couple of weeks.
Thursday 5th December
We joined the rest of the Infant children to put on two brilliant performances of our Christmas play 'A Miracle in Town', a traditional retelling of the Nativity Story. The children enjoyed surprising their families with a fantastic finale singing 'Step into Christmas'
Thursday 12th December
What a morning! Today we arrived to find Elvis had been up to no good and made a huge mess in the classroom, splitting a beanbag and pouring its contents all over the floor!
Welcome back to the Spring Term, it is hard to believe that we have already completed our first term within Year One, time really does fly when you're having fun!
This term we continue to focus on the topic 'A Step back in Time' but will now centre our learning around toys, investigating to answer our key question 'What were toys like when our grandparents were little?'
We took our maths lesson outside today. We worked in pairs and used a sand-timer to measure a minute, in which we counted how many times we could complete an activity such as jumping over a line, and running between the markers.
We enjoyed dressing up as our favourite characters or in our pyjamas to celebrate World Book Day, even the teachers and teaching assistants joined in dressing as the crayons from the story "The Day the Crayons Quit'
Today we celebrated 'Wear it Loud Day', wearing our loudest clothing to raise money for the Deaf Association. We have taken part in lots of activities involving our senses including painting in the style of Van Gough to music, listening walks, whispering games and fruit tasting.
Over the last couple of days we have been thinking of the members of our local community who are currently socially distancing or isolated from others. We thought carefully about how we could help these members of our community and decided to write letters and make pictures to make them smile.
Privacy and Cookies Policy
Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as ‘Our Services’ (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically http://www.eschools.co.uk/ and https://academy.eschools.co.uk/), ‘School Websites’ ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and ‘Platforms’ (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
3. Using your personal information
3.1. We may use your personal information to:
administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
3.1.2. By registering for updates, School Staff/Governors are able to subscribe to our regular communications.
3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to, any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals.
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold a sufficient accreditation (i.e. Privacy Shield) as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2 You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at anytime through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at anytime through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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