3rd September 2018
As the new school year starts, we say hello to new teachers and students and say goodbye to our lovely year sixes. We are also welcoming back Miss Balchin and Mrs Robinson as well as the new children in Chestnut Class. A new start brings new clubs, including cooking club, rugby club and swimming lessons for years 3, 4, 5 and 6. This term, all the children chose their own class topics, which are: Chestnut - Autumn and ourselves, Hazel- Castles, Willow - Under the sea, Cedar- Wild World, Birch- Ancient Civilisations, Sycamore - Things to make, things to bake and Oak - World War One-ders.
In P.E., the children will be learning rugby as a new sport. The year sixes have been writing their applications in order to become a peer mediator, librarian, sports leader, ICT leader or play leader and will later be having interviews and receiving their letters to tell them which jobs they have allocated.
We are reminded of our core values: Love, Hope and Peace. In assembly, we have been writing a thank you prayer for all the school staff.
We are looking forward to progressing in our new classes.
Daisy Allen and Beth Cook
On 28th September the Grazeley Football team competed in a football match against Hawkedon School. Unfortunately they lost 11-1 but still tried their best. Also, the netball team competed in a tournament and got to the finals and lost 3-2. Hopefully, they will be competing in another tournament on October 16th.
The Key Stage 2 children have started swimming and are progressing quickly; they will be continuing this for the rest of the term. The children are also learning rugby, with coaching from Reading Rugby Club and are thoroughly enjoying it.
The year 6’s have been given their jobs and are extremely happy. The jobs are Peer mediator, to help other children resolve arguments; ICT leader, to help children with difficult technology; play leader to help younger children make friends and play games; sports leader, helping out at lunch time and teaching different sports.
Grazeley School recently had a visit from Network Rail explaining how to be safe around trains. Hazel class (year 1) will be visiting Windsor Castle and finding out more about their castles topic. Sycamore class (year5) are going on a trip to the Gurdwara in Reading to learn about Sikh worship and culture.
We have all settled back into school life and look forward to an exciting year.
Beth Cook and Sophie Carter
Busy, Busy, Busy!
As Christmas fast approaches, the KS1 children are preparing for a Nativity production, but not the normal nativity you might know. A nativity with a twist, so watch this space! The older children are also working on Christmas music.
The year sixes have applied for jobs and those who were appointed to be librarians have worked together to create a competition for the whole school: Design a book cover, based on a book you’ve read and for KS2: the book cover and a brief blurb of the main storyline.
Some of the classes here at Grazeley, have entered into the Loddon Reach front cover competition: good luck too them all.
We are going to be doing lots of fundraising, including wearing odd socks for Anti-bullying Day and raising money for Children in Need by dressing up as pirates for the day! We also have our Christmas Fair coming up and we hope to raise lots of money for the school.
Year 4 have been chosen to compete in an Athletics event with some track and field races. This term, the school’s main sports have been rugby and swimming. We still have a few more lessons of both and are enjoying them lots.
By Daisy Allen and Freya Gould
Christmas is here
Thank you to everyone who was involved with the Christmas fair. Thanks to you we raised over £2800. The Christmas fair was a hit and everyone enjoyed it thoroughly.
Well done to all the children who participated in the Brass Assembly. Parents were welcome too come and year 3 came to watch. Key Stage 1 children performed their Christmas play, “Prickly Hay” to an appreciative audience who thought the performance was excellent.
As a treat the children had their Christmas parties the office ladies present to the children were chocolate coins. The children played lots of games and were tired out.
Grazeley was paid a visit from Alex Matthews (Women’s rugby professional) all the children were inspired by her story and wanted to be like her.
We are very proud of the year 6 for completing level 2 in bike ability. Now they how to be safe on the roads and do a bike safety check.
For a special treat the school had paid for a Cinderella pantomime. The children loved it and hope they would come again for another show.
On Friday the 14th of December the school all had a Christmas dinner. Children dressed up in Christmas jumpers and Santa hats!
Beth Cook and Harry Chaney