Head Teacher's Blog
KS2 Christmas Concert
What a wonderful way to spend an evening. KS2 children performed their socks off this evening at their Christmas Concert. I was lost for words as the children impressed me with their musical skills. I couldn't believe how many children were brave enough to accompany the singing by playing their instrument. What a talented bunch of children. Well done everybody. A big thank you to OSSA for providing refreshments before the show.
The children enjoyed a super Christmas Lunch today cooked by Mrs Curtis. Once everybody had full tummies a very special visitor arrived in school. The children were very excited when Santa visited each classroom to check who had been good all year.
Year 3 Class Assembly
Year 3 led our assembly today or should I say Ant and Dec? They entertained us from start to finish with their Egypt's Got Talent!. There was singing, dancing, Mummy wrapping and even a bit of magic for us all to enjoy. We ended to assembly with the big Winter Raffle Draw. There were many very lucky winners as the hampers looked wonderful. Years 3 and 4 won the prize for best decorated hampers. Thank you to everybody who donated gifts for the hampers and thank you to Mrs Dowse for coordinating the event.
We have been treated by our EYFS and Key Stage 1 children this week with their performance of 'Prickly Hay'. This wonderful play told the Nativity Story accompanied with beautiful singing and dancing. All the children performed their socks off and successfully threw us all into the Christmas Spirit. Look out on our school gallery for a selection of photos from the performance. Thank you to everybody who came and supported their children.
Big Family Christmas Charity
I am so proud of all the children at Old Stratford Primary School for supporting our yearly Big Family Christmas charity. We have again been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by our children and parents. Every named child or young person who is identified as in need will receive an invite to a full Christmas meal with the whole of their family with games and a disco. They will also receive a hamper worth £30.00 and so we have to thank you for making someones Christmas a special one. Thank you to Mrs Wilsdon who organises this very special event every year.
Well done to all our VIP's today. They were joined by friends and family as they strutted down the red carpet to receive their award in our VIP Assembly.
MK Dons Visit
The children had a wonderful surprise today when 2 MK Dons football players arrived for the afternoon assembly. The children were very excited and didn't hesitate to ask lots of questions and of course requests for autographs were plenty.
What a fantastic evening for the children. The children really enjoyed themselves at the OSSA Winter Event. The children enjoyed decorating biscuits and baubles before settling down with some pop corn for a good old Christmas movie. Then half way through the movie the children were served with hot dogs. I would like to say a really big thank you to everybody that helped make the evening a successful event.
Year 6 did a great job representing the school today when they walked down to the memorial in Old Stratford and read the poems they had composed in English. They then took a minute silence to remember those people who sacrificed themselves in the Great War and in other subsequent conflicts around the world.
Year 4 have a had a brilliant day today. Milton Keynes Refugee Centre visited to talk to them about what it is like to be a refugee. Year 4 have been learning about this in their Topic this term. They have had to think hard about what it would be like if they had to leave their homes in order to stay safe. What would they take with them and how they would feel? It really had them thinking when they had to pack a bag for a refugee with objects that they thought maybe useful.
I hope you all had a wonderful half-term. It is amazing to see how many cakes have been baked over the holiday for Amy's Bake Off. She has obviously inspired so many of you to take part. It is going to be very hard to judge and find a winner. Here is a selection of the cakes that have come in so far. Look out on our gallery for the full selection of cakes that entered the Bake Off!
We had a very special assembly this morning led by one of our Year 5 pupils. Amy spoke so eloquently as she spoke about her Grandmother and how Alzheimers has effected her and her family. She then went onto say that she would like to raise some money for the Alzheimers charity by challenging the children to a Bake Off! She explained that there would be prizes for the winners and all the cakes will be sold with proceeds being donated to the charity. Amy even sent a letter to parents asking for their support. We look forward to seeing all the cakes arrive after half-term! Watch this space!
What a busy Friday! Well done to all of our VIPs today. Thank you to all the family and friends that came to support their child. It was lovely to hear all of the comments from the teachers explaining why each child deserved the award.
Year 3 have also been busy on their bikes this morning completing their Level 1 Bikeability award.
I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers that came along to the school on Saturday for the OSSA Grounds Day. What a fantastic difference you have all made. The school looks amazing and I know that there was l lot of hard work that went in. A big thank you to Karen Dowse for coordinating the whole event and providing bacon sandwiches!
Year 5 and 6 waved goodbye to some special visitors today. It's been a special week watching the incubated eggs hatch. Each class hatched 9 eggs. It was very exciting watching their little beaks crack open the shell until the egg broke open and out popped a new born chick. The children have nurtured and cared for the chicks for nearly a week until today when they set off to their new homes. What a fantastic experience for our children.
I can hardly believe we are in October already! We have been so busy in school now that the children have all settled into their new year groups. Year 6 have been out on their first trip of the year, visiting the historic site of outstanding collections of exhibits at Duxford War Museum.
We have also had our first Walk In Morning. Thank you to all those parents that were able to come in and work alongside the children in their classrooms. On the same morning we had our Macmillan Coffee Morning. A huge thank you to everybody that helped make this special morning a success - OSSA for helping serve and set up, those who made cakes and of course those who bought cakes or made donations.
What a fantastic start to the New School Year! It has been so lovely catching up with children and parents as everybody returns to school. I would like to say a big thank you to parents for making sure that the children are dressed smartly in their uniform. Please remember to label all of your child's items of clothing so that if they are left somewhere, they can be returned to your child's classroom.
I would like to say a huge welcome to all of our new children and parents that have joined us this year. We hope all of the children have settled well. We have also been joined by 2 new members of staff - Mr Andrews (Reception Teacher) and Mrs Herman (Year 2 Teacher). Mrs Hoddinott has also joined the Year 2 team as Teaching Assistant.
Lots of work was completed over the summer holiday. We now have a new sports hall floor and the staff room has had a well earned face lift! Both Year 5 and 6 classrooms have been decorated and look much brighter for the children to work in.
Our new lunch system has been a huge success! The children are now making their own choices. The food waste has significantly reduced as the children now eat what they have chosen rather than eating a small amount and throwing the rest in the bin. The salad cart is vast with many choices and seems to be the most popular feature. I have been impressed at how many children have begun to make their own sandwiches. We now have a record number of children having school lunches which is a huge testament to our school chef - Mrs Curtis.
Last night was the last performance of our Year 5 and 6 show of Madagascar. What a fantastic show! I am so proud of all the children who performed their socks off to the full hall of spectators. Please see below a review written by Sarah Becker our very own in house news reporter for the Northamptonshire Chronicle and Echo.
Children Deliver a Crack-a-lackin’ Performance of Madagascar!
It was showtime at Old Stratford Primary School on Thursday night and time to get crack-a-lackin’ as children from years 5 and 6 performed a version of the show ‘Madagascar’ under the skilful direction of teachers Mr Webb and Mrs Else.
Students sang and danced their way slickly through the show ‘Madagascar Junior’ without breaking character, forgetting a line or skipping a beat.
Ripples of excitement started building through the packed audience and cast from the opening refrain of ‘I like to move it’ as the children dressed in colourful animal costumes waited patiently in the wings.
For nearly two hours, the stage in the school hall was taken over by an array of penguins, lemurs, foosa, lions, zebras and other characters from New York’s Central Park Zoo.
Years 5 and 6 told the tale of Marty the zebra, Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe as they break free from the zoo and find themselves in Madagascar with a whole host of zany characters.
Every child’s commitment to their character was incredible!
The penguins were hilarious as they waddled across the stage together as one unit bumping like cars in a traffic jam!
The pack of hungry foosa cast a sinister shadow, some with their hair literally standing on end with hairpspray, as they chanted to the terrified lemurs: ‘Foosa hungry, foosa eat.’
Students delivered some brave performances – it’s not easy to sing solo or even in a duet in front of your Mum and Dad!
In the second Act Albert playing lemur king Julien made the audience titter with his pompous delivery of ‘Welcome to me, welcome to me!’ ‘Feel free to bask in my glory,’ and ‘Maurice why are you always pooping on my party?’
The song and dance routines gave children a chance to show off their performance skills as they twirled platters of steak above their heads, gesticulated to ‘I like to move it,’ and threw some shapes to ‘Relax, Be Cool, Chill Out.’
The show also showcased the school’s brand new state of the art sound and lighting system (funded by OSSA), installed literally days before showtime and controlled by an IPAD on the night.
Head teacher Karen Sarbutts congratulated the children on a fantastic performance saying how professional and slick they were and how they had managed to stay in character to the very end.
Year 5 teacher and co-director Mr Webb commented how wonderful he and co-director Mrs Else thought it had been to see how strong individuals pulled together during rehearsals to work as a team. Behind the scenes staff also worked hard at making costumes, choreographing routines and creating props.
Parents commented how much the children had enjoyed rehearsing and performing and how well they did to remember all their lines.
‘Last year the performance of ‘The Lion King’ was hard to beat but this year’s performance of ‘Madagascar’ certainly packed a punch!’
By Sarah Becker
Old Stratford's Talent Show
We had a fantastic treat this morning when the whole school watched 'Old Stratford's Got Talent.' What a super show! We were amazed at the amount of talent that Old Stratford had to offer. Each year group went through auditions last week and the 3 finalists performed in front of the whole school. There were prizes up for grabs for Key Stage 1 winner and Key Stage 2 winner. We were treated to all sorts of acts from, magic shows to dancing, to gymansts, to singing, to drumming to rock bands. The judges had a very difficult time deciding on a winner but finally the winners were announced. Noah from Year 1 won the KS1 prize for his acoustic singing and Thomas from Year 6 won the KS2 prize and the overall winners cup for his amazing piano playing. Well done to everybody that took part and provided us with such a wonderful morning of entertainment. A big thank you to Mrs Holmes and the student council for organising the show.
What a super evening we had on Friday at the OSSA Summer Fete. The weather stayed fine and we were joined by many families to enjoy a range of games, competitions, food, music and drink. I would like to say a huge thank you to OSSA for organising such a wonderful evening especially Mel Coates who coordinated the whole event. I would also like to say a very big thank you to all the musicians that very bravely played their instruments throughout the evening supported by Mr Webb.
What an amazing day we have had today. The sun stayed out for our Sports Day today and what an event it was. The children tried a new style of Sports Day today where they moved around different activities earning points for their teams. All of the children threw themselves into each event whilst their team mates cheered them on. We finished the morning with some fun running races and even got some of the adults up running. It was the green team that won in the end but a big well done to all competitors for being such good sports. A big thank you to Miss Griffin, who organised the event and another thank you to all the parents who were able to come along and support their children.
Today we held our last VIP Assembly of the year. Well done to all of this term's VIPs.
The children from across the school enjoyed a super History Day today organised by Mrs Bull. The children all came dressed as a significant historical figure. There were some amazing costumes even from the staff. The children travelled in mixed aged groups from class to class where they were met by each teacher that covered a different period in history. They also enjoyed some drama and freeze framing from our visitors from 'History off the Page.'
It was a very exciting Monday today as all of our children spent a day with their new teacher and in their new year group. We welcomed Mr Andrews and Mrs Herman who joined their new classes for the day too. It was lovely to see all of our new starters in Reception who all settled quickly and enjoyed playing in their new environment.
Year 3 and 4 History Week
What a fantastic week Year 3 and 4 have had as they have travelled back in time in their History Week on Britain. They have dressed up and looked at different significant people and events in British history. The children have enjoyed traditional cream tea, country dancing, Morris dancing, Tennis and a day with 'History Off the Page' learning through pictures paintings and artefacts. Well done to all the children for their amazing costumes!
We had a wonderful 'Walk In' morning today where many parents came in to work alongside their children. It was lovely to see the wide range of activities going on. We had singing, art, science, story writing and problem solving!
Year 5 Theatre Trip to London
What a great day we had Thursday 20th June. Year 5 all arrived nice and early, a little too early for some. The coach got us into London earlier than expected so we were treated to a sightseeing tour. The driver took us to Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Hyde Park.
We arrived at the London Eye for our Thames River Cruise and had a little walk along Southbank before boarding our boat. We travelled down to the Thames and saw more iconic buildings along the riverside. After our cruise we were driven by our coach driver to Pizza Express for a great lunch of pizza, chocolate cake and ice cream.
After we had let our lunch down we took a stroll around the corner to Drury Lane and to the Gillian Lynne Theatre. We got to our seats and awaited the start of “School of Rock”. Oh my gosh what a show, it was amazing and all of Year 5 were totally mesmerised by the incredibly talented musicians and singers on stage. Mr Webb and others were seen headbanging along to the music. It was a brilliant show – if you get the chance to see it please go and see it !
The coach picked us up from the theatre and we were home just before 8pm. A great day had by all and the children of Year 5 were impeccably behaved and well mannered. A big thank you to Mr Webb, Mrs Ansell and Mrs Winborne for organising the trip and giving the children a day to remember.
Each class were visited today by Simon Aston. Simon is the e-safety officer for Northamptonshire County Council and teaches children how to stay safe online. The children had plenty of questions for Simon who answered every one and made sure that the children understood the dangers that they could come across online but also what a wonderful place the internet can be if used safely. Simon also did a session for parents towards the end of the day sharing the messages he had given the children and sign posting the parents to some useful sites to help them stay up to date with current issues relating to the internet.
Year 6 Paris Trip
Wow what a fabulous few days we have had in Paris with the Year 6 children! It was an absolute pleasure to take these impeccably behaved children away on an exciting trip to Disneyland Paris.
We left early on Wednesday morning and headed for Dover to catch our Ferry to Calais. Some of the children had not experienced being on a ferry before so this was a great opportunity to experience something for the first time. We waved goodbye to the rain and finally arrived at our accommodation for a well earned dinner! The children loved exploring their surroundings but knew that a decent nights sleep was required if they were to enjoy every second of their trip to Disneyland in the morning.
Everybody was up bright and early the next day as excitement grew for the big day to Disneyland! There were lots of cheers and screams as we drove up to the gates. Before we knew it we were surrounded by Disney characters and Disney theme tunes filled the airwaves.
We headed straight for the Rocking Roller coaster! The adventure had begun. The day was filled with laughter and screaming. The favourite rides were Tower of Terror, Space Mountain and The Run away train. There was something for everybody to enjoy. Just before we left the park, the children were allowed to spend their money on a few souvenirs.
Our third and final day was spent in the centre of Paris where the children enjoyed a cruise down the River Siene taking in the sites and seeing some of Paris' famous landmarks. We finished our time in France with Lunch under the Eiffel Tower. We couldn't of asked for better weather. It was then time to travel home to see our parents and share our great adventure. There were a few sleepy children on the way home! Please visit our Year 6 Blog if you would like to see the whole collection of photos. A big thank you to Mrs Else, Mrs Winborne and Mrs Hawes for organising and supervising on the trip, giving the children such a wonderful experience.
What a hard working week! Year 6 have worked their socks off completing their SATs tests this week. They have all been very relaxed and positive throughout the whole process as they have striven to do their very best. Their focus has been commendable. Well done to you all! And what better way to celebrate the end of a hard working week then a water fight!!
What a wonderful start to the day. It was lovely to see so many different awards this morning in our Celebration Assembly. Awards ranged from swimming awards to dance certificates from music achievements to Blue Peter badges. A big thank you to all of the children for bringing in these special certificates, medals, trophies and awards to share with us today. We do like seeing what our children get up to outside of school.
Year 4 shared their experience at The Frontier Camp this morning in their Class Assembly. Well done to all the children for speaking so clearly and entertaining us with all of their funny stories and incredible photographs of them overcoming many challenges. A super way to start the day - thank you Year 4!
Today the whole school discussed how to stay safe on the internet. The children asked some very interesting questions and are obviously keen to stay safe. Although the internet is a very exciting place that can provide us with huge benefits, it is important that we educate the children about the dangers. The local Community Police Officer talked to the Key Stage 2 children about the dangers but also informed the children of where they can go to report any upsetting or disturbing behaviour that they come across online or when they are out in the community - www.fearless.org Please visit our safeguarding page for more information on how to keep your children safe online.
Life Education Bus
It was lovely to see all the children back at school yesterday after such a sunny Easter Holiday. The children returned to an exciting week of new learning experiences. The Life Education Bus was here for the first 2 days of term. Each class visited the bus and learnt about a range of different things such as learning about decisions, friendships and their bodies etc. The positive response from the children has shown what an incredibly worthwhile visit this is and they all take a lot away from it.
Of course, a visit to the Life Education Bus, wouldn't be the same without Harold the giraffe. This all makes the learning for the children a lot more memorable. We look forward to another visit next year!
Year 4 residential to the Frontier Camp
What a wonderful 3 days at the Frontier Camp for the Year 4 children. They had a fabulous 2 night stay in Irthlingborough where they enjoyed a number of outdoor activities to push them all out of their comfort zone which was an absolute privilege to watch. On arrival, the children were set their first challenge of making their beds! But before we knew it, the children were helping each other ensuring everybody was ready for their first room inspection! Some of the favourites were rock climbing, fencing and abseiling. Look out on our gallery for some pictures of the children in action. A big thank you to Mrs Faraday, Mrs Smith and Miss Akhlaq for taking the children and giving them such a wonderful experience.
Well done to the winners of the OSSA Quiz Night. Congratulations to The Ed Pro's who stole first prize with a 4 point lead. A big thank you to the volunteers from OSSA for organising the event.
What a super day the Year 5 and 6 children had today. They enjoyed celebrating Holi Day, an Indian Spring Festival, by Bollywood Dancing, Henna and paint throwing which are all Indian traditions.
It was so lovely to see so many parents and carers attend our 'Walk In Morning' today. It was interesting to see all the different activities going on (arts and crafts, games, maths, puzzles) and the parents joining in alongside their children.
We welcomed back our Year 3 children today after their residential trip to Caldecotte. They didn't look so fresh faced but there were certainly some smiles as they shared their experiences with me when they returned. I think a trip in a speed boat was one of the highlights. A big thank you to Mrs Holmes, Mrs Wilsdon, Mrs Freil and Mrs Smith for taking the children and giving them such a wonderful experience.
Year 3 set off today for their very first residential trip to Caldecotte. They were all very excited and fresh faced when they left. Don't forget to look on our gallery for lots of photographs of the children in action.
The children enjoyed dressing up today as their favourite book character to help celebrate Old Stratford's World Book Day. As well as dressing up, the children took part in various reading and book activities throughout the day. The children also got the opportunity to visit different classrooms and share their favourite book with each other.
What a very enjoyable Celebration Assembly we had this morning. We had a huge amount of children to celebrate. Year 5 all received their swimming certificates as well as many other children receiving awards and trophies for things ranging from dance exams and competitions to football trophies, from music certificates to theatre audition achievements. It is so lovely to see all the different activities the children do out of school.
The children took part in a Visual Impairment Awareness Day today where they were encouraged to use all of their senses to complete a number of tasks given to them from teachers across the school. The children were able to feel what it would be like if they had very little vision or no vision at all. One of our visually impaired children did a fantastic assembly for the rest of the children, explaining what it was like for him to be visually impaired. He then took questions from the children who were very interested in his presentation. I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Burnside for coordinating the whole day and Northampton Support Team for the visually impaired for their use of resources and activities.
Our Year 3 and 4 children had the opportunity to take part in Bikeability today. The session taught the the children how to look after their bikes and how to keep safe whilst riding them. Luckily the sun stayed out and the children had a lot of fun.
What an amazing evening Year 5 and 6 had, at the O2 in London, for the Young Voices concert. They experienced just what it was like to be part of a fabulous show watched by a huge audience. The children sang their socks off and danced the night away to a range of different songs that they had rehearsed for the last 3 months. The highlight of the evening was a performance from the one and only Tony Hadley. I expect the children will remember this experience for a very long time.
Our Year 6 children were lucky enough to visit the Saints Study Centre today. They had a fabulous day! They were shown around the stadium and then took part in some team building and problem solving games.
I am so proud of all our children here at Old Stratford Primary School. What fantastic Christmas performances from both KS1 and KS2. It was so lovely to see children singing their socks off as they told the Christmas story in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 sang their hearts out as they shared with us the Christmas traditions that we all know and love. Well done to everybody! We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
September seems like a distant memory. It has been a long and busy Autumn Term. We are all looking forward to Christmas and our whole staff team would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
This term has been packed with activities, visitors into school and educational visits outside of school. This has all been in addition to our staff and children working extremely hard to cover the national curriculum and to ensure our children all fulfill their potential.
Our school continues to grow with additional children starting all of the time which is a wonderful compliment and testimony to the team here. Only last week, Old Stratford was ranked 10th in the County for performance by the DFE which is a huge credit to all children, staff, parents and other stakeholders that invest their time and commitment into the school.
The highlights for me this year were the two amazing Christmas productions where many people attended to watch fantastic acting, singing and dancing. It was great to see the confidence in our children and the smiles on their faces. Again, these events enrich the curriculum and allow education to take place both inside and outside of the classroom.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all well at this special time of the year and hope 2019 brings you more amazing experiences.
Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic day in London today. They experienced first hand the London Eye then took a cruise on the Thames to take in the famous landmarks of London. The children arrived back buzzing and eager to share all that they had seen. A big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers for giving the children this wonderful experience.
We had a very important visitor in school today. James Dasaolu, a British Olympic sprinter, joined us at Old Stratford Primary School for some serious exercise! James worked with each class and put them through their paces whilst trying to raise money for charity. All the children put their heart and soul into their session as James inspired them to try their hardest and persevere to the end of the session.
Year 2 ‘We Love London Assembly’
Year 2 did us proud, not a mistake in sight and every one shone like stars with their ‘We love London Assembly’ telling us all about London’s iconic buildings, history and who could forget 006 and a bit Billy Bond.
Today we also welcomed a very important visitor to Old Stratford Primary, THE QUEEN!!!!
Gasp!!!! Here she is with the naughty bus, mayor and two fans alongside the amazing models created by our year 2
We were taken on a tour of iconic monuments learning about interesting facts that will make it even more special for the children when they actually visit these great buildings at the London Eye trip on the 4th December.
We couldn’t be more proud watching our children perform and putting so much effort into each costume and prop, I think the parents can agree that they certainly deserved a big round of applause!
What a great day the Year 6 children have had today whilst visiting the Black Country Museum in Birmingham, to support their Victorian Topic. The children were able to experience what it was like to live in the Victorian times. They were able to sit down at a desk and try writing on a slate as Victorian children used to. They also found out how teachers used finger stocks, blackboards and the dreaded cane to keep children in order! This totally immersive environment enabled the children to really step back in time as they explored 300 years of history in this open air museum.
Welcome back everybody, I hope you all had a fantastic holiday. It has been lovely welcoming back all the children and meeting all of our new starters. I hope you will enjoy your time with us here at Old Stratford Primary School.
I am happy to announce that over the summer break we successfully converted to an academy and are now part of The Grand Union Trust. We are all looking forward to working with both New Bradwell and Jubilee Wood, sharing ideas and celebrating success. The teachers have been working really hard over the summer planning an exciting curriculum for you all to enjoy.
Please look out for letters coming out this evening, asking for Parent Governors. If you would like more information regarding the role do not hesitate to ask. Don't forget to log onto the school App (School Jotter) for regular updates, notices and dates for your diary.
A big well done to all the children that took part in the Archery yesterday at Deanshanger Primary. They were praised by the organisers on their impeccable behaviour and how well they supported each other. It was also a real opportunity to mix with other children across the cluster as al the teams were a mixture of different schools.
What a WOW day we had yesterday. I am sure you will have heard all about it. We had the pleasure of 2 inspirational Basketball coaches Mark and Paul come in to spend the day with us. They were both very inspirational and encouraged all of the children to get involved in their sessions. Paul proved to be very popular, this may have something to do with him being the World's tallest Basketball player and Britain's tallest man. He even bought in his Guinness World Record Certificate to prove this. The afternoon ended with autographs, photos and "high 5's". A great day was had by all, one pupil in Reception commented "it was the best day ever".
Well done to all our guitarists for sharing what they have learnt with parents and the rest of the school during our assembly today. What an excellent performance from many talented children. If your child is in KS2 and you would like your them to learn a musical instrument next year, please contact the office for a form.
What a very hard working week the children have had this week. Year 6 have worked their socks off this week. They approached their Year 6 SATs with maturity and a positive attitude. We are very proud of how they dealt with the pressures of tests both during SATs week and in the months leading up to it. They have all worked incredibly hard and have been fully motivated to achieve their full potential.
What a super Year 5 residential trip to Grendon Hall. It was an absolute privilege to watch the children challenge themselves in every way. On arrival, the children were set their first challenge of making their beds! But before we knew it, the children were helping each other ensuring everybody was ready for their first room inspection! It was then time to experience a range of exciting outdoor activities from high ropes to swamp crossing to orienteering to camp fires. All children threw themselves into every activity, trying their best and overcoming their fears and apprehensions. Once cleaned and fed, the children were soon ready for bed. Day two was a much warmer day and the children enjoyed yet more outdoor activities from Tarzan swing to night line, to problem solving to bush craft. There were many jokes shared around the camp fire before the marshmallows were toasted and devoured! The last day was rather wet but again the children showed their resilience and persevered through the wet and muddy conditions. They were certainly ready for a good wash and sleep when it was time to leave. But of course there was one last challenge and that was to fit all their kit back into their bags! This was the biggest challenge of all.
It was lovely to share the recent OFSTED report with you all today. We were last inspected in February 2016 and were then judged ‘Requires Improvement’ during a period of considerable change. To have improved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in only two years is a truly fantastic achievement and is a reflection of the time and support given by everyone connected with the school and who have shown a huge commitment in helping to make Old Stratford Primary School the best school it can be.
This is nothing less than the community deserves and we would like to thank you all for your contribution.
We have all worked extremely hard over the last two years and the journey has been an extremely rewarding one and we can see the positive benefits of this throughout the school. OFSTED’s recognition of this achievement through the awarding of a ‘Good’ is a positive validation of all our effort. We are now looking forward to continuing the journey and building on our success.
Wow what a busy week! An OFSTED visit mid week gave us a great opportunity to show off all the exciting learning we do here at Old Stratford Primary School. Watch this space for an update as to how it went when the full report is published shortly. As well as OFSTED visiting, we also had a visit from The French Theatre Workshop. Key Stage 2 children enjoyed learning new songs and phrases in French. The day was finished off by a theatre production from the team which the children really enjoyed. The week ended well too with a VIP Assembly. Well done to all the children who received their VIP awards this month.
Thank goodness the school was safe to open today after our Snow Day on Friday, we would of hated to miss our World Book Day. There were so many different book characters walking around the school today. Even the teachers got into the spirit of the day. The children had fun working through many book related activities. Mrs Lewis also shared with the children a new reading incentive where for every book you read you can collect a token for your class. The class that collects the most tokens will receive a special treat.
What a fantastic Science Day the children had today! It was lovely to walk around the school and see a huge variety of science investigations going on in all the classrooms.
A big thank you to Energy Kidz this morning for an exciting assembly that had all the children involved and excited. We are really looking forward to Energy Kidz starting their wrap around care (Breakfast & After School Clubs) after the Easter holiday (17th April). If you are interested in booking your children a place please book online by following this link https://www.energy-kidz.co.uk/
In our morning assembly, we also said goodbye to Mrs Cooper who works in Year 1. We will miss her happy persona around the school but wish her all the best for her new job. We hope she will stay in touch and let us know how she is getting on.
Year 6 had a wonderful time at The Saints Rugby Club today. After a tour of the club, where the children learnt tactical operations, the children took part in lots of team building exercises and mini games. A lot of fun was had by all.
Wow! Year 5 and 6 had a wonderful time today in the Alphadome exploring Space. The experience gave the children lots of information that they can then use to enhance their Science Topic this term.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term break. It was good to see all the children back today ready to begin another term of exciting learning.
Year 2 have had a fantastic time this afternoon. They have been visited by some very friendly owls. The children stayed very calm as they took a turn holding the owls wearing special protective gloves.
It was so lovely to see so many parents attending our Walk In Wednesday this morning. There were lots of fun activities going on around the school. It was brilliant to see the parents enjoying them too!
Look who came to visit our Reception Class today! The children really enjoyed their visit from the Fire Brigade. They listened carefully to the fire service when they explained what they do in their jobs. They became very excited when they were then allowed to get into the fire engine and use the hose!
A very exciting day today as the work begins on the Early Years outdoor area! We are all looking forward to seeing a big impact in the coming weeks.
Well done to all of our new VIPs who received their awards today in our VIP assembly. Children were given their awards for a variety of reasons such as perseverance, friendship, hard work, helping others as well as many others. We have an exciting week ahead next week when the work to develop the outside area in Early Years starts. The work should take 2 weeks. I will keep you posted on the developments.
A big welcome back to school and a very Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We have started our new term with some exciting starts to the Year group topics. Please visit your child's year group page for updates on what your children will be learning this term.
Today Year 5 and 6 have had training on how to become a Sports Leader. They will be using these skills to lead sporting activities at playtimes.
What a great festive week we have had. Early Years and Key Stage 1 did a fantastic job telling the Christmas Story. Their Nativity was excellent. Key Stage 2 also did 2 fantastic concerts and sang their socks off! We are definitely starting to feel the Christmas spirit in school.
Another exciting day today! The children in Years 5 and 6 were completely immersed in their topic by going back in time to the 1940's. They all dressed up and spent their day as a typical child in World War 2. They experienced what it could have been like being evacuated to the countryside and spending a day in their new school. They were then able to explore the High Street where they could visit different traders. By the end of the day the children had a good idea of the cause and effect of the evacuations during the Second World War.
What a great day was had by all in Year 1 and 2 today when they all came dressed up for their Castle Day! The children enjoyed a day set during the mediaeval period and spent the day in the life of a typical Norman castle under siege in the south east of England. To finish the day the children enjoyed a typical Norman Banquet.
I hope you all had a lovely half-term break. It has been another busy start to the term. Thank you to all the children who took part in our half-term challenge. We received many extreme reading photographs - look out for them displayed around the school. We also had plenty of Fairy Gardens brought in. The Student Council will make the final decision on who the winners are.
We have had the Community Police officers in today delivering the Butterfly Project. This is a county wide project that teaches children to identify when they get that butterfly feeling in their stomach that is warning them of danger. There were workshops delivered to all classes set at different levels. All children were given a blue butterfly badge to help them remember the key points raised throughout the day.
Sadly today we said goodbye to Mrs Carter our Office Manager. A special assembly was held at the end of they day where the children and staff were able to say a few words about why they would miss her. Mrs Carter has worked at Old Stratford School for 21 years and has shown great loyalty and dedication. She will be sadly missed but has promised to visit regularly and join us on trips or run clubs in the future.
Well it's been a very busy week. Thank you to all who attended Parents Evening I know some of you persevered through heavy traffic to get here but we do appreciate all your efforts. Parents Evening is always a good opportunity for the staff to feedback all of the hard work your children have been doing.
Year 3 & 4 have had a wonderful day today immersing themselves in the Stone Age times. It was wonderful to see all the children and staff dressed up and ready to fully engage into the spirit of the day. Watch out for photographs on the school gallery.
Finally I wish you all a lovely week off for half term. I hope you all enjoy some well earned family time.
Wow a big well done to Year 2 for a wonderful Class Assembly today. They shared their class story beautifully with fantastic expression. Well done to them all for learning all of their lines and speaking so clearly. It was lovely to hear about what they have been learning in the classroom.