Have you spotted the new arrivals at school?
Willow Class sleepover started with great excitement with sports, pizza, toasting marshmallows and films before settling down to sleep.
A very exciting start to the week for Lime Class as two guinea pigs arrived on Monday to join the class. The children went through a voting process and the piggies are now known as Snowy and Cookie.
It has been so lovely to welcome our children back in to school this week (along with some new faces). There is a lovely buzz around the school with lots children keen to chatter to their friends and catch up again.
The overwhelming feeling from the children is that they are delighted to be back and to see their teachers and friends and have really enjoyed their first few days back. They have quickly settled down to their work and established good working routines – long may this continue!
What a talented bunch you all are! We set you a challenge to recreate famous artworks and you didn’t disappoint us. Well done to all of you who had a go.
It is now a truth universally acknowledged that the arts inspire and motivate children’s creativity, allowing them to find their voice and open up their imagination. As well as giving them a space to explore challenging themes more openly outside of the formal learning environment, the arts help to build young people’s confidence, resilience and self-esteem. Also, it has been noted that making art is helping many people express themselves, without having to use words.
As you may have seen during this time of isolation, art lovers around the world have found a way to unite and stay creative: by recreating classic artworks using whatever they can find at home. It’s a great way to look at and learn about art while being creative with constraints.
Therefore, this Friday to mark the end of Children’s Mental Health Week, we are challenging you to express yourself through recreating a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.
Follow these easy steps:
- Choose your favourite art work
- Find things in your home
- Recreate the art work with those items
- Share with us and if you share on Facebook or Twitter please do tag us
We have included some examples and ideas to get you started. These include some efforts that our staff have trialled. It has to be said that using our own children as prop experts and photographers definitely had a good laugh!
We are hoping to raise awareness of the importance of everyone’s mental health, especially at such a challenging time. We can’t wait to see your pictures!
We took part in an NHS Deep cleaning and Advisory inspection on Friday 22nd of January and received some very positive comments in their feedback.
‘A very well maintained small primary school run very well and maintained to an exceptional standard throughout. Very well planned out classrooms and all COVID-19 secure. The protocols here are excellent and the staff appear to have thought of everything in making the appropriate changes that are required through the outbreak(s).’
‘This was a very nice small school, very clean with motivated and friendly staff who are putting the safety of everyone in the school as a priority. The staff should be highly commended on their efforts here.’
What great news to hear during these times!
It may be lockdown and it may be freezing, but this doesn’t stop the children here having some fun. We do hope that you all managed to get out and throw some snowballs, build a snowman and enjoy the beautiful blue sky. Do send us in your pictures and we will add to our lovely collection.
All the staff here at Little Hadham!
Another week has passed and the information and changes are still coming thick and fast from the Government. However, I hope that things are beginning to settle down into some routine for those of you at home. I know all parents want to do the best for their children, it’s our natural built in instinct. This situation is hard, there will be good days and tough days. We always ask the children to try their best and I know you adopt the same philosophy too. If you have technical difficulties or challenging personal / work circumstances on some days you must not be hard on yourselves, these things happen. If the last 10 days are a reflection of the term ahead then we have some lucky children at Little Hadham benefitting from some super parenting!
I am loving dropping into Seesaw and Tapestry each day and I have seen enthused and engaged children all enjoying their learning and hearing their reading or their comments to their teachers. In school, the children have settled well into new groups and are enjoying the opportunity to be taught by different members of staff. I have seen joy and smiles across which is so fabulous, particularly when there is so much worry around us as pandemic figures continue to cause concern.
Thank you most sincerely to all those of you who have sent in compliments about our staff. This has meant so much and really helped to motivate them as we navigate the regularly changing guidance and directives to keep our children as safe as possible whilst still offering a quality curriculum.
Happy weekend, stay safe!
Sinead Connolly Headteacher