And just like that… a brand new school year!

Welcome back to the start of a new school year. We have had a fantastic start to the new school year; it has been wonderful to see how our children have settled back in to school life so happily. It is so wonderful to have had such a lovely warm welcome back from the Little Hadham primary community. I am especially pleased to welcome new families and children to our school and to the new Nursery and Reception children who have started.

Walking around the school and seeing our children revel in their love for learning has been such a pleasure to see! The first week at school is all about connection with our children and making sure they settle in and get use to the new routines.

A new school year brings a wealth of activity and opportunities for us all and we are excited about the year ahead. We are looking forward to being able to so many more normal aspects of school life over this academic year and our desire is to really knit the school community back together again. This first newsletter has lots of information so please do read it and note any dates on the newsletter. The staff have worked hard planning interesting topics and will be sending home an introductory Curriculum Newsletter shortly detailing events for this term and giving information regarding Forest days, homework etc

We were incredibly saddened to hear the news last night that Queen Elizabeth II had died. She lived through a century of huge changes and was a constant through our lives. Our thoughts are with her family. In June, children spent a week learning about her life and contribution to the country as part of our Platinum Jubilee celebrations. In class today children  looked back at the Queen’s life. We talked about the serious side of her role but also that she had a good sense of humour and how much she smiled – think Paddington sketch!

Wishing you all a very peaceful weekend

Ms Connolly

School is out for the summer…

Thank you all who could come to the picnic today, it really was a fabulous way to end the school year.  It was lovely to see the Year 6 children take so much pleasure (maybe a little too much) in beating their parents. As A.A. Milne says, “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. And as sad we are to say goodbye to them we are happy knowing that they leave responsible, independent, happy, confident young people who we are extremely proud of.

Good luck Year 6, may you all succeed in everything you set out to achieve.

Well done everyone, together we did it. I would like to thank everyone (teachers, TAs, governors and, of course, parents!) who has supported a child in anyway this year. This is what makes Little Hadham a wonderful community and I can honestly say I am very happy and honoured to be the headteacher here.

Thank you for all the lovely gifts and kind words that you have sent it. They are truly appreciated. Have a wonderful summer holiday and we will see you all on the 2nd of September.

Best wishes

Ms Connolly

And the beat goes on…

Did someone say party…? What a lovely way to end the school year, especially after record breaking heat! To celebrate the end of term after working so hard, we had professional party entertainers in to celebrate with us.  And what fun we had, there’s no stopping these children, I really don’t know where they get their energy. It was lovely to se them all together. The were  dancing, cheering each other on and totally enjoying themselves.

If you go down to the woods today…

… you’re in for a lot of fun!

Ash and Saplings had a wonderful time in Hatfield Forest today on their school trip! We started off incredibly excited for the coach journey, and we enjoyed guessing what colour it might be as we walked safely across the carpark. As the children took their seats, we buckled up and went on our way! During the coach trip, we spotted lots of different things out of the windows, from traffic cones and diggers, to trees and fields. Ellie even commented on the “beautiful view” we could see out of the window!

After we arrived and had a big drink, we were ready to set off on our first adventure! We even had the ducks following us to join in with the fun! We went on a nature walk where we spotted lots of different things, including moss, mushrooms and animal tracks. The children enjoyed using binoculars to see the ducks across the lake and to see the fern leaves and wildflowers through the trees.

Once we finished our morning nature walk, we rested in the shade of a tree ready for a story and, most excitingly, a picnic! The children loved having their lunch together and it was made even more enjoyable by the shade, the breeze and a special ice lolly treat! In fact, our food was so yummy that the ducks came back to visit us again! The children didn’t stop using their nature detective eyes and saw some swans and their cygnet from across the grass walking towards the lake to keep cool.

With our tummies full and feeling hydrated once more, we spent time in the afternoon investigating pond life and searching for little creatures on a minibeast hunt in the long grass. In the pond life trays, we found some flat worms, dragonfly larvae and water boatmen. We learnt that dragonflies have their wings our from side-to side when they rest, and damselflies rest with their wings behind them!  During our minibeast hunt we found lots of woodlice, spiders ants and butterflies. We put our bug knowledge to the test with a guessing game where each of the groups had to act out different minibeasts for their friends to guess. We had the most excellent impressions of worms, millipedes, bees and woodlice!

The journey back home was a tale of two halves; partly excitable chatter about the day, partly a chance to have a little snooze! The children had such a fantastic time!

 

 

Fantastic Summer Fete!

I would like to thank everyone that attended or volunteered at our Friends Summer Fair on Friday. I thought this was another really special event, with a wonderful community atmosphere and happy vibe. For many children this was their first ever experience of a summer fair! The Friends team did an exceptional job of making it an event to remember – with particular credit to  all our brilliant event coordinators and those who gave up their time to make it all happen.  You raised £1550. Well done to all of you. We couldn’t have done it without your kind donations, time and generosity.

Street Party Fit for a Queen…

Her Majesty the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. To be a part of the celebration all pupils enjoyed an outdoor lunch party fit for the Queen herself, produced by the fabulous kitchen team. It was great to see everyone enjoying the delicious treats.

It was so very lovely to see all staff and children dressed in their red, white and blue as they arrived in school this morning with the school quickly transformed into a sea of royal colours. The grounds and buildings were looking equally colourful, decked out with Jubilee flags and bunting some of which the children had created throughout the week. This all added to the buzz of excitement as we all joined together to celebrate this historic occasion of the Platinum Jubilee. Our special time together culminated in the whole school dancing together led by the wonderful Willow Class- wow…they do have some moves!  A truly memorable occasion for all involved!

Goodbye Gilwell

 

Willow in the land of Gilwell…

Last night I entered the world of Gilwell, where Willow Class could be heard singing and shouting around a campfire to their hearts content, apart from those who have already lost their voices- it might be a peaceful weekend for some parents! I was given a very lengthy tour of where they slept and who had which bed and who was changing beds, how comfortable their bed was , where they had breakfast, where the did the leap of faith and so on… no wonder the teachers looked exhausted! They certainly are full of stories, energy and excitement and seem to be loving every minute of it. Mrs Tweedale said that they have been fabulous and have really encouraged and supported each other. We look forward to welcoming them back this afternoon.

 

Good Morning from Gilwell

Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time!

  

Thank you Mrs Tweedale, for such brilliant photos. It looks like you are all having too much fun- we are very jealous here back at school!

Mrs Tweedale has been texting to keep us updated and said they are loving it! She wrote that last night Ruby said, ‘I just love it, all of it. I don’t want to leave!’ and Henry this morning said, ‘I don’t know what I thought it would be like but it’s way better than anything I could have imagined.’

I am looking forward to seeing  them this evening when I pop over with ice-cream and milk for hot chocolate!

Teamwork makes the dream work

Team challenges and problem solving in the woods  – a perfect afternoon!

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