10 June 2022

In our Senior Leaders' meeting on Thursday night we were talking about all of the amazing things going on in school and we realised that we weren't actually very good at letting our parents, carers and families know about everything that goes on here. So we talked about a few ideas and I am determined to write a blog every Friday showcasing all of the amazing learning. This is my first one!

Firstly, we have to mention our new EYFS outdoor area! This was made possible by our securing of a £30,000 grant from Stockton Borough Council last year. Olly and the guys from Cool Canvas - a specialist outdoor play company working exclusively with natural materials - have done an incredible job and we are so proud to be able to offer this amazing space to our youngest learners.

Year 1 this week completed their Phonics Screening Check - you can read more about what that is here. We won't know the "pass mark" until a few days but it is safe to say that our children have performed incredibly well, and we're excited to share the results with parents when we can.

Year 2 worked on some 'unplugged' computing lessons with Miss Dunning, guiding their friends around the classroom using algorithms. 

Year 5 got the chance to work with experienced gymnasts in their PE this week, and this will continue until the Summer. The children (and teachers!) were very excited to have some experts working with them to develop their gymnastic skills. Year 5 also got to taste biscuits as part of their DT lesson - I'm gutted I missed that one!

Up in Year 6 the children are still working hard on their writing, as we will be submitting our assessment of their writing in a few days. They are working hard on producing their last extended, independent pieces to show off all of their learning over the year (and, really, their whole time at Hardwick Green)!

Across school, every class in KS1 and KS2 got the chance to take part in a friendship and anti-bullying workshop this week with Jessica from Open View Education. The children learned about the difference between arguments and bullying, and learned ways to be kind to each other and diffuse conflict. On Friday in assembly, I read the whole school the story of the 'Worry Monster' and I left each class their very own cuddly worry monster so that we now have a new system for children to tell our staff about their worries and concerns so that we can help sort it out sooner.

This is just the tip of iceberg when it comes to exciting things happening at Hardwick Green. I will write to you with a round-up of next week on frday 17th! 

Posted by Chris Story

Category: Principal's Blog

Tags: Principal Whole School Anti-bullying Weekly Blog

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