Hello everybody, I hope you are all enjoying the Spring sunshine. School is very quiet today and it seems odd when the bell rings for playtime and there are no children rushing outside. I hope you are all keeping safe and enjoying being at home. Don't forget to blog your teachers as I know they are really enjoying hearing what you have been doing.
Thursday 12th January 2020
Don't forget that it is non-school uniform on Friday 13th. The PTA would like donations for the Mother's Day Shop.
Friday 7th January
It is hard to believe that we now only have one week left before the half term holiday. This half term is flying past! These past couple of weeks have been busy with visits from our School Improvement Partner and our Learning Improvement Officer. It is always great when visitors come in and can see the progress we are making as a school against our development areas. The past two visits have focused on our foundation curriculum, ensuring that there is clear progression in our teaching and learning and also that skills are revisited. Please take a look at our website to see how the curriculum is taught.
FRIDAY 31st January 2020
I have had a lovely morning in Nursery this morning playing with the children. The role play is currently a hospital which the children love playing in dressing up as doctors and nurses and bandaging one another up. As always the children love being outside, today the scooters and bikes were numbered emergency vehicles to link in with the theme of People Who Help Us. The nursery has recently purchased a bird feeder which the children get very excited about when a bird appears. Posters of different garden birds are displayed to encourage the children to identify the type of bird. But the most fun the children had was with some lengths of guttering! The children spent ages balancing the guttering and then letting cars travel down it. It was a super morning for all.
Tuesday 28th January 2020 Hope and Kindness
On Monday, Judy from Hope and Kindness came in to school to talk to the children and staff in an assembly about the charity Hope and Kindness.
Hope and Kindness support the view that every child deserves the opportunity to make the most of the life that God has given them and that opportunity should not depend on the place where you were born or the family you were born into.
Judy and her husband and two young children moved to Kosele in Kenya in 2002 and over the past 18 years they have made a difference to many children in Kosele. They have, with the support of others, created a school that now has over 200 pupils. At Tanworth we have for a number of years sponsored two children Dancun and Carolyn and have been able to see how the money we send each month has supported the children so that they can have an education.
The assembly on Monday was a great reminder of how fortunate we are and how at times we may take for granted amenities such as running water, electricity, flushing toilets etc.
Our School Council are going to be writing letters to the two children we sponsor and later on in the year we will be doing a fundraising event to support this wonderful charity.
If you would like to find out more then please take a look at their website www.hopeandkindness.org or on their Facebook page HopeandKindnessKosele
Monday 14th October
The assembly today was called 'Count your blessings'. I spoke to the children about how we should always be thankful for what we have. Three children acted out how even when it is raining, and we can't play outside, and we have forgotten our tuck money we can still be thankful for what we already have. The children all then closed their eyes to take time to reflect and think of three things that they are thankful for. A new flip chart in the hall allows children to write their own reflections on the worship or indeed any questions that is has raised for them.
1 Thessalonians 5.18 -
Be thankful in all circumstances.
Thursday 26th September
This half-term our Christian Value is Thankfulness. We are considering how to demonstrate thankfulness and considering all we have to be thankful for.
Sometimes in this busy world, we forget to stop and take time to be thankful for what we already have and can often spend time wishing for things we do not have.
I have much to be thankful for. I have three healthy children, a job that I enjoy and friends and family that I love and know that they love me. We are encouraging the children to take time to stop and think of something that they are thankful for. Why don't you do the same?
Welcome Back 09/09/19
I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday. I had a great six weeks. I went camping a couple of times and luckily the weather was fab. I also went to Malta for a week, where it was really hot.
It has been lovely this week speaking to the children about their holidays, where they went and what they did.
This is a busy half term in school with Harvest, Parents' Evening, Meet the Teacher sessions, clubs starting and settling the children into their new classes. Please keep checking the calendar so that you know what is coming up in school.
Year 6 Service in Church 10/07/19
Well done to Year 6 for their fantastic behaviour representing the school at St Martin in the Bull Ring today in Birmingham. Thank you to all of the Year 6 family members who also joined us to take part in this special service.
Thursday 27th June 2019
Thank you to all of the parents who attended the new Reception Parents Meeting this afternoon. Please find a copy of the powerpoint used below.
Help us to improve our PE/Sports provision by taking part in our PE/Sports Survey. It is simple to do and will only take 5 minutes to complete. Please click the link below.
Wednesday 20th June 2018
Please tell your family and friends about our Nursery Open Day on Wednesday 4th and Wednesday 11th July.
Tuesday 22nd May 2018
As we approach the half term holiday again it is time to reflect on achievements and lessons learned this half term. As a school we have introduced a new Christian value of 'service' which has been the focus for our assemblies this half term. Every time a child gives 'service', they can pop a cube into a jug. The jug is now over flowing, which demonstrates how kind, caring and thoughtful the children of Tanworth are.
Year 6 have shown true determination and resilience this half term and completed their SATs with a smile. Let's hope all their hard work is reflective in the results they receive in July.
The hall is looking amazing, with all the major religions of the world reflected in the art work created with Art Base and all of our children. We now eagerly waiting for the securing of the decorated cross to complete our newly decorated hall.
We celebrated the recent Royal Wedding in style, with Year 2 taking part in a wedding ceremony in the church. Afterwards, all the children had a street party on the KS1 playground. A great day was had by all!
Friday 27th April 2018
It maybe raining outside but the weather has not dampened the children's enthusiasm for learning. This week Year 1 have been on a visit to St John's Museum, Year 3 have been learning about the Egyptians, Year 6 have been creating balanced arguments on whether they should have to do SATs and Year 2 have been creating newspaper reports on their visit to the Sea Life Centre.
The art work on different faiths is now complete and next week will transform our hall.
It has been a busy week in school and everybody is looking forward to the weekend.
Sunday 4th March 2018
Yet again the decision to close the school because of snow had to be made. Thursday evening was a long evening deciding what to do. I was constantly checking the weather app on my phone, watching the weather on TV and also texting staff members who live in or near to Tanworth for updates on the conditions. I must say that on Friday, when I saw photos on social media of roads with lorries and cars stuck I was pleased with the decision made.
Hopefully that will be the last of the snow for this academic year!
Don't forget that on Monday we will be holding the next Parent Focus Group meeting, so please come along.
Thursday 18th January 2018
Happy New Year! Wow, I can't believe that we are almost at the end of the second week of the Spring term and Christmas seems such a distant memory! I hope that you and your children all had a fantastic Christmas break.
Don't forget you can keep up to date with what your children are learning by looking at our Curriculum overview and the Class Pages.
Friday 22nd December
November and December have been very busy moths. We have had: a school Open Day, Firework night, Remembrance service, Parents Evening, Nasal Flu vaccinations, Year 2 parents joined their children in a Diwali afternoon, the first Parent Focus Group meeting, Art Base worked with Year 5 and 6 creating art work for the entrance, RE curriculum day on light, Nursery Christmas Party, a visit to the pantomime, Year 4 café with lots of parents, a Nativity, performance of Babushka, Junior Carol Concert, Party Day, Christmas Lunch, Year 3 Christmas service and lets not forget the snow and the new library and book scheme we have introduced!
Amongst all of this we have ensured that learning opportunities are maximised and that all children are being given a broad and rich curriculum. Teachers have taken part in moderation of learning, Pupil Progress meetings, book trawls and Numicon training amongst many other activities that make up their roles and responsibilities as a class teacher.
I am sure everybody is ready for a well earned rest and time to recharge their batteries ready for the Spring term.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to working with you again in the New Year.
Monday 20th November
The half term holiday now seems a distant memory, and I can't believe that we have already completed three weeks of this half term, it won't be long until the countdown to Christmas begins!
This half term has been busy with the Reception 2018 Open Day, Parents Evening for Nursery and the school, the PTA firework display, the Remembrance service and we have also started to create the new library area in the entrance to the school.
The school is looking really inviting with some amazing displays of learning. Please take a look in the gallery under the children tab.
'Don't count the days; Make the days count.'
Tuesday 17th October 2017
It is time to reflect on this first half term as we edge ever closer to a well earned rest (I say rest, but I have a long list of jobs to work my way through during the half term break). This half term we have welcomed 30 new children into our Reception class, along with 7 new children across the school and 13 new children in to our Nursery. We have also said a sad 'Good bye' to Miss Benton one of our TAs and a warm 'Hello' to Mrs Flower who is supporting in Year 5. We also welcomed Miss Evens as our new Deputy Head and Year 2 teacher.
During the summer months each class teacher was busy planning and preparing new curriculum themes for their year group with a focus on ensuring children are engaged, interested and enjoying their learning, whilst developing the key skills in maths and English. You can find out more by visiting the class pages on the website.
In September we held our 'meet the teacher' evening, which was very well attended, and I spoke to parents about our plans for the year ahead. The main focus for us as a school is to ensure that children leave Tanworth with all the skills they need to grow into the adults of the future. Of course the children need to leave Tanworth with good attainment in Maths and English but also with the life long learning skills they will need in order to succeed i.e. perseverance, stamina, respect, dignity, trust, faith, hope... the list could go on.
There has been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes, monitoring teaching and learning, to ensure all of our children regardless of their starting points make good progress, and that the learning is well matched to each individual child. We have introduced book covers and had a real push on everyone taking pride in their work and ensuring their presentation is always at its best! There have also been subtle changes to the timetabled day to maximise learning time.
One of the changes that I am most pleased with, is the introduction of a shared Celebration Assembly on a Tuesday. It has been lovely to see so many parents and family members join us to celebrate the achievements of the children in school, whether this is for attainment and effort or for behaviour and manners. The feedback from parents has been really positive.
There is much still to be achieved but together as the 'Tanworth Family' I know we will achieve.
"If you focus on results,you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results."
2/10/17 Monday Again!!!
I hope you all had lovely weekends and are ready for the week ahead at Tanworth! I am really looking forward to the Harvest Service on Friday in church. Today in assembly, the children were having a run through of one of my favourite songs 'Everywhere around me'. It sounded beautiful.
25.9.17 Hello Monday
I hope you all had a lovely weekend, let's hope that we still have some sunshine left to come as we edge further into the Autumn! Today the Governors and I had a walk around the school, popping into classrooms and looking at the displays that have started to appear. We were really impressed by how all the children were engaged in their learning, and the behaviour, as always, was truly excellent. On Friday I will be looking at the work in books, with the Governors, which I am really looking forward to. I know all of the teachers have planned really exciting themes for the children, so I am excited to find out more about the learning opportunities by looking through the books at the work produced.
22.9.17 Happy Friday!
It has been a busy week in school. We have had meet the teacher, Governors meeting, our first celebration assembly and two open the book assemblies. I also spent a lovely morning in our Nursery on Thursday, where I got to play!!! The teachers have also been very busy adding more and more displays of wonderful learning around the school.
I am going to leave you with a little thought of the day.
"Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday"
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!