We had a wonderful World Book Day with so many children and adults dressed up as their favourite book character. At one point, I’m sure I saw Miss Trunchbull, the Cat in the Hat and Harry Potter all having lunch together! The children enjoyed a day of exciting reading and writing lessons. KS2 mixed up the classes and worked together to write their own adventure books with a partner from a different class. KS1 found new reading buddies and enjoyed a magical morning of storytelling today from the Freshwater Theatre. Finally, I was treated to a brilliant performance of the Runaway Pancake by the EYFS team who acted out the story for our Nursery and Reception children. The children were enthralled, as was I, and enjoyed every minute. Lastly, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave so generously to our fundraising campaign. We will let you know the total collected next week and we will be counting the steps towards our goal on our fundraising thermometer. The Read-a-thon was really successful and the Swap Shop attended by lots of eager readers keen to find a “new” book to read this weekend. Thank you to the PTA for helping with the Swap Shop. – Miss Aldridge
Sulivan has celebrated another successful Ofsted inspection by retaining its good school status following a short inspection on 29th January 2019. Parents, staff, governors and pupils are very proud of this achievement and become the third Brightwells Academy Trust school to enjoy this achievement in the past three months!
In a letter to parents, Wendy Aldridge, Headteacher, commented:
“I have uncompromising standards for my staff and pupils. I have a team of dedicated teachers and support staff that work hard to ensure your children’s education stands out as excellent, enriching and ambitious. During my meetings with the inspector it was clear to me that Sulivan is succeeding in many areas of our vision. Together we recognised the important developments we are making in standards in reading, writing and maths as well as the wider curriculum. The inspector was extremely complimentary during the inspection about the excellent behaviour and attitudes of all the children. She noted the many and varied enrichment opportunities, our strong community and support from parents that I value so highly. My discussions with the inspector were constructive and positive about the ways in which we can continue to improve the standards and outcomes for all our pupils. I look forward to working with parents, staff, governors and pupils, to ensure that Sulivan continues to go from strength to strength, providing the highest quality of education at the heart of our diverse community .”
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On Tuesday, Year 2 went on a very special journey to Antarctica! After boarding the plane, the children travelled to the chilly, snowy location of Antarctica. When they got there, they explored the continent – looking at the wildlife and learning about the weather. They saw so many things…some of their favourites included seeing the penguins and feeling the icy cold water. This term, they will continue their learning about Antarctica. We can’t wait to hear what they have discovered next!
This term our whole school curriculum topic is Explorers. To “kick-start” our topic, we had an Explorers’ Day. We invited the children to dress up as Explorers – some chose to be a famous explorer and others chose to be linked to transport and journeys. The children took part in a carousel of activities – where they travelled the world learning about different continents.
We also spoke about how an explorer would need the Sulivan school values of kindness, tolerance, resilience, fairness, co-operation and respect when exploring new places. We finished our whole school assembly with this extract of an exploration poem by Edgar Guest:
The things that haven’t been done before
Are the tasks worth while today;
Are you one of the flock that follows, or
Are you one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of a doubting crew,
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that’s new?
In Year 3 we are excited to taking part in a project led by Tate Britain this term. This academic year, schools across London have been invited to take part in a very special learning project led by Steve McQueen, with the Tate gallery, Artangel and the educational charity A New Direction. During the project, every Year 3 class across the capital has been invited to take part in one of the largest group portraits ever made. On Tuesday 8th January, a photographer from the Tate came to Sulivan to take a class photograph. Chestnut class were delighted to take part in this project and the children cannot wait to see the exhibition at the Tate Britain!