Daffodil Day- hope for Spring

 

This week we planned a very special Daffodil Day that helped us to think about our wellbeing focus- Hope. Every child and adult in the school has planted a daffodil bulb in the hope that we will see a beautiful display of golden flowers in the Spring. We are looking forward to watching them grow in our garden. Zoe, our specialist garden and wildlife teacher, helped us and taught us about daffodil. We are feeling very hopeful!

Mastering Maths at Sulivan

 

Maths is marvellous! Every day we learn new maths skills, develop our understanding of mathematical concepts and use thinking skills to solve problems. We always take time to explain our reasoning and understanding as this helps us to develop deeper understanding and master the learning. This term we have been focussing on developing secure number and calculation skills in a range of contexts. During play and independent learning time we have explored shape, measure and geometry. Our teaching methods and learning sequences means we have seen children achieve great things this term; developing confidence, fluency and enjoyment of all things mathematical.

Take a look at our sneak peek into maths and you will see how the children are learning new skills, being curious and persevering even when faced with tricky challenges! Teachers and teaching assistants in each class support the children as they learn and to extend their learning so they become maths masters!

Healthy bodies, healthy minds

 

We are making sure we keep active and healthy at school. Children benefit from two hours of PE each week with lots of additional active outdoor learning too. We also have daily meditation and mindfulness in classes to support our wellbeing and mental health.

Our sports’ coach, Miss Stringer, has been teaching gymnastics skills this term alongside weekly team sports and multi-skills. In gymnastics the children have been learning new balance, control and movement skills. Learning is progressed through the school so that we develop skills for each age group. Take a look at our gymnastics’ skills in this video.

Look at our learning!

 

There has been so much learning and excitement this term we have to celebrate!

Join us as we say a huge well done to all the children for working so hard, playing so kindly and enjoying the Autumn Term back at Sulivan.

Great art grows at Sulivan

 

Children at Sulivan have been inspired by the old saying “From little acorns mighty oaks can grow” and we are learning that great things can start from even the smallest beginnings. Take a look to see how we grow together at Sulivan.

We decided to make some Giant Art as part of #HelloYellow Day to support Young Minds Mental Health Day. We know that being creative and part of a community are positive ways to have good wellbeing.

The artwork, entitled “Growing together at Sulivan” was created from sticks gathered from our garden and at home. We used them to make a giant outdoor art installation of a beautiful, unique tree. This idea “grew” from the work children have been doing in English using our Recovery Curriculum story, Stanley’s Stick. Every child and adult chose and decorated a stick and once we started to put them together, branches appeared and by the end of the day we had created our own Sulivan tree, standing tall and looking very beautiful. We are finding lots of new ways to work together as a community and next week we will be sharing our published stories with our Pen Pal class.

https://youngminds.org.uk/get-involved/how-to-fundraise/helloyellow/


Ready to recover and RISE!

 

Every teacher at Sulivan is excited to welcome children back to school in September. We are ready to make sure that every child transitions back to school happily and confidently. In order to do this, we have created a unique Recover and Rise curriculum which draws on educational research and has a robust pedagogy. Our Recover and Rise curriculum has been designed by us to ensure our children’s wellbeing and emotional resilience is prioritised in response to their needs during the pandemic. We have a carefully designed and focused approach (RECOVER) in order for every child to be ready for new challenges and learning (RISE). Our curriculum will be broad and balanced so that children have every opportunity to learn a range of subjects, develop social, emotional and physical skills and enjoy and benefit from outdoor learning and the natural environment. Get ready to recover and rise!

Parents thrilled to celebrate Year 6 Graduation

 

Parents were thrilled to be able to celebrate their child’s achievements and mark the end of their primary school journey with a special, outdoor ceremony held in our meadow area. Every child had their “red carpet moment” as a line of teachers and staff welcomed children and their families through the school gates, clapping them as they made their entrance. Speeches were made by our Chair of Governors, Caroline Langton, Head teacher, Miss Alridge and Year 6 teacher , Miss Roberts and each child received a personalised certificate of graduation.

Before the children began their Leavers’ Day fun day, they impressed us all with heartfelt and powerfully presented speeches with messages of gratitude and hopes for the future. There was not a dry eye in the house as we all wished the class all the very best for their next step into Year 7.