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A busy half-term at Cherry Oak

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sandwiched between May Day and Spring Bank holiday, this week is a busy one for Cherry Oak with a group of children on a residential to Butlins; a day trip to Dodford with Victoria School; rock-climbing sessions as part of the PE curriculum for some of our Year 2 and 3 children; and a group of students from Turves Green Boys School joining our pupils for a physical fitness group. Phew!

We are always thinking of ways to raise money and in the last few months we’ve taken part in Bag2School who pay us for donating clothes, in the last round we raised £180.  We were also delighted when we received an anonymous donation of £1500. The money is going to be spent on new seating for our recently developed Backland area which is designed for outdoor learning and play.  Along with money that staff and pupils have raised over the last two years we are putting together a wish list of equipment and toys to buy for our children to use when they are out on the Backland.

We had our first Federation maths day with our partner school, Victoria, a few weeks ago.  Groups of staff and pupils from across the Federation came together for a morning of maths activities and the response from the session was positive from everyone involved.  The only criticism was that the session was too short! Fantastic!

Yum Yum!  Recently, our school council asked whether they could have more choice for school dinners so Sherrald our Catering Supervisor, organised a great selection of new foods for a food tasting which all of our children took part in.  It was great to see them all enjoying themselves, going around the tables and trying everything on offer.  Everyone was asked to ‘sticky dot’ the foods they liked and the results were sent back to school council for them to choose the new foods on our menus.  We are looking forward to sampling the new food very soon.

Last week, the whole school was invited to Baskerville School in Birmingham to see the CBSO perform which was enjoyed by pupils and staff.  Our children respond so well to music, with some taking part in music therapy sessions each week and a strong music curriculum we try to give them a range of opportunities for sensory learning.

We are working hard to develop our links with the local community and we have recently been offered the opportunity for some of the children to plant bulbs in Selly Oak park, our local park.  This is a great opportunity for the children to further develop their understanding of their local environment and to get hands-on experience of how plants grow.  Thank you very much to the Friends of Selly Oak Park for inviting us to join them.

So we’re ready for a quick break before the last half-term.  I predict another busy few weeks with planning for the end of the year and September.