The children have been very busy settling into their new classes and it has been lovely to welcome all our new pupils. It is never easy moving to a new class and get- ting to know new classmates, however, everyone has settled really well.
The pupils have had many exciting learning opportunities this term. Through our Creative Curriculum, they have undertaken learning outside of the classroom and participated in many offsite experiences.
These have included, Power Boat rides to Weymouth as part of a topic about Transport and even dragon hunting on Portland!
The Willow class participated in a Remembrance Service at the Bovington Army Camp. It made us feel very proud to observe our pupils showing respect for those who had died fighting for our country’s freedom.
We have also been spending time this term thinking about our British Values. We want our pupils to have a clear understanding of what it means to be British and what is expected in the wider society. Learning to be tolerant of others is very important and this value was a particular feature of our first British Values’ Day.
During the day, the usual lessons were suspended and the children worked on their understanding of what being British meant to them and, in particular, considered the value of tolerance. Among other activities, the pupils enjoyed cooking (and eating!) typically British food, such as scones, cream and jam, stood and showed respect for the National Anthem in addition to writing poetry with a British theme.
We have enriched our curriculum significantly this term working in partnership with Aim Community. The children have participated in a range of activities such as animation, Street Dance, DJemba ( a form of African drumming) and drama. The children will be rotated across the activities during the year so will all get a turn of each.
We sadly have to say a fond farewell to Mr Nick Payne who has taught at the school for 13 and a half years. In his time at Longspee, Mr Payne has been a classroom teacher and taught Life Skills and Food Technology. We will miss his personality around school and wish him every future success.
I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Longspee who tirelessly work to try and support all the children at Longspee – academically, socially and emotionally.
We would like to say thank you to all our parents and carers who have supported us this term. We value our home/school liaison and look forward to continue working with you for the rest of the year.
Mrs Nicki Morton