Well done to all the children in Years 5 and 6 for delivering speeches to their classmates over the last few days. The theme of 'if you could meet anyone from history, who would it be and why?', clearly inspired the children and their families (as I know from parents and carers that it provoked a lot of discussion at home!) and we heard some really interesting, thoughtful and thought-provoking speeches on a hugely diverse group of historical figures.
This has been a project that has run since we returned after Christmas and the children have put an incredible amount of time and effort into it. It is clear that they have also been supported by parents and carers at home and we thank the families for their input and involvement - the children did us all proud!
The children in each class have helped to chose four children from Year 5 and four from Year 6 to represent them in our very first Holden Clough Public Speaking Competition. Representing Year 5, are: Summer, Christian, Tristan and Andrew. Speaking for Year 6, are: Aeron, Jiya, Ayesha and Taliyah. The competition is on Friday 4th March, the prizes are ready, the invitations have been sent out and the shield is waiting to see whose name will be engraved on it as our very first winner!
Watch this space!
Year 4 & 5 Writing Workshop
On Tuesday 2nd February, a handful of our talented writers represented Years 4 and 5 at a writing workshop held at Waterloo Primary. The workshop offered the children the chance to craft their own spooky story and become published authors on pobble.com, a global literacy initiative for children of primary school age, created with the purpose of allowing them to share their writing and giving them a worldwide audience. Apparently Michael Morpurgo is a fan!
Minal and Anish from Y4, and Summer, Tristan, Andrew and Anaya from Y5, were the children who attended the workshop and they were an absolute credit to themselves, their families and Holden Clough in terms of both the work they produced and the way they conducted themselves. If you have a few minutes spare, please visit forschools.pobble.com and look at the 'Recent Days' section where you will find the work of our children. It really is worth a read!
Happy New Year!
A new year and a new start in Year 5 for us all! I'd like to take this opportunity to say how delighted I am to have joined the Holden Clough family. The children and staff have made me feel so welcome; I have met some parents/carers and I look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks. A heartfelt thank you to everyone for the welcome and showing why Holden Clough is such a wonderful school.
We have an exciting half-term ahead of us - please take some time to look at our curriculum newsletter which details the areas of study we will be focusing on and also includes ideas for how you can support your child's learning at home. As a parent myself, I know how important the partnership is between home and school so I am always happy to meet with parents and carers and discuss any concerns, answer any questions you may have about your child's learning, or simply say hello! I have already seen what a wonderful group of children we have in Year 5 and I have high hopes and expectations for what they can achieve, both personally and professionally, for the rest of this school year.
So here's to 2016 and I wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful year.
Welcome to Year 5!
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