Dear Parents and Guardians,
This week all of the children across the Federation and the Trust shared their Bright Futures Learning Trust projects with each other. In Reception, each class made their own special video to introduce themselves to their Bright Futures friends in Goldsworth and St John’s Primary Schools. The children watched the videos they had made for each other and then made cards and letters for the children in the other schools to get to know one another better.
In Years 1 and 2 the children learnt about the impact they had on the environment and ways that they could change their behaviour to be more eco-friendly. Year 2 have tasked the children by asking them all to be ‘Earth Inspectors’ and they have asked them to record during the holidays when they have made eco-friendly choices with their family. They are collecting their answers after half term and will share their findings.
Year 3 had a really exciting zoom meeting with the Mayor of Woking who told them all about the amazing changes and future plans that are taking place in Woking to make it a better and more environmentally friendly place to live. The children discussed all of the changes they can make to help the environment and to be ‘Little Planet Woking Heroes’. This meeting was then followed by a very exciting assembly by Surrey Wildlife Trust where they learnt all about the animals and insects that we need to protect because they are so important to our planet. Year 3 are looking forward to coming up with lots of ideas on how to make our school a more environmentally friendly place and to help save these wonderful animals and our planet!
The children in Year 4 decided to focus on the environment too. They started by considering what a bright future looks like for the environment and then each class discussed and voted on a project to complete. 4E decided they wanted to raise money for the WWF as they felt passionately about wanting to stop animals from becoming extinct. This week they completed a sponsored activity in their PE lesson and managed to run 200 laps of the school running track in just over six minutes and 20 seconds. So far, they have raised over £300! 4K voted to make a recycled superhero sculpture as they felt passionate about the importance of everyone recycling items to make it usable again and to cut down on waste. This week, they constructed and painted their superhero as a class and named it ‘Enviroman’. 4B made the decision to create bug hotels and bird feeders to support the local wildlife and environment. We talked about the importance of insects in the environment and some of the problems insects face such as artificial grass. Insects are an important source of food for other animals like birds and bats and they play an essential role to pollinate plants and crops. They can also be predators to other insects like aphids, and useful workers to provide us with nutrient rich soil. The children from 4B will be placing their creations in their gardens and monitoring them to see the impact. We hope to see some guests checking into our hotels very soon!
The Year 5 classes have been communicating with the other children from St. John’s and Goldsworth, via their Year 5 Trust Google Classroom page. All children have explored their understanding of what community means to them, in a school, Trust, local area, country and global context. Children have also asked each other questions about their schools; had a chance to read the answers and shared their aspirations for their own bright future. It is clear that there are many things the Year 5 children from the Bright Futures Trust have in common!
Year 6 have spent a lot of time thinking about how our school links to the community and what makes us special. In their classes, they created a list of everything they love about our school and the experiences that have made their time here memorable. They then had a Year 6 Google Meet to share ideas with each other and explain their reasons for choosing each one. After this, they created Mind Splashes and posters, wrote letters and made leaflets showcasing their ‘Knaphill Top Five Highlights’. This week, they met on Teams with the Year Six children across the Trust to share what they have been busy doing. The children did a fantastic job at presenting their ideas to the other schools. Well done, Year 6 children!
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and happy half term. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 7th June.
Many best wishes,
Miss J. Concannon Federation Headteacher