“OH, the joy of ‘normal’! With bubbles burst and playground dividing markings washed away by the rain, we have enjoyed a very sunny and happy start to the new academic year. Without a backward glance, children have enjoyed meeting their teachers in their new classrooms and firm friendships are beginning as we welcome new children to each of our year groups. New routines, different ways of learning and early mornings are catching up with us all today, however, and so the weekend arrives at just the right time!

“Teachers have remarked this week how quickly children have settled in. I have seen this during assemblies and as I walk around the House and Nursery. Mrs Axten-Higgs and Mrs Walker had their jaws on their chins as their Reception pupils walked in a smart, smiley line out to the garden for their first Games lesson today. They were very impressed at the speed and independence of their children to get dressed for Games exactly on time! As our ‘thinking caps’ grind into action again, phonics, handwriting and number work have begun in earnest. Topics are slowly being revealed and we must wait for the large and curious egg on the second floor to crack as Year 2 begin their topic on Castles. Beautiful pastel art, collaging and clay work are already on display in all the classrooms.

“As you will see from the homework in school bags this evening, our thoughts have already turned to electing our first School Council of the year and should your child wish to create a manifesto they are very welcome to take part in our pop-up election process. We look forward to Assembly on Monday as teachers present their enrichment topics for the year. Children will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in all areas over the year and they are able to opt for their choices of activity throughout the year. Reception children will join in after the Michaelmas Term, when they have had time to acclimatise more in their own year group.

“I was very pleased to meet with our year group parent representatives this morning, which is something we have not been able to achieve for some time. I am grateful for their time and support, and we look forward to some community events here at Acremont as the year progresses.

“With my best wishes for a restful and happy weekend.”

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