The last few weeks of the summer term are both joyful and jam-packed. There are so many things to look forward to and we would urge you to make sure that you have the calendar for the school downloaded into your phone so that you don’t miss anything at all.
I do hope you spent a pleasant week or perhaps part of that week with your children over half-term. I know some of you, as I did, were able to see quite a lot of sun during your time. I was lucky to spend time in southern Spain and as well as enjoying the lively company of my young nephews and the generous hospitality of their family, I enjoyed learning some new things about plants and animals that I encountered during my time there.
Some of you will know that my assembly theme this term is focused on nature. I have taken inspiration from a beautiful book which was presented to the school called “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. This beautiful book was presented to the school by its authors as part of a project to enable children to learn about the words that have been removed from the Oxford Junior dictionary and which are considered no longer relevant for children. To be fair to the authors of the dictionary, the words removed were used less frequently by children than the technological vocabulary which was put in to replace them.
This week I introduced them to the secret life of the fern and I had great “fern” researching it!
In our gorgeous open landscape it is really important that we stop and look at the beautiful world around us.