Growing and Learning
"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall." – Roald Dahl
It has certainly been a busy week back after half term holidays. Year 6 visited Crucial Crew on Tuesday and took part in many activities all about personal safety, health and wellbeing. On Wednesday Class 2 visited the cinema to watch "James and the Giant Peach" and thoroughly enjoyed comparing the book to the film, which they have been exploring as their class reading book. At Orford we believe reading our pupils stories is such a valuable experience. Each class has a class book/s. I believe Class 3 are enjoying "The Wind Singer" by William Nicholson and I know Class 1 were enjoying "Cat in The Hat" by Dr. Seuss earlier this week. This time happens at the end of the day and you would think it a relaxing time, but you'd be amazed at how much the children enjoy talking about their stories, noticing the smallest of details, connecting with characters and deducing and predicting from important parts of each story. I would encourage every family to end the day this way and enjoy the surprisingly clever responses your child will have. They make for very special times.
Next week we will be beginning our work as part of the Suffolk Learning and Improvement Network. All over Suffolk, schools have joined with each other to work collaboratively in improving their schools. Headteachers will tour and feedback on each other's schools, identifying strengths and growth points and lending each other support, sharing skills and expertise. We are very excited to be involved and look forward to working as part of a team, to take education and outcomes further for the pupils in our respective schools. We will be working with St. Mary's Catholic Primary School in Ipswich, Causton Junior School in Felixstowe and East Bergholt Primary School.