Autumn term got off to a flying start at Stoke Goldington, with 10 children starting as Busy Bees in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) class. A warm welcome was extended to Aidan, Joshua, Malachi, Jacob, Amelie, Tom, Ethan, Tsvakai, Seb and Kody. The children have all adapted very well to their School routines and have been particularly enjoying the topics ‘Ourselves,’ ‘Harvest’ and ‘Autumn.’
The Learning Ladybirds children now comprise eight in Year 1 and nine in Year 2. The children have all settled well into their new year groups and we welcomed our new starters, Scarlett into Year 1 and Damien and Tyler into Year 2. The Ladybirds have channelled their energies into the topic ‘Marvellous Me’ with some fantastic self-portraits and science work exploring the changes that occur as we all grow older!
A special Harvest Festival celebration taken by Reverend Janet, at St. Peter’s Church was the perfect opportunity for all the children to display their Autumn pictures and read aloud harvest poems and prayers.
We have already had two trips away from School, both to Campbell Park in Milton Keynes. Firstly the Learning Ladybirds enjoyed our annual Team Building trip there, having great fun completing physical challenges as a team and learning the benefits of working together to get a job done!
Secondly, the whole School visited Salcey Forest for an exploration of the woodland environment as part of their topic ‘Senses.’ The Busy Bees and the Learning Ladybirds used their eyes, ears and noses to see, hear and smell the different habitats and flora and fauna of the forest! They were able to crackle their way through Autumn leaves, spot a range of birds and bugs and feel the different textures of leaves, twigs and branches. It was a really fun afternoon for all the children and inspired a whole range of learning back in the classroom.
The Busy Bees have also been learning ‘Write Dance,’ a programme designed to prepare children for writing using dance; and the Learning Ladybirds are discovering more in history about the life of Florence Nightingale. Add in our weekly PE skills class with a specialist PE teacher, an after-school Sports Club run by Premier Sport every Thursday plus a ‘Sunday school on a Monday’-style Church Club once a month after school and there’s a packed curriculum for our 25 children to enjoy!
Special thanks should go to everyone who supported our Wesley Cup and Family Fun Day on August Bank Holiday Monday. We raised around £1,200 which is divided between our School and Stoke Goldington Pre-School, a fantastic effort. Thanks to those who donated bottles, cakes and raffle prizes, particularly to MK Dons for their Family Ticket to a match and Gardner & White of Stoke Goldington for their free MOT prize. Thanks also to Fraser Bull and Paul Jesson who organised all of the cricket matches, won by The Pro-ballers in true style! And thanks to all our parents and helpers who manned stalls and served food and drinks all day, plus to The Lamb and Neale’s Shop for their continued support of our events. We hope to purchase more classroom resources with the money raised and fundraising through Pre-School and by The Friends of Stoke Goldington CE First School is a vital and much appreciated addition to our School life.
* If you would like to discover how much a small village First School can offer your child please contact Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on: 01908-551253 or visit our website on www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk