21 May 2021

Dear Parents

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the recent Emmaus Parents Evening feedback survey. Pleasingly 96% of families who responded had been able to access the online Parents Evening with only 4% finding it a poor experience. Your responses and comments will enable us to put in place a system that will hopefully accommodate everyone next year.  We will inform parents once confirmed.

As we prepare now for the Feast of Pentecost we have received a letter from Archbishop Bernard Longley. The letter is written to ever Primary school child and will be shared with the children in school in an age appropriate way. Please see the link below to read Archbishop Bernard's letter and I am sure the children will enjoy discussing it further within their family.

It was lovely today to see all the children enjoy the excitement of gathering for their whole class photograph. Sadly we were unable to have a photograph last year sio it was even more special today. Thank you for sending the children in winter uniform as it does always create a better photograph. The children looked very smart and took great pride in themselves. Thank you.

Raring2Go, the What's On Magazine for our local area, is organising a sunflower competition in conjunction with Webb's Garden Centre.
 
Children are invited to grow sunflower seeds at home to enter into the competition, details can be found at: https://raring2go.co.uk/kidderminster-and-stourbridge/competitions/sunflower-growing-competition
 

The winners will be announced in the autumn magazine along with photographs of the winning sunflowers.  Webb's Garden Centre are donating two prizes of garden bundles, full of gardening goodies,  for the two winners.  Good luck!

As a treat for the children on Thursday 27 May we will be holding a Non Uniform Day when the children can choose their own clothes for the day. We would be grateful for a donation towards PTA funds 'for the year' of whatever you feel you can afford to give as we continue to target phase two of playground development for the children. We are aware many families may have suffered financial hardship this year so please a donation of what you can manage would be very gratefully received . Thank you.

A reminder that next Friday 28 May is an INSET day and school is closed for the children. The following week is Spring half term and we will welcome everyone back to school on Monday 7 June. We hope everyone has a well deserved break and the weather is a bit kinder to us all!

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend and enjoy looking at the activities the children have enjoyed this week in schiool.

KE Savage

Principal

We were all slightly mystified by the number of cardboard boxes arruiving in school this week and now know why! Year 1 were very excited to be making their own versions of Big Ben using junk materials and were eager to get straight into bringing their ideas to life. Here are their very happy little faces bringing their topic of London to life.

In Year 5 last week the children  made pocket Solar systems for the Great Science share and this week have been investigating how many paper/cardboard products could be made from one tree. In Maths we have tackling percentages and using TT rockstars to improve times tables. It certainly seems to be working. Keep it up Year 5 !

 

It has been an exciting week in Reception as our caterpillars turned into Chrysalides. On Wednesday we transferred them to the butterfly habitat. We were all so excited to move the Chrysalides over. We had to sit very quietly so that we didn't frighten them and Mrs Portman had to be very careful as she opened the pot and gently moved the caterpillars. We had to make sure that any of the silk that was on the chrysalides was removed so that the butterflies are able to emerge easily when they are ready. This was a very delicate job and it took quite a long time but we were all fascinated by seeing the chrysalides wiggle around while this was being done. Lots of the children suggested that it tickled and that is why they were wiggling!  After we had safely transferred the chrysalides we enjoyed some caterpillar cake that one of the children had very kindly brought in for us all to share. We are so excited for the next stage of the butterfly lifecycle! 

This week Year 4 set up a science enquiry to investigate the effect of different liquids on tooth decay. We used hard-boiled eggs in place of teeth as the shells are similar to tooth enamel. The children placed eggs in cups of water, milk, apple juice, orange squash and coke. Every morning for the next week the class will make observations about the effect the different liquids are having on the eggs. We will then evaluate the results and draw conclusions at the end of next week. We will look forward to seeing the phiotographs of this next week Year 4

Year 2 enjoyed golden time this afternoon!

Year 4 are developing their understanding of Christianity around the world. They were amazed to see how far Christianity has spread from its creation. They enjoyed leaning about lots of the countries as some were completely new to them!

The children in Year3 have thoroughly enjoyed working on their Predators topic in class. Each section of the classroom has been transformed into different habitats and we have added creatures, plants,  food chains and diagrams to show our learning. Today,  we looked at carnivorous plants and designed our own terrifying plants to add to our display. Well done Year 3, we have enjoyed seeing your gruesome creations! 

Emmaus CMAC
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