Since the children returned to school on 8th March, they have been taking part in various themed weeks every afternoon to help ease them back into the school routine. So far, the themes have included ‘Someone Special’ and ‘Health & Wellbeing’.
This week our theme is The Commonwealth. The children have discovered so much, and the week’s not over yet! Across all classes, they have been learning about The Commonwealth and the countries that are a part of this. They have been looking at the different flags from these Commonwealth countries and using their geography skills to find whereabouts these countries are on the world map – some of which are tricky to find!
The children have started to decorate each Commonwealth country’s flag, with a view of joining them all together to make some special Commonwealth bunting, which will hopefully be displayed in the school hall.
In KS1 this afternoon, they held their own Commonwealth Games. The children were so excited as they took part and cheered each other on, showing great team spirit. A highlight, was when they performed the Haka; an important tribal dance of the Maori people of New Zealand, which again is part of The Commonwealth. We hope you enjoy this video clip.
WOW! What a year it has been. Never did we imagine that the Coronavirus pandemic would have lasted this long and that the world would still be fighting this battle a year later.
With today being a National Day of Reflection, we wanted to take a moment to express how grateful we are. Although it has been said many times during the past year, we wanted to say thank you.
THANK YOU to all the parents for supporting your children during the times of home schooling and for persevering during the challenges.
THANK YOU to all the Key Workers in our Coton family and beyond, for your dedication to the COVID cause and remaining strong in the face of adversity.
THANK YOU to our teachers for the ‘live lessons’ and supporting all of our students both in school and whilst remote learning, whilst still smiling, despite their own anxieties.
THANK YOU to the staff in school for working tirelessly behind the scenes; from organisation, catering and cleaning, to manning the Key Worker service in school, supporting our Coton families. Everyone one of you is a vital cog in our Coton engine room.
As a school, we are so grateful to have our pupils back with us, learning face to face. We are grateful to see the children blossom once again as they rebuild those friendships they have so missed whist not in school.
During the first lockdown, the staff created a video, which was shared with our Coton community, called the Rainbow Song. We would love to share this with you once again, highlighting that after every storm there is a rainbow and that, together, we will be stronger.
From the middle of January, we launched the Tokyo Challenge with Active Schools Partnership, encouraging children to walk, run, scoot or cycle to collectively see if we could reach the distance from South Derbyshire to Tokyo.
We have done remarkably well so far, as we sit in third place on the Tokyo Challenge table. The challenge continues up until the Easter holidays, so keep adding up the kilometers that you do each week, submitting your totals to the school office every Friday.
If you need to jog your memory or require a new log sheet, please click HERE for further information.
Please see below todays COVID-19 Update from our Headteacher.
COVID UPDATE – 12th March 2021
What a great week it’s been. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing the range of stories from the staff at Coton-in-the-Elms Primary. But we’re not quite finished yet.
This final story has always been a favourite of our Headteacher, Mr Smith, ever since Mrs Ashdown read it to him and the rest of his class at Christchurch Infant School, many years ago. Here is an excerpt taken from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’.
The Jolly Postman and other people’s letters by Janet & Allan Ahlberg, is a favourite of Mrs Smith’s as she has such fond memories of her dad reading this to her as a child.
We hope you enjoy this lovely story.
The Jolly Postman
It’s been a great week of stories so far, but the week isn’t over yet as we have another story to share with you.
Mrs Cresswell reads her favourite story by Judith Kerr, called ‘The tiger who came to tea’. So make sure you have plenty of tea, biscuits, cake and milk available, as tigers can get quite hungry!
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
WOW! What a wonderful range of stories we have had so far this week.
Today’s story comes from an author called Michael Bond; you may already know that the main character has had two hit films made about him quite recently. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s Paddington! What is there not to like about this lovable bear who loves marmalade sandwiches!
This tale is the ‘Bedtime Story of Paddington Bear’; so get your PJ’s on, cuddle up with your favourite teddy and click on the link below to listen to this wonderful story, read by Mrs Weston.
Bedtime story of Paddington Bear
Welcome again to Share a Story Corner. We hope you have enjoyed listening to our favourite stories so far this week.
The Year 1 children will be pleased to know it’s the turn of Miss Dennis today, to read her favourite story. Miss Dennis always has a can-do attitude, just like the character in her favourite book; ‘The Koala who could’, by Rachel Bright, with illustrations by Jim Field. And she also loves koala bears too!
Sit back and relax whilst you listen to the story of a koala bear who finds the courage to try new things and goes outside of his comfort zone.
The Koala Who Could
Have you read a really good book that you would love to tell others about and share in the joy of reading that story?
As part of World Book Day, we would love to hear about a book that you’ve read and would like to recommend to a fellow pupil. We would like to be able to share all of your recommendations with the rest of the school when we return next week.
The sort of information we wish to know is shown on this Book Recommendations sheet here.
Please forward all your recommendations to the school office via email:
We can’t wait to hear all about the books you love!