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Grange Valley Primary & Nursery School

Inspire to Guide, Challenge and Achieve.

Friday 1st April 2022

This week we have been celebrating Easter. The children were invited to enter our Egg competition. We had lots of egg-cellent entries. It was extremely hard for Mrs Bailey to pick our winners! Thank you for all who entered and well done to our lucky winners!

The Y5 children organised an Easter raffle with our PTFA. We raised and egg-ceptional £352. Thank you for all your support!

Excitment was in the air on Friday as the big bunny himself was on the school gate greeting the children as they arrived for school. he even brought the children some Easter treat! Yum Yum!

To finish the week, Year 1 led our Easter assembly. They told us all about how Easter is celebrated around the world. It was a wonderful assembly and even better with parents in the audience. 

Friday 1st April 2022

Today we wore purple with our school uniform to raise awareness for Autism. We listened to a poem written by a boy called Eli and his mum. Eli is Autistic and his poem helped the children to understand Autism. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m99tmnqn32Y 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbwRrVw-CRo 

Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th March 2022

What a wonderful two days we have had at Grange Valley. Our Nursery and Reception children enjoyed our Crafty Easter Church with their parents. It has been lovely to have so many Nursery and Reception parents in school celebrating Easter. Partnership with parents is so important and although the past two years have shown us how we can achieve great things when working together, nothing beats face to face work. 

Thank you to Mr Swann for organising; we can't wait for the next one!

Monday 28th March 2022 

A huge well done to our Y5 children who represented Grange Valley at the Outwood Academy Quiz tonight. They all worked fantastically together and had lots of fun! They even made GV history and became the first team from Grange Valley to win! Well done, everyone!

Friday 18th March 2022

Today, we all came to school dressed in blue and yellow to show support for Ukraine. 

During assembly, we had time to reflect and think about all the families in Ukraine. The children planted sunflowers and took some sunflower seeds home. Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine. Let’s plants some sunflowers together to bring a little bit of sunshine and show our support.

Thank you for your kind donations today. We have raised £291 for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Week beginning 7th March

World of Work week

Linked to our PHSE and Maths curriculum, this week was all about money. The children talked about where money comes from, what we use money for including the concepts of spending and saving. At Grange Valley we want our children to understand the importance of education and aim high by having something to 'aspire' to. e.g going to college or university.  

Across the week we had a variety of parents, carers and visitors to talk to the children about their occupation.  We had Nurses, Police officers, a construction worker, a paramedic, a sales manager, a  Rugby player,  public health and a probation officer to name a few. 

To finish the week, the children came to school dressed as what they would like to be when they are older.  

Thank you to all involved! 

Thursday 3rd March 2022

World Book Day

We have had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day! During assembly, the teachers shared the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit' The children listened brilliantly as the crayons (teachers) told them how they felt. Fantastic effort as always with the children's costumes. We all paraded around the hall looking at all of the different book characters. 
We talked about why reading is important and all the reading opportunities we have at Grange Valley. The children always love visiting our school Library and sharing books with each other. We had lots of book stations out on our playground and virtual story sharing sessions with Wargrave. 

The children also had the opportunity to enter our 'Book in a Box' competition. It was so tricky to pick the winners but as always, someone had to win! Well done to our winners from across school. Thank youso much to everyone who took part and thank you to parents and carers for your support! They were all absolutely amazing!

                                            Reading is a passport to countless adventures! 

Monday 7th February 2022

Children's Mental Health Week

This years theme is 'Growing Together'. During assembly, we talked about how we grow all the time but we also grow emotionally. We talked about how trying something new, stepping out of our comfort zone, as scary as it is, helps us to grow.

We talked about people in our lives that support our growth and created a Grange Valley support balloon. Our support network can help lift us up when we face challenges.

Each day throughout the week had a different focus. On Monday, it was is 'Move it Monday'. The children exercised outside and talked about how exercise helps us to keep physically healthy and how regular physical activity helps our sense of well-being.

On Tuesday. it was 'Technology Tuesday' as this was also Safer Internet day.  The children talked about how they can keep themselves safe online. The theme this year is 'All fun and Games' #playyourpart. Children have access to lots of online games and it is important to talk to them both at school and at home about how to stay safe online.

On Wednesday, it was 'WOW Wednesday'. The children (and staff) were encouraged to pause for a moment and reflect on what makes them go WOW! In a busy world, the skill of being still and present in the moment is so vital in supporting our mental well-being.

On Thursday, kindess rippled all over Grange Valley  for our 'Thoughtful Thursday'

Friday 4th February 2022

Today we had a brilliant day celebrating NSPCC Number Day.  The children were set a Grange Valley Number Challenge.  Each teacher set the children a mathematical challenge to complete.  Can you beat the teachers?

Our teachers were feeling a little bit dotty today and enjoyed a game of human dominoes!

Tuesday 8th February 2022

Safer Internet Day 

Today is Internet safety Day and the theme is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. 

This year,  the day celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet and the ways they are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. The platforms our children are accessing, should be used as spaces for connection, community and collaboration. At Grange Valley, we support them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, whilst equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.

Speaking with your children is key to exploring their experiences of online gaming and streaming. These platforms play such an important and positive role, providing children with the means to interact with friends and as a great pastime (particularly during isolations!) We just need to make sure that our children are doing so safely and respectfully with the support of parents. Look out for our new, weekly advice leaflets to support you with this at home.

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children. 

At Grange Valley, we are committed to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety- providing resources for all parents and carers. Keep checking DOJO as we will be posting weekly links and advice to provide continuous support to keep children safe at home. Watch out for our #WakeUpWednesdays!

Monday 31st January 2022

National Storytelling week 

This week we have celebrated National Storytelling week. On the way to school families enjoyed looking out for book characters hiding in our school environment.  We spotted the Gruffalo in our flower bed, The Hungry Caterpillar on the gate,  Mr Bump on the playground to name a few.  

Each class enjoyed sharing a virtual story with are partner school - Wargrave and we finished the week coming to school in our pyjamas for our Bedtime reading session after school.  Bedtime stories are the best! What is your favourite story to listen to?

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Welcome back everyone!

To kick start the year we have launched our POWERS curriculum- A curriculum to give our children the power to achieve amazing things. Each of our subject areas now have three Grange Valley superheroes assigned ( 1 staff member and two children) who help to make sure the teaching and learning in these areas is outstanding. 

Each term, you will receive a curriculum newsletter which will update all parents on our curriculum developments and give you a flavour of the teaching and learning that takes place at our school.     

Friday 17th December 2021

As we finish for Christmas, we have looked back on some of the events we have shared together.  The children enjoyed their Christmas parties where they took part in party games, dancing,  and finished with a 'Cosy Christmas' afternoon with hot chocolate and marshmallows! We even had a special visit from the one and only Santa who came to deliver a special gift to all our children. There was certainly lots of smiley faces and rooms filled with laughter. 

We have raised  £228 for Save the Children on our Christmas Jumper Day- Thank you everyone for your support!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! We hope that all your Christmas wishes come true!

Enjoy our Grange Valley Christmas message from all the Grange Valley staff below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCuazNHWktM

Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our wonderful Year 6 children spread the Christmas cheer today as they sang Christmas songs for the residents at Heyeswood.  The residents were delighted to see the children and listened to their beautiful singing from their balconies. We could even hear the children singing from school! 

Thursday 9th December 2021

The children have enjoyed a puppet show this morning reminding them all about the true meaning of Christmas. What a wonderful way to learn about the Christmas story. 

Friday 3rd December 2021

Today, we had a surprise visit from Santa. Santa was delighted to hear the children sing Christmas songs and that they had all written him a letter. The children posted their letters in Santa's post box which he was looking forward to reading when he got back to the North Pole. He asked us how the elf was behaving and if we were helping the elf to be kind. The children were excited when Santa used his magic to make it snow and he relieved that the Elf's name was........McJingles 

Wednesday 1st December 2021

Mr Swann from Wargrave led our Virtual Advent assembly today. He helped us to think about how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas and have peace with everyone! 

Following our assembly, the children were intrigued to find out that we had received a special delivery. I wonder what it could be?After lots of guessing we decided to see what was inside the mystery box. The children were excited to find that Santa had sent us an Elf.  A letter from Santa was inside informing us that we need to help the elf learn all about kindness and he will be reporting back to Santa each night.
Our first job, is to come up with a name. That way, he can make Grange Valley his December home. Santa did warn us however, that the elf sometimes goes missing and can be a bit silly. We need to help him make the right choices. I wonder what he means?

Tuesday 30th November 2021

We raised a massive £570.52 for the Royal British Legion. All the money raised will help support the armed forces community past and present. Thank you to all our families!! A special thank you to Katie and Ruby in Year 6 who helped sell the poppies. 

Thursday 11th November 2021

The year 5 children led our remembrance assembly today. The children explained why we commemorate Remembrance Day. We learnt all about the sacrifices made in the past and today so that we may live in peace. 

Across the school we held a 2 minute silence. A representative from each class came to lay a wreath at our Grange Valley Tree.

A beautiful assembly, thank you Year 5! 

Tuesday 9th October 2021

Today we were very lucky to have our Saints sports coaches bring in all of the trophies that the St Helens men’s and women’s rugby team have won this year. It is very rare that all of these trophies have been won by the same team. The children found out different facts about the trophies from this year and from the past. It was lovely for the children to hear all about the successes of effective teamwork and determination. 

Monday 8th October 2021

Road Safety

This week we are celebrating the heroic work of road safety professionals and finding out about how we can all play a part in making journeys safer for everyone. The focus this year is 'Be a Road Safety Hero' 

The children had a visit from our community police officers who spoke to the children about how they can keep safe on the roads. Emma and Nat reminded the children about how to cross the roads safely and how to be a safe passenger in a car. 

Thursday 21st October 2021

The Year 2 children were excited to take part in their first football tournament today. A group of children went to Sutton Academy to represent our school. The children demonstrated respect, resilience and great team work as they played against other local schools. We are very proud of you all! 

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Harvest

Following on from our Harvest celebrations the children across the school thoroughly enjoyed our Grange Valley Barn Dance. In Nursery the children enjoyed their Pumpkin party and even went pumpkin picking in our school forest! Reception went on a lovely Autumn walk around the school grounds looking for different signs of Autumn. 

Friday 15th October 2021

Today, the Year 4 children led our Harvest assembly. The children sang beautifully and reminded us what harvest is all about.
Thank you for all your kind donations. These were donated to St Helens Foodbank.

Monday 11th October 2021

Black History Month
During assembly today, we found out about the life of Rosa Parks. She didn’t know that on that day- 1st December 1955 it was going to be any different, but she decided the time had come to take a stand against the unfairness that she saw around her.
We talked about how sometimes it can be difficult to speak out but sometimes all it takes is a single courageous voice to begin to put things right again. During reflection we thought about how together we can work for a better world.

In classes, the children found out about a famous black person including Marcus Rashford, Barack Obama, Mae Jemison, Walter Tull, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. The children presented this information to the rest of the school trying to persuade them to vote for their significant person. The children voted for who they thought had made the biggest impact on society. The winner was…..Marcus Rashford. Well done Reception!

Friday 8th October 2021

Today, the children had their first Learning Council Debate. The children across the school have been organised into several groups representing a significant British person who they will learn about throughout the year. The children will have opportunities throughout the year to debate different topical issues.

By doing this, the children are learning more about the world they live in and their place in it as local, national and global citizens. While the language, techniques and rigour of debating is woven throughout our teachers' classroom practice, we also offer a number of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities to supplement this.

This week, the children from across the school worked with each other to discuss if the UK is welcoming. 

Friday 8th October 2021

The children in KS2 were set a TT Rockstars battle. They worked hard to see who would be crowned the winner Grange Valley or Wargrave. It was a very close competition but the winners were........Grange Valley.  

Thursday 7th October 2021

Today, Year 4 took part in a football tournament at Sutton Academy. This was the first school tournament for over 2 years due to COVID! The children were excited to compete and represent the school.  Overall, the children won 2 games, drew 2 games and lost 1. They had a fantastic time and showed great sportsmanship throughout the day. 

Friday 1st October 2021

Today, the School Council held their first joint partnership meeting with Wargrave. During the meeting, the children discussed possible partnership events. The children enjoyed their virtual meeting sharing their ideas confidently. We can't wait to meet each other again!

Thursday 30th September 2021

This morning, Year 3 put on a wonderful class assembly celebrating European Day of Languages. The children performed confidently informing us of the different languages and why it is important to learn another language. A fantastic assembly Year 3, you have certainly set the standard for the rest of the school. 

Friday 17th September 2021

Democarcy

Children across the school have been democratically voting for who they like to represent their class. Pupil voice is important to us. The children will be given meaningful opportunities to share their experiences, views and hopes for Grange Valley! 

Meet our Mini Leaders......

Friday 10th September 2021

We have been finding out about the British Values. At Grange Valley, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum. We want to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. 

This week the children have been writing stories based on our British Values. Take a look at our wonderful work!

Monday 6th September 2021

It was wonderful to see all the children back to school this morning. Mrs Holcroft led our first assembly in 18 months. It was lovely to see all the children together in the hall. During assembly, we read the story 'Have you filled a Bucket Today?' by Carol McCloud. This year, we are going to fill as many buckets as we can, making our school the happiest place to be!

We fill buckets....no dipping!