The new school year has started off really well at Rose Green Junior School, with six new members of staff joining the team.  During the summer break, we continued to make improvements to our school premises including refurbishing our school hall, re-roofing the bicycle storage area and re-painting our reception and shared areas – we really value the importance of our whole learning environment and the positive experience this gives to all our children and staff, which also supports them in their learning.

All our Year groups have started their new, exciting topics for the new academic year, which really engage our children, whilst providing a real-life context to their learning.  As part of their Survival topic, children in Year 6 have recently carried out a day first aid workshop in school where they learnt skills of CPR, the recovery position and how to put on bandages and dressings.  The children in Year 6 learnt such valuable life skills, which we feel is so important, as well as thoroughly enjoying their day.

Eighty four Year 6 children are also very excited about their residential, which is taking place on the Isle of Wight during the second week of October.  This is held at Little Canada Activity Centre, run by PGL, and the children take part in a wide range of adventurous activities during their five days away, including: climbing wall, abseiling, archery, giant swing, obstacle courses, quad biking etc.  This is a great team building experience for all the children, as well as providing many learning opportunities.  This is a big step for a lot of our children and is certainly a highlight of their time at Rose Green Junior School!

As part of their Dragon’s topic, Year 5 have been visited by a real-life Bearded Dragon, to support them in their learning.  This has influenced the children in their writing, as well as geography and art.  Each class have also received their own special dragon egg to look after before it hatches.  Wait and see what happens when the dragons’ eggs hatch…!

Year 4 are all Superheroes this term, with all their learning relating to this topic.  They were visited by Crazy James at the beginning of September who is an excellent cartoonist.  The children loved experimenting with the new techniques they had been taught to create their own comic cartoon characters, which will also influence the children in their fictional story writing.

All of our new Year 3 children have settled really well into our school having transferred from the Infant school – they look so smart and grown up in their new uniforms!  They recently had their Year 3 Quest, which involved parents attending school in the afternoon and taking part in challenges around the school.  It was noticeable how much the children’s confidence had grown since starting our school at the beginning of September.

We continue to look forward to a very positive year ahead at Rose Green Junior School!