Harvest Festival 2021

A massive thank you to all those who contributed food this year for Harvest Festival. This will be passed on the Tewkesbury Food bank.

Thank you to Lucy Betts and Stephen Walker for leading our Harvest celebrations assembly!

We can’t wait to get back to our usual routine of attending Holy Trinity church to perform our usual Harvest celebrations with parents in attendance, but this year we made the best of it by getting together as a school and performing songs, reading poems and giving thanks for the Harvest.

However, to give a sense of the wonderful singing ability of our pupils, have a listen to the this whole school performance of iSingPop’s “A Brighter Day”.

Year 5 create bring Ancient Greece timeline to life

Year 5 pupils have created freeze frames which show the main events in the timeline of Ancient Greece. They used the pictures to create interactive guides to the events of this historical period. Can you match the picture to the event?

776BC – The first Olympic games held in Athens
700 BC – Homer writes The Odyssey and Illiad
650 BC – The Tyrant Kypselos takes control of Corinth
508 BC – Male Citizens of Athens are aloud to vote
500 BC – The classical period starts
472 BC – Greek theatre becomes popular in Athens
460 BC – Hippocrates ‘Father of Modern Medicine’ is born in Kos
432 BC – The Parthenon is finished in Athens
388 BC – King Philip II takes control of Greece
336 BC – Alexander the Great takes control of Greece
146 BC – Greece falls under the Roman Empire

Letter from the Head, 14th December

Due to server outages for Google and others today, we have found that some ParentMail has not been getting through. As such, find a copy below.

Dear Parents/Carers

I have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School. The positive test is for a member of staff.

Due to contacts having to isolate we have a significant shortage of cleaners available this week. As the cleanliness of the school is a key aspect of the Risk Assessment to prevent the spread of Covid we will have to close the school tomorrow for all pupils. This decision has been made in consultation with Gloucestershire County Council’s lead for Covid, their Health Protection Team and the Chair of Governors.

We will use tomorrow to ensure robust processes are put in place to enable us to open safely for as much time as possible over the rest of the week. We will open on Wednesday and Friday. It may be that we also have to close on Thursday to ensure the school is clean. I will let you know the plan as soon as possible.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep doing all we can to ensure your children’s safety at this time.

Teaching staff will move to online learning via Showbie/Tapestry for tomorrow and your child should access their learning there.

Yours sincerely

Tim Blakey

Headteacher

 

Tewkesbury Primary is a GOOD school!

We are pleased to start the term by being able to share excellent news: Tewkesbury C of E Primary School is a GOOD school. In our third consecutive Ofsted inspection, we have been judged as GOOD in all areas.

A selection of comments from Ofsted include:

‘Pupils behave well around the school. They are polite and work diligently.’

‘Leaders have created an environment where everyone feels included.’

‘Leaders have worked effectively to raise teachers’ expectations.’

‘Governors know the actions leaders are taking to continue to improve teaching, learning and assessment.’

‘Pupils talk positively about the school.’

‘Pupils conduct themselves well around the school. They are polite and well presented. They are clearly proud of their school.’

‘Pupils with SEND make good progress.’

‘Children’s safety is given a high priority.’

‘Good teaching in the pre-school supports children’s development and helps them to become more independent.’

Find the full report on our school website: http://www.tewkesbury-primary.co.uk/parent-i…/ofsted-report/

Year 6 Leavers’ service at Gloucester Cathedral

Year 6 pupils took part in the leavers’ service at Gloucester Cathedral this morning along with several other C of E schools in Gloucestershire. This was a chance to reflect on their time in primary school and thank you to God and one another.

Zuzanna and Rhys both represented our school wonderfully with two readings to the congregation. Amelie and Ben also made excellent banner bearers.

Year 6 mark VE Day

Year 6 mark VE Day


On Thursday this week, Classes 13 and 14 marked the end of their WW2 topic with a VE Day party, inviting grandparents who shared some of their family’s memories.

Traditional games were played including marbles, a Beetle Drive and skipping games. It was a lovely way to end their topic.

Year 6 Atomic debate


Was it right to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War in the Pacific?

Year 6 conducted a debate around this question, eloquently exploring the arguments on both sides; pupil’s passionately argued and challenged each other in order to pick apart the arguments for and against dropping the bombs. It was delightful to see such mature discussion and to read the subsequent excellent reports pupils wrote.