Ex-pupils, Harry and Charlie Tanfield, inspire our children!

April 29th, 2016

Today two ex-pupils, Harry and Charlie Tanfield, popped into assembly to speak to the children about cycling. They answered lots of questions, telling us about their training regime and the races they have cycled in. Harry rode in the Tour de Yorkshire last year and Charlie has just returned from a 1000 mile race in Morocco. He cycled 1000 miles in just ten days! Thank you to these very special young men for coming to see us and to Mrs Marsay for arranging the visit!

A magical morning!

April 26th, 2016

What a treat I had today! I went into our EYFS class for a whole morning to find out what it’s like to be a child in EYFS. It was magical! The first thing that I noticed was the positive relationships within the classroom. It felt like being welcomed into a family. Children were eager to learn and listened carefully to their adults and one another. They were praised for their behaviour, ideas, comments and for solving problems.
The classroom is set out with a range of exciting activities, located in different areas. For example, a maths activity involved children sharing food between teddy bears at a teddy bears’ picnic. After sharing the food, the children had to record their findings using numbers. William had to work out what he would write when there was food left over. He found out that 14 cakes couldn’t be shared equally between four bears!
I was amazed at how calm the classroom felt. Everyone was engaged in ‘getting busy’ and knew what to do. They stuck at each activity, even when challenged, and didn’t flit from one area to another.
The adults worked with small groups on maths and literacy activities, tailored to the children’s needs. Again, children were enthused and engaged, clearly having fun whilst learning.
As children accessed different areas, adults took turns in recording children’s responses, using this information to plan their next steps in learning.
It was a delight to be welcomed into Mrs Hall and Mrs Barker’s classroom today. The only thing I left wishing for was to be four years old again!

We live and learn in a beautiful place…

April 22nd, 2016

As I supervised the children on the upper playground this week, I couldn’t help but think how lucky we are to live and learn in such a beautiful place. Driving through our village, there’s a sense of pride in the air—the pride of being a part of Great Ayton! I am delighted to inform you that during the holiday and throughout June, the lower school will be remodelled so that the main reception and offices will be the first port of call when visitors arrive. Our thanks go to the Enquire Learning Trust for making this possible!