Happy New Year


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Hello everyone, welcome to our blog.  I would like to wish you and your families a very happy New Year.  I hope you have had a wonderful break. It was lovely to see the children returning to school, ready to begin an exciting new term. On behalf of all the staff, I would like to say thank you for all the cards and presents that we were given from the children. We were all very touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.

This week at Copthorne


Reading Challenge ClubImage result for school children reading books images copyright free

On Monday we begin the start of our Reading Challenge Club.  Several of our KS2 children have been provided with a copy of a book which they have been given between 4 and 6 weeks to read.  At the end of that time they will attend a special ‘afternoon tea’ with me in my office, during which we will discuss the book in detail. The children will be provided with a special notebook in which to record thoughts and views about the book, along with any new vocabulary and its meaning that children may come across while reading the text.  I am sure the children will enjoy this opportunity and I look forward to working with them to extend their reading skills even further.

Alhambra Theatre TripImage result for jack and the beanstalk pantomimes images copyright free

Year 3 have been selected to visit the Alhambra Theatre on Friday 8th January.  They will be watching the wonderful Jack and the Beanstalk.  I know that the children are really excited about watching the performance and hope they have a fantastic time.


Year 4 Forest SchoolImage result for Forest school images copyright free

Forest Schools will resume on Friday for Year 4.  The children will go to St Ives in Bingley to take part in Forest School activities as part of their work in class.  The weather has now turned much colder so children will need to be wrapped up warmly. I am looking forward to hearing all about their adventures.

Exceed NQT Training

As part of our work with the Exceed Alliance, we are delivering  bespoke, professional development for all the newly qualified teachers working in the 7 schools. On Wednesday of this week we will be both hosting and, alongside staff from Horton Grange,  delivering training on Assessment for Learning and Mastery in Maths. This training ensures that our staff are highly skilled and able to provide the very best learning opportunities for our children. 

I hope you have a lovely week.

Mrs Shepherd





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