Message from the Executive Headteacher
It's the end of the first half term of Morda and Whittington primary schools working together as a federation.
We have had eight weeks of action-packed and fun-filled learning in our schools and we can all be really proud of the efforts that have been made in our school communities in ensuring that this has been such a successful start to the school year.
This has been a new challenge for me, as I split my time across these two wonderful schools, and I’ve been getting used to a new way of working. I feel that I have gotten to know Morda a lot better in this time and I have continued to be involved in exciting school development at Whittington. The similarities between our schools are clear and obvious and confirm that it is a good match for a formal collaboration.
There have been enticing glimpses into the benefits of working as a family of schools in the past eight weeks, with our schools working together in sports, community events, and some shared curriculum development. I'm excited that this is just the beginning and there are sure to be additional opportunities for our school communities to work together to provide even better learning opportunities for our children. We’re continuing this collaboration today with some shared professional development for staff focusing on Relational Practice and how to positively manage behaviour in our schools.
Eight weeks is as long as a half term gets in the school calendar, and I am very appreciative of all of the efforts of staff in making the end to this half term as successful as the beginning. I think everyone has earned a rest and a recharge before coming back energised to get involved with the run up to Christmas!
Thank you to everyone for all of your support and challenge this half term. Wishing you a wonderful break.
Mr Carl Rogers Executive Headteacher
This Week at Morda
What a wonderful end to the half term this week was been! Our ‘Eat Well’ Week has been full of 'Dare Devil Taste challenges'.
Everyday children have tried a different bread and topping from around the world. Our taste challenges included: French baguettes and garlic bread, Polish crisp breads and sauerkraut, Indian chapattis and mango chutney and Persian flatbreads and hummus. Many children tried foods and enjoyed they had not eaten before.
All classes did some work on health eating and the Eat Well plate and children were encouraged to think about their own diet and to keep a food diary for the week. Every class enjoyed cooking up and tasting their own breads as part of their history topics: a harvest loaf in the Bluebells; Ships biscuits in the Daffodils; Stone Age bread in the Roses and Islamic Bread in the Shamrocks. There were some 'interesting' flavours!
The highlight of our week was our 'Harvest Celebration' at Morda Village Hall. Children from all classes helped to lead the service; they spoke confidently and sang beautifully. The harvest table looked spectacular, with a colourful array of fruits and vegetables, alongside the children's home cooked breads. We were delighted that so many families from the Morda community joined us for this act of worship. We were so proud of the children's fantastic performances and excellent behaviour.
On Thursday the Roses class visited Woodlands Care Home and sang their harvest songs to the residents. It was lovely to see the joy on faces young and old. We will return in December to sing Christmas carols.
Later that afternoon, the Roses class also enjoyed a fun afternoon of shelter building in our Forest School area, inspired by our class book 'Stig of the Dump'
I wish all our families and staff a very happy half term holiday.
Mrs Helen Chapman Head of School
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