Let’s Rhyme Rattle and Roll in Cleethorpes

By Elsa Williamson  |  Posted: March 22, 2017

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New free toddler group starts at Elliston Academy every Wednesday 9-10am (term time) called Rhyme Rattle and Roll

CHILDREN are always ready to play which is just as well as a new playgroup has just started up at Elliston Academy in Cleethorpes.

And every Wednesday young children up to the age of three-years get together to Rhyme, Rattle and Roll and play of course!

This FREE playgroup gets to grips with a bit of rhyming, rattling and rolling and of course singing and playing.

Designed for encourage children with music and movement, you and your little ones are invited to join the group.

There is no cost and refreshments will be served at snack time so what have you got to lose?

We went along to find out what it’s all about and the children were only too pleased to show us!

With the Elliston Academy Smart Steps team getting involved, nursery class teacher said, Laura Leonard: “This is a great lead on to our Smart Steps programme, it’s a good transition into school life from a very early age, and helps the children get to know everyone.”

Leading the rattle and roll part of the group supply the music and songs was, teacher Mandy Farrow, who said: “This is our second week and the turnout is fantastic.

“The first week we had 19 children!

“There’s lots for the children to do, apart from my Rhyme Rattle and Roll session, there’s lots of toys, puzzles and space for the children to enjoy themselves.

“These groups help forge friendships, even for the parents and carers.

“Children who play together stay together,” she smiled.

Amy Merrikin of Cleethorpes was with her daughter Lexi and friends and said: “It’s great so many people have turned up its a great way for the children to get to know each other”

Amy Merrikin of Cleethorpes was with her daughter Lexi and friends

Amy who is a professional child-minder added: “We’re in a lovely bright and safe environment.

“As well as being a great way for little ones to learn new skills and extend their social circle, it’s also the perfect excuse for mums and carers to get out of the house and meet new people.

“A great way to boost physical and emotional well-being and a chance for parents and children to socialise with other others and it’s never too early to start that” she smiled.

Amongst the group was baby Anna with mum Joanne, who said: “My eldest daughter Katie goes to school here and she has extra needs and the staff are brilliant with her.”

Her friend Melanie of Holton le Clay was with her daughter five-month-old Isabella.

“It’s a great way to socialise and I wanted to get Isabella used to a nursery environment as I’m going back to work soon.

“I know it’s a way to travel but it’s worth it and it breaks the week up,” said Melanie.

Melanie of Holton le Clay was with her daughter five-month-old Isabella with friends baby Anna with her mum Joanne

Two-year-old Ava was enjoying all the toys with mum Stacey.

And 18-month-old Tayla Mae with her mum and friends two-year-old Poppy and mum Katie.

Katie said: “The children really love it here.

“It’s great that it’s a free group but I wouldn’t mind paying a nominal fee to help keep it going,” she added.

18-month-old Tayla Mae with her mum and friends two-year-old Poppy and mum Katie.

So pop along to the play group and give it a go, every Wednesday (term time) at Elliston Academy, 9-10am, for further information tel 01472 235116.

Elliston Academy’s Smart Steps Project is a programme to support parents and children with the transition to school.

They work closely with families offering a number of home visits, where the family get to meet their teacher and work in short activities with them.They leave resources at home such as story sacks to encourage the family to look at books and read together.

Families will also have the opportunity to come into the nursery on a number of occasions to get used to the school environment and adults in the classroom. They work with children from two-and-a-half-years until they feel they are fully settled into school life.

 

Hundreds of children take part in day one of the KS1 Singing Festival By Connor Lynch | Posted: March 14, 2017

By Connor Lynch  |  Posted: March 14, 2017- Grimsby Telegraph 

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Hundreds of children have taken part in day one The Key Stage One Singing Festival took place today at the Grimsby Auditorium.

The festival organised by the North East Lincolnshire Music and Performing Arts Service, brought children from schools all across the borough to take part.

The schools taking part were: Singhills Infant Academy, Humberston Cloverfields Academy, Springfield Primary Academy, Elliston Primary Academy, Welholme Primary Academy, St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy, Stanford Junior and Infant School, St Martins Preparatory School, Bursar Primary Academy, Littlecoates Primary Academy, Stallingborough C of E Primary School, Strand Primary Academy, Grange Primary School and New Waltham Primary Academy.

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Elliston Academy proves you’re never too old to learn

By Elsa Williamson  |  Posted: March 08, 2017

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Nursery, class teacher Rachel Smith with pupils and parents

PARENTS of children at the Cleethorpes Elliston Academy were invited in to work and learn with the pupils recently.

For three days, parents of children of years three and four, Foundation Stage, years five and six and years one and two were present and correct for a session of lessons.

So the day we called in, it was the Foundation Stage and years five and six turn to welcome their parents in to brush up on their education.

Dena Shields, PSA of the Pastoral Team at Elliston said: “This is something we periodically do, by inviting in parents, grandparents and even aunties, they can see what their children are currently working on.

“And it’s great to see so many parents here working alongside their children,” she added.

First stop was in the Foundation class with teacher Karla Rock.

“Our theme is World Book Day and the book we have chosen is ‘Blow your Nose, Big Bad Wolf’.

“We’re doing decorating biscuits, and making craft paper plates, puppets and play pigs and having reading sessions.

Four-year-old Honor-Louise was sat with her mother Kerry Ann and thought it was great fun to her mum there.

Four-year-old Honor-Louise was sat with her mother Kerry Ann and thought it was great fun to her mum there.

Showing her parents the Elliston blog on a large computer screen was five-year-old Isla, with Stacey and Danny looking on.

Showing her parents the Elliston blog on a large computer screen was five-year-old Isla, with mum and dad Stacey and Danny looking on.

Four-year-old Amelia with mum Becky were looking at books.

“Amelia loves her books and has brought in her three favourites so this is right up her street,” smiled Becky.

In the nursery, class teacher Rachel Smith was pleased so many parents had turned up.

“The children really enjoy having their parents and smaller brother and sisters here, it’s nice they can do things together, activities they might not be able to do at home,” she added.

Three-year-old Jasmine thought it was great her mum Nadia was there helping her.

Years five and six had adopted the book Into The Forest by Anthony Brown, and in Leopard class teacher Mrs Smith was overseeing the arts and craft section.

“It’s nice to see parents supporting their children,” she said

“They are helping the children with their work but not doing everything for them.

“The children are depicting the story in many different ways, either in collage pictures or drawings,” she added.

Connie was putting the finishing touches to the picture she and her mum Rebecca has created using charcoal.

And Alisha (11) (who had just attained a black belt in karate) was with her mum Linsey.

Over in Leopard class, teacher Jackie Smith was helping make the whole project a fun time for both pupils and parents.

“The pupils have been depicting the book making sure they give their art an atmospheric feel,” she said.

Pupils Joseph, Alix, Sky and Kaylan proudly showed off their magnificent creation.

And once again the school proved their motto, which is displayed on their reception wall – ‘Together We Dream, Believe and Achieve’.

 

Who’s for fresh Elliston school dinners without a bowl of tapioca in sight!

By EWilliamson  |  Posted: February 21, 2017

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Elliston Primary Academy in Cleethorpes held a parents fair recently. At the school kitchens and serving area were Julie Ganley, area supervisor for Mellors Catering and cook Jo Marshall.

PARENTS and carers of pupils at Elliston Primary Academy School in Cleethorpes were on a learning curve recently.

And while we were looking around the stalls at the fair, you couldn’t help but notice the aroma of delicious food on offer for parents to sample.

At the school kitchens and serving area were Julie Ganley, area supervisor for Mellors Catering and cook Jo Marshall.

“We like the parents to come a taste what their children have to eat each day,” said Julie.

“Our dinners are proving very popular.

“And we think that is because we cook everything from scratch, even our own cakes and bread!” she added.

It would have been rude not to try a little sample, so…

After a lot of ‘oh my goodness’ and ‘it wasn’t like this in my day’ all we can say is those kids don’t know how well off they are!

The beef lasagna was absolutely delicious, there also was a vegetarian meal of tomato and basil pasta on offer, jacket potatoes available with various fillings, a garlic bread, a beautiful salad bar again with freshly made bread, various sandwiches and to the side was an array of desserts, including cakes and biscuits and a mouse and not a bowl of tapioca in sight!

Julie added: “We also offer a hot pudding everyday with custard and we cater for those with allergies or on a special diet.

“We prepare buffets for the staff and governors when needed, do packed up lunches for day trips, and we do themed meals depending on the time of year including Halloween and Christmas.

Mellors have been cooking for Elliston Primary Academy students for nearly a year now – and long may it continue!

Elliston Academy parents learnt a thing or two at fair

 By E Williamson  |  Posted: February 20, 2017

Elliston Academy pupils teaching parents on being safe online

 

PARENTS and carers of pupils at Elliston Primary Academy School in Cleethorpes were on a learning curve recently.

The school held a parents fair in the hall and all around where different agencies offering helpful advice and information on a whole manner of subjects.

Dena Shields, PSA of the pastoral team at the school, said: “We do this every year and it gives parents the chance to find out information that perhaps might be hard to find.

“Especially for working parents and those with other children,” she added.

And looking around the hall there certainly was different kinds of stalls from, medical, to adult leaning, social care, drugs related information, the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, police, road safety, Barnardos, to Smart Steps the school’s programme to link home and school for children just starting education.

We spoke with the two woman at the Foundations stall, a drug and alcohol services for children and also adults.

Leanne Gilbert, community worker said: “We are trying to raise awareness that we are here to help.

“In cases were children are involved we tend to visit them in the home or do talks at schools,” she added.

Social worker and case management worker, Lizzie Lamming, said: “Adults in need of our services can go to our base in Queen Street Grimsby.”

On the education trail Ros Aitchinson was representing the Grimsby Institute and University Centre.

“We offer lots of part time and evening classes, which is particularly useful for parents,” she said

Alongside Ros he was Adam Brown of the community adult services.

Adam said: “Our courses are free, offering maths and English for being employability ready.”

Adam Brown of the community adult services and Ros Aitchinson was representing the Grimsby Institute and University Centre.

The Academy had their own stall promoting safer working practices on the internet.

Their team of digital pupil leaders were on hand to instruct parents. On the team were pupils Alexia, Callum Jordan, Harry and Jenna.

Working closely with the school were Dave Cullum, Road Safety Education Officer for ENGIE, in partnership with the North East Lincolnshire Council and his new assistant Allison Sapcote.

Dave Cullum, Road Safety Education Officer for ENGIE, in partnership with the North East Lincolnshire Council and Allison Sapcote.

“We’re still driving home the message of road safety and we have others school booked in the area to go to,” said Dave.

Care4All, based at Grant Thorold in Grimsby had their stall, manned by Annette Doyle.

Annette Doyle of Care4All based at Grant Thorold in Grimsby

“I know the principal, Caroline Patterson and we are both keen to raise awareness about what we can offer in social care,” said Annette.

“And to get the message across Caroline and I have arranged for the children have links with us and visit Grant Thorold,”

Elliston Academy’s Smart Steps stall was full of information to help make starting school for little ones a smooth journey.

Smart Steps with Rachel Smith nursery class teacher and class teacher Laura Leonard.

Smart Steps with Rachel Smith nursery class teacher, said: “We want to welcome the little ones in with their parents and make a gradual transition to also build up confidences on both sides.

“We had one parent come in today to say her child had speech problems, so it’s good to get as much information on each child as possible to help them starting school,” she added.

Introducing children to the nursery involves taking a Smart Steps tour of the nursery, meet and greet sessions, home visits, taster sessions, and continued support after the child has started school.

“We do home visits and book reading sessions with parents and it all helps,” said nursery class teacher Laura Leonard.

“It also helps the parents, who, once their children start school often get upset themselves,” she smiled.

LIVES First Responders, (saving lives in Lincolnshire) were on hand with lots of information and equipment.

Kath Tibberts, explained that they were all volunteers and have changed their branding wearing blue uniforms now.

“We sometimes work together with the NHS ambulance service,” she explained.

Kathy was also showing all the medical equipment they have a carry around, to parent Amy Merrikin of Blundell Avenue, who found it all very interesting as she is soon to be trained to use an AED, an automated external defibrillator, which is placed just outside the school for anyone to use in an emergency.

Kath Tibberts, of LIVES with Amy Merrikin

Donations to the Women’s Aid charity will go a long way

(Original article – Cleethorpes People By Elsa Williamson – Click Here)

Nearing the end of their school year, the pupils of Elliston Primary Academy in Cleethorpes heralded the start of their Christmas holidays.

Sporting their Christmas jumpers, it was a busy day for the children, including having Christmas dinner, festive parties and a disco but the pupils also taught us what Christmas is all about – giving!

Doing what they have been doing all year, the kind-  children had been thinking of others and this time had a collection of items for the North East Lincolnshire’s Women’s Aid charity.

Headteacher Mrs Patterson explained: “This year we decided to do something different for charity, and we had a reverse advent calendar in each class.

“Each day during December, instead of taking something from our ‘calendar’ our pupils donated something to the women’s aid including food and toiletries.

“We ‘charged’ parents a donation of something for the charity to come and see the children’s Christmas concert.

“And I have to say, all the parents and children have been so very generous,” she added.

Receiving the array of Christmas boxes were Women’s Aid support worker Deana and child and family support worker Karon.

“It’s amazing,” exclaimed Dena.

“It’s a lovely idea and these items will make such a big difference to some families and children.

“We want to thank everyone here, they are so supportive of the Women’s Aid,” she added,

Mrs Patterson said to the pupils: “We are helping families and children, people who perhaps will need a little extra help over the Christmas period,” she explained.

Christmas In The Schools: Elliston Primary Academy including a video of them singing Dolly Parton!

By MarkWPage  |  Posted: December 06, 2016

Jon CorkenYear 3 and 4 pupils at Elliston Primary Academy perform Christmas All Over The World.

Year 3 and 4 pupils at Elliston Primary Academy perform Christmas All Over The World.

Schools across North East Lincolnshire are getting in the Christmas spirit with pupils performing in festive plays.

Below is a gallery of Elliston Primary Academy, Year 3 and 4 pupils performing Christmas All Over The World:

And here they are singing Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5!