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Elliston Academy proves you’re never too old to learn

By Elsa Williamson  |  Posted: March 08, 2017 – Grimsby Telegraph

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’.

 

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