New Head Chef For Crescent School

Olive Catering have appointed a new Chef Manager, Stephen Moore, to lead their catering team at the Crescent School.

Stephen is an experienced chef and comes to us from Rugby School where he was Head Chef Manager in charge of ordering, prepping and cooking.  He started out as a pot washer and worked his way up gaining experience in hotels and gastropubs, but for the last five years he has worked in schools.

Originally from Manchester, Stephen now lives in Lutterworth and has three children who range in age from 14 months to 16 years.

Stephen will manage the day to day feeding of the five thousand here at Crescent, supported and assisted by our familiar and friendly catering team. 

Stephen shared with us that he is looking forward to developing new menus for the children, and his new meals are already finding favour, or should we say flavour, with the children.  Both Toad in the Hole and Mediterranean Chicken have gone down a storm in the last few weeks. Stephen also plans to champion foods grown in the UK, but ultimately he wants to cook food that parents want their children to eat and that the children want to eat too; healthy nutritious food with the odd treat thrown in.

We’re delighted to welcome Stephen to the Crescent School. We are very much enjoying his tasty meals and wish him the very best of luck in his new role.

Crescent’s Parents Go Back To the Classroom

It was back to the classroom for Crescent School parents this week as they took part in a series of Maths for Parents workshops with their children.

The school opened its doors to the mums and dads so they could find out more about how Maths is taught in the school and the different ways in which they could support their child’s learning.

Crescent School hosts parent workshops once a year, alternating between Maths and English.  The workshops run across all school year groups and parents work with their child in a lesson. 

Deputy Head, Bryony Forth, explains, “It is wonderful to see so many parents engage with the workshops. Approaches in education evolve and the methodologies we learned in our own schooldays have moved on. Understanding how we teach today allows a parent to support their child. Education is very much a partnership between parents and teachers.”

In all the Year 1 to Year 6 Maths lessons, including Mrs Ellie Monteith’s Year 4 Maths lesson parents got to grips with Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract methods of learning and with how these techniques support open learning investigation and higher order thinking skills.  Parents enjoyed working with tangrams, using pictorial bar modelling and then translating these techniques to mathematical word problems and open ended number work.

Ms Bryony Forth, continued “It’s great to be able to share what we are doing with parents. We want everyone to know how we teach and particularly how different children might learn so that we can work together to improve the overall outcomes.”


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Poetry Competition Reminder

If your child likes to write poetry or needs an excuse to express themselves then please look at this poetry competition. It is open to all children over five-years-old.

The closing date is Monday 24 February, so it would be good to do over half term. Please let me know if you do enter it.

Mrs Webb
Head of English

Scholastic Book Club Reminder

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to Scholastic Book Club to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by 10 February 2020. 

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

500 Words 2020 - The Biggest Short-Story Competition - Reminder

This fantastic competition is open again for 2020, it is a super opportunity for children to showcase their writing talents. 

Any child over age 5 can enter a story of up to 500 words before the deadline of Thursday 27 February 2020.  Your child can write a story at home or even use a story written in school.

Please let me know if your child enters the competition, it is an additional opportunity for me to praise them for extra effort.

For further information on how to enter please follow the link:

500 Words Competition 2020

Good luck everybody.

Mrs Webb
Head of English