Friday, 10 January 2014

Issue 16 2013-14

Newsletter Issue 16

Friday 10th January 2014

Dear Parent/Carer,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I trust that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a good break. It was wonderful to see the children’s faces on Tuesday. As I did my “Happy New Year” visit of the classes, I can say wholeheartedly that they have all come back to school with brilliant attitudes to their learning. There was an instant sense of calm and purpose right across school.

Baby news!
I am delighted to inform you that both Mrs Moore and Miss Snowden have given birth to their babies. Both ladies are now proud Mummies of beautiful baby boys. Mrs Moore welcomed Charlie James Moore into the world on Sunday and Miss Snowden welcomed Finlay James Wilson just a day later on Monday. I would like to send both them and their partners lots of love and best wishes at this exciting time.

Golden Owls
Please note that the submission date of short films for the Golden Owls award has been extended to 31st January. Miss Thackeray and Miss McSorley will be running a lunchtime club during January to support interested children in their film making but we can still accept home made films as long as they are less than 10 minutes long.

We have started our extra outdoor PE sessions with Years 1 to 6, this week. Thank you to all parents for supporting the success of this by providing the children with suitable clothing; it is very much appreciated. We have already received some wonderful feedback from children who have enjoyed the first outdoor session and from parents who are very supportive of our increased P.E teaching and involvement in sports. The teachers are also very much enjoying wearing their fancy, green Robin Hood hoodies. They really do look the part!

Miss McSorley, actress extraordinaire!
Our teacher’s talents are endless! Miss McSorley will be appearing in Panto from 17th to 25th January at the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square. The Panto is Puss in Boots and Miss McSorley will be playing the character of Principal Boy. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please see Miss McSorley for a flier.

5 Star hygiene
Following on from the 5 star hygiene grading of our Friendly Faces setting last term, I am very pleased to tell you that the school kitchen has now also been awarded 5 stars for its level of hygiene. I am sure you will find it very reassuring that your children’s meals are prepared in such a safe and clean environment. My congratulations to Debbie Nash and all of the kitchen staff for their fantastic hard work.

Return dates after Summer
For those of you who are now looking at booking your summer holiday please be aware that the school will open to children on Thursday 4th September. Staff will return on Monday 1st and the first 3 days of term will be training days and final preparations for changes in classrooms following the expansion.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs Dale

Don’t forget!
Our next parents coffee morning will be on Monday 10th February 2014 between 9 am and 10 am with Miss Thackeray in Friendly Faces. You are invited to come along with positive suggestions which are relevant to the agendas that we set. Any other issues can come directly to me. It is important that we use the limited time that we have together to best effect. The agendas for next time will be:

·    Home learning- Do you think the children get too much/too little? Is it purposeful? Any ideas for improvement.

·    Holiday projects- what do you and your child think of them?

·    Just a question for discussion- what would we think of a shorter summer holiday but longer half terms?

If you cannot make it, we value your views so you can email me at
Nursery newsletter
Welcome back and Happy New Year! It was lovely to see the children back today and we loved their enthusiasm for our new areas!
We have been learning about pets and have been thinking about the types of pets people have (or would like to have if they were allowed!). The children have been painting pictures of their pets and we have been tallying and making pictograms in mathematics. They have also been exploring the jungle area and looking after poorly pets in our vets.
Next week we will be learning about Farm animals, focusing on Old Macdonald and his farm. For home learning this week please can you ask your child to draw or create a farm animal that we can display in our classroom.  During our literacy sessions, we will be talking about farm animals and practising saying sentences about where they live; for example ‘The ducks live near the duck pond’. We will be creating some amazing large scale animals to display and in our maths sessions we will be measuring out milk and making milkshakes!
On Wednesday (11am) and Friday (2.30pm) the Nursery children will be hosting Celebration Assembly in the hall, so please put the dates in your diary and join us to support the children (grandparents and child minders are very welcome too).
·       Please continue to read every day with your child and bring in book bags Mondays and Wednesdays so we can change their books.
·       Keep practising writing the first letter in your child’s name and beyond as soon as they are ready (all children were given a name book just before the Christmas break)
·       Please complete the home learning task with your child (see above) to give them a head start for our new learning next week
Thank you for your support. Have a great weekend!
Mrs Steel, Mrs Chin, Miss Fox and Mrs Beckwith.
Reception newsletter

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that the children had a well-deserved rest. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your children for all the lovely Christmas cards and gifts we received, we are now all a stone heavier! We would like to say a huge thank you to you and your families as £195 was raised from our foundation stage Christmas Shops. It was great to hear so many positive comments about the shop and was definitely an invaluable learning experience for the children, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

It was great to see how excited the children were to be back at school on Tuesday and they have settled straight back into the swing of things. Our classroom has been transformed into an exciting jungle thanks to our amazing classroom assistants! We have our very own mysterious jungle tunnel and the children have reported that a ferocious snake has been spotted along with lots of cheeky monkeys. We also have our very own veterinary surgery and it is great to see how well the children have been looking after the pets. You can see pictures of all our new areas on the Foundation Stage Blog. This week we have been learning all about our pets and the children have written some great fact files about their pets or the pet that they may like to own. We have also thought carefully about what our pets need and how we can look after them properly. We were very lucky on Thursday as our learning was brought to life when we had two visits, one from the PDSA and the second from the dogs trust who brought in some dogs to meet us. Then today Chelsey and her mum brought her parrot Robbie in for us to meet which the children loved, so thank you so much for bringing him in Chelsey. The children were ever so excited and behaved impeccably for our visitors. They made us very proud!  In numeracy we have been concentrating on data handling and interpreting graphs. The children recorded what pets they had and each group discovered what the most popular pet was in each group. In phonics this half term we are recapping the Phase 3 digraphs that the children learnt last half term so they become more confident at writing them. This week learnt to read and write the Phase 3 sounds ch, sh and th and learnt to read the words; it’s, went, from, just, help and children.

Next week we will be learning all about farm animals. In literacy we will be reading the story The Little Red Hen and the children will be learning to retell the story through actions, so please encourage them to show you what they have been doing at home. In topic to support our learning about The Little Red Hen we will be carrying out the process she does in the story to making our very own bread. I can’t wait to eat some! In numeracy we will be learning about capacity. The children will be comparing three glasses of milk and ordering them from the glass with the least milk in to the glass with the most milk in. We will then be discussing and thinking about different shapes of container as just because a container is taller does that means it holds more liquid? The vocabulary we will be using will be full, half full and empty so please use these words over the weekend with your child. In phonics we will be learning the phase 3 sounds ng, ai, ee and igh and reading Phase 4 key words so, do, have, like, some, come.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Lambert, Miss Pyatt and the Reception team.

Key Stage 1

Home Learning:
Firstly we would like to say a massive thank you for the time and effort spent on the home learning across the holidays. We have seen some fantastic posters, drawings and information on the amazon rainforest and the different animals that live in it.
This week in Numeracy the children are learning all about 2D Shapes. Across the term the children will also be continuing to use their addition and subtraction skills to become even quicker at adding and subtracting mentally. Please support your child in completing the following sheets attached:
·         2D properties worksheet (A different sheet is provided for Year One and Year Two children).
·         An addition worksheet adding small numbers together. A useful strategy to do this is putting “the biggest number in your head” and then counting on. You could also look for number bonds such as 6 + 4 = 10 or you could even just see if your child can do it in their heads.

Outdoor PE

Next week will be our first week of outdoor PE. This will take place on a Monday afternoon for all classes. Please make sure that your child is provided with: Warm hooded top (any colour), warm jogging bottoms, white t-shirt and outdoor trainers. Please make sure your child brings an extra carrier bag for their trainers as there may be a possibility these will get dirty from going out on the field.


This week in Numeracy the children have begun a new unit of learning on shape. They have been developing their learning of shape names which have included a circle, rectangle, square, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezium, parallelogram and quadrilateral. The children have also been describing the properties of the shapes with words such as ‘corners’, ‘sides’ ‘edges’ ‘straight’ and ‘round’. Next week the children will be drawing different 2D shapes and begin to learn the different shape names and properties for 3D shapes. They will be learning all about: cubes, cuboids, cylinders, spheres, square based pyramids, triangular based pyramids and different types of prisms. They will be describing the shapes by using the words; ‘vertices (edges), sides, corners and faces. The children will also be given more opportunities during mental maths to continue using their adding and subtracting skills.


This week the children have begun their new topic for this half term on invitations. Each class is inviting a different Mr Men character to a special party in their classroom.

Year 1: Mr Silly                              Year 1/2: Mr Greedy                             Year 2: Mr Strong

Across the two weeks the children will be learning about the importance of persuasive language and how we can use this to make sure each of the characters come to our parties! They will be using adjectives (describing words) and alliteration (where two words start with the same letter – e.g. juicy jelly) capital letters, full stops and exclamation marks. The children will also be developing their skills of using conjunctions such as ‘and’ or ‘because’, ‘but’ and ‘however’. The children will be learning spellings of different useful words to help them in writing this invitation. Just to get you started possible words you could also help your child to spell at home are; please, come, into, my, party.


Thank you so much to all parents and carers who have provided their child with a plant! We have begun our new topic of the rainforest by focusing on science and how plants grow (light, air, heat or water). They have worked in groups to devise their own experiment to find out what happens if we take one of these things away. The children have devised interesting experiments such as keeping the plant in the dark (no light) and covering the pot with cling film (no air). Across the term the children will take turns in watering and looking after the plants and will make weekly recordings of what is happening to all of the plants in the classroom. The children have really enjoyed this learning! Next week the children will begin two weeks of learning using their geographical skills. They will learn about the weather and the people who live in the rainforests.

Showcase assembly

This term the Key Stage Showcase assembly will be held on: Friday 24th January at 2.30pm

We really enjoyed sharing much more of your children’s learning in our first showcase assembly and we are sure our next one will be even better!

If your children have any out of school achievements or any other successes out of school that you wish to share please give this to your child to pass on to their class teacher across the coming weeks.

Happy first week back and have a lovely relaxing weekend.

The Key Stage One Team

Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter

Happy New Year! Well, what a fantastic start we have had to the new term. We have been impressed once again by the amazing attention to detail given to the holiday home learning. World War 2 has and always will be a very interesting and engaging subject and we have been blown away by the variety of subjects researched and outcomes produced. We have seen posters, models, diaries, photo stories, ration books, real medals and even a gas mask or two. We are always thrilled to see what the children can produce at home as a result of their own self-directed learning and would like to congratulate everyone for their super efforts once again (including parents – thank you).

We have started the New Year with a new timetable. Due to the changes in our PE curriculum, we now have 2 hours of PE every week. Our indoor sessions take place on a Thursday in the school hall and this half term we will be looking at the basics of football skills. Our outdoor sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon and we are looking at developing our ABCS multi-skills – Agility, Balance, Co-ordination and Speed. Please ensure your child has the required kit in for each session.

Home Learning

As well as the children reading daily and practicing their weekly spellings, we would like everyone to be learning their Times Tables. We will now be testing the children weekly on a different times table as this will help us all greatly when solving multiplication and division problems. Links to any on line games to support your child with this will be on our phase blog. The times table we will be testing next week is the 3 Times Table. Keep an eye on the phase blog for the Times Table Wall of Fame.


This week in numeracy the children have been looking at measures of length. They have studied the different tools for measuring length and have identified the differences between the metric units (mm, cm, m, Km). They have developed their measuring skills to become more accurate when measuring to the nearest mm and have begun looking at how to convert measures from one unit to another (e.g. 2.5cm = 25mm). These conversions did prove a little tricky for many children so we have provided a worksheet for home learning as a bit of practise. Next week, we will be continuing to develop our measuring skills on a larger scale and will apply these skills and our knowledge of conversions to tackle some tricky length problems.


This week in literacy, the children have begun writing their very own diary from the perspective of an evacuated child during World War 2. This week’s entry is focussed on the day the children found out that they were going to be evacuated to the countryside and focussed on the immediate emotions and feelings experienced. They have included audience engaging features and a variety of conjunctions to help them develop their thoughts and ideas. Next week, we will be continuing to write our diary entries detailing many of the events encountered during the evacuation. The completed diaries will be on display at the end of the half term.


Our topic sessions this week began with a showcase of so many impressive outcomes from the home learning task. We then moved on to looking at how World War 2 began as well as which countries were involved. We also began looking at what happened during the evacuations when hundreds of thousands of children were removed from the inner cities and sent to live in the countryside. Next week, we will be continuing to look at the evacuation process – looking at what items a child would have packed for their stay as well as the journey to their home. I wonder how the children and the host families felt about it all?


These Spellings will be tested on Monday 13th January.

Group 1: see, bee, deep, keep, queen, teeth, cheek, fifteen, weekend, cheerful

Group 2: army, armies, berry, berries, city, cities, fly, flies, witch, witches


·     Please ensure your child has an art shirt in school at all times.

·    The current weather is very changeable and so we ask that your child brings a suitable coat to school every day.

·    Just a gentle reminder to ensure all of your child’s belongings (especially PE kits, hats and gloves and school jumpers) are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.

·    Children will be required to bring an outdoor PE kit (t-shirt, jumper, jogging bottoms, outdoor trainers) every Wednesday and an indoor PE kit (shorts and t-shirt) every Thursday.

·         Our next phase assembly will take place on Friday 31st January. We look forward to seeing you there.

Don’t forget to check out our blog where you will find lots more information about this week’s learning as well as important reminders and dates for forthcoming events.

Have a superb weekend!
Team 3/4
UKS2 Newsletter
We would like to applaud all the children on their fantastic efforts and attitude after a much deserved Christmas break. All pupils have certainly hit the ground running which has been great to see!
Home Learning
Congratulations are in order for all the children who completed their home learning piece all about Greece. There is no doubt that these wonderful pieces have helped to enhance the learning that is taking place in the classrooms this half term. We would also like to give a special mention to all our year 6 pupils who have worked hard over the holidays to complete their SAT’s pack. Well done to all, it has certainly been a productive time with some fabulous learning taking place.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Trip
We would like to commend all year 5/6 pupils on their impeccable attitude and behaviour whilst on our trip to the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The pupils impressed in drama workshops which linked with our topic of Ancient Greece. In addition the performance of the Jungle Book was wonderful and pupils were able to appreciate the talent, hard work and skill that go in to making a top theatre production.
Year 6 Parent Consultations
Another reminder that Year 6 parent consultations are as follows:
5/6CH – Monday January 13th
5/6G – Tuesday January 14th.
5/6M – Wednesday January 15th.
The class teachers will discuss progress and targets and are more than happy to discuss any questions you may have, especially in the run up to SAT’s.
Core Subjects:
This week pupils have used mental addition and subtraction skills and have been finding missing numbers to make 1, 10, 100 and 1000 by using the inverse. Next week we will be developing our understanding of fractions; including calculating fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions, common denominators and simplifying fractions
This week pupils have been introduced to a series of traditional Ancient Greek fables and their moral meaning. Pupils have then developed character profiles and improved a section of the fable the hare and the tortoise. Next week pupils will be planning their own fable and developing the story to include a key moral message.

SPELLINGS: This week, the spellings are: emigrate, emigration, invent, invention, satisfy, satisfaction, complete, completion, relate, relation, imitation, contradict, contradiction, pollute, pollution, reflect, reflection, destroy, destruction. Your child has received a copy of these spelling and they will be tested on Friday 17th January.
Next term pupils will be receiving two hours of PE. One session will be held indoors and the other hour will be outside on the field or the yard. The PE units next term will be rugby league and the other session will focus on fundamental movement skills. The timetable for PE sessions is as follows; 5/6M and 5/6MO PE sessions are on Monday afternoon and 5/6G PE sessions are on a Tuesday morning. The outdoor sessions will be held on a Thursday afternoon for all classes. Outdoor kit includes; a warm hooded top or jumper, warm jogging bottoms, a white t-shirt and outdoor trainers.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit in school for each session. Thank you in advance.
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