Friday, 24 January 2014

Issue 18 2013-14

Newsletter Issue 18

Friday 24th January 2014

Dear Parent/Carer,
It’s been a very busy week with many great learning opportunities happening both in and out of school. I have had the pleasure of observing lessons in many classrooms and am as usual, very pleased and encouraged by the commitment, dedication and talent of all of our staff.

Young Voices
Well done to our amazing Choir for helping to raise the roof off Sheffield Arena on Wednesday night. It was a magnificent event which gave our children a fabulous opportunity to perform live to a huge audience of thousands. This event is I believe, one of the best in the area for children who are passionate about music and singing. It was a privilege to be part of it and I can’t wait for next year. Many thanks to our wonderful Miss Thackeray who organised and coordinated the event and to Mrs Comstive, Mrs Cookson and Miss Parker, who gave up their evenings to accompany the children and enable so many of our pupils to attend.

500 words competition
Mr Firth has kindly brought a competition to my attention that I think would be great for children from RH to enter. Chris Evan’s on the Radio 2 show has launched a competition whereby children under the age of 13 can enter a story they have written and the golden rule is that it must be no more than 500 words. We get many children bringing stories into school that they have written and this would be a fabulous way to submit these talented pieces in order to potentially gain some recognition. More information can be found at

BETT Show, London
Our excellence is reaching far and wide as Robin Hood venture down to the Bett Show in London today. As you are reading this, Miss Hinton, Miss Pyatt, Miss Thackeray and Miss Lambert will be researching ways to improve our ICT curriculum and use technology to enhance the children’s learning. The ladies will also be visiting the Naace stand to receive a certificate for the school’s ICT Mark Champion School award. If that wasn’t enough, they will also be delivering talks at the 2Simple stand to show visitors how to use the 2Buildaprofile app which we currently use in Reception and are trialling in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Miss Parker
Congratulations to Miss Parker, who has completed her Apprenticeship with us. I am delighted that she will now be joining our fabulous team of teaching assistants as a qualified member of staff. We have all been very impressed by Miss Parker’s energetic dedication in achieving her goals. She has built up wonderful relationships with staff, pupils and parents and I very much look forward to continuing to work with her.

PTA News
Posters will be going up shortly for the Valentines Disco.  The nursery, reception and KS1 disco is from 3:45 until 5:00 and the KS2 disco is from 5:15 until 7:00.  Invites have gone out this week.  Please could you return them with your name, class, carers name and contact number and your £1, in an envelope marked for the attention of the PTA.  If you could put the envelope in the silver box outside the office and the lovely ladies will ensure that we get them.  One other thing....of course the disco, like all our other events could not go ahead without the help of the wonderful parents, grandparents and carers, if you are able to help out at either or both of the discos please contact us at or alternatively speak to one of us before or after school.  We have already had some volunteers say they are able to help, but we do need some more. Thank you to those who have already volunteered their time.

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
Thank you to all our fabulous parents and carers who came to our Celebration Assemblies last week. It was so lovely to see how confident and happy the children were. Mrs Dale said how much she had enjoyed both assemblies! We are pleased to let you know that we have put the money raised at our Christmas shop to good use by booking a visit from the Zoo Academy. They will be visiting us on Friday the 7th of February and will bring with them lots of exciting rainforest animals, which will link in with our topic of Jungles for that week. Once again thank you so much for your support! We know the children will be thrilled with the experience and it will be a valuable learning opportunity for them.
We started off our week with tasty home-made bread which some of our children had made at home – this is a fantastic way for the children to get a real life understanding of their learning, so thank you for your support. The children continued to deepen their understanding of Farms and Farm animals and we have been sharing the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’. We used Pie Corbett to add actions to the story and the children have done really well with their retelling. We have also used our knowledge about the Little Red Hen to mix, knead, roll out and make our own bread rolls. Jill from Friendly Faces kindly baked them in the oven for us so we could then enjoy them with butter at our snack time – delicious!
Next Week we are learning all about Chinese New Year. On Wednesday (29th) and Friday (31st January) we will be holding our very own Chinese New Year celebrations, so for home learning this week please can the children bring in some Chinese food for our party on Friday? Please could your child also make a decoration for our new Chinese restaurant; all the children’s home learning will be used to decorate it so it will look fabulous.
If you would like to give your child a head start with their learning about Chinese New Year then there is some information about Chinese New Year on the activity village website At the bottom of the web page there are some links to different activities.
·    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
We are pleased to report that we have put the money raised at our Christmas shop to good use by booking a visit from the Zoo Academy. The Zoo Academy will be visiting us on Friday the 7th of February and will bring with them lots of exciting rainforest animals, which will link in with our topic of jungles for that week. Once again thank you so much for your support! We know the children will be thrilled with the experience and it will be a valuable learning opportunity for them.
This week we have been learning about British wildlife and the children have really enjoyed thinking about the animals they might see if they went for a walk in a local wood or forest. We learnt about lots of animals in detail including a fox, badger and barn owl by watching lots of factual video clips about them. The literacy outcome this week was a fantastic fact file about the animals they had learnt about and they have been put in our library for the other children in school to enjoy. There have been lots of exciting activities taking place in our outside area this week with Mrs Friar! The children made exciting dens, houses for the animals, mud pies and magic fairy wands from the sticks Miss Pyatt had collected on her forest walk at the weekend. In numeracy the children have really understood doubling and enjoyed doubling the sweets they had on their plates. They have really got to grips with the numicon equipment that we have started to implement to help the children understand maths in more detail. This week the children learnt to read and write the Phase 3 sounds oa, oo, oo and ar and learnt to read the tricky words; out, when, what, one, there, were and little.
Next week will be all about Chinese New Year. On Monday our home corner will have been transformed into our very own Chinese restaurant where the children will be able to dress up, enjoy oriental cuisine and eat it with chopsticks. We will introduce the children to the topic of China by taking an aeroplane trip there and learning facts about the country. We will learn all about how people celebrate Chinese New Year and the story behind it. The children will get a chance to write their name in Chinese and will learn what Chinese year they were born in. In topic they will be making their very own papier-mâché lanterns and collaboratively we will make a large scale Chinese dragon. We will be holding a Chinese party on Friday (31st) and the children will get a chance to enjoy delicious Chinese food and perform a traditional dragon dance with the dragon we have made. In numeracy we will be learning about halving numbers. In phonics we will be learning the phase 3 sounds or, ur, ow and oi and writing the Phase 3 tricky words he, she, we, me, be and was.
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Lambert, Miss Pyatt and the Reception team.
Key Stage 1
Home learning
For the next few weeks we will be extremely artistic in KS1. We will be learning different printing techniques and exploring with a range of materials. In preparation for our art extravaganza please can you do some leaf rubbings? See if you can make a picture. All you need to do is put a piece of paper on top of a leaf and colour it with a pencil, crayon or chalk.
Singing Superstars!
We have some budding performers in our midst! We would like to say a MASSIVE well done to Caiden, Ellis, Alyssa, Francesca, Adam, Ella, Kate, Cerys and Eleanor who performed with the rest of the school choir at the incredible Young Voices event. Young Voices is an organisation which arranges enormous concerts for school children to take part in. The children performed at Sheffield Arena alongside thousands of other choirs… they even supported some celebrity singers! This truly was a wonderful opportunity for the children and I know they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They have all shown such dedication by attending regular rehearsals and learning the words to a variety of songs from a range of genres. You should all be exceptionally proud of yourselves. Very well done indeed!
Arriving on a morning
Please can you make sure you arrive before 9am on a morning so your child is not marked as late in the register. The Year 1 and Year 2 doors need to close at 9am so that support assistants can return promptly to class for the start of the school day. If you arrive after that time, please make your way round to the school office to sign in there. This system is in place to ensure with absolute certainty that children who are in school are marked as present. The register is sent back to the office by the teacher as soon as the bell goes at 9 o’clock so Mrs Holland takes responsibility for marking in anyone who arrives after that time. We can’t open doors after 9am firstly because there is a risk children won’t be marked as present and also because we want to avoid disruption to lessons.
This week we have consolidated our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes before moving on to look at symmetry. The children have been cutting and folding shapes to identify and draw lines of symmetry. After that we looked at reflective patterns, like the wings of a butterfly. Some children were carefully measuring shapes to accurately reflect them in a mirror line. Can your child find anything symmetrical around your house or out and about?
The star write challenge reflected some of the children’s most incredible writing so far! Their invitations to their favourite Mister Men were fantastically creative and well structured. Having spent two weeks practising skills, generating ideas and building sentences together, we passed control over to the children so they could apply all their new skills. They truly have blown us away with some of their incredible outcomes. Not only are they thinking really carefully about where full stops and capital letters go, they are applying conjunctions to extend, adjectives to describe and time connectives to order events. WOW! Keep your eyes peeled because you may very well be receiving an invitation of your own soon!
Our Geography learning this week progressed onto the subject of deforestation. The children were extremely interested in the causes and effects of deforestation and showed an incredible depth of understanding around this important topic. They produced some lovely writing outcomes outlining their thoughts on deforestation and also enjoyed finding out about endangered creatures. The next three weeks will be dedicated to Art. In a few weeks’ time we will be hosting an exhibition for you to view the children’s learning. More details to follow… We will also keep you well informed by putting lots of pictures of the children’s learning on the KS1 blog.
Have a lovely weekend.
The KS1 Team
Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
What an exciting week we’ve had in year 3/4! The children are thoroughly enjoying our World War Two topic so far and are using lots of their new found knowledge to write some extremely detailed war time diaries. We are really looking forward to sharing all of our fabulous learning about our new topic at our phase assembly on Friday 31st January at 2:30pm in the school hall.
This week in numeracy the children have been looking at measures of weight. We have been exploring the various intervals on a scale, reading scales to the nearest gram and kilogram, marking weights on a given scale and calculating weights on a scale using addition strategies. Next week we will be applying our problem solving skills to answer questions related to weight and mass. We will also be applying all of our measuring skill to bake some tasty treats on Thursday ready for our phase assembly on Friday.
This week in literacy, the children have been writing letters from the perspective of a mother living in the city in World War 2. They have written to their evacuated child telling them all about their new jobs in the factories, rationing and the many air raids. In order to empathise and draw on these women’s thoughts and feelings the children have been doing drama, making freeze-frames of different women’s jobs in WW2. We focussed on extending these thoughts and feelings into detailed compound sentences this week, ensuring that the children are using a variety of conjunctions to extend these ideas. Next week, we will be continuing to write our diary entries detailing many of the events encountered during the evacuation.
In our topic sessions this week, we have been looking at the ‘home front’ and what life was like for people living in the cities during World War Two. The children created their own ration book, including all of the food they would be allowed to buy in a week and used this to create a family meal. They have also researched all of the different jobs that women took on during the war and will be using this information during their literacy sessions to write letters to their evacuated children. Next week we will be looking at the Blitz and how it impacted upon the lives of people living in the city.
This week in science we have been finding out about electrical insulators and conductors. Next week we will be carrying out an investigation to find out what happens when we vary the number of components (resistors) within a circuit.
During our indoor PE unit, we have been practising our football skills, looking at how to dribble, pass and shoot the ball accurately. The children have been trying super hard to ensure they are keeping their heads up whilst running with the ball to ensure they are running into space. Next week we will start to play some mini matches against each other to put these skills to use. During our outdoor PE unit, we have continued to develop our ABCS multi-skills – Agility, Balance, Co-ordination and Speed.
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 5 Times Table. Keep an eye on the phase blog for the Times Table Wall of Fame. We would also like to say Thank You to all parents for supporting the children with their weekly home learning.
These Spellings will be tested on Monday 27th January.
Group 1: boat, coat, road, soap, book, bookcase, cook, could, would, should
Group 2: taught, caught, straight, weight, eight, tough, cough, rough, enough, through  
·     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.
·    Please make sure year 4’s have their swimming kit with them every Friday.
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 event.
Have a lovely weekend!
Team 3/4
UKS2 Newsletter
News Roundup:
PE kit reminder:
Pupils are now enjoying 2 hours of PE in school lessons. The extra outdoor session has been fantastic for children to develop their fundamental movement skills, which are so vitally important at their age. It is therefore imperative that all children have both PE kits in school at the start of the week. The indoor kit consists of indoor trainers, black shorts and a white t-shirt. The outdoor kit includes; trainers, a hooded top or warm jumper and tracksuit bottoms. We would like to thank all pupils who have consistently remembered to bring the appropriate kit for these sessions.
Core Subjects:
This week in Numeracy the children have been learning how to find percentages of amounts, including increasing and decreasing amounts by 9%, 35%, 60% and 75% to find price increase and decreases of the toys from the Toy Story film! Next week, the children will be handling data, which will include reading and interpreting various graphs and databases, we will even be drawing our own graphs to illustrate results.
SPELLINGS: This week, the spellings are: piano, pianist, cycle, cyclist, floral, florist, art, artist, special, specialist, science, scientist, style, stylish, tickle, ticklish, Ireland, Irish, fool, foolish. Your child has received a copy of these spelling and they will be tested on Friday 31st January.
Next week pupils will be researching Alexander the Great in order to write their own biography. Pupils will identify the key features of a biography and apply their research to write their own biography introduction all about Alexander the Great.
In PE this week pupils have been continuing to develop their skills in rugby. This week pupils have focused on the backwards pass and have concentrated on the timing of their runs in small teams.
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. The timetable is sometimes subject to change so it is important that PE kits are brought into school on Monday mornings.
This week, the children have been learning about E-Safety. They have been devising their own motto which represents each of the elements of being safe whilst using technology. They have also been evaluating the validity and effectiveness of various websites to see if they are fit for purpose and user-friendly!
In Science this week, the children have been learning about materials and their properties. We had a portion of ‘Alien Soup’ which contained lots of secret materials which the children had to extract using a different piece of apparatus and process, these included using magnets to extract paper clips, sieving to extract rice, filtration to extract sand and finally evaporation to extract salt from the water. We had loads of fun and learnt so much about the different processes involved when separating materials!
Each Year 5/6 class has been learning about a different aspect of Ancient Greek life this week. The children are now in small teams and have been busy gathering research which will form the basis of a presentation which they will continue to build next week.
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