Friday, 31 January 2014

Issue 19 2013-14

Newsletter Issue 19

Friday 31st January 2014

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you have all had a good week. We’ve had a great week here in school, with my observations in each class continuing. The quality of teaching and learning is by and large outstanding and I know that teachers will continue to improve and develop their practice to ensure that we sustain and build upon our excellent standards. I have shown an Executive Headteacher and her colleagues from another area of Leeds around the school this week. They went away inspired with many ideas based on general outstanding practice and our use of technology in the classroom.

Website developments
We have some exciting developments to our website that I must share with you. Not only can you now see our staff’s cheerful faces in the Members of Staff section but you will also see that there is a section dedicated to helping you support your child at home. Inside the “Parents and Carers” tab, there is a section entitled “Information to help you support your child at home”. Here you will find a wealth of helpful information to support Reading and Numeracy- Writing will be developed shortly. You will also find a section which explains Levels and Grades and what is deemed to be typical achievement for your child’s age.

The Life Channel
You may be aware that our “Life Channel” screen in the playground as you enter the gates by Key Stage 1, has now been updated so that the content reflects what is happening in school. My rationale for the installation of the Life Channel was to replace our Robin Hood TV with a better system which could be shared with parents, carers and visitors to the school. I also intend to stream The Life Channel to our school website so that parents who are not able to collect their children from school, get to see what is happening in their child’s classroom. As a full time working mum myself, I find this a challenge so I am striving to make the learning as accessible to all as I possibly can.

James Driver
I must give a special mention this week to James Driver who gave us all a lump in the throat moment this week. James has been receiving some intensive physiotherapy following his major spinal operation over a year ago and this week we have had the absolute pleasure of watching James walk all the way down the mall and back with the support of his sticks and only a tiny bit of support from the physiotherapist. An absolute joy to see!

PTA News

 Not long now for the valentines disco....  Our helpers have been counting your invites, printing the tickets and buying the goodies to sell to all you wonderful dancers.  Thank you so much to all the parents and carers who have come forward to offer their services for the evening to help, without your help these events, our children really enjoy, could not go ahead.  If anyone else is available on the 12 February to help out at either disco please contact us at  If you haven't already posted your invite, with your details and parents/carers details and your £1 in the silver box outside the office please do so as soon as you can so we can then issue you a ticket.

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

We have had a very busy Chinese kitchen this week! The area was decorated beautifully and now we have displayed their amazing home learning it looks brilliant and has really enthused and inspired the children for the week ahead. The children have been practising their chopstick skills and love showing off!

This week our topic has been Chinese New Year. We have found out all about Chinese New Year and the children enjoyed role-playing their celebrations. We also learnt about the story of Chinese New Year and all the different animals which represent each Chinese Year. We found out that most children in our class are either an ox or a tiger (unlike Mrs Steel who is a dragon!). In topic we constructed a real Chinese dragon using box modelling and tie dyeing skills. Thanks to Mrs Chin and Miss Fox for being brilliantly creative! During our PE sessions, the children made up their very own Chinese dance which was wonderful.

Next week we will be learning all about the deep dark jungle. For home learning please can your child create a Jungle animal mask or model that we can use to enhance our classroom? Our literacy sessions will be focused around the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and we will become jungle explorers. We will be focusing particularly on rhyming words, so any extra practice you can do on that would be great. There is a clip of the book on You Tube and the link is: In numeracy we will be playing hide and seek with the animals, making sure we give our clues using positional language (behind, between, next to etc.)
Next Friday (7th February) we will be having a real life rainforest experience and we will get a chance to meet some real animals from the rainforest. I have attached a letter to this newsletter about it. Please complete the reply slip and hand it in to your child’s teacher if your child attends Wednesday to Friday.

·        Next week I will be assessing the children’s reading so please can you spend some time practising reading together and writing a comment in their books.

·        Keep practising writing the first letter in your child’s name and beyond as soon as they are ready (some children are now writing their first name independently – which is amazing!)

·        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 continued support and we hope that you have a great weekend!

Mrs Steel, Mrs Chin, Miss Fox and Mrs Beckwith.
Reception newsletter
NEWS ROUND UP - We have had a very busy Chinese restaurant this week! The restaurant was decorated beautifully and we were amazed at how much effort the children had put into their home learning. This super effort really enthused and inspired the children for the week ahead. The children have been practising their chopstick skills and have eaten lots of noodles and rice.
This week our topic has been Chinese New Year. On Monday we took a trip to China with Barnaby bear and learnt lots of interesting facts about the country. Then we learnt all about Chinese New Year and the children celebrated with Mrs Friar in our Chinese restaurant. The children even got to eat a fortune cookie thanks to Katie who brought her party food in early. We also learnt about the story of Chinese New Year and learnt about all the different animals which represent each Chinese Year. We found out that most children in our class are either a rat or an ox. In topic the children made some beautiful Chinese lanterns and when they have dried we will be hanging them in the windows so you can appreciate them. At the beginning of the week we constructed a real Chinese dragon and in PE today the children made their very own Chinese dance which was wonderful. I was very shocked to find a cooked pizza in my classroom on Monday but it all became clear when I realised we were learning about halves. The children have had a really practical and hands on learning experience this week so they are now all confident with the concept. This week the children learnt to read the phase 3 sounds or, ur, ow and oi and wrote the Phase 3 tricky words he, she, we, me, be and was.
Next week we will be learning all about the deep dark jungle. Our literacy sessions will be focused around the book Rumble in the Jungle and we will become jungle explorers. In topic the children are going to have an amazing experience which has been planned by our very own artist Mrs Chin. The children will be making animal prints using the method of printing. In numeracy they will be learning about length and by the end of the week we hope that the children will be able to successfully measure using rulers! In phonics we will be learning the phase 3 sounds ear, air, ure and er and writing the Phase 3 tricky words you, they, all, are, my and her. Next week is assessment week so please ensure that your child knows all the phase 2 and 3 sounds and words. The lists of these can be found on the home learning.
Next Friday (7th February) we will be having a real life rainforest experience and we will get a chance to meet some real animals from the rainforest. I have attached a letter to this newsletter about it. Please complete the reply slip and hand it in to your child’s teacher.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Miss Lambert, Miss Pyatt and the Reception team.
Key Stage 1
Home learning
It is extremely important that your child is reading daily or as much as possible across each week. Even if this is for ten minutes a day this is so much more worthwhile than once a week for an hour. This week your child’s home learning is simply: extra reading! BUT, with a catch…..It must be for at least 30 minutes across the weekend and recorded in the reading record. Any child who reads over the weekend and this is recorded in their reading records will receive a sticker on Monday. If teachers notice that some children have gone above and beyond with their reading across the weekend this may equate to two stickers and maybe even a Head Teacher sticker as soon as your child walks in on Monday! Any reading on Bug Club will also count so please record this too. Happy reading!
Thank you
Thank you for all the parents and carers who attended our second Key Stage One Showcase assembly. We hope you are enjoying the new style assemblies and getting to see much more of what fantastic learning your children do at school. If your children receive any medals, trophies or certificates across the coming weeks then please save them and bring them in nearer to the time of our next assembly and we will make sure they all get mentioned.
This week the children have been learning about positions, directions and movements. The children have been using language such as: next to, underneath, above, left, right, forwards, backwards, clockwise and anti-clockwise. The children have also been learning about rotation and the difference between a whole turn, half a turn and a quarter turn. The children have enjoyed using the electronic Bee Bots around different mazes and using co-ordinates to explain where an object may be. If you have an iPad at home have a go at downloading the free application called Bee-bot. There is also a more difficult one called Bee-Bot Pyramid which costs 69p which your child may also enjoy. The application is a really fun way in getting your child to think about different types of directions. Next week the children will be beginning a new unit of learning on fractions. They will look at what a half of a fraction is with an object (half of a pizza), with shapes (circle, rectangle, triangles and squares) and quantities (what is half of 10?). The children will also progress their learning in to thirds and possibly tenths! Fractions are a difficult concept to understand and throughout the week the children will use lots of visual prompts to help them understand the different types of fractions. Any sharing or cutting of food at home will also help this learning at school.
Writing super sentences has been the focus this week! The children have been giving attention to what makes a fantastic sentence and most importantly checking if a sentence makes sense. The children have been using one sentence and then seeing how they can add adjectives, information at the beginning or end, changing the whole sentence, using a simile or alliteration. This gives them at least another five sentences just out of one! They really have wowed us with their knowledge of what to do to write interesting sentences! The children have also enjoyed playing sentences games with a selection of mixed up words and checking if the sentences they have made make sense. A useful way at home to help your child write sentences that make sense is by listening to how your child speaks a sentence. Would it make sense if it is written down? If not, ask them how they could change it. Such sentence activities are being used to help the children before they plan and write their next invitation. This will be a letter to you to invite you to our up and coming Key Stage One Print Workshop! Expect something in the post next weekend!
One word for art this week has been: PAINT! The children have begun their fantastic three week project learning how to use paint to print and replicate images. The children have been using the theme of the rainforest and started the week by finger painting and making patterns with different colours. We saw lots of beautiful flowers and colourful leaves! After this, the children were given the opportunity to experiment using paint with rollers and different types of textures. They added paint on top of paint on top of paint and so on and made lots of wonderful printed images! The children ended the week with using gelatine in tin trays to continue exploring other ways they can print images. We would like to thank Mrs Chin with her creative and talented mind around the project as the children are learning so many new skills and we know the final results are going to be fantastic!
Have a relaxing weekend.
The KS1 Team
Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
We have had another busy week in Year 3/4 this week. We have been acting out scenes from the Blitz in literacy, baking wonderful rock cakes in numeracy, investigating the changes in electrical circuits during science and hopping over obstacles out in the playground during our outdoor PE sessions. On Friday we hosted our second Showcase assembly and we were thrilled to see so many parents and carers attending once again. We really do value your support in these types of events and the children were really pleased to be able to show off so much of their amazing learning. Well done to our 3 achievers of the half term, Ben, Lauren and Matthew, who have proved themselves to be incredible learners for so many different reasons. We can’t wait to see who will be our achievers next half term.
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 as well as the Times Table Wall of Fame (a list of everybody who managed to score 12 out of 12 on their weekly test). The times table we will be testing next week is the 6 Times Table.
This week in numeracy the children have been looking at word problems based on weights. We have been using our list of problem solving criteria to help us understand the problem, solve it and check our answers with much success. One  we were finding a little tricky was the conversion of weights (1000g in every Kg) so any practise around this at home will be much appreciated. On Thursday we all got the opportunity to help weigh out and measure ingredients for some tasty rock cakes which were then handed out in our celebration assembly. Next week, we will be continuing to develop our measuring skills by looking at how to measure liquids (ml, l) and we will be applying these skills to making our own cocktails.
This week in literacy, the children have been writing about what happened in the inner cities during the Blitz. They have written a diary entry as though they were a child who has travelled back to the city for the day to visit their mother.  Next week, we will be continuing to write our diary entries to document even more of the highs and lows of World War 2. The completed diaries will be on display at the end of the half term.
Our topic sessions this week have focussed on the Blitz and what happened to the major cities when they were plunged into darkness during the blackout. The children created their own comic strip to retell the story of a Blitz survivor. We have also looked at how people carried on during these tough times using the power of ‘Blitz Spirit’.
These Spellings will be tested on Monday 3rd February.
Group 1: born, fork, short, morning, forget, park, shark, yard, parcel, garden
Group 2: quicker, quickest, colder, coldest, taller, tallest, closer, closest, bigger, biggest
·    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.
·    As the weather is that little bit cooler at the moment, we would like to remind children to ensure they have an appropriate PE kit for our outdoor sessions on a Wednesday. Unless the weather is so severe, we will still be taking part in our outdoor activities, therefore we ask that all children have the following kit with them:
o    suitable footwear (trainers)
o    t-shirt/long-sleeved top
o    Full-length jogging trousers/leggings
o    Warm socks
o    Warm jumper (not their school sweatshirt)
o    Hat and gloves (optional).
o    Inhalers for those who need them.
These exciting sessions have been well received by everyone taking part and we would like to ensure that everyone is warm and safe whilst doing so.
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 wonderful weekend!
Team 3/4
UKS2 Newsletter
Times Table Challenge will be on Tuesday 11th February, so get practising! Visit and select the bingo machine for the game we use in school.
Next half term we will be creating something very special in our art sessions. Therefore each child will need a plain pillow case if possible. It will be painted and cut up so unfortunately it won’t be retuned in the same condition. If any parents/carers are able to spare any more pillow cases, this would be fantastic! Thank you in advance!
Our next Celebration Assembly is on Friday 7th February, we have lots more learning to share so we really hope you can make it!
As part of our celebration assembly, the children will be dressing up in togas. Therefore we are hoping that all the children would be able to come to school with a white sheet and some safety pins to use to make a toga over their school uniform. The sheet shouldn’t be damaged so will hopefully be returned in the same condition!
Core Subjects:
This week in Numeracy the children have been handling data, which will including reading and interpreting various graphs and databases, we even created our own graphs to illustrate our own results. Next week the children will be learning about mean, median, mode and range and will also be looking at probability!
This week in literacy pupils have enjoyed researching all about Alexander the Great for their own biography. After some thorough research about his life, pupils have written an introduction to their biography, which has included the 5 W’s. Next week pupils will continue to use their research to write further biography paragraph; which look at Alexander’s early life, conquests and legacy.
SPELLINGS: This week, the spellings are: impress – impression, progress – progression,  discuss – discussion, permit – permission, compare – comparison, conclude – conclusion, decide – decision, collide - collision, divide – division, extend – extension. Your child has received a copy of these spelling and they will be tested on Friday 7th February.
During PE this week pupils have continued to build on their skill development in rugby. This week pupils have been practicing how to beat an opponent using the side step. It was really great to see this applied into small sided games- and as a result some exciting tries were scored!
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.
This week, the children have been continuing to learn about E-Safety. They have begun to compile the images and text needed for their own promotional video to raise awareness of cyber bullying.
We took Science outside this week to observe the effects of mixing materials to create an irreversible change. Firstly, we mixed mints and cola, and then we mixed bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Both of these experiments, while being very messy, created the gas C02!
This week the children have been creating their presentations for the topic of Ancient Greece. The children have done a superb job in bringing their ideas and research to life, either using a written, ICT or art focus.
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