And so we finish another half term; this one
seems to have gone quicker than any other this year. It’s been a very busy one
and I look forward to the last stretch leading to the summer holidays.
My thanks again to those parents who came along
to the Parent’s Coffee Morning on Monday and who emailed me to give their views
on the effectiveness of websites and blogs and the quality of school’s parental
engagement. Some very valid and useful points were raised to enable us to move
even further forward as a school. We aim to continue these meetings into next
year as we have found them really helpful to form part of our school
evaluation. Thanks to all who contributed.
Early Years moderation
We received a moderating visit at the start of
the week which involved external practitioners validating our teacher judgments
of children’s achievements in the Early Years. It was a very successful visit
with the moderators agreeing fully with the team’s judgments and giving us some
very positive and complimentary feedback about the Foundation Stage provision
more generally. My thanks and well done to the Early Years team.
The week after half term, we will be welcoming
several visitors to our school. On Monday, three teachers from Manor Farm
Primary School in Buckinghamshire will be coming to observe our pedagogies and
carry out some writing moderations. This visit is on the recommendation of a
Headteacher who has had links with the school through the Developing
Outstanding Schools project. I took his comments as a compliment that he
couldn’t think of a better school to send his teachers in order to see good
We will also welcome four Finnish visitors on
the Tuesday to learn about how we engage with parents, promote inclusive
practice and assess using the 2buildaprofile app.
I am able to share some updates regarding our
staffing structure for next year. Although the final teacher class allocations
are still being finalised, I can confirm that three appointments have been made
for next year. Kirsty Harley, Eddie Knight and Jodie Marriott will all be
joining us as new members of staff. We will sadly be saying goodbye at the end
of the year to Miss Pensom, who will be relocating to Manchester, Miss Bailey
and Miss Kaye. More specific details will follow early next half term.
Well done to the Red Team for being this half
term’s house point winners. It was a close call but someone had to win! The
children in the Red Team enjoyed an afternoon of team games in the hall with Mr
Knight and Mrs Mistry, with crisps and a drink for extra energy!
Year 6 need cereal boxes for a project after
half term. Please don’t throw your empty boxes away but bring them in for our
teachers to use- Thanks.
Thank you to all who attended
the meeting last night. A lot of the organising was discussed for the
shorts and shades disco. If anyone is able to help out on that night at
either disco please would you contact us at email@example.com.
The more parents/carers we have to help on the night the better the time
the children have. As half term is next week, I'm sure lots of you will
be visiting places of interest or theme parks. Could we ask that if you visit
somewhere others would enjoy, please enquire if a donation could be made to our
raffle, whether it be for tickets or vouchers etc. We have a letter that
the company may require that we can forward onto you if it is needed.
Have a lovely week.
Have a great half term break.
NEWS ROUND UP
We can hardly believe that
we are coming to the end of another fabulous half term. This week I have been
assessing the children and have been amazed at the fantastic learning that has
been going on. We have also had some lovely weather and we were pleased to see
so many of our children wearing sun hats and sun cream. If you haven’t done so
already, it may be worth bringing a hat and a bottle of sun cream to Nursery
and leaving them in a bag on your child’s peg. Please keep looking on our blog
for the latest information and to see what has been happening in Nursery at http://foundationstagenewsatrobinhood.blogspot.co.uk/
We have been learning even
more about dinosaurs and have shared the story ‘Dinosaurs love Underpants’.
This story has some fabulous rhyming couplets and it has been great to see the
children picking up on the rhyming words and adding their own. We have decorated
our own pants using a variety of mediums and these will be displayed on a
washing line in Nursery very soon!
NEXT HALF TERM
We will start our new topic of ‘Journeys and
Growing’. In the first week, we will be learning about the country of Spain,
talking about their cultures and experiences as well as going on a (pretend)
plane journey in the hall with our Reception children. We will be thinking
about the things we might want to take on our trip and sending some postcards
home. To support the children’s learning we are hoping to have a traditional
Spanish party with flamenco dancing on Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US – Holiday home learning
could you bring in some traditional Spanish food/drink for your child to share
at our parties. Thank you. In addition we are sending home a few activities to
complete over the week which will consolidate the sounds we have been learning
and prepare the children for next half term. Tricky words should be ‘read’ on
sight without any sounding out. The other words will need to be decoded by
blending the sounds to read e.g. m-a-n (man). If you need any help or support,
please let me know. Thank you.
PLEASE NOTE the following diary dates:
Nursery will be CLOSED on Wednesday 2nd July
We will be holding Garden Parties/Graduations for the
Nursery children on Wed 16th July times to be confirmed.
Thank you for your continued support, have a lovely week,
let’s hope the sun shines!
Mrs Steel, Mrs Chin, Miss Fox and Mrs Beckwith.
children have wowed our socks off this week in their assessments! Their
progress this half term has been incredible and this is all down to the
children’s determination, motivation and desire to achieve! They have worked so
hard and have definitely made the whole team break up for half term with huge
smiles on our faces! Well done you are superstars!
have been reading the story dinosaurs love pants. In numeracy the children have
made their very own pants for the dinosaurs making sure they used a repeating
pattern. In numeracy the children have been on an exciting dinosaur hunt and we
have watched our very own dinosaur egg hatch! They also completed some amazing
star writes about what they had learnt about dinosaurs. The children’s writing
has really progressed, which is fantastic to see. In topic the children have
made some yummy dinosaur fossil biscuits and Miss Abbey reported back saying
they were amazing at measuring the ingredients and following the instructions.
term our topic will be all about journeys. Our classroom will be transformed
into a summer wonderland! In the first week back we will be going on an
aeroplane to the sunny country of Spain! We will be involved in lots of Spanish
activities including having tapas (inspired by Oscar) and enjoying flamenco
dancing. We will round our Spanish week off with a Spanish party so please can
your child bring in some Spanish food on Friday the 6th of June.
Next half term is also guaranteed to be very sporty and we will be going out
onto the field for our PE lessons, so please ensure your child has a pair of
trainers with their PE kit. The children will also need their sun cream, hats
and water bottles in their lockers every day next half term.
NOTE the following diary dates:
note that our Reception assembly for next half term will be on the first Friday
after half term (Friday the 6th June) at 2.30pm in the hall. Please
bring your binoculars to see if you can spot any ferocious dinosaurs.
will be hosting a Reception Seaside Party on the 20th of June from
11am-12pm. The children will be selling all of the wonderful summer items they
have made and then we will all be going for a picnic together on the field.
to celebrate the children finishing Reception, we will be holding graduation
parties. Miss Lambert’s graduation will be in the hall from 9am-10am on the 15th
July. Miss Pyatt’s graduation will be held from 2pm-3pm on the 15th
YOU CAN HELP US
·Please ensure your child can write their
first and second names.
·Please read and engage with the home learning
as this informs you of what your child must be able to do to reach a good level
·Please read with your child for 5 minutes
every day and please share all their holiday adventures with us using the
a fantastic bank holiday weekend and May half term break.
Lambert, Miss Pyatt and the Reception Team.
Key Stage 1
half term please continue to spend 10 minutes or so a day reading, spelling and
doing sums with your child around all four functions. Have conversations about
the equals sign meaning that both sides of the sum are balanced (whether that
be with one number or another sum, i.e. 2+5 = 4+3). Can your child balance such
sums? The Year 2 children also have brought home a SATs style booklet so that
they can continue to practise worded problems over the holidays in preparation
for the SATs in week 2. Please do one or so a day to help your child to
understand what the question is asking them to do and talk about which strategy
they would use to help them to figure it out.
children have new spellings in their reading records this week but please make
an effort to practise the spellings from across the half term. These spellings
are selected to ensure your child is operating at the age related level within
reading and writing. We will be testing the phase phonics spellings again in
week 2 (your child’s teacher sent a copy of the words specific to your child
home at Easter).
you!! We might just have cracked the water bottle fiasco. Keep sending your
child in to school next term with a water bottle for their lunch box and one
for class – remember though that their classroom water bottle can’t have juice
a note of congratulations, unfortunately there are still children who aren’t
equipped with an appropriate PE kit for indoor and outdoor PE. This past week
has been so warm that it is not practical or hygienic at all for them to do PE
in their school uniform. Every child needs: shorts, a white t-shirt, socks (so
many children don’t have socks and sprinting/running is painful without socks),
sports trainers, leggings or tracksuit bottoms and a jumper for if the weather
is colder. Our PE sessions are still on a Monday afternoon and Wednesday
morning. It is not fair for children to miss their PE lesson because of not
having a kit.
our narrative unit is almost over (we are having one more week on it next half
term because we’ve enjoyed it so much!) and the children have produced some
beautiful and imaginative stories! We have spent this week thinking about the
climax of our stories, where either something happy and exciting or something
scary happens! Alongside writing this final section the children have also
spent time copying their stories up into their very first ‘published’ novel,
which they have brought home with them for you to read and enjoy forever!
unit on measurement has drawn to a close. We have been revisiting find the
difference and taking away alongside looking at scales related to weight (Year
2), length (Year 1-2) and capacity (Year 1). The children are reading and
drawing scales with more and more accuracy and are even working with
addition/taking away/find the difference problems with half measures. Do keep
on using scales at home over the half term…and feel free to bring the produce
children have really enjoyed using their D&T model cars to conduct
scientific experiments. We have learnt all about forces this week and how
nothing can move without a push or a pull. We thought about our daily routine
and play times and categorised everything into a push or a pull, like brushing
our teeth, getting dressed and riding our scooter to school. The children then
got into groups and thought about a question that they wanted to investigate
about the speed of their car and what might affect it. We had questions around
the gradient of a ramp and some that looked into what would affect the speed
more, going over fluff or felt. We measured the distances of the cars each time
and have really started to think more about fair tests – by sending the car
from the same place every time and making sure that nothing other than the
material from our experiment touches the car on its way.
a lovely half term together!
Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
super week to finish off our half term! The children have continued to work
their hardest right up until the last day – what a fantastic attitude! We hope
you enjoyed our showcase assembly and felt as proud of your children as we are
seeing all their incredible learning! We wish you a lovely week off and look
forward to see all the children back refreshed and ready for the final half
again, we have been inundated with learning logs jam packed full of extra home
learning. We hope you enjoyed seeing a selection of the children’s work
displayed during the showcase assembly.It
has been wonderful to see so many children taking a lead in their own learning
and completing such a variety of tasks during their own time. We cannot wait
for next half term for another influx of fantastic work! Just a gentle reminder
that we are no longer sending home photocopied resources for home learning. We
have saved many resources onto the phase blog for you to download at home along
with links to games and activities that we have been using in class. There are
also paper copies of resources from in class often available daily for the
children to take home. We would also like the children to continue to read
daily and ensure they are recording this in their reading records so we can
reward their efforts with stickers! In addition to this, the children should be
practising and learning their spellings and Times Tables as this is a key still that the children will require
for next half terms learning. The
times table we will be testing the first week back after half term is the 8 Times Table. We are really impressed
with the children’s continued effort with learning their times tables and all
the children who are getting 12 out of 12 are celebrated on ourblog ‘Wall of Fame’ on a weekly basis. We had
great fun during our times tables challenge, the children all tried their best
to beat their previous score and it was, as always, a close call between the
finalists. Well done to the Winners!
week the children have been focussing on telling the time using analogue
clocks, before writing them in digital format. The children were really eager
to show off their new time telling skills as they repeatedly came and told us
what the time was. We looked into AM and PM, 24 hour time and even looked at
timetables similar to those we would need to read to catch a bus. It would be
fantastic if you would please continue to ask your child the time at home for
some extra practice. First week back after half term we will be revisiting the
four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and
applying these to real life problems, including money!
week in literacy, the children have planned and written an exciting story based
in Temple Newsam. The children have tried super hard to include conjunctions,
action (verbs), dialogue (speech) and description (adjectives). Next half tem,
we shall be focussing on biographies based around famous sports personalities.
Spellings will be tested on Monday 2nd
week we have been finishing off our super letters. The Year 4s have been
writing thank you letters to the wonderful staff at East Barnby to thank them
for such a fantastic time and for taking care of us so well. The year 3’s have
been writing to Mrs Dale to persuade her to let them go on a residential when
they are in year 4. We hope you enjoyed hearing a small sample of some of our
Year 3 and 4’s fantastic work! Next half term, we shall be looking at a variety
of sports personalities to correspond with various sporting events around the
science this week the children have finished writing up their friction
investigations from last week and have been analysing the results to form a
conclusion. We have looked at magnets and have sorted materials depending upon
whether they are magnetic or not. Next half term, we shall be looking at the
week we have been practising our multi-skills by doing some circuit training!
The children really enjoyed this, completing sprints, hurdles, side-stepping,
ladder work, skipping and more! We are so impressed with the children and are
excited to start training for sports day next half term!
·A residential meeting for Year 3 parents will
take place on Tuesday 17th June at 3:30pm in the hall.
·Please ensure all of your child’s belongings
(especially PE kits, hats and school jumpers) are clearly labelled with your
child’s full name.
·Year 4’s, please remember to bring your
swimming kit every Friday!
·Remember the children have two PE units a
week now, one indoor and one outdoor so please ensure they are bringing the
correct kit each week.
·As the weather is getting warmer, can all
children please be provided with a named water bottle, especially on PE days?
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. http://year34rhps.blogspot.co.uk/
Have a fabulous half term
Upper Key Stage 2 Newsletter
Year 6 Residential
All children who are
joining us on the Year 6 residential have received a letter with a few
reminders..... Don’t forget to meet us in the hall, with your luggage and any
urgent medication which is clearly labelled, at 8:30am on Wednesday June 4th.
The teachers will take a register, so please make yourselves known. All the
children will receive a luggage label which they will need to attach to their
luggage whilst they are waiting. We are going to have such a fantastic time!
Year 6 Bikeability Training
All the Year 6 children
have received a letter regarding some cycling training. The children are
invited to participate in a cycle training course which will teach them
techniques for riding safely on the road. We therefore ask that the form sent
home is returned back to school by Tuesday
Year 6 Leaver’s Assembly
We are approaching that
time of year already where we are preparing to say farewell to the current Year
6 pupils. In preparation for the assembly, we are asking the children to bring
in one of their cutest photographs of themselves when they were younger. If
they can be handed in to their class teacher, we will scan them in and hand
them back to you as soon as possible.
Year 6 Dates for the Diary:
& Chip lunch Thursday 10th July
6 Prom – Thursday 10th July (5:00pm – 6:30pm).
Assembly – Friday 11th July (2:00pm).
Year 5 Printing
The Year 5 children
will be printing whilst the Year 6 children are on residential. We will be
printing some arty images onto t-shirts which support the Grand Depart, whilst
also incorporating features of Leeds. The children will need a plain white t-shirt to print their
design onto by Wednesday June 4th.
In Numeracy this week, the
children have been applying all mathematical operations to solve puzzles and
problems to enable them to solve the clues to crimes! The children have proven
to be very good detectives!
In Literacy this week, the
children have been writing their own horror stories! Figurative language and
punctuation for effect has been used so incredibly well, to create some very
scary and thrilling horror stories!
This week, the children
have been finalising their iMovie projects to create a high quality advert or
documentary to promote their chosen place in Leeds. The children have
successfully used many of the features that the software has to offer and the
final projects have been to a very high standard!