Friday, 20 June 2014
Issue 35 2013 -14
Dear Parent/Carer,It’s been another eventful week in school with our Year 6 children carrying out their “Bikeability” assessments and of course the brilliant Shades and Shorts disco. I would like to start my newsletter this week by applauding the PTA and the brilliant work they do for our school; increasingly families are busy trying to juggle work and childcare and it is a struggle to give generously of our time but we repeatedly have parents who help out in any way they can, even if they are not able to physically attend. Obviously the funds are fantastic and can be put to brilliant use in our school but it is great that fantastic childhood memories of Robin Hood Primary School are being created through these events - thank you everyone!
Teaching AssistantsI am delighted to inform you that we have recently made several further appointments. From September, Natalie Chapman and Laura Taggart will be joining our team of teaching assistants. Our much loved Mrs Butterfield will also be joining the classroom to job share with Mrs Beckwith. We warmly welcome you all.
Parent helpersWe would like to encourage any parents who can help with hearing children read to approach us to let us know your availability for September please. The extra support for our children is really valuable even if just for a few hours a week. Thanks.
Tour de Robin HoodNext week sees our Tour de Robin Hood events which are our way of celebrating both the historic event which will pass through our city in a couple of weeks but also promote our love of physical activity. Learning in class will link in with the theme and of course all children will be involved in the outside sponsored events. Thank you so much to those parents who are able to help out with supporting at these times. I would also like to thank the PTA and Miss Mees, who have liaised so well and worked effectively together to make what I know will be a fabulous celebration (fingers crossed for warm, dry weather!)
Violin concertWe will be showcasing the Year 6 violin outcomes by holding a short concert on Thursday 10th July at 2:30 p.m. We have been very fortunate to access the fantastic expertise of Stefan Brown from Yorkshire Music Education Service this year, who has helped us to widen the children’s musical experiences and develop their musical skills. This event is open to all parents; please do come along and support if you can.
Classes for next yearWe will be announcing your child’s class teacher for next year, next Friday. This information will come home with your child in a letter form.
A huge thank you to all the parents, carers and teachers that gave up their time to help out at the Shorts and Shades disco on Wednesday. I think we can safely say a good evening was had by all. Next week is the Tour de Robin Hood where hopefully we can raise lots of money to give the children some wonderful things to keep them entertained during play times. Don't forget all monies need to be in school by 3rd July and the new gym bags will be handed out at sports day on the 7th July.
Have a great weekend everyone.
NEWS ROUND UP
Welcome back to another busy week in Nursery. We are beginning to prepare our children for their next settings and it is lovely to see how much they have grown in confidence, but sadly the weeks are whizzing by so quickly! If you haven’t yet let me know where your child is going in September (unless of course it is Robin Hood!) please can you come and see me as soon as possible as I need to prepare a transition document. Thank you. Keep up to date with our news at http://foundationstagenewsatrobinhood.blogspot.co.uk/
Alongside all of our seaside activities we have been completing the children’s final assessments for this year. The children have really impressed us with their amazing phonics knowledge, writing, number knowledge and shape knowledge. We are so proud of how much the children have progressed this year and it is all down to their fantastic attitudes towards their learning and the super support they have received from home!
Next week is all about sports. On Wednesday the children will be taking part in a Tour De France day organised by the Active team. This will be a full half day of sporty activities so please send your child in in their outdoor sports kit. In literacy we will be learning all about the story of Noah’s Ark. In numeracy we will be looking at one more and one less than a given number. In the outdoor area, we will be setting ourselves time challenges to see how much we can achieve in a minute. We will also be having lots of races and timing each other using stopwatches. It’s certainly going to be active!
PLEASE NOTE the following diary dates:
Nursery closed Wednesday 2nd July
Golden Day is Wednesday 9th July where we will have a visit from Punch and Judy courtesy of the PTA
Meet your new teacher letters have been sent out this week. Your child will attend our Reception class either morning or afternoon on Monday 14th July
Wednesday 16th July will be the Nursery Graduations. If you haven’t received your letter please let me know. Thank you.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
· Please note we will be doing outdoor PE this half term so please ensure your child has an appropriate outdoor PE kit and trainers.
· Please keep encouraging your child to write their name, read to you daily and write the numbers to 10
Have a fantastic weekend – Mrs Steel, Mrs Beckwith, Mrs Chin and Miss Fox.
NEWS ROUND UP
This week we have all climbed aboard the train and travelled to the seaside. Thank you so much for coming along to our seaside day today. The children had a fantastic time eating their picnics and playing all of the seaside activities with you. Please keep looking on our blog for the latest information and to see what has been happening in Reception at http://foundationstagenewsatrobinhood.blogspot.co.uk/
Alongside all of our seaside activities we have been completing the children’s final assessments for this year. The children have really impressed us with their amazing phonics knowledge, writing, number knowledge and shape knowledge. We are so proud of how much the children have progressed this year and it is all down to their fantastic attitudes towards their learning and the fantastic support they have received from home. In numeracy this week the children have planned and built some brilliant seaside scenes using the bricks. The children worked very well in teams and described the shapes they were using brilliantly. In phonics the children have been learning the long o sounds; ow (snow and grow) and the split digraph o_e (home, cone).
Next week is all about sports. On Wednesday the children will be taking part in a Tour De France day organised by the Active team. This will be a full day of sporty activities so please send your child in in their outdoor sports kit. In literacy we will be learning all about the story of Noah’s Ark. In numeracy we will be focusing on the concept of time and thinking about how long 1 minute is and how long an hour is. We will be setting ourselves time challenges to see how much we can achieve in a minute. We will also be having lots of races and timing each other using stopwatches. It’s certainly going to be active! In phonics the children will be learning the long o sounds; o (so, no, hello) and the digraph oe (Joe, toe).
PLEASE NOTE the following diary dates:
Our next big events are our graduation ceremonies:
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 July.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
Please note we will be doing outdoor PE this half term so please ensure your child has an appropriate outdoor PE kit and trainers.
Have a fantastic weekend - Miss Lambert, Miss Pyatt and the Reception Team.
Key Stage 1 Newsletter
On top of the usual learning spellings and practising mental maths problems please support your child in telling the time. This learning will continue into next week so your support would be very much appreciated! Take a look at the Numeracy section for more detail about our journey so far but also try asking questions like, what time is one hour after 6 o’clock or half an hour before 3 o’clock. If you want to really challenge your child why not give them a multi-step problem like, I got up at 7:30 and it took 10 minutes to brush my teeth, 15 minutes to get dressed and 5 minutes to make breakfast, what time did I eat my breakfast? Make sure they’ve got an analogue clock to hand though to count on the 5 minute intervals!
Please can we put out a plea for newspapers again! Key Stage 1 will be taking part in an Arts Award week commencing on the 30th of June and newspaper is on the resource list! Thank you!
Singing loud and proud!
Thank you for coming and joining in with our showcase assembly around our singing learning. It is safe to say that everyone loves and looks forward to these music sessions and the progress each class has made in pitch and rhythm since Christmas has been outstanding! It has been a real eye opener for us as adults to teach the skill of singing; we’re so quick to judge ourselves as able or unable to sing and the lessons we have delivered reject this opinion. It’s refreshing!
This week in literacy we have taken a walk down memory lane and remembered everything that we have learnt this year in all our different subjects. It has been so nice to reminisce and I think it is safe to say that everyone was astonished at just how much we have accomplished and how much we have all grown (quite literally!) since Autumn term. The children remembered their favourite units and tasks, electricity was a recurrent love by all, and also thought back to old targets and difficulties they faced and overcame (division has been our nemesis apparently!). The reason for doing this was so that the children could add a personalised front cover to the reports that will be winging their way towards you later this term. We hope you enjoy reading them!
This week we started learning all about telling them time. The children all used plastic clocks to make o’clock times that matched digital and written times (5 o’clock/05:00) and explored all the different key words associated with time like minutes, hours, days, am/pm and so on. We have looked at the long hand and the short hand and talked about what they each show when they are positioned around the clock. We then halved the clock to show where half past 5/05:30 would sit, looking at the hour hand moving half way between the hours of 6 and 7, and challenged our friends to make or write different times to match our clocks or written times. As if that wasn’t enough, we then drew times on clock faces taking care to show the long and short hands. Some of us even looked at the 5 minute intervals! Next week we will continue this learning looking more at months and days alongside worded time problems.
Well we have started a real toughie of a unit as part of our Seaside topic…sewing! We started by choosing which sea creature we wanted to make, from puffer fish to star fish to dolphin, before drawing a template of the shape on a piece of card. The children transferred this outline onto their chosen piece of fabric and cut it out...twice. We then thought about the extras that we wanted to add on to make sure they looked like our design. Getting the right size and shape is a bigger challenge than it might sound! Our week ended with using a running stitch to either add extras in Year 2 or to sew our template together ready to stuff and decorate next week. The children love learning this skill so next time a button falls off, you know who to get!
Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
Wow! The children have shown fantastic attitudes to their final assessments this year before they embark on their exciting and challenging move into the next year group. We had lots of fun practising and showcasing our songs to you all from our new singing curriculum. Thank you to all those that attended our successful performance, I’m sure you will agree the children are absolutely loving learning all of the new songs as part of our new singing curriculum. We would also like to thank everyone that came to the Year 3 residential meeting on Tuesday evening. If you could not attend, all the information is accessible on our phase blog and the children have now all received a letter with all the details on.
With such beautiful weather this week, we have enjoyed spending time up on the school field and using the sunshine to learn more about states of matter in science. Next week we are taking part in our sponsored event in recognition of the Tour de France, so please keep the sponsorship coming in as every little helps!
This week, the children have applied all of their super learning in their assessments. Alongside this, the children have been using their knowledge of co-ordinates and direction to create a treasure map. Next week we will be looking at symmetry and symmetrical patterns.
Wow! What a week of literacy! The children have demonstrated their understanding of texts in our reading assessments this week and have written an autobiography telling us all about themselves and their achievements this last year in Year 3/4.
These Spellings will be tested on Monday 23rd June.
Group 1: which, with, where, white, when, was, whenever, whereas, will, would
Group 2: healthy, squash, minute, imagine, opposite, damage, purpose, police, promise, whereas
During our topic sessions this week we have been learning lots of facts about where the FIFA World Cup is being held this year, as well as looking into the past at previous World Cups. We did lots of fun activities; a quick quiz, alphabetizing the 32 countries competing, matching countries to their flags, a nice word search to find some of the qualifying teams, created our own football kit, as well as making up our own mascot to motivate the team! We are keeping up-to-date with all of the match scores and wait with baited breath to find out which country will be crowned the 2014 winner! COME ON ENGLAND!
This week we continued to look at states of matter and their properties. We observed the changes that some materials make when they are heated and/or cooled. The children loved getting their hands on a colourful ice balloon which we placed in two locations of differing temperatures, one in the classroom and one outside. Thankfully the weather pulled through for us so that we could use the outdoors! Before we did this, we made our predictions about what we thought might happen and lots of children hit the nail on the head! Next week we will be looking at how evaporation and condensation form part of the water cycle.
· Our next Showcase Assembly is on Friday 27th June at 2.30pm
· Next week, the children are taking part in their sponsored event on Tuesday 24th June. Please ensure your child comes to school in their P.E kit for the full day.
· Please can we remind all Year 3 parents that if your child wishes to go on residential in Year 4, their deposit must be in by the 3rd July– Thank You!
· As part of our history curriculum we will be going on a trip to watch the Horrible Histories production of ‘Barmy Britain’ at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre on Thursday 17th July. The cost of the trip is £18 and we would like the children to bring a packed lunch and wear their school uniform. If you would like any information regarding the trip please see a member of the 3/4 team at the end of the school day.
· As the weather is hotting up, please ensure your child brings a refillable water bottle, a sun hat and sun block as we will be spending more time outside.
· Please ensure all of your child’s belongings (especially PE kits, hats and school jumpers) are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.
· 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.
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 weekend!
Upper Key Stage 2 Newsletter
Year 6 Leavers
There are some children who still haven’t handed in their favourite photograph of themselves when they were younger. We would love to show a photograph of each child in year 6 in the assembly on our show reel. Please hand in your favourite picture to Mr Malley with your name written on the back. Thank you.
School Captain Election:
The School Captain election for the current Year 5 pupils is looming. The election will be held Thursday July 10th. The children will be asked to give a short 2 minute presentation to the rest of the phase and phase teachers, which should explain why they should get the job and what they can bring to the role. There will be six School Captain places, two per term, which will enable more children to experience the position. We cannot wait!
Growing and Changing
On Monday, June 30th, the children will be learning about growing and changing, in accordance with the National Curriculum and the school’s PHSCE policy. The children will learn about changes that humans experience in their lifetime in a sensitive environment and there will be plenty of opportunity for children to ask questions anonymously throughout. A separate letter with regards to this was sent out last week, however, we would like to remind you, at this stage that parents/carers are very welcome to attend a meeting on Wednesday, June 25th at 4:00pm in the blue year 5/6 classroom, to discuss the session and preview any clips that will be shown.
In numeracy this week, the children have been working really hard with their end of term assessments; we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the children on their super effort with their assessments! In addition to this, the children have entered the Leeds Junior Maths Challenge. The four highest scoring children will be invited to attend Leeds Grammar School in July, for a fun morning of maths competition in the Leeds Junior Maths Challenge semi-final. Names to be announced soon! Next week, the children will be learning all about sequences in numbers; including the Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s triangle, square and triangular numbers.
In literacy this week, pupils have been recapping on important spelling, grammar and punctuation rules. These have included; irregular plurals, commas and spelling patterns such as; words ending in ‘ant’ and ‘ent.’ Next week pupils will be reflecting on their experiences and challenges in year 5/6 in their report front cover. This is a wonderful chance for children to display their creative writing skills, as well as impress with their beautiful handwriting. The spellings for next week are; who’s, whose, peace, piece, ascent, assent, morning, mourning, steel, steal. Your child has received a copy of these spellings and will be tested on the 27th June.
The children have continued their learning on the Tour de France this week, creating posters in relation to the statement ‘The Tour de France: The most demanding and dangerous sporting event.’ Working in teams of 3, each child took responsibility for a different aspect. These included the physical demands of the tour, the different stages and finally, the dangers involved for the riders. The children have begun to create some truly sensational pieces!
We have continued our Living Things unit this week by looking at the different life cycles of living things. By exploring the similarities and differences of these, the children have been able to present their research to the class.
The children have been editing and refining their pictures this week- using iPhoto. The children have explored the editing features on the software and exported their pictures. Some of the editing skills have been amazing. We would not be surprised if some of the images appear on our own school walls very soon! Next week the children will continue to develop these editing skills and create their own slideshow with their final edits.