Friday, 12 September 2014

Issue 2 2014-15

Newsletter Issue 2

Friday 12th September 2014

Dear Parent/Carer,
We have had a brilliant first full week back. It has been lovely to welcome our 60 Reception children into school; they certainly have settled wonderfully into our new Reception unit. We will welcome our Nursery children to school next week on a phased entry.

Next week, Miss Pyatt and Mrs Steel will spend 4 days in Sweden on a visit to complete the WHISE (Welfare and Health in School Education) project. Along with 8 other members of staff from schools in Leeds, they will be sharing our good practice and focusing specifically on holistic whole child pedagogic approaches, parental engagement, professional development and Special Educational Needs.

Please note that after school clubs will not be starting until at least after half term. Thank you for your patience on this matter. We will be sure to let you know when they are all to be up and running again.

Please do access our blogs. The Key Stage blogs are an absolutely brilliant way to see what is happening in your child’s class. Miss Darroch and Mrs Moore are doing a great job of updating them regularly so that you can access some of the fantastic learning going on in school as well as see newsletters and home learning for the week. You can also see the fabulous new lunchtime arrangements which we are all very pleased with. Blogs can be accessed easily via the front page of the school website and pressing on “Our Blogs”.

We had a few children in KS1 changing from sandwiches to lunches without notification this week. Of course, I am delighted about this as they are taking up their free school meal and are excited to be part of our new family meal service. We do ask, however, that you let the office know with ideally a few days notice. We have seating arrangements which mean that extra pupils will need to be considered in order for the lunchtimes to run smoothly. Thank you.

Bikes and scooters
We can now allow children to cycle or scooter to school as the bike stand will be relocated at the far end of the playground next to the pergola. We must ask that they are stored orderly and properly so as to minimise disruption to the playground space. Although this is a well accessed space, I must stress that they are left at your own risk. Once again, we can rehouse the stand when we have space in other parts of the school but for now we see this as the best solution.

PTA news

Welcome back!! Hope you've all had a fabulous summer?  We may have been on holiday, but our School Lottery has still been raising funds!  Already the school is guaranteed a massive £1,000 this academic year.  If you haven't joined yet, click on the link in the flyer sent on Parentmail or enter in your browser - it takes seconds!!  

 Our first meeting is on Wednesday 24th September at the Gardner's Arms, 8pm.  We always aim to be finished by 9.30 - please join us if you can as it's our main planning meeting.  If you can't send apologies/ideas, etc. to

We hope to see you on the 24th.

Have a lovely weekend, everybody.

Mrs Dale

Reception newsletter

Welcome back! As you will have noticed we have an amazing new Reception classroom and a new team who were all eagerly waiting to welcome the children back this week. We were amazed at how confident and grown up the children are and we are giving lots of praise and stickers for children who are showing super sharing skills and learning independently. Please look on our blog for the latest information and to see what has been happening in Reception at

Our children have had an amazing first week and have enjoyed exploring our exciting new areas. They have taken part in phonics carpets, guided reading sessions, literacy activities and shared stories as well as getting their new reading books and reading record sent home. We have introduced the sounds s, a, t and p and the words at, an, in, a, as, if as a heads up for the sounds and words we will be teaching next week. We have shared the story Little by Little and talked about things we can do easily and things we find a bit trickier.

We will be reading the story ‘I am absolutely too small for school’. The children will be engaging in lots of activities which will develop their confidence, support them to make new friends and allow us to find out a little bit more about them. The home learning task has been planned especially to support this, so please make sure all home learning comes into school on Monday morning - clearly named. Thank you. In phonics we will be practising reading and writing the sounds and word listed above in bold and we will be playing some blending games where we teach the children to read words by blending the individual sounds together. During our numeracy sessions we will be assessing the children’s skills in numbers and shape, space and measures.

This is the Reception team for 2014/2015

·        Miss Lambert – Assistant Headteacher, Foundation stage leader and Reception teacher

·        Mrs Steel – Reception teacher

·        Miss Friar, Miss Fox, Mrs Chapman, Miss Bayliss, Mrs Beckwith and Mrs Butterfield – Reception team

·        Please engage with the home learning and the learning logs - these are the yellow books that have been sent home. These are for the children’s own use if they want to share anything with their friends. If you have been on a special trip, they might like to stick in a postcard, photograph or train ticket. Please make sure they are brought in every Monday and during the week we will make time for the children to show us the amazing things they have done at home. They will be sent home on Fridays ready for your child to use to share their next exciting weekend!

·        Please read for 5 minutes daily and help your child learn their spellings.  

·         If you have any spare boxes please bring them in for our D.T. area.

Thank you!

Miss Lambert, Mrs Steel and the Reception Team
Key Stage 1

We have had another action packed week in Key Stage 1 and it is lovely to see how well all of the children have settled into their new classes with their new teachers. 

Home learning

As stated in last week’s newsletter, the compulsory home learning each week is:

·         10 spellings per week (5 mins X 3 times a week)

·         Recall of number facts (5 mins X 3 times a week)

·         Reading and/or using Bug Club. (10 mins X 3 times a week)

You will find this week’s spellings in your child’s reading record. Those children who have achieved 10/10 and those who have tried exceptionally hard will receive one of our brand new certificates. It has been lovely to see so many learning logs being brought into school this week and the children have come in beaming with pride. We cannot emphasise enough how important your input is and it will have an incredibly positive influence on your child’s progress. Have fun! Please make sure you write in the reading record at least 3 times per week. Your child will receive a sticker in their reading record the following week for any documented learning. Thank you.


Key Stage 1 has been full of chanting this week as the children have been practising their counting skills. Miss Hinton was so impressed by Year 1’s fabulous counting that she gave the whole class a sticker. Well done you counting superstars! Please practise your child’s counting with them at home as your child is expected to be able to do the following;

Year 1 – Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number. Count in multiples of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Year 2 – Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward.

Extension - count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100

If you feel your child can confidently do what is expected of them please practice the next step with them. Any number can be made more difficult by using hundreds! J Next week we will be concentrating on odd and even numbers and place value.


This week the children have been writing a non-chronological report all about themselves. They have used different sub-headings including; their family, their favourite summer activity and their pets. Our sentence challenge focus this week has been conjunctions please practise using conjunctions with your child (e.g. but, and, because, so, however, then, if, even though, whilst and when). Please help your child practise their handwriting and ask them if they think their handwriting deserves a love heart.


Our topic this half term is animals and the children have been learning all about the different classifications of animals including; mammals, reptiles, birds, fish etc. They have also been thinking about omnivores, herbivores and carnivores. Ask your child if they know the differences between them!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Key Stage One Team

Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter

Well, it’s been another busy week in Year 3/4. We have seen lots of wonderful learning taking place and have been really impressed with the enthusiasm the children have shown towards each and every lesson - even when things have a got a little bit tricky!

There have been a few questions about changing books and whether there are set days for children to do this. The children can get a new book to take home whenever and as often as they like. There is no set day and we encourage the children to take responsibility for changing their own books whenever they have finished one, as well as recording their daily reading in their reading records. Reading at home will be rewarded in school with stickers and, as we have all seen, the competition for team point champions this half term has been extremely tight. It could be your sticker that wins it for your team!


This week we have been learning about place value and have been solving some tricky number problems using our knowledge of partitioning. We have also been using the symbols < = > to order and compare numbers. Please see the blog for details of this week’s learning. Next week we will be looking at negative numbers and extending number sequences by finding the rule. We will be testing the children on their 4 times tables on Thursday. Please use the following link to access a really useful game to support their practising.


This week, we have been planning our very own non-chronological reports all about ourselves. We have been completing daily tasks to help us extend our sentences from very simple sentences into more developed and descriptive ones. Please see the blog for further details of this week’s learning. Next week we will be continuing to write our reports making sure we include all of the exciting adjectives to describe our family, favourite food and our friends.


These Spellings will be tested on Monday 15th September. Please support your child in practicing their spellings every day to help them achieve 10/10 in their spelling test every week.

Group 1: rain, jail, tail, snail, daisy, maid, train, paint, brain, rainbow

Group2: pretty, listen, large, college, rigid, family, conduct, river, nothing, column

Other areas of the curriculum:

In PE we have been practising our throwing and catching skills both indoors and outdoors. We have used a variety of apparatus including balls and bean bags.

In Topic we have begun to investigate what life was like during the Iron Age. We have studied the clothes they wore, the houses they lived in and the forts that they built. We also became archaeologists for the day using metal detectors to search for interesting artefacts out in the school playground.

In music, 3/4B have begun composing their own musical masterpieces using the instruments available on the iPads. 3/4T have been practising their recorder skills when learning to play a new song and 3/4M have begun their percussion sessions using a variety of instruments.

In Science we have begun to study the scientific process and have looked at the different types of investigations that can be carried out. We have also looked at how we can ask scientific questions.

In ICT we have started looking at the programming software Scratch. The software will be used in the following weeks to develop our very own animations complete with moving pictures, sound and music. These will be uploaded to the blog and the school website at the end of the half term.

In RE on Wednesday, we will be sharing and discussing books which are special to us. Please think of a book that is special to you and be prepared to talk about it in the lesson. You can bring it in if you wish!


·    Please can all Year 4 children remember to bring their swimming kit and goggles if needed every Thursday in a bag large enough to fit their entire uniforms and shoes in – we don’t want to lose any belongings. Children may also bring a snack to eat on the coach on the way back to school. This can be a cereal bar or a piece of fruit – no crisps.
·    Please ensure your child’s PE kit is kept in school from Monday-Friday every week.
·    As the weather begins to turn that little bit cooler and wetter, please ensure your child has a suitable outdoor coat/jacket.
·    Our first Showcase Assembly of the year will be on Friday 3rd October at 2.30 – 3.00pm – we look forward to seeing you there.
Have a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to check out our blog:

Team 3/4
Upper Key Stage 2 Newsletter
First week back!
Congratulations to our year 5/6 pupils on completing their first full week back! All of the year 5/6 team have been truly impressed with how easy our Year 5 pupils have settled in. Equally, our Year 6 pupils have come back setting a wonderful example to their Year 5 counterparts and everyone seems raring to go for another exciting and fun filled year!
Parent meeting
We would like to thank all parents who attended the parent meeting on Tuesday after school. It was great to see such a great show of support. For parents or carers who were unable to attend, don’t worry- all of the procedures and expectations have been outlined in an information sheet, which all pupils have received. Alternatively, feel free to catch your class teacher at the end of the day. A query that some parents did have was when the KS2 SAT tests would be: We can now officially confirm that the SAT tests for the Year 6 children will take place during the week commencing the 11th of May, 2015, so please avoid booking any holidays during that week. Thank you.
In numeracy this week, pupils have worked hard to recognise sequences using decimal tenths, hundredths and even thousandths!  Pupils have also enjoyed learning all about Roman Numerals; which have made a comeback in the 2014 National Curriculum! Next week, pupils will learn how to estimate and round when multiplying decimals. The remainder of the week will concentrate on reading scales, as well as sequences involving square and triangular numbers.
This week pupils have worked hard to write their own book review. Pupils have reflected wonderfully on their thoughts and opinions of their chosen book. We have really enjoyed reading positive and even highly critical book reviews! Superb writing to kick start the year! Next week pupils will be learning key spelling, grammar and punctuation rules. Specifically, we will look at; homophones, contractions, tenses, commas and word classes. For year 6 pupils who have a Rising Stars SPAG book, please feel free to refresh your knowledge on these areas before next week! Spellings for next week include; stretch, castle, island, answer, climb, debt, solemn, should, wrench, muscle. Your child has received a copy of these spellings and will be tested on Friday 19th September.
What an action packed week we have had in our Geography sessions this week. Pupils have really enjoyed identifying the 7 continents of the world and facts relating to them. We have also spent time looking at major oceans and seas of Europe. We have been hugely impressed with pupils’ knowledge of Europe and we hope that all pupils should be able to explain the key differences between an ocean and a sea.
This year we are very lucky to begin a brand new unit called ‘We are bloggers’. The children discussed what a blog was, what should and shouldn’t be included when creating a blog and the children browsed a selection of blogs to evaluate the features of them.
This week in science we have discussed the different types of living things, including; animals, plants and microorganisms. Pupils then worked in teams to discuss and classify a number of different living things based on key criteria. 
This week pupils have enjoyed developing their throwing and catching skills. Pupils have practiced techniques when catching smaller balls in isolation and applied these into small sided games which apply attacking and defending principals. Another quick reminder- PE kits need to be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. Robin Hood stringed bags should be used for PE kits. Thank you.

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