Whitkirk News! 30th april 2021

A message from Mrs Stout

Hello everyone, I hope people are enjoying the small but important moves back to our usual lives and are still remembering to take care - Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air. In school, we are now able to have our Y1 and Y1/2 children in groups instead of rows which has made a huge difference to them and their teachers! We are also swimming now with Y4 and so it feels a bit more like our usual school pattern for the summer term.

We have noticed that we are getting more children arriving late to school - this has a negative impact on your child and the class in terms of a start to the school day; please get up 5 minutes earlier and avoid being later for everyone's benefit. We also repeat that we would request parents and carers to wear face coverings on site if they are medically able to do so; this is because of the narrow walkways on our site and you must wear a covering if you come into our school office - now is not the time to let bad habits slip back in! Thank you to everyone who does support us, arrives on time and makes sensible choices to keep us all safe.

We are busy preparing for some of our usual events to take place safely in school over this summer and will let you know about these as they approach. We do thank you for your patience as we develop normal calendar events! We are busy working on curriculum adaptations to make sure we are filling as many lost learning gaps for our children for this term and to ensure they are as ready as they can be for next year - let us all hope it is a normal one! We will be doing our end of year reports as normal and you will receive these in July and we will also plan in transition events later this term so children get to meet their new teachers and see their new classrooms. It all looks very positive. We have had a great week in school and hope you enjoy sharing some of the highlights! Take care everyone.


We have been very excited to launch our attendance competition for the summer term! Each week, we will be announcing the three classes with the highest attendance! In first place this week with a fantastic 99.3% attendance is Y1KD! In second place is YRJS with an impressive 98.7% attendance closely followed by Y4CO in third place with 98.6%. Everyday counts - attend today, achieve tomorrow!


Let's see what our classes have been up to this week:


We have been really excited about our new minibeast topic. We have started the week by reading the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ and going on a mini beast hunt. We then created a pictogram to show what and how many mini beasts we saw. We found a snail climbing up the school wall, a worm and a spider spinning a web in a tree to name just a few. We have also created an investigation lab in the outside covered area and spent time there ordering the lifecycle of a butterfly. The Hungry Caterpillar loves to eat and we have also drawn and wrote about our favourite meals, we have seen on the same plate; strawberries, sausages, peas, chips, blueberries and gravy. We have also been painting butterflies and trying to make the wings symmetrical. We have continued in maths with our teen numbers and we are having fun with our new dolls house John Jamieson kindly gave to us.


It has been another busy week in Year 1. We have been looking at different materials and using suitable materials to design our own bridges. In Maths, we have practised sharing sweets and other objects into equal groups and understand the difference between equal and unequal. To launch our new theme, we have identified where London is on a map and drawn some famous London landmarks.

In Year 1/2 this week, we have become experts in money, money. money! We used part whole models to investigate how many ways we could make amounts using different coins. The children were amazing at using their 2s, 5s and 10s to count up the coins to create the totals in different ways - we were so impressed! The children then used this knowledge to solve finding the totals within money word problems. What superb mathematicians we have!

Year 2 children have been engineers this week and have been designing bridges! We’ve been looking at some of the famous bridges in the world for inspiration. We have also been learning about 3D shapes and have been discussing their properties; we even had a go at making some but it was a bit tricky. In Science, we have been discussing materials and have they have different uses for different things, for example, a metal spoon for eating but a wooden spoon for cooking to ensure we don’t burn ourselves! In GPS, Year 2 have been enjoying being teachers; we have been writing sentences and then supporting each other by checking the use of capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and year 2 spellings! Such a busy week- we are ready for a rest!


What an exciting week we have had in Year 3! From ukulele lessons and team building in PE to experimenting with different types of paint in Art! We continue to stay hooked on our English text ‘How to train your dragon’ by Cressida Cowell and have looked at conjunctions, prepositions and imperative verbs this week to enable us to begin writing our own set of dragon training instructions! We can’t wait to see what next week will bring in fabulous Year 3. 😀

This week, the time had FINALLY arrived for Y4 to go swimming! We were all incredibly excited and all the adults were very impressed as all children showed our school values of safety and friendship exceptionally well. We can't wait for our next lesson! Back in school, we've entered the fantasy world of mythical beasts and discovered evidence about yetis, dragons, werewolves and even the Loch Ness Monster, ready to begin looking at non-chronological reports next week. In Science, we've been thinking about the damage we can cause to our environment and in Art, we've produced some beautiful mountain artwork to launch our new topic. Last but not least, we've even had time to build a mountain in Geography - we think climbing the Himalayas should be a breeze after how busy this week has been!


Year 5 have had a busy week ranging from decimals, made-up creatures, refugees and team games in PE! We are loving our new class book and have spent this week hot seating different pupils from our class. We've taken on the role of Ahmet to provide more details about his life back in Syria. We've been introduced to the character 'Brendan the bully' and look forward to finding out how the children support one another and come together (in an act of our school value, friendship) to defeat Brendan and show that kindness will always rule! Over in science, we have finished off our 'Circle of Life' topic by creating our own creatures and their life cycle. It goes without saying, we have a very imaginative bunch!

What a busy week for Year 6! Our writing has all been focused on The Graveyard Book and we have become relative clause wizards! Our maths has been equally jam-packed this week, focusing on the area of a multitude of different shapes including: rectangles, triangles and even parallelograms. So many different formulas to remember! Every Year 6 has worked so hard though and we are incredibly proud of them. In our wider curriculum, we begun our RHE (relationship and health education) and everyone has been wonderfully mature. Well done Year 6! This week we have also announced our trip to Herd Farm on our final week of the half term. We are very excited to hopefully get back to some normality and show off our outdoor skills!

Our stars of the week!

Have a fantastic weekend everybody- take care!

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