Whitkirk News! 15th october 2021

A message from Mr. Dawson

It has been a very busy week, as we lead up to the end of the half term. Miss Quarmby and I have again been in classes looking at mathematics lessons. The children have demonstrated excellent attitudes to their learning and have impressed us with how they have been able to explain their mathematical thinking around shape.

The after-school clubs are continuing to be well-attended and the children are really enjoying the fantastic opportunities on offer. Across school, we have been practising our songs in preparation for the Harvest Festival next week – ‘conkers’ is definitely a firm favourite! Please remember that we have a training day on Friday next week, so school will be closed to pupils. Due to this and Harvest Festival, there will be no celebration assemblies next week.

Finally, thank you to all parents who have been driving with care and consideration on Templegate Walk and the surrounding roads. This continues to be a concern for us, in terms of ensuring our children are safe, so please remember that the speed limit on Templegate Walk is 20mph (if you have a blue badge and are parking in the school car park). Otherwise, please park with care on the surrounding roads – not on dropped curbs or double yellow lines.

End of term special!

Final week of half term!

Harvest Festival:

We are delighted that we are able to reintroduce our calendar of events post-pandemic, and Harvest festival is the first of our whole key stage celebrations. Each year, we visit St. Mary’s Church to celebrate harvest, and invite family members to come and watch. Our Harvest Festivals will take place on Thursday 21st October. Reception and KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) – 12:45pm KS2 (Year 3 to Year 6) – 1:45pm.

Reception new starters open evening (2022 intake):

Halloween pumpkin trail:

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Halloween pumpkin trail. For this, we do need lots of pumpkins. We would love our children and families to carve a pumpkin for our pumpkin patch. If you do make a pumpkin, please bring this to school on Wednesday or Thursday next week. These should be given to your child's teacher, and will stay in their classroom until the PTA collects them on Friday.


Our whole school target is at least 96%, and only one class in the whole school has met this target, this week. Therefore, this week our trophy goes to Y2KDO with 97.4%. Well done, Miss Dougan's class!

School Council

There has certainly been a buzz around school this week as classes have been voting for who they feel would best represent their class views as a school councillor. The teachers have been very impressed with the effort that children have gone to, and also the mature response to voting throughout school. We would like to say a special thank you and well done to all children who put themselves forward.

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


How time has flown! The children have nearly been at school for a full half term, and what a wonderful term it has been! The children have settled amazingly into school life at Whitkirk, and the whole EYFS staff cannot wait to see how the children thrive throughout the year. This week, the children have learned about harvest - we have been eagerly rehearsing Harvest Festival songs and actions. They have also created scarecrows and bought fruit and vegetables from our very own Farmers Market outside. This week, the children have also met Tim the Travelling Turtle. Tim will travel to different countries and cities throughout the year. His first city was Leeds. The children enjoyed looking at Leeds on Google Earth and then creating maps to show Tim where they live. The adults in Reception were impressed that some children knew their exact address and the directions that they walk to school each morning! In maths, the children have been finding one more and one less than a given number. Miss Emery and Miss Sanderson were very impressed with the children's completion of independent maths challenges this week.


This week in maths, Year 1 pupils have been learning all about different shapes and their properties. We have learned some fantastic vocabulary whilst looking into how many sides and vertices each shape has. The children thoroughly enjoyed spotting shapes around our classroom, but also making their own shapes from materials we have in class and writing down their properties. As part of Black History Month, in our art learning, we studied Alma Thomas. We were inspired by her colourful, abstract paintings, particularly the ‘circle of flowers.’ We really do have some budding artists in Year 1!

In Year 2 this week, we have been very busy investigating the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We have sorted shapes using Venn diagrams and different success criteria. In English, we have written letters about our school, Temple Newsam and Leeds city centre. In addition, we have created our own sandwiches using the cress we have grown in science.


We've had another busy and exciting week in Year 3! In English this week, we have been gathering facts about the UK to write a non-chronological report. We watched a video to help us get some more ideas. In maths, we have started exploring parallel and perpendicular lines - we have been particularly impressed with how focused Year 3 pupils have been with this new learning. The most exciting part of the week was an investigation in science. We investigated how the size of our legs might influence how far we can jump. Well done for another amazing week, Year 3!

Year 4 pupils have continued to amaze us this week with their incredible creative writing. Using Stitch Head as a stimulus, we have been predicting what might happen next when Stitch Head has to decide whether or not to leave the castle. The children have been writing their own version of the next chapter - Stitch Head's Decision. Their ideas and imaginations are absolutely amazing and have kept all of the adults in Year 4 entertained whilst reading them. In maths, the children have impressed us with their ability to identify and compare the properties of 2D shapes, including different triangles and quadrilaterals. A super week Year 4, well done!


Our Year 5 classes have been the epitome of resilience and dedication this week! The children have been fantastic despite having to isolate themselves in their own bubbles and missing their friends. This week they have learned how to write effective dialogue and add amazing characterisation, they have investigated and learned the properties of 2D shapes and also written some brilliant Harvest Festival poems. Children in Year 5 will no longer be in bubbles next week and will resume with normal playtimes and lunchtimes alongside their peers. This also means that children can attend after-school clubs again.

We cannot quite believe that it is the penultimate week of the first half term! The progress that the Year 6s have made over this relatively short space of time is nothing short of phenomenal! This week in maths, we have been identifying the properties of regular polygons, focussing on terminology such as perpendicular, parallel, and symmetry. As scientists, we have been looking at the correlation between the size of an artery and the speed of blood flow. We then made connections with real-life examples of clogged arteries, how this happens, and the impact on health. Well done Year 6 on an excellent week!

Stars of the Week

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Gemma Quarmby


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