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Wold Academy News Autumn 2 Issue 1

Welcome back after the half term break.

We hope you had a lovely week and are feeling fully refreshed and raring to go for the coming term!

We would like to say a very big thank you for your generous donations for our Harvest Festival. The photograph is just a small sample of what was collected. Cottingham and East Yorkshire Food Bank were so grateful - you have made the lives of many less fortunate families a little easier. We were delighted to receive a thank you card, which was written to the children, to thank them for their generosity.

Dates for your diary:

  • Fri 5th Nov Non-uniform day & bun sale
  • Mon 8th Nov Road Safety Week
  • Mon 8th Nov Nasal flu vaccinations
  • Wed 10th Nov School photos
  • Mon 15th - Fri 19th Nov Anti-bullying week - 'One Kind Word' starting with Odd Sock Day on Monday 15th to celebrate individuality and raise awareness of bullying.
  • Fri 19th Nov Children in Need
  • Mon 22nd - Fri 26th Nov Parent consultation phone calls
  • Mon 29th Nov Y6 Parent information meetings for KS2 tests (SATs) 3:45-4:30pm and 4:45-5:30pm
  • w/c 6th Dec Christmas Movie nights

Please note that term dates for 2021-22 have been amended to include a day off on 6th June 2022 in lieu of the Platinum Jubilee. Please see link below to our website:

Beehive

This week the Bumblebees have begun reading the story of Dear Zoo. They have been learning what sounds the animal make from the story.

They have also been learning about Diwali and have created their own Diva Lamps.

F1

In F1 this week the children have been telling their own stories. Many of the children were able to retell the story of 'Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle' perfectly. Well done.

In Maths we have been measuring and seeing who is the tallest and the shortest in our groups. We then measured the children with string and hope to measure them again at the end of summer to see how much they have grown.

We have started our Diwali celebrations by learning the Diwali song and making diva lamps. Well done to all the children who worked hard with the clay which at times seemed quite hard to manipulate.

F2

We were very excited to welcome the children back after half term and are very proud of how they have settled straight back into their routines. We are beginning to learn a new story in Talk For Writing 'Whatever Next - Baby Bear goes to the moon.' It is proving very popular already. I wonder if your child could share what they have learnt of the story so far with you?

During Maths we have been expanding our knowledge of positional language by giving instructions to our Key Group friends.

In Key Group we have become Artists and created firework pictures in the style of Jackson Pollock. We particularly enjoyed conker rolling and string paintings. Finally, we enjoyed dressing up on Friday and have had lots of discussions around bonfire night and bonfire safety!

Online Safety

Netflix’s Squid Game is set to become the streaming service’s most successful show of all time, with huge numbers of viewers taking to social media to discuss each new episode. The South Korean thriller features some scenes of fairly brutal violence and is rated 15 by the BBFC.

Squid Game’s 15 rating has not prevented clips and images from the show being uploaded onto social media sites such as TikTok, with the #SquidGame hashtag being viewed more than 22.8 billion times. There are also Squid Game style games circulating.

Parents and carers need to keep a watchful eye on the content that children are viewing. For more information on Squid Game and the risks to our children please follow the link below:

If you would like any help or advice on monitoring the content of online material, please contact Mr Haymes at school and he will be happy to guide you through the process.

Year 1

Year 1 have made a fabulous start to the second part of the Autumn term. We have enjoyed starting our new text in T4W - 'The Three Little Pigs'. Please ask your child to retell this tale for you. In DT we have started thinking about a new design project. We are going to design and make a chair for Baby Bear from the story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. More details to follow regarding any resources which may need to be sent in from home. Our science topic is very exciting, in fact it's out of this world! We are looking at astronomy and all the planets in our solar system. We are also starting a new computing unit looking at technology in the world around us.

Year 2

This week we have started our new fiction text 'The Three Little Pigs' in T4W. We are currently learning the actions to our story map. Can your child tell you the story? In maths we are looking at multiplication and division using counters to make equal groups. In Geography we are exploring the local area looking at where we live.

Next week in science we will be exploring the solar system, learning about the planets and understanding orbit and rotation. In R.E we are learning about the life of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. Over the coming weeks in DT, the children will be planning, designing and evaluating a chair for baby bear from 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'.

PTA - events

As you know, our PTA support the school by carrying out fundraising events through the year. They have had their first meeting and arranged some events for this term.

Friday 5th November - Non-uniform day. Come to school dressed in 'spooky' or 'bonfire' themed clothes and buy a cake / bun. Suggested donation of £1. Buns 50p each.

W/C 6th December - We will be having movie nights in all year groups. £2 per pupil to include the movie and refreshments. Further details to follow.

December - Following the popularity and success of our Christmas Present Shop, we will be running this again this year. Further details to follow.

Year 3 and Year 4

This half term we are escaping into portals. The children have enjoyed designing their own portal door and wonderland world as we begin out new T4R extract from 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. In the next week, the children will begin to explore what makes a great portal story in preparation for writing their own portal story later in the term. During our effective maths lesson, we are working on deriving multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9x table. It would be great if you could use any opportunity at home to practise these timetables at home

The Romans will also be invading our corridor on the 16th November as we prepare for a history day focusing on the Romans. If your child wishes, they can dress up as a Roman.

Road Safety Week

Next week we have chosen to mark Road Safety Week, ahead of the national week which clashes with Anti-Bullying Week. We will be having an assembly on Monday 8th November, then classes will be discussing how to keep themselves safe while they are out and about - whether walking, riding scooters or cycling. As the nights are drawing in, please ensure that your child has something reflective on their coat / bag to help them to be more visible to vehicles.

We also had a meeting to discuss the issues of traffic and parking on Wold Road, focusing on the safe crossing for our pupils. We invited PCSOs and members of Hull City Council as well as the ward Councillors. Thank you to all the parents and friends who took the time to raise their concerns.

There is currently a vacancy for a School Crossing Patrol officer. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact Sandra Hodder on 01482 612809

Year 5

Year 5 have enjoyed researching about The Olmec civilization and creating a fact file about this. We have learnt about the three different types of rocks and how they are formed.

Next week, we are looking forward to looking at the Hindu festival of Diwali, learning about computer systems and Fairtrade products.

Please be reminded that Year 5 are competing in the Battle of the Bands on TT Rock Stars! Please encourage your children to keep practising.

Year 6

The children have come back after the half term looking very smart and ready to work hard. We have lots of exciting topics to explore this term including: forces in science, modern migration in history and megacities in geography. We are delighted to see that so many children are on board with our times tables challenge, "Battle of the Bands!" Currently, 6 Australia is in pole position in the school, but 6 New Zealand and other classes are hot on their heels; it’s all to play for!

This is going to be an exciting term for Year 6 as children will be undertaking a bikeability course commencing on Monday the 22nd November. This will be followed by a swimming programme commencing on Monday 29th November and Monday 6th December.

Finally, you will have received an invitation to a SATs meeting from the Year 6 team for Monday 29th November. We would love for as many parents/carers as possible to attend this meeting as it will give you an insight into the different SATs papers your child will sit and how, with support from school and home, your child can get the best possible outcome. As always, we are very grateful for all your support and we hope to see you this term.

Spotlight on... PSHE

At Wold Academy, we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. We teach Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their capacity to learn.

Wold Academy follows the 'Jigsaw' scheme looking at the following ‘Jigsaw Puzzles’: Being Me, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. This programme forms the foundation of our PSHE curriculum, providing a comprehensive, carefully thought through scheme of work, bringing consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this important curriculum area.

Wold Academy’s PSHE curriculum is further enhanced by considering the needs of our children and local community. Our school works closely with pupils, parents, local specialist support services and health professionals to ensure our PSHE curriculum is relevant and holistic in its content. This allows children to access relevant learning experiences enabling them to navigate their world and develop positive relationships.

We have many whole school days/weeks planned this academic year with a PSHE focus (we have already had Mental Health Awareness day and have Anti-bullying week coming this month). Uniting the school in this way helps us to build and celebrate relationships within our school community and beyond. Keep in touch to hear more about what we have planned.

Some of our amazing Hull Fair Rides - well done to all who took part!

Children in Need

On Friday 19th November we will, as usual, be supporting Children In Need. Their theme this year is 'Get Your Sparkle On', as they have teamed up with Strictly Come Dancing. We would like the children to add some 'Strictly Sparkle' to the day by coming in non-uniform but with extra sparkle!

As always, we ask the children to bring a donation of your choosing that will go to this amazing charity. It would also be great to see parents joining in with a little extra sparkle at drop off and pick up times - who doesn't love a chance to sparkle!!

Credits:

Created with images by GloboxR - "pen envelope notebook" • AJEL - "traffic light green light" • Sweetaholic - "headlights fog stage"