Whitkirk News! 4th December 2020

A message from Mrs Stout

Dear Parents and Carers, Thank you for your continued support with incredibly difficult times and also for the understanding you showed with regard to our data breach last week for which we are so sorry. Many additional checks and balances have been put in place to ensure this does not happen again. We greatly value the honest and transparent relationship we have with you as our school community and will continue to work hard to secure your trust going forwards.

As we move towards the Christmas break, we want to make you aware of some Covid-related adaptations in school during the last weeks of term. We are aiming to reduce contact between bubbles as much as possible so fewer children, families and staff are likely to be named as a 'contact' of someone who may test positive. This is to try and get a special break for all of our community and we hope you will support us with this. Firstly, for those children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, we will not have phonics groups in the last week of term, so we avoid any pupils or staff crossing bubbles. Changes will also be made to break times and lunchtimes; this will mean that children do not cross bubbles with their partner year group during the last week. All P.E lessons will take place outside (wrap up warm!) and all assemblies will be virtual to avoid movement around school as much as possible. Finally, to ensure we get a thorough deep clean at the end of term and to reduce cover staff crossing bubbles we are closing school at 12 o'clock on Friday 18th December. Teaching staff will leave the premises to undertake their Planning, Preparation and Assessment time off site to enable the deep clean to begin. I hope this prompt notice of the early closure on Friday 18th will give you sufficient preparation time. At 12:00pm, we ask that children will be collected as usual from their classroom or the playground. If your child is in Year 6 and you wish your child to walk home alone, please send a message to this effect to your child's teacher via Class Dojo as soon as possible.

Tis the season to get reading...

It has been a pleasure this year to see and hear pupils so engrossed within their class text. As a school, we devote the end of the day for story time and for many of us, it is our favourite part of the day! It's important right throughout the year but there really is nothing better than snuggling up with a good book! ... in fact, maybe there is! Snuggling up with a good book in front of the twinkling Christmas tree and the roaring fire! We would love to see how many people can complete the Christmas Reading Challenge!

PTA Wishes Strike Again!
Thank you B&Q!

A huge thank you to B&Q who have donated a large Christmas tree for outside of our Reception area.

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


Christmas has arrived in Reception this week! We have loved taking it in turns, decorating our trees with baubles and tinsel to get us into the Christmas spirit. We have also started to count down to Christmas using an advent calendar. This links perfectly to what we have been learning about in Maths which is all about measuring time. We are definitely enjoying eating chocolate to count down the days! We have also been really excited to build an obstacle course to help us measure time. We used lots of different equipment to hop around, balance on and jump off. We then used stop watches to time how quickly we could make it around the course. We then repeated this to see if we could achieve a faster time! Take a look at the obstacle course we have created.


Y1KD - We started our week with a special visit from our class elf, Elvis! He left us a Christmas tree and some lovely decorations. We can't wait to see what sort of mischief he will get up to over the next two weeks! In Science, we have been using our senses to identify the different scents of Christmas. We were able to correctly identify gingerbread, orange and mint chocolate.

Christmas fever has well and truly taken over our class this week! We were so excited to find a Christmas tree with a mysterious present underneath...it was our elf, Tinsel! He brought us lots of decorations to jazz up our classroom ready for Christmas! Oh what a cheeky little elf he is, he's causing chaos at the moment! From taking selfies and sticking them all over the classroom to playing around with the tape and getting stuck to the clock! We've used these cheeky antics to inspire our morning writing. We just wonder what he's going to get up to for the rest of his time in our room...

Year 2 have been learning all about the Christmas nativity this week in preparation for a Christmas surprise for all our parents - we hope they are keeping it a secret! We had a fun and exciting science lesson this week-based on senses. We had to use the sense of smell to predict what could be hiding in sealed boxes. We have also had fun learning about the history of toys and how they have developed over time. We used adjectives to describe the differences. In PE, we are really enjoying gymnastics and learning positions. I wonder if they can show you any? They are particularly good at the gymnast salute! Another fabulous week in Year 2 - well done!

Year 3:

In Year 3 this week we have been innovating our own chapter of Iron Man in English, changing the setting and using fronted adverbials, similes and expanded noun phrases to enhance our writing. This week, we have also been creating our own pencil sketches of the Iron Man using tone and texture! The children have produced some fantastic work! Miss Tomlinson and Miss Baker are so proud! We carried out Science experiments and grouped items into magnetic and non magnetic materials. Our classroom is looking lovely and Christmassy and our naughty elves Tinsel and Bauble are already causing mischief! We are very excited for Christmas in year 3! 😀

Year 4:

It's been another fantastic week in year four! This week we have become Roman storytellers and retold the story of Romulus and Remus. We've enjoyed looking at each of the characters and focusing on their thoughts and feelings. In Science, we have made lots of noise during our "Good Vibrations" topic to investigate volume and how sound travels. We used data loggers to record our results in decibels and created a table as a class. We've also gotten into the Christmas spirit with our new class member "The Elf on the Shelf", who is still to be named! Finally, in Art, we've been looking at mosaic art work and creating our own amazing animal inspired pieces.

Year 5:

A round of Santa-plause for the whole of Year 5! There is always so much to talk about because everyone in 5PG and 5ZI are always busy working extremely hard-a little bit like Santa’s workshop! 🎅 From being journalists, to mathematicians, to historians and even scientists-not forgetting our flexible gymnasts-it really has been a busy start to December. The children have seen so many zeroes this week in Maths, and it is all thanks to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 100. In addition, we are polishing our knowledge of 🎸times tables with regular battles in class-it's very competitive at the moment! Miss Gill and Mrs Iqbal have been so impressed with how hard the children continue to work. Here is a 🎁Christmas joke we’d like to share with you all to make you smile…Who is Santa’s favourite singer? It is certainly not Ariana Grande or Justin Bieber because Santa loves a bit of rock and roll. Yes, that’s right-it’s Elf-is Presley!

Year 6:

What an incredible week! Each of the adults in Year 6 has been so proud of everyone in the Year 6 bubble as they completed their second week of remote learning. They have shown incredible resilience this week and have been so focused on all of our school values. A huge well done to everyone! They have really focused on their learning this week which has definitely shown a broad and balanced curriculum. They have become experts on Ellie Simmons and her training plan; mastered adding and subtracting fractions; become anti-bullying advocates and have even done some gymnastics! What a talented year group!

Overall, Year 6 have loved learning from home and have been a credit to themselves. We are all so excited to get back into the classroom (Miss Burton's class loved their return to school today!) and to see all of our friends face to face again. What a fabulous 2 weeks we have had - a massive well done to everyone!

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