Whitkirk News! 11th December 2020

A message from Mrs Stout

Super smiley children this week - it makes us grateful for the fact that we remain open and educating children which is so much better than our first lockdown period. We have noticed children have lost some skills and slipped with some strategies - spelling, handwriting, focus and concentration to name a few. It is crucial that you keep on practising the basic skills with your children over the 2 week holiday period. We ask you to read daily with your children, talk to them about the news and the world around them and you could encourage counting and times tables practice. It is crucial that we keep up with the basic skills so children do not slip further back and we can hopefully hit the floor running in 2021. Remember we are finishing school at 12 o'clock on Friday 18th 2020. We will be sending a letter out to you early next week about how school will play its role in the track and trace process for the first six days of the holidays.

Can we also remind parents and carers that children really must be taken for a test if they show symptoms; we know this is uncomfortable for children (and adults) but we need to know if a child is positive so we can ensure others, including vulnerable adults and pupils, are protected. We ask that tests are taken as soon as possible so we can respond swiftly. We also ask that if a member of your household is awaiting a test, that your child does not attend school until this test is returned as negative. Thank you for your continued support with this.

Finally, a reminder about shoes and school uniform, jewellery and nail varnish. We ask that all pupils wear dark footwear to school which do not have bright logos or laces. Children who are wearing shoes which are not in line with our school uniform will be required to change into school pumps. We continue to ask children to come to school in their P.E kit on P.E days. P.E kit is also part of our school uniform. We ask that this is a white polo shirt or t shirt (no branded logos) and dark shorts/ tracksuit bottoms or leggings (black or navy blue). Children should wear their school jumper or cardigan over the top of this. Bright coloured jumpers, sequins, cartoon/ branded tops are not part of our P.E kit. More recently, we have seen that children are wearing jewellery and bright nail varnish. Jewellery poses a health and safety risk for pupils in school; the only jewellery permitted is a watch and a pair of stud earrings. Dangling/ hanging earrings will be asked to be removed, put in an envelope, and placed in children's bags. Nail varnish is not permitted to be worn in school. We want children to wear their uniform with pride!

We have just one week to go so let us together make this a special and safe final school week of 2020!

Health and Safety Reminder - Nuts

As we move towards the Christmas holidays, we know that treats are frequently brought into school. Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school. We have several members of our school community who have nut allergies; therefore, nuts must not be brought into school in any form. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping all of our children safe.

Thank you for your kind donations!

We were overwhelmed by the amount of donations that we received of Christmas gifts for families within our community. A huge thanks must go to you for your generosity and also to our PTA who have organised this. The presents were collected by members of the TNLP on Tuesday and we know that they will be much appreciated by the people who receive them. Thank you again for thinking of others during what is a difficult time for all.

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


This week we have loved writing letters to Santa and posting them in our new Christmas post office. We also wrote wish lists and Christmas cards using our phonics knowledge. We have enjoyed creating our own Christmas decorations to take home and hang on our tree. We followed instructions to make salt dough that we then rolled and cut into Christmas shapes ready to be baked. Once they were dried out, we decorated them with paint and glitter to make them beautiful and Christmassy.


This week in Y1KD, we have been using our senses to find out what Santa has brought to our classroom! We used our sense of touch to work out what was in Santa's socks and we used our sense of taste to describe things such as vinegar, lemon juice and Marmite! In Maths, we have been revisiting addition and subtraction to consolidate our skills.

As scientists this week in Year 1/2 JL, we have continued to explore our senses. We have focused closely on exploring the the sense of taste with taste testing and then our sense of touch with feely socks. For our taste test, we tried foods and drinks such as marmite (yack!), honey, lemon juice and vinegar. We used words such as sour, bitter and sweet to describe the tastes. We realised we have preferences on the food we taste. Using our sense of touch, we used our hands to prod, squeeze and press hidden objects in a sock. We had to predict what we thought was in the sock. We discussed how we can experience the sense of touch all over our bodies, not just in our hands. Year 1/2 JL are becoming more and more confident in working scientifically and exploring enquiries.

Mrs Williams is so proud of the Year 2 children for their fabulous work in Maths this week. We have been working on column addition- crossing 10. The children have focused and listened so well in the input and then tried so hard during Maths lessons even when it was tricky - excellent tenacity skills! Year 2 have also enjoyed our Science lesson this week where we have been exploring our sense of touch. We had to guess what items felt like. We used adjectives to describe the texture of the different objects and then had a go at predicting what they were. It was really fun doing the big reveal and seeing if the children were correct with their predictions!

Year 3:

Year 3 pupils have had another fantastic week! We started the week carrying out science experiments to measure the strength of a magnet in different ways. We were very impressed that one of our magnets even picked up the tambourine! We finished our Iron Man stories with some super exciting cliff hangers and in RE we have been looking at who inspires us and the characteristics of a good leader.

Year 4:

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Year 4! As a stimulus for our writing, we have been using a John Lewis advert (Moz the Monster). It’s certainly making us feel very Christmassy! The children have written some fantastic stories featuring Moz the Monster as the main character. We can’t wait to record them next week, ready to share with other classes. In PE, we have been having lots of fun by taking part in some team games. The children have been showing amazing sportsmanship with each other and were all determined to score as many points as possible for their team.

Year 5:

Year 5 definitely in the Christmas spirit! From rocking out to Christmas songs to filling up with Christmas dinner, we are loving it! Alongside all the Christmas fun, we have been working incredibly hard in maths this week. We are learning how to find the perimeter and area of different shapes. Ask us anything - we are mastering this shape work. In English, we've been debating in English whether or not we feel sympathetic towards Grendel's mother. Look out Boris Johnson, we have some very strong debaters ready for parliament!

Year 6:

It has been lovely to have both Year 6 classes back this week, full of determination (sprinkled with a hint of Christmas cheer too!). 6SB started their week with their Inspiration Day and the teachers were super impressed at their creative costumes and family artefacts (including an authentic gas mask box and ration book!). We LOVED searching through powerful WW2 propaganda posters, looking at the purpose and effectiveness of these primary historical sources. We also had visitors join us for an important assembly on Tuesday where we discussed the importance of keeping ourselves safe online. The police who visited us, commented on the maturity and respect that the Year 6s showed and were impressed with their knowledge and understanding. Well done!

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