Whitkirk News! 15th january 2021

A message from Mrs Stout

Hello Parents and Carers, We hope you are doing well in the circumstances even though it is now 4 weeks including the Christmas break since we have seen many of you. Our newsletter, social media presence and website are all places where you and your family can keep up with what is happening at school - and still feel part of the team. We do miss having a full school but we all know the reasons why and are all working together to make school and the community the safest place it can be.

School continues to work on its remote learning offer and the whole staff team is involved in this - from our office team, pastoral, teaching team and senior leadership team- everyone has a part to play. We need to encourage the children to take up the remote learning - whether this is a paper pack as arranged with your teacher or online via TEAMS. For children not to participate in learning during this half term on top of the lockdown they experienced from March to July will leave them with huge gaps in their knowledge and skills. We are absolutely desperate to ensure that does not happen but we need you to support and reward engagement in learning.

Staff at school are keen to continue with school events which can be mirrored at home - TTRS day and Health and Well Being week to name just two! Lots to celebrate and look forward to!


  • We hope that everybody is managing to access live lessons via Microsoft Teams, or if not have made alternative arrangements with your child's class teacher for paper packs. If you child is accessing remote learning via paper packs, these must be handed back in to your child's class teacher weekly so that these can be marked and new learning set.
  • Please continue to park safely- we ask that you do not park on Templegate Walk as this is for residential parking only during drop off times. Our car park remains open to blue badge holders only, even when collecting paper packs.
  • Bikes and scooters- for the safety of all of our children and families, we ask that you do not ride on bikes/ scooters on the school premises.
  • Please can we remind all parents/ carers that face coverings should be worn when dropping off and collecting your child if you're medically able to.


As a school, we devote time at the end of every day to story time and we cannot stress the importance of this every day enough! If there's one thing to prioritise during learning with your child at home, we would ask that that is reading and especially reading for pleasure. Here we have a way that you can keep up with story time each day (with minimal effort!) while the children are learning from home. For children in Reception to Year 3, you will receive a letter from Mrs Williams about ensuring children continue to receive targeted phonics support at home.

The YouTube link below leads to 20 high quality story times. They’re ideal for children to listen to whilst you're busy doing jobs or maybe trying to juggle working from home yourself. The other thing is... repetition is key – we hope that children want to watch these stories again and again.


TT Rockstars!

We certainly did ROCK ON in Key Stage Two this week with our TIMES TABLE ROCK STAR competition! We got into the spirit of being a true Rockstar by dressing up (some of the teachers got so carried away they were unrecognisable!) all in the mission to improve our times table fluency and understanding of division facts. We held across class competitions and year groups to host a mass battle of the bands! Thank you to all those for getting involved and well done to our winners! Year 5 you smashed it! Watch this space for more competitions!

As a school, we follow White Rose Maths. They have produced a range of work booklets for parents and children to use over the year. These booklets can be found on Amazon for the Kindle or downloaded from the website. There is one booklet for each of the blocks for Y1 to Y6 and we would really recommend these as additional support for your child. Just click the link below to find out more! As always, if you need any additional support for your child, please speak to the class teacher or myself. Mrs Martin (Maths Lead)

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


This week we have been very busy learning about the emergency services and have role played calling 999 for help. The children at home have created fantastic representations of people who help us using paint, collage, junk modelling and playdough - they really are works of art! At school, the children have been creating ambulance, fire engine and police car paintings and models. The children were challenged to use an ICT tool to draw pictures this week. It was the highlight of the week for the children in school when they visited the ICT suite. Our remote learners also did a brilliant job of using the technology at home to create wonderful images.


Our Year 1 bubble in school have certainly had a busy first 2 weeks back! From constructing castles and their own 3D shapes, to writing missing dragon posters and learning all about expanded noun phrases, Year 1 decided to relax their busy minds and bodies with a whole group session of Yoga! This week, the pupils in Year 1 learning from home have overcome some technical challenges and are really getting to grips with the new Teams system. They have produced some brilliant learning and I am so proud of them all for what they have achieved so far since school closure.

It has been busy, busy, busy just as usual for Year 2- in school and during home learning. We have been learning all about money in Maths, discovering what nouns are in English and writing noun phrases and in Science, we have been learning all about materials; identifying and classifying different types of materials then sorting them into categories. Mrs Gale and Mrs Williams are so proud of Year 2 and they each have an outstanding mindset towards their learning - they are all super stars!


In Year 3 this week we have been thinking about things we want to achieve in our lives and how we have to work hard to achieve the things we want. We made some wings with our goals to help us fly!

We've had a fantastic week across the Year 4 bubbles in and out of school! We started the week with Times Table Rockstar Day and crowning our Rockstar Champions, we even managed to squeeze some Rockstar dancing into our day! In English, we've been focusing our work on robots, where we have designed our own, explained down they work and persuaded people to buy them. In Maths, we've been working so hard on our multiplication and division methods, including lots of star jumps! We've even had time to fit in a Science experiment, river study art lessons and our new class text, George's Marvellous Medicine. The Year 4 team are so proud of everyone at school and at home for their amazing effort and for continuing to follow our school values, keep it up!


Year 5 rocked up (online!) in style on Monday and they were clearly way to cool to be in school with their inflatable guitars and purple wigs!!! It was very pink and full of guitars! With virtual battles between each class and another tournament against the rest of KS2-it was game on! It became very competitive and some children forgot to mute their microphones during LIVE play. There were cheers, a few grunts and one person even screamed! For our topic lesson, we became designers! Each child was challenged to build the best rubber bank-powered car, using materials at home. Many of us improvised and used a hair bobble, whilst others recycled chocolate boxes and Mr Kipling made an appearance too! We were all very proud of our engineering skills. A huge thank you and well done to everyone in Year 5 (children and parents) for going above and beyond this week-TEAM 5 ROCK!

Best Dressed (attitude included) Rockstar: Isabel T (5ZI) and Ava A (5PG)!

We have really hit the ground running in Year 6. On Monday, we donned our competitive Rockstar hats and battled it out with each other! Some even ran home to continue the battle! As Historians, we have been looking at the gruesome (and somewhat irrational!) punishments in Anglo Saxon times by holding our own court case to decide the fate of the boy who stole a pig! Should he face a modern trial or perhaps trial by ordeal? We are loving our first experience of reading a Shakespearean play and are gripped by Macbeth (and Mr Shooter's impressions of the witches!).

Star of the Week:

Lunch Menu - w/c 18.1.2021

We hope you all have a safe and restful weekend!

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