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Whitkirk News! 10th september 2021 - welcome back!

A message from Mr. Dawson

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer break. It has been fantastic to see all of your children's smiling faces in their new uniforms and looking so grown up in their new classes. We began the week with our whole school training day and welcomed new members of staff to our school, who I'm sure you will soon get to know. Our staff, who work lower down school, were part of RWI training as our focus on reading will continue this year. We've spent this week concentrating on embedding a new timetable, which focuses on maximising learning in the classroom. In order to do this, we have made some changes to the timetables for each year group. From Monday, we will be closing the doors at 8:50am - this is so that all staff can be in the classrooms reading with children on a 1:1 basis. Our aim is to read with every child at least every other day. If your child arrives at school after 8:50, they will need to enter school via the main office. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you in person at the Welcome Meetings next week. Let's see what our children have been learning this week.

Attendance:

Wow, we've set off to a fabulous start with two classes this year achieving 100% attendance! Congratulations to Y4AR and Y6JC who are joint overall winners with 100% attendance each! Just behind them is Y2KDo with a grand total of 99%! Please remember how important it is that children attend school every day. When children attend school consistently they are able to achieve more in their learning, build strong relationships with their peers and teachers, and feel connected with the school community.

Welcome Events:

This year, we are fortunate to be able to reintroduce Welcome Meetings within school. These are a great opportunity for us to share our vision, values, and expectations; for you to meet your child’s class teacher and visit their classroom setting; as well as enabling you to ask any questions you may have. These meetings will be held in Key Stages and between 3:45pm-4:30pm in the main hall.

  • Monday 13th September – KS1
  • Tuesday 14th September – LKS2
  • Thursday 16th September – UKS2

If you are able to join us, please enter the school via the Small Hall door. Members of our Admin team will be available to sign you in.

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

Reception:

Over the Summer holidays, the Early Years team members have been extremely busy bees preparing for the children to be invited into their sparkling new classroom on Monday 13th September. The family visits to school this week have been a huge success; the opportunity to show the children their new classroom and build relationships with members of staff has been invaluable. We hope that the activities such as finding their peg, which door they will come into school via, and seeing their class carpet has created a sense of excitement and eagerness to start school next week! Thank you to all the parents and carers who visited us! It has been wonderful to hear such positive feedback about the classroom and environment we have created for the children. You know the hard work has paid off when children say that they don’t want to go home after their visit! The Early Years team is very excited for the children to start their learning journey at Whitkirk next week!

KS1:

Welcome back! What a pleasure it has been to see all of our children and families again. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the year - the sun even decided to come out and shine for us! Our KS1 pupils have not only surprised us by how much they have grown over the holidays but also by how maturely they have returned to school, we are extremely proud of them! Read about their week from their teachers this week:

Wow, what a fantastic first week we have had in KS1! We are all so proud of how the children have settled back into school life and conducted themselves so wonderfully and maturely. In Year 1, we have been looking at the book ‘Incredible You’ and discussing what makes us incredible and what we are good at. It is fair to say we have lots of talent! The children have enjoyed working with paints and oil pastels to showcase their creative skills and their work is beautiful! Our Year 2 pupils have been reading the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. The children have written amazing letters to the Crayons persuading them not to quit because they all have a very important role. In PSHCE, we have developed strategies to solve problems to help the crayons. We have also used our imagination, communication, and teamwork skills to build spaghetti and marshmallow structures. We are excited for the year ahead.

LKS2:

The whole LKS2 team are so impressed with how all of the children have settled back into school this week! They have shown all of our school values and have really proven that they are excellent role models in school. In English, we have used some excellent texts to explore friendships and feelings - The Tunnel (Year 3) and The Watertower (Year 4). Using the stimulus of the stories, we have discussed what good friendships look like and how this links in with our school values. Alongside this, we have discussed 'What a fantastic classroom looks like' and have agreed on Class Charters to achieve this. In Maths, the children have amazed us with their explanations when solving problems and their confidence with using concrete resources when modelling different concepts. A fantastic first week LKS2, well done!

UKS2:

What an incredible start to the year, Year 5 and 6 have had - the sunshine definitely reflects our mood! The adults have been so impressed with the maturity of the pupils and the way in which they have responded to having the important responsibility of being the oldest in the school - and what role models they are already being! This week, we have been focusing on our physical and emotional health through two excellent texts each containing relatable and interesting characters to inspire and engage us! From our English sessions, we have then continued this in the afternoons, creating work to be proud of. We are so pleased to be able to play together again at break and lunchtimes - the smiles from this week say it all! We would like to especially thank the adults who have supported this smooth transition - the children are coming to school prepared and ready to learn.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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