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Whitkirk News! 27th November 2020

A message from Mrs Stout

Hello everyone, As we move from lockdown into tier 3, we need to continue to be supportive of each other and ensure that our winter break is as safe as it can be. Here at school, we are considering ways to reduce interactions in the last week of term to keep the number of 'contacts' to an absolute minimum. When we have firmed up our ideas, we will let you know although you will probably notice very little difference- certainly no huge changes in terms of school times etc. We hope you are keeping well at home and a huge shout out to our Y6 team - both pupils and staff who are busy engaged in their remote learning and doing a fantastic job. We have received some great feedback so keep this up and we look forward to welcoming our super Y6s and staff team back into school as soon as they are able. Next week we move into December and we are absolutely determined not to let Christmas 2020 be a non event. The team here are so inventive with ideas and the children will have a special, if slightly different, end to term. Thanks as well to our PTA who are breaking new ground with innovation for fund raising and this has been so well received by our pupils. So, enjoy your last weekend of lockdown (!) as we move into slightly fewer restrictions and let us all work together to keep cases down, the R rate down and make sure our winter break is safe with our families. Take care everyone and enjoy the wonderful things which have been happening in school this week.

Online Safety

The internet is a fantastic place for children to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues. It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, there is a wealth of information that can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Parents Evening

We know that these conversations are more crucial than ever now, as you are unable to come on into school for Celebration Assemblies, Stay and Learn sessions and to join our class assemblies. As you are aware, to promote the safety of everyone in our community, we have decided to carry out telephone appointments this term. Parents’ Evening will be held over two evenings for each phase:

Telephone appointments will run between 3.45pm – 6.15pm. Each parent will be given a 10 minute-slot. Please ensure that you are by your phone 5 minutes before your telephone appointment. Appointment times are only 10 minutes long so please respect these timings so that teachers are able to be as prompt and punctual as possible.

Christmas is coming!

Christmas cards- we know that pupils will want to write and send Christmas cards to their friends; therefore, we are asking that Christmas cards are brought into school between 7th and 11th December; these will be placed in quarantine until Sunday 13th December and then handed out to pupils in the final week of half term.

Whitkirk Primary PTA has teamed up with The Red Kite Learning Trust’s Temple Newsam Community Partnership to help bring some joy to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children living within the Temple Newsam Community. We need your help to make this year an extra special for one for our local families that need an extra bit of care and support. If you would like to join, in we are asking for donations that promote positive family time for all ages so things such as puzzles, games, books, and selection packs etc. All donations need to be handed in to your child's class teacher by Monday 7th December.

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

Reception:

We have blasted off into outer space this week and learnt all about astronauts, the moon and the planets. The children have enjoyed using water colours to paint pictures of the planets and creating playdough aliens with various amounts of googly eyes, legs and arms. They also loved reading and roleplaying the story called, 'Whatever next.' Baby bear makes a rocket from a box, a helmet from and colander and some space boots out of wellies before shooting off to space for an adventure. The children have also been making rockets out of boxes and been counting backwards to blast off on their space missions. The teachers have loved hearing about what the children would do on the moon - they have such great imaginations!

KS1:

Year 1KD: We started the week learning about Harvest and how people celebrate it. We used chalks and black sugar paper to produce some excellent Harvest artwork. In Maths, we have been learning to subtract by taking away. Later in the week, we will be looking at how changing technology has affected people's lives in our History learning.

This week, as mathematicians, we were inspired by our topic 'Growing Up' to investigate the enquiry 'as children get older, do their feet get bigger?' We used rulers to measure in centimetres and cubes as a non-standard measure. We found that as we get older, our feet do grow, however, the rate of growth becomes slower as we get older!

This week has been jam packed full of fun! In DT we have been discussing healthy food and had fun prepping, blending and tasting sensational smoothies! In Science, we have been doing some cross curricular Maths and investigating, "Do older people have bigger feet?" We had fun measuring using centimetres to investigate if the statement was true. We have also been learning all about technology and communication and how it has changed over time in our Theme lessons. The children had great fun learning all about Morse Code and we even had a go at cracking codes and making our own! It has been great fun in Year 2RW and we are really looking forward to beginning our Christmas themed lessons next week.

Year 3:

We started off the week with some Science experiments. We made predictions then investigated how different surfaces impact the speed of the car. It was interesting to see how our predictions differed from our results! We also continued our PSHE focus of keeping safe where we looked at different types of bullying and how to respond to incidents of bullying. We made our own bullying posters including our STOP slogan from anti bullying week last week! We continued to put together some fantastic gymnastic sequences in PE and our pneumatic toys are really starting to come to life in D&T! Another great week for year 3 😀

Year 4:

This week, Year 4 have been delving deeper into their topic - What impact did the Romans have on Britain? As Historians, the children have begun to explore some of the most significant developments the Romans introduced many years ago, including Water systems and Roman roads. This involved the children finding out about the importance of the Roman Baths to their lives and how they played an important part of Roman life thousands of years ago. In PE, we have been developing our skills in gymnastics. The children are fantastic at working together to put different shapes and jumps into a sequence. As well as this, we have been learning some new playtime games to help us keep active outside of PE lessons. Our firm favourites have to be Sharks and Copy Cat!

Year 5:

It's not easy being a historian and neither is being a King! There has been a real buzz in Year 5 in the afternoons as we learnt how kings in Britain responded to the Viking invaders. It was a heated debate and a clear divide in each class as we discussed which Anglo-Saxon king was greater: King Alfred the 'great' or King Athelstan? Whilst the Vikings love a good battle, the Anglo-Saxon Kings are well known for the resistance they put up against these invaders. In Art, we have been experimenting with watercolours to mix a tint, tone, and shade by adding the appropriate neutral paint to the hue. PE in the rain wasn't exactly what we had planned on Wednesday, so we did what Year 5 do best and got creative! Check out our take on Viking longships.

Year 6:

We have certainly had another busy week in Year 6! Y6RM had an incredible day as WW2 evacuees on Tuesday, waving bye bye to their families for a day experiencing what life was like for thousands of children and other groups. We looked at the short term and longer term effects of evacuation including hearing about 'real life' experiences! As always, a huge amount of effort went into having authentic attires! We were so impressed at the effort the children (and their adults!) went to. The pride doesn't stop there however! The 6s have continued to amaze their teachers with their remote learning effort. Miss Burton and Mrs Martin said it was the toughest week yet to choose their Stars, but they would also like to praise all of the children for their resilience, positive attitude and hard work over the past few days. Well done Year 6 - what amazing role models you are! Please take a look at some of the feedback we have had (you have made the Y6 team very proud!).

I’ve been on a zoom course all day today and apart from setting him up, I’ve not really been needed so thank you. It’s such a great system. Parents will definitely appreciate this, as they/we can actually do some work from home.

Both kids really enjoyed today! They were so grateful that Mummy wouldn’t be teaching this time! And so am I! Well done everyone on a very productive day

I hope you are having a well-deserved cuppa! I really want to say thank you for all that you’re doing to keep ‘school’ as normal as possible. she responded very positively to today’s lessons and I think your patience is remarkable!

I loved today when we saw all the dogs! I enjoyed writing and listening to the poems and. I loved today and can't wait to see you all tomorrow virtually!

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