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Whitkirk News! 18th December 2020

A message from Mrs Stout

Dear Parents and Carers, Well, it has been no mean feat to reach the end of this term and it is a good time to take stock and look back at our achievements. Despite bubble closures, we have kept a high standard of remote learning and good standard of attendance when we compare to neighbouring schools. Our behaviour policy is paying dividends in school and our values are evident in each classroom and when walking through school. Our new staff have settled in really well and our staff team is working successfully under the leadership of the phase leaders - Miss Quarmby (Reception), Mrs Williams (Y1/2), Miss Odor (Y3/4) and Mrs Martin (Y5/6). We have conducted a fair amount of monitoring and have implemented supportive, catch up sessions for children who have fallen behind where they were because of lockdown. Our topics have been super and really well complemented by the class texts.

A huge thank you to the PTA for innovative, remote fundraising and they are heavily supporting us with the purchase of IPADS in the new year - something to look forward to! Also, next term we want to raise the bar with uniform - including shoes, jewellery and general presentation; please support us with this by only buying totally black shoes/trainers for your child to wear to school. We are also going to up the ante with our focus on reading so expect it to be everywhere! There will be special books in treasure boxes and carefully selected end of day stories to look forward to and maybe some secret readers..... This virus will not get in the way of our school improvement journey and our learning and vibrant curriculum.

As we move towards 2021 we need to update you on the headteacher recruitment for Whitkirk. This vitally important role is one we are committed to taking our time over so that we get the absolutely best candidate for this warm and special school. We are advertising the role now and will be undertaking our recruitment and interviews in early February. We will, of course, keep you fully up to date with any developments from here. I am committed to ensuring a successful handover and transition to the new head - for as long as this takes. Whitkirk deserves the very best and we will ensure we find that person for our children and community. We have also appointed three additional teaching assistants to work in school. Following this, we have moved some members of our support team into different areas of school- your child's class teacher will introduce them on Class Dojo if you don't know them already but we're sure you will get to know them in no time!

So, for 2020 a final good bye and enjoy your well deserved break. A huge thank you for your support and commitment to Whitkirk - it is a real family and everyone involved should be justifiably proud of the progress made. Stay safe and we will see you - bright eyed and raring to go in 2021. Bring it on!!

Miss Tree - thank you!

This week, we are sad to be saying farewell to our trainee teacher, Miss Tree, who will be moving onto her next (extremely lucky) placement school! Miss Tree has truly been an asset to our Key Stage 1 team throughout the autumn term. She has helped our children grow, learn and engage in wonderful experiences. We are so thankful for her help, support and wisdom; she will certainly be missed by both our pupils and staff team. We wish her the very best of luck for the next step of her teaching journey! Continue to shine bright Miss Tree, you're going to make the most wonderful teacher!

It's Christmas!

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.

We have really missed opening our doors to our families this year and inviting you in for Christmas performances and our annual Church service. However, this hasn't stopped our classes in school- we held a Christmas assembly on Wednesday morning where Revrend Matthew joined to share a prayer and inform us of what is taking place over the Christmas period at St. Mary's and our pupils have created some fabulous performances - we hope you enjoy them!

We hope you enjoy our videos!

Reception present "Whoops-a-Daisy Angel": https://youtu.be/LAZUCLjaTK8

KS1's Puppet Nativity:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVTCgbzdc6o&feature=youtu.be

LKS2's Snowman Story - Part 1: https://youtu.be/uZSK6iMsbok Part 2: https://youtu.be/YgIoJs9N6vw

Merry Christmas from Year 5! https://youtu.be/d0QyV2orOUI

Year 6's version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" https://youtu.be/KdrRHM0Uxpg

A little treat from our staff team at Whitkirk, The story of how Whitkirk Primary School Saved Christmas https://youtu.be/Hqvakx7cSOo

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

Reception:

What a fantastic first term we have had in Reception. We can’t believe how quick it has gone from our first few days in September to finishing the Autumm term! This week, we have been super busy filming for our Nativity. We have loved learning all the songs, actions, words and wearing our costumes. We have also been busy using different shapes to make Christmas cards. We tried super hard with our phonics to write inside them for our loved ones at home. We have definitely been spreading the Christmas cheer!

KS1:

Our first term has been very exciting and action-packed! This term, we have really enjoyed learning phonics through our new Read Write Inc. scheme. The children have made good progress in reading and writing. We have completed some really exciting experiments in Science by using our senses. For example, we had to guess what was in Santa's socks by using our sense of touch. We completed a taste test where we tasted different liquids and ranked them from most sour to sweetest. We have looked at different artefacts from our grandparents' era and worked out what they might have been used for. We even wrote our own names using the Morse Code! This week, we have been learning to name and recognise 3D shapes in Maths and even completed a shape hunt around the classroom! We are very much looking forward to next term and the exciting things we will be learning about!

Miss Lynch and Miss Tree are both so incredibly proud of the children who are isolating at home this week. So many children have been taking part in our online learning and producing beautiful pieces of work. In our English learning, the children have been using Kevin the Carrot as inspiration to create missing posters and letters to Santa! They have been completing some superb work on shape in Year 1 and addition/subtraction in Year 2. We have enjoyed being creative at home and making lots of different Christmas crafts! We also enjoyed joining in with the whole school pantomime event and watched the Rapunzel show from home. Tinsel the cheeky elf has even joined Miss Lynch at home to carry on with his mischief! A huge well done to our resilient and positive shining stars, you are as amazing as ever!

Year 2 have really enjoyed being all together for our final week before the Christmas holidays. We have been watching Kevin 2020 and writing all about Kevin the carrot and the family of carrots 🥕. We have written some fantastic letters to Santa and have been enjoying some extra speed sound lessons! Year 2 particularly enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit by watching the pantomime. Merry Christmas everyone!

Year 3:

This week in Year 3 we have certainly got into the Christmas spirit! We have been making calendars, Christmas cards and enjoying the pantomime! Miss Tomlinson and Miss Baker are so proud of everything Year 3 have achieved this term - they are truly shining stars! We wish all our families the most wonderful Christmas and we can't wait to see you all back in 2021!

Year 4:

Year Four have been getting into the festive spirit this week, but still amazing us with their learning! We've started our length and perimeter unit in Maths by measuring different objects and calculating how far Santa has to travel to reach Whitkirk, as we know we've been super this year! We've also created our own Christmas poems based on The Night Before Christmas and looked at rhyming words. On Wednesday, we had a fantastic afternoon watching the pantomime and were very enthusiastic about all of the characters! We've also produced some outstanding mosaics to round off our Romans topic. We all very proud of how far you've all come this year and can't wait to launch our new topic in January!

Year 5:

We cannot believe it's the end of Autumn Term! It has been a fantastic term filled with lots of new learning. We have thoroughly enjoyed our Viking topic and ended it with a bang on Monday! We held an in-school Viking day to experience what the term 'Go Viking' means. We arrived into school wearing a Viking outfit, shared our knowledge with our home made lapbooks and a lovely end to the day when we used the gold coins (which we earned through tasks) to buy food and drink from the Birk (marketplace). Towards the end of the week we enjoyed Christmas treats from the PTA and based our maths lesson around a missing present! Have a lovely break Year 5, you all deserve it.

Year 6:

The way the Year 6s have conducted themselves this week is representative of Autumn term: kind, hard-working and determined! They have been the role models across school and their persuasive Christmas campaigns to help those most in need showed what a mature and conscientious group they are! We have been in full festive spirit this week completing a range of lovely activities to share with our loved ones, but have also thought about how they can show kindness and compassion to those less fortunate. The pantomime on Wednesday, with masses of goodies from the PTA (thank you!) was a particular highlight (oh no it wasn't...!) and we have enjoyed rocking around to complete our Christmas video! Well done Year 6 for a truly amazing term: bring on 2021!

Star of the Term!!!

We have had a special Celebration Assembly this week to mark the end of our first term with some extra certificates! We celebrated our top Dojo scorer and our Outstanding Reader as usual, along with a Star of the Term, Outstanding Home Learning and Whitkirk Role Model. Congratulations to all - very well deserved, we are proud of you all!

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We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year! Keep safe!

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