Ward Green Primary School October 2019 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

Our pupils have been working extremely hard since their return from the summer holidays. We have introduced a new handwriting scheme this year and I have been very impressed how hard the children are working to improve the presentation of their work in all subjects. Some students have already been awarded a pen licence for excellent presentation in every book where they now use a pen... but they have to maintain the high standards to keep the pen licence.

We have also been encouraging children to read books from a range of authors to further improve reading skills. We have visited the new Barnsley library and taken out up to 35 books for each class to have in the classroom for the children to enjoy. As well as daily literacy skills and literacy lessons we have created time every Tuesday where all children and staff can enjoy a book. Book sharing sessions have also been organised parents to come into school to share a book at the end of the day...we are loving seeing all the parents sharing books with children!

Before half term we will be choosing children who are impressing us with their love of reading. They will visit Waterstones at Meadowhall on 6th November where they will buy a book for themselves and a book for their class to enjoy the following half term.

All children are looking forward to Halloween disco on 24th October and everyone is welcome to attend parents evening on 23rd October so that we can tell you how amazing your children are!!

Mrs Binns

Septembers Attendance

Last months whole school attendance was - 96.8%

Number of Lates - 25

Number of pupils with 100% - 261

We have bookflix displays around school where children and adults are encouraged to share and recommend books to others - if children have favourite books from home that they would like to add to it - all recommendations are welcome! - Mrs Binns

School Trips

There have been school educational visits by Year 6 - Kelham Island, Year 1 - Eureka, and Year 3 - Stone Age. All the children were a credit to the school, we have had positive comments from the providers complimenting them on their behaviour- Please see below photos from the trips.

Year 6 - Kelham Island
Year 1 - Eureka
Y3 - Stone Age
We have also had parents events this term such as Macmillan Coffee morning that raised £300 - Well done everyone!! Amazing!! The Sex Relationship Education parents meeting were well attended - thank you - any further questions please see me on the playground or email me. The Hello Yellow coffee morning to raise awareness of mental health was also well received and children/staff looked fabulous in yellow for the day. Year 4 teachers have held a parents meeting to inform parents about the timetables statutory test that their children will be taking in the summer term. EYFS team have held parent phonics workshops to raise awareness of how phonics is now being taught in school. An Arts celebration event was also held to share children work with parents following arts week.

Dates for your Diary:

  • Tuesday 22nd October - Y2 Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • Monday 4th November - Inset Day
  • Friday 8th November - Y1/Y2 Football at West Meadows
  • Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November - Anti Bullying Week
  • Friday 15th November - Y3/Y4 Football at West Meadows
  • Wednesday 20th November - Y6 Trip to Crucial Crew
  • Friday 22nd November - Y5/Y6 Football at West Meadows
  • Friday 29th November - Christmas Fair

This years Christmas Fair will be held Friday 29th November from 2pm. All parents/carers friends and family are welcome.

Please can all parents carers be aware the top car park is for STAFF ONLY. To maintain safety parents/carers are requested to park on the road or whenever possible , walk to school. Can all parents/carers also avoid parking on the pavements as we have recently had a serious accident.

Poppies and other fundraising items for the British legion will be on sale after the half term.

Look What We've Been Learning in Class This Month...

In nursery, we have been enjoying listening to and re-telling traditional tales. Our favourite so far is ‘the three little pigs’. After listening to the story, some of the children decided they were going to build a house for the 3 little pigs. We even tested our houses by blowing on them to see if they would fall down. As the children built the houses, they were repeating some of the familiar phrases from the story, they said ‘Little pigs, little pigs let me come in’, ‘not by the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin!’ and one of the children said ‘I’m going to go down the chimney like the big bad wolf did.’

We have been making the most of the rainy weather by putting on our coats and wellies and going outside to explore in the rain. We had a go at painting the puddles to make different patterns and experimented with what would happen if we mixed the colours together. We also enjoyed jumping in the puddles and watching the colours splash up. We tried different ways of jumping to see if we could make our splashes bigger. When more children started to join in we decided that we needed to write some rules to keep everyone safe. Our rules say:

  • No pushing,
  • One at a time
  • Wear wellies.

We can’t wait for the next rainy day!

In literacy this month we have been working on a recount of our trip to Eureka! We have been ordering the events of our trip, using time connectives and discussing the appropriate adjectives to use. In maths we have been discovering 2D and 3D shapes. We’ve been using the correct vocabulary to describe their properties, grouping and sorting them and making patterns using colour and shape! In our topic lessons, we have been developing our map reading skills. We worked in groups to direct each other around a huge grid using the compass directions, north, east, south and west.
Year 2's have been working hard on their Van Gough’s Sunflowers. We are super proud of the results!
We are enjoying our parent reading afternoons in Year 2. Come along every Wednesday at 3pm and enjoy a book together.
  • Year 3 Eagles said goodbye to Miss O’Loughlin and hello to their new teacher Mrs Dawson.
  • We have been learning lots about the Stone Age and as the newsletter goes to press will have just returned from our school trip to the Stone Age Experience at Brackenhurst Education Centre. We will let you know what we got up to next newsletter!
  • Here are some photos of us celebrating Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October. Mrs Dawson challenged the children to show someone that they cared. One of the most powerful statements of the day was ‘I asked for help when I needed it because I care about myself.’
  • Lolly our Class Learning buddy started her weekend trips home with children and here she is reading with one of our Excellent Eagles. Stay tuned to see more of her reading adventures.

Enjoying the introduction of the whole school reading time on a Tuesday afternoon, nothing better than getting snuggled up in our reading corner with a good book!

Miss Lawton brought into school some books from her visit to Barnsley Library and we set up our own class library scheme. Lots of great engagement with the new texts, and some fantastic requests for the next Barnsley Library visit.

We worked with clay to make Roman pots for arts week! We filmed news reports about the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii and conducted interviews to use in our newspaper reports.
We've been using the Editing Stations this month in year 5 to improve our work. 'It helped me focus on one thing at a time.,' said one pupil.

Some fierce competition taking place in year 5! Make sure your logging onto TT Rock Stars to help your class win.

In Y6 we have been looking at tattoos from different cultures from across the globe and how they are used to express oneself in a positive way. We compared this to the negative use of tattoos during WW2 by discussing the novel ‘the tattooist of Auschwitz’
Y6 have enjoyed their poetry writing hook by going on a visit to Auschwitz thanks to Worsbrough Common Primary and their immersive hall. A huge mixture of emotions on show as children listened to first-hand accounts of survivors which will hopefully inspire them to create some amazing poetry!
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Madeleine Simpson


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