From the Head
Thank you to those parents who have signed up to support us on World Food Day next Friday 19th October. It is not too late to sign up; please click on the following link and let us know what dishes you are able to provide.
We would welcome any dishes that celebrate the different cultures that make up our amazing school community; this event is always hugely popular and is very well supported. Please remember that all dishes provided must be nut free and you will need to provide a full list of ingredients please. If you are able to write a short description about the significance of the dish you have provided, that would be fantastic. Please note that children with allergies will be served food separately to ensure that no cross contamination can occur. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Our Year 6 children continue to be excellent role models to the younger children through their day to day conduct and through their monitor roles. This week, some of them prepared and delivered motivational speeches to their house groups to determine their new House Captains. Secondary school examination results are starting to be released and we will continue to support children in their preparation for secondary schools. We are so proud of every child and the hard work and effort that they apply to every day at school.
On Wednesday, we supported World Mental Health Awareness Day. As parents and teachers, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life. Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up. It’s important that our children understand that emotions are normal, and that they have the confidence to ask for help if they are struggling.
We all have mental health. Mental health is about our feelings, our thinking, our emotions and our moods. Looking after our mental health is important.
We all have small feelings every day: These sometimes feel strong and overwhelming, whether happy or sad, but they go away before too long.
Sometimes we experience big feelings: These feel strong and overwhelming for a long time. They stop us doing what we want to in our lives.
We will continue to encourage the children to talk about their feelings and emotions; ask them if they have looked in the playground mirror lately!
I hope that you all enjoy a relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week.
Stop Press - thank you to all of you that supported our second hand uniform sale this week; we raised an incredible £1100 for the school. What an excellent start to the year!
- Quiz Night - Friday 16th November 7.00pm
- Christmas Fayre - Saturday 1st December 11am - 2pm
Many large companies offer match funding benefits to employees - where they match a figure your chosen charity raises - up to £700 per time. We'd love to hear from anyone whose company offers this benefit, as we are a registered charity and could therefore increase the revenue from the events we run enormously. If just a handful of parents stepped forward it would make a massive difference. Your HR department will be able to confirm if your company participates in the scheme - most large banks do, as well as other sectors.
We would love to have some committee members from Nursery and Year 6; please see any member of the FRSC or Mrs Farrell on the gate if you would like to find out more. Anyone willing to offer help, services or donations, please see Mrs Farrell for further information.
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The children will be designing Christmas cards again this year which can be professionally made for you to purchase. The company we are using this year will also put the image into gift tags, tea towels and canvas bags - so lots of opportunities to get your shopping started early! This is a wonderful way to help raise extra funds for the school and family and friends will love receiving cards designed by your children! The proofs for these will be coming home after half term.
This week we have welcomed 15 Emperor Penguins to our school. There is one for each class and they are here to help teach the children how to become resilient learners. They have brought a tool kit with four tools. The children will be learning how to:
1. Recognise and manage distractions
2. Notice and sense things that will help with their learning
3. Get absorbed in the task and get lost in learning.
4. Have persistence and stick ability and to find other ways to achieve a goal.
If you would like to know more about our school Learning Muscles, please refer to your Parent Information Booklet by year group. You can talk to your child’s class teacher or contact Miss McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org
In English this week, Year 6 have continued to read Shackleton's Journey. We reached a point in the book, where Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, had ventured in the Weddell Sea and hit pack ice. In order to raise the moral of the crew, we took on the role of Shackleton and wrote a motivational speech to try and help his crew. After watching Barack Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ speech, we used the literary device of repetition and emotive language to engage our audience in our own speeches. We ended the week by delivering the speeches to the class; we were astounded by the children’s use of expression and intonation. There are definitely some future leaders in the class!
In maths, we started the week by practising our addition methods using column addition and then applied this knowledge to reasoning questions. Then we moved onto revising the method for long multiplication. We found it was important to remember the ‘magic zero’ and to multiply every digit in turn.
In IPC, we talked about the digestive system by starting our lesson with a matching activity. We were each given a name of the organ, its description and a drawing of the part and then had to find who had a card associated with the body part. After discussing each part in detail, we had the opportunity to look at a 3D model of the insides of our body. The challenge was putting all of the organs back in the right place after taking them out!
On Wednesday, we took some time to discuss World Mental Health Day. We talked about what mental health means and how it can affect people. We started the session by watching a poet, Suli Breaks perform a poem about the subject. We were very impressed at the children’s attitude towards the topic and how they acknowledged that mental health is an issue that you cannot always see so we need to be mindful of people’s feelings at all times.
This week Year 5 have been practising column subtraction in their maths lessons. We then moved on to estimating and finding approximations. We discussed how using our rounding skills from previous weeks would help us when making estimations of a given sum as we could round the numbers to the nearest 1000 or 10000. Some of the children then realised they were rounding answers without even realising it!
In our English lessons this week Year 5 have been comparing and contrasting characters. We read over example texts and highlighted key vocabulary which demonstrated whether there was a similarity or a difference. The children enjoyed competing against each other when comparing and contrasting an extract from Harry Potter!
It was Year 5’s turn to have their art workshop with Miss Capata this week. The children learnt about the artist, Max Ernst and created their own collages. The children will be working with Miss Capata in small groups over the next couple of weeks, learning about the artist and creating artwork inspired by them.
For World Mental Health Day on Wednesday, we sat together as a group and had a discussion about what ‘mental health’ actually means. We read the story, ‘Scrambled Heads’ and discussed that some people may appear happy on the outside, but inside there may be much more happening. The children had great ideas and we considered ways that anybody could access the help that they may need.