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Whitkirk News! 19th November 2021

A message from Mr. Dawson

This week has been another busy week – culminating in seeing all of the children in their pyjamas for Children in Need. Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you to everybody who donated. As a school, we have raised £500. Our assemblies definitely looked a little bit different today!

On Tuesday, we had a visit from Amanda Lightfoot (Headteacher at Austhorpe), who specialises in early reading. She was impressed with lots of things across school: our well-stocked library, the fantastic Read Write Inc. phonics teaching, our reading lessons, and our brilliant reading provision in Reception. A proud moment was, after speaking to some of our pupils, she referred to them as ‘a delight.’

Well done to Y6JC, who delivered their class assembly to the Y5/6 pupils and parents this week. This was based on World War 2 and was executed brilliantly with a mixture of drama, narration, showcasing artwork, and even a quiz at the end!

Next Saturday will be our Whitkirk Christmas Fair, which is being organised by our PTA. If the Halloween Pumpkin Trail is anything to go by, I am sure this will be a huge success. Children are already talking about it and are very excited. I look forward to seeing you there.

PTA raffle

I think it's safe to say that nobody does a raffle like our PTA does a raffle! If you would like to purchase your tickets, you can now do this online by following the link: https://www.pta-events.co.uk/whitkirkprimary/index.cfm?event=products#.YZagJvinzus

Christmas Events

  • Saturday 27th November (11am - 2pm) - PTA Christmas Fair
  • Tuesday 14th December - Reception's Nativity (9:30am and 2:00pm) - 2 guests per child per showing
  • Wednesday 15th December - KS1's Nativity (10:00am and 2:00pm) - 2 guests per child per showing
  • Thursday 16th December - KS2's Christmas Service at St. Mary's Church - TBC with St. Mary's Church. We can confirm that these performances will be in the morning.
  • Friday 17th December - Christmas Jumper Day

Attendance

Our top three classes in the running for the attendance award this week are all in KS2! Well done to Y5JB, who have achieved 98.6% this week. In second place is Y4CO with 98.3%, followed by Y6JC with 97.7%. This week, our whole school attendance is 93.8% so below our target, but well done to everybody who has attended school every day this week.

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

Reception:

This week in Reception, we have been reading the story Elmer. The children have enjoyed creating story maps to retell the story. We have been so impressed with the children's detail in their recounts of the text , especially the children's drawings of Elmer covered in berries! The EYFS team has also been blown away with the children's writing this week - children have been writing CVC words to match pictures from the story! WOW!

This week, we launched our exciting 'Secret Reader'. Our first guests in class were Jackson's Daddy and Miss Quarmby! The children really enjoyed listening to 'Oi Frog' and 'Chocolate Cake'. It was a wonderful way to end the day! Thank you to all the parents that have signed up for our Secret Reader event this term - the children are extremely excited for you to visit.

Finally, we ended the week with our Children in Need themed Stay & Play. Thank you to all the adults that joined us. It is wonderful to share the children's learning with you each week!

KS1:

Our Year 1 classes have had another fantastic week. In Maths, we have been using number lines to help us solve addition and subtraction number sentences. We have been very impressed with the vocabulary that the children have remembered. They have been explaining what 'addition' and 'subtraction' means, what synonyms they have, and what they do to our numbers.

In Talk For Writing, we have been authors and changed the 'Enormous Turnip' into our very own. We have had some wonderful stories including 'The Lumpy Potato', 'The Heavy Carrot' and 'The Plump Tomato'. We cannot wait to read them in full!

We have continued our History topic by looking at how phones have changed since our grandparents were little. The children found looking at old phones hilarious! Where are the touch screens and cameras?! This picture shows the children passing around phones from the late 90's...they couldn't quite believe when they saw a picture of the first ever telephone invented by Alexander Bell in 1876.

It has been an amazing week again for Year 2. We have practised using the column method to add and subtract 2-digit numbers in maths. In English, the children have written some amazing new versions of our Jack and the Beanstalk story. They have used some fantastic adjectives to describe the settings and characters, and some excellent adverbs to describe the action. In PSHE, we have discussed how to resolve conflict and decided what qualities make a good friend.

LKS2:

This week in Year 3, we have been amazing! In English, we gathered facts for our non-chronological report about how life changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We used iPads to scan QR codes and videos to gather these amazing facts. It is clear, from the high-quality pieces of writing, that the children are really enjoying the Stone Age topic. In science, we investigated how objects moved on different materials. Keep up the hard work Year 3!

Our Year 4 pupils have amazed us this week with their creativity in art. As part of our Ancient Romans theme, we have been learning about Roman mosaics and how we can use them to learn about the past. After exploring some designs, we have begun creating our own mosaics using small tiles and repeating patterns. The designs are looking fantastic - they could easily have been used to decorate an important Roman Emperor's villa! In English, we have been writing our reports entitled - How did the Romans change Britain? The children have once again amazed us with the level of detail they include in their reports. As scientists, we created our own 'ear gongs' and investigated the best material to use to help the sound travel. We had a lot of fun listening to the noises they made! A great week Year 4, well done!

UKS2:

This week, Year 5 pupils have been writing some brilliant non-chronological reports on the Viking raids. We have learned so many interesting facts and they have really impressed us by using these in their writing. We have also carried out tests in science, discussing whether solids are always hard and if liquids are always runny! The children seem to be really enjoying our class text and can't wait to find out what happens with Beowulf and Grendal!

It’s been another fantastic week in Year 6. The children have applied their knowledge from the last two weeks into their latest non-chronological report, this time focussing in on evacuation. We have delved into what the journey must have been like for the evacuees and subsequently their lives with their new host families. We have also looked into how the government used propaganda to encourage participation and cooperation during such tough times, keeping morale high across the nation. To top it all off, Y6JC showcased their excellent acting skills in their class assembly. Sharing everything they have learned about World War Two, they did an amazing job and should be very proud of themselves. Well done Year 6 – here’s to another fabulous three weeks!

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Have a fantastic weekend!

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