The children from KS1 and KS2 enjoying watching pantomimes on Tuesday 15th December.
Year 1 have had an exciting but challenging start to our new topic 'Our World and Beyond'. This term we are looking at fairy tales as part of our English and topic work. We set ourselves a Growth Mindset challenge to build fairy tale house out of just straws and plasticine! We started by researching buildings in different fairy tales and then we designed our own for a specific character - that was the easy part! We then got down to the building. At first it was straightforward and, after a few attempts, lots of us managed to build the walls. Adding a roof was very tricky and lots of us experienced the frustration of our constructions falling down. We kept our Growth Mindset though and didn't give up! Some of use eventually managed to build a structure that looked like a house. We enjoyed the challenge so much that we asked for the resources to go into our tough tub as part of our continuous provision so that we could have another go!
Curriculum Coverage for this term
In Geography we will be using maps and compass points to help us develop our understanding of position and direction. We will also explore the features of the local area. Our History lessons will focus on explorers Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. Additionally, we will be exploring fantasy worlds through the context of space and fairy tales. Creatively, the children will be making a moving fairy tale picture using different mechanisms and exploring natural landscape paintings through the work of Emilly Carr. As part of their Science work, they will develop their understanding about the seasons, using our outside areas for inspiration. They will also be investigating materials in our world and considering their properties and uses.
In English, we have started the half term with a focus on sentences and punctuation through the context of various traditional fairy tales. We are hoping to arrange some fairy tale workshops that will support the children’s understating and experiences of different stories. We will also be covering a range of poems and other fantasy stories. Phonics and daily reading sessions will continue each day, with a focus on Phase 5 and the children’s gaps. This will enable the children to improve their reading, writing, spelling strategies and handwriting.
The children will continue to develop their number recognition, understanding of place value, number bonds, strategies for addition and subtraction, and measures We will be using a variety of resources, including Base 10, Numicon, number lines, Ten Frames and 100 squares as we help them to develop their understanding of concepts and strategies, moving on to apply them with problem solving and reasoning activities. With your support, it is vitally important that they also continue to focus on reading and writing numerals and number words at home.
This half term, our RE work will be focused around Christianity. They will explore the concept and visual representations of creation. The children will familiarise themselves with a range of stories related to Jesus and his miracles. They will be learning about these stories and reflecting on the morals and developing empathy and consideration of others. They will also be extending their understanding of the Easter Story.
The children from KS1 and KS2 enjoying watching pantomimes on Tuesday 15th December.
The school will now adhere to the Nottinghamshire Code of Conduct for Penalty notices which covers two main areas: persistent absence and holidays during term time. Penalty notices may be issued for absences/holidays which meet the criteria set out in the Code of Conduct. Please refer to the letter and the Absence Policy on the School holiday Dates or Policies and Procedures page of the website for details.
A huge thanks to all of the children who were absolutely fabulous at both sports days this year.
Paralympic athlete David Hill visited school on Monday 29th February to encourage the children in their sponsored sports event. He also gave an inspirational talk in assembly about being the best you can be!
We all enjoyed celebrating World Book Day by dressing up as out favourite characters and sharing books with our parents, family and friends.
I would like to thank the pupils, teachers and support staff for treating their audiences to brilliant performances of "What a Knight!" last Thursday and Friday. The Year 5 children performed with such confidence, delivering their lines clearly and eloquently, with some great comic timing too.
Parents, children and staff had fun in the Robin Hood Mini-Marathon, all representing our school.
The children had a great day dressed in their sports gear/something red. Everyone took part in a World Record Attempt, dancing along to the Superman dance in the hall - it was great to see the children having so much fun. Each class then took part in a short sporting activity, run by Mr McBride. Thank you to all of the children for participating and for the donations we received which we will make sure reach Sports Relief.
Two incredibly special assemblies were held this week to recognise and reward the children that were picked from their class for demonstrating an excellent Growth Mindset. People with a Growth Mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions and if you persevere and work hard, you will achieve.
Congratulations to our newly elected School Council Representatives!
The annual Easter Egg roll took place on Monday amidst much egg-citement! The winning child from each class with the furthest roll won an Easter egg, as did the winning teacher from each Keystage. Congratulations to the winners.
Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Sing Up event at Joseph Whitaker this week.
On Monday and Tuesday the children had fun taking their shots against the inflatable goal helping to raise money for the school.
We are delighted and extremely proud to report that the school received an ‘OUTSTANDING’ Church School Inspection report. This is a credit to everyone at the school including staff, children,parents and governors.
On Wednesday 14th December, the whole school took part in an Art day based around the Nativity story. Each year group worked on pieces of Art, representing a certain part of the story of Jesus' birth. Everyone had lots of fun and the Art work was fantastic!
Mr Ian Griffiths from the Southwell Diocese joined us for our Achievement Assembly today to present the school with its award for being an ’Outstanding’ Church School. We were also joined by Governors, including Rev. Chris Rattenberry, who have supported the school in achieving this award.
All the children took part in a 15 minute Skipathon to promote Sport Relief this week.
Thank you to all the children who took part in our New School Prayer Competition. The prayers were all beautiful and it was obvious how much thought and care had gone into writing them all. Congratulations to Sophie T who was the overall winner with this, our new school prayer:
The children have enjoyed learning about different countries including: Greece, France and Italy as well as tasting food from these countries.
The school has decided to reduce the number of Christian Values which we live by in school each day to five. These are God is Good, Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity and can be seen on the hand above.
Thank you for sending the children to school in some amazing outfits! It was very difficult to pick the winning outfits however the winners!
The school was very fortunate to be selected to take part in ‘Restart a Heart Day’.
Today we welcomed tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood, to the school. He visited as part of his ‘’Seed Scattering’ weekend in the Parish. His aim is to spread the Christian faith.
Well done to all the children and parents who ran for the school mini-marathon on Sunday.
On Tuesday 23rd October our first learning together day in foundation was held with parents. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and made us proud.
Thank you very much to all the parents, staff and governors that ran in the Robin Hood mini-marathon this year. Your support for the school is really appreciated.
The whole school enjoyed our Doodle Day on Wednesday 29th March. Hare are some the class and overall winning doodles.
Representatives from Severn Trent Water visited the school on Monday 2nd October.
During Thank Your Vicar Week, just over £150 was raised on Wednesday for St. Luke’s charity who look after vicar’s well being.
Egg Roll Winner: Joel H, Ashlee L, Oliver R, Louis K, Evan B, Alice M, James W, Lucas S, Thomas R, Matthew H, Harry P, Natalie S, Lily S, Tayla-Jae B and Isabelle B.
Congratulations to the boys’ football team who won the Kirkby and District SFA this season. They played brilliantly as a team and won the majority of their matches by a significant number of goals. They received a trophy in recognition of their achievements which was presented in whole school assembly by Mr Dawes. Thank you to Mr Dawes for training them.