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Year 1 have been enjoying their Jungle Boogie work so far this term. We have danced to Kool and the Gang's 'Jungle Boogie', made up our own piece of music based on the animals of the jungle and replicated Henri Rousseau's art work based on the jungle. We have also been enjoying learning about animals and how they are different, including looking at their eating habits and whether they are nocturnal or diurnal. Our work finding out about Charles Darwin and his discoveries about animals and plants has also been very interesting.

Later in the term, we will be going to Sherwood Forest to explore animals and plants in a local habitat, and comparing this habitat with the jungles we have been finding out about. We are also looking forward to going to Caunton Tennis club for a Tennis Festival with Year 2.

In RE, we have been looking at Judaism, the things we consider important and ideas about creation. We did some lovely drawings about the things that are important to us.

In Maths, we are continuing to develop our reasoning skills - we're all getting much better at explaining our ideas and are beginning to be clearer when writing our ideas down. We are also developing the skill of drawing diagrams to help us work things out. We have started the term looking at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, reasoning about this and using arrays to help us solve problems. We have found this a bit of a challenge but are keeping our Growth Mindsets to help us learn from our mistakes and not worry about getting things wrong - we know that this is part of the learning process. Later in the term, we will be moving on to finding out about simple division (grouping and sharing), simple fractions, money and time., 

Our English work so far has been based on the stories 'Jungle Boogie' by Alicia Freitas and 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. We have been acting out the stories, working on our reading comprehension, developing characters, retelling and rewriting the stories, as well as writing our own versions. We will be continuing to look at a range of stories across the term to develop our joined up handwriting; use of accurate vocabularly, punctuation, grammar and spelling; reading comprehenson and creativity.

In PE we are working on our Jungle Boogies in dance and developing our athletics skills. Later in the term, we are lucky enough to be having Mr Mitchell again, this time we will be doing Tri-golf.

In the small world area, we have been enjoying building our own jungles out of natural materials and we're really looking forward to the Year 5 children finishing the Jungle Hospital Ambulance so that we can play in it!

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Robin Hood Mini-Marathon

Parents, children and staff had fun in the Robin Hood Mini-Marathon, all representing our school.

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Sport Relief 2016

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.

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Growth Mindset Awards

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.

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School Council Representatives

​Congratulations to our newly elected School Council Representatives!

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Easter Egg Roll

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.

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Sing-Up

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Sing Up event at Joseph Whitaker this week.

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Christmas Pantomimes

The children from KS1 and KS2 enjoying watching pantomimes on Tuesday 15th December.

Absences During School Term Time

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.

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Sports Day

A huge thanks to all of the children who were absolutely fabulous at both sports days this year.

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David Hill visit

​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!

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World Book Day

We all enjoyed celebrating World Book Day by dressing up as out favourite characters and sharing books with our parents, family and friends.

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Fantastic ‘What a Knight!’ performance by Year 5.

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.

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World Book Day 2017

Thank you for sending the children to school in some amazing outfits! It was very difficult to pick the winning outfits however the winners!

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Welcome to Miss Beet!

We would all like to welcome Miss Beet, our new teacher in Year 6.

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Visit from Bishop

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.

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Mini-Marathon

Well done to all the children and parents who ran for the school mini-marathon on Sunday.

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Foundation Superheroes!

The school raised £339.19 for Children in Need on superhero day!

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Mini-Marathon

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.

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Doodle Day

​The whole school enjoyed our Doodle Day on Wednesday 29th March. Hare are some the class and overall winning doodles.

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Severn Trent Water Workshop

Representatives from Severn Trent Water visited the school on Monday 2nd October.

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Thank Your Vicar Week

During Thank Your Vicar Week, just over £150 was raised on Wednesday for St. Luke’s charity who look after vicar’s well being.

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Easter Egg Roll

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.

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Nativity Art Day

​On Monday 18th December, the whole school took part in a Nativity Art Day to remember the Christmas story.

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Prokick Challenge

On Monday and Tuesday the children had fun taking their shots against the inflatable goal helping to raise money for the school.

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Outstanding SIAMS Report!

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.

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Christmas RE Nativity Art Day

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!

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Church School Inspection Award

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.

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Sport Relief Skipathon

All the children took part in a 15 minute Skipathon to promote Sport Relief this week.

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School Prayer Competition

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:

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MFL Food Tasting Day

The children have enjoyed learning about different countries including: Greece, France and Italy as well as tasting food from these countries.

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New Christian Values

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.

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Football team win league!

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.

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Singup at Joseph Whitaker

On Tuesday, 20 children from the choir sang at Joseph Whitaker School.