On Tuesday, 20 children from the choir sang at Joseph Whitaker School.
What a great time we all had tasting the food of Central Asia as part of our topic day on Monday. The children made flatbreads with Mrs Jackson and MIss Gent and enjoyed them with houmous, cous cous, raisins, apricots, figs and mint tea. They have all settled into school life brilliantly for their final term in Year 3 - how time flies!
What an exciting day we had when the Partake Theatre Group came into school to work with us on our Viking Workshop Activity Day! We learned that not all Vikings were ferocious fighters, but some lived peaceful lives as farmers, silversmiths, potters and weavers. We even tried out these jobs for ourselves! We also learned how Vikings chose their settlements and most exciting of all, we took part in an actual Viking raid, where our mighty leader was killed by the Saxons. A fantastic day all round!
Welcome back and a very Happy New Year to all the families and friends of our children. We started the term off with a surprise visit from our friends from Scandinavia - Erik the Viking and Sven the Strong! They led the children on a dragon hunt through the wooodland and found lots of clues, leading the children to design the beast that had caused such destruction in our woodland! They then went on to design an advert for brave warriors to join Erik's crew and thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to our Viking topic.
We had a fantastic visit to the Black Country Museum just before half-term. During our time there, we visited lots of Victorian shops, took part in a Victorian school lesson and even went down a Victorian mine! The children were impeccably behaved and a credit to the school. Thank you to all our parent and volunteer helpers!
Representatives from Severn Trent Water visited the school on Monday 2nd October to deliver a KS2 Assembly about wasting water. They then delivered workshops to the Y3 and Y4 classes. The children learned lots about how to save water in their everyday lives and had a thoroughly enjoyable time working in family groups to measure the water wastage!
Welcom back, we hope you all had a fantastic summer!
We had a great time in our Transition days back in July, dressing up as Victorian children and finding out what kind of activities they did in school. We played Victorian playground games, practised Copperplate handwriting and made Peg dolls. Thanks to all the parents who visited our new class on the Wednesday afternoon, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
We are now looking forward to settling on our new Year 3s and enjoying our Victorian topic.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The children have enjoyed learning about different countries including: Greece, France and Italy as well as tasting food from these countries.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for sending the children to school in some amazing outfits! It was very difficult to pick the winning outfits however the winners!
Congratulations to our newly elected School Council Representatives!
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.
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 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.
The children from KS1 and KS2 enjoying watching pantomimes on Tuesday 15th December.
Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Sing Up event at Joseph Whitaker this 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.
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.
On Monday 18th December, the whole school took part in a Nativity Art Day to remember the Christmas story.