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Spring 1, Week 5

This week in class one, we began our mini topic of fairy tales. We all had a bit of a shock when on Monday, a beanstalk mysteriously grew in the middle of our classroom. After some investigation work, we learnt the story of Jack and the beanstalk and decided that Jack must have visited our classroom over the weekend. We used the story to generate lots of amazing child initiated activities such as setting up our own fairy tale shop to buy real beans using coins, made our own paper stick figures to re-enact the story and even grew our own beanstalks in class. We all thought carefully about the things our beans would need and made sure to place our pots in a sunny spot in class... have a look during Monday’s open session, to see if ours have grown!

As well as Jack and the beanstalk, we have also looked at many other fairy tales this week including Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin and The Three Bears. We learnt that most traditional tales have a lesson/moral in them to teach us and we thought hard about what these might be. We also listened carefully for things which happen 3 times as we learnt this is another common feature of traditional tales. Next week, we will learn some more fairy tales and end our half term with some sewing as we create our own felt fairy tale puppets!

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri

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New football kit!

Our fabulous new kits have been worn for the first tiime this week and I am sure you will agree, the teams look fantastic!

 

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Ofsted inspection Thursday 1st February 2018

31 January 2018

Dear parent or carer

Inspection of St Ippolyts Church of England Aided Primary School by Ofsted

We have just told your child's school that we will inspect it on 01 February 2018. The lead inspector will be Mike Capper. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child's school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on 01 February 2018 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 01 February 2018.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000130482. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully

Bethany Hatfield

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Spring week 4

Hello

Arts days were fantastic and so much fun! The work children created was amazing, if you haven’t already, take a look at the pictures on our website to see what we got up to. On Friday we had our Arts Days assembly where we shared all our work with the rest of the school. It was brilliant to see all the work the school had created in one place.

Don’t forget to come along to open session on Monday 5th February to look at all the work children have been doing so far this year and to see the fantastic foyer, where all our Arts Days work will be displayed.

Mrs Hoar

 

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A Work of Art !

What an amazing week!

As you will have hopefully seen from the website we have just finished two jam-packed days of Art. It is always fascinating to see how much the children do in just two days. There has been some spectacular pieces of art. When I asked some of the children today to comment on the last two days, here are just a few:

Arts Days is not all about the work you produce, it is about enjoying yourself and having fun.” Euan.

All the adults work really hard to make this possible.” Ben.

It was fascinating to learn about the Indian culture.” Youssef.

We cannot wait to see the main exhibition foyer. I’m sure your children will help find their work if you can make it to the Open Session.

Last week in maths we were learning about division and solving word problems (long division). Originally, we found that division was probably one of the trickiest concepts to master; when discussing our learning with each other. We did happen to find that it becomes so much easier when other concepts are secure; such as times tables/repeated subtraction. We had to persevere in order to succeed but as we worked on it we could see better results. We then moved onto area and perimeter, at the beginning of this week. By learning algebra at the beginning of the term, we managed to make the link to using formulas with calculating shapes.  Once you master a way in to solve maths problems you are one step closer to achieving.

With only 2 weeks remaining children need to keep an eye on the home learning grid. This week I have given the children the chance to utilise their time and push on with reaching the target of 4 pieces to be completed for this half term.

As preparation for our annual E-safety day, we have been reminded about the ways in which we can stay safe, whist being online. The children were very knowledgeable about giving the top tips, as this is something we have covered through the years. Children knew the age restrictions, which is also a valuable piece of information, as they begin to think about ways to move safely from primary school to secondary. At school we are constantly reminded, living in an ever-evolving world of technology and social media, of the importance of staying safe. By being kept up to speed with events and discussing this topic regularly as a class, within different parts of the curriculum; we hope children can see the importance behind this. I hope the children find time to discuss things with you at home.

Even though the weather has been a little chilly over the last few weeks we have still managed to get up to the school field to participate in our weekly tag rugby lessons. In just a short number of weeks I have seen, alongside Mr Smith, the change in pupil’s ability and raising their skills. I do always remind the children to take home the muddy kits, so that they do not surprise you with a kit caked in ingrained mud.

To make connections within the curriculum, we have been looking to improve our skills in non-fictional writing. This is quite a skill, as we have been working on not just taking small extracts from books- as we know this could breach copyright. That we need to read what we find out and aim to put it into our own words. It was interesting to see that one of the areas to look at developing is the choice of vocabulary. We understand that in order to broaden our use of language some of us need to read more and use our magpie skills- adding good vocab to the comments sections of our home school reading records.

Over the next few weeks we shall be returning to narrative writing, exploring a range of texts, (which are mentioned on the curriculum leaflet) and identify the features that mark them as belonging to a particular genre. We will read, compare, and begin to evaluate extracts from texts written in the same genre. This will then hopefully help us to draw on our prior knowledge of different genres to create a mixed genre story. From this we will aim to explore the way in which a sense of character is built up from a range of clues. Use these clues to create character descriptions, writing in the role of a peer of the central character. As part of our ongoing learning we shall create a word bank from the texts we read.

In Science we have been fascinated by how the circulatory system works. It is hard to imagine what goes on in our body without giving it a second thought. As well as learning the complex process we are broadening our scientific vocabulary – this will come in useful when heading off to secondary.

I am sure the children will be tired from all the fun this week – I know I am.

Enjoy the weekend and come back refreshed for next week.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

  • Reading record checks

  • Home school contact books

  • Outdoor kits

  • Spelling test – Monday

  • Choir – having a go at learning words.

 

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