We are very excited to welcome the award winning author of the Beetle Boy trilogy, M G Leonard to our school on Tuesday 1st May! Her books will be available to buy through school for exclusive signings throughout the school day. More details available through the office.
Our year 5 poets came a close second in the locality poetry competition on Tuesday 20th March. Martha, Millie, Scarlett, Isla and Leo performed 'Gran Can You Rap' by Jack Ousby. They were judged on their intonation, fluency, sychronisation, actions, enthusiasm and volume and scored highly in all six areas. Very well done children and thank you Miss Foley and Mrs Scott for your support
Huge thanks to the PTA and in particular Alex Keogh, Emily Hadden, Sophie Hazeu and Vivian Brennan for collecting hundreds of books for our class book corners! A lot of work went into collecting, sorting and delivering these books and we are very grateful. Thank you to all the parents and children for donating all the wonderful books.
Wonderful Writing Walls
This is a snapshot of some of the wonderful writing taking place across our Academy.
Come and visit Mrs Martin in our library after school on a Monday. You might like to browse our new magazine selection too!
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ON THE PHONICS SCREENING CHECK
The phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 for
all children in Year 1.
It will take place in early June.
It comprises of a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 nonsense).
Expectation from the Government is that pupils should achieve at least 32 out of 40 to
reach the expected level. The pass mark varies year on year.
The check will take up to fifteen minutes per pupil and will be conducted by the class
Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Year 1 will retake the
screening in Year 2.
You can generate your own sample word lists for practise at home here
Show and Tell in Years one, two and three.
Look at our new show and tell bags!
Look at our new show and tell bags!
As a school, we follow the The ‘Babcock No Nonsense Spelling’ programme in order to fully meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure spelling is progressive and consistent across the school.
The programme is targeted at years 2-6 and is designed to build firmly on the foundations of high quality phonics teaching and support a shift to the wider understanding of spelling conventions, patterns and rules whilst providing the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
Within the new curriculum are a list of key words that children are expected to be able to
spell by the end of Year 4 and Year 6. These words will be the words that your child will be
focusing on at home. We have divided the list into smaller groups of words, to be learnt on
a half-termly basis. We will assess your child at the beginning of the half term and then at
the end. We expect your child to regularly practise these words at home. Back in school,
your child will be learning strategies to help spell these words and he/she will also be
learning other spelling rules and patterns given in the curriculum.
This marking card shows the marking symbols you will see on your child's work and a key to
Inkpots after school club is on Tuesday afternoons and is for children who love books, writing and drawing stories. The current group have a wide range of interests including drawing cartoon strips, making their own mini books, doing word games - and anything Harry Potter! Inkpots encourages children to use their imaginations, try new genres and express themselves through words and pictures. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Inkpots is a new after school club for children in Years 4, 5 and 6. The material here is by George, Tess, Hannah, Lily, Georgina and Rory.
In celebration of World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, we enjoyed a whole week of books and writing activities. Local authors Claire Walker and Sebastian Hockaday inspired our key stage one children through their writing workshops and thanks to the PTA the classes all have copies of the author's books in their book corners to enjoy. Thank you to all children, parents and staff for the fantastic effort put into the many wonderful costumes for dress up day. It was fantastic to see such a wide variety of creative outfits and the children thoroughly enjoyed spending the day in role as their chosen bookcharacters! In recognition of the World Book Day 'Sharing Stories' theme, our wonderful PTA and parent helpers came in to every class to share a story and the whole school enjoyed reading at the same time in assembly- a magical sight. Remember, spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their outcome and it’s fun for all involved. Every class took part in creating a whole school story and we now look forward to reading the entries to our Key Stage Two 'Twisted Tales' writing competition! The book fair will be back with us in May along with the improved weather conditions (apologies for the cancellation)!