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April 2011

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. School opens again on Wednesday 4th May.

Extremely Exciting Eggs!
We have had a wonderful end to a very long term with our Easter events today. Many children brought in some wonderful Easter Bonnets and decorated Easter Eggs! These are the winners:
Harvey (EYFS), Gabriel (Yr 1), Lennon (2/3A), Thevmini (2/3B), Emma (4/5A), Zak (4/5B), Courtney (5/6)
Alex (EYFS), Layla (Yr 1), Phoebe (2/3A), Jayden (2/3B), George (4/5A), Jakub (4/5B), Bryton (5/6)

Some of our Decorated Eggs! Foundation Stage's Easter Bonnets!

Road Safety Winners
Our Junior Road Safety Officers, David and Megan have recently organised a colouring competition. The winners of Easter Eggs are:
Ahmed & Amelia (Reception)
Lee & Honya (Year 1)
Jenny & Oskar (2/3A)
Karolina & Kamil (2/3B)
Charlotte &  David Z (4/5A)
Dominik & Nikola (4/5B)
Tegan & Konrad (5/6)

Tesco Poster Winners
Gordon, the manager of the Tesco Express, opposite our school, had asked our pupils to design a poster for his windows. The winners of Easter Eggs were: Thomas (3rd), Amelia (2nd) and Charlotte (1st place).
Well done to everyone who submitted an entry.

SATs Approaching
For our year 6 pupils, they will be returning after the Easter holidays to sit their SATs tests. These start on Monday 9th May. Even though it is the Easter holidays, may we urge these pupils to spend some time revising and preparing for their exams!

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 95.3%
Class 1: 92%
Class 2/3A: 96.8%
Class 2/3B: 93.8%
Class 4/5A: 92.2%
Class 4/5B: 93.1%
Class 5/6: 98%*
*This class received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year is now 94%, with class 2/3B just winning this term with 97% and class 5/6 in second place with 96.9%. Congratulations go to Miss Baitson’s class. They have been in the lead all term and, despite a late challenge from Mrs Brocklebank’s class, have finished on top this Spring!

The Best Attended Exhibition Yet!
Phase 2/3 dazzled us with their wonderful exhibition today, all about Ancient Egypt. In front of sixty parents and carers, this was truly an event to remember. Pupils showed their pyramid creations as well as informing their parents about the lives of the Ancient Egyptians. Adults were challenged to draw and solve puzzles. There were many smiling faces! A big thank you goes to all the staff who helped to stage this. Watch this space for the next one. For an indepth look at the exhibition click here.

Exhibition Tomorrow !
Phase 2/3 are all geared up for their exhibition in the morning. There is a whole host of wonderful arts work to show parents and carers. It promises to be really good!

We Are The Champions !
Following the success of our year 4 pupils last week in their Bench Ball competition, it was the turn of our year 5 pupils this morning and year 6s this afternoon. Both groups went to Endeavour School to play against Clifton and Pearson Primary Schools. We were once again successful and came out as winners of both competitions. This makes it three out of three! It's just a pity they don't have Bench Ball in the Olympics next year as Stepney pupils would indeed fancy their chances! What a great day!

Game On! Good Positioning! Displaying our successes! Year 4 Success! Year 5 Victory! Year 6 Triumph!

Homes for our Feathered Friends !
Our year 4s continued the excellent efforts from yesterday as they went to Winifred Holtby School to work with Miss Northen's sister to complete the bird boxes. They look fantastic! All children worked well, utilising the technology resources of the school.

Click here to see our bird box work!

Another Exhibition On Its Way!
Phase 2/3 will be showing their work on Thursday morning. So far, well over 40 tickets have been sent home to parents and carers. There is no charge to this event so please ask your child to bring a ticket home.

Bird Boxes !
As part of our links with Winifred Holtby school, our year 5 pupils were busy in the secondary school's Design and Technology department today. Pupils were working in teams to design and make wooden bird boxes. Tomorrow it's the turn of year 4!

Prospective GTP students!
Mr Browning and Miss Atkinson have been showing prospective GTP (Graduate Training Programme) students around school today. Ten candidates came to look at our school today. In the next week or so, we will be having others coming to look as they are considering applying for the vacant training slot next year. Over the years, we have had great success with the GTP students we have trained. These have included three of our present staff: Miss Baitson, Mr Burton and Miss Northen. The GTP programme involves students training to be teachers by being based in a school for a year. This differs from other courses, such as the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) which is based at teacher training facilities like Hull University. For PGCE students, they undertake teaching practice in different schools during the year.

Our Hamster Is Back Home!
Following his recent escape, we are glad to say that Chomik the hamster is back in his cage. Thanks to Mrs Phelps-Jones, who left a tempting banana in his open cage, our little friend returned during last night and was having a quiet doze when Miss Atkinson came into school this morning!

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 97.3%*
Class 1: 94%
Class 2/3A: 98.9%*
Class 2/3B: 99%*
Class 4/5A: 95.6%
Class 4/5B: 94.4%
Class 5/6: 100%*
*These classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year has now gone up to 94%, with class 2/3B in the lead this term (97.3%) and class 5/6 in second place with 96.8%. A special well done goes to class 5/6 for their 100%!

Easter Activities
Next Friday (15th April) is the last day of the Spring Term, before the Easter holidays. On this day we will be having some Easter Activities.
There will be an EASTER BONNET competition for all children. If you are interested, then please take some time to make an Easter bonnet for your child at home, so they can bring it on Friday. Also, please ask children to bring in DECORATED EGGS (Please ensure you use hard boiled hens eggs for this!) There will be prizes for bonnets and eggs.

Easter Holidays
The last day of this term is Friday 15th April and we will reopen on Wednesday 4th May.

“I Don’t Think You Can Improve Perfection”   A Stepney Parent
Another WOW day! This morning, our Foundation Stage and year 1 children played host to parents and carers in another of our Exhibitions. Yet again, we had a brilliant turnout with 22 parents in year 1 and 18 in the Foundation Stage. While Mrs Hudson and Miss Pullen were showing photos and work from their farming topic and Honeysuckle Farm visit, Mr Cameron’s children were demonstrating their gymnastics balancing skills in the hall. Our year 1 pupils then showed their planting, sewing, maths, reading and atlas work in their classrooms. They even made a model chimp out of clay! There was a real buzz around the area.
Here are all the comments from parents and carers:
(names of pupils and parents have been removed)

We asked what you enjoyed about it?
“??? and I enjoyed drawing the Czech Republic flag and finger puppets”
“Really enjoyed the games today. We liked it. Thank you”
“We really enjoyed helping our children to improve their handiwork”
“??? and I liked doing the finger puppets”
“??? showed us what work he has done and we also liked working with him”
“We enjoyed doing puppets and we really enjoyed making the monkey”
“All of it, it shows how much the children are worked with, and all are included”
“Everything. It was nice to see all the kids enjoying everything that was going on. Really good”
“I was able to play with several kids (not just my own). This tells of their openness in playing”
“Playing outside & games. Seeing boys happy at school”
“Being able to look at ???’s folder to see what she has been doing at school”
“Everything but most importantly look at ???’ work and photos of Honeysuckle Farm”
“There were lots of different activities for the adults to help their children with. It was lots of fun”
“I enjoyed playing with ??? and seeing what she does when she is at school”
“Enjoyed it. Sat with ??? seeing all her work. I am really pleased with her”
“I enjoyed being able to see ???’s work and also work with him”

We asked how could we improve our exhibitions?
“Nothing. Kids enjoyed it and had freedom to do lots of things”
“I think it is perfect the way it is”
“Keep it as it is. Thankyou”
“Sharing of items among the children”
“More often!”
“Nothing, it was enjoyable to spend the time watching ???”
“You couldn’t but if more parents came, more children would benefit”
“Everything was fine”
“I don’t think you can improve perfection”

More Technicolour Coats in Phase 2/3   
Another 12 parents were busy at work in Miss Atkinson’s and Mr Burton’s class. They were helping their children to make some wonderful Joseph coats! Another brilliant afternoon!

The Great Escape !
Regrettably, our new hamster, Chomik, has escaped. One of the attachments to his cage was not fitted properly and we think he has made for the fire escape!

The Chicks Have Flown The Coop !
One of our parents has taken ownership of our chicks. We are delighted they have gone to a good home. Our thanks go to other parents who also expressed an interest in looking after our little feathered friends. Mrs McIlwaine, who has been acting as mother hen to the eight youngsters, was sad to see her brood go, but ensured they were carefully transferred to their new carers!

Another Day on the Farm !
The other half of our Foundation Stage pupils went to Honeysuckle farm today. The sun came out to make it another lovely day as all the children enjoyed the experience. We would like to thank those parents who accompanied us. Your help was very much appreciated.

Exhibition & Sewing Reminder !
Tomorrow, it's the turn of our Foundation Stage and year 1 pupil to show what they have been doing this term in their exhibition. Please come along to join in the activities.

An Amazing Arts Afternoon in Phase 2/3 !
Both Miss Baitson's classroom and the phase 2/3 creative area were packed with parents and pupils this afternoon. Everyone was busy making some wonderful versions of Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours. Feathers, sequins, glitter and colourful fabrics were everywhere. We had eighteen parents join us. It was a brilliant turnout and everybody seemed to have a wonderfully enjoyable time. Don’t forget that on Thursday, it will be the turn of Mr Burton's and Miss Atkinson's pupils. The session starts at 1.45pm.

A busy Creative Area as pupils, parents and staff choose their decorations! Getting started on the coats! All the pupils made designs then used them to make their coats! Staff had prepared lots of resources to select.

Foundation Stage Visit Honeysuckle !
It was the turn of some of our youngest children to visit Honeysuckle farm today. Children enjoyed seeing the cows being milked; they fed the animals; went on a cart ride with Tommie the Shire Horse; stroked the sheep and played on the hay bales. Overall, it was a great visit!

Farmer's daughter, Miss Atkinson's back on the farm! Milking Time! Watching the milking take place! Exciting Learning!

Exhibition !
This week, Foundation Stage and year 1 will be hosting the exhibition. May we remind parents and carers of these children that they are invited to attend on Thursday morning to see the work that the children have been doing this half term.

Benchball at Endeavour !
This afternoon, Miss Northen took the year 4 pupils to Endeavour School for a bench ball tournament. We played against Pearson Primary school. Children from each school were divided into three teams who played in a ‘round robin’ tournament. The top two teams played in a final and we won! Congratulations to all those who took part.

Alterations to Winifred Holtby Trip !
Mrs Phelps-Jones’ class trip to Winifred Holtby school on Thursday has had to be postponed until next week. There is going to be an Ofsted Inspection at the secondary school on Wednesday and Thursday. Instead, the year 5 children from both Miss Northen’s and Mrs Phelps-Jones’ classes will go on Monday and the year 4 children on Tuesday.

Outdoor footwear for PE !
Mr Burton would like to remind parents that pupils will now need to have outdoor trainers for PE.

Join Phase 2/3 for Arts & Crafts !
Tomorrow, Miss Baitson's class will be spending the afternoon making their mini Joseph's Coats. This activity will involve, cutting, sticking and sewing using fabrics and collage materials. If you would like to support your child with this work then please join us at 1.45pm. On Thursday, it will be the turn of Mr Burton's and Miss Atkinson's pupils. Again, parents and carers are more than welcome!

Hull Daily Mail Today !
Once again, Stepney pupils are featured in the Hull Daily Mail. Click on the image below to find out more about the St. Stephen's Reading Volunteers in School. (Other newspaper articles about Stepney can be seen by clicking here)

Read about the St Stephen's Reading Volunteers at Stepney!

Chicks in Need of a Good Home !
We have had eight chicks altogether: six females and 2 males. If there are any parents who would like them, we will give them away to a good home. The ones we had last time are doing well with Jacob's dad! If anyone is interested, please contact Mr Browning as soon as possible. If we have no one who is interested, they will go back to the farm this Thursday so time is short!

They've certainly grown over the weekend! Warming under the spotlight!

The Chicks are growing quickly !
We have had more chicks hatching today and the others growing rapidly. They are spending the weekend with Mrs Phelps-Jones' family so we'll wait to see if more hatch over the next few days.
Today's photos:

A Feisty Brood! I've got my eye on you!Care and attention from Sam! Small & Cute!Handle with Care! Double Trouble!

The Medals are here !
In one of the recent school pupil council meetings, pupils had asked Mr Browning if they could have a 'Stepney's Got Talent' competition as part of the Stepney 125 celebrations. Not only did he agree, but he ordered some 'special medals' as prizes. They arrived today!

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 85.3%
Class 1: 87.6%
Class 2/3A: 96.1%
Class 2/3B: 95.9%
Class 4/5A: 94.4%
Class 4/5B: 97.4%*
Class 5/6: 99.3%*
*These classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year is now 93.8%, with class 2/3B in the lead this term (97.1%) and class 5/6 in second place with 96.5%.




Stepney Primary School
Beverley Road, HULL, HU5 1JJ.
Headteacher: Mr P Browning
Tel: 01482 343690
Fax: 01482 348681
E-mail: admin@stepney.hull.sch.uk
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