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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
February 2014

28.2.14
New on Kidblog - My Favourite Sports Forum !
We have posted a forum on Kidblog asking anyone to tell us about their favourite sports. By the end of the first day, we have had 48 comments from many staff and pupils both at Stepney and in Fairview Elementary in Nebraska. We will be delighted to have more as this is really stimulating our school communities to engage in correspondence with each other. Please click here to visit this forum. We felt that talking about sport is one that most people are interested in. Our blogging is proving to be a real hit - it's encouraging pupils to type more and write extremely positive comments to other people. Please note that as always, we take e-safety extremely seriously. All comments are checked by us before they are published. We are able to delete any unsuitable comments, although we have not had to do this yet. As well as 48 comments posted on this Sports forum, we currently have 263 pieces of works or articles on the kidblog site and 886 different comments.

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: Leon
Year 1: Malakai
Class 2/3A: Maleeka
Class 2/3B: Karolina
Class 4/5A: Kamila
Class 4/5B: Taran
Class 6A: Tabarek
Class 6B: Rifa

Distinction Awards !
Foundation Stage: Lenya
Class 2/3A: Maryam & Wiktor
Class 4/5B: Connor & Lauren
Class 6A: Kallam

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
We have had a really good week for 100% this week and particular congratulations go to 6b where we have had all pupils with 100% for this week and the last week of the first spring half term.
Reception: 90%↑(3  pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 86.66% - (4 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 92.85 ↑(2 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 89.65%↑(3 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 91.3%↑(2 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 91.3%↑(2 didn't)
Class 6a: 78.94%↓ (4 didn't)
Class 6b: 100% -

Class Attendance for the week !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same.
Reception: 93.88%↑
Year 1: 95.56%↑
Class 2/3a: 94.35%↑
Class 2/3b: 96.36%↑
Class 4/5a: 95.27%↓
Class 4/5b: 94.88%↑
Class 6a: 95.87%↓                    
Class 6b: 100% -
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.41% which is an increase on last week. 6b had their second 100% in succession. A brilliant result from them.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

27.2.14
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Wilde !
Many congratulations go to Mrs Wilde and her husband on the birth of their second child at 11.45pm today. Both Mrs Wilde and her new daughter are doing well. Our best wishes go to all the family.

International Pupil Council!


Lottie and Mohsin represented our school at the International Pupil Council Meeting at the WISE (Wilberforce Institute for Slavery & Emancipation) building in Hull this afternoon. They took part in discussions with pupils from 12 other schools about the work we are all doing with our link schools in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Lottie and Mohsin also told them about the Kidblog work we are doing with Fairview Elementary School in Nebraska. Unfortunately, Sierra Leone, does not have the Broadband internet connections that schools in Europe and the USA have so communications are extremely difficult compared with the instant links we have in our country. Working in groups across the schools, pupils worked on ideas for World Malaria Day on 25th April 2014 as well as ways to develop better communications with Sierra Leone. Please click here to see the minutes from this meeting and previous ones.

One Hull of a Rainforest !
A few years ago, there was a project in our city called 'One Hull of a Rainforest'. Led by teachers, this focussed on raising funds to buy an area of Amazonian Rainforest so that this could then be given back to the native people who lived there. Natasha Banke was the brains behind the operation. She has taken teachers to the rainforest in South America and came in to speak with our phase 2-3 pupils this afternoon. Their thematic unit for the spring term is 'Hot & Cold' places. She explained all about her experiences there: the people she met, the plants she saw, the animals & creatures she held (including big spiders) and the concerns she had about the deforestation that is taking place there. It was a wonderful first-hand account and our pupils had plenty of searching questions to ask Natasha. Our thanks go to her for such as brilliant insight into a Tropical area of the world.

African Masks & Homework on Kidblog !
Our phase 2-3 pupils have posted photographs of the African Masks they made back in the autumn. They were keen to have this work shown on our blog site as well as projects they have been doing at home. Rather than setting a specific homework over the half term holiday, the phase 2-3 teachers asked pupils to produce it in their own way. We have had a terrific response. There have been models, mobiles, folders of writing and an awesome video by Wiktor and his mum and dad. We have been truly astounded by the response and the ingenuity of pupils (and their parents!). They were so good, we had to put pictures of them onto kidblog too.

26.2.14
Launch of the Stepney Extra !
We are delighted to announce the publication of a new termly newsletter, which is dedicated to ICT developments and e-safety. Please click here to see the Spring 2014 edition. Links are also available on the Stepney Star Page of this website. A hardcopy version will is being sent out today.

Netball Match !
Our PE coaches, Mr Darwood and Mr Dear took our netball team to a match today against Clifton Primary. Although they lost, the pupils put up a good display of team work. It is a positive start for our team and hopefully they can get into winning ways soon.

Mighty Maths Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Lena & Lottie
Class 23a Ethan & Michal 
Class 23b Karolina & Mahdiyah
Class 45a Kerry & Viktoria
Class 45b Finley & Mia
Class 6a Hilal & Nazia
Class 6b Caitlin & Ellie

Level 6 at Kelvin !
Mr Browning took seven of our year 6 pupils to Kelvin Hall School at hometime to undertake another maths lesson. Over this half term, they are going every week to be taught extra level 6 maths by secondary school teachers in preparation for their SATs. The teacher today was really impressed by the understanding of our pupils and told them that as well as helping them with their SATs, it will set them up for their transition into secondary school. Kelvin School is part of our group of Trust schools.

New on Kidblog !
We are having a brilliant time with Kidblog at the moment. We have now set up a Forum all about Tornadoes. Our friends in Fairview Elementary in Nebraska live in Tornado country. As year 6's thematic unit is all about Tornadoes, we asked them to tell us about their experiences with Tornadoes. They have already posted a large number of comments on our site for us to feedback on. This is an exciting development. Rather than just researching the information, we are getting first hand accounts from other children! Please click here to look at the forum and join in. Anyone is welcome to add their comments. (NB In the interests of e-safety we check each comment before publishing it)

25.2.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !

Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Alex & Labiba
Class 2/3a Ethan & Courtney
Class 2/3b Narelle & Richard
Class 4/5a Luke & Rifath
Class 4/5b Lauren & Mia
Class 6a Morgan & Lennon
Class 6b David & Therese 

24.2.14
Friends in America !


Over the holidays, something really exciting has happened. Some teachers and their pupils in a school in the United States of America have started blogging comments on our kidsblog site. As always, the comments popped up on our administrators account so we could check the site. Mr Browning then sent emails and explored the school's website to verify that it was genuine. The school in question is in the heart of Middle America, in the state of Nebraska. This is Fairview Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska. Mrs Parde and her sixth grade (11-12 year olds) have been putting articles on their own blogsite, which our pupils can contribute comments to.

This Week's Theme ! 
In our assemblies and each school day this week our theme is: “I can take responsibility for my behaviour"

Multicultural Celebrations !
One of the strengths of Stepney is that we are a multicultural school and we think about other people's religions, customs, cultures and beliefs:
This week, people around the world are celebrating
28th February
Maha Shivaratri: Festival in honour of the god, Shiva (Hindu Religion)

Tablet PCs for Outstanding Attendance !
Last half term, we started a prize draw for pupils who had achieved 100% attendance for the whole half term. The names of every child who achieved 100% were  entered into a draw to win a Tablet PC. It is clear that good attendance and good punctuality go hand in hand with good learning and progress! If a child is in school on a regular basis they have a much better chance of improving their grades and enjoying being at school. This morning, Mr Browning reminded pupils in assembly that a new competition has begun today for another Tablet PC at the end of this half term. We will also be running our hamper prize draw for parents of pupils who achieve 97% or more for the whole spring term.

14.2.14
Roman Cooking !
We certainly believe in giving our pupils as much first-hand experience as possible! As part of their continuing unit on the Romans, our phase 4/5 pupils sampled Roman Cooking.  Tony Farley from ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’ visited us again to cook up some authentic Roman dishes, including a vegetable soup and bread. Toppings included mouth-watering honey! In the morning, class 4/5a had the chance to mix and bake samples of delicious food while 4/5b did the same in the afternoon. All pupils were able to roll their sleeves up and experience cooking the way the Romans did. It was yet another brilliant session from the inspiring Mr Farley. The wonderful aromas filled the school and lured others to come and see what was going on.

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: Leon
Year 1: Blake E-R
Class 2/3A: Wiktor
Class 2/3B: Whole Class
Class 4/5A: Sebastian
Class 4/5B: Lauren
Class 6A: Emilia
Class 6B: Lottie

Distinction Awards !
Year 1: Blake M and his mum & Tallulah
Class 2/3B: Madiha & Karolina
Class 4/5B: Connor & Daniel
Class 6B: Therese
We were delighted to give out an award to Blake's mum as well this morning. She worked with David Andrews on Wednesday morning to create a truly wonderful video interview with pupils as part of this week's ipad training and complimented all of those involved for their excellent behavious and, in particular, the articulate answers from our year 6 pupils.
In today's assembly, Mr Browning, ably assisted by George from year 6 who was controlling the ipad and technical duties, showed the amazing ibooks on the Snow Queen that phase 2/3 have produced. Although, the kidblog site cannot show the actual ibooks, Miss Baitson had loaded up pdf versions of them for so that we can all look at this stunning work. Please feel free to go on them and add comments. Click here to access these blog pages.

Behaviour Award !
At Stepney, we pride ourselves on the superb behaviour and learning attitudes that we have. Pupils know that even the slightest things are instantly picked up on and we do have detentions during the start of morning playtimes. We also like to praise and reward those pupils who have outstanding behaviour and concentration all the time. Today, we gave out a new voucher for the class/es who have had perfect behaviour all week and no detentions from anyone. This week, it was class 2/3a who received a voucher so well done to them. Other classes were very close with just one or two detentions. Our aim is for zero detentions for the whole school!

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
Reception: 80%↑(6  pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 86.66%↓  (4 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 79.31↓  (6 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 85.71% - (4 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 82.6%↓ (4 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 86.95%↓  (3 didn't)
Class 6a: 94.73%↑ ( 1 didn't)
Class 6b: 100%↑

Class Attendance for the week !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same.
Reception: 93.67%↑
Year 1: 93.33%↓
Class 2/3a: 87.5%↓
Class 2/3b: 94.64%↓
Class 4/5a: 96.52%↑
Class 4/5b: 94.35%↓
Class 6a: 98.95%↑                    
Class 6b: 100%↑
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.35%. This was a decline from last week, but we had quite a number of pupils not present on this last day of the half term. Class 6a and 6b both won vouchers for their superb attendance this week and will be putting them towards a treat in the summer.

The 100% Club Winner !
On the day that Team GB's Lizzy Yarnold won our country's first gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics, we had our very own winner. 109 pupils' names were put into the draw for this half term's attendance prize. All these pupils have had 100% attendance since Christmas and received letters of congratulations yesterday. A winner was chosen by one of our Reception pupils and the lucky recipient of a Tablet PC was Hassan in class 2/3b. Everyone was reminded that the competition will start again after the holiday for another of these wonderful machines. We would like to thank all the parents who have supported their children this term and encouraged this attendance. It has definitely made an impact!

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

Playground Still Closed !
The back playground was closed all day again as we are having contractors repairing the roof on Beverley Road Baths today. They assembled scaffolding and brought in equipment so this area was out of bounds. Many thanks to parents and carers for dropping children off at the Stepney Lane entrance and collecting them from there at the end of the day. It's rather a tight entrance when everyone is leaving but it was managed effectively so there was minimal disruption.

13.2.14
Mad Keen On Reading !
Phase 2/3 showed us just how keen they are on Reading during today's assembly. They told us about their favourite books, acted out their current most popular Daisy book by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt and sang a wonderful Reading song. Well done to everybody for such an entertaining and informative production.

Playground Closure !
Owing to the excessively strong winds last night, a couple of large sheets from the roof of the Beverley Road Baths have come adrift. We have had to close the playground today to ensure the safety of pupils, parents and staff. Contractors have been around and removed the loose sheets but we are taking no chances. Please will you collect your child from the front playground tonight and bring them in via this entrance tomorrow morning.

New On Kidblog !
Miss Baitson has been busy uploading some excellent work from phase 2/3 onto Kidblog this week. Her Rainbow Writing pupils have produced some outstanding work on the 'Snow Queen's Palace' creating ibooks. Unfortunately, we can't put the actual ibooks on the kidblog site but we've made some pdf versions of them to view. They are well worth a read! Please click here to go to the pages concerned. Please note that only a selection of work appears on each page so scroll down to the bottom of the kidblog pages to select more examples of the pupils' outcomes. There are some more models in there as well, including one of the actual palace.
Meanwhile, in Foundation Stage, they have been making Gingerbread men as part of their work on traditional tales. Please click here to see these mouth-watering creations!

The Computing Concludes !
This was the last day of David Andrews' work in school for now but he will be back in the summer term! Everyone has been talking in computing terms - 'algorithms' and 'debugging' are being used. It's been great training once again.

Attendance
In order bid to reward outstanding attendance, letters were sent out today to all the parents of all those pupils who have had 100% attendance for this half term. This is a superb effort and shows the commitment that families have to achieving this feat. The names of all these pupils will go into a draw tomorrow morning with the chance of winning a Tablet PC. There can only be one winner tomorrow but a second competition will be held next half term as well.

12.2.14
Gingerbread Assembly !
We were treated to a superb assembly from our Foundation Stage and year 1 pupils. Year 1 have been studying the adventures of Barnaby Bear down under in Australia, while our Reception and Nursery pupils shared their work on the story of the Gingerbread man and other traditional tales. They showed us their artwork and their beanstalks. Many thanks to everyone involved in today's production. An excellent morning!

The Computing Continues !
Parents, pupils and staff continued their computing course with David Andrews today. A definite buzz has been sweeping around the school. Ipad fever has gripped everyone!

11.2.14
New on Stepney Kidblog Today !
Our year 6 pupils have been considering endangered animals in the science and literacy work this week. The have published some non-chronological reports on real and fictitious endangered animals on kidblog. Please click here to go straight to these blog pages and feel free to post your own comments.

Rainbow Writing Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Class 2/3a Ethan & Liya
Class 2/3b Michal & Mahdiyah
Class 4/5a Lewis & Shaheed
Class 4/5b Bartek & Hollie
Class 6a George & Paige
Class 6b Mohsin & Patryk

More Computing on Safer Internet Day !
It is not by chance that we have linked in another week of ipad training with today's nationwide 'Safer Internet Day'. We are constantly talking to Stepney pupils about safe use of the internet. It is becoming second nature for them to think about emailing people, what they are going to say, who they are going to communicate with. David Andrews has joined us again. This morning, he was in year 1 and this afternoon in year 6. A very welcome visitor to Stepney, David showed them more apps that can help pupils to learn about computing. Once again, pupils, parents and staff were taking notes for using a variety of apps on the ipads. Please click here to look at more about Safer Internet Day 2014.

10.2.14
Computing On Ipads  
From the start of September 2014, schools will be working with a brand new National Curriculum. One of the exciting aspects of this will be the new focus on computing in schools, rather than just ICT skills. For years, pupils have been developing and honing their use of word and publisher for their work, as well as spreadsheets and other software to enhance their learning. In the autumn, they will also need to know how to do such things as: using algorithms, debugging programs; understanding computer networks and how to use a varierty of software on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals. This is one of the reasons for us investing in ipads this year and the services of David Andrews. We have set up our kidblog site, which is going from strength to strength. More pupils are putting work on it and commenting on others' work through their blogs. Today, David has been working with pupils, their parents and staff on a range of apps which need careful programming skills. Apps such as 'A.L.E.X.' and 'Kodable' are fun and inspiring ways to help pupils understand and use algorithms. We were delighted to have parents in with us, both during the morning session with class 2/3a and in the afternoon with 2/3b. This was a learning opportunity for all concerned as David used his expertise to guide us through it.

7.2.14
Football Result 
Stepney 5 v 5 Clifton
We witnessed a nail-bitingly close match between Stepney and Clifton Primary School football teams this evening. With the winter sun giving some warmth to proceedings, both teams were competitive and produced some entertaining football. With magnificent goals from the likes of our star striker Chief as well as Jayden, Stepney quickly went into a commanding lead. Both teams fielded their full squads, making numerous substitutions so that everyone got a game. With the final minutes ticking by and Stepney still in the lead, Clifton pulled back and equalised so the game ended in a draw. Many thanks to Mr Dear, our team coach, and Mr Darwood, who did a fine job of refereeing the match.

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week 
Reception: 76.66%↓ (7 pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 90%↑ (3 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 86.2%↑ (4 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 85.70% ↓ (4 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 91.3%↑ (2 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 91.3%↑ (2 didn't)
Class 6a: 89.47%↓ (2 didn't)
Class 6b: 94.44%↓ (1 didn't)

Class Attendance for the week
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same.
Reception: 91%↓
Year 1: 98%↑
Class 2/3a: 96.04%↑
Class 2/3b: 96.43%↑
Class 4/5a: 94.78%↑
Class 4/5b: 94.78%↓
Class 6a: 97.89%↓                    
Class 6b: 98.89%↓
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.4%. This has been rising, since we returned after Christmas, which is different from last year, which saw a decline. At this time last year, our attendance had been severely affected by bad periods of flu and chicken pox, either side of the Christmas break.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

Next Week's Theme ! 
In our assemblies and each school day this week our theme has been: “I can apply what I have learned and I can tell you what I need to learn next”. This coming week, we are thinking again about ‘e-safety as Tuesday 11th is ’Safer Internet Day’

Multicultural Celebrations !
One of the strengths of Stepney is that we are a multicultural school and we think about other people's religions, customs, cultures and beliefs:
This week, people around the world are celebrating
9th Feb—Guardian Protector Day – Earth: (Shahenshai calendar)
14th Lantern Festival: end of Chinese New Year 
15th Parinirvana Day: Commemoration of the death of the Buddha

Spring Class Assembly Dates !
February 2014
EYFS/Yr 1 Assembly—Wed 12th
Phase 2/3 Assembly—Thurs 13th

6.2.14
Latest on Kidblog !
 
This week, some of the pupils in phase 4/5 have been producing some excellent models of the solar system to put on the kidblog site. Ms Saint set a different type of homework this week for their science topic of Earth and Space. This was to represent the solar system in whichever way they saw fit. They’ve come back to school with interesting models and representations which show that both pupils and parents have been busy working together. We have a growing number of pupils who are blogging and enjoying putting on their comments about other pupils' work. Just to remind everyone—we check each comment before allowing it to be published on the site. Having said that, all the comments have been really positive. It’s a brilliant way for pupils to say great things about each other’s work.

Computing on Ipads !
May we remind you that starting next Monday, we have a week of exciting events at Stepney. David Andrews is going to be back in school to deliver computing training for staff and pupils on the ipads.
Now, he is helping us to get up to date with the new computing skills which will be required from September 2014 with the start of the New National Curriculum.
We are able to invite parents to join us on each of the sessions which are:
Monday 10th February
Class 2/3a - morning
Class 2/3b – afternoon

Tuesday 11th February
Year 1- morning
Year 6 – afternoon

Wednesday 12th February
Class 4/5b - afternoon

Thursday 13th February
Reception - morning
Class 4/5a – afternoon
There are still places for all of the sessions, apart from for class 2/3a on Monday morning, which is already full! Please contact the school if you would like to attend.

On Wednesday 12th, David is running a morning session for parents only using the ipads. Parents will be making something special on the ipads to show to the pupils!

5.2.14
Mighty Maths Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Alex & Blake
Class 23a Kareena & Muna 
Class 23b Michelle & Stelina
Class 45a Adam & Mia
Class 45b Kerry & Rahma
Class 6a Cailey & Lottie
Class 6b Alicia & Alisha 

4.2.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Alex & Didi
Class 2/3a Denver & Evie 
Class 2/3b Bartek & Lileana 
Class 4/5a Dominik & Michael 
Class 4/5b Honya & Saimah
Class 6a Kallam, Robert & Charlie 
Class 6b Chief

3.2.14
Tablet PCs for Outstanding Attendance !
Last term, we started a prize draw for parents whose children achieved 97% attendance or more for the whole term. The winner received a hamper which was provided by Tesco Express. As well as continuing this at the end of a full term, we are starting a new scheme this spring. 
At the end of each half term i.e. at spring half term holiday, at Easter, at summer half term holiday and at the end of the summer term every child who has achieved 100% for that half term will be entered into a draw to win a Tablet PC. There will be a new competition each half term. It is clear that good attendance and good punctuality go hand in hand with good learning and progress! If a child is in school on a regular basis they have a much better chance of improving their grades and enjoying being at school. This morning, Mr Browning explained this to the pupils in assembly. This first draw will be next week on the last Friday of the half term. Parents will be notified if there child has 100% attendance on the day before.

 

 

   

 

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