Home Parents
Zone
Kids
Zone
News &
Newsletters
Events &
Dates
Building
History
Teaching
Resources
Staff
& Jobs
Ofsted &
Reports
Community
Info

   

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

18.7.14
Best Wishes!
May we wish all the parents/carers and pupils at Stepney an enjoyable and relaxing summer holidays. It has been a highly successful school year with a super Ofsted inspection and an even better set of SATs results in years 2 and 6 as well as brilliant
performances from all year groups. This is due to the hard work,
determination and pride from adults and children that truly upholds our motto of ‘A Small School with Great Expectations.’ May the sun shine all summer! Pupils return to school on Tuesday 2nd September 2014!

Staff Changes !
As mentioned before, Miss Sarah Stephenson and Miss Jasmine Johnson are two teachers who are joining the school to teach in phase 1/2 and nursery, respectively. We are delighted to have them working with us.
There are two weddings taking place during the holidays. Miss Laybourne is getting married and will return in September as Mrs Smart. Also, Mr Ingram will be returning as a married man in the autumn.
Two members of staff are leaving us. Miss Dawson is going to work as a teaching assistant at Ings Primary school, which is another of the Cooperative Trust schools in the city while Mrs Phelps-Jones is leaving after fifteen years working at Stepney. As we all know, Mrs Phelps-Jones is a highly talented singer, who has not only been responsible for countless epic productions in the school but regarded as inspirational when it comes to teaching pupils to sing. She has now decided to pursue her singing interests in different capacities, other than in the classroom. Many years ago, Mrs Phelps-Jones was appointed to the role of 'Advance Skills Teacher' due to her exceptional teaching in the classroom and was a key year 6 teacher for many years. A driving force in the school, it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to her but wish her and Miss Dawson every success in the future.
The other change for this year is Mrs Warcup, who is leaving us temporarily, as she is going on maternity leave. Her baby is due in early September, and we all send her and her husband our very best wishes for the start of their new family.
Mrs Wilde has rejoined us this week, after her maternity leave. Although, she hasn't been away for too long, we have all missed her and are grateful to see her back.

Structural Work During The Summer!
Fortunately, we are having another year where very little building work is taking place on the site. Before last summer, we had eight years of continual major upheaval including dry rot repairs, the installation of a lift and repairs to all the windows. This year, contractors are just coming in to clean off the paintwork from the fire escape so that they can undertake minor repairs to some of the ironwork before repainting it. We are having the tree in the staff car park pruned as it is now becoming quite a nuisance, particularly with the sap from it, which is causing damage to cars' paintwork. Instead of having to work at a frantic pace at the start of the new school year to get classrooms ready, staff have already been gearing their rooms up for the new term. We have moved some rooms around. As well as the staff workroom being converted into a classroom, Miss Northen's room is being converted into the staff workroom.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss England have been 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 final graph of the year. This morning, Mr Browning, accompanied by these two ladies presented awards to pupils who had never been late during the summer term; those who had 100% attendance for the term and those who had 100% attendance for the whole year.

Those Pupils who were Never Late for School in the summer term !
The following figures show the number of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the summer term .
Reception: 14
Year 1: 10 
Class 2/3a: 17  
Class 2/3b: 15  
Class 4/5a: 20  
Class 4/5b: 15  
Class 6a: 18
Class 6b: 18

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this year !
The following figures show the number of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the summer term .
Reception: 1
Year 1: 1 
Class 2/3a: 0 
Class 2/3b: 3 
Class 4/5a: 2 
Class 4/5b: 3 
Class 6a: 3
Class 6b: 5

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this term !
The following figures show the number of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the summer term .
Reception: 11
Year 1: 7 
Class 2/3a: 4 
Class 2/3b: 5 
Class 4/5a: 7 
Class 4/5b: 7 
Class 6a: 8
Class 6b: 9

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year.
Reception: 81%↓ (3 pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 81%↓ (3 didn't) 
Class 2/3a: 81.48%↑ (5 didn't) 
Class 2/3b: 82.75%↑ (5 didn't) 
Class 4/5a: 64%↑ (9 didn't) 
Class 4/5b: 91.66%↑ (2 didn't) 
Class 6a: 78.94%↑(4 didn't)
Class 6b: 93.75%- (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: 90.13%↓
Year 1: 90.33%↓
Class 2/3a: 91.48%↑
Class 2/3b: 90.34%↑​
Class 4/5a: 86.40%↓
Class 4/5b: 95.83%↑
Class 6a: 80%↓
Class 6b: 82.50%↓
Overall, the final attendance for the whole school year is 95.40%. This figure has dropped from last week and is not the highest it has been at some points through 2013-2014. The industrial action last week, combined the usual tail-off in attendance during the final week of school in the year has affected this. Despite this, the improvements in the attendance have been successful and are much better than last year. Our target was to achieve 96%, a figure we have never come near reaching, so this shows that the new practices we put in place have had a considerable effect this year.

Attendance Prize Winners !
Esther won the attendance prize draw for this half term. She was rewarded with ICT tablet. Katie's mum won the prize draw hamper for the summer term. Our profuse thanks go to our local ASDA store for donating this.

17.7.14
An Emotional Leavers' Prom!
Everyone had another enjoyable Leavers' Prom and Disco this evening after school, we quite a few tears being shed by our year 6 pupils, who will be sharing their last primary school day with us tomorrow. With many of them looking really glamorous in party dresses, our year 6s were allowed to have a few last dances together after the rest of the school had left at the end of the evening. Many thanks for Mr Morfitt and his team of staff who made the event such a success.

Oakwood Competition Winners !
Following the successful 'Non-Uniform' day last Friday, which had been requested by the School Pupil Council, we raised £194.92. This plus earlier fundraising this year meant we have sent £356.51 on total to Oakwood Canine Rescue. Families had also donated 'doggy' items such as food and toys to be sent. Mrs Crichton and Mrs Smith had also held a drawing/poetry competition and the winners were:
Nursery - Keagan
Reception - Sarkar
Year 1 - Melisa
Class 2/3a - Sarah
Class 2/3b - Stelina
Class 4/5a - Natalia
Class 4/5b - AJ
Class 6a - Cailey
Class 6b - Rhiannen
Well done to all these pupils.

16.7.14
New Classes Transition !
This afternoon, pupils spent an hour with their new class teacher. In September, the new national curriculum officially starts. In order to accommodate the changes that are necessary for this, we have had to restructure the exisiting organisation of classes. We will still be teaching in phase groups but these have altered. Foundation Stage will contain Nursery and Reception as usual; Phase 1/2 will contain the year 1 and year 2 cohorts; Phase 3/4 will contain the year 3 and year 4 cohorts and Phase 5/6 will contain the year 5 and year 6 cohorts.
There have been some alterations to the actual rooms that are being used. The classroom next to the staffroom is going to be a classroom in phase 1/2 so that all of phase 1/2 will be downstairs.
Upstairs, the area that housed the phase 2/3 classes will be used by phase 3/4 classes. All the pupils in the current 2/3 classes will remain in this area of the school in September as they will be part of phase 3/4. We realise that pupils believe that they will be moving to a new area of the school at the end of each school year but, for this particular year, this is not possible for many pupils.
The main difference will be that they will be doing harder work. The changes to the new curriculum mean that the end of year expectations will be more challenging for each year group. Certainly, in subjects such as maths, standards are becoming harder. Teachers have been busy planning and preparing for these changes for months
.

Teacher Changes !
As part of the new classes, Miss Stephenson is joining the school to teach in phase 1/2, while Miss Laybourne is joining this phase. During the summer holidays, Miss Laybourne is getting married and will return in September as Mrs Smart. Miss Northen will join Miss Baitson and Mr Ingram teaching the phase 3/4 pupils.

Lego Movie Treat !
This morning, phase 2/3 used their attendance and behaviour vouchers to spend on a trip to the cinema to watch 'The Lego Movie', which was a big hit with them all. Pupils agreed it was a good use of their vouchers !

15.7.14
Invasion of the Summer Puddings
We had another treat this morning as a theatre group joined us for a performance all about healthy eating. In a light-hearted production telling the story of aliens and the dangers of eating too many fatty foods, our pupils were entertained and educated.

14.7.14
This is the start of the last week of this school year. On Wednesday, pupils will find out which teachers they will have in the autumn. There are a number of changes this year, which we'll inform you about on Wednesday.

11.7.14
Leaver's Disco & Prom
Leavers’ Prom & Disco Thursday 17th July.
This will be held at the end of the school day and will finish at 4.30pm.
Please note that the Nursery and Reception pupils will be having their disco during the afternoon of Thurs 17th and will need to be collected from school at the usual time.

Industrial Action Effects
Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !

The following figures are considerably lower than any other week of this academic year. These are a direct result of the industrial action that took place on Thursday 10th July this year.
Reception: 83.33%↓ (5 pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 86.66%↓ (4 didn't) 
Class 2/3a: 51.85%↓ (13 didn't) 
Class 2/3b: 58.62%↓ (12 didn't) 
Class 4/5a: 60%↓ (10 didn't) 
Class 4/5b: 58.33%↓ (10 didn't) 
Class 6a: 68.42%↓(6 didn't)
Class 6b: 93.75%- (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: 92.33%↓
Year 1: 91.84%↓
Class 2/3a: 82.22%↓
Class 2/3b: 86.55%↓​
Class 4/5a: 87.60%↓
Class 4/5b: 94.17%↓
Class 6a: 89.47%↓
Class 6b: 92.50%↓
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.58%. This figure has dropped considerably from last week but reflects the impact that the industrial action had this week.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss 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.

Lunch Money Reminder !
May we remind parents and carers that if they have any lunch money that is owed to the school, then this needs to be paid before the end of term. Please note that, unless your child is eligible for free school meals, then the options are to bring packed lunches from home, or to pay for meals, or  take your child out of school for the lunch period. Funding is paid into the school only for those pupils who are registered to have free school meals. We do not have funding to cover any other pupils.

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: Zelan
Class 1: Whole Class
Class 2/3A: Denver
Class 2/3B: Evie
Class 4/5A: Jakub
Class 4/5B: Katie
Year 6—Awards given out in Leavers’ Assembly

Distinction Awards !
Year 1:  Joshua & Nicola
Class 2/3B: Ellis & Madiha
Class 4/5B: Daniel & Honya
Year 6—Awards given out in Leavers’ Assembly

10.7.14
Year 6 Leavers' Assembly !

First, there was the formality of another stunning production of the 'Magical Mystery Tour production, with a notably awe-inspiring effort by Jessica, who had to step into a leading role at the last moment. Then we had our traditional Leaver's Assembly. Mr Morfitt, our chair of governors, presented 'Leavers' Certificates' and autograph books to each of the year 6 pupils, while Mr Browning described the achievements of each of them as they came up to the front of the stage. Following this, we had the presentations of our special shields to six pupils who had made particularly worthy contributions during the year.
The Shepherdson Behaviour Shield, which had been donated by our very own, Mrs Shepherdson was presented to Therese;
Hilal received The Bradshaw Arts Award;
Alicia received The Burhan Achievement Award;
Mohsin received The Smith Achievement Award, with a special mention about his amazing SATs results this year;
Charlie received The John Leeman Personal Development Award;
and David P collected The Playle Shield for Sports. One of our pupil's grandfather had not only donated this shield years ago but had actually made the shield himself. This was so many years ago now, that the original shield has become full and is in our trophy cabinet and we are onto the second one. Mr Browning personally thanked Mr Playle's wife, who was present to watch her grandaughter perform in the production. As each shield winner was presented with the awards, Mrs Brocklebank, Miss Pattrick and Mrs Phelps-Jones explained why they had been chosen.

Industrial Action !
There was a national day of industrial action today, which affected our school. While lessons continued as normal, our breakfast club and after-schools clubs were cancelled and all pupils had to go home for lunch. We would like to thank parents and carers for their understanding with this.

9.7.14
First Night of the Magjcal Mystery Tour !

Every year, we are delighted and astounded by the brilliance of the year 6 production. This year was no disappointment, either. In a show, written and directed by the multi-talented Mrs Phelps-Jones, it used the theme of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' to transport us back through time to visit all the areas that the pupils have been studying in their thematic units during the year. In search of magical keys, that would help them get to the school prom, Alicia and David went to Victorian England, the deck of the Titanic, and scenes from Romeo & Juliet to name but a few! They met characters such as the 'Artful Dodger' and an array of Superheroes. Complete with wonderful singing and inspiring acting, they delighted the whole audience. As well as thanking Mrs Phelps-Jones, Mrs Brocklebank, Miss Pattrick, Mrs Rodgers and Mrs Smith for a 'full-on, high-tech, all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza', Mr Browning praised the year 6s for achieving the best set of Key Stage 2 SATs results that the school has ever had. It has been testament to all of the pupils, as well as the handful of year 5 friends who are also in their class and were in the show tonight with them, that their hard work has produced such superb results both on the stage and in the classroom.

Industrial Action Tomorrow !
May we remind parents/carers that, due to the planned national day of industrial action tomorrow, we will not be running a breakfast club or any after-schools clubs. Parents and carers will need to collect their pupils at lunchtime and bring them back in the afternoon, as we will not be able to provide dinners or dinner supervision tomorrow.

Year 1 Exhibition !
In their exhibition this morning, year 1 were able to share their work on the seaside with parents and carers.  As always, we asked our adult visitors to the exhibition what they thought about the activities. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you. 

Even More of David Bunting's Animated Films !
A few years ago we had the animator, David Bunting working with us in the school. We had produced some wonderful films as part of this project. Mr Cameron came across the DVD with these on the other day so we have now transferred all of these onto our kidblog site. Please feel free to look at these and add your comments. Click here to access these on the kidblog site. The Wilberforce film was used as part of the bicentenary celebrations that we had in Hull and there was another film by Miss Atkinson's year 2 class at the time, entitled 'Jack & the Beanstalk'. This was shown at the Hiroshima Children's Film Festival in Japan. There are a host of other animations as well, including ones based on the 'Creature Comfort' adverts, which used to be on the television.

What did you enjoy about it !
"I enjoyed spending quality time with XXX in his school environment making a sand cube, treasure map, and having the opportunity to look at his school work"
"I like to make picture because nice day and my son"
"I enjoyed doing making the 3d shapes and seeing all of the work they've done"
"I enjoyed joining in with all the creative work. I always attend and always have fun"
"Love every bits"
"Spending time with XXX, in class as I better understand her school day and environment"
"Seeing XXX's work"
"I like doing with my. I very happy"
"I like doing with my pupil. I'm very happy"
"Spending time with the children doing activities"
"I really enjoy everything and very happy for the hard work the staff of Stepney Primary School are doing"
"Interacting with the children making Punch & Judy"
"I enjoyed making the Punch and Judy puppets"

How could we improve it?
"Thank you for having us"
"By making it longer"
"Keep it up"
"More space"
"Cup of tea would be nice. Everything was fine. Teachers were helpful"
"A little more space"
"Couldn't"
"I don't think it needs it. Excellent"
 Following on from their morning activities, year 1 celebrated their attendance results this year, by having a pizza party, which was funded by the money they have earned through the virtual attendance vouchers that they have earned throughout the year.

8.7.14
OUTSTANDING KEY STAGE 2 SATS RESULTS !

We think that this year's Key Stage 2 SATs results must genuinely be the best this school has ever had. The final validated results for all schools will not be published until next February (there are a number of revisions and checks that take place in between and then the government present us with scores of charts, tables and graphs showing different data sets). Today, the individual results for our year 6 pupils were published online and from these, we were able to calculate a quick and shortened version of the main findings. In Februrary the results will show that:
In Reading, 96% achieved the national average of level 4, while 50% (i.e. half the class) recorded level 5 grades which were above national averages.
In Writing, 83% achieved level 4 and 25% achieved level 5.
In Maths, 96% achieved level 4 and a staggering 75% (i.e. three quarters of the class) achieved level 5 with one pupil (i.e. 4%) working at level 6.
In the Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar test, 83% achieved level 4 and 67% achieved level 5.
One of the 'floor standards' that the Government uses for measuring schools' performances is that 65% of pupils should achieve level 4 in Reading, Writing and Maths. Our results show that 83% of Stepney pupils achieved this and 25% achieved level 5 in all three.
We are also judged on the progress made by pupils from the end of their year 2 SATs results to the end of year 6 SATs. Each pupil is 'expected' to make two levels progress. For our pupils, 100% made the expected progress in reading, writing and maths with 29% making 'better than expected' progress in reading, 33% in writing and a staggering "63%" in maths.
Back at the start of May, the Ofsted inspectors commented that the school was particularly strong in maths and our results have proven this. Last year, we were a little disappointed with the results, but the hard work of pupils and staff, combined with the invaluable support of parents at home has resulted in these utterly brilliant results. Well done to everyone concerned, but especially to the pupils themselves. What a result for you all!

Phase 2/3 & The Chocolate Machines !
Phase 2/3 have certainly enjoyed their unit on Roald Dahl stories this term. In an interactive exhibition morning, they were able to share this with parents and carers by actually making cardboard 'chocolate making machines' in the style of 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.'
As always, we asked our adult visitors to the exhibition what they thought about the activities. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you.

What did you enjoy about it?
"Gettingmy fingers sticky! and watching the delicate finger work involved in the exercise (not mine)
"Yes"
"It was great getting creative with the kids. I enjoyed seeing how enthusiastic they all were! Really enjoyed it"
"Everything is ok"
"Spending fun time with XXX"
"Cutting, designing, creating everything. Wonderful"
"I enjoyed being able to join in with activities what my son has been learning about"
"Helping the children make the moving boxes"
"Spending time with XXX doing the things she likes to do"
"Everything"
"Doing the sticking"
"Everything, spending time with children"
"This morning is really very enjoyable, my children made nice invention. They are very enjoy this morning"
"Everything"
"I like to make with my daughter about machine"
" Spending quality time with my child and making something we both worked on"
"I enjoyed make a machine with my daughter"
"I enjoyed helping my daughter to make moving parts"
"Making a machine"
"I enjoyed doing the activity with my child. Much better having more space and cooler environment"
"I liked working with my daughter XXX making model"
"I liked the bit when I make England flag"
"I like to make with my sister creative work"
"Being creative with my son"
"I enjoyed being able to spend time with my child and see her imagination come to life"
"When we made the car machine"
"Working with kids and they leading the parents of what to put on the work"
"We had fantastic time"
"We had very nice team work. We very enjoyed this morning"

How could we improve it?
"Don't know, really. Perhaps do it more often"
"Maybe let the children work on something that think they can do well"
"Nothing at all"
"Everything was fantastic"
"We need more materials"
"Making more room and a few extra paper as we ran out quite quick"
"Nothing"
"More colour and decoration"
"To improve it gets more material"
"It could be improved by making new parts in future"
"It's a really good way to get involved. I can't find a way you could improve it great already"
"This morning it was okay"
"Longer time"
"I think everything is ok"
"Move things in the box"
"Nothing"
"We could improve in less glue"
"No, it was bril"
"Really Well"
"Nothing"
"Nothing. Was very cool"

Meeting Parents of New Children to Nursery & Reception !
This morning, we hosted a welcome event for parents of children who will be starting in our Nursery and Reception classes in September. Mr Cameron gave a presentation about routines and practices in the Foundation Stage Unit. Teachers and staff from the unit were on hand to give advice and help parents fill out forms. If anyone missed this or would like further information, then please contact the school.

Reading Challenge Launch !
We were delighted to welcome the 'Spin-Off Theatre' company this afternoon to present the launch to this summer's reading challenge event, 'Mythical Maze'. Pupils were told that they needed to go to their nearest library to sign up. They need to read 6 books to win a medal. Medals will be awarded at some point in October at City Hall.

7.7.14
Year 1 Visit St. Mary's !
This morning, Mrs Carmichael took our year 1 pupils to St. Mary's Church in Sculcoates, which is only ten minutes walk away from the school. The vicar showed the children around the building, highlighting and describing key features such as the font. Everyone was extremely well behaved and asked many questions. At Stepney, we always love visiting our local church and we would like to thank everyone at St. Mary's for making us welcome.

Sports Day Certificates !
Miss Northen led this morning's assembly by giving out the certificates for Sports Day. It was quite a busy affair as there were scores of winners. Of course, the most important aspects of our sports days this year were that everyone enjoyed themselves and the weather was great! Many thanks to Miss Northen for organising it.

4.7.14
Stepney Certainly Has Got Talent !
This afternoon saw the final of this year's 'Stepney's Got Talent'. Twelve acts performed in front of a packed hall of pupils, parents, staff and two school judges. Our Chair of Governors, Mr Morfitt, and Governor, Father Malcolm Crook had the unenviable job of judging a range of singing, dancing and musicians including an 'indoor synchronised swimming display'. The winner was Alisha from year 5, who sang while accompanying herself on the guitar. Our youngest entrants were a Reception class duo of girls who danced their hearts out and will be ones to watch out for in the future. It was a truly memorable competition with talent just oozing out of our pupils. Most people agreed that it seems to get better each year.

IMPORTANT Strike Information !
A letter has gone home today about next Thursday. The school will not be closed as part of the national strikes but the school will not  be able to provide any hot or cold meals. All pupils  staying for lunch need to bring a packed lunch from home. There will be no breakfast club on Thursday 10th either. All pupils need to be at school for 8.50pm.

Rotary Club Story Writing !
Four of our year 6 pupils received certificates this week for work they had submitted to this competition. Alicia, Charlie, Hilal and Mohsin were presented with their certificates today.

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
Reception 96.66%- (1 pupil didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 93.33%↓ (2 didn't) 
Class 2/3a: 88.88%↑ (3 didn't) 
Class 2/3b: 79.31%↓ (6 didn't) 
Class 4/5a: 96%↑ (1 didn't) 
Class 4/5b: 87.50%- (3 didn't) 
Class 6a: 84.21%↓(3 didn't)
Class 6b: 93.75%↓(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: 98.67%↑
Year 1: 96.90%↑
Class 2/3a: 97.04%↑
Class 2/3b: 91.38%↓​
Class 4/5a: 99.20%↑
Class 4/5b: 96.25%↓
Class 6a: 95.26%↓
Class 6b: 94.75%↓
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.75% which is better than last week.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss 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.



Stars of the Week Winners !
Foundation Stage: Tasnim
Class 1: Diana
Class 2/3A: Lucas
Class 2/3B: Cara
Class 4/5A: Kamila
Class 4/5B: Talal
Class 6A: Kallam
Class 6B: Mohsin

Distinction Award Winners !
Foundation Stage:  Jayden & Oliver
Class 2/3A: Liya & Maleeka
Class 4/5A: Lee & Lily
Class 6A:  Cole

3.7.14
Lunch Money Reminder !
May we remind parents and carers that if they have any lunch money that is owed to the school, then this needs to be paid before the end of term. It would really help us if they could pay this next week.
Please note that, unless your child is eligible for free school meals, then the options are to bring packed lunches from home or to pay for meals or to take your child out of school for the lunch period. Funding is paid into the school only for those pupils who are registered to have free school meals. We do not have funding to cover any other pupils.

EYFS Exhibition plus the Parents' and Carer's Voice!
The Foundation Stage team hosted a wonderful exhibition this morning, complete with a new 'graduation ceremony' for the Reception pupils, who will shortly be moving into year 1. Complete with Mortar boards and scrolls, they had had their photos, which were then available to parents and carers. We asked our adult visitors to the EYFS exhibition what they thought about the activities. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you.

What did you enjoy about it?
"Having a little one to one time in the classroom with XXX and the whole graduation theme was ace as when XXX's brother came toe this school they never did this"
"I enjoyed most when the children were given them graduation which encourage them to love to learn"
"The singing, making of hats"
"It was great exhibition! I'm glad that I came!"
"It was a joy to see all the children singing. Keep it up. Well done all the teachers"
"I really enjoyed with my son. Thanks very much"
"Everything we loved it"
"The kids were all enjoying themselves and all involved in the activities provided"
"Being involved with making things with my child"
"It was fantastic exhibition. I would like to come often"
"Everything, the graduation was brilliantly done, the singing was great. I loved it. Great"
"Thank you for your efforts, Yes I'm like it. It was a lovely time"
"The singing was amazing"
"Thank you all for this year! I soo happy. Well done. Thank you"
"Everything"
"Really enjoyed the exhibition! Well done to everyone"
"It was XXX's first exhibition at Stepney, and we both enjoyed it making things"
"We loved having a bit of time with nursery, get to join in with my daughter at nursery"
"I enjoyed making the hats with my child and the graduation was very good"
"Today's exhibition is very nice. Today is good day! I loved the song and the photos - thank you"
"Very nice. Good day! Today's exhibition very nice and very good children!"
"Very nice. Today exhibition was very nice, great fun with children"
"As always its great to enjoy time together with my child"
"It was fantastic time. Celebration graduated reception by my daughter was very great"
"It was fantastic"
"I had fantastic time with my daughter today"
"The opportunity to see the children in the school environment adn sit with the children to make things"

How could we improve it?
"I think it can be improved by taking bigger photo with name on it and colourful frame"
"I think everything perfect!"
"No room"
"Can't think of anything at the moment"
"It was fine as it was"
"Nothing to improve"
"Just one thing: it was better for us to see the parents working together in an activity"
"Nothing to improve"
"There's nothing to improve"
"Nothing to improve on"
"Nothing would make it better"
"Very good!"
"More activities"
"Space is a problem but not a lot you can do about that so nothing really"

Phase 4/5 Parents' and Carer's Voice!
We also asked our adult visitors to the Phase 4/5 Art afternoons what they thought about their project on recording scenes from Pearson Park. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you.

What did you enjoy about it?
"I enjoyed being involved with XXX doing activities"
"It was great exhibition. I love painting! I know what my daughter has done all school year"
"I enjoyed sketching parts of Hull with XXX. It was something we enjoyed together"
"I really enjoyed with my son"
"Paint mixing. Working together"
"The mess" [from a sibling aged 1 and 3 months!]
"Really enjoyed the painting activity. Enjoyed working with XXX & XXX"
"That me and my son we could be together"
"So very nice lessons, kids can be happy about work with parent. I like this. So keep going"
"XXX's dad and myself enjoyed everything about this activity. It was really good to do drawing and painting and helping other children in the class if they got a bit stuck"
"I really enjoyed painting"
"I really like it"
"I enjoyed spending time with XXX finding out what he's doing"
"Everything (drawing and painting)

How could we improve it?
"Everything was great no improvement needed"
"More paint and water to play in, and no mother to hold me back" [from a sibling aged 1 and 3 months!]"
"Make them longer whole afternoon! Thank you"
"Nothing"
"You can't really improve something that is already superb the old saying is if it isn't broken don't fix it"
"I think everything is ok for now because the pupils behaved so mature"

2.7.14
Newly Appointed Teachers in School !
Over the last few weeks, we have been conducting interviews for two new members of the teaching staff. We have employed Miss Sarah Stephenson, who will join us as an additional teacher in year 1 and Miss Jasmine Johnson, who will be working in our Nursery class. Miss Johnson will be covering the maternity leave of Mrs Warcup, who is expecting her first baby in the autumn. Both teachers were in school today, being introduced by Mr Browning to pupils and staff. We are delighted that they are joining our team and we're really looking forward to them working with us in the autumn.

Year 1 Exhibition Postponed !
Our profuse apologies but the year 1 exhibition has been postponed at the last moment, due to staff sickness, and will take place next week. The EYFS exhibition will continue as planned tomorrow.
The second afternoon of the phase 4-5 art project took place today with more enthusiastic parents joining their children. Many thanks to everyone who took part.

1.7.14
Events & Summer Exhibition Dates !
July has certainly started off as a busy month. We are having a busy week of exhibitions during the next two weeks. These are the details:
July 2014
- EYFS/Yr 1 Exhibition—Thurs 3rd —this will include a ‘graduation’ service for our Reception pupils, with children dressed up wearing gowns & mortar board hats
-Phase 4/5—are having craft afternoons on Tues 1st, Wed 2nd and Thurs 3rd. Parents have already been sent invites for specific days. The first of these afternoons started really well. Pupils and parents were certainly keen to start their art project, which is produce a panoramic representation of Pearson Park and it's amenities. This fits into the phase's thematic unit on healthy living.

Year 6 Outward Bound!
Our year 6 pupils went on their visit to Allerthorpe Lakeland Park at Pocklington today and what a beautiful day it was. In previous years, we have had to dodge the weather, while still having a highly successful day. This year's trip was successful on all fronts. Needless to say, we didn't have any behavioural issues and the pupils were as brilliant as ever! They took part in sailing, kayaking and then some land-based activities such as orienteering and black-out obstacle courses! Since we started going to Allerthorpe a number of years ago, it has proven to be one of the highlights of the year 6 calendar. It's certainly a great one to have after the stresses and strains of their SATs year!

Year 1 Visit Streetlife !
Donning their bespoke Stepney Hi Viz jackets (that we have for every pupil in the school and we wear whenever we're walking with them) Mr Cameron took his class to the Street Life museum in Hull. At Stepney, we are so lucky to be in walking distance of the city centre, so we can take full advantage of the museum, theatres and galleries there. This morning, the theme was all about looking at transport. The museum has a wonderful collection of vintage trams, bicycles and cars. One of the museum's staff was dressed up as a tram conductor. Pupils had to guess which vehicle she would have worked on. They then had to undertake investigative work around the museum. It was a highly enjoyable visit in which our young pupils learned lots about Hull's transport history. For anyone who has not been the Museum Quarter in Hull, may we highly recommend it. All of Hull's museums, apart from 'The Deep' are free and well worth return visits!

Dates for Yr 6 Leavers’ Events
July 2014
- Yr 6 Production 6pm Wed 9th & 10.00am Thurs 10th
- Yr 6 Leavers’ Assembly Thurs 10th (following production)
- Leavers' Prom & Disco Thurs 17th

 

   

 

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
©2009 Stepney Primary School