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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
May 2015

22.5.15
Half Term Holiday

May we remind you that the school is closed next week for the ‘Whit Week’, half term holiday. We are back to school on Monday 1st June 2015.

Attendance Figures 
Unfortunately, it has been another week where we have had a number of our pupils and staff off ill. Chicken pox is doing the rounds with our pupils plus there has been a flu bug and diarrhea and sickness. On behalf of the school, we hope everyone starts to feel much better soon. As a result of this unavoidable absence our overall figures have gone down slightly. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 73.33%↓(8 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 83.33%- (10 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 77.46%↓(13 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 87.72%↓(7 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 86.70%↓ (38 didn't have 100% attendance)

Class Attendance !
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. 
Foundation Stage: 77.33%↓ 
Phase 1/2: 93.57%↑
Phase 3/4: 86.59%↓ 
Phase 5/6: 92.11%↓ 
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.32%↓

Stars of the Week! 
This week's winners are:
EYFS Dave
Phase 1-2 Aleksander, Dylan & Pijus
Phase 3-4 Ahmad, Deborah & Freddie
Phase 5-6 Patryk, Rahma & Taran

21.5.15
School Photograph Day

Today has been a busy one with the school photographer in. This school year we have decided to change the timings of the school photographs to the summer, rather than the autumn.

Census Day
Once a term, all schools have a census day. Number of pupils who are on roll on this day are totalled up and sent off to the Local Authority. They also ask us for data about the number of different languages that our pupils speak; the number of pupils on Free School Meals etc. No names or specific details of pupils are sent off - it is purely numerical information.
- On roll today, we had 236 pupils (including Nursery, Reception and years 1-6);
- We have 26 different languages spoken by pupils who are 5 years or older. Of these, the largest groups is English (79 pupils), followed by Polish (41 pupils) and Bengali (12 pupils).

20.5.15
School Photographs Tomorrow

May we remind parents and carers that school photographs are being taken in the hall tomorrow. As usual, we will be taking group family shots first thing.

Hull Kingston Rovers Assembly
We had an extended assembly today, in which coaches and the mascot from HKR fed back to pupils on the training that they have been undertaking with pupils from year 3. Certificates were given out, then pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions to Stephen Holker, the young Rovers player.

19.5.15
Year 6 Go Rural!

Conditions were slightly improved for our year 6 pupils today as they followed in the footsteps of their year 5 colleagues, visiting the village of Warter. Needless to say, it was still a little damp but there were some better 'sketching' conditions around.

18.5.15
Year 5 Visit Warter

Today, our year 5 pupils experienced a rather soggy visit to Warter. This is a small village to the east of Pocklington and the site of an Augustine Priory, which was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1536. Our pupils were being led by staff from Hull Children's University to sketch different sites around the village and experience what it is like to live in a small rural community, compared with a city. Unfortunately, very rainy weather marred the planned events. Luckily, we were able to take some shelter in the ancient church of St. James but it did stop some of the walks they were going to do.

Year 2 SATs Start
This week, it is the turn of our year 2 pupils to undertake SATs tests. Their results are based on a mixtures of tests and teacher assessments. Just like their older friends in year 6, this is the last year that pupils will be assessed by levels. Along with pupils in years 1, 3, 4 & 5 who are working towards the new Age Related Expectations (or AREs, as we refer to them) the end of Key Stage 1 assessments will be different in 2016.

15.5.15
Stars of the Week! 

This week's winners are:
EYFS Julita
Phase 1-2 Esther, Malakai & Nahim
Phase 3-4 Janet, Maleeka & Maryam
Phase 5-6 Mia, Natalia & Sadam

Attendance Figures 
It's been another week of improvement with attendance figures increasing. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 86.66%↓(4 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 83.33%↓(10 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 83.84%↓(10 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 92.98%↑(4 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 86.70%↓ (28 didn't have 100% attendance)

Chicken Pox & Class Attendance !
Unfortunately, a number of our pupils have been ill with chicken pox. On behalf of the school, we hope they all start to feel much better soon. As a result of this unavoidable absence our overall figures have gone down slightly.
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. 
Foundation Stage: 93.33%↓ 
Phase 1/2: 92.83%- 
Phase 3/4: 90.89%↓ 
Phase 5/6: 97.53%↑ 
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.53%↓

Sports Week Details
This year, we have decided to change the our annual school sports are held. This will be a week long event, commencing on Monday 1st June and links in with Healthy Eating week as well. A letter will be sent out next week but a summary of the events is as follows:
Monday 1st June
Opening Ceremony
Phase 1-2 Carousel of Sports Activities
Phase 3-4 Carousel of Sports Activities
Phase 5-6 Carousel of Sports Activities
Celebration of day's success and Sports Stars of the Day
Tuesday 2nd June
Phase 3-4 Three Hoop Ball
Phase 1-2 Scatterball
Phase 5-6 Basketball/Three Hoop Ball/Netball
Wednesday 3rd June
Phase 3-4 Cricket
Phase 5-6 Rounders
Phase 1-2 Scatterball
Staff v Staff Rounders
Phase 5-6 Cricket Tournament at St. Mary's
Thursday 4th June
Phase 1/2 Sports Day with Parents
KS2 Sports Afternoon with Parents
Staff & Year 6 Netball games
Friday 5th June
Foundation Stage Sports Day with Parents
Literacy session - children to reflect on the week in a written outcome
Closing Ceremony
Please note: if the weather is inclement, there is a plan B with sports activities be organised inside school!

14.5.15
End of SATs Week
Our year 6 pupils have worked exceptionally hard this week. Today marked the final day of their SATs. All year 6 pupils sat the last of the level 3-5 maths papers this morning and then three pupils also sat the level 6 maths papers this afternoon. All of the papers have been sealed up in the designated security bags and have been taken away by couriers to be marked externally. These will be returned to us in July. As always, we have been impressed by the mature attitude shown by our pupils. Every one of them has attended school this week, so our thanks also go out to parents and carers for their invaluable support.

13.5.15
SATs Maths Papers
Our year 6 pupils took the first of their level 3-5 maths papers this morning. There certainly were some tricky questions on this one. After a quick break, they undertook their mental maths paper. This has twenty questions, which are read out from a pre-recorded CD. Only one day is left after today!

12.5.15
School Photos at Stepney Next Week
On Thursday 21st May, the photographers will be in Stepney to take the official school photographs. As usual, we will have family photographs done first thing in the morning and then each class will come to the school hall so that pupils may have individual photos taken.

School Uniform & Book Bag Reminder
It has been a long time since we have had to put out a reminder about school uniform. We have noticed that there are a handful of pupils who have started coming to school wearing black or grey jumpers and cardigans. May we remind parents and carers that these are not allowed in school. Red school sweatshirts, or red cardigans form the school uniform. Pupils should wear white polo shirts and black trousers or skirts. With the warm weather, it is quite appropriate for girls to wear red/white gingham dresses. Jeans or other denim clothing is not allowed.
School uniforms may be purchased from the school office.
We also sell the school book bags, which are designed specially for our reading books. Pupils should not be using other types of book bags.

GPS 
For schools, the abbreviation of GPS doesn't stand for Global Positioning System but 'Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.' A few years ago, the writing paper was removed from the SATs exams and was replaced with teacher's assessment based on pupils' work at school over the year. The government introduced a paper based on grammar and punctuation, while retaining the spelling paper. Pupils sat the level 3-5 test this morning and our level 6 pupils took three additional papers this afternoon.

11.5.15
Year 6 SATs Begin
Our oldest pupils started their Year 6 SATs exams today. This morning, pupils completed the level 3-5 reading test and this afternoon, five pupils tackled the level 6 paper (which was quite challenging). This year is the last time this style of testing, based on levels, is taken. This time, next year, we will have a different style of test. We were really impressed with the attitude of our pupils today. It was concerning to read in the media that surveys have shown the stress that year 6 pupils are under in the lead up to these tests. At Stepney, we try and minimise this for the pupils. We do start preparing pupils early in the school year for the tests so they get used to the exam conditions but we also provide them with a broad curriculum at the same time so it is not solely based around exams all year long!

8.5.15
Stars of the Week! 

This week's winners are:
EYFS Yu Tong Chen
Phase 1-2 Alex, Jaylen & Vanessa
Phase 3-4 Cara, Filip & Narelle
Phase 5-6 Ellie, Honya & Lennon

Attendance Figures 
It's been another week of improvement with attendance figures increasing. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 93.33%- (2 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 90%↓(7 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 87.9%↑(7 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 91.31%↑(5 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 90.64%↑ (21 didn't have 100% attendance)

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. 
Foundation Stage: 96.67%↓ 
Phase 1/2: 95%↓ 
Phase 3/4: 91.88%↓ 
Phase 5/6: 96.71%↑ 
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.6%↑

ASDA Appeal 
Our local ASDA store is currently collecting tokens for our school as part of it’s current charity campaign. Please support us by putting a green token in our box if you shop at the Beverley Road store. We could win £200 for the school.


A New Look Sports Week
This year, we have decided to change the way we do our annual school sports days. Instead of having three separate afternoons of traditional races and activities, we are devoting the first week after the half term holiday to sporting events. A full time-table will be out shortly. We are just finishing final adjustments to this. Events will include mini-tournaments for 'Three Hoop Ball,' 'Scatterball', 'Rounders', 'Cricket', as well as opening and closing ceremonies and some staff v pupil games plus much more. Please watch this space for more details!

7.5.15
Polling Day

Once again, part of our school was used as a Polling Station in the 2015 General Election.

EYFS Assembly
It takes a degree of courage for our nursery and reception pupils to stand up in the school hall and deliver their assembly to a full house of pupils, parents and staff! This is exactly what they did today. Our youngest pupils have been reading the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. They performed the story and sang a song that Mrs Rice had been teaching them. It was a great performance and everyone liked the pupils' models of caterpillars. Some special guests were not able to join us in the assembly: these are the caterpillars that the children are looking after in the classroom. They have now built their cocoons so are too delicate to move. Many thanks to everyone who attended today's event.

Menu Apologies
May we offer our profuse apologies for the unannounced changed to the school menu this week. We were not notified of these alterations until the new menus arrived at school today. Sorry for any inconvenience that this caused. The new menus are being included on this week's newsletter.

6.5.15
Star Readers

This week's winners are:
Phase 1-2 Casey, Lindsay, Mohammed & Rewan
Phase 3-4 Al-Horr, Brooke & Kori
Phase 5-6 Klaudia, Patryk & Suzanna

5.5.15
Thursday is Polling
Day
On Thursday 7th May, our school is, once again, being used as a Polling Station in the Local & General Elections but will not be closed. We use the little teaching room, next to the year 6 classrooms, for this. Voters enter the school by the external door at this end of the school and all internal doors to the school from here are locked. No members of the public can get into the rest of the school from this area and, similarly, no staff or pupils can get into the Polling Station.

4.5.15
School Closed Today

Today is May Day, so the school is closed. We will reopen tomorrow as usual.

1.5.15
Stars of the Week! 

This week's winners are:
EYFS Krystian
Phase 1-2 Demi, Matthew & Timurs
Phase 3-4 Amira, Muna & Zara
Phase 5-6 Abigayle, Cailey & Jessica

Attendance Figures 
It's been another week of improvement with attendance figures increasing. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 93.33%↑​​​​(2 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 93.33%​​​​​​​​​​​↑​(4 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 86.27%↓(8 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 87.89%​​​​↓​​​​​​​​(7 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 90.21%​​​​​​​↑(21 didn't have 100% attendance)

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. 
Foundation Stage: 98%​​​​​​​​↑
Phase 1/2: 97.5%​​​​​​​​​​​​↑
Phase 3/4: 95.59%​​​​​​​​↓
Phase 5/6: 92.42%​​​​​↑
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.57%​​​​​​-

School Closed on Monday 
Please note that on Monday 4th May, the school will be closed as this is the national May Day Bank Holiday. We reopen on Tues 5th May.

 

 

   

 

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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