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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
May 2016

27.5.16
Whit Week - Summer Half Term Holiday
May we remind you that the school is closed next week. We reopen as usual on
Monday 6th June, following the half term holiday.

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.

Those Pupils with 100% this week 
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the this week. 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%)  
Year 1: 83.33%↓ (5 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 83.33%↓ (5 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 76.66%↓ (7 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 93.10%- (2 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 80.00%↓ (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 86.66%↓ (4 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 84.24%↓(33 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 20 pupils last week) 

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. This week, the attendance has improved, with four classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher. 
Foundation Stage: 97.33%↓*
Year 1: 91.33%↓
Year 2: 95.33%↑
Year 3: 91.33%↓
Year 4: 98.28%-
Year 5: 95.33%↓
Year 6: 96.67%↓
Whole School Average: 94.57%↑

SLAM Poetry Winners
Our Friday morning assembly saw the finalists for our Stepney SLAM poetry competition step into the limelight to perform the poems they had written. The year 3, 4, 5 & 6 classes had chosen their best poets to compete. The champions will now go through to the interschool final on 17th June. Our finalists are listed below, along with the titles of their poems:

Year 3
Xia - 'Nightmare'
Alex - 'Hull FC'
The Year 3 CHAMPION is:
Jackson - 'Sitting at a table' 

Year 4
Al-Horr - 'Go to School'
Maryam - 'Egyptian Mummies'
The Year 4 CHAMPION is:
Muna - 'My Mum'

Year 5 
Junior - 'Amazing Memories'
Sarah - 'Annoying Friend'
Stelina - 'My Big Brother'
The Year 5 CHAMPION is:
Megan - 'What I'd cook for my teacher'

Year 6 
Josh - 'I give you'
Dominik - 'Body Language'
Klaudia - 'A teacher's pocket'
The Year 6 CHAMPION is:
Jakub - 'The cookie'

Big Board Game Day
We have had a great time today, raising money for the NSPCC. Pupils paid £1 to bring in board games to play and wear colourful clothes so they represented board game counters. In total, we raised £203.50

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS Casey
Year 1 Mateusz
Year 2  Klaudia
Year 3 Lena
Year 4 Vaishali
Year 5 Casey
Year 6 Sinead

26.5.16
Sports Week Preparations

Last year, we changed the way we do our annual school sports afternoons. It was so successful that we are repeating the format for this year. The first week back after the holiday will be devoted to an array of sports. All through the week, classes will be involved in different games and sporting activities including handball, three-hoop ball, netball, scatterball & Kwik cricket. On Thursday 9th June, we will have sports days for parents to attend. It will be the turn of years 1 and 2 between 10am and 11.30am on that day and years 3, 4, 5 & 6 from 1.30pm to 3pm. Reception & Nursery sports sessions with parents will be on Friday 10th June between 9.30 and 10am.
What to Wear!  Pupils may wear sports kits of their choice for the whole week but need to wear the school PE kit of plain white T shirts and red shorts on the Thursday.

Healthy Eating Week
We are also linking healthy eating week with this so please will parents ensure that packed lunches have a healthy balance of food. We do come across packed lunches which have lots of chocolate and crisps in them. These are not the best things for children at lunchtimes

25.5.16
E-safety & Videos on Mobiles

As you will be aware, we take e-safety very seriously at Stepney. There has been an incident this week, when some pupils took videos on their mobiles of two other
pupils. This happened on the school playground. The parents of all the pupils who were involved have been informed and the pupils spoken to. The actual videos have also been deleted from their phones. While we understand that parents sometimes like their children to bring in phones, especially if they walk home by themselves, may we remind you that they shouldn’t be used for any purpose while at school—texting, phoning, videoing, playing games etc. Pupils should hand their phones to the class teacher for safe keeping during the school day. Phones should not be left in bags or coat pockets during the day.

24.5.16
Phase 3-4 Egyptian Assembly

Today, we had another wonderful assembly. Year 3 and 4 told us all about the Ancient Egyptians. It was a fascinating production, with lots of interesting facts about this civilisation. Many thanks to everyone who made this a success. That concludes our class assemblies for this school year. We start our exhibitions after the holiday.

Date Change for Year 6 Summer Production
We have had to alter the dates of the year 6 summer production to the Wednesday night (13th July) and Thursday morning (14th July). This is because Newland School for Girls are having a parents night for the new pupils on Tuesday 12th. As we have quite a number of girls who are going to be starting at this school, we have changed our dates to allow parents and pupils to attend this other event.

23.5.16
Mighty Maths Winners

The week's winners are:
Year 1 - Jolita
Year 2 - Shusila
Year 3 - Idris
Year 4 - Sergejs
Year 5 - Ahmad
Year 6 - Sinead 

Aspire Gymnastics
We have received another advert for sessions at Aspire Gymnastics, which says:
"Come and take part in our exciting holiday gymnastics sessions. You will get to bounce on the springy fast track and sprung floor, swing on the bars and jump into the sponge pit whilst learning new gymnastics skills. All sessions are just £5 and delivered by fully qualified British Gymnastics coaches. Places are offered on a first come first served basis and are only secured when a 50% deposit has been paid. Bookings can be made by either emailing us at bookings@aspiregymnasticsclub.org
Telephone us on 01482 374808 or by dropping in at the gym. Aspire Gymnastics Club is located at St Johns’ Business Park off Southcoates Lane, Hull, HU9 3RL. All participants must be aged between 5-16.

20.5.16
England Footballer Visits Stepney
We were delighted to welcome England Ladies Under 19 footballer, Sophie Stamp to our assembly this morning. Sophie has recently signed from Doncaster Rovers Belles to Hull City.

She came with Danny, the Hull City Ladies coach, to talk about her football, how she trains and how she was selected to play for her country before giving out leaflets promoting girls football training sessions that are taking place during the half term holiday. They are trying to encourage more girls to take part in the sport.


Sophie demonstrated some of her football skills, by showing us her keepieuppies and also choosing two of our girls: Jagoda and Courtney to practise some moves such as a Cruyff turn. It was wonderful to have two eager and enthusiastic guests into our school. Sophie is a real inspiration and role model!

Year 6 Kwik Cricket Tournament
This afternoon, we took the year 5 class to Pearson Primary School to take part in a Kwik Cricket tournament with our hosts and teams from Clifton. Clifton won, with Pearson in second and Stepney in third place. Despite the end result, we saw many good competitive matches in balmy weather conditions. Certificates were given out to a few players who really impressed us. Adam from our school was awarded one of these. It was also good to see Miss Northen, who used to teach at Stepney for many years. She passed on her very best wishes to everyone at our school.

Stars of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS Simon           
Year 1 Amir
Year 2  D’Niro
Year 3 Jackson
Year 4 Muna
Year 5 Sulesh
Year 6 Mohamed

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.

Those Pupils with 100% this week 
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 90%↑(3 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 90.00%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 86.66% - (4 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 90.00%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 93.10%↑(2 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 90.00%↓(3 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 93.10%↓(2 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 90.41%↑(20 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 25 pupils last week) 

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. This week, the attendance has improved, with four classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher.
Foundation Stage: 97.67%↑*
Year 1: 94.33%↑
Year 2: 94.67%↓
Year 3: 96.00%↑
Year 4: 98.28%↑*
Year 5: 98.00% - *
Year 6: 98.67%↓*
Whole School Average: 94.5%↑

19.5.16
Year 4 Kwik Cricket

This afternoon, our year 4 pupils participated in a Kwik Cricket tournament at Clifton Primary School with teams from our hosts and one team from St. Vincents. Our pupils competed brilliantly, winning the majority of matches, although eventually coming second on runs.

Year 5 Indian Assembly
This morning, we had another wonderful assembly. This time it was from year 5, dressed in lavish Indian clothing and told us about this fascinating country. First, they told us facts about the geography of the country then about the flag, the religions and history of it. A few weeks ago, they had visitors in for a whole day of  cooking and eating
Indian food, designing Indian decorations and making art work. They finished their production with reciting Mark Twain’s famous poem ‘This is Indeed India’.

18.5.16
Rainbow Writing Winners

This week's winners were:
Year 1 Kazeem
Year 2 Jaylen
Year 3 Maria
Year 4 Evie
Year 5 Alanta
Year 6 Saimah

Academy Consultation Letter
We have now received our academy order so we can proceed with our proposed conversion to become an academy. Please click here to access this key letter, that we have sent out today.

17.5.16
Year 2 SATs starts

Our year 2 pupils have started their SATs this week. The English reading test was taken by them this morning. They still have to take two maths papers.

16.5.16
Guest Poet

Today, we were delighted to welcome back an old friend to Stepney. Bernard Young, who is a freelance poet, used to come into our school many years ago. He helped to launch a fortnight of poetry writing in school with an assembly to the whole school then workshops with years 3, 4, 5 & 6.





13.5.16
Cricket Victory

It has been an amazing sports week for Stepney. Our teams have won everything they have entered. The gold rush continued this afternoon with the year 3 pupils winning their kwik cricket tournament!

Slam Poetry Medals
The medal have finally arrived for all those pupils who have been writing and performing their own Slam Poems in the Friday morning assemblies. Over the next two weeks, we are going to be immersed in writing and practising Slam Poetry in order to choose four champions to represent our school in the inter-Trust competition.

Driffield Vintage Fair & Air Display
You should have had add a leaflet regarding the above show. As part of our half term 100%   Attendance prize draw, will be giving away a FREE family ticket to see the show. Please leave Monday 30th May free and have your own transport to get there. We do not want to waste the ticket.

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS Sofia
Year 1 Danila
Year 2  Kacie-Mae
Year 3 Mohammed
Year 4 Courtney
Year 5 Junior
Year 6 Michael

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.

Those Pupils with 100% this week 
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 80%↓(6 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 83.33%↑(5 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 86.66%↓(4 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 83.33%↓(5 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 86.20%↓(4 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 96.66%↑(1 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 100%*
Whole School Average: 88.03%↓(25 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 26 pupils last week) 

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. This week, the attendance has dropped slightly, with two classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher. Well done to year 6 for 100% attendance in SATs week!
Foundation Stage: 90%↓
Year 1: 92.00%↓
Year 2: 95.33%↓
Year 3: 94.00%↓
Year 4: 90.69%↓
Year 5: 98.00%↑*
Year 6: 100%↑*
Whole School Average: 94.42%↓

12.5.16
Sports Teams' Successes

This afternoon, our whole year 5 cohort went to Pearson Primary School to take part in a Kwik cricket tournament against our hosts plus Clifton and St. Vincents and we came first. Following this superb result, our netballers played against Thoresby Primary School this evening. After yesterday's victories over Pearson, our team won the first game 5v3 and the second 11v0. Well done to all our teams today, and also to Mr Ingram for organising these.

End of Year 6 SATs
Our oldest pupils breathed a huge sigh of relief today following the last maths paper in their SATs tests. Since September, they have been working really hard to prepare for these so it was great for them to be finally over. This afternoon was spent making paper mache Venetian-style masks - a very welcome alternative to all the revision sessions they have been doing. May we say a big well done to all those pupils who took these tests and our thanks to the year 6 staff for preparing them. A great deal of hard work has gone in from adults and pupils.

11.5.16
Star Reader Winners

This week's winners were:
Year 1 Amir
Year 2 Kacie
Year 3 Labiba
Year 4 Zara
Year 5 Junior
Year 6 Fawzia
Demi led the assembly today with her powerpoint presentation on Roald Dahl. Demi is the youngest pupil to have led an assembly by herself. As a year 2 child, it was quite daunting for her, but she did a brilliant job and answered questions well. Next time, it will be Bartek from year 6.

Alteration to Phase 3-4 Assembly
Owing to the SATs this week, tomorrow's assembly from our years 3 and 4 has been rescheduled to Tuesday 24th May. Apologies for the late alteration to this date.

100 Year Celebrations Planned for St Mary's Church, Sculcoates
Our very good friends at St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates are holding their Centenary Celebrations in June. These are the dates and events so far:
Saturday 18th June
10am - Church open to visitors
3.30pm - Even Song with a visiting choir
4.30pm - Canapes with drinks

Sunday 19th June
11am - Solemn Mass - preacher Bishop Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley
12.30pm - Buffet Lunch

Monday 20th June
10am - Said Eucharist
10.30pm - 4pm - Church open to visitors
2pm - Talk on 'A history of Sculcoates & St. Mary's' given by Mary Carrick, East Yorks Local History Society

Tuesday 21st June
7pm - Wine and Cheese with entertainment (David Scotney & Singers) Guest Speaker Bishop Alison

Wednesday 22nd June
10am - Morning Prayer
10.30am - 4pm - Church open to visitors

Friday 24th June
10am - Stepney School Children. Music, singing, prayers and readings

Netball Success
Our netball team are still going well. Tonight, they played at home to Pearson Primary and won 4 v 1. Mr Ingram reported another well-played match with out team looking to make the next round of the competition.

Maths SATs
This year, the mental maths paper has been dropped from the new-look SATs exams for year 6. They have two 'reasoning' papers and an 'arithmetic' paper. This morning, they undertook paper 1: arithmetic and paper 2: reasoning. Everyone had a great attitude and worked really hard. Tomorrow is the last paper.

Cycles and Scooters on the playground
We have spoken to the pupils in assembly about the dangers of riding their bicycles and scooters across the playground in the mornings. We have reminded them that, as well as their friends, there are parents and younger siblings around at this time and we don't want any accidents to happen. Please remind your child about dismounting from their bikes and scooters when they get to school so that the playground is a safe place! Also, there are one or two parents who are riding their bikes on the playground. In the interests of health and safety, we would kindly ask you not to do this, please.

10.5.16
SPAG SATs complete

Despite all the media coverage about harder SPAG tests and questions being leaked on the internet, our year pupils sat down to complete their two papers this morning. The first was on grammar and punctuation (it is known as SPAG) then a separate spelling test. Everyone worked really hard, did their best and seemed to do well. We'll wait for the marking of these, but the pupils sounded confident.

Vision Screening for 4-5 year olds
We have received a letter about the vision screening that will be taking place for our year 4 and 5 pupils. These will be sent out to you in hard-copy form. There is an opt-out letter attached. Unless this is completed and returned, these pupils will be having this vision testing. Please click here to see a pdf copy of the letter and form. It is really important for all children to have their eyes tested, whether they seem to be having issues with their sight or not.

9.5.16
SATs are Underway

Our year 6 pupils took the first of their SATs exams today. This was the English Reading paper, in which the pupils had to read three different texts and then answer comprehension questions about them. All worked really hard and we could tell they did their very best. The papers are marked externally. The moment they had finished the tests, their papers were sealed in special bags by our staff and a courier came to pick them up this afternoon.

Fun & Safety in the Sun
It was wonderful to have beautiful weather for a change today. We made full use of this and took the pupils onto the playing field at lunchtime. With a large bag of footballs and an equally full bag of rugby balls, we all had a brilliant time! Unfortunately, there is no shade on our field. We have no large trees to go under when the sun is really hot! Please may we recommend for parents to send sun hats for the better weather. We are not allowed to put sun cream on pupils but if parents wish to apply it to their children before they come to school then this is a good idea. We will obviously be careful with the amount of exposure to the sun that we allow pupils to have.

Mighty Maths Winners 
This week's winners are:
Year 1 - Judyta
Year 2 - Ester
Year 3 - Blake
Year 4 - Zeen
Year 5 - Rejoice
Year 6 - Katie

6.5.16
Next Week is SATs Week 

The new-look SATs exams for our year 6 pupils begin next Monday on 9th May. Tests will be carried out during the morning and it is essential that children arrive promptly at school. These tests are a government requirement therefore all children must complete them. The timetable of tests is:
Monday 9th May
English Reading Test Paper 1
Tuesday 10th May
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar followed by English Reading Paper 2
Wednesday 11th May
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic followed by Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 12th May
Mathematics Paper 3: arithmetic

Slam Poetry Assembly 
We had another amazing Slam Poetry assembly with plenty of willing volunteers performing their poems
Anton - Shooting Stars
Samiah - Huggle War
Maryam - On the Ning Nang Nong
Vaishali, Zeen & Danielle - Billy Goat
Taylor, Malakai & Sinead - The Mouse Called Claus
Isabelle & Warren - A Giant called Giantesse
Edwin - Food
Amelia & Patryca - Me & My Friend
Faye & Madiha - Whether the Weather
Klaudia & Julia - The Poem with No Title
Fawzia & Fatima - Egyptian Niles
Martina & Klaudia - At the Bottom
Carla & Lily - Don't
Cara - Don't do this, Don't do that
Matthew - The Day I Fell Down the Toilet
Deborah - Contrary Me
Janet - The Day I got my Finger Stuck up my Nose

Stars of the Week Winners                     
This week's winners are:
EYFS Harley-Jay
Year 1 Lewis
Year 2  Sergejs
Year 3 Mohammed
Year 4 Taylor
Year 5 Amelia
Year 6 Joshua

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.

Those Pupils with 100% this week 
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the this week. 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%)  
Year 1: 80.00%↓(6 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 96.66%↑(1 pupil didn't)
Year 3: 86.20%↓(4 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 93.10%-(2 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 86.66%↓(4 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 93.33%-(2 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 89.89%↑(21 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 26 pupils last week) 

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. This week, the attendance has improved, with four classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher.
Foundation Stage: 96.67%↑
Year 1: 95.00%↓
Year 2: 99.16%↑*
Year 3: 95.83%↓
Year 4: 95.26%↓
Year 5: 96.61%↓
Year 6: 98.33%↑*
Whole School Average: 94.47%↑

5.5.16
Big Board Games Day - Friday 27th May
In support of the charity NSPCC, Stepney will be holding a Big Board Games Day. Every child may bring in £1 for this charity and play board games with their class (time to be decided by individual year groups). Each child may wear their favourite colour/clothes for the day and they will receive a biscuit/bun. Please will you ensure any games brought in have the pupil’s name on them.

Phase 1-2 Assembly
This morning, we were taken on a time-travelling adventure in the year 1 and 2 phase assembly. Starting with 1492 and the voyages of Christopher Columbus up to modern day space exploration, we were presented with an entertaining and interesting production with great speaking and lively singing. Pupils had learned the words and actions to the late Davie Bowie’s classic hit ‘Space Oddity’ and it got everyone’s feet tapping.

4.5.16
Foundation Stage Request
Our Nursery and Reception staff would be grateful for any donations of the following items, if they are no longer wanted at home:
Toy cars, ‘Bob the Builder’ toys, ‘Barbies and Barbie clothes’, ‘Dolls prams, cot, and accessories. They need sun hats that would fit 3-5 year olds. Any contributions would be gratefully accepted.

Rainbow Writers’ Winners
This Week's Winners were:
Year 1 Lewis
Year 2 Shushila
Year 3 Aleksander
Year 4 Glebs
Year 5 Anton
Year 6 Scott

English & Maths Courses

We have received details of these courses in English and Maths for parents. Please click here or on the image for a full-size version of the advert.

3.5.16
Work Based Professional Learning

We have received the following advert for anyone interested in Work Based Professional Learning courses to train to be a Teaching Assistant or in Adult Health & Social Care or other jobs with children and young people. Please click here or on the image below to see a full-size version of this advert.

2.5.16
May Day

The School is closed for the May Day holiday today. We reopen at the normal time tomorrow morning.

 

 

   

 

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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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Fax: 01482 348681
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