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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
May 2017

29.5.17
Early Years 30 Hours Offer

From September, the government are now offering 30 hours free childcare places a week. This is for:
- working families in England;
- with 3 and 4-year-old children;
- an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare - so 30 in all;
- parents of children who will be 3 on 31st August 2017 can apply now.
More information may be found on https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Parents can apply on line now for both the 30 hours and Tax Free Childcare, however as Hull is not an early implementer the confirmed eligibility of parents cannot be validated by the Local Authority until the checking system is available in July.  

Hull City Council are not discouraging parents from applying early as this will give them some idea whether they qualify or not, but they will be making parents aware that they cannot validate their eligibility codes until later in the summer. All children who qualify for the extended 15 hours can only take up their place the term after their eligibility is confirmed.

At Stepney, we are continuing to provide mornings only in our nursery, so will only be able to offer the current 15 hours. For any parents who may wish the 30 hours, you may still use our nursery for part or half of these 30 hours but the other local providers we recommend are Fenchurch Children's Centre and Kingston Nursery.

Applying for and reserving a 30 hours place
What is the difference between the universal 15 hours entitlement and the extended 30 hours entitlement?
• The application process for receiving the extended entitlement is through the digital childcare service. Further details below.

How will parents know what to do?
Parents can check whether they could be eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours, via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or the Childcare Calculator at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply.

The eligibility criteria for 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare are broadly aligned. For a more detailed guide to the 30 hours eligibility criteria see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility. Parents will be able to apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time by entering their details once. HMRC will check parents’ eligibility for both schemes at the same time.
Parents will be able to apply for Tax-Free Childcare and the extended entitlement through the digital childcare service.

Parents will not need to apply through the digital childcare service if they only want to claim the universal 15 hours entitlement for three and four year olds.

For parents who don’t want to use Tax-Free Childcare then they should still apply via the digital childcare service (they can choose to apply for the extended entitlement only). If parents are receiving financial support through tax credits and only want to take up 30 hours, they can choose not to apply for Tax-Free Childcare (and keep their tax credits) as part of the application.
Parents do not need to apply via the digital service if they only want the universal 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.

How will parents apply for 30 hours?
As part of the application process, parents are being asked to enter personal details including their name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for their partner (if they have one). They are also being asked whether they expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months and whether they are in receipt of any relevant benefits. This information will help HMRC decide whether the parent (and their child) are eligible for 30 hours.

At the start of the application process, parents will create a Government Gateway account if they don’t already have one. If parents encounter any problems with the application process or accessing the childcare account, they should direct their queries to the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097.

At the end of the application process, parents will have a childcare service account. In the “secure messages” section of their account, parents will receive messages regarding their eligibility. If parents are eligible for 30 hours, they will be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ for their child. They will be asked to take this code (along with their National Insurance number and child’s date of birth) to their provider to claim their 30 hours place. These codes normally start with ‘5000’. However, there are a small number of cases where parents might have a temporary code starting with ‘11’.

If you would like any further details, after looking at the websites mentioned above, then please contact the school.

26.5.17
Whit Week
Today is the last day of this first summer half term. The school is closed next week for the half term Whit Week holiday. We return on Monday 5th June.

Station Platform Prepared
PBS have spent a second day completing the base for our Hull City of Culture 2017 Art Installation. Lee, the foreman, and his colleagues have done a great job in transforming a litter-strewn, overgrown area into a resemblance of the former platform. Our most sincere thanks go to PBS.

Attendance Figures
Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this.  
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 week.  
Foundation Stage: 89.65  (3 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 93.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 96.29% (1 pupil didn't) 
Year 4: 78.57% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 79.31% (6 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 93.44% (2 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 88.17%

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 91.72%
Year 1: 94.00%
Year 2: 94.67%
Year 3: 98.89%
Year 4: 93.21%
Year 5: 91.72%
Year 6: 98.00%
Whole School Average for this year: 94.69%

Star of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Zhi                
Year 1 - Whole Class
Year 2 - Auste            
Year 3 - Shushila
Year 4 - Isabelle         
Year 5 - Glebs
Year 6 - Maleeka

Fidget Spinners
The most recent craze has been fidget spinners and we've been monitoring how these have been used for the past few weeks. Regrettably, we have asked pupils not to bring them into school again, once we return from the Whit Week half term holiday. 

Caps, Hats & Suncream
It is wonderful to see the sun emerge from behind the clouds and the hot weather arrive. This allows us to have the pupils out on the school field at playtimes. Unfortunately, we have very little shade on this area. If your child has a sun hat or cap, they are more than welcome to bring these to school. Staff are not allowed to put suncream on children so, if you wish them to have some on, please apply this before school.

25.5.17
Father Phil Talks to Year 6

Year 6 welcomed our new priest to Stepney this afternoon. After first popping in the other week, Father Phil from St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates, came in to year 6's RE lesson this afternoon. The theme was 'Changes' which encompassed everything from changes to the church, to getting prepared for moving to high school, to Phil's favourite sports and cars and back to the tragic events in Manchester this week. Pupils were able to ask Father Phil a range of searching questions including what an Archbishop is and what the life in a priest is like. The pupils had a great hour getting to know him. We're looking forward to the closer work that we'll have doing with the church.

Photographs In School
The school photographers were busy all day photographing pupils by themselves and with siblings today. We hope parents are pleased with the results.

Work at the Station
PBS Construction Ltd have been busy at Stepney Station. Bringing in a mini-digger and a dumper truck, they made quick work of clearing the ground, laying down a hard core bedding and then concreting the area. This will be the base for our sculptures. 

24.5.17
Weeping Window

Our EYFS pupils have been making poppies to create their very own HCOC17 'Weeping Window' to go in their classroom. Using resources brought in from the Hull 'Scrap Store', the pupils put together the flowers then Miss Webb built this wonderful feature to the classroom.

The Sixteen Thousand
This is a project devised by Hull 2017 No Limits, McMillan Nursery and Hull Early Years team. It involved children aged 0-5 years from all nurseries, schools and other early years settings in the city making individual clay bricks to represent the 16,000 under fives in the city during this year of culture. Each brick will show the marks of the child that made it and every brick will be unique and beautiful. When brought together, they will be a powerful image. Our EYFS pupils have been busy making their marks and designs on the bricks, which have now been sent off.



Growing Up Talk
Year 5 welcomed two school nurses this afternoon, who talked to the class about aspects of growing up and the changes they are soon to be going through. Boys and girls had the talks in different rooms as we understand that they might find some of the discussions a little embarrassing. As ever, the school nurses delivered the sessions in a professional and understanding manner.

23.5.17
Fox in the Field

We have a new resident on our school premises. In the corner of our school field lives a young fox. The fox can often be seen warming itself in the sun. Whenever anyone goes near the fox, it disappears into the bushes, where we presume its den may be. At playtimes, if stray balls go into the corner, we are ensuring pupils don't go chasing after them.

22.5.17
The Mumbler Guide to Half Term Holidays

We have been asked to advertise a Hull City of Culture 2017 site which gives details of events taking place during the half term Whit Week holiday. Packed with activities and things to do, the Mumbler Family Guide is a great source of information and links. Please click here to access this.

19.5.17
Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Mohammad   
Year 1 - Nosheen
Year 2 - Julita             
Year 3 - Kacie-Mae
Year 4 - Lottie                       
Year 5 - Ayaan
Year 6 - Arminas

Attendance Figures
Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this.  
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 week.  
Foundation Stage: 93.33  (2 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 73.33% (8 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 66.66% (10 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 84.76%

Class Attendance
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 93.10%
Year 1: 94.00%
Year 2: 98.65%
Year 3: 92.96%
Year 4: 86.33%
Year 5: 94.14%
Year 6: 96.33%
Whole School Average for this year: 94.53%

18.5.17
Phase 5-6 Visit the Ferens’

Today, our year 5 & 6 classes visited the Ferens’ Art Gallery for some excellent ‘portrait-drawing’ workshops, a tour of the exhibitions and a quick trip to the Maritime Museum as well. Unlike their year 4 counterparts the day before, these pupils were blessed with beautiful weather and enjoyed sitting in Queen’s Gardens to have their packed lunches. Mrs Brocklebank and Ms Saint both had different members of the public and gallery staff come up to them, complimenting the behaviour and enthusiasm of Stepney pupils. It was a super event with pupils practising drawing themselves, each other then producing work in modernistic styles.

Phase 3-4 Assembly
Pupils from years 3 and 4 presented their assembly to parents this morning. While Mrs Adamson's class recited their version of Little Riding Hood from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, year 4 sang us the songs they have learned to help them remember their times tables.

17.5.17
A Rendezvous with Langton Primary School

Today, Miss Baitson and her year 4 class went to the museum's quarter in Hull to meet up with a class of pupils from Langton Village School (near to York). Their class teacher is our good friend and former Stepney teacher, Mrs McIlwaine. This is part of this term's geography project, giving pupils a chance to see contrasting areas. For the Langton pupils, it was a chance to see what a city is like. We will be returning the visit in July.

The original plan was to spend an hour at the Street Life Museum and then walk back via Queen's Garden and Queen Victoria Square. Miss Baitson had originally planned to have outdoor time with sports equipment back at Stepney but this was before the rainy weather was forecast! 
Instead our pupils were able to show their pen pals around the school during lunchtime and then they all had some time to get to know each other. Despite the rain, it was a great day and we bid farewell for now to our new friends as their bus left at 2.15pm. 

16.5.17
A visit to our Statues at Campbell's

Last week, we saw the statues being cut out of the sheets of steel at W Campbell & Son's factory. Today, Mr Browning and Mr Cameron popped around at lunchtime to check on the progress and to measure up the size of the statues.
It was a moment of awe and wonder as they saw all of the statues for the first time. They have now been welded to their bases and looking really good. All that remains is for them to be cleaned of marks and the delivery writing. Then they will be put outside to weather a little. In the following photos, we can see Mr Campbell and Brian Campbell discussing the statues plus the positioning of the statues.

School Photograph Day
On Thursday 25th May, the school hall will be used for the school photographer who will be taking photos of all the pupils.

15.5.17
Year 2 Start their SATs
This week, it is the turn of our year 2 pupils to undertake tests as part of their SATS exams. Today, they started with the reading paper.

New Merit Award Announced
We are introducing a new Merit Award. Whenever we go into classrooms, we see pupils working hard and showing great behaviour. We also have many who display this throughout the school, undertaking Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) for others. Visitors always comment on how polite and well-mannered our pupils are so we thought we'd introduce a new way of rewarding them. Having stopped the House Merit system this is a brand new strategy. All staff will have merit awards on them. They may award these to any pupils for good behaviour, politeness, kindness etc but they are not allowed to give them to pupils in their own class. For this, teachers will continue to use their own rewards systems. Every Thursday, the week's merit awards will be added up and winning classes will receive extra treats on Fridays, such as additional morning playtimes. The new week's merit tally will start again on a Friday.

12.5.17
Stars of the Week

This week's winners are:
EYFS - Marley           
Year 1 - Ayaan
Year 2 - Kaseem        
Year 3 - Poppy
Year 4 - Emiliya         
Year 5 - Ayaan
Year 6 - Arez

Attendance Figures
Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this.  
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 week.  
Foundation Stage: 86.66  (4 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 92.00% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 87.57%

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 93.67%
Year 1: 89.33%
Year 2: 96.55%
Year 3: 92.00%
Year 4: 92.00%
Year 5: 90.69%
Year 6: 98.33%
Whole School Average for this year: 94.56%

11.5.17
The End of SATs 17'

All the months of preparation and revision have finally come to an end! Pupils finished their SATs exam timetable with one final maths 'reasoning' paper. There were audible signs of relief by all as our pupils then enjoyed a thoroughly-deserved extra long playtime in glorious sunshine. Well done to all our pupils this year. Everyone was present at school and on time for all the papers and certainly did their very best. We are extremely proud of the way they have conducted themselves throughout this week.

Mrs Warcup Visits
After the next half term holiday, Mrs Warcup will be returning to work following her maternity leave. It was wonderful to see her this today, as she worked alongside Mrs Stimpson in the reception class, getting acquainted with the pupils.

10.5.17
Maths SATs

Pupils in year 6 took a maths 'reasoning' paper followed by
an 'arithmetic' paper this morning. You could hear a pin drop in the hall as everyone concentrated on some challenging maths problems.

Father Phil Pops In
A week after
his 'Licensing & Installation' service at St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates, our new priest, Father Philip Lamb, popped into school to say hello. Mr Browning took him on a tour of the school, introducing Father Phil to staff and pupils. We are looking forward to him coming to lead assemblies in the very near future.

Many Thanks to Shania
Over the past year, Shania, a student at Hull University, has been undertaking voluntary work in year 2. In addition to being an invaluable help in the classroom, she has led some wonderful after school dance clubs on Wednesday evenings. We are indebted to her for inspiring a new generation of dancers.

9.5.17
Another Day at the factory

Today, Mr Cameron, the designer of our statues, took six pupils from years 4 and 6 to Campbells to see even more of the statues being cut out. They were shown how the laser works and were filmed by our friend Kofi and the BBC Digital team, in preparation for a final film montage that will cover the unveiling as well.

Media Mayhem
Today, our interviews with James Piekos from BBC Radio Humberside were broadcast on their breakfast programme. This evening, Estuary TV broadcast their film about our activities at Campbell's factory.

SPAG SATs
Our year 6 pupils continued their week of SATs with two papers today, which form the SPAG element. SPAG stands for 'Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar'. First, the pupils took a paper on punctuation and grammar, in which they answered fifty questions on a wide range of features such as 'fronted averbials' and 'present progressive' verbs! Challenging stuff but our pupils have been well-prepared. They then took a spelling paper.

8.5.17
A Red Letter Day - Cutting the Statues & Media Coverage

Mr Browning took six pupils from years 3 and 5 to W Campbell and Son this lunchtime to see the first of our Station Sculptures being cut using the large industrial laser cutting machine. While the rest of the factory was shut down for the lunch break, our pupils watched as this one specialised machine was kept on to cut our designs out.

The Managing Director, Brian Campbell met us and first showed the pupils printouts of the design spec. This came from the computer that controls the laser cutter. We then went into the factory to see this huge machine about to start work on a large sheet of mild steel.

Courtney had the honour or pressing the start button. First, the laser scanned the sheet to calibrate itself and then it started to work.

An intense beam of laser cut through the steel as easily as a knife through butter. Brian explained that it was so hot that the laser vapourised the metal! It quickly got to work! In no time at all the first of our sculptures had been cut out - this was the mother figure. Brian and one of his workmen lifted the figure down to show us. Very impressive.

A computer controlled every step of the operation. We could watch the blue images turn black as the laser made it's way through the programme.

It was impressive watching the laser at work.

On hand was James Piekos from BBC Radio Humberside, who interviewed us all plus there was a reporter/cameraman from Estuary TV to record the event.

Year 6 SATs Start
Today marked the beginning of our year 6's SATs exam week. This morning, our oldest pupils undertook arguably the hardest of the SATs papers - the reading comprehension. In it's new format, last year's test proved to be challenging throughout the country. This year's paper equally provided some hard comprehension questions for our pupils but every single of them gave their very best. All the papers have now been sealed up and dispatched to the markers. Well done to all our pupils for a superb effort and attitude this morning.

5.5.17
Next Week is SATs Week for Year 6 
The SATs exams for our year 6 pupils begin next Monday on 8th 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 8th May 
English Reading Test Paper 1
Tuesday 9th May
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tests 1 and 2
Wednesday 10th May
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic followed by Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 11th May
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
Our  year 6 staff and pupils have been working really hard all year towards this point. In a recent MOCK SATs test, we used the school hall, instead of the classroom and found this to be more conducive for the test environment so we are repeating it for the real thing. No access to the hall will be allowed during the exam times.
Please will parents ensure their children are ready for the exams every morning. If there are any problems, such as sickness, we urge year 6 parents to get in touch with the school as soon as possible so we may start considering alternative arrangements.

Attendance Figures

Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this.  
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 week.  
Foundation Stage: 96.66  (1 pupil didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 87.57%

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 97.92%
Year 1: 91.67%
Year 2: 97.41%
Year 3: 90.18%
Year 4: 95.00%
Year 5: 94.40%
Year 6: 97.50%
Whole School Average for this year: 94.59%

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Kyle              
Year 1 - Dymitr
Year 2 - Malaika        
Year 3 - Demi
Year 4 - Darrel           
Year 5 - Deborah
Year 6 - Amelia

4.5.17
Foundation Stage Assembly
We had a rousing start to the summer season of class assemblies with our nursery and reception pupils telling us all about the farm animals they have been learning about. Last week, they experienced the real thing as a farmer brought young farm animals on to our school netball court. In the assembly, our youngest pupils sang ‘Old McDonald had a farm’ and ‘The Farmer’s in his Den’ and showed off some lovely art work, which included colour mixing. Well done to everyone concerned for such an entertaining morning.

Summer Fayre
This will be on Tuesday 27th June in the school hall.

3.5.17
Welcome Father Phil
This evening, Mr Browning attended a packed St. Mary’s Church,
Sculcoates for the official appointment of Father Philip Lamb as priest of our local church. Officially titled ‘A Service of Celebration of Ministry with the Licensing & Installation of The Reverend Philp Lamb As Priest in Charge of The Parishes of All Saint Sculcoates and St Mary’s Sculcoates’ it was a grand occasion. The Right Reverend Alison White (Bishop of Hull) and The Right Reverend Glyn Webster (Bishop of Beverley) led the service. Many people welcomed Father Phil, including
Mr Browning, who made a speech on behalf of all the pupils, parents, staff and governors of Stepney. We are looking forward to working with Father Phil and strengthening the links between our school and the church.

2.5.17
Stepney's Got Talent 2017 Dates Announced

We are pleased to announce the following dates for this year's school talent competition.
First round of auditions - Thursday 22nd June - afternoon
Semi-finals - Thursday 29th June - afternoon
Finals - Wednesday 5th July - afternoon

1.5.17
School Closed today for May Day
May we remind you that it is a public Bank Holiday today, so the school is closed. We reopen tomorrow morning at the usual time.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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