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

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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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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