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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
November 2012

30.11.12
Christmas Fayre Next Week!

Our Christmas Fayre is on next week on Thursday 6th December. It will start at 2.45pm, not 2.30pm. In order that we have another highly successful fayre, we would be grateful for donations for our stalls. If you are willing to help us, please will you send them into school at the start of next week.

Attendance Figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 89.4%
Class 1: 94%
Class 2/3A: 93%
Class 2/3B: 90.7%
Class 4/5A: 94.5%
Class 4/5B: 93.5%
Class 6A: 95.6%
Class 6B: 89.3%
The overall attendance for this school year is now 95%. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 96.7% with 2/3A in second place with 96.1%.

29.11.12
Super STEM at the Stadium

Year 6 visited the KC Stadium today for a variety of different science activities. They started off with electricity-based experiments, then made air propelled cars and finished with some amazing chemistry! Everyone had a brilliant day! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Foundation Stage/Year 1 Exhibition
Today, thirty-seven parents and carers attended another of our popular exhibition mornings. As well as having a chance to look at pupils' work and join in their usual activities, there was a 'penguin' making session - some made out of socks and other from tissue paper! We handed out our questionnaire to parents/carers and have had many favourable comments. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who attended.
We asked our guests what they thought. (We've substituted children's names with ???, and we've included all the comments).

What did you enjoy about it
?
"I really enjoyed the exhibition was nice to see what my child does at nursery and he really enjoyed me staying and playing with him"
"Watching ??? with the other children in his class and how he's made friends. He told me that one of his friends was 'this my ???' and gave him a cuddle"
"I enjoyed with ??? group of children made a penguin"
"I enjoyed seeing ??? interacting with other children and how his confidence has grown whilst sat in the circle"
"Making penguins with my daughter"
"It was really good to see how things work within the nursery, and how ??? interacts with her friends and teachers. Its also given me some ideas how to help with her numbers at home"
"Helping the children with making things and reading"
"Helping with children to make penguins reading with child and playing"
"The morning was well organised and everyone had fun doing activities, positive morning for all. Thank you"
"I enjoyed every aspect of todays presentation"
"I enjoyed every thing"
"I really enjoyed making a penguin puppet with my child"
" I enjoyed making penguins with ??? and had fun watching how he interacts with other boys and girls"
"I enjoyed watching ??? playing, making penguins and reading ???'s book"
"Making penguin puppets, spending time with children in school, seeing their work and how they are improving"
"Spending time in school making things and seeing how my child gets along in school"
"Spending time with the children making penguins nice to see there work and progress"
"It been great fun. I really like making penguins with my child. It is lovely to see my child work and how teaching helping great work. Thanks to the teacher"
"Sharing ???'s work - her reading it to me. Will encourage them to help with counting and days of week at home"
"Great opportunity to see child's new book, development. Opportunity to spend few moments in school environment"
"It's great getting to see what the children are actually doing in the classroom. It's nice to have the opportunity to look through workbooks, especially after the open evenings"
"We enjoyed spending time with our daughter in school, and enjoyed doing the activities with her"
"Enjoyed looking at the progress of ???"
"Seeing childs work and seeing what they do"
"Great to spend time seeing what my child does in class and being involved"
"Watching my daughter doing these activities - its made my day it been wonderful"
"I really enjoyed this have with my son at his activities. What I didn't like it is what the classroom is really small and its enough space to move"
"This morning is really very enjoyable and my child was very excited and I feel very good. Thank you"
We spent actively time"
"Nice and joyful exhibition"
"We spent a nice time. We had a great time and my son was very happy"

How could we improve it ?
"Maybe done over a few days to avoid overcrowding in the classroom, bit overwhelming at times"
"It was a little small space"
"It was a little tight"
"As I said it's not enough space for kids and in exhibition time is really awful"
"All great"
"A bit more space maybe move it into the hall"
"Bigger space"
"Could do with having a bigger space (more room)"
"There is nothing to improve on"
"Just a bit more space"
"Just great like it is"
"Keep doing the great work"
"Sorry we were late but looked like we had missed a fun morning"
"I think it was really good and cannot think of improvements. Was good to have both nursery and reception interacting together"
"Maybe make it a bit longer"
"Just carry on with what you are doing"
"I think you all doing just things like that"
"Everything was fine"

28.11.12
WHASP Meeting!

This afternoon, Mr Browning attended the first AGM of WHASP, which stands for the West Hull Area Schools' Partnership. This includes the headteachers of all primary, secondary and special schools in the west of the city. WHASP will be striving to help staff and pupils collaborate more.

Bridging the Gap!
Some of our teaching assistants have been involved in a training by some of the staff from Sydney Smith School. This is aimed at providing help and support to some of our families. We are extremely grateful to the parent who came and worked with us, as part of the training.

27.11.12
Rainbow Writing Winners!

This week's winners are:
Year 1—Hayley & Mallik
Class 2/3a-Ellie & Ahmad
Class 2/3b-Klaudia & Agnieska
Class 4/5a-Therese & Natalia
Class 4/5b-Charlie & Olivia
Class 6a-Bethany & Brandon
Class 6b–Shaunna & Charlotte

Welcome Back, Mrs Brocklebank!
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Brocklebank back to school, following her maternity leave. She is resuming her role, teaching in year 6 and being our Special Needs Coordinator. This role is now being shared between Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde. If any parents/carers have any queries regarding special needs provision in the school, then please contact either of these teachers.

26.11.12
Playtime Buddies !

During our Friendship week events, we also decided to ensure everyone knew who our Playtime Buddies were:
Year 1: Juma & Michal
Class 2/3a: Taran & Sinead
Class 2/3b: Michael & Courtnee
Class 4/5a: Jessica & David
Class 4/5b: Patryc & Morgan
Year 6: Tarek & Blessing

Year 6, Improving Our City !
We were delighted to welcome back an old friend today. David Longthorne came in again to talk to the year 6 pupils. A while ago, he worked with one of our previous year 6 cohorts to plant trees along the embankments of Barmiston Drain, which runs at the east end of Stepney Lane. This Friday, our oldest pupils will be planting some more trees. This is part of our David's project to replant trees all the way along the drain from the city centre. As ever, the pupils were keen to listen to David explaining what they will be doing on Friday.

My Maths !
Pupils have brought home letters giving details of the 'My Maths' online scheme, which can be accessed at home. Already, Miss Patrick and Mrs Wilde have been using the teaching resources in their classrooms. It is a really useful and helpful site as it gives clear, step-by-step lessons, accompanied by homework and practice sheets. The pupils can also see the levels they are working at. If you have any problems with the site, then please contact Mr Browning, who will be happy to help you with it.

24.11.12
'My Maths'!

During our recent parents'/carers' consultation day, we had queries about resources that could be used at home to support pupils' learning. We have now signed up for another new resources site, and one that has been tried and tested by Mr Browning, when he has been working on it with his own two teenage sons. As it has been a (long) while since our headteacher has done GCSE level maths, he has found the online lessons and homework on this new maths site invaluable to himself as well as his sons! We have signed up for the primary school version of the site, which gives work from National Curriculum levels 1 to 7!
Once the pupils have the username and password details that we will give them, they may login to the site at home and take part in the activities. Please click here to go to the login page. Also remember to look at the other links, lower down this homepage. These include our learning platform, the Bug Club Reading Site and the Purple Nash 2simple software site. (If there are any problems accessing these, please notify the school and we will resolve them for you)

Please click hereto access the 'My Maths' website homepage

23.11.12
Change to Clubs!
Please note that the planned new clubs on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for Mr Rookyard’s ‘Fun, Fitness & Games’ have now been completely cancelled. Mr Rookyard will be taking over Miss Richardson’s clubs on these days from next Thursday onwards. Our apologies for any confusion this may give.

Hands-On Victorians !
This term, our pupils have had a large number of hands-on experiences to enhance their learning of different historical ages. While phase 4/5 have had three such 'Tudor encounters', year 6 have also had a few to support their 'Victorian' theme. Today, they visited the 'Hands-On' history museum in Hull where they looked at artefacts connected with Victorian schools and lives. Not only are they using classic literature by Charles Dickens to help them understand the Victorian mind-set, but they are using getting to touch and feel actual Victoriana. We received the usual comments from the guides there i.e. that this was the best behaved class of pupils they had had in for a long while! It's so lovely to be able to take our Stepney pupils anywhere and they never let us down.
Of course, our school is ideally situated to the city centre to let our pupils take full advantage of the museums and galleries there, without having to encounter travel costs and our staff certainly make full use of this when planning their thematic units. Rather than using published schemes of work, we are proud of the bespoke curriculum that we provide for our pupils.

Year 4 Football Tournament!
Our year 4 pupils went with Miss Northen to a tournament at Endeavour this afternoon, playing Pearson and Collingwood schools. Unfortunately, desipte their valiant efforts and their great teamwork, they came last in the competition. Miss Northen reported that everyone tried their very best but the competition was just too good on this occasion.

Attendance Figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 97%*
Class 1: 93%
Class 2/3A: 94%
Class 2/3B: 96%
Class 4/5A: 93.8%
Class 4/5B: 97.2%*
Class 6A: 93.8%
Class 6B: 92.7%
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 95.2 %. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 96.9% with 2/3A in second place with 96.5%.

22.11.12
Parents’/Carers’ Consultation Days !
Many thanks for all those people who attended our parents'/carers’ consultation meetings and those who returned questionnaires. All the comments we received so far have been shown below. We'll add others to these over the next few days. We didn't have any negative comments! (NB. ??? has been used instead of a child's name)

1. How often do you attend parent’s day?

Always

Mostly

Sometimes

Never

This is your first one

85

8

4

0

0

Comments
"Always we find them very helpful"
“Find these days very informative”
“It’s good chance to share all questions and concerns regarding my child and the happy things as well”
“Very important to know how well my kids are doing in school”

2. How helpful was the information at parent’s day in order to give you a picture of your child’s/children’s current levels and progress?

Very Helpful

Quite helpful

Not helpful

94

3

0

Comments
“Very helpful and the meeting put my mind at rest about my son’s achievements”
“Found ways to help at home”
“Nice to know they are doing the best that they can do”
“I was glad to find out how ??? is doing and what she needs to do to improve”
“Regarding playing games with letters”

3. How helpful was the information at parent’s day in order to give you a picture of your child’s/children’s targets and ways that you can help?

Very Helpful

Quite helpful

Not helpful

93

4

0

Comments
“Always get a good picture of what can be done to help”
“I haven’t got the internet yet so I’ve asked for some additional homework to help ???”
“Helps to know how we can help at home”
“Learned what is expected of ??? with this reading”

4. How helpful was the information at parent’s day in order to give you a picture of your child’s/children’s attitude and behaviour at school ?

Very Helpful

Quite helpful

Not helpful

94

3

0

Comments
"It's good to know that our child has got a good attitude at school"
"It's great to hear they are always eager to learn and helpful and kind to others"
"It's always nice to hear how well behaved they are and that they work hard, but also that they are happy"
“Couldn’t be happier”
“Great to know my kids are well behaved & polite”
“Children don’t always give a clear view to where they are with regard to their targets so it’s good to find out where we can help them move forward”
“Never any problems”
“??? Is a lovely bubbly girl at school and at home which is pleasing to hear”
“Improved”

5. How satisfied are you with the education that your child gets at Stepney?

Very Satisfied

Satisfied

Not Satisfied

Major Concerns

91

6

0

0

Comments
“??? has started to talk English at home”
“Very Good”
“Happy all round thank you”
“Always great comments spoken regarding my kids”
“I think the school are doing what they can but she needs more support at school and at home”
“Very happy with the education that ??? is getting”
“Nice joyful environment for ??? to learn in”

6. Any comments you wish to make
Comments
“I am really happy with ???’s progress and the way he likes to go to school every day. Just thank for your support and making it a lovely place that my son would like to be more all the time”
“I would like to say thank you very much for everything you are doing for ???. You are all doing exceptional efforts with ??? and my other sons. God bless you all. Your support and efficiency and being informative are really great. Love to you all”
“Very pleased with ???’s progress and settle in to Reception”
“I appreciate the school. I’m so grateful”
“I will keep informed about ??? through her teacher”
“Very pleased with progress”
“Very happy”
“V.v, good”
“Thank you Mrs Pullen, very informative and interesting you seem to know ??? well”
“Very helful”
“Teachers are doing great job”
“Very happy with the support”
“Very pleased with ???’s progress. Very proud”
“I had lost hope in this country’s education, but since my son started at this school, I can now say there light at the end of the tunnel – my son is a very happy boy, he is interested in learning now – what more can I say other than A BIG THANKYOU TO ALL THE STAFF XXXXX”
“I think my son is happy at school”
“Very satisfied & happy with ???’s progress! Thank you very much”
“I am really happy with my child’s education”
“I think this is school is great and I am happy my children come here”
“All fantastic”
“His teacher was very helpful and very caring”
“Very pleased with this visit”
“??? loves to read at home. She is very proud when she goes to the next level. This makes her very motivated. Very nice. Many thanks”
“Very pleased. Big thank to school and you to all”
“Very pleased with all the efforts the school has done for my son. A big THANK U to all”
“Very happy with the education ??? is getting”
“Everything is just good”
“A very positive experience which helped me and my child to see the ways forward”

We have also recorded who attended our consultation days so far...


Class

How many children were reported on

Pupils on role in class

%age
seen

Mum

Dad

Carer

Grand
parent

Other

Total adults seen

Nursery

18

29

63%

15

8

 

 

 

23

Reception

19

33

58%

14

4

 

1

2

21

1

24

30

80%

17

5

 

 

1

24

2/3A

12

30

40%

9

3

 

 

 

12

2/3B

14

28

50%

13

4

 

 

1

18

4/5A

17

29

59%

15

3

 

 

 

18

4/5B

13

29

45%

11

3

 

 

 

14

6A

10

16

63%

7

3

 

1

1

12

6B

13

15

87%

13

2

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 



Phase 4/5 Exhibition

Fifty parents and carers attended this morning's phase 4/5 exhibition. The two classrooms, ICT suite and library were packed with pupils and adults, all engrossed in looking at exercise books, computer programmes and making 'Friendship Week' posters. Once again, we have had many favourable comments. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who attended. We asked our guests what they thought. (We've substituted children's names with ???, and we've included all the comments).
What did you enjoy about it ?
"Had a great time joining in with all the work and learning more about the Tudors, very interesting"
"Enjoyed seeing how muych ??? had learned about Tudors"
"The children clearly enjoyed showing off their books and computer skills. I enjoyed sharing them too. All of the children behaved well and I was impresed with the behaviour of the children without parents attending"
"Me and my mam enjoyed it so much. We just realise how my my brother/son is working and his working very well"
"Everything"
"Learn about the Tudors money"
"I enojoyed because I see how kids learn with fun"
"I enjoyed all of it learning about the Tudors"
"It’s just nice to spend some time with my child in their school environment"
"Looking through ???'s work and seeing how she is doing. Working with ??? on the Friendship poster"
"Thought was fantastic to see all different subjects today. Give me a good idea of what he's working on in class"
"It was so nice"
"It was very good!"
"It was good. I liked every session"
"Drawing, library time, ICT"
"All"
"I enjoy almost everything"
"Yes, I'm enjoy how always. I'm so happy"
"Everything was fantastic. I enjoy everything ??? had to show us"
"I really enjoyed looking at the work my child has done. The ICT slot was also interesting as I got to understand which websites to visit"
"Seeing ???'s work and learning and seeing the things he does at school"
"I enjoy all the activities"
"I really enjoyed atll the time at school and it was enough time to look at their work. 'Good work' Thank you for giving us a chance to see my child's workbook"
"Enjoyed the poster making for friends and ICT"
"Enjoyed seeing ???'s work and seeing how she is progressing. Staff were very helpful (ICT)"

How could we improve it ?
"Nothing"
"I think you've got it about right now"
"I see improvement in everything"
"Thought it was great"
"I appreciate quality and hard work of all the teachers in the school"
"It could be improved by letting the adults do a bit more work with the child"
"On my child's spelling I want her english to be accurate"

21.11.12
Consultation Day !
We were able to hold the consultation day that had been cancelled due to the fire alarm. Many thanks to everyone who attended today. If there are parents/carers who have missed the consultations and wish to see a member of staff, then please contact the school so we can make an appointment. Of course, we operate on an open door policy. Parents/carers may arrange to see their child's teacher at any point during the school year.

Phase 4/5 Exhibition Reminder !
Our two year 4/5 classes will be holding their exhibition tomorrow morning. Parents/carers are welcome to attend.

20.11.12
Pinocchio !
Our Foundation Stage and years 1, 2 & 3 watched a brilliant show by M&M Theatre Productions. We usually have this group and they were as wonderful as ever with their version of Pinocchio. We've already booked them for next year, when they will be performing 'Cinderella' on 15th November 2013.

Children in Need Day Recount !
Miss Atkinson's pupils have been writing recounts about Friday's event, This is David's recount:-
"On Friday, Stepney Primary School pupils dressed up for Children in Need. Also, the teaching assistants made buns for 20p.
People who dressed up brought a pound so the needy got what they need in life to survice! Year 6 pupils were selling fab wrist bands because every little helps.
Whilst, the year 5s went to Endeavour to play in a tournament, the other classes did assembly and found out who was the star of the week and distinction. We were told we raised a wopping £370.91.

Jewellery Reminder !

Please may we remind parents/carers about earrings. Owing to health and safety reasons, it is better for pupils not to wear earrings. The only ones we will allow are stud earrings and these must be either removed or covered for PE. If parents/carers want them to be covered, then they must send tape with their children. If pupils wear other types of earrings, we will request that they are removed and not worn to school.

Rainbow Writing Winners!
This week's winners are:
Year 1—Evie & AlHorr
Class 2/3a-Honya & Mahdiyah
Class 2/3b-Layla & Declan
Class 4/5a-Shane & Fatoumata
Class 4/5b-Thevmini & Morgan
Class 6a-Alisha & Alice
Class 6b–Brandon & Emma

19.11.12
Friendship Week - Antibullying Week !
This time every year, we have our Friendship Week, which links in with national Anti-bullying week. While we do talk about the negative effects of bullying and ways to combat it, we focus on all the ways that people can extend the hand of friendship instead! Today, everyone received special blue wrist bands, which have the messages "making bullying unacceptable" and "Beat Bullying" on them to remind us that this is indeed unacceptable and it is everyone's duty to ensure people are safe from bullying.

Stranger Danger Warning !
The Local Authority has been made aware of an incident close to Chiltern Primary School whereby a stranger tried to lure a child into his car with sweets. They have asked that all schools and parents please re-enforce the Stranger Danger message to pupils. All Stepney staff have been notified of this warning and we will be reminding pupils as well.

16.11.12
Year 4 Football Success
!
Miss Northen took the year 4 pupils to Endeavour school to play in a football tournament against Clifton and Pearson Primary Schools. The final result was that Clifton had 3 points, Pearson 7 and Stepney 14 and the winners! Well done to everyone who took part!

Attendance Figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 97%*
Class 1: 96.3%
Class 2/3A: 97.2%*
Class 2/3B: 92.8%
Class 4/5A: 98.6%*
Class 4/5B: 94.1%
Class 6A: 100%
Class 6B: 94.7%
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 95.2 %. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 97.2% with 2/3A in second place with 96.8%.

Children in Need Day!
Everyone had a brilliant time for Children in Need Day. Pupils and staff paid £1 to dress up in ‘Wacky’ clothes. Some wore their clothes back to front and inside out. Others had odd assortments of colours; stripes and polka dots. Other people baked and sold buns. It’s always great to think we can a fun day and raise lots of money for charity. Year 6 had also been going around all week selling the Children in Need wrist bands for £1 each. The total we raised was £370.91.

15.11.12
Phase 2/3 Exhibition
Thirty six parents and carers attended another of our popular exhibition mornings on Thursday. As usual, we have had many favourable comments. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who attended.
We asked our guests what they thought. (We've substituted children's names with ???, and we've included all the comments).

What did you enjoy about it ?
"I enjoyed spending time with my child and doing the activities with the group"
"Was all fun"
"Spending time with ??? and doing activities with her"
"The involvement in the exhibition"
"Loved spending time with neice ??? and helping in every way I could. Also like to see how she is fitting in and her social skills"
"I enjoyed the catwalk very much. Doing the activities was fun I think three is just enough as you have more time with each. ??? always enjoy them too"
"The catwalk was really good, enjoyed computers and making things"
"As always the children seemed to enjoy the exhibition. The staff's enthusiasm encourages the children to enjoy these events. Thank you!"
"I enjoyed all of it was great thanks"
"I liked being hands on in helping with different activities. It was fun for me and ???"
"All"
"It was informative and enjoyable to see the creativity of the children and to see what ??? was learning about"
"Absolutely brilliant work, fantastic making of masks. Enjoyable"
"I thought this morning's exhibition was fantastic the masks which the children designed were really unique and I enjoyed the catwalk show. I also enjoyed the activities we did with the kids after especially the colouring"
"I enjoyed everything because I like all of the entertainments that we have done. The exhibition was great and I really like an idea of creating the masks and then present it to everyone"

How could we improve it ?
"Give the children biscuits"
"Allow more time"
"Extend time so each module can be completed"
"Perhaps a crafts afternoon where people can join in"
"Don't change what's working well"
"Keep it up"
"Can't it's really good"
"Couldn't have been better"
"Don't need to improve"
"I don't think you could improve as I really enjoyed it all thankyou and well done"
"I think it would be better if there would be a bit more of time"

14.11.12
Fun, Fitness & Games Clubs
Our new PE coach, Mr Rookyard is starting some new after school clubs, focussing on Fun, Fitness and Games. These will be in addition to the clubs, currently run by Miss Richardson.
On Monday night, there will be a session for KS2 pupils i.e. those in years 2 and 3
On Tuesday night, there will be a session for 4, 5 & 6
On Thursday night, there will be a session for year 1 pupils.
The sessions will start at 3.15pm and finish at 4.15pm and will be held in classrooms or outside (during lighter nights and better weather!)
If anyone is interested you will need to complete the slip on the letter that was sent out today and return to the school office as soon as possible as numbers will be limited to 15.

Environmental Conference
Miss Cotson and six of our year 6 pupils went to an Environmental conference today at Wilberforce Court. Numerous schools attended and each one took the part of a different organisation in a role play. They had to imagine they were in South America and discussing a proposed new road being built through the jungle. As well as government officers, oil company representatives and road constructors, other children represented an indigenous native tribe. Our pupils were news reporters. They had a brilliant time, discussing and debating. Stepney pupils have now got to write a newspaper report on the day's events which will be distributed to the other schools.

Community Choir Commences!
Twenty pupils and two adults joined Mrs Rice in the first night of our brand new Community Choir. They practised harmony singing to songs such as 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' and songs in the round including the 'Pizza Hut' song! There is still room for anyone else to join. Pupils and parents are all welcome. Please just let the school know if you are interested in taking part.

Samaritan's Purse
We were able to send twenty boxes to the Samaritan's Purse Charity for their Operation Christmas Child appeal. They were collected this morning and a certificate left to thank everyone who contributed.

Football Club Starts!
Mr Rookyard led the first session of our football club practices. Pupils have been waiting patiently while we have been recruiting our new PE coach, so they were raring to go tonight! This year, we will be having two sessions a week, so hopefully we'll have a competitive team before long.

Children in Need
Our year 6 pupils have been selling the Children in Need wrist bands. There are four different colours to choose from and they are selling like hot cakes. Even Mr Browning bought four! Just to remind you that on Friday, pupils and staff are paying £1 to come in 'wacky' clothing. We've also heard from Mrs Rowe in the St. Charles kitchens that she will be supplying buns on the day, so pupils need to bring extra money to but these as well.

13.11.12
Tesco Trip !
Our Reception pupils visited our local Tesco Express shop this morning. They enjoyed seeing how the shop worked and buying ingredients for baking with back at school.

Rainbow Writing Winners!
This week's winners are:
Year 1—Jayden & Karolina
Class 2/3a-Jacob & Connor
Class 2/3b-Lee & Dominik
Class 4/5a-Martin & Callum
Class 6a-Cody & Paulina
Class 6b–George & Julia

Class 4/5B Sample the Tudor Experience !
This morning, Miss Northen's class also visited the Feren's gallery to take part in the Tudor experience. Once again, staff commented on the pupils' exemplary behaviour and brilliant learning attitudes.

12.11.12
More Hands-On Tudor Experiences for Phase 4/5 !
Miss Atkinson's class ventured down to the Feren's Art Gallery this morning, where they were met by a tutor, dressed as a wealthy Tudor lady. Two of our pupils were soon attired in similarly splendid costumes, complete with ruffs and rich adornments. The pupils listened to a talk all about the lavish clothing that wealthy Tudor people wore. The group was then divided into two. While one half of the class drew portraits, the other half rummaged through boxes of Tudor objects and discussed what they were used for. The groups swapped over after this. It was another enthralling experience for our year 4 and 5 pupils to add to their visit to Gainsborough Old Hall and the visit of 'Big Cook, Little Cook' last week. This has certainly been a great thematic unit for the pupils. Miss Atkinson and her team have made great efforts to ensure the two classes have had the 'Tudor Experience!'

Feren’s Art Gallery Visit Report!
by Sakila, Class 4/5A
"On the 12th November 2012, year 4/5A went to Feren’s Art Gallery to get more information about Tudor Art. It was super fun!
After a few minutes, we went to a room full of beautiful portraits and we had to dress up as Tudors! They weren’t that wealthy clothes: they were very itchy!
After that, Miss Atkinson chose two people to dress up as wealthy Tudors, a boy and a girl. Lauren and Martin got chosen and Lauren got to dress up first. She wore a bumroll and a farthingale and a dress on the top. It looked really stunning. Martin had to wear a top called a jerkin and some trousers called breeches and a diamond encrusted hat. We got to explore the rooms and had the chance to look at Tudor Art facts or do portraits. I did a portrait and we had some time to swap over.
My best part was when we got to dress up as Tudors and do portraits. It was really fun and I appreciated it."

Issues with Dyslexia?
'Dyslexia Action' have organised a free session for parents and carers who have children struggling with maths at school.
The session is most suited to children in Year 3 or 4, or older children who are having difficulties.
Parent Information Session
Friday 30th November 2012
Dyslexia Action, 60 Russell Street Hull HU2 9AB
9.30am– 12 noon
Parents and carers attending this session will discover practical tips and advice for helping their children to unlock their learning potential, including learning how to play Maths games that can be taken home afterwards.
To book a place please phone01482 329416 or email hull@dyslexiaaction.org.uk

9.11.12
New PE Coach , Lunchtime Clubs and the Football Team!
Mr Rookyard has started this week, leadng our PE lessons. He and Miss Northen have been arranging some lunchtime activities, which will be run with some of our KS2 classes this half term. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited news is that the Football team is recommencing next week with two practice sessions—on every Wednesday evening and the other on Friday evening. Both will run from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Pupils have been notified today whether they have been given a place or not.

Christmas Dinner & Secret Shop
Dinner will be on Wednesday 12th December and the Secret Shop will be on Friday 14th Dec.

Christmas Fayre Goods Needed
This year's Christmas Fayre will be held on Thursday 6th December, starting at 2.30pm. If you have any unwanted gifts or bottles that you would like to donate please do so. We are starting to collect now so any donations would be gratefully received.

It is Still Not Too Late!
Christmas Shoe Boxes Reminder!Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child
May we remind you about the Christmas Shoe Box project. They will be collected on Wednesday 14th November, which means we only have a few days in which to have them back in school. If you are willing to make a contribution we would be really grateful. They can still be brought in on Monday and Tuesday next week. Please help us with the extremely worthwhile cause, to make a child’s Christmas a little better.

Attendance Figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 94.2%
Class 1: 91.4%
Class 2/3A: 97.6%*
Class 2/3B: 91%
Class 4/5A: 97.2%
Class 4/5B: 93.6%
Class 6A: 96.3%*
Class 6B: 92%*
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.9 %. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 96.9% with 2/3A in second place with 96.7%.

8.11.12
Children In Need Day!
Next Friday—the 16th November, staff and pupils can pay £1 to come to school in 'Topsy-Turvy', 'Inside-Out', 'Back-to-Front', 'Wacky' Clothes—anything goes!
Also, we will be selling the Children in Need Wrist bands for £1 each. These come in a variety of colours so children may wish to collect them.

Poppy Appeal
Many thanks for all those who have bought Poppies this week. Mr Browning took the special Remembrance Assembly today, during which pupils observed a 1 minute silence. Some of our pupils are sporting poppies with names written on about relatives currently serving in Afghanistan. A poignant reminder about the importance of the poppies for the present generation. 

7.11.12
Fire Scare !
This afternoon, we had to sound the fire alarm, evacuate the building and call the fire brigade. Staff detected the smell of burning in the electrical cupboard beneath the main stairs. Mr Browning immediately sounded the alarm, and within minutes, staff, pupils, visitors and parents had evacuated the building in an orderly manner. Our fire practices had proven worthwile! Everyone responded brilliantly! Two fire engines arrived promptly and one crew proceeded directly into the building. They quickly concluded that a faulty fuse was the cause of the problem. There was no fire or smoke and it was made safe within minutes. The incident officer also contacted Yorkshire Electric who sent an engineer within about twenty minutes. He removed the fuse. The fuse was one of three that act as a buffer between the mains electrical supply and the school's own main distribution board. Two more engineers arrived and replaced all three fuses with complelely new ones. Staff and pupils were allowed back into the building, once it was deemed safe by the fire brigade. Checks have been undertaken on the fire alarm and burglar alarm systems and both are working correctly.

Parent's/Carer's Consultation Day Postponed!
Regrettably, we had to cancel our consultation day. Staff had been seeing parents during the day, and were scheduled to continue until about 6pm. Owing to the evacuation of the building and subsequent work to the electrical systems, we had no choice but to cancel the remaining appointments. We wish to extend our apologies to parents and carers for this. The consultation day for years 4, 5 & 6 will take place as planned tomorrow. Today's consultations have now been rescheduled for Wednesday 21st November. Further details will be sent out at the start of next week.

Big Cook, Little Cook Again!
Our year 4/5 pupils enjoyed another of the Big Cook, Little Cook days with our visiting chef, Tony. He helped the pupils to break Tudor bread and make potage. Once again, the delicious aroma of baking filled the school. What a wondeful learning experience!

Tony, the chef leads the way! Delicious Tudor Bread!We practised making traditional Tudor patterns! It was a great hands-on experience!

6.11.12
Rainbow Writing Winners!
This week's winners are:
Year 1—Alhorr & Wiktor
Class 2/3a-Denver & Bartek
Class 2/3b-Maleeka & Layla
Class 4/5a-Oskar & Cole
Class 4/5b-Kacper & Precious
Class 6a-Mawdud & Pheonix
Class 6b–Casey & Lewis

More Able Maths Club !
Mrs Wilde accompanied four of our year six pupils to Endeavour school this afternoon to take part in a new More Able Maths Club. This is aimed at pupils working towards high level 5 or level 6 in maths. We joined pupils from Clifton and Pearson primary schools. Led by Mr Ritchie from Endeavour, the pupils' maths skills were tested and pushed. There was plenty of challenge for these pupils and they can't wait for the next session!

Football Team Letter !
A letter has been sent out today giving information about the school football team. Mr Rookyard will be starting practices next week on Wednesday and Friday evenings, between 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Numbers will be limited to twenty to begin with. If you child is interested in attending, please ensure the form is returned as soon as possible. This is open to boys and girls in years 4, 5 and 6.

5.11.12
Welcome Back!
We're back for another extremely busy half term. We trust everyone has had a good break and not suffered from the nasty flu virus that has been going around!

PE Coach Starts !
Today, we have been delighted to welcome Mr Marc Rookyard, our new PE coach. Mr Rookyard is a trained PE coach with qualified teacher status and will be taking all our year groups for PE. This week, he will also be starting to plan lunchtime and after school clubs with our PE coordinator, Miss Northen.

Big Cook, Little Cook !
Our year 6 pupils enjoyed a day of study with a difference. As part of their thematic unit on the Victorians, we had a chef from the company 'Big Cook, Little Cook' who lead lessons in schools. Pupils learn to cook and then are able to taste food and drink from different periods in history. Today, our oldest pupils made Victorian bread and Victorian lemonade. The bread smelled and tasted wonderful, although a few pupils found the Victorian's idea of lemonade a little too sour for their palate! Nevertheless, it was a wonderful way to learn about the everyday lives of our Victorian counterparts.

Christmas Shoe Boxes Reminder!
Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child
In assembly this morning, Mr Browning reminded pupils about the Christmas Shoe Box project. They will be collected on Wednesday 14th November, which means we need to have them back in by the end of this week. We would be grateful for as much help as we can this year as well.

Stepney Community Choir!
This year, we are employing the services of the 'Music Academy for Schools and Communities' to lead on our music provision at school. This specialist help is already having a big impact on our school. One of the teachers, Mrs Rice, who is a former local authority music advisor, is going to start a community choir. This was requested by our school pupil council. It is open to pupils from years 2 to 6 by themselves or with their parents. We have already had numerous replies from parents and pupils and we would be delighted for other brave parents/carers to join their children for what promises to be an exciting project. The first rehearsal will begin on Wednesday 14th November from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. If you wish to attend, please will you return the permission slip on the letter home as soon as possible.

Poppy Appeal!
Our year 6 pupils are continuing to bring around the poppies for sale. We also have some rubber wrist bands. The Royal British Legion have asked that pupils pay £1 for these. We have decided that if pupils pay £1 for the band, they will get a poppy as well.

Parents/Carers Consultation Days
These are taking place on Wednesday 7th November for Nursery, Reception, and years 1, 2 & 3. Thursday 8th November is the designated day for years 4, 5 & 6. Before the half term holiday, we undertook assessments of all the pupils so that teachers will be able to feed back on their latest levels and progress. Please contact the school if you have not sent the form back but still wish to see a teacher on this occasion or to arrange another time.

 

 

 


 

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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