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October 2009

We have good contacts with the Sculcoates Neighbourhood Association who forward details of local courses to us. Click here for the latest information sheet on courses run by the Hull College Group.

Accompanied by Mrs Rodgers and Mrs Holmes, some of our year six pupils delivered the harvest festival donations to our local sheltered accommodation. The goods were gratefully received by the residents. Thanks go out to all the parents, carers and pupils who helped us with this.

Our year six pupils also chose the winner of our e-safety competition. As part of the awareness work we have been doing with the children on using the internet safely, the pupils were asked to design a badge. Emily, from year 6, was the winner and this is her design...
Click here to see Emily's winning e-safety badge
On of behalf of everyone at Stepney may we wish you a good half term holiday.

Even though it is a week before the actual event our Halloween disco has, once again, been a roaring success. The end of the school day was marked by children getting attired in their costumes and parents busily applying last minute make up touches to their children. Many thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful evening.

The children have been busy thinking about their behaviour and safety around school. They have all contributed to a display along the link corridor, entitled 'Our Voice'. Click below to see a larger image of it.
A record of what our pupils think about their behaviour and safety.

This afternoon we had a brilliant new event! Year 6 strutted their stuff on a 'catwalk' in the school hall. As part of their theme for the Autumn: 'The Clothes Show - Trading Around the World' they had designed and produced garments made from recycling. They then paraded them to their parents and the rest of the school along a proper cat walk. Following this, they confidently told us about the 'Fair Trade' work they had been researching. To complete a fantastic afternoon they provided refreshments to all the adults. Feedback was that it had been a tremendous afternoon. Once again, Stepney pupils showing how versatile they are! A big thank you goes to the year six staff and pupils for their hard work in preparing this.

The year 4/5 jigsaw is now hanging on the wall in the link corridor and looks great. Thanks to Mr Foston for putting it up so promptly. Click on the image to see how it looks.

This morning, Miss Northen's Year 4/5 pupils presented their class assembly to the rest of the school and a sizeable contingent of parents and carers. The theme was 'A Rough Guide to Hull'. They described the literacy work they had been doing this term, which included persuasive writing and speaking aimed at enticing people to come to Hull. All the children spoke loudly and clearly with confidence, telling us about the important landmarks in our city. Some children performed a Rap and others showed us a street dance routine. The pièce de résistance was a fantastic jigsaw that they had made. The class had gone to Winifred Holtby school a few weeks ago to design and produce it in their Design and Technology department under the care and guidance of Miss Northen's sister, who teaches there. Each child made individual pallets which then link together to form a brilliant collage, which will soon be hanging up in our school. Please click on the image below to see what it looks like...
Year 4/5s 'Jigsaw' of Hull

Rugby League Players from Hull FC have been working throughout the school today. Years 1 to 6 have been taking part in exercise activites during the day. This is part of the rugby club's 'Fun Day' activities, aimed at making children think about obesity, smoking and alcohol. Again, It has been one of the exciting days we have, working alongside local organisations. Everyone at Stepney would like to thank the club for joining us today.
The children were also asked to produce a healthy eating poster and these were judged by the players. The winners received a rugby league ball. The three winners were Paulina, Ellie and Paige and these are their posters:-

Paulina Ellie Paige

Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 have had a visit from the Fire Brigade staff today. They have been told about safety in the home and what to do in the event of a fire. Please have a discussion with your child about what they have learned.

It has been a sucessful week of parents' days and evenings. We managed to see most of our parents and the response from all was very favourable. Parents and staff reported that they had found the sessions really useful. Many thanks to all who attended and a big thank you to all those who returned our questionnaire. If you didn't get chance to fill out a form please click here for a copy.

Our attendance for the term so far is 95% with two classes: year 1 and 4/5N getting rewarded for having 97% or more.

The latest pupil work to go on the website can be found on the kids zone and the year 4/5 link. The children in 4/5B have been finishing off some brilliant collage work, based on buildings around Hull.

As part of their Autumn theme 'The Clothes Show: Trading Around the World' year 6 have been designing and producing clothing made from recycling. The garments they have made are stunning. Next Wednesday afternoon (21st October) they will be putting on their very own catwalk show. We wish to invite all year 6 parents and carers to this event - it promises to be a real 'show stopper'. Please look out for the invitations that the pupils are sending out to you.

Course Details

We have just received details of another course for parents from the Family Learning staff. Last week they worked with our Learning Links Worker, Mrs Bayley, to stage the successful Fairground workshop. This time we have a course called 'Keeping Up With the Children in Literacy and Numeracy'. During this five week course parents/carers will:
o Find out how to help their child to be more confident with their speaking and listening, reading and writing and number skills;
o Make games and practical activities and discover new ways to support their children at home;
o Learn more about what they are doing in school;
o Have fun, meet other parents and share ideas.
The course, materials & childcare for under 5s are free!
It starts on Thursday 5th November 2009 between 1.10 - 3.10 p.m. with a creche provided. If you are interested please contact the school and click here for the course poster.

Year 4 were out and about today, walking around Hull as part of their project 'A Rough Guide to Hull.' As part of this they visited the 'Street Life' and 'Wilberforce' museums. As well as the children learning lots about their city, staff at the museums reported that children (and staff, of course) were brilliant! Well done, everyone!

We are still doing well with the attendance for the term. So far for the year it is 95.2% which is good. This is a marked improvement on last year's final total and a massive improvement on the year before. It is vital that we maintain good attendance so all children have the best opportunity to learn.
Thanks went to Mrs Holmes for updating the school house race chart in the hall. The new 'cars' (which show the weekly progression of the house points) look stunning!
All the staff and children passed on their best wishes to Mrs Hudson as she went off on her maternity leave. We were also delighted to see Mrs Brocklebank and her new baby in school.
Miss Northen's class are going to be making piggy banks as part of an enterprise initiative with the Humber Enterprise Business Partnership next week. If anyone has spare egg cartons (which have places for 6 eggs) please will you send them to school.

This morning our Foundation Stage children had their class assembly which started our Harvest theme in school. They entertained us with a beautiful retelling of the Little Red Hen story. Well done, children and staff for a super effort. As part of this we would be grateful if you would spare some food produce to send into school. This will be collected and then distributed to local residential homes in the area.

We feel that this is a very important part of school life as it gives children the time to think about others and to be able to share food with some of our older residents in the community. It is always very much appreciated and we usually have a tremendous response from the school.

Today, we had a Fairground Workshop at school. This was in conjunction with the Family Learning Service. We had an excellent response with thirteen parents attending. They made fantastic models of carousels, just using paper and paper fasteners. The year 1 classroom was a hive of industry! A sincere thanks go out to all those who attended and to Mrs Bayley, our new Learning Links Worker, who is busy arranging the next event.

As part of our continual drive to improve our attendance we had another boost this week. Last week the overall attendance had dipped under the 95% mark for the first time since we started back. Our goal this year is to keep it at least 95%. One class last week had a number of poor attenders but had made a supreme effort this week which had raised our attendance back over 95%. Well done to them and the rest of the school.

One upsetting development for us this term has been with the school field. For the first time in many years we have started having groups of youths congregating on the school field after hours. Leaving litter, burned out containers and other debris they have chosen to use our premises as a smoking and drinking venue. Needless to say, we are reporting all events to the police, who are now responding. They have already been taking particulars of these people and escorting them off the premises. We would be grateful for parents/carers to be our eyes and ears as well and report incidents they see to the police on telephone number: 08456060222

The more people who ring in, the more help we will get with this. At the moment we are not allowing any children on the field and this will continue until the problem is resolved.

Today, the year 6 pupils had another visit from Natasha Dawson, of the Humber Education Business Partnership. Mrs Dawson came to work with the children on developing their enterprise skills. The pupils are looking at 'Fair Trade' this term and are going to be selling goods as part of this project once a fortnight. We feel this is very important as it introduces children to the global market and helps them to have practical experience of retailing, profit margins, advertising etc as well as working in marketing teams.

While year 6 were engaged in this at school, Miss Northen's class had gone to Winifred Holtby School where they were working in their Design and Technology rooms creating a wonderful frieze on their theme of 'A Rough Guide to Hull'. Miss Northen commented on the superb behaviour and industry of every single child. The results look impressive: we should be taking delivery of the finished piece of work next week, when it will be put on permanent display in the school. This is part of our drive to have more high quality work around the school.

Back at school Miss Atkinson's year 2/3 class performed their assembly. The children told us about the class pledge they had written and their targets for the term. They also showed us their beautiful African designs which they are in the process of transfering to a class 'Ken-tri' design. Afterwards parents and carers were invited back to the children's classroom for refreshments and a chance to have a look at more of their work.


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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