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October 2010

Farewell for now !
Today was the last one for now for Mrs Heidstra, as she starts her maternity leave. We all gave her our best wishes, flowers and presents. The baby is due in mid December, so watch this space...

This is the end of the first half of the Autumn term. We resume on Monday 1st November.

What a great Halloween Disco!
Once again, all of us have enjoyed a super Halloween disco. Every pupil who attended was suitably dressed up in Halloween costumes. We had witches, vampires, zombies and ghouls! What a great effort by everyone! This year, we made a profit of £111.47 which will go back into school funds to support activities for our pupils. Many thanks to Mr Morfitt and the staff for decorating the hall, serving the hotdogs, drinks and sweets and bopping with the children!

Halloween Disco!
The Halloween Disco takes place tomorrow evening. This starts at 3.30pm and finishes at 5pm. Please ensure you pick up your child promptly. Each pupil should bring £1 for refreshments.

Hands On History Museum Reopens!
We've just received news that the Hands on History Museum is reopening soon: This is their message:
Get “Hands on” and join us at the launch of our newly refurbished Victorian gallery and experience what life was like for Victorian children at school, work and play. Bring Victorian childhood to life, touch, see, smell and discover in our new hands-on space.
Meet Victorian characters and make your own toys and crafts.
Explore the lives of children living in Hull between 1837 and 1901.
• Meet Master Longtail
• Explore gruelling Victorian jobs
• Find out about Victorian toys
• Take time out in our story area
Official opening - 11am – 3pm, Saturday 30th October, 2010
Museum opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1.30pm-4.30pm
Click here for more information

Class 5/6 are inspired by Andrew Goldsworthy !
Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde have been showing their pupils the work of Andrew Goldsworthy. Born 26 July 1956, Andrew Goldsworthy OBE, is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. He currently lives in Scotland and produces sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. His art involves the use of natural and found objects, to create both temporary and permanent sculptures which draw out the character of their environment. Click on the link below to see more of the pupils' stunning work:

Click here to see more of the pupils' work.

Surfing the Net on the Netbooks!
Now, our pupils have access to an individual computer, right on their own table! Instead of going to the ICT suite, which they can still do if they wish, we have one class set of netbooks. These are smaller versions of laptops.They sit neatly on normal school tables and still allow pupils room to put their books down as well! With our new wireless network in place and working, pupils can access their own files, surf the internet or use some of our dedicated software programmes. After a few technical problems along the way, it's all systems go!
Hi-tech Lessons! A class set of netbooks! Personal Research!

Parents' Day !
Many thanks for all those people who attended our parents' day meetings and those who returned questionnaires. All the comments we received have been shown below. We didn't have any negative comments!

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





This is your first one






“Try my best to attend”
“Always, we like to know where our children are in their learning.”

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




“Everything was explained very well”
“Very useful as now know what he his leading to”
 “The teacher knew exactly where my son was at and where he needed to be regarding targets”
“We are pleased with the level of progress our children are achieving”

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




“Explained quite well”
“Useful sheets given to me to help progress”
“Shown ways to help our children achieve their next targets”
“The teacher even took time to show us some of the methods we can use to help our child progress”

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




“Am pleased with the kids attitudes in school and was pleased they are popular”

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

Very Satsified


Not Satisfied

Major Concerns





“My son has settled in very well and is very happy”
“My son has progressed so much since he came to Stepney in year three. The teachers are doing a great job”
“Very satisfied that they are getting the teaching they need”
“Great teaching staff that are working hard to bring a good education to children at their own particular level”

6. Any comments you wish to make
“Very Satisfied”
“Very good, ??? seems to be settling in well”
“Keep up the good work”
“I think you doing a really good job and I am so grateful”
“Keep it up” (There were two of these comments)
“As a parent, I want to know how my child is doing outside the home so these parent days are like a mirror between me and them. Therefore, I am thankful for you keeping me involved. Thank you.”
“The teaching is very good”
“Really pleased. Thank you”
“Very pleased with the efforts of the school. Also, grateful for you keeping me involved.”
“Very pleased with ??? ’s progress”



Number Attended

Total number in class

Percentage attended









Year 1




Year 2/3A




Year 2/3B




Year 4/5A




Year 4/5B




Year 5/6




Whole School




Attendance still over 95% !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 99.3%*
Class 1: 87.5%
Class 2/3A: 96.9%
Class 2/3B: 95.9%
Class 4/5A: 95.2%
Class 4/5B: 96.1%
Class 5/6: 98.6%*
*These classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year is now 95.3%, with class 5/6 in the lead and class 4/5B close on their tails!

Brilliant Year 5/6 Assembly!
It was that wow factor time again on Thursday. Year 6 showed us what fantastic actors they are. Recreating scenes  from Romeo & Juliet and MacBeth, they gave us an insight into the literacy work they have been studying this term. They explained about the water cycle in a unique way and told us about their Geography topic on rivers. Well done to everyone who took part—brilliant!

Key Dates to remember:
Please note: CHRISTMAS DINNER is on Tuesday 14th December.

Parent's Day
Many thanks for the great turnout for the parent's day consultations for the Early Years classes and years 1, 2 and 3. Don't forget that tomorrow's sessions are for years 4, 5 and 6. If you have missed an appointment or cannot attend tomorrow, then please contact us to arrange an alternative time.

Harvest Festival Distribution
Mrs Rodgers and Mr Morfitt accompanied some of our pupils in distributing our harvest festival donations to local residents, who live in the warden controlled bungalows, behind the school. As always, they were very appreciative of the children's efforts. Once again, many thanks for all the donations.

International Pupil Council
Mr Browning took Ronaldo and Mimi from year 5 to the inaugural meeting of a new group. We already have children being part of our school council and going out to Wyke Area Pupil Council and Hull Youth Parliament meetings. Today, he started the International Pupil Council or IPC. Following discussions with Francis Mason, who is one of the Sierra Leonian heads, the two of them have decided to from an IPC in both cities.The pupils will contact each other and tackle issues facing both areas. The IPC is linking in with the Waste Management Strategy team of Hull City Council. At the moment, their task is to help Freetown with their waste problem. As Mr Browning found out, when he visited in March, there is rubbish everywhere. There are no wheelie bins, or dustbin lorries services of any consequence out there. At today's meeting twenty pupils met at Winifred Holtby School. They represented ten schools that are involved in the global partnership scheme with Sierra Leone. All the pupils contributed to the discussions. We were also joined by Liz Smith, from the city council. Liz told the children about her work in developing a waste strategy for Freetown. The pupils will be writing letters to send out to their fellow IPC pupils in Freetown. They are having their first meeting on 29th October 2010. Mr Browning has sent the minutes from our meeting to them.
The New IPC

A Reminder about Parent's Days
On Wednesday we will be holding parent consultations for the Early Year's classes and years 1, 2 and 3. It will be the turn of years 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday. If you have not got an appointment, then please contact school to make one.

An Excellent Early Bird's Week & Attendance figures
All this week, Mrs Purkins and our Educational Welfare Officer, have been lurking in the playground every morning. This is because they have been giving out cards and stickers for Early Bird Week. The results were as follow for those who managed to get a full card:
Reception: 7 full cards
Class 1: 15 full cards
Class 2/3A: 21 full cards
Class 2/3B: 16 full cards
Class 4/5A: 15 full cards
Class 4/5B: 21 full cards
Class 5/6: 25 full cards
Special congratulations go to class 5/6, who win the virtual cheque!
Mrs Purkins asked Mr Browning to present Tegan, Milana and Courtney with special 'star' badges for helping out with Early Bird's Week!

Also, our attendance figures have been the best for a long while:
Reception: 93.1%
Class 1: 92%
Class 2/3A: 97.2%*
Class 2/3B: 99.3%*
Class 4/5A: 98.5%*
Class 4/5B: 98.1%*
Class 5/6: 97.1%*
*These classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year is now 95.9%, with class 5/6 in the lead and class 4/5B close on their tails!

Council Posters
The pupil council have been organising a little competition for posters to go up in different parts of the school, reminding people about how to act properly in them. The winners were:
Paige (Class 2/3B) for the 2/3 shared area;
Emma (Class 6) for the quiet area outside;
Jessica (Class 2/3A) for the library;
Cameron (Class 1) for the toilets;
Zak (Class 4/5B) for putting rubbish in the bins;
Lilli (Class 4/5B) for picking up coats.

A Brilliant WWII Harvest Festival
There can be no doubt that we have some talented pupils and staff in our school. Year 4-5 were given the honour of hosting our Harvest Festival assembly. As they have been studying WWII, they thought it would be fitting to present our Harvest Festival as if we were back in the war years. With the recurring theme of 'Digging for Victory', we learned about air raid shelters; cooking with war rations and making do with what was close at hand! Filled with song and dance and superb acting, we certainly had a treat. Accompanying the assembly was some fantastic art work from Mrs Kobus - wonderful cardboard vegetables that looked great in Mr Foston's wheelbarrow! To top it all, Jake, in our Foundation Stage had also brought in some eggs. These are special as they are the first eggs from the chicks that were reared by our Reception and Nursery children in the Summer term!
Mrs Kobus' artwork! Our first eggs from our own chicks!

Many thanks to everyone who has brought in goods for the harvets festival. We will be distributing these next week.

A Bumper Crop! Plenty to go around!

Parents’ Afternoons
We are holding parents’ afternoons next week. You should have already received a letter from school. Please make every effort to attend. It gives teachers a chance to tell you how your child is doing, their targets and things you can do to help them. It’s also a chance for you to tell us about any concerns you may have.

Halloween Disco
On Thursday, 21st October, we are holding our annual Halloween disco. We will charging £1 to get in, which will also entitle children to a drink and a hot dog. It will start at 3.30pm and finish at 5pm, although we ask for Reception children to be picked up at 4pm. Unfortunately, It’s not open to Nursery children. Please will you ensure that you are at the school promptly at 5pm to pick your children up.

KC Maths Fair
Miss Northen and Mrs McIlwaine took ten pupils to a great event at the KC stadium. This was a Science Stem fair, which proved an interesting and absorbing day for all concerned. We’re really keen to take our pupils to events such as these as it gives them a wider experience of science. The children made composts; UV broaches, that change colour in daylight; wind turbines; and paper, from recycling! A truly inspiring day!

Football Club
There is going to be a change to Mr Burton’s football club. This will now take place after school on Mondays, rather than at lunchtimes. The practicalities of fitting in lunch and training during this period means the actual session is very short. Another letter will be going out for parents and carers to sign – apologies for this, but it is important that we get your permission. Mr Browning has already been in contact with other head teachers about possible matches between schools, including talking to Mrs Milner at Thoresby (with their super new 3G pitch!)

Giant Tetrahedron
This afternoon, year Six were engaged in one of our favourite activities from Natasha and the Education Business Partnership. On a sunny playground, they created a giant tetrahedron from pieces of wooden dowelling and elastic bands. As well as being a great practical maths experience, it is also tremendous fun. Children had to work in pairs and then smaller groups to construct tetrahedrons from smaller tetrahedrons, which them formed the brilliant pyramid shape!

“On Tuesday the year 5-6 class built a giant tetrahedron with Natasha Banks. We really enjoyed this experiment. The whole tetrahedron measured 13 ft high. All of us made tetrahedrons. Natasha has done many activities including Piggy Banks, Euro Gateaux. There were 384 sticks in the tetrahedron”

“Natasha got the whole of the year sixes to build a giant tetrahedron and all of us were really happy about it, maybe too excited about it. First, we had to make a baby tetrahedron, then the tetrahedron got bigger and bigger and bigger but we were in groups to connect them. When we made the giant tetrahedron we had to work out how many smaller tetrahedrons there were and I worked out the answer was 64.”

Hull History Centre
Yesterday and today, the two year 4-5 classes have walked into town to the Hull History Centre. As part of their thematic unit on WWII they studied old documents and watched footage from the war. Then they had to work together to create scripts for different radio interviews. Some children played the Queen, some the Lord Mayor and others residents of Hull. Many thanks to Esther and her team at the centre. A brilliant experience!

Hull History Centre Researching Skills!

Making Notes and Preparing Speeches! Hull History Centre

Tesco Express
While years 4, 5 and 6 have been travelling far and wide, our nursery and reception children have been looking nearer to home. They went to the Tesco Express to learn about shopping and a great time. As usual, Gordon (the manager) was very supportive. Since the store opened, Gordon has been a firm friend of the school, donating vouchers and items for our fayres and other occasions. He often pops across to see Mr Browning, asking how Tesco can help our school. Many thanks, Gordon!

Flags a flying!
To complete a hall full of flags and banners we have added two final ones to the Eastern Wall. A Sierra Leone flag and a Union flag were put up by Mr Foston, this morning. These celebrate our relationship with the ICOPs school in Freetown.

A Remembrance Assembly for an Ex Pupil!
For years, there has been a photo of an ex-pupil in the reception area of our school. No one can quite remember how it had got there, until Mr Browning received the following email last week:

"Dear Mr Browning,
Some few years ago, I visited your School with the Lord Mayor when he presented the Battle of Britain Memorial Plaque bearing the name of Sergeant, Charles GOODWIN.This year, being the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we in the ‘BOB’ Historical Society are asking schools who have the plaques to make a special remembrance on the day these men were killed. Sgt Goodwin was killed on September 30th 1940 when as Pilot of a Blenheim Fighter Bomber L1261 he crashed during a night patrol near Accrington. All three members of the crew were killed. Charles Goodwin is buried in the Northern Cemetery in Hull. Please ask your staff and pupils to remember him.
Mark Andrew
Battle of Britain Historical Society"

We spent our assembly thinking about Sgt Goodwin and other airmen, who were lost in the Battle. Mr Andrew also sent the following photos:
Charles Goodwin Charles Goodwin's grave in Hull's North Cemetery A Blenheim Fighter Bomber

Students Galore
We're used to having hordes of students aged 3-11 in Stepney, but we're also getting used to having hordes of older students. Over the last three years Miss Atkinson and Ms Johnson have welcomed the PGCE students from Hull University into our school. Although, we have had students coming in for teaching practice, we now have the whole group of fifty or so students in for several sessions each year. While Ms Johnson is still on secondment at Westcott Primary School, Miss Johnson is continuing with the programme. Over the last two days, the students have come in to see the impressive 'phonics' programme that has been established in our school. Between 9.55am and 10.15am every morning, children in our Foundation Stage up to year three are divided into sixteen smaller groups to practise their phonics skills. Each group is led by a teacher or teaching assistant. It is quite a daunting prospect to adapt from teaching pupils to teaching adult students - Miss Atkinson has to be congratulated on another two fabulous days!

Stepney Strictly Come Dancing
Callum and Amelia dazzled us with their brilliant ballroom dancing skills in our Awards Assemly, this afternoon. The two have been attending a dancing school for the last few years and the hours of practice really show - well done to the two of them!

Creative Partnerships is back!
While our two dancing stars were weaving their magic, Mr Browning and Miss Baitson spent several hours interviewing artists in order to choose one to work with us during the spring term. As the thematic work for years two and three will be the Egyptians we had asked for people who could inspire us with some impressive art work! Creative Partnerships is all about having a 'practitioner' in who will help pupils to develop new skills and produce quality products. We are pleased to announce we have appointed Jenny Milne to work with us in January. Jenny is a
visual artist and sculptor. Please see some of her work at www.jennymilne.co.uk


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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