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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
October 2015

23.10.15
Half Term Holiday

We break up today for the autumn half term holiday. School commences again on Monday 2nd November. May we wish everyone an enjoyable and relaxing week.

HCSN Newsletter
We are part of the Hull Cooperative Schools Network. Please click on the link below for the latest monthly newsletter, which gives more information of activites around the network:
October 2015

Year 6 in London
Today, year 6 have been to the capital for a wonderful day of experiences. For many pupils, there were numerous 'firsts', including going on a train and the underground plus visiting London itself. On top of this, the Hull Children's University had organised another day, full of activities.
Having met early at 6.30am at Hull Paragon Station, we journeyed to Kings Cross Station by high speed train. Taking the underground to Westminster, the party visited the Houses of Parliament, coming up from the tube station, just as Big Ben was striking eleven o'clock!
This visit included a virtual tour of the House of Lords plus sitting and watching a live debate in the House of Commons. Our pupils learned how British Democracy works and the history about it. They learned the principles behind our British Values and marvelled at the architecture and scale of the Palace of Westminster.
A workshop followed in which the pupils learned how we shape Laws in Britain and how they are passed through Parliament. The pupils took part in their own debate and met Martin, a representative from our very own MP and friend of the School, Diana Johnson. We discussed matters which are important to the country and to Hull. It was great to see how many pupils had questions to ask. It should certainly be a 'must-visit' event for all schools in the country to allow children to get a true sense of this bedrock of the British way of life.
The party then walked through St. James Park to look at Buckingham Palace (the Queen was not in residence there today!) and back up through Horse Guards Parade to see the changing of the mounted guards. A quick stop at the gates into Downing Street and a chat with the friendly policemen there, before heading off over Westminster Bridge.
By now, legs were starting to tire from all the walking so everyone enjoyed going on the London Eye, with the breath-taking views over London. Once we were off this attraction, we popped into watch the London Eye 4D experience before moving past the brilliant street artists with their 'moving-statues', BMX bike tricks and enormous bubble displays. We crossed the Hungerford bridge and made our way by tube back to Kings Cross. A short stop at the souvenir stand ended the day's events before we boarded the 18:50 train back to Hull. Once back at 21:29, pupils were collected by their parents.
Our profound thanks go to Mick and his team from Hull Children's University. Everything went like clockwork and a great day was had by all!

Attendance Figures 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 83.33%↑(5 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 90.00%↑(2 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 93.10%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 89.65%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 78.57%↓(6 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 80.00%↓(6 pupils didn't)
Year 6: 89.28%↓(3 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 86.26%↑(28 didn't have 100% attendance)  

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 91.33%↑  
Year 1: 94.67%↑
Year 2: 98.62%*↑
Year 3: 96.55%↑
Year 4: 90%↓
Year 5: 92%↓
Year 6: 98.93%*-
Whole School Average: 95.14%↓
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

Stars of the Week
EYFS   Fabian
Year 1  Leah
Year 2  Sarkar
Year 3  Isabelle
Year 4  Alhorr
Year 5  Amelia
Year 6 have been in London today so no certificate was awarded

Christmas Productions 
Please note that the EYFS production has now been brought back a week and will take place on 9th December
The others are as follows:
15th December - Phase 1 & 2
16th December - Phase 3 & 4
18th December - Christmas Service at St. Mary's Church

22.10.15
Hull Cooperative Schools Newsletter Launch

Stepney is part of the Hull Cooperative Schools Network (HCSN) which also comprises the following other schools: Chiltern, Foredyke, Griffin, Ings, Oldfleet, Paisley, St. George's, Sidmouth and Thanet. Today, we are launching a new monthly newsletter to keep you informed of events and activities across the trust. Please click here to see a pdf version of it.

Phase 1-2 Assembly
Today, we had a great assembly from our year 1 and 2 classes. They told us about things they have been studying so far this term. Starting with a rendition of ’Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and ’ Dem Bones’, we heard facts about the human body, and then listened to work about objects from history. Everyone conquered their nerves to deliver a superb assembly. Well done to all concerned, with special thanks to Mrs Rice for leading pupils, staff and parents in rousing songs.

21.10.15
Beverley Road Programme

This afternoon, Mr Browning joined fellow members of the Beverley Road Programme Board. This is a scheme which is being launched on Thursday 29th October at the Endeavour learning centre (formerly Endeavour High School). Supported by a National Lottery grant, it is directed at restoring many of the frontages of buildings along Beverley Road. It affects buildings from the Hull Daily Mail offices on Blundells' Corner up to the junction with Queen's Road. Over the years, buildings have become run down or their exteriors become untidy and neglected. The aim is to bring back some of Beverley Road's character with buildings having some of their original Victorian and Edwardian features returned to their former glory. Ornate Railings will be installed plus there will be feature 'history' boards along the road. Our school will not be affected. Our exterior looks just like it did in 1886, when it was completed. Although many years ago, our railings were removed, they were eventually replaced. The railings we have are not the original Victorian ones but quite recent copies. The land around Stepney Railway Station will be improved. The platform is still there on the opposite side from the station, but is overgrown. This will be cleared and new lighting installed, which will hopefully make it a better-looking and safer area. Other projects will include tackling Brunswick Arcade, which has been surrounded by scaffolding for years and has become an eyesore. We are hopeful that our pupils will become involved in some heritage projects, perhaps linking in with the Hull, City of Culture 2017 events.

20.10.15
Star Reader Winners

Following on from Megan's assembly two weeks ago, Lewis from year 6 led our assembly this morning. He had prepared a four-slide powerpoint presentation to tell our pupils about his favourite books and authors. Well done, Lewis
Year 1 Yu Tong
Year 2 Bartek
Year 3 Isabelle
Year 4 Courteney
Year 5 Ellis
Year 6 Lewis

19.10.15
Mighty Maths

This week's winners are
Year 1 - Jazmine
Year 2 - Kamil
Year 3 - Maria 
Year 4 - Michal
Year 5 - Sunny
Year 6 - Bartek

16.10.15
Back to Winning Ways!
After a victorious first week, our football team has had two weeks of defeats at the hands of Adelaide and Pearson Primary Schools. Tonight, all the hard work that our players have been putting in during training has paid off again. Mr Ingram reported that "there were some brilliant individual performances which culminated in an outstanding team effort to beat St. Charles' Primary School 2 v 0 and 3 v 0. Getting better each week!" Well done to the players and their coach!

Stars of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS Kye
Year 1  Auste
Year 2  Demi-May
Year 3  Didi
Year 4  Muna
Year 5  Megan-Leah
Year 6  Taran

Attendance Figures 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 76.66%↓(7 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 86.66%- (4 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 85.71%↓(4 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 75.86%↓(7 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 82.14%↑(5 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 89.28%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 6: 96.29%↑(1 pupil didn't)
Whole School Average: 84.66%↓(31 didn't have 100% attendance)  

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 89.33%↓  
Year 1: 92.67%↓
Year 2: 95.60%↓
Year 3: 93.79%↓
Year 4: 94.29%↑
Year 5: 96.79%↑
Year 6: 98.93%*↑
Whole School Average: 95.24%-
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

15.10.15
Year 5-6 Assembly - Viking Style
Our oldest pupils are certainly enjoying their thematic this term. Today, we had a brilliant assembly in which the pupils told us all about the Vikings. We had a 'True' and 'False' question and answer game plus a brilliant rendition of the song 'Viking Rock', which was led by Mrs Rice and featured our ukulele band! Pupils also shared their amazing 'solar system' homework, that they had brought into school. Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde had asked them to produce a piece of homework about the solar system in any fashion they pleased. We had an array of models showing the planets plus posters and factsheets. A great deal of time and effort by the pupils and their pupils had gone into producing these. With one more assembly to go before half term, the standard has certainly been set by all our pupils so far.

Teaching at Hull University
Today, Miss Atkinson concluded her teaching schedule for the PGCE students by going and taking some lectures and workshop sessions at Hull University itself. As she has done for many years now, Miss Baitson accompanied her. Between the two of them, the PGCE students received their final instructions on how good phonics teaching is delivered. It is certainly a feather in Stepney's cap for two of our teachers to undertake this work. Well done to Miss Atkinson and Miss Baitson. First-Class!

E-Safety Rules
You will have received a letter to sign about e-safety. In schools these days, pupils are using the internet for a wide variety of purposes. They use computers, laptops, netbooks and ipads for research and for
producing work. We also use a number of key websites, such as ‘Bug Club’, ’Lexia’ and ‘My Maths’ to support pupils with their reading and maths. We put work on blog pages such as ‘Kidblog’.
E-safety is therefore taken extremely seriously. We employ a company called ‘Primary Tec’ (based in Hull, near to the County Road Bridge) which is responsible for the firewalls and other security systems that are in place at Stepney. As we all know, despite all these measures, everyone still has to be vigilent when accessing the internet. From an early age, we begin installing safe internet practices for our pupils to help them safeguard themselves and others. These are main rules we use in school:
We ask permission before using the Internet.
We only use websites that an adult has chosen.
We tell an adult if we see anything we are uncomfortable with.
We immediately close any webpage we not sure about.
We only e-mail people an adult has approved.
We send e-mails that are polite and friendly.
We never give out personal information or passwords.
We never arrange to meet anyone we don’t know.
We do not open e-mails sent by anyone we don’t know.
We do not use Internet chat rooms.

14.10.15
A Second Day for PGCE Students
Following on from last week, Miss Atkinson welcomed a second group of Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) student teachers from Hull University . She taught them how our pupils practise their phonics. This included them watching our phonics groups in the session before playtime. As usual, the university students gained much from observing what we do at Stepney.

13.10.15
Rainbow Writers

This week's winners are
Year 1  Martu
Year 2  Sarkar
Year 3  Agata
Year 4  Zara
Year 5  Piotr
Year 6  SInead

Names in Clothing
May we remind parents/carers to write pupils names in their sweatshirts and coats. There is a growing collection of lost property items on the coatpegs outside Mr Browning's office. If you think that your child has mislaid an article of clothing, please have a look on these pegs.

12.10.15
Mighty Maths

This week's winners are
Year 1 - Mateusz
Year 2 - Martyna
Phase 3/4 - Dylan & Jakub
Year 5 - Denver
Year 6 - Abigayle

9.10.15
Viking for a Day

Year 5 and 6 are studying the Vikings this term for their thematic unit. The book they are reading and working from is 'How to Train a Dragon', which is fictional. Today was all about facts and lots of them! We had Stuart and Helena visit us from the Jorvik Viking centre in York. They came, dressed as Vikings and spent a day with our oldest two classes, telling them all about the Vikings. It involved a certain amount of dressing up by pupils as well! Staff and pupils found out loads about the Viking lifestyle. It was a great way to end the week. We'll certainly want to have them back again!

Stars of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS  Jasmine
Year 1  Brin
Year 2  Kamil
Year 3  Warren
Year 4  Cara
Year 5  Anton
Year 6  Jakub

8.10.15
Phase 3-4 Assembly

It was the turn of our year 3 and year 4 classes to present a great assembly on their thematic unit for this autumn. They gave us a trip through history, all the way back to the Stone and Iron Ages. Mixing video clips and their own work, all the pupils spoke clearly and educated us with their information. Many thanks for everyone who contributed to this wonderful event.

Football Results
Our football team came up against another tough opposition today, in the form of Adelaide Primary. We were beaten in both matches, but once again the heads did not fall and our players tried their hardest right up to the final whistle. Well done to all who were involved and to Mr Ingram for leading them.

7.10.15
PGCE Students Watch Stepney Phonics
Miss Atkinson has once again welcomed the first group of Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) student teachers from Hull University into school. This was to show them how we teach phonics at Stepney. As well as being taught by Miss Atkinson throughout the morning, the students watched our phonics groups in the session before playtime. As usual, it was a great success with the students commenting on how good our pupils and staff are at delivering this programme. Photographs of the event have been put on our Twitter account.

Mighty Maths
This week's winners are
Year 1 Kawther
Year 2 Jakub
Year 3 Malakai
Year 4 Evie
Year 5 Megan
Year 6 Taran

6.10.15
Harvest Festival Donations

We have been really pleased with the response so far for our Harvest Festival Appeal. We asked pupils and parents if they could spare some food produce to send into school. If everyone brought in a couple of items, such as some tins or packets of produce then we would be able to make a good collection. This will then be distributed to local residential homes in the area. Pupils have been coming in with bags of goods and the collection, which we are putting in the staff workroom (the classroom adjacent to the school hall) is getting bigger by the day. 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. We very much appreciate people's generosity in this matter. Please feel free to send in any other food donations. We will be distributing them in a week or two.

5.10.15
Megan's Magical Assembly!

We had a real treat this morning in the literacy assembly as Megan from year 5 showed the rest of the school a powerpoint that she had made at home. This was all about her favourite author and she even presented it. A bemused and impressed Miss Atkinson just stood at the side of the hall as Megan took full control! What an absolute super star! Well done, Megan!

2.10.15
Football Match Results

Following our victories last week, our team came up against Pearson, who are always tough opponents. Unfortunately, we lost both matches but, as always, our pupils played well together and good sportsmanship was shown by the two sides.

Artwork in St. Mary's
Following our assembly yesterday, and the artwork that year 2 produced for our local church, we had this email from Father Malcolm:
"I've really enjoyed coming into school this week and hopefully will be able to come again this term. The harvest poster has been displayed at the front of St Mary's and the plates are by the altar. Quite wonderful. So many thanks."

Sainsbury's School Games KiteMark
We continue to offer a wide and varied range of sports and this is being extended since the appointment of Mr Jones as our new Stepney PE coach. As a result of the combined efforts of Miss Baitson, Mr Darwood, Mr Dear and Mr Ingram in 2014-15, we are delighted to announce that our school has just been awarded the Sainsbury’s Silver School Games Kitemark. Many thanks to these staff members for their concerted efforts in leading us to this success.

Stars of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS  Jalema
Year 1  Jasmine
Year 2  Kyle
Year 3  Malakai
Year 4  Michal
Year 5  Alanta
Year 6  Joshua

1.10.15
A Brilliant Harvest Festival Assembly

Our youngest pupils in Nursery and Reception opened our autumn schedule of phase assemblies with a great Harvest Festival. They shared their work on autumn with us. Once again, Father Malcolm joined us for prayer and thoughts . More pupils have continued to bring in food produce for our Harvest Festival. Many thanks to them and their parents for helping us.

Curriculum Maps !
Each of the phase groups produces a 'Curriculum Map' at the start of a new thematic unit to give pupils and parents an overview of what will be taught. These are given out at school but pdf versions are also available by clicking on the links below. These may also be accessed from the tab at the top of our website marked 'The Curriculum':
Early Years Foundation Stage - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015
Phase 1-2 - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015
Phase 3-4 - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015
Phase 5-6 - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015

 

 

   

 

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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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Fax: 01482 348681
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