Skill of the week for next week
Reading for enjoyment and pleasure and shares ideas about their reading with others.
Over the last two weeks I have visited the classrooms on numerous occasions to see what the children have been learning in class.
Skippers have been working incredibly hard on their physical development, riding bikes and using a range of apparatus to develop strong gross motor skills.
Firetips have been focusing on writing their tricky words in so many different ways. They have produced some amazing writing on the animation of The Snowman.
Moonbeams have been engaged in the learning about the Great Fire of London and have made some fantastic model houses which they are looking forward to burning in a controlled, safe environment.
Emperors have been able to talk about their learning about Africa with great clarity, using a range of technical vocabulary.
Tortoiseshells have worked hard to develop a range of strategies to answer subtraction calculations with confidence.
Cardinals have thoroughly enjoyed trialling the use of Times Tables Rock Stars to help them with their rapid recall of key multiplication and division facts.
Admirals have been producing some amazing learning in a range of key learning areas which they will be ready to share with their families and the rest of the school in their Sharing Assembly next week.
Monarchs are fully immersed in their learning about World War 2. They are fantastic at recalling key facts about the war and have used a range of historical enquiry skills to analyse propaganda.
This week we have commenced our class workshops for Family Fortnight. We have had excellent attendance at these workshops so far.
All of our Nursery parents were present for their Share and Learn morning, Year 1 had excellent attendance in their focused morning on reading, Year 3 looked at strategies to improve problem solving skills in Maths, Year 5 also focused on Maths in their session which was very well attended.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, an Ofsted inspection was carried out at Margaret Wix. It had been approximately three and a half years since Ofsted last visited the school. The staff and children welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate the journey that the school has been on since the last inspection.
The report for parents will take roughly a month to publish and until then, staff and governors are not permitted to discuss the outcome in terms of judgements or specific details.
Many thanks to the parents who took the time to complete the Ofsted Parent View.
Big Up Your Book
Will be back in my next fortnightly review just in time for Christmas.
Learner of the Week (for the past 2 weeks)
Firetips (Reception) – Ella and James
Moonbeams (Year 1) – Ilyas and Eliza
Emperors (Year 2) – Ed and Drake
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Jessica and Lydia
Cardinals (Year 4) – Tia and Roma
Admirals (Year 5) – Taylor and Ellia
Monarchs (Year 6) – Hila and Grace
Playground Star of the Week (for the past 2 weeks)
Firetips, Moonbeams and Emperors (Early Years and Key Stage 1) – Drake and Alyssa
Tortoiseshells, Cardinals, Admirals and Monarchs (Key Stage 2) – Summer and Lily-Rose
Golden Expectations Award (for the past 2 weeks)
Firetips, Moonbeams and Emperors (Early Years and Key Stage 1) – Zaheera and Yaqub
Tortoiseshells, Cardinals, Admirals and Monarchs (Key Stage 2) – Ramana and Felicia
Give Me Ten (for the past 2 weeks)
Firetips (Reception) – James, Jeremi, Alia and Lily-Mae.
Moonbeams (Year 1) – Eliza and Kayla-Grace.
Emperors (Year 2) – Christopher.
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Scarlett, Lexi, Mia-Rose, Maliha, Idris and Lydia.
Cardinals (Year 4) – Finn.
Monarchs (Year 6) – Oyedapo and Lacey-Leigh.
Firetips (Reception) – Alex.
Emperors (Year 2) – Ed, Aaron and Arisha.
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Jessica, Felicia and Maya.
Cardinals (Year 4) – Eashan and Harry.
Admirals (Year 5) – Yousaf, Ibrahim and Ellia.
Monarchs (Year 6) – Nikola, Oyedapo, Summer, George, Amirie and Anoosha.
Firetips (Reception) – Eli
Moonbeams (Year 1) – Annabel
Emperors (Year 2) – Elliot, Carys and Arthur.
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Poppy and Skye.
Cardinals (Year 4) – Hollie, Brody, Issa, Hannah, Emily, Daya, Dylan, Scarlett and Chloe.
Admirals (Year 5) – George, Shane, Daisy, Arlen, Max, Ryan and Eleanor.
Monarchs (Year 6) – Chloe, Dorian, Holly, Kristian, Tayyibah, Rosieann, Diane, Hila and Summer.
Terrific Times Tables (for the past 2 weeks)
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Skye, Amal, India, Maliha and Mustafa.
Cardinals (Year 4) – Rosa, Finn, Saeed, Emily, Esme, Ramana, Sebastian and Morgan.
Admirals (Year 5) – Eleanor, Mehmoon, Akeem, George and Noah.
Monarchs (Year 6) – Millie, Nikola, Isaah, Dorian, Isaiah, Chloe, Diane, Layla, Sadia, Louis and Grace.
House Point Winners (for the past 2 weeks)
Whitlock Whites both weeks
Active Travel Award
Cardinals (Year 4) both weeks
Attend to Achieve!
We need the support of all families in school to achieve our ambitious attendance targets. Unauthorised time off school results in missed learning across all areas. Let’s work together to improve attendance and punctuality!
Firetips = 95.8% - work hard to be in school every day up until Christmas.
Moonbeams = 95.9% - work hard to be in school every day up until Christmas.
Emperors = 96.4% - keep up the good work!
Tortoiseshells = 95.1% - I am looking forward to our Toast Party when we have completed 100% attendance for the whole week!
Cardinals = 97.4% - amazing attendance and punctuality!
Admirals = 97.8% - leading the way! Admirals love being in school! Great work!
Monarchs = 94% - it would be great to see Monarchs achieve 100% attendance in the lead up to Christmas.
Dates for your diary
Monday 2nd—Year 2 Africa Day, Year 6 class workshop
Tuesday 3rd—Year 4 Parent Workshop
Wednesday 4th – Year 1 and 6 rearranged Parents Evening
Thursday 5th—PTA Christmas Film Night
Friday 6th—School closed (Occasional Day)
Monday 9th – Aspirations Day
Friday 13th – Relationships and Sex Education Parent Group Meeting
Tuesday 17th – Foundation Stage Christmas Production, Swimming Celebration Assembly.
Wednesday 18th – Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas Concert
Thursday 19th – Whole School Pantomime
Friday 20th – School Closes at 1:30 pm
Tuesday 7th – Children return to school