Skill of the week for next week
Speaking confidently and clearly.
There have been a number of highlights in and out the classrooms over the past two weeks.
Monarchs (Year 6) have been working incredibly hard developing their understanding of fractions and mixed numbers.
Admirals (Year 5) have been completing some amazing persuasive texts in order to purchase a school cat.
Cardinals (Year 4) have commenced their learning on the class topic of India.
The focus of the children in Tortoiseshells (Year 3) is amazing in their daily guided reading sessions. Children are really interested in the tasks they are completing.
Emperors (Year 2) are thoroughly enjoying their new topic on The Great Fire of London.
Moonbeams (Year 1) have been producing some amazing work on shapes which is on display in school.
Reception (Firetips) have been very productive in their phonics sessions. I often see children recording their phonics learning in many different ways, including on the windows.
Skippers (Nursery) thoroughly enjoy their physical development sessions. It is very important for children to develop strong gross motor skills.
We have had some donations of second hand books which are on display in the entrance foyer. Come and help yourself to something to read at home! Some of our families have been very kind with their donations.
Our early morning library takes place every Tuesday and Thursday. Keep an eye out on our social media feed for different members of staff sharing their favourite story.
We have been informed by Hertfordshire County Council that Carnegie Road will be closed for all traffic and parking between Wednesday 29th Jan and Friday 31st Jan - between 9.30am and 4.00pm. Cars need to be moved off the road by 9.00am. Please allow additional time to travel to school as traffic may be busy around the local area.
The best way to keep up-to-date with what is happening in your child’s class is by visiting the class pages section on our new website. Our Facebook page also provides families with important updates. Thank you to Mrs Arnott who has worked incredibly hard to get our new website up and running and to all the teachers who regularly update the class pages to keep you informed about what is happening in school.
We hope it makes you feel well-informed about what the children are learning in class.
The increasing number of cars outside school at the beginning and end of the day is a common issue for the majority of schools.
We encourage families to choose active and safe travel methods where possible and politely request that parents and visitors to school park in surrounding roads with thought and consideration for the children, other adults and the local community.
Please obey the restrictions and markings in place and do not park in an obstructive manner.
Think before you park!
- Walk, cycle or scoot to school if you can.
- Avoid congestion around the school by parking at Toulmin Drive Playing Fields and walk the rest of the way. Parking and striding is an excellent option!
- The markings are designed to keep the children safe. Obey these at all times!
- Do not block the driveways of our neighbours.
- Do not block dropped kerbs. We have wheelchair users and plenty of families with pushchairs that need to access these areas.
The safety of the children is our number one priority. Thank you to everyone who parks in a safe and considerate fashion.
Big Up Your Book
Tayyibah in Monarchs (Year 6) recommends Wonder by R J Palacio. It is story about a boy who has a deformed face. He is home-schooled but his parents decide it would be best to send him back to school at the start of a new school year. Unfortunately the main character is bullied by other children because of his looks. He does not let anyone know about this. He eventually finds a good friend and in every chapter the story is written from a different friend’s point of view. The story concludes happily.
Tayyibah would recommend this book for all children and adults so they can fully understand how it feels to be bullied and made fun of.
Learner of the Week
Firetips (Reception) – Gisele and Lily-Mae
Moonbeams (Year 1) – James and Millie
Emperors (Year 2) – Anaya and Shakeeb
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – India and Maya
Cardinals (Year 4) – Musah and Yasmin
Admirals (Year 5) – Max and Talulah
Monarchs (Year 6) – Chloe and Millie
Playground Star of the Week
Firetips, Moonbeams and Emperors (Early Years and Key Stage 1) – Evie
Tortoiseshells, Cardinals, Admirals and Monarchs (Key Stage 2) – Maruf
Golden Expectations Award (from teacher nominations)
Firetips, Moonbeams and Emperors (Early Years and Key Stage 1) – Eliza and Joshua
Tortoiseshells, Cardinals, Admirals and Monarchs (Key Stage 2) – Taylor and Rosa
Golden Expectations Kindness Award (from Admirals – Year 5 and Monarchs – Year 6 nominations)
Jessica, Louis, Arisha and Grace.
Give Me Ten
Emperors (Year 2) – Alexis, Connor, Zara.
Firetips (Reception) – Austin.
Moonbeams (Year 1) – Eliza.
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Sofia, Lydia, Idris.
Cardinals (Year 4) – Ramana.
Emperors (Year 2) – Aizah, Aaron, Ed, Shakeeb.
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Zahra.
Cardinals (Year 4) – Sofia.
Admirals (Year 5) – Fiona, Yousaf, Ibrahim.
Firetips (Reception) – Zaheera.
Moonbeams (Year 1) – Adam, Millie, Kayden.
Emperors (Year 2) –Teah, Alyssa, Evie, Zaki, Drake, Aizah, Arisha.
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Amal, Maya.
Cardinals (Year 4) –Sebastian, Kiya, Daya.
Monarchs (Year 6) – Nikola, George, Anoosha.
Terrific Times Tables
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – Maya, Rylie, India.
Cardinals (Year 4) – Emily, Issa, Finn, Sebastian, Roma, Zander, Ramana, Esme, Emily, Hannah.
Admirals (Year 5) – Akeem, Fiona, Subhan.
Monarchs (Year 6) – Summer, Aleeyah, Maruf, Chloe, Nikola.
Whitlock Whites and Brownlee Blues
Cardinals both weeks
Attend to Achieve!
We need the support of all families in school to achieve our ambitious attendance target. Unauthorised time off school results in missed learning across all areas. Let’s work together to improve attendance and punctuality! The percentages are for this academic year.
Firetips (Reception) – 94.3% = must improve!
Moonbeams (Year 1) –95.5% = must improve!
Emperors (Year 2) – 96.8% good attendance!
Tortoiseshells (Year 3) – 94.3% = must improve!
Cardinals (Year 4) – 97.3% = amazing attendance!
Admirals (Year 5) – 95.6% = must improve!
Monarchs (Year 6) – 92.8% = must improve!
Our whole school attendance must improve if we are to be above national average by the end of the academic year.
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 28th – Firetips (Reception) Share and Learn morning
Tuesday 4th – Governor visit to Tortoiseshells (Year 3) and Cardinals (Year 4) to focus on writing
Wednesday 5th – Admirals (Year 5) Maths Challenge at St Adrian’s RC Primary School
Thursday 6th – Governor visit to Moonbeams (Year 1) and Emperors (Year 2) to focus on PSHCE and Religious Education
Friday 7th – Number Day
Tuesday 11th – Safer Internet Day, Cardinals (Year 4) Sharing Assembly
Friday 14th – Staff well-being meeting
Monday 17th – Half term week
Monday 24th – Children return to school after half term
Wednesday 26th – Governor visit to speak to children about the curriculum