Nov (2) 2022
ursery have been learning about seasons and enjoyed looking for signs of Autumn and using the leaves to make pictures and Autumn hats! We have also had a busy half term remembering our shapes, numbers and colours.
The children really loved dressing up for Children in Need and red, white and blue day although trying to watch England with 26 Nursery children was not easy!!!!
We are now getting ready for Christmas, so the hoops are up, and we have posted our letters to Santa and the glitter and glue is everywhere!
The World Cup has given us the opportunity to learn about different countries and cultures around the world. We enjoyed coming together to support England and even practised our penalties (just in case).
We have been celebrating the achievements we have made since starting Reception with a particular focus on our name writing and number formation. The children have also made good progress in learning the Read Write Inc sounds and this is shown in their reading and writing in class.
The children have been busy learning their Christmas songs ready for next week’s performance, they are looking forward to performing these on the stage.
This term, Year 1 have learnt about Florence Nightingale and the changes she introduced to improve hospitals.
The children were excited when we had Florence Nightingale visit the school, they thoroughly enjoyed the chance to ask her questions and joining in on her adventure to the Crimea.
Year 1 have had a great time preparing for Christmas over the last few weeks. They have enjoyed rehearsing their Christmas songs and are looking forward to performing them!
Next term, Year 1 will be learning about ‘Polar Explorer's’ and looking at different animals in their natural habitat. We will also be reading the story ‘Lost and Found’ which will be our focus in English and topic.
Since half term, Year 2 began a new topic on the Great Fire of London. We have also learnt about the Great Plague and how people coped with it in the past. We now know that Samuel Pepys was a significant person and how important his diaries were in recording history.
We had a special visit from the KIT Theatre Group where we met Annie Farriner and Professor Memo. We wrote postcards to Thomas Farriner and sent them in a time machine!
We remembered the soldiers and commemorated Remembrance Day by writing a poem and making our own poppies.
We had a special visit from the Canvey Fire Station and the firefighters kindly showed us their fire engine. We learnt lots of facts about the fire engine and even had a chance to use the hoses and spray water all over the playground!
Year 3 have had a fantastic half term! During our topic lessons, we have been looking at toys and how they have changed from the past. We were shocked to see how different toys are today from what they were one hundred years ago. We also got to bring in our own toys to evaluate and had a fun afternoon playing with them. We have also been busy practising our Christmas song for our performance that will be on the website. We rehearsed and created a music video full of lots of fun Christmas activities. We are looking forward to the rest of the half term.
What an exciting day year 4 had on Wednesday. They had a Shakespeare day to deepen their understanding of the famous Playwright. They learnt about The Globe Theatre, made theatrical masks, designed a poster to promote one of his plays and took part in a pub style quiz. They all had a great time, even the teachers and LSAs. In the afternoon they watched A Midsummer Night’s Dream and recorded their Christmas video, which will be available for you to watch soon on the school website.
Year 5 have enjoyed beginning their Viking topic, learning about important events from Viking history and the magnificent inventions of longships. They were also lucky enough to take part in an interactive Viking experience with a travelling theatre group. Viking artefacts were hidden around the school to be discovered and inspired by what they'd learnt about the Vikings; writing speeches about what it takes to be a leader in 2022.
This month year 5 also had more special visitors raising awareness about air pollution. A show was performed, teaching us about the dangers of air pollution and the positive impact we can have on improving it. The children took part in fun activities, emphasizing how working together can achieve great results, even when it comes to trying to protect the environment.
Since returning from October Half Term, Year 6 have shown great resilience as well as a positive Growth Mindset when applying themselves to some challenging areas of the year six curriculum.
The children have really enjoyed immersing themselves into the four rules of fractions and have taken great pride in their progress.
English has given them the opportunity to explore non-chronological report writing about different types of air raid shelters used during World War Two and they are beginning to explore newspaper reports.
The children are enjoying gymnastics in P.E and demonstrating excellent team work to support one another’s progression during each lesson.
The anticipation of the excitement of December is definitely in the air and we are looking forward to all the festivities and achievements that December will bring!
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Ava and Kadie represented the school beautifully whilst laying a wreath on behalf of the school on Remembrance Day. I am sure you agree that the poppies made of recycled materials look beautiful displayed on the school gates.
CHILDREN IN NEED
Amazing effort from staff and children as we all left our school uniform at home whilst raising £500 for this wonderful cause.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
Our tree was displayed at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Nicholas Church this weekend. Thank you to Mrs Clare who coordinated the children’s work. The tree is now displayed as our ‘Christmas Giving Tree’ in the foyer.
The girls team represented Castle Point and Rochford at the Essex finals in Chelmsford. They won all of their group games and lost on penalties in the semi-finals. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the team photo taken with Teddy Sheringham. They then played a really competitive game against St Anne Line. They won 4-0 and now progress to the quarter finals of the Essex Under 11s girl’s cup.
Well done to the school team that played a very exciting match against Canvey Junior school. After a tight first half we eventually found the goal and ended up winning 5-0!!
Two teams participated in a Dodgeball Competition at Deanes. All of the children played with great enthusiasm and skill with our team progressing to the quarter finals.
FORTHCOMING DIARY DATES
Mon 5th Dec Y6 Height and weight
Mon 5th Dec Xmas Post Box opens
Mon 5th Dec Raffle tickets go on sale
Tue 6th Dec Y2 Xmas singing am
Tue 6th Dec Parent Consultations 2.00–5.00
Wed 7th Dec Netball Match away at St Katherines
Wed 7th Dec YR Xmas singing pm
Thur 8th Dec Xmas jumper day
Thur 8th Dec Y1 Xmas singing am
Thur 8th Dec Parent Consultations 2.00–5.00
Fri 9th Dec Paddocks concert pm + eve
Fri 9th Dec Y3-Y6 Xmas events go on website
Tue 13th Dec Choir performance in Chelmsford
Wed 14th Dec Y3-Y6 and Nursery afternoon group Xmas dinner Santa Run
Thur 15th Dec Nursery morning group, YR, Y1 + Y2 Xmas dinner + Santa Run
Thur 15th Dec Daycare Christmas Dinner
Fri 16th Dec Raffle draw
Fri 16th Dec YR, Y1 + Y2 Xmas parties
Fri 16th Dec Nursery closes
Mon 19th Dec Y3 – Y6 Xmas parties
Mon 19th Dec Y1 + Y2 Christingle at St Nicholas
Tue 20th Dec School closes at normal time
ADVANCE NOTICE – BUSY BEARS AT CHRISTMAS
Busy Bears will close at 6.00pm on Thursday 22nd December and will RE-OPEN at 7.15am on Thursday 5th January 2023.
School closes Tuesday 20th December usual times
School AND NURSERY Re-opens Thursday 5th January.
NEW NURSERY GROUP STARTS MONDAY 9TH JANUARY