The Stepney Star Daily Diary

Phase 3-4 Exhibition

Staff and pupils in years 3 & 4 were joined by many of their parents for a fun morning, creating pictures. These were inspired by the work of Ted Harrison.

Year 6 RSPCA Visit

Year 6 walked to the RSPCA centre on Clough Road to discover what this organisation does to help animals. It was great to learn about how they care for rescued animals and our pupils had the chance to look at some of the latest occupants of the establishment.

Famous Brits: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Our Famous Brit this week is Isambard Kingdom Brunel FRS (9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859). He was an English mechanical and civil engineer who is considered one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history, one of the 19th century engineering giants, and one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, who changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions. Brunel built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship, and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering.

Phase 1-2 Exhibition

We had a great morning with parents from years 1 and 2 joining their children for an enjoyable craft session. Fruit kebabs, Fruit face, Gruffalo puppets, pictures and salt-dough models plus Superhero finger puppets were the outcomes produced. As always, it provided parents with another opportunity to work alongside the pupils.

Craft Afternoon

Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde, our Special Educational Needs coordinators had invited a number of parents in to school to work alongside their children on some Christmas activities, including giant-sized crackers, bookmarks and pictures. Despite being full of parents and pupils, the classroom was relatively quiet with everyone absorbed in some really creative enterprises.

David, the Tree Man, visits Year 6

David Longthorne popped in to speak to year 6 this afternoon. For many years now, we have been working with him to plant trees and shrubs on the embankment next to Barmiston (or Barmy) Drain, which is at the eastern end of Stepney Lane. This is a great project that our oldest pupils always enjoy doing. David explained what they were going to do and will be returning on Friday to help them with the planting. Although the weather is once again inclement, it is a high point of the school calendar.

Parent View Results November 2017

Last week, parents attending our consultation days were invited to take part in the Parent View Survey. These results may be viewed at this address: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/parent-view-results/survey/result-print/143943/7

Stars of the Week

This week's winners are: EYFS - Millie Year 1 - Xavier Year 2 - Jasmine Year 3 - Leah Year 4 - Agata Year 5 - Xia Year 6 - Carla

Attendance this week

Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this. The figures for the first week are worse on paper than they actually are as we have pupils on our roll who have left the school but we are still awaiting official confirmation of this. Those Pupils with 100% this week The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week. Foundation Stage: 67.85% (9 pupils didn't have 100%) Year 1: 80.76% (5 pupils didn't) Year 2: 86.20% (4 pupils didn't) Year 3: 89.28% (3 pupils didn't) Year 4: 89.65% (3 pupils didn't) Year 5: 89.65% (3 pupils didn't) Year 6:

TT Rock Star Fever Sweeps Through Stepney

Our pupils are using a new website, which is proving really popular. It is called Times Tables (or TT) Rock Stars. The Government has set out a target for pupils to know all their twelve times tables much younger than before. For years, we run the ‘Times Table Mountain’ challenges at school as an incentive for pupils to learn their tables. TT Rock Stars makes it a fun way of learning. We’ve found that pupils really love competitive challenges, whether it’s to beat their previous Personal Best (PB) scores or to compete against others. They now have their own logins and even their own ‘Rock Star’ name. On the site they can earn virtual points and prizes. Please encourage your child to go on th

A Very Special Lady

This evening, Mr Browning and other invited guests, had the honour to attend a very important event. One of our governors, Miss Ruth Truelove, was presented with The British Empire Medal (Civil Division) by the Hon. Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister, who is HM Lord-Lieutenant for the East Riding of Yorkshire. The event took place at Burton Agnes Hall. The citation for being awarded the BEM reads... "for services to education as Reading Assistant and Governor at Stepney Primary School and Volunteer with the National Literacy Trust". Everyone at Stepney is thrilled and proud of Miss Truelove. She is truly a very special lady to us all and a firm friend. Many Congratulations, Miss Truelove BEM.

Pupils in Tesco Express

We seem to have a number of pupils who are going into Tesco Express by themselves before they come into school. This happens mainly for pupils coming to school before breakfast club starts. Staff there have a few concerns that some pupils are taking things without paying! Please will parents check with their children about what they are doing. If they have been given permission and money to go by their parents then this has obviously been agreed but Tesco staff and us will be checking that pupils are not going there without permission.

Shanghai Feedback

Last week our teachers saw some demonstration lessons at Chiltern Primary School. With teachers from Shanghai demonstrating some of the techniques that they use for teaching maths, our staff have been thinking about the different styles and how we can use them in our school.

Stars of the Week

This week's winners are: EYFS - Samantha Year 1 - Julia Year 2 - Karol Year 3 - Kaewan Year 4 - Demi & Julia Year 5 - Gracie & Lena Year 6 - Zeen

Attendance this week

Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this. The figures for the first week are worse on paper than they actually are as we have pupils on our roll who have left the school but we are still awaiting official confirmation of this. Those Pupils with 100% this week The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week. Foundation Stage: 78.57% (6 pupils didn't have 100%) Year 1: 84.00% (4 pupils didn't) Year 2: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) Year 3: 89.28% (3 pupils didn't) Year 4: 93.10% (2 pupils didn't) Year 5: 79.31% (6 pupils didn't) Year 6:

Children in Need Day

We have had a great charity day for Children in Need. We asked for everyone to pay £1 and come in something SPOTTY! There were many great costumes with loads of home-made/decorated outfits. Buns were on sale at break for 20p and glow in the dark wrist bands have been bought for £1 each during the week. There were also quite a number of pupils and staff with multi-coloured spotty faces!

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