Today, Miss Atkinson's latest 'Famous Brit' assembly was all about Roald Dahl. This is especially appropriate as it is World Book Day this week. Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement,
We have had an email today to say that our new football kit, sponsored by the Stephen Hughes Foundation has been manufactured and is on its way. The only thing that may hinder its imminent arrival is the snowy weather that is forecast for the next few days!
Miss Baitson and Mrs Warcup spent the day going from classroom to classroom to talk to pupils about their recent exciting visit to Adeline School in Sierra Leone. They showed many photos and video clips to give a flavour of their adventure. In each room, there was silence as the pupils were totally absorbed with the tales from our two teachers. There were scores of sensible questions from all the year groups. It was a truly wonderful day. In addition, a number of pupils came dressed in their national traditional costumes. In addition to the Sierra Leonian costumes that Miss Baitson, Mrs Warcup, Mr Brown and Mr Browning were wearing, we had costumes from El Salvador, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland
By popular demand, our School Pupil Council have been working to get some different options for breakfast club. On the menu starting on Monday will be Porridge and Beans in addition to the usual selection of cereals. At Stepney, we offer our Breakfast Club as a free activity.
Sam French from Hull FC took our year 5 pupils through their paces in the first of a series of training sessions. Conditions outside on our netball court were certainly very cold so it was important to keep moving! Sam, who is a former Stepney pupil himself, kept everyone on their toes and working hard, as they practised running skills.
This week we have had more pupils and staff off with the continuing sickness bug, which has meant our figures are lower than last week.The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week. Foundation Stage: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't have 100%) Year 1: 92.85% (2 pupils didn't) Year 2: 87.09% (3 pupils didn't) Year 3: 93.10% (2 pupils didn't) Year 4: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) Year 5: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) Year 6: 82.75% (5 pupils didn't) Class Attendance
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week.
Foundation Stage: 90.33%
Year 1: 93.93%
Year 2: 90.65%
Year 3: 95.17%
Year 4: 97.33%
Year 5: 98.00%
Year 6: 94.14%
Our new British Values theme for this half term is 'Democracy', which is one of the fundamentals of living in our country and a bedrock of British Society. One of the key aspects of government in a democracy is the fact that power is shared and not in the hands of one dictator. We are glad we live in a nation which embraces and epitomises 'Democracy'.
We will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 2nd March 2018 by asking pupils and staff to come into school, dressed as their favourite book character for £1 and to bring other money for buns. Although the official day is on the 1st, we are celebrating it on the Friday.
On Friday 23rd March, we will ask pupils and staff to come into school dressed in blue clothes as part of our ongoing support for World Water Day (which is officially on the 22nd). As one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, it is a subject that our International Pupil Councillors are keen to promote.
We now have our dates for our Parents' Consultation Sessions, which will run from 1.30pm to 5.30pm: Monday 12th March KS1 (Years 1 & 2) Tuesday 13th March KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) Appointment letters will go out nearer the time for these. Consultation sessions for our Reception and Nursery pupils will continue to take place on an individual weekly basis. Our EYFS teachers will contact parents about these.
On Monday 26th, Miss Baitson and Mrs Warcup are going to be spending time in each classroom, telling pupils about stories from their visit to Sierra Leone. Mrs Nicol, their host, presented both ladies with traditional Sierra Leonian dresses, as well as sending a shirt for Mr Browning. On Monday, we are inviting pupils to wear their traditional national costumes if they wish. As we have pupils from all over the world and not just from African nations, it should be a colourful show.
Miss Atkinson's safety assembly today was all about safety with electricity. She shared some really important messages with the pupils and introduced them to a great website called www.switchedonkids.org.uk/. Please click on this link or image above to access this site.
Brandon Smurthwaite and his team of volunteers from KCOM visited our school today to deliver some great training on how the internet works. Without a computer, phone or laptop in sight, pupils played at sending and receiving emails. It was a really fun and interactive activity which had everyone excited and enjoying their learning.
Good Morning, Rachael Dean, the marketing manager for Prospect Centre has asked us to advertise this project. As Rachael has said: "We recently launched a Toy Appeal in support of Bundles of Joy, an East Yorkshire-based charity that provides support to families and children through the targeting of essential baby and child equipment and toys. We are thrilled to be working with a really important organisation whose work is integral to helping thousands of families in the city and we have already seen some generous donations."
It would be great to have as many people on board as possible. If you have any old / unwanted baby and child equipment and toys, please will you bring them into school.