The Stepney Star Daily Diary

Attendance this week

We have had another improved week. The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week.Foundation Stage: 100% Year 1: 96.00% (3 pupils didn't) Year 2: 88.89% (3 pupils didn't) Year 3: 96.67% (1 pupils didn't) Year 4: 91.67% (2 pupils didn't) Year 5: 86.67% (4 pupils didn't Year 6: 96.55% (1 pupils didn't) Class Attendance The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. Foundation Stage: 100% Year 1: 97.33% Year 2: 96.67% Year 3: 98.67% Year 4: 98.75% Year 5: 96.00% Year 6: 99.31% Our target is to have 96% attendance or greater. Our whole school average for this year is currently: 95.38%

Are you Glowing? - Dates for our Discos Announced

We have a host of fun events coming shortly. On Thursday 23rd October, we are having a 'Glow Disco'. For £2 pupils can come to the disco in the school hall and will have 'glow' gifts given to them for an exciting new disco. If pupils wish to come in Halloween or other fancy dress they may do so. As usual our discos start at 3.15pm and finish at 4.15pm The Christmas Disco will be on Thursday 20th December.

International Pupil Council Meeting 2018-19 #1

Miss Baitson took Idris and Isabelle to the first of this year’s International Pupil Council meetings at Ings Primary School. Led as always by Mrs Guthrie, it was the traditional first ‘food tasting’ ice breaker event. We like to get off to a good start with the IPC so all the participating schools come with foods from around the world to share. This provides an excellent opportunity for the new pupils councillors to get to know one another. The IPC, which was set up in 2010 by Mr Browning and Mr Mason (from Freetown) is still going strong. In celebration of the continued links with Sierra Leone, the IPC reps spent the rest of the session designing new logos to represent this global partners

Names in School Uniform

PLEASE will you ensure that your child has his/her name inside their sweatshirts and coats. Clothing, especially coats, are not cheap so we would urge parents to put in labels or get a permanent marker to write names in them.

Bronze Award Winner

We have been awarded the School Games Bronze Award for our sporting endeavours in the last academic year.

Parents' Consultations Dates Announced

Letters are being sent home today for our autumn parents' consultation sessions. These are for Key Stage 1 and 2. Our Nursery and Reception teachers meet their pupils' parents on a weekly rota basis so that each family gets a meeting slot once a term. For our other pupils, we offer 10 minute appointments, which take place in the school hall. On Wednesday 10th October 2018, between 1.30pm and 5.30pm, we will be holding sessions for years 2, 3, 4 and 5. (Please click here for a copy of the letter) On Thursday 11th October 2018, between 1.30pm and 5.30pm, sessions will be held for years 1 and 6. (Please click here for a copy of the letter) Please complete the reply slip and return it to the cla

Year 2 have moved classrooms

We have had to move our year 2 class from their usual rooms. Some of the old wooden floors need work doing on them. The staffroom has been cleared of its furniture and replaced with the pupils' tables and chairs. There has been a seamless transition to this, owing the work that staff put in and the positive attitudes of the children. We are already having contractors in to give us their quotes and recommendations. We hope to get this work completed as soon as possible.

Jewellery Safeguarding Reminder

Miss Atkinson's weekly safeguarding assembly this morning was about jewellery in school. Our policy states that only stud earings and watches may be worn in school. Hooped earings, dangling earings, rings, necklaces are not allowed in school, due to health and safety issues. Especially at playtimes and during PE sessions, children can be racing around. These items of jewellery can potentially get snagged or scratch others so please do not send your child in them.

British Ethos Theme for the Week

Each week at Stepney, we have a theme, taken from one of our British Values. We also link these to PSHCE themes, whilst also considering different cultural celebrations and special days from around the world. This term, our British Ethos theme is Mutual Respect & Tolerance.

Famous Brits - The Beatles

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about 'The Beatles'. The Fab Four are regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Led by their primary songwriters Lennon & McCartney, they are the best-selling band in history with over 800 million albums sold.

Growth Mindset Joins Our Assemblies

Along with our school assemblies on British Ethos, Famous Brits and Safeguarding, we've now added Growth Mindset into the mix. There's always plenty going on at Stepney to think about!

Growth Mindset Thoughts

Year 2 have produced some great Growth Mindset posters, using wax resist techniques to give an idea of their thought patterns. Wonderful work, children.

Attendance this week

We have had an improved week but we are still waiting for some pupils who have not returned to school yet. Some families have taken holidays at the end of the official school holidays and we still have pupils who have moved during the holidays but we haven't had the official documentation come through yet. The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week. Foundation Stage: 92.86% (4 pupils didn't have 100%) Year 1: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) Year 2: 89.29% (3 pupils didn't) Year 3: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Year 4: 87.50% (3 pupils didn't) Year 5: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't Year 6: 93.10% (2 pupils didn't) Class Attendance The following figures show each

Curriculum Maps are published for Autumn 2018

Teachers have now published their phase's curriculum maps for the autumn term. These have been sent home in paper copy this Friday. If you would like to find them on our school website, please go to the Curriculum Overview page by clicking here or using the tab at the top of the page. This not only leads you to a pdf version of the curriculum for your child's phase group but shows the long term plans as well. Foundation Stage are looking at 'Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Tales' Years 1 and 2 are studying Percy the Park Keeper books as the start of their thematic work. In years 3 & 4, they are researching geographical issues in their theme of 'All Around the World' Finally, years 5 & 6 are a

Erno's Amazing Growth Mindset Machine

In assembly this morning, Mr Browning showed pupils one of his hidden talents - namely, solving the rubik cube, a skill he learned back in 1980! Erno Rubix invented this for his students. To solve the rubix cube, you definitely need to have a Growth Mindset. Once learned, the next step is to see how quickly you can do it. The challenge is on... For a copy of Mr Browning's method of solving the cube please click here and start getting those brain connections getting stronger and stronger!!!!

Reception Home Reading Launch 2018

This morning, parents and some of our year 6 pupils joined our Reception pupils in the hall for the launch of our latest Home Reading initiative. We had adults and older children sharing reading books with our young pupils as well as some whole class stories. Reading at home is a key factor in helping pupils to progress and enjoy reading. There's nothing quite like sitting down with someone for a read of a good book. Children love reading to people and also love hearing stories read to them. If any parents want further advice on home reading, please come to see a member of staff at any time.

Famous Brits - David Attenborough

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about Sir David Attenborough, who has been a household name for decades. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentaryseries that form the Life collection, which form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth. He is a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the only person to have won BAFTAsfor programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K. Miss Atksinson showed a video clip of his work about our blue planet and dangers of pollution.

New School Buildings Open in Sierra Leone

Mrs Nicol from Adeline School in Freetown has sent us some photos of the opening day of their new school year. They are delighted that their new upstairs classrooms are finished and being used by pupils in grades 3 - 6. They are certainly much needed additions to Adeline, giving more space. It is great to see how they are moving forward with their school.

Parentzone E-safety Assembly

Parentzone delivered an interesting and interative assembly on e-safety. They delivered important messages on how to use the internet safely and responsibly.

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