The Stepney Star Daily Diary

Famous Brit of the Week #45 - Terry Deary

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about Terry Deary. Two of our year 5 pupils asked to present today's assembly. William Terence Deary (born 3 January 1946) is a British children's author of over 200 books, selling over 25 million copies in over 40 languages, best known as the writer of the Horrible Histories series. Since 1994 he has been one of Britain's best-selling authors. In 2012 he was the tenth most-borrowed author in British libraries, and was voted Outstanding Children's Non-Fiction Author Of The 20th Century by Books for Keeps magazine.

International Pupil Council Meeting

Our two IPC representatives from year 6 went with Mr Browning to Spring Cottage Primary School this afternoon for a packed meeting of schools, involved in the Global Partnerships Programme. Pupils considered each of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. They also posed questions which will be asked the Freetown IPC meeting in Sierra Leone tomorrow. Pupils from all the schools worked well together. This is the ninth year in which the International Pupil Council has been running since Mr Browning and Mr Mason (in Freetown) started it. Under the skilled leadership of Kathleen Guthrie, both the pupils' and teachers' meeting were highly productive, as well as being fun.

Year 3/4 Athletics Gold Success in Hull Active Schools Tournament at Ennerdale

Sixteen pupils from years 3 and 4 represented Stepney at the @HullActiveSch Sports-hall Athletics Competition today. Taking part in running, jumping and throwing events our children had a great time and performed amazingly, winning the majority of running relays. We are very proud to announce Stepney came in overall First Place. Not only did they win Gold, but they represented Stepney with an impeccable attitude and behaviour. Well done Stepney!!!

Safeguarding Assembly - Handwashing is Important!

Miss Atkinson and Mrs Whitebread (our school nurse) delivered some really important messages in assembly today. Many schools in Hull have been affected by illness bugs this week so it is an opportune time to reinforce the need to wash hands regularly with soap and water. This is especially important before eating and after using toilet.

TT Rock Stars on Friday! Get your costumes ready!

This Friday, for NSPCSS Number Day, we are asking pupils and staff to dress up like their TT Rock Stars Avatars. TT Rock Stars is an online Times Tables website that we all sign up for. It's a fun way to learn the times tables and be a rock star at the same time. Remember: anything goes when you are a Rock Star.

British Ethos Theme & Growth Mindset Quote 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 The Rule of Law. We are also a Growth Mindset School and have a quote each week, which we think about and award our Star of the Week awards for. We are combining our posters in our drive to reduce paper usage.

Parents' Consultation Letters

We are sending out paper copies of letters to parents today as these have reply slips on for our upcoming parents' consultations sessions. If you wish to view the pdf versions, please click on one of both of the links below. For year 1 and 2 consultations on Thursday 7th February, please click here. For year 3, 4, 5 & 6 consultations on Tuesday 12th February, please click here. Please note: Our EYFS staff see parents on a rolling weekly appointments system instead of on one afternoon.

Advice on Childhood Anxiety

We've been asked to share details of a new site, offering help for childhood mental health issues, notably issues which make pupils' anxious. Please click here to go to this website.

Attendance Results

Congratulations to year 5 for achieving 100% attendance this week. The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week. Foundation Stage: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Year 1: 82.76% (5 pupils didn't) Year 2: 82.14% (5 pupils didn't) Year 3: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Year 4: 88.46% (3 pupils didn't) Year 5: 100% Year 6: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) Class Attendance The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. Foundation Stage: 90.85% Year 1: 96.90% Year 2: 96.07% Year 3: 93.33% Year 4: 94.23% Year 5: 100% Year 6: 94.00% Our target is to have 96% attendance or greater. Our whole school average for this year is currently: 95.8

Parent Consultations - Dates Announced

Originally, we had planned to have parents’ consultations next week but have moved them until just before half term. Years 1 & 2 are having theirs on Thursday 7th February and years 3, 4, 5 & 6 are having theirs on Tuesday 12th February. Both are between 1.30pm and 5.30pm.

Next Friday come dressed as a TT Rock Star for NSPCC Number Day

At Stepney, our pupils love to learn their tables in fun ways, whether singing them or using the brilliant TT Rock Stars website. This allows them to beat their best times and challenge their friends’ best times. We love dressing up at Stepney, so we thought what better way would it be to come dressed up as a Rock Star next week. Remember: Rock Stars usually dress up in outlandish clothes so be inventive, creative and radical for next week! Tina Turner wigs and inflatable guitars are welcome as well.

Curriculum Maps are now Online

As always, our curriculum maps have been published on our website. This time, we are now sending out paper copies in our bid to help save the environment by Reducing how much paper we use, Reusing it where possible and Recycling it after then. Parents should have received a text message with links to our Curriculum Maps. These show you the subjects and topics that are being taught at Stepney Primary. We don’t believe in buying in schemes of work. Our thematic units are written by our teachers so that they fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 but are designed with Stepney’s pupils in mind. All schools are different and we pride ourselves in having a curriculum that is creat

Sierra Leone Teachers Preparing to come to Hull

Kathleen Guthrie, the lead for the Global Partnerships work in Hull is currently in Freetown. She is meeting with teachers who are planning to visit our city soon. Amongst these is Eileen Nicol, the head teacher of Adeline school, which is our link school. We are going to be welcoming Eileen to Stepney within the next couple of months, once air flight are confirmed. In the meantime, they have been studying where our schools are on a map of Hull and pupils from both schools have been making designs for joint schools logos. Here is the design that has been made for Adeline and Stepney:

Extra Training Day on 8th March

Please note that an extra training day has been announced for Friday 8th March. The school will be closed for pupils on that day. This is for all six primary schools in our Trust.

Famous Brit of the Week #44 - Jane Goodall

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about Dame Jane Goodall. Some of our eager year 3 pupils asked to present today's assembly. Jane Morris Goodall DBE, formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania in 1960. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since it

Thanks from Viking FM

After supporting this worthwhile cause in December, we have received this email from them: To our wonderful supporter We are well in to January 2019 and Christmas seems like a distant memory… however, we wanted to send you a note to say THANK YOU so much for being a part of Mission Christmas 2018. Without your support we would not have been able to help as many children as we have and are so grateful for you being a part of the campaign, which puts a smile on the face of the children that need it the most. We have received some great feedback from the campaign, mainly about how amazing the Viking listeners are and how their generosity has made such a difference. I have included some below: "

Safeguarding Assembly - The SMART Internet Rules

Miss Atkinson's Safeguarding assembly today was all about the SMART rules of Internet Safety. There's no reason why we can't all use the internet safely as long as we follow sensible SMART Rules.

A Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Assembly

In our assembly this morning, Mr Browning asked the Recycling Monitors to bring all the recycling boxes into the school and tip them up. We then looked at what was in them and whether we could reduce or reuse them before needing to recycle. It was poignant to see how much paper had been collected in just one week.

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