We had another good turnout this morning for year 6's ICT carousel. Once again, parents and pupils were practising their reading, times tables and spellings using our homework Apps. Please click here to read some of the comments made by our parents.
We are delighted to confirm that next week on Thursday 7th March, Eileen Graham, the head teacher of our partner school in Freetown, Sierra Leone will be our guest of honour at Stepney. Along with other teachers from Freetown, Mrs Graham is spending a week in Hull. Preparations are well in progress for her arrival.
We had a brilliant turnout this morning for year 3's ICT carousel, in which we had a hall full of parents and pupils, practising their reading, times tables and spellings using our homework Apps. Please click here to read some of the comments made by our parents.
There was food aplenty today in years 3 & 4 as staff cooked some mouthwatering dishes from across the world, which everyone had a chance to taste. Cooked from a variety or fresh produce, the taste buds were tingling. All the rest of the school could do was to smell the wonderful aromas emanating from phase 3-4.
The generosity of some folk is just amazing. We have been clearing out the old rotten sandpit from the EYFS area and thought it might be good to put some tractor tyres in for the pupils to explore. No sooner had we phoned up and then popped to Bush Tyres in Hull, that they had delivered two tractor tyres to us, all free of charge. Once they are cleaned up properly and installed they should provide a much welcomed-change to the old sandpit. Many thanks to Julian and the folk at Bush Tyres.
We had the first of a series of ICT carousel workshops this morning, in which our year 4 parents were invited to join their children. Pupils and parents went on our pupil websites page and spent time on the Bug Club site (for reading); the Times Tables (TT) Rock Stars site and Spelling Shed. We are moving to online homework across school. Not only is it the pupils' preferred way of homework but it has the added bonus of reducing how much paper we use and thus helping the planet. We were grateful for our parents' comments after the session. To view these and other comments on our parent-pupil activities, please click here.
Science Week is fast approaching and we have another exciting competition lined up for our pupils. In previous years, we have had a tremendous response from pupils and their parents. This time the theme is 'Journeys' where the possibilities for creative and innovative models, posters, projects is endless. Please let your imaginations run wild!
We have had some more EYFS furniture delivered and assembled in the outdoor area for our youngest pupils. This comes from government funds, derived from the Sugar Tax. There is still more to come plus painting to spruce up the area. It is all starting to take shape. Exciting Times!
We have been alerted to a frightening and dangerous online game called the Momo Challenge, in which children are encouraged to engage in activities resulting in self-harm, and possibly leading to suicide. Please click here to read more about this and the steps you may wish to take to safeguard your children.
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 half term, our British Ethos theme is Democracy. 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.
It has been a difficult week for attendance still with pupils and staff sufering from the sickness bug that has been sweeping across the city. The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week.Foundation Stage: 82.76% (5 pupils didn't) Year 1: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) Year 2: 78.57% (6 pupils didn't) Year 3: 62.07% (11 pupils didn't) Year 4: 76.00% (6 pupils didn't) Year 5: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Year 6: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Class Attendance
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week.
Foundation Stage: 93.68% Year 1: 92.00% Year 2: 90.36% Year 3: 79.31% Year 4: 91.20% Year 5: 93.67% Year 6: 91.00%
We would like to invite parents of our KS2 classes to join us during the first week after half term. Each year group is going to have a morning, in which parents may join their children for a carousel of ICT activities. These will showcase the different websites we use for helping children with basic skills: namely Time Tables Rock Stars, Spelling Shed, Bug Club (Reading) and The Solihull Approach (a wellbeing site). Sessions will run from 9am to 10.15am. Please turn up on the day for your child’s event. Tuesday 26th Year 4 ICT Carousel Exhibition 9—10.15am Wednesday 27th Year 3 ICT Carousel Exhibition 9—10.15am Thursday 28th Year 6 ICT Carousel Exhibitio
Our year 3 class has performed their first NAPA-led Musical Theatre show to parents. We changed our Musical Theatre tutors at Christmas to the Northern Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA). Sophie has been working with them to create a spectacular performance in only a few weeks. It was a great success.
We have had some really exciting news. For years, the local Rotary Club has organised a writing competition for year 6 pupils. We have had some successes over the years, with pupil having runners-up prizes. This year, the Rotary Club has made it a year 4 event and Kawther has won the top prize. In assembly this morning, Mrs Wallace and Mr Winter, the Rotary Club President for the Holderness Branch, came in to present Kawther with the prize money and a trophy, while Kawther's parents popped in to watch. The school also received a trophy to keep. Kawther's story was judged to be a stunning piece of work and Mrs Wallace read it out to the whole school. Sana and Daniel received certificates for
Our year 5 class has performed their first NAPA-led Musical Theatre show to parents. We changed our Musical Theatre tutors at Christmas to the Northern Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA). Sophie has been working with them to create a spectacular performance in only a few weeks. It was a great success.
Two of our pupils had a brilliant experience at Hull's C4DI centre as part of another of Hull Children's University's programme of activities. They were looking at coding and then had to design a new method of transportation for school. Our two Stepney girls won the little competition that was set and came back to school with certificates and a nifty little app-controlled Mini Sphero robot - very cool!