The Stepney Star Daily Diary

May Day Holiday Reminder

Next Monday, it is a bank holiday for May Day. The School will be closed on the Monday but will reopen on Tuesday 7th May.

Famous Brit of the Week #49 - Alfred the Great

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about King Alfred the Great who was born between 847 and 849, living until 26 October 899. He was King of Wessex from 871 to c. 886 and King of the Anglo-Saxons from c. 886 to 899. He was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex. His father died when he was young and three of Alfred's brothers reigned in turn. Alfred took the throne after the death of his brother Æthelred and spent several years dealing with Viking invasions. He won a decisive victory in the Battle of Edington in 878 and made an agreement with the Vikings, creating what was known as Danelaw in the North of England. Alfred also oversaw the conversion of Viking leader Guthrum to Christiani

School Nurses & Year 5 Growing Up Lessons

This morning, year 5 had lessons delivered by two school nurses all about the changes to their bodies over the next few years. There were whole class strands on general health and then separate sessions for boys and girls on other aspects.

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 half term, our British Ethos theme is Individual Liberty. 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 have combined our posters in our drive to reduce paper usage.

Head Teacher's Punctuality Award Winner

We are proud to announce that the winners of this week's class Head Teacher's Punctuality award are Year 3 and Year 4, who had no one late for school.

Attendance Results

Since the start of 2019, we have had the biggest number of pupils contracting chicken pox for a number of years. In total, we have had 40 pupils off with chicken pox. This and other illnesses which have affected other schools has contributed to the fall in attendance during the spring term. The following results show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week. Foundation Stage: 86.21% (4 pupils didn't) Year 1: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Year 2: 96.67% (1 pupil didn't) Year 3: 89.29% (3 pupils didn't) Year 4: 88.00% (3 pupil didn't) Year 5: 79.31% (6 pupils didn't) Year 6: 83.87% (5 pupils didn't) Class Attendance The following figures show each class’s overall attendance

NSPCC Assembly and Workshops

Four staff from the NSPCC spent the morning with us, delivering assemblies to KS1 and KS2 before leading workshops with years 5 and 6. The messages they gave were clear... we all have the right to speak out and stay safe. They gave practical ideas to help children.

Year 5 Constructing the Parthenon

Year 5 have been using their measuring an DT skils to make scale models of the Parthenon. With hot glue guns at the ready, pupils worked in teams of 4 to carefully construct some amazing models. Impressively, they could also name the different features of this building using the correct terms.

Welcome to Miss Mortimer

We are delighted to welcome Miss Mortimer to our Stepney Staff. Miss Mortimer is taking over the role of EAL Support Officer. As a multi-cultural, multi-lingual school, we have many pupils who are new to the English Language, having recently arrived in the UK from other countries. In addition to the support they receive in class, we have an EAL specialist officer who helps them on a one-to-one or small group basis. Miss Mortimer is spending her first days with us helping out in classes around the school so that she gets to know pupils, staff and our routines.

The Pedometer Challenge

Physiotherapist Katy Wilson popped into our assembly this morning to talk about the pedometer challenge. During the spring term, Mr Jones had brought in pedometers for each class and pupils were taking it in turns to wear these and see how many steps they could do each day. These proved to be really popular. Now we are going to be competing with three other primary schools in our Trust to see who can get the most number of steps in. Katy told us the reasons that getting enough steps in is for our bodies and our health/fitness.

New Bookcases for the Library

Four new bookcases had been delivered over the Easter holidays to add to our library. We are constantly looking to add to and develop this space in our school.

Terrific Tulips

Our Tulips look brilliant. They have been growing over the Easter Holiday and make a wonderful display for us to come back to school with.

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 half term, our British Ethos theme is Individual Liberty. 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 have combined our posters in our drive to reduce paper usage.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

We are making our outdoor EYFS area an inspirational place. Mr and Mrs Cameron have been adding a yellow brick road to link up with our bridge , our new buildings and to complement the river.

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