The Stepney Star Daily Diary

Next Week is Early Birds Week

Next week, we are encouraging all pupils to be at school on time next week. As learning takes straight away when they arrive in their classrooms, it is essential that pupils are at school by 8.50am to start at 8.55am There will be stickers and a prize drawer for all pupils who are here on time for all of next week.

Parents' Consultations Next Week

Dear Parents. Just to remind you that we are having our Spring Parent Consultations sessions on Monday and Tuesday next week. These are a great chance to have time to sit down with your child's teacher and discuss how they are doing at school. We always find it to be a positive experience for parents and teachers to share all the many good things that children are doing. It also gives parents the chance to ask questions or raise concerns. You should have received a letter about appointment times. If you have not booked an appointment yet or cannot make the date of your child's afternoon, then please see your child's teacher to arrange for an alternative time. Year 1, 2 & 3 on Monday 2nd Marc

World Book Day - 5th March 2020

Next Thursday, it is World Book Day. Instead of having a dressing up day, we are doing something different this year: All pupils are being asked to design and make a potato book character at home and bring this into school for a competition; The potatoes will be displayed in the KS1 and KS2 library areas; All pupils are also being asked to bring in a favourite book to share with a friend; Buns will be on sale at break for 20p; There wil be a book Sale in the hall in the afternoon, run by Year 6 - Five books for £1; Please also support this event by taking chance to read with your child; We will be giving out World Book Day vouchers to each pupil on this day as well.

New Outdoor PE Coats

As part of our revamp and upgrade of our outdoor PE resources, we now have Stepney outdoor waterproof coats for pupils to wear in needed.

Famous Brit of the Week #70 - Queen

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass). Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock. Before forming Queen, May and Taylor had played together in the band Smile. Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He joined in 1970 and suggested the name "Queen". Deacon was recruited in March

Welcome Back

We hope you have had an enjoyable half term break. With lighter days and hopefully improving weather we are all looking forward to the next half term.

British Ethos/Jigsaw Theme & Growth Mindset Learning Muscle

Each week at Stepney, we have a theme, taken from one of our British Values. We also link these to our Jigsaw termly 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: this year we are thinking about Learning Muscles, which we think about and present our Star of the Week awards for. We have combined our posters in our drive to reduce paper usage.

School Closes for Half Term

The school closes today for the spring half term holiday. We reopen to pupils on Tuesday 25th February.

Training Day on Monday 24th February

We have two training days approaching. These are for staff to be trained in a new Phonics Reading scheme. All staff in every school in our academy trust - the Yorkshire & the Humber Cooperative Learning Trust (YHCLT) are undergoing intensive two day training in Read Write Inc. We will be providing more details to parents about this scheme in due course. The first of the days is on Monday 24th February so the school will be closed to pupils on this day.

New Menus Start after Half Term

We have three new menus from our school kitchen that will be starting on a new rota after the half term holidays. We have information on our menus on a webpage. Please click here to go to this page.

'UkeKids' & 'Mainly Ukulele' Afternoon Gig

We have had a wonderful afternoon treat for our very own Stepney Ukulele band, the UkeKids. Another band called 'Mainly Ukulele' joined us for a workshop afternoon, followed by a gig to the whole school and the parents of the UkeKids. With plenty of amazing singing along with some stunning strumming, our school hall resonated with the combined sounds of children and adults. Many thanks to the Mainly Ukes and our very special Stepney friend, Mrs Rice (who used to be our specialist music teacher). The afternoon has inspired us all. The Ukulele has to be the best 'fun' instrument to learn to play.

School Pupil Council Sample New Menu Options

Members of our pupil council were helping our cook this morning. Gail had two types of Halal Chicken. One had a Thai flavouring and the other a BBQ one. They certainly enjoyed giving their opinions to both of these very tasty dishes.

Famous Brit of the Week #69 - Prince Harry

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about Prince Harry. Born Henry Charles Albert David, he is a member of the British royal family. He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne. Harry was educated at Wetherby School, Ludgrove School and Eton College. He spent parts of his gap year in Australia and Lesotho. He then underwent officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a cornet (i.e. second lieutenant) into the Blues and Royals, serving temporarily with his brother, Prince William, and completed his training as a troop leader. In 2007–08, he served for over ten

Free School Meals Information from Hull City Council

Who is eligible for free school meals? Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits: • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods) • Income Support • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 • The guarantee element of Pension Credit • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) • Working Tax Cr

Safeguarding Assembly - Safer Internet Day 2020

Today's safeguarding assembly focussed on how we can be safer on the internet. After all, it is Safer Internet Day 2020 today. For more information about this either click here to go to the Safer Internet Day 2020 website or click here to go to our webpage about e-safety.

New Sports Equipment Sheds

When we had our new outdoor area for the Early Years pupils constructed we were impressed with these buildings. We have now added to these with new sheds on the main back playground. Soon, we will be able to put some new playtime equipement in them.

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