Headteachers blog w/c 12th November

We started this week with odd socks to raise awareness of Anti-bullying week and it was brilliant to hear the children talk so articulately about how important it is we celebrate our differences and make our school a colourful joyful place to be.

We had 2 days of parents evening where it was brilliant to see and hear how well children are settling into life at Gunthorpe, many of who are with a new teacher. If you haven’t had a chance to please do fill in the comments and suggestions sheets as we love to read your thoughts on our school.
We ended with Children in Need and all the children and staff looked fantastic. We raised a brilliant £125.20 and a special well done to Junior 1 who won the duck race with James Pond. Watch the full race here

On to our brilliant book..
Infant 1 super sentence writer was – Ben – who is really trying to hear all the sounds in his words and has done brilliantly this week.
Well done also to Autumn for really trying to put sounds together to read words and showing real determination to keep trying even when she finds it difficult.

Infant 2- Leo- for excellent progress in his maths and being able to prove his answers
Megan- for excellent service noticed by several adults in the school to quote Miss Bottrell “every class needs a Megan!”
Wonderful writers this week were Frankie and Cameron- especially trying hard with their handwriting and presentation

Junior 1- well done to Sophia for being the first year 4 to complete her 12×12 tables challenge. Now she just needs to retain all that knowledge!
Harrison and Thomas – for super progress with joining, keep it up and make sure the quality of your sentences remains as good as it is now!

Junior 2- Lukas- excellent work in maths this week on common multiples and mental calculations Mr Tyler was incredibly impressed.
George- 2 weeks in a row you have impressed Mr Getthing with your maths- today you completed 2 worksheets of calculations using multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 in one lesson so well done and keep it up!

We also congratulated all of year 6 who had represented our school so well at Toot Hill Arts Academy and spoke to the whole school about the art, D&T, dance and other activities that they had been doing. Looks like we need to include some more design and technology into our school curriculum as they all really enjoyed that.


Head Teacher Blog w/c 1st April

We finally made it to the last week of the Spring term and what a fantastic week it has been. It was such a pleasure to walk around school today seeing the children enjoy Easter Egg hunts, whole class rewards and more.

We had a fantastic Easter service on Thursday, thank you so much to all those parents who joined us. We heard afresh the Easter story read by Junior 2 and thought about how each part prepared for Jesus, the light of the world, having to die and then the fantastic news of his resurrection! Thank you to Rev Simon Jones for leading it.

We also had a brilliant Easter Egg decorating competition- a big well done to everyone who took part. Our winners were…Isobel with close runner up Summer. Rhys with close runner up Seb and Seth with close runner up Amy.

We had some fantastic news this week as Orla, year 5, took part in the European Championships for Thai Boxing. She fought a very close final against a very experienced opponent. Orla has only been training for 5 months! Her coaching completed a values slip regarding her Determination stating “she never gave up and he could not be prouder”. Orla showed us what she has to wear and her fantastic medals. We are incredibly proud of her and have no doubt she will go on to win Championships very soon.

On to our Brilliant Book…

Infant 1- Jake- for his brilliant maths work. Jake is always enthusiastic with his number work and has really impressed this week with his knowledge of numbers up to 100!
Lillie-Mar- for her beautiful handwriting. Well done for keeping all your letters the right size and forming them correctly!

Infant 2- Cameron- For being kind and considerate to all class mates- especially during ice skating lessons
Megan- For a clear improvement in her reading. She had used great pace, tone and expression to ensure she is becoming more fluent.

Junior 1-Harrison, Ali and Chloe- for their well-composed newspaper articles on the trip to the Minster. The used conjunctions and powerful words to design effective articles.
Kai- for his strong and respectful singing in the Easter service. Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Junior 2- Jaby- for making super progress with his maths this term
Tyler- for making super progress with his reading this term
Both boys have been making such a fantastic effort and it is coming just at the right time ready for them to do so well at their end of key stage assessments- keep it up boys!

All of Infant 2 and Junior 1 were in the brilliant book for their ice skating. They have made such fantastic progress over the 6 weeks and achieved so much. Not only have they learnt so many new skills they also consistently represented our school so well being so friendly and respectful commented on by all staff and other schools. Well done!

Head Teachers blog 25th March

What a brilliant, sun filled, week it has been. I know all the children have really enjoyed getting onto the school field- Infant 1 you can join them after the Easter holidays. We have had both a football match and indoor cricket tournament this week so well done to both teams. Our football team had a fantastic effort with big improvements from the last time they played and the score line, 6-0 against Langar, did not represent how well they played. They were unlucky not to score on several occasions. Our cricket team managed to win one game, with a fantastic catch from Oliver, and lost the other. Both teams represented our school superbly so well done.

We are very much looking forward to our Easter service next Thursday at 9.15 in the school hall. I do hope you can join us- an email did go out earlier this week with further details and about our egg decorating competition. Children & adults are invited to decorate an egg – in any theme you wish. There are three categories, Infants, Juniors & Older siblings/adults. There will be a winner & a runner up for each category. The decorated eggs need to be handed into school from Monday 1st April to Thursday 4th April & the judging will take place after the Easter service. The prizes will then be awarded on Friday 5th April.

On to our brilliant book…
Infant 1- Super sentence writer goes to Dylan for his fantastic story writing. Well done for writing independently and using your phonics knowledge. Well done!
Anders- for some super maths work, he has been halving numbers and Anders completed a challenge of halving the number 10 without any help.

Infant 2- Writer of the week was Freddie for some fantastic writing about the Easter story. Mrs Brown was so impressed she showed Miss Bottrell who was absolutely blown away!
Lucia and Jack- for excellent focus, listening and contributions to class discussion- especially when retelling the events of Palm Sunday,

Junior 1- Isobel- for excellent effort in everything, checking spellings, learning tables and working so hard at home.
Amber- for her great progress in everything. Well done for thinking independently now. Her confidence has grown as she has and she now listens so well. Keep it up!
Caitlin- for her careful hand prints done in her mothers day card.Well done Caitlin!

Junior 2- Ben W- for really good determination in PE learning part of a complicated dance routine and amazing progress from the start of the dance sessions with our specialist coach.
Rosie and Hannah- for super science work creating keys to classify animals.
Orla and Katy- for fantastic work in a year 6 GPS test! Getting scores a year 6 would be proud of when still in year 5!

Hannah’s classification of Birds.

Head Teacher blog w/c 11th March

Monday started brilliantly for Junior 1 this week with a trip to Southwell Minster where they went time travelling. I have heard they are really inspired by some of what they heard whilst they were there especially the idea of toilet twinning- watch this space as it sounds brilliant. On Friday we joined our second round of Masterchef with Red Nose day raising a fantastic £251! A big thank you to everyone who supported us by sending a donation in for wearing red of buying cakes. They were absolutely delicious!

On to our brilliant book…
Infant 1- Super Sentence Writer was Alex- she wrote lots of sentences when retelling the hungry caterpillar story. She used her phonic knowledge and wrote independently.
Bella, Ava and Rupert- all made repeated patterns with hardly any help at all. They showed such determination and pattern knowledge- I hear the fruit kebabs were delicious!
Jake and Alex- Mrs Dewick was really impressed with their reading. They showed such determination and enthusiasm during GOSH.

Infant 2- Frances and Amy- for fantastic problem solving for division worded problems and showing the inverse to prove their answers.
Jack, Amy, Leo and George- for brilliant behaviour, manners and effort at the multi-skills event on Thursday!

Junior 1- Thomas for his excellent mental calculations during cookery with Ms Thurman. Dividing by 16 was not easy but with determination he showed great accuracy!
Krishan- for his excellent, accurate and well presented maths. Halving 3 digit numbers excellently.
Harrison and Sophia- for their excellent presentation and quantity of their work, dividing 3 digit numbers by 4 and 8!

Junior 2- Jack and Lukas- for writing really good interviews of characters from the book ‘Tuesday’.
Finally the Junior football team. A really good effort from all 9 boys, some playing their first ever match, away at Flintham who won 7-2. Despite losing, we showed fantastic determination and team work, a real credit to the school!

Head Teacher Blog w/c 4th March

What a fantastic jam packed week it was in school!
Bishop Paul visited us on Wednesday to mark the start of lent. He led a fantastic collective worship thinking about our superhero power and how we can accomplish anything with God in control. He then met with our prayer team and then went into Junior 1 to answer some brilliant questions they had.
On Wednesday afternoon we had our first round of Junior Masterchef with all juniors creating a pizza- some of them with interesting sweet related results! Infant 2 also had a visit from Samuel Pepys.
Thursday we had our joint world book day with Langar. Author Rachel Greaves visited us in the morning and introduced us to Ruffle her rail way dog and all the fantastic stories she has written about him. In the afternoon all the juniors met at Gunthorpe and all the infants at Langar. It was so lovely to see the children eat together, enjoy the stories together and get to know each other. We hope to do more of this in the future. Do let us know what your child enjoyed!

On to our brilliant book…
Infant 1- Super Sentence writer was Seb- Mrs Findley was so impressed with Seb. He wrote all the words in his sentence today on his own. Well done!
Dylan- Miss Simister wanted to say a big well done for his brilliant butterfly life cycle. Dylan drew some beautiful pictures of a caterpillar throughout its life cycle and showed great determination in his writing.

Infant 2- Seth and Jessie- for brilliant enthusiasm and historical knowledge when Samuel Pepys came to visit.
Writer of the week- Leo- for fantastic focus and use of vocabulary in his Great Fire of London newspaper article.

Junior 1- Summer and Sophia- Mr Hall was so impressed at how both girls did in a science test to see how much they have learnt during their topic on solids, liquids and gases. It showed how well they listen and how hard they work! Well done!
Kai- Well done for your fantastic water cycle work. He completed it independently, getting everything right and being very impressive!

Junior 2- George and Erica- for great maths work multiplying fractions by whole numbers.
Ben Ba- For a fantastic opening paragraph to your mystery story. Mr Tyler can’t wait to read on and find out what happens next…

Mr Tyler also wanted to say a big well done to the Lacrosse Team- a really impressive team performance showing great determination. They played 3 games, they won 1 and lost 2 but were a credit to the school throughout!

Headteacher blog w/c 25th February

Last week was a very busy first week back after half term with the launch of our fair trade fortnight and a fantastic Romans afternoon for Junior 1.

This half term we are looking at the whole school value of Forgiveness. This week we thought about how you need to listen to each other in order to do this which linked on from Friendship and the importance of listening!

On to our brilliant book.

Infant 1- Ben is the Super Sentence writer. Ben is trying really hard with his writing in general. He is trying to keep it neat and to remember his finger spaces and full stops.
Seb- for showing a ‘can do’ attitude more and more. This week he has been having a go at writing on his own and spent most of an afternoon making a spider with real care and determination.

Infant 2- Writer of the week- Lyla P for a fantastic newspaper report and witness statement for the Great Fire of London.
Toby- for fantastic improvement in his reading. Keep on practising Toby!
Ella J- for great understanding of the link between multiplication and repeated addition.

Junior 1- Jiamin for her outstanding presentation, quality of work and enthusiasm for maths. She simplified fractions like 36/108/ What a mathematician you are!
Evie and Katy H- for their determination and persistence with their 500 words having written it at home, then typed it up on computers in school during homework club and break times.

Junior 2- Jaby for great English work identifying and writing sentences with adverbials.
Archie and Sam- excellent work in maths this week comparing, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.

Headteachers Blog w/c 11th February

I do hope you have managed to have a read of the February newsletter which came out today- it is bursting full of exciting news from Gunthorpe.

This week a special well done to the year 3/4 Athletics team who did brilliantly coming 5th out of 11 teams, some of which came from much bigger schools! They stayed determined and worked so hard as a team to support each other throughout. It was a privilege to be there with them.

Also special mention to our Junior prayer team who led the prayer morning on Wednesday this week- more detail in the newsletter but they all showed such respect and made the morning truly memorable for all involved.

On to our brilliant book…

Infant 1- Super sentence writer this week was Autumn for sounding out a lot of her words independently and knowing the red word ‘the’. Autumn is so determined and making brilliant progress!
Ben- For challenging himself in maths and asking to do more! Ben completed the missing number challenges to 20, then 50 and then 100! Well done Ben!

Infant 2- Writer of the week: Laci-Mai Harrison for her fantastic writing about being a servant in a Victorian household. Laci-Mai included conjunctions and determiners in her writing.
Toby- for always showing thought and care by offering to help anyone in the class.
Lyla M- for brilliant spelling of Red words and using her phonics knowledge beyond year 1 expectations! Keep it up!

Junior 1- Aleena and Chloe- for both working really hard in their fractions work. Mr Hall has been really impressed with their knowledge and effort.
Oliver- for his excellent maths thinking and thoughtful learning. He always asks great questions to help him learn and understand all the time!
Thomas- Miss Bottrell was sat doing her planning when she over heard Thomas reading with a parent helper. She was so impressed with his tone, expression and fluency. It was so lovely to hear!

Junior 2- Hannah- last week Hannah scored 100% on a practise maths SAT reasoning test. What an incredible achievement!
Harriet- For really good maths work on equivalent fractions with different denominators.

We hope you have a fantastic half term and look forward to welcoming all the children back on Monday 25th February when we launch our fair trade fortnight and 90kg rice challenge!