We hope you have a very merry Christmas day from all the staff at Gunthorpe. To celebrate the teaching staff have been having a dance off. But who will be victorious? Comment below on your winners #teaminfants or #teamjuniors
What a Christmas filled week it has been! On Wednesday we had a very successful seniors sing-a-long with over 25 members of the community coming to join us for some very moving singing. Well done to all the children who took part and sang so beautifully we have had some lovely feedback from those who came.
On Thursday we held our Christmas Fayre selling products all the children had been hard at work making all week. Here are Infant 1, Infant 2 and Junior 2’s adverts…
Junior 1 produced a fantastic powerpoint presentation all about their products and the reason for producing them here Our First Christmas to Save Our Planet
The final results for the amount of profit made was:
Infant 1- £61
Infant 2- £33.05
Junior 1- £38.86
Junior 2- £43.17
GOSH (donated to Gardening club) £26.60
Making a total of £202.68!!!
Onto our Brilliant book…
Infant 1- Ben – for fantastic reading this week. Ben is not only blending really well but recognising some red words in his book as well.
Lillie-Mae- has been brilliant in our nativity play rehearsals. She can always be heard singing out really well and joining in all the actions.
Infant 2- Lyla and Seth- for consistently being amazing in their delivery of their lines during the nativity rehearsals.
Scarlett- Writer of the week this week for some stand out writing about the twits.
Junior 1- Krishan- for his well written complex sentences using subordinate conjunctions. They were well thought out, totally independent and beautifully presented.
Evie H- for a range of different types of sentences included in her paragraph of independent writing. She used questions and exclamations in a very effective manner. Keep it up!
Junior 2- the whole class were in the brilliant book this week for really impressing Mr Gething and Mr Tyler so much during Enterprise week, working brilliantly as a team.
The lacrosse team also deserve a special mention for great determination and never giving up despite not winning a goal. There was some fantastic defending and goal scoring but their team work shone through throughout.
Please check your email for the December newsletter available on the website or being emailed out today!
Last week was possibly my favourite week of the term so far! Wednesday after school a group of year 5 students formed our Lacross team and took part in their first tournament. They did so well and Mr Tyler was particularly impressed with their attitude. They played 4 games, winning 1, drawing 2 and losing 1.
On Thursday morning we had our harvest festival celebration and the hall was full to bursting with all the children and their parents. Every class did themselves proud and Rev Simon Jones spoke to us about how when we all contribute a little bit what a big difference it can make. A big thank you to all those parents who made a donation for The Friary drop in centre who were incredibly grateful for the items of food. They were also delighted to receive a large vat of soup made by our gardening club from vegetables grown right here in school. Well done to all involved and we hope those of you who joined us enjoyed it.
On to our brilliant book…
Infant 1- Dylan and Anders- for some fantastic turn taking and mathematics. Both boys worked together to create a car park number line from 1-20.
Frankie- for trying really hard with dressing and undressing for PE. Frankie managed to put his socks on this week by himself- no excuses at home now Frankie!
Infant 2- Toby and Ella J – for fantastic enthusiasm, determination and healthy competition seeing who could collect the most green cards in one day. They assured me it was a draw!
Writer of the week was Hudson Butlin- for his Owl Babies story, watch this space to be able to read it soon!
Junior 1- Riley H- for outstanding reading progress. Great pace, comprehension, decoding and focus.
Melissa- for outstanding homework on maths mastery, Excellent attitude and effort. She is just a great mathematician!
Junior 2- Orla and Harriet- for a great piece of reading comprehension on UFOs
Archie- super maths work this week on written addition.
I look forward to finding out how we can top this week. A big thank you to all parents who are filling in the values slips to let us know how your children are demonstrating these at home. If you do want any more copies I have passed these onto class teachers. Our hall display is already looking fantastic.
Junior One Autumn first half term Class News.
Maths and English is taught every morning. We also do early work before assembly. During this time we practice handwriting, spellings, maths – mental recall of tables and addition and subtraction bonds as well as hearing readers on Friday. During the year we work on Mathletics and Bug Club for homework to practice what we learn at school. The children have their usernames and passwords in their homework books or reading records.
We have P.E. on Monday and Tuesdays. We have Athletics on a Monday when we will measure personal bests. On Tuesdays Mike will teach the children lacrosse skills. Keeping their p.e. kits in school all week would be helpful.
Weather Watchers with Miss Perry is on Thursdays. This term the children will be measuring the weather, collecting results and making rain gauges. They will be looking at climate zones, maps and extreme climate events.
Our science topic is Shining Lights. The children will learn about how light shines, predicting and measuring light in fun activities.
Homework is weekly. It is given out on a Friday and expected to be completed by Wednesday the next week. If the children complete it they get extra break for 15 minutes on Friday afternoon. If they don’t complete it they will be asked to sit in Mr Tyler’s room to complete it during this time. Homework should take about 1 hour. Homework should be a time to work through learning and show off newly acquired skills whilst showing you their confidence in their new learning!
Of course, reading together continues to be an important and regular activity. As the expectations for all children are high, sitting together and sharing their books will support children making remaining confident and looking deeper into the meaning of the text. I have sent home ideas for questioning children about what they read while they read. I hope this helps you help your child. We often write individual targets in their reading records. This is meant to be a helpful bit of information to direct the child and anyone who hears them read.
The great news this term is that we finally have our new play equipment installed. We will have a formal opening ceremony when we thank FOGS and all who have helped to raise funds over the last three years. The play equipment and safe surface were very expensive and it looked as if it may never happen, but extra funding from the diocese has enabled the children’s hopes to be fulfilled.
We have also replaced our very tired playground markings. More improvements to the look of our outdoor area are planned for the half term break.
The Children in Infant 2 enjoyed a trip to the National Childhood Museum at Sudbury Hall this week. They took part in workshops to learn all about Victorian toys and how they work. We got the chance to play with lots of toys including Jack in a boxes, clockwork toys, acrobatic monkeys, puppets and many many more.
Over the topic the children have learnt all about which toys would belong to rich and poor Victorian families and we even had a go at making our own cup and ball toys, Thaumatropes and Christmas string puppets.
The children will also learn about toys from around the world, such as the Rubik’s cube and South American worry dolls. They will discover all about their purpose and popularity within history and the materials from which they are made.