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!

Headteacher blog w/c 4th Feb

Last week was a fantastic jam packed week full of different and fun things! Infants enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year on Tuesday. We also had the brilliant Disco organised by FOGS on Wednesday raising an amazing £134 for school which will cover the cost of our exciting World Book Day plans. A big thank you to all the children who attended, parents and staff who helped.

Junior 2 took part in #SaferInternetDay learning about the importance asking and giving consent before sharing information online. This was my favourite reflection of the lesson (excuse the spelling error):

I also asked the children what their parents don’t know about social media. Here was some of their responses:

  • I watch videos on the internet and sometimes my parents don’t know
  • I chatted on Roblox when I wasn’t meant to
  • They don’t know how to play fortnite
  • That people send me messages including swearing
  • That I troll people

Please do take the opportunity to talk to your child, no matter their age, about how to stay safe online. There are some fantastic resources available here https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers  and https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

On to our brilliant book:

Infant 1- Super sentence writer was Seb- he tried really hard with his writing and wrote the words by himself. Seb has now mastered pressing hard with his pencil- Well done!
Ben- for fantastic reading this week. Mrs Findley can tell Ben has been reading lots at home and he is always eager to read in class too.

Infant 2- Frances- for brilliant suffix work
Freddie- for being a super mathematician especially with his multiplication
Lucia- for her beautiful manners at all times. Keep it up Lucia!

Junior 1- Olivia and Krishan for well written persuasive Harry Potter studio explanation posters. They have both been really motivated by this topic and enjoyed sharing their wonderful writing.

Junior 2- Rosie, Oliver and Katy- for making the boat which held the most weight in their science investigation. They spoke very articulately about the forces they had to consider and had obviously worked well as a team.

Well done to all children and we look forward to a fantastic final week of term!

Headteachers blog w/c 28th January

We had a fantastic week with a group of year 4 children representing our school at Nottingham Girls High School developing their reading, writing and speaking skills. Mrs Nolan was beaming with pride at the way they showed respect and joined in with the activities with children from many other schools. Well done Aleena, Kyle, Oliver and Chloe!

We also had over 10 applications from junior pupils to be part of our prayer team looking at how we develop prayer at Gunthorpe. I am very excited to meet with them next week to plan our first day of prayer which will be on Wednesday 13th February.

On to our brilliant book…

Infant 1- Super Sentence Writer this week- Frankie- for working so hard with his handwriting, he used his strong fingers and showed a real can do attitude. Such brilliant concentration throughout and he even completed a fantastic picture to go with his writing.
Ava and Bella- these two girls are in Preschool but have been trying really hard with both phonics and maths this week. They have been really enthusiastic learners and Mrs Findlay said there faces were beaming as if they were being given a present when she said they could play with the resources after the carpet session! What super stars!

Infant 2- Zac- for super maths on Thursday. He was able to accurately calculate change when given a problem and even managed 2 step worded problems! Zac worked so hard independently Mrs Brown was incredibly impressed.
Daisy and Jacob- for improved handwriting and presentation in their writing. They now take such pride in their work!
Writer of the week: Georgie- for a huge improvement in her writing across all subjects. Including capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and lovely letter formation.

Junior 1- Rhona- Mr Hall was absolutely blown away by Rhona this week. She has worked so hard in maths looking at perimeter completing all her work and getting it all correct! Rhona’s has worked equally hard in writing checking her spellings when writing up her Harry Potter description. Well done Rhona, keep it up!
Max- for his application to solving multiplication problems on mathletics. He took his time read, thought and produced accurate models and arrays to help him understand the questions. He even taught Mrs Nolan something new.

Junior 2- Sam and Katy- for really good maths work finding the area or perimeter of different shapes
Tyler- Great work using formulas to calculate the area of triangles and parallelograms.
Orla- for a fantastic piece of reading comprehension work on the life of Stephen Hawking

What a fantastic week – we also had a line of values slips so long it filled the hall. Thank you again for your continued support with this. We had 3 children receive their Service Certificates for completing their flower on their chart. Well done Cameron (Infant 2), Connie (Junior 1) and Erica (Junior 2). Next week we continue looking at our whole school value of Friendship- Listen to each other.