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44 posts from November 2014

11/28/2014

When science and art meet.......

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PTFA Christmas Fayre 2014

Everyone is now in the festive spirit at Smalley after a fabulous Christmas Fayre.

There was a fabulous buzz in the hall and such an amazing turnout from our community. Thank you!

We even had a visit from Father Christmas!

A huge thank you to our wonderful PTFA for all their hard work and preparation to put on such a brilliant event. We are very lucky.

We will let you know the final amount raised as soon as we have it. Enjoy the weekend.



PTFA Christmas Fayre 2014


PTFA Christmas Fayre 2014


PTFA Christmas Fayre 2014


PTFA Christmas Fayre 2014


PTFA Christmas Fayre 2014

Governor visits to review reading

Our newest Parent Governor, Rachel Watson has got 'stuck into' her role with enthusiasm by working alongside our well-experienced LA Governor, Sheila Porter, to review our approach to reading  in school.

The ladies have made a couple of recent visits to school to explore the topic with Mrs Rhodes. The aim of their monitoring was to look at how the school willl maintain an upward trend in reading and literacy.  Some key points from their report:

  • Overall, both reading and literacy skills are high on the agenda within school and are central to all subjects. Schemes and systems in place offer every support to children in their learning and actively promote a love for reading

  • Phonics (Letters & Sounds) taught in 20-minute slots as first lesson each day.

  • Yr 1 children are given a Phonics Screening Test – an external, statutory test to monitor progress

  • Under the new curriculum, children in Yr 3/4/5/6 are taught “Common Exception Words” to target spelling of commonly misspelt words
  • Classroom reading is present and supported in all areas of the curriculum. KS2 read from text books within their learning whilst KS1 uses a mixture of whiteboard and texts. Children are constantly exposed to reading/print. More books are to be sought for KS2 – a grant has been applied for.
  • Reading books – The school uses many schemes of reading books to offer variety, not only for added interest but also to introduce different styles such as fiction/non-fiction/plays/comics etc. Books progress in stages according to individual progress and a positive move is that the books are now stored in a central area instead of individual classrooms.
  • Guided Reading – this activity supports the staged reading books and can be useful to target certain groups / objectives e.g. spelling, grammar, indexes, content etc. It takes place in each year group.
  • Levels for reading are no longer in place; however Yr 2 and Yr 6 will have a reading comprehension assessment this year until new levels are in place. Four teachers from the school are to attend training on the new levels in the near future.
  • Mr Crawford and Mrs Mason recently attended and spoke at a reading conference.

Many hanks to Mrs Watson, Mrs Porter and to Mrs Rhodes for the time taken to review this important area of our school.

 

11/27/2014

It's week 3 of craft club and crafters have been extremely busy making Christmas cards.... Can't wait to see what you create next week......



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Christmas Cake Club

 

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ALSO A HUGE THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE LADIES THAT HAVE SUPPORTED OUR CLUB AND VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME........... AAAHHHH AND WELCOME BACK MRS BARLOW TOO!

On Tuesday 2nd December you will be adding marzipan to your cakes.

PLEASE BRING YOUR CAKE WITH YOU :) AND I WILL PUT IT IN A SAFE PLACE IN THE CLASSROOM.

Please bring  two packs of either yellow or white marzipan it's up to you. I will provide the apricot jam and the icing sugar.

You will also need to bring your apron, a tea- towel and a rolling pin.

In Home bargains at the minute they have cake boards and boxes for about £1.50. Please provide either the above or a suitable sized cake board and a plastic box/tin for transportation. 

Pop in to see me if you have any questions.

Marshmallow Madness!

 

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As part of our literacy lesson this week the children have made their very own marshmallow snowmen. 

They learnt to use 'time words' and adjectives whilst carrying out their practical activity. Afterwards the children wrote a set of instructions using these key skills - wow! During the review stage of our lesson each child commented on their friend's writing. They found lots of things they liked about the work and shared ideas about something to improve next time. 

  

11/26/2014

Maths Project.....Your 2 week maths project is here!

Download Creating a 3 dimensional shapes gallery 2 week project...

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Class R Costumes!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to those of you who have already returned the green permission slip and your child's alien costume. 

Please can we have all remaining permission slips and costumes in school by Friday 28th November in a named carrier bag.

Many thanks for your support.

Miss Hill

Silent Letters in Phase 6

In Phase 6 Letters & Sounds with Mrs Reckless & Mrs Boole, we have been learning to use different spelling strategies to spell longer words  and also learning about words which have silent letters such as kn and wr.

Try out these links to practise choosing the correct spelling choice:

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz91441a7a400.html

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/tricky-words/knit-knot

Here's a game we'll explore next week - it fits in beautifully with our Christmas play!

http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacyresources/files/alpha/alpha.htm?s=44244157da7db97e428926bb9be49365 

 

 

On our bikes!

We welcome our special Bikeability instructors to Smalley School this morning.

Class 5 are thoroughly enjoying their morning on their bikes.

 

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 It was lovely to share in the childen's enthusiasm as they came in for a well deserved break and warm. The children were so excited to share what they had been learning about. It sounds like they are really enjoying being super safe on their bikes - what an important life skill.  Well done Class 5 - I'll look forward to seeing you later for some scrumptiously warm hot chocolate!