Weekly Bulletin. Friday 16th March 2018

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1 Weekly Bulletin Friday 16th March 2018 Effort Cups for this week Caterpillars Wiggly Worms Ants Ladybirds Butterflies Busy Bees Grass hoppers Seals Starfish Jack B Olivia B Ginny G Luca F Maria N J-J H Sidney J Kizzie F Dan J Octopuses Seahorses Dolphins Lions Leopards Tigers Jaguars Pumas Joshua F Hayden W Neya W Ben T Charlie N Amelia L Cody C-B Sam W Housepoints for this week Augustine Becket Marlowe Chaucer Caterpillars Wiggly Worms This Week s Attendance Data Ants Ladybirds Busy Bees Grasshoppers Butterflies 98.3% 97.5% 95.0% 95.0% 98.1% 92.6% 98.3% Octopus 95.6% Seals 93.2% Starfish 96.9% Seahorses 92.7% Dolphins 93.6% Well done to LIONS CLASS for 100% attendance. Lions Leopards Tigers Jaguars Pumas Whole school 100% 97.5% 99.2% 97.1% 88.8% 95.8% Week to date Year to date Target Whole school data 95.8% 96.0% 97.5% or more! Fourteen classes out of seventeen received an Registration on Time certificate this week, well done to Wiggly Worms, Butterflies, Ants, Ladybirds, Grasshoppers, Busy Bees, Seals, Dolphins, Octopuses, Jaguars, Lions, Leopards, Tigers and Pumas. Let s make Reculver s attendance OUTSTANDING this year.

2 We are now approaching the final 2 weeks of this term and there is some evidence of Spring in the air. The teachers are preparing for assessment week and helping the children to remember the key skills that they will need to use to retain the new knowledge they have gained this term. Next week will be our Parent Consultations and if you have not already booked your appointment please use our online booking system to do so at If you would like help booking an appointment online please contact the school office and we will be able to help you with this. At the end of last week we held two super events that were really well attended. The first of these was in our Early Years department where they hosted afternoon tea for Mother s Day. The children welcomed members of their family into their classrooms where they were able to ice biscuits and poured their special visitors some interesting tasting tea, all served in china cups and saucers! Thank you to Miss Wood and the team of staff who worked hard to organise this. There was a lovely atmosphere and a real buzz of happiness in the classes. We were also treated to an absolutely amazing Variety Show on Friday evening. The children certainly shared their hidden talents and there was a real sense of pride, both from the parents and the staff who were helping on the night. There were dancers, gymnasts, musicians, singers and even a comedy duo. The range of talent was absolutely incredible; we have some truly fantastic stars in our school. Our thanks go to Miss Hamilton and Mr Caple who held the auditions and put together an absolutely superb evening of entertainment. We also need to thank Miss Madge, Mr Hewlett and Mrs Peplar for giving up their time to help too. We hope that you all enjoyed the evening and were wowed by the experience. Accelerated Reader The children have read a fantastic 2,235,075 words this week. This means that 46,585,667 words have been read since September!! Let's see how many more we can read by next Friday!

3 Dates for the Diary: Term 4 Wednesday 21st March Thursday 22nd March Monday 26th March Tuesday 27th March Parent Consultations Parent Consultations Early Years Fairy Tale Fashion Show 2.30 pm PTFA Discos EYs & Year pm 4.45 pm Year 5 & pm 7.00 pm Wednesday 28th March Wednesday 28th March Thursday 29th March PTFA Disco Years 2, 3 & pm 4.45 pm Good Friday Reflection Hats and Eggs last day of term early finish 2.00 pm Buster's Big Bash is now open for booking! This free family event takes place on the morning of Saturday 12th May in Dane John Gardens, Canterbury. It is a celebration of the achievements of pupils in schools using our Green travel and Literacy schemes. As well as taking part in our record-attempt walking bus crocodile through Canterbury, children will complete a series of physical and sporting challenges, learn circus skills, race space hoppers and enjoy the go-karts. Bring your teddy bears and join us for a picnic in front of the circus show. Some special guests are rumoured to be attending this year...keep your eyes peeled for Buster and his friends! Check out this link for more details and to book your free place: walktoschool/bigbash/ Places are first-come first served and goody bags will be allocated to the first 300 children checking in at 9.45am on the day. All children who complete the challenge activities will receive attraction vouchers. Please address any queries to: Congratulations to our Buster Book Club class trophy winners this week Caterpillar Class KEEP READING!


5 EARLY YEARS: We have had a busy week in Early Years learning about the story of the Gingerbread Man. We had listened to the story, retold it in our own words, acted it out and created story maps to set the scene. On Wednesday we made our own Gingerbread biscuits and decorated them on Thursday! They were delicious! In Maths, we have been learning to take away. We have had to count carefully using touch and say and count to see how many are left. Ask your child to have a go at some number calculations at home - we have been impressed with them in class. In RE, we have started to look at the Easter Story and we have tasted hot cross buns. We have been thinking about the message behind the cross and why it is so important. Don t forget that we have our Fairy Tale Fashion very soon on Monday 26th March at 2.30 pm. It will be lovely to see the children dressed up as their favourite character. YEAR 1: In English this week Year 1 have been challenged to use adjectives, sequencing words and conjunctions in compound sentences. They have really worked hard to succeed and we have been impressed with their ability to count in 2 s and 5 s. Next week we will be going on a bear hunt! We continue to explore the Easter Story and what it means to Christians in RE. Thank you to all parents for returning all slips for the forthcoming trip. YEAR 2: We have had an action packed week this week in Year 2 as we visited Dover Castle on Wednesday. The children had a brilliant day exploring the castle keep and trying on various forms of medieval clothing. In class we have used our knowledge on castles to create a non-chronological report and have learned about reading scales in maths. In topic we have listened to and created music following patterns and will be looking at printing in art next week. Have a great weekend! YEAR 3/4: Last week, the children entertained many staff with their home written limericks and poems, in fact one or two member of staff in particular!!!! It was obvious that the children had enjoyed writing them as much as the staff enjoyed reading them. This week has seen a return to narrative writing, using imagery to inspire the children's work and we have seen some amazing results. Our Geographical topic on the structure of the Earth has looked at tectonic plates and earthquakes around the world. Next week we look forward to learning about at volcanoes. As we explored Jesus life this week we have learnt about the story of Zacchaeus. We thought about our attitudes towards others and how people can change their ways. Next week we will be starting our lead up to Easter and think about the last few days of Jesus life. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) YEAR 5: This week in Year 5 we have been improving our description in English, writing some dramatic scenes set in Paris. The children have worked really hard to use high quality vocabulary so please encourage them to keep reading as much as possible to help with this. The more access they have to good quality vocabulary in books, the more confidence they will have to use ambitious words in their own work. In maths we have been continuing to develop our understanding of the relationship between decimals, fractions and percentages. Next week is assessment week so a quick recap of timetables at the weekend would get them well prepared! In art, we have been working on portraiture - learning how to draw the face in proportion and to draw facial features with accuracy. This will be put together over the next few weeks in a final portrait in the style of a fashionable Stuart lady or gentleman. We are really proud of the children's continued effort in their learning as the term drifts towards the excitement of Easter. Have a restful weekend and we look forwards to seeing many of you at parents evening next week. YEAR 6: This week the children have again shown amazing resilience in their assessments. Even after the snow this term, they have not been phased in their learning or motivation to succeed. We are so proud of each and everyone of them. We have also started to look at how it would feel stepping into the shoes of an evacuee during World War Two. If you have any family members that can pass on any stories or photos from this event, please send them in. The children would love to hear and share evacuation stories from people they know. Linked to World War Two, the children have produced some pastel and silhouette art work to represent the Blitz which took place between September 7th 1940 to May 10th This event also links into our science work in which we have looked and light and will be moving onto shadows. The children have been thinking about why the blackouts where a necessity during the bombing raids. We are very excited to inform you that as part of our Battle of Britain topic we would like to arrange a visit from The Home Front Bus. The Home Front Bus is a unique living history experience contained within a classic double-decker bus. The children will experience detailed reconstructions of a 1940 s Living Room, Shop, Bombed out Street and Air Raid Shelter, containing period features and artefacts to replicate the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front. This exciting and inspiring educational experience will take place on Friday 18th May. We have been able to subsidise the cost of this however if we do not receive sufficient funding the event will be cancelled. Please complete the commitment to pay slip which was ed out last week so we can continue with arrangements for the visit by Friday 23rd March. Once we have confirmed the visit, the amount will be payable via the parent pay system.