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Autumn Term 1 News 2022-2023

Week commencing 17th October

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

It’s hard to believe that a half term has passed already.

Reflecting on the half term with pupils and staff over the past week, it has been really pleasing to have seen so many of the children settled into their new year groups and working well with those around them, including the adult support. However, we never take for granted the challenge of starting again each September and have continued to support those who find change more challenging.

The half term has been full of new learning and importantly consolidating learning from previous years, attending trips and visits and engaging with wider responsibilities and hobbies. It has been really pleasing to see and hear about the pupils making progress and I know the teachers are looking forward to sharing this with you and your children at the Learner Review meetings the week back after half term. This is always a good opportunity to discuss where areas are working and how others can be developed, and to celebrate the efforts of children. A reminder to ensure that slots are booked (please refer to the previous email and letter around booking details).

For now, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and restful (where possible) half term and look forwarding to welcoming everyone back on

Monday 31st October.

With best wishes,

Mr Andrews

 

Assemblies and Collective Worship

This week, we welcomed Steve from St. Peter's church to lead worship linked to our value of

Forgiveness. We also launched our Shoe Box appeal and are hoping that lots of families support this cause, by making a shoe box. The children have enjoyed singing our Harvest songs.  Well done to the Year 6 children who accompanied us with percussion instruments.

 

Music Highlights

What a creative first half term our children have had! Firstly, it has been a pleasure getting to know our Year 3s, who have been busy exploring rhythm, writing and performing their own 8 bar patterns. We have been able to welcome some of them to lunch time Music Ambassador rehearsals, and hope that these children will return after half term, once swimming lessons have finished.

 

Year 4 have a split Music curriculum this year, and 4K have been getting to grips with playing various brass instruments, whilst 4A have composed some fantastic pieces inspired by the paintings of Monet. It has been wonderful to see pupils explore their compositional ideas, and many have really tried to capture the essence of their chosen painting, and play with such expression.

 

Our Year 5s have fully embraced Indian Classical Music this half term, and could have quite happily spent hours and hours improvising on a raga! It really was a special moment to witness classes provide their own drone accompaniment whilst taking it in turns to improvise over the top. Their curiosity and willingness to embrace a musical culture that is connected to Britain has been deeply impressive.

 

There is not one single Year 6 pupil who hasn’t risen to the challenge of writing and performing their own rap. I have to give a special mention to Teddy and Ewan here, who I can honestly say managed to create one of the most impressive pieces I have ever seen from pupils during my years of teaching. I sometimes feel that I’m teaching older children again, such has been Year 6’s capacity to contemplate the difference between rap and hip-hop, or the difference between rappers and spoken word artists. This project always stimulates much discussion and debate, and Year 6 have been on fine form this half term.

 

Finally, we hope that Preeya, Emma and Isabelle (pictured below) in Year 6 are still glowing from their recent performances at St. Peter’s Church, where they represented their school as part of a wider community concert. What an achievement! Next half term will be busy as we prepare for our Year 3 & 4 Nativity – Sheik, Rattle and Roll – and Panto Pandemonium with Year 5 & 6. Music Ambassadors will also be busy rehearsing for the Dunchurch Open Air Nativity on Sunday 4th December, as well as an afternoon at St. Andrew’s Church on Wednesday 7th December (letters to follow nearer the time), and our end of term church service.

Thank you to all of our musicians – both in and out of the classroom!

 

 

Year 3

What an exciting half term it has been! It is amazing to see how well the children have settled and developed over these last 7 weeks. They have certainly grown in confidence and independence and are developing really great attitudes to learning and to each other using our school rules and values brilliantly. 

Our highlights have been the trip to the Roald Dahl Museum and of course swimming lessons. It has been impressive to see how much they have improved in confidence and in their skills to use the swimming strokes, not to mention the speedy changing skills that have developed! As one of the children said: ‘Laps and laps of fun!’ Friday will be their final swimming lesson and certificates will be given out after half term. Congratulations all round! 

It was lovely to read the variety of letters the children wrote imagining what Harry would write to his Grampa, and this week we have explored more letters and consolidated the reciprocal reading skills and comprehension. Children have also continued spelling practice in school and after half term we will begin to send home spellings to practice. 

In Maths the class have been learning to add and subtract and identify connections that will help them in their Maths thinking. They have practiced the column method for adding which is an important step in learning. 

After half term, we will be doing an activity for English to do with Bonfire Night. A letter will be given shortly, but it would be good for you to know that gloves will be needed on Thursday 3rd November. Thank you! 

The children deserve a rest for all their hard work this half term. Have a safe and fun week off and we will see you bright and early on Monday 31st October.

Mrs Hayward, Mrs Coupe and Mrs Buckley 

 

Year 4

Wow, this half term has been a busy one in Year 4! We have been so impressed with how well the children have settled back into school and how quickly they started to follow our new school rules of Ready, Respectful, Safe. We hope they have enjoyed sharing their stickers with you which they have earned for showing our school values and fantastic learning behaviours. 

 This half term, we have enjoyed travelling back in time to the Roman era. In English, we read the book Pompeii and wrote fantastic diary entries linked to Mount Vesuvius. After this, we were very excited when artefacts were found in the school flower beds, and we have written extremely persuasive letters, asking Mr Andrews if we can excavate to find more! If we succeed we will be able to start our archaeological dig after the half term holiday. 

This week, we were lucky to have a sunny trip to Lunt Roman Fort, where the children had an amazing time and learnt so much about the Roman Army. We practised marching and fighting skills including close combat and firing javelins, handled artefacts, learnt about defence and found out more about the uniform and armour. We would like to thank all of the adults who came along and helped.  

We have ended this half term by thinking about what makes great teamwork in PSHE, and learning about the architect Gaudi. We will be producing our own mosaic designs after half term so would be grateful if you could send in any magazines that we could cut up to use in our own artwork. 

Thank you for all of your support this half term and we hope that you have a very happy and relaxing holiday. We are looking forward to many more exciting learning opportunities next half term, culminating in the Christmas performance! 

Mrs Keffler, Mrs Andrews,

Mrs Fairbrother and Mrs Gooch

Year 5

This term in year 5 we have had a fabulous time learning about both The Highwayman and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Children have performed amazing scenes this week in drama sessions building on the work they did earlier on this term at Mary Arden's Farm. Our newspaper reports about The Highwayman were really chilling, the children really enjoyed reporting on the gruesome crime!

We have also enjoyed working on our Mayan topic, meeting a real life explorer and learning all about how the Mayan's lived. We also learnt about their religious beliefs and some of their traditions as well as the rainforests they lived in and some of the wildlife they would have come across. 

We are really looking forward to next term and delving into lots more topics and learning lots more things together!

Miss Oxborough and Miss Finch

Year 6

What a fantastic start to the year both classes have had! The children have impressed staff from day one with their commitment to learning and developing their skills, building on their successes from previous years. We started with a detailed look at Carrol's nonsense poem The Jabberwocky, and the children engaged with its whimsy and fantastical setting, producing their own narrative based on this famous piece. We've moved onto Oliver Twist, where children have had a study of the title character. This has tied in with our History work on the Industrial Revolution and what it meant to be a Victorian child - we're pleased to say there's no hard labour in Year 6! 

 

Maths has seen work commence on solidifying existing knowledge on the four basic operations, as well as introductions into the world of formal multiplication and division. The children have used previous knowledge to help them, and this is great to see. 

More than anything, it's been pleasing to see children settle into their new classes and school responsibilities so quickly. They know that this is a big year for them and seem keen to rise to the challenge. Our PSHE and Learning Behaviour work has focused on safety and growth mindsets, with the children understanding that these are life skills that extend far beyond the classroom. We continue to contact parents with success stories and thank you for taking our calls - they mean so much for both parent and pupil. We look forward to welcoming the classes back after a restful half term - they've earned it!  

Take care,

Mr Coppillie, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Cooper

 

 

Week commencing 10th October

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

It’s hard to believe that a half term has passed already.

Reflecting on the half term with pupils and staff over the past week, it has been really pleasing to have seen so many of the children settled into their new year groups and working well with those around them, including the adult support. However, we never take for granted the challenge of starting again each September and have continued to support those who find change more challenging.

The half term has been full of new learning and importantly consolidating learning from previous years, attending trips and visits and engaging with

wider responsibilities and hobbies. It has been really pleasing to see and hear about the pupils making progress and I know the teachers are looking forward to sharing this with you and your children at the Learner Review meetings the week back after half term. This is always a good opportunity to discuss where areas are working and how others can be developed, and to celebrate the efforts of children. A reminder to ensure that slots are booked (please refer to the previous email and letter around booking details).

For now, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and restful (where

possible) half term and look forwarding to welcoming everyone back on

Monday 31st October.

With best wishes,

 

Mr Andrews

 

From a Junior school perspective, this week has been a continuation of earlier weeks, with children continuing to make good progress in their learning and  enjoying the extra-curricular activities on offer.

My attendance at the Junior school has been limited due to the Infant school’s Ofsted inspection on Tuesday and Wednesday and required follow up. I am very much looking forward to getting back in the building and re-connecting with  pupils and staff next week to ensure the final week before half term is a positive and productive as possible.

I am also hopeful that those unfortunate staff who have been off with illness are able to return and we get closer to full complement so that all of the wider support and development can continue in full force.

I would like to express my thanks to all the staff who have come in to work additional hours/days to support the pupils and teachers; it is very much appreciated. Thank you also to the pupils for working so hard when, on occasions, support staff haven’t been as readily available in lessons. You have all shown great determination and understanding.

We hope the pupils enjoy the final 5 days of this half term and the discos (if they are attending). It always seems to be a highlight…and that’s just for some of the adults!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Mr Andrews

 

Assemblies and Collective Worship

This week, we welcomed Ellie from Rugby Foodbank into school. She talked about how the Foodbank operates and works.  Thank you for your kind donations of food for this cause. It was lovely to welcome Reverend Pat from St. Peter's church into school on Thursday for lunch. She enjoyed talking to the children and the children showed great maturity.

 

Year 3

What an exciting week!   All Year 3 have started their 2-week block of swimming. All children have been put into ability groups and are having a whale of a time. They have tried their best and the instructors have been impressed with how much progress they are making as the week goes by. 

They have finished their Art topic and have produced some amazing painted self-portraits, which they then collaged with coloured paper and newspaper.  

In English, the children have written an informal letter linked to the Harry’s Home story and demonstrated their skills in using a

letter layout, contractions, and commas.  

-Mrs Buckley, Mrs Hayward and Mrs Coupe

 

 

Year 4

This week has been a whirlwind of activity again in Year 4, with a whole mix of activities.  We've moved on to addition and subtraction in Maths, and are impressed by the children's use of place value counters to help them explain exchanging.  In English we have been practising how to be persuasive, such as convincing our teachers that we deserve to have extra play.  Beware, parents - your children may be applying their skills to convince you they should be allowed to stay up late, through exaggeration, rhetorical questions, flattery or other persuasive devices!  

We have also started completing a survey of our outside space, as part of the RSPB Project, so that we can draw up an action plan of how we can improve biodiversity in our school grounds.

Finally, we have completed our History topic by looking at the impact the Romans had on Britain, discussing whether drains and sewers, straight well-made roads, or turnips, cabbages and peas were more important!  Of course we still have our trip next Wednesday to Lunt Roman Fort to look forward to - please give permission for this using the Forms link on the e-mailed letter as soon as possible. 

All children will need a packed lunch and a drink (no cans or glass bottles please).  They need to wear school uniform but may wear trainers or similar sensible footwear, and should definitely bring a waterproof coat!

Mrs Keffler, Mrs Andrews,

Mrs Fairbrother and Mrs Gooch

 

Year 5

On Monday, Year 5 met a jungle explorer who came to tell us all about Maya life. We learnt lots about the way Mayas lived, the food they ate and the games they played. Year 5 were very enthusiastic and loved developing the knowledge they already had. The children also enjoyed creating their own Maya god and playing some Maya games. Also, the children have applied their Maya knowledge and computing skills this week and have created a PowerPoint all about the Maya civilisation. 

The children have also been busy in English this week. We have continued to look at newspaper reports and their features and the children have created their own newspaper report based on our text The Highwayman.

We have celebrated positive behaviours in the classroom and lunchtime this week and have continued to hand out some of our value stickers. Keep it up Year 5!

Miss Oxborough and Miss Finch

 

Year 6

This week has seen Year 6 continuing with their reading of the classic Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. The children continue to impress us by approaching this sombre story with a quiet, mature enthusiasm, offering great insights into Oliver's character and motivations. They have watched a short excerpt of the BBC adaptation and compared it with the version of the novel that we are examining in class. Combining both sources has produced a deeper understanding of the story, and this is great to see. In Maths, children have tackled division, in addition to using all the basic operations to solve mathematical word problems. It is excellent to see the children using different strategies to great effect. Our History work on the Industrial Revolution has continued with the children designing information leaflets for Blists Hill. They are so engaging; you'll want to visit the village after reading them! In PSHE, we have recapped the importance of noting our early warning signs, understanding how this is our bodies way of telling us something may be unsafe.

We encourage our students to continue to read and do their Maths homework - both are very important to their success this year. Thank you

Have a great weekend,

Mr Coppillie, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Cooper

 

Girls Football Team

The Year 5 and 6 girls’ football team played their first match of the season on Wednesday night. The match was an away game at St Maries school. The girls represented the school with passion and excitement, but found themselves 1-0 down at half time. However, in the second half, the girls really dug deep, applied tactics well, and managed to score 5 goals. Their amazing comeback gave our Dunchurch girls’ team a winning score line of 5-1! 

Thank you so much to all the parents for helping transport the team!  

Mr James

 

 

Week commencing 3rd October

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well.

This week has been another action-packed week across the Federation. With trips and visits now taking place regularly, there is much to engage the children in their learning.

This week we also welcomed two external school improvement partners to come in and review progress across both schools and nursery. We have chosen to collaborate with professionals like this to review provision and progress and to gain an external viewpoint as to the next steps in our development.

The first aspect the improvement partners commented on, was the excellent attitude of individuals towards their learning and the respect shown towards one another. They were equally impressed with the teaching of early reading and the development in phonics at the Infant school and also with reading and Maths across the Junior school as well.

Equally impressive was the following of the new rules, behaviour in classrooms and the ‘kind and compassionate’ approach of staff towards supporting children who are upset/in need of further support. I would like to thank all staff for the extra effort in preparing for the visits, for juggling meeting with them both and managing their classes, and a big thank you to all the fantastic pupils who demonstrated our Federation values by making them feel so welcome. The feedback we receive will continue to drive the two schools forward in providing the best start to education for the community of Dunchurch!

Over the next couple of weeks, you will be receiving information about Learner Review Meetings (formerly parents’ consultation evenings). We look forward to seeing many of you in person (finally).

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Mr Andrews

Executive Headteacher

 

Year 3

At the beginning of the week Year 3 went on their first trip to the Roald Dahl Museum in Aylesbury. The children engaged in sensory play as they explored the Roald Dahl gallery and also participated in a craft activity making their own dream bottles linked to the BFG. All children behaved extremely well (we didn’t even have to use Mrs Trunchbull’s Chokey) and there was pure enjoyment and enthusiasm shown throughout the day. 

This week in Maths we began our topic on addition and subtraction. Children have been gaining confidence in fluency of adding and subtracting 1s,10s and 100s and spotting patterns. It was great to see all homework being completed. 

In English we have started our new book Harry’s Home by Catherine and Laurence Anholt – a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who visits his grandpa in the country from the city. We have explored our reciprocal reading strategies, including how to summarise using pictorial representations.  

The portraits are coming on very well with very subtle mixing and painting of skin tones and details of facial features.  

Please note, next week, the children will begin their two-week block of swimming. They will have an early lunch each day and will need to remember their swimming kit every day please. It is best to have long hair tied back. Please see the kit list in the previous correspondence. 

Mrs Buckley, Mrs Hayward and Mrs Coupe

Year 4

This week Year 4 have been entering into all sorts of active learning opportunities with enthusiasm, from creating a Roman song about their invasion of Britannia, to acting out the story of the Good Samaritan in RE, and learning about the message behind it. They not only created a living graph of Boudicca's rebellion against the Romans, but also put Marcus, a Roman legionnaire, in the hot-seat, firing questions at him about why someone would choose to leave the warmth and comfort of Rome to join the army and travel to the frozen North of Hadrian's Wall.  

Having written very personal diary entries as a character living in Pompeii and enduring the earthquake which led to a volcanic eruption, they are now learning a whole variety of new vocabulary about the archaeological discovery of the city's ruins centuries later.  Finally, in Maths we have been really impressed by their persistence when working at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.  4K have started taking home their brass instruments, so we hope you at home are enjoying their practices!  Please remember to send in the instruments every Wednesday, along with reading records. 

Mrs Keffler, Mrs Andrews,

Mrs Fairbrother and Mrs Gooch

 

Year 5

It has been another busy week in Year 5! We have continued learning about Maya Civilisation and made our own 3D maps to show different areas and temples in Ancient Maya. The children got very creative and showed excellent teamwork as they worked in small groups to create these! The children have also been looking at Mayan masks, their intricate designs, why they were used and have designed and created their own masks. 

In English we have started looking at the features of a newspaper report. We were very shocked to read that a dangerous dragon had attacked Dunchurch Junior School in the night! 

We have also been very creative in ICT this week as we have learnt how to animate our PowerPoints. 

Another great week, well done Year 5!

Miss Oxborough and Miss Finch

 

Year 6

This week has seen Year 6 being introduced to the classic Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. The children have approached the task of clarifying vocabulary and understanding the background of this grim tale, with mature enthusiasm. This text links nicely to our current History work on the Industrial Revolution, a ground breaking era for Britain in particular. The children have learnt about how life changed drastically for many people over a relatively short period of time. Part of their fascination is surely due to our amazing trip last week to the Victorian Village of Blists Hill, where the children saw the original brickworks and experienced the terror of a classroom from 1900 - let's just say they have never appreciated their modern teachers more! We in turn appreciated their superb behaviour and beautiful manners, and thank all parent helpers and staff for making the day live up to Mrs Cooper's claims - it was a great, if damp, trip!

In Maths, the children have tackled rules of divisibilty and multiplication using the formal column method, and it's lovely to watch their understanding and confidence grow with each lesson. Please keep up with the homework children - it really does help solidify understanding. 

We keep celebrating positive behaviours in the classrooms and will continue to reach out to parents to share these highlights - it is such a pleasure to be able to commend pupils in this fashion. Well done Year 6 - keep it up!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Coppillie, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Cooper

Week commencing 26th September

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

Another week completed and we have reached the end of September. The children are well and truly into their new routines and it has been great to see their efforts and successes being acknowledged with our new values stickers. We hope you each get the chance to talk with them about why they have achieved them and be able to celebrate alongside them.

Leading an assembly around behaviour and expectations on Wednesday, I have been able to positively reinforce our school rules of: Ready, Respectful and Safe, and along with other school leaders, monitored the children’s responses to this across the school. We have been very pleased with the behaviour of so many children and continue to work hard with those few who find the school setting more challenging. I would also like to thank parents who have raised concerns and allowed us to discuss them with you and respond accordingly to each situation. The collaboration between school and home is essential to providing pupils with the best start to life and so we are very grateful for your continued support.

By the end of next week, most year groups will have attended their first trip of the year. Blists Hill, Mary Arden’s House and the Roald Dahl Museum are the first three ventures away from school and will, no doubt, inspire great engagement and learning for the children. We all remember great trips and we hope these provide the children with positive memories for year to come.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend,

Mr Andrews

 

Assemblies and Worship

On Monday, in class assembly, the children watched a video clip about Rosh Hashanah which is the celebration of the Jewish New Year.  Mr. Andrews led an assembly about our Values and Behaviour.  We are really enjoying giving out our Values stickers to children.  On Thursday, we thought about our value of Peace and how we show this in school.  It was exciting to see all the wonderful costumes and Roald Dahl characters today from Year 3.

 

Year 6 Leaders

Thank you to all Year 6 children who have volunteered for a Leadership Role in school. We now have: Head Pupils, Librarians, Peer Mediators, Sports Captains, Play Leaders, House Captains, Worship Ambassadors, Peer Well Being Champions, Wildlife Champions, Spirit Ambassadors and Diversity Ambassadors. Mrs. Miller enjoyed training the Peer Mediators yesterday. We really are very lucky that we have children who will volunteer and commit to responsibility.  A special mention to the Play Leaders, who have visited the Infant School this week and last week to help with the younger children.

 

Year 3

This week in Year 3 we have been very excited to complete our first piece of writing: a narrative to tell the story of The Enormous Crocodile’s new trick. In our version, he disguised himself as a slide to trick the children. We have focused on correct use of capital letters, full stops, speech punctuation and making sentences interesting with adjectives. There are some really great stories to read this weekend! In maths we are finishing our unit on place value, developing good understanding of this important foundation topic.

We have started our art unit on drawing portraits, learning the proportions of a face and how to make shaded and textured marks. The portrait drawings are coming on very well and we are looking forward to continuing these, next week with learning about colour mixing and painting techniques.

The great excitement today has been the  enjoyment of the wonderful, creative costumes that  the children have been wearing. Thank you for all the creativity and effort that has been put into sharing these.

Just a quick reminder that children need to be at school for 8:00am on Monday 3rd October and that they need to bring to the  Roald Dahl museum trip the following: a packed lunch, a drink (not fizzy) a waterproof coat, sensible shoes, a small ruck sack for carrying things and an optional activity for doing on the coach. If your child suffers with travel sickness, please ensure they take travel sickness medication before they come to school. Children should wear school uniform. We are really looking forward to this brilliant trip and the learning opportunities it has to offer!  Mrs Coupe, Mrs Hayward and Mrs Buckley.

Year 4 Music

As part of our commitment to teaching the full National Curriculum for Music, children in Year 4 get to experience weekly brass lessons. 4K are first up with lessons until February half-term, when 4A then take over. So far, children have been assigned a cornet, trumpet, tenor horn, euphonium or pBone, and they are getting to grips with how their instruments work. It's fair to say that things are a little noisy, as pupils literally blow raspberries down their instruments, hoping to make the right sound. However, it is a lot of fun!  

By contrast in class lessons,  4A are currently exploring the links between music and art, and pupils have been looking at works of art inspired by music, and have listened to music inspired by art. So far, children have been using some rather sophisticated musical language to describe how the sounds capture the image of the painting, and they are now working on creating their own dreamy soundscapes, inspired by Monet's work.

All in all, Year 4 are off to a very musical start  to the school year, which is great to see!

 Mrs Fairbrother, Mrs Keffler and Mrs Andrews.

 

 

Year 5

This week in Year 5 we have started our new topic 'Maya Civilisation'. We have used our map skills to locate Ancient Maya cities, created a timeline of key events during the Maya Civilisation and were really excited to explore Mayan artefacts. We can't wait to learn more! In English, the children have been very creative when writing their own narrative of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, focusing on setting and character description. We have also been reflecting on our school rules and how we can work hard to show these.

Another great week, well done Year 5!

Miss Oxborough and Miss Finch

Week commencing 19th September

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

This week has been one of significant reflection, having started with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The children’s response has been incredibly empathetic and they have shown a number of our school values when discussing aspects in class.

Over the week, we have continued to develop our plans for this year. New Pupil leaders (house captains and peer mediators) have been assigned and started to undertake training to support others. Our pupils continue to be great ambassadors for others and we are keen to see this expand further into other roles over the coming weeks.

It was also pleasing to be able to welcome many of you in person (and online) to our curriculum evenings. I am very grateful to staff for putting on the evenings and sharing the information. All of the slides and curriculum overviews for this term will be sent out today. They are also available in the curriculum section of our website: https://www.dunchurchjuniorschool.org.uk/

Please do take a look as there is a great deal of information.

Over the coming weeks, a number of year groups will be engaging with trips, Year 3 will start their swimming sessions and we have visitors coming into school. It very much feels like the opportunities and experiences are a step above what we have been able to offer over the past couple of years due to COVID, and I am hopeful that all children enjoy their upcoming experiences.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend,

Mr Andrews

 

Year 3

Our first full week in Year 3 went really well and was busy! We have started our new Science unit on light and shadows with some fun practical investigations about materials with some new vocabulary and measuring shadow lengths at different times of day.

It was great to hear the children’s knowledge about the Big Story of the Bible, as we looked at the Big Frieze in our RE lesson.

We have also started our new book: The Enormous Crocodile, finding interesting and funny words that Roald Dahl loves to use, practicing our fluency of reading and developing understanding of the text. As our class reader is another Roald Dahl book, James and the Giant Peach and we are looking forward to the trip to the Roald Dahl museum on 3rd October and we are altogether very excited to be studying this fabulous author’s writing.

In Maths the children have been working well, learning about place value. It is great to see them enjoying using the place value materials to support their learning.

In Year 3 we are happy for children to change their reading books as they need to from the selection on the shelves. Please make sure they have an opportunity to read with an adult 3 times a week and bring their reading diaries in on Wednesdays, particularly, for the teachers to check.

It was lovely to see parents at the New to Year 3 meeting this week.

Mrs Coupe, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Hayward

Year 4

Although it’s been a shorter week in school, we’ve still been very busy in year 4! In maths, we’ve been continuing our learning on place value and have enjoyed using concrete resources to deepen our understanding. We have continued to read Pompeii in English and have been practising skills that will help us to write our own diary entries next week. In science, we finally finished our investigation and concluded that longer legs don’t always help you to jump further! We have also enjoyed our computing sessions and 4K have made a great start to their Brass lessons - you can look forward to them bringing their instrument home very soon. Finally, in RE we have learned about what Jesus meant when he called his disciples to be 'fishers of people', and what kind of people he might call now. Next week, we’re looking forward to starting our History learning on the Romans - please look out for information from the office regarding our trip to Lunt Fort in Coventry on Wednesday 19th October.

We also have the exciting opportunity this year of taking part in a project organised by the RSPB, which will benefit children across both schools. It involves each Year 4 class surveying our school grounds, including The Haven, and writing a biodiversity action plan, with ideas for how we can increase the number of different plant and animal species. Throughout this year we shall be completing challenges to put our plan into action, and also to enjoy spending time learning outside, noticing and experiencing nature.

Mrs Keffler, Mrs Andrews,

Mrs Fairbrother and Mrs Gooch

Year 5

This week Year 5 continued with their work on The Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes, focusing on similes and metaphors to describe both him and the setting. We have continued working on place value to 1000000 in maths and the children are becoming so confident with large numbers! Our highlight of the week was our trip to Stratford, where we visited Mary Arden's Farm and studied A Midsummer Night's Dream through drama, in a workshop led by practitioners from the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust. The children were all fantastic and we ended the day with a brief re-enactment of the whole play - they were phenomenal! Not only did the children get to perform and learn all about Shakespeare, but we learnt about the History of the language of the play and the Tudor beliefs that led to Shakespeare writing about fairies, as well as meeting all the farm animals that they would have kept on the farm in Tudor times. A great day was had by all.

 

Miss Finch and Miss Oxborough

Year 6

It has been another busy week in Year 6- both in and out of the classroom.

In English, the children have started to think about their narrative version of the Jabberwocky and we have been amazed at the descriptive vocabulary the children have shared. We are looking forward to reading their first draft of their stories this time next week.

As our unit of work on electricity in Science comes to an end, the year group have continued to impress us with their use of questioning and investigative thinking.

Outside of the classroom, the children have enjoyed hearing about their school roles and responsibilities. Play leaders have received some training over two sessions this week and are now ready to begin supporting children from all year groups in lunchtime activities.

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help out on the trip to Blists Hill -we look forward to seeing you next Friday.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McMahon, Mr Coppillie and Mrs Cooper

Week commencing 12th September

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

What a first full week we have had at the Junior school. It has been pleasing to see the children getting used to the routines and expectations of their new teachers, and starting to respond positively to their new classmates.

Our new school rules of: Ready, Respectful and Safe have been received well by children and the vast majority are supporting one another in keeping to these. Staff are working hard with those who have found the return to school challenging, and we will continue to support all children to build positive relationships, which ensure children feel safe and valued at Dunchurch Juniors.

It has also been pleasing to see a quick return to our very popular after school clubs, particularly looking back to this point last year where we were still under guidance not to mix between ‘bubbles’ (that dreaded word!) As such, it has been wonderful to see children undertaking their passions with great enthusiasm.

We are equally looking forward to the welcoming families into school in the coming weeks, starting with our curriculum evenings next week (Year 4 and 6 on Tuesday 20th and Year 3 and 5 on Thursday 22nd). This will be a first chance for many to come and view the school, look around the environment and hear more about our aspirational curriculum. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

On Monday, school will be closed as part of the national Bank Holiday. Throughout our assemblies and in specific lessons, children have had the chance to discuss the Queen’s passing, of British Values and the impact that individuals can have on others. We have been inspired by children’s maturity and compassion; a real credit to you all.

With best wishes,

-Mr Andrews

 

Assembly and Collective Worship

The children have all settled back into routines this week and are enjoying coming into the hall for worship.  We enjoyed having Reverend Pat in to our assembly this week to talk to the children about the Queen. Our theme this half term is Generosity and we will be learning about how "God loves a cheerful giver" from Corinthians 9.7 .

It was great to hear the Year 6 head Pupil speeches and then the school voted. Next week, we will be singing hymns and our School song.

Back in May, the children of 3JM made some wonderful cards to congratulate the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee. The children worked very hard on their beautiful designs and wrote some very kind and detailed messages to Her Majesty. The children knew that a response would take some time, but little did we know of the events that would unfold this month. In a bittersweet twist, we received our reply this week. 

Although there is sadness at her passing, the children have been reminded of the fantastic celebrations of her reign and understand how the Queen could make anyone feel special, even through a simple thank you card.

-Mrs Jenks

 

Year 4

Year 4 have made a fantastic start to the year, and have settled in so quickly, with great kindness towards each other.  They are already showing us so many examples of our new school rules - they are ready to learn, respectful towards people and resources, and are helping us all stay safe.  In our first Science topic we have been learning about our skeletons and muscles, and this afternoon we are investigating whether people with longer legs can jump further - watch this space for the results!  We have also enjoyed reading our book about Pompeii, so next week we'll be learning the skills we need to write our own diary as one of the Roman characters on the scene during the volcanic eruption. In maths we've recapped our understanding of numbers up to 1000, so next week we'll be tackling new learning with numbers up to 10,000. The most challenging part so far has been using number lines, but the children have shown great resilience and determination; with their positive attitudes we're really looking forward to seeing their learning develop this year, and hopefully to seeing many parents at our New to Year Group meeting next Tuesday!

-Mrs Keffler, Mrs Andrews and Mrs Fairbrother

 

Year 5

This week in Year 5 we have had a great time getting to know each other in our new classes and settling back into school. We have jumped straight into our learning and the children have been hooked by 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes in English, desperate to hear the next verses when left on a cliff-hanger! We have also been learning about materials and their properties, investigating reversible and irreversible changes and were impressed by the reactions we were able to create in the classroom. We have also been discussing having a 'growth mindset' and ways in which we can show our best learning behaviours in school this year. 

-The Year 5 team

 

Year 6

What a fantastic start to the year! We have been blown away with the brilliant attitudes shown by each and every pupil.

In English, we have been exploring the poem 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll and the children have performed the poem with great enthusiasm and expression. Our next challenge is to turn the poem into a narrative. We have been looking at electricity in our Science lessons and the children have been able to recall and build upon their Year 4 learning. 

Yesterday, we were proud of the twenty six children who demonstrated great resilience and gave speeches outlining why they should be elected as a Head Pupil in front of the whole school. It was clear that the children had put a lot of thought into their words and had some great ideas of how to make our school an even better place. Congratulations to Emma and Sam who were elected. This week, the children have also been asked about what responsibilities they would like this year. We are pleased that so many are keen to have an active role in school life and look forward to seeing the contributions they are going to make.

 We would like to wish the children taking the eleven-plus this weekend good luck.

See you next week,

-The Year 6 team

 

 

Refugee update 

As many of you know, I was able to work with refugees in France over the summer, volunteering with a charity called Care4Calais. You can see from the photos that we spent time in the warehouse, sorting out donations, including making up hundreds of food packs a week, then went into different camps each day to distribute and spend time with refugees - teaching English, giving out hot drinks, playing games and generally supporting them. Most of the people we met were from Sudan and Afghanistan, both war-torn countries, yet despite their appalling journeys and living conditions in Calais, they remain remarkably resilient and positive. Thanks to your generosity last term, I was able to take two carloads of donations including clothes, tents, sleeping bags and power packs, which were very much appreciated. In addition, the money you donated was used to buy folding tables, stationery, storage boxes and dried food. Thank you very much for your support.

Mrs Keffler

Week commencing 3rd September

Year 3

We are so pleased with the great start Year 3 have made in joining the Junior school. The children have shown great enthusiasm in engaging with the activities we have been doing. They have got to know the grounds, the classroom and found out some fun facts about their teachers. We have really enjoyed finding out about them too. After reading the book ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ we have made worry monsters to help us express and manage things that can worry us and have been generous and kind in thinking about how to fill in each others’ ‘invisible buckets’ inspired by the Book ‘Have you Filled a Bucket Today?’ The children wrote a letter for each of them to read at the end of this year, and reflect on what they expect, in this exciting year ahead. We have learnt about the school rules and got to know the routines of Junior school classes.

Your child has had an opportunity to read with a staff member and choose a book, and will be taking home a reading book this weekend with their reading record. We would like children to read 3 times a week as part of their reading homework and for you to sign the reading record for each read. You can also use this record to write any notes for the teacher, but it is a good idea to let the teacher know that a message is in the diary via your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please let your child’s teacher know via the school office or by talking with us at pick up time.

It has been a brilliant start to this term and we are really looking forward to getting to know even more about your child and working together with you on their education journey.

 

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