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Autumn Term 2 News 2022-2023

Week commencing 12th December

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

What a term it has been across both schools. Again, it is hard to believe just how much has been crammed into 14 weeks. It truly is remarkable!

The past few days have felt incredibly festive as a result of the Christmas Fun Day on Friday 9th and the brilliant Christmas performances, as well as our festive visits to St. Peter’s church. This time of year never disappoints in terms of the magical feel it can provide and it feels a fitting end to the term.

Within this edition of our newsletter, you will find examples of personal highlights from each year group. This is something that children and staff

enjoy putting together as they spend some time reflecting on their achievements. We do hope you enjoy reading the content!

I’d like to take the chance to thank all the staff and volunteers that make Dunchurch such a special place to work – your commitment and input is

invaluable and greatly appreciated.

All that is left for me to say is a huge thank you to our community for your continued support of the schools and nursery, and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope the festive period allows you to connect with family and to enjoy the time celebrating and reflecting on another year.

With best wishes,

Mr Andrews - Executive Headteacher

 

Church Visit

Thank you to Mrs. Coupe and Mrs. Fairbrother for organising our Christmas church service. It was wonderful to hear our Music Ambassadors singing and playing for us. The children who read also did a great job. Thank you to Reverend Pat and Steve for leading us in prayer. Also, thanks to all parents and carers who walked with us to church. It was a lovely service and we are very proud of all the children. 

 

Half term highlights - Autumn 2

Year 3

The Autumn 2 term has been as busy and exhilarating as the first half term and in this term, Year 3 have learned many new and exciting things. Here are some of the highlights.

We came back to a new half term with a bit of sparkle with Mr Mills and Mr Freeman helping us with a fire pit and sparklers. This inspired our firework poems. Then Traction Man entered the scene and Year 3 let their imaginations explore a “Classroom Mission with Traction Man”, rescuing classroom stationary from Evil Villains. In Maths we had plenty of practice in using written methods for adding, subtracting and we continue to learn about grouping and sharing with multiplication and division topics, which we will continue into the new term too. In Theme we have covered a lot, with work about Urban and Rural situations, map work and learning about a class member’s home city comparing it to our mostly village environments. We explored the idea of prayer and what prayer means to different believers in RE.

There have been many exciting events during the last few weeks of this term. It was really gratifying to see the brilliant ways in which the Year 3 students took on the roles and responsibilities of setting up and running stalls for our Christmas Fun Day organised by the PTA. The children showed excellent maturity, generosity and kindness to each other throughout the day. They managed the excitement and changes to the everyday routines really well and we had a great day. 

In between all this excitement we have had moments of calm, relaxed creativity listening to music while the children explored patterns and making ‘Zentangle’ art pieces inspired by various artists including Thaneeya McArdle. This was certainly a great balance to the other highly exciting events and we were very impressed with the variety and detail of the children’s patterns. For their final, piece, children used crayons to design ‘zentangles’ and finished off their work with a paint wash to create a colourful piece of art, with special focus on vibrant details and patterns. 

The children performed magnificently on Wednesday afternoon and evening to parents and carers. They sang beautifully and all actors and musicians performed well. You should be very proud of your children. 

To begin the Spring term we will continue on with multiplication and division in maths. 

Our Science, unit will be: Animals including humans - teeth and digestion. Children will learn the main parts of the digestive system. Also, they will be able to name and know the functions of human teeth. The children will also plan an investigation to find out which is the liquid that causes most tooth decay. 

In English the children will be looking at instructional writing linked to their Science topic. We will start a new class book. Watch this space for an exciting new text! 

Computing will be a new unit on desktop publishing and presentation of information. 

We wish everyone a restful holiday and we will see all the children on Wednesday 4th January 2023!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Mrs Hayward, Mrs Coupe and Mrs Buckley.

 

Year 4

This half term in Year 4 has been packed full of exciting learning activities. We started off by excavating the raised flower beds to look for Roman remains after receiving permission from Mr Andrews thanks to our persuasive letters. We were hoping that we would be able to sell them to museums but unfortunately, although old, they were not authentic Roman relics.

 

 

We have enjoyed studying our Beowulf text in English and then creating our own gruesome endings with dramatic battle scenes to defeat the dragon. Following on from this, we completed fantastic explanation texts full of technical vocabulary about the water cycle, linked to our Science learning on States of Matter. In Art, we learnt about the amazing architecture of Gaudi and created our own mosaics in his style. Also, we’ve enjoyed relaxing in our weekly Yoga sessions!

Towards the end of term, we’ve all worked really hard completing assessments in Maths and English. We were all very proud of our efforts and the resilience that we showed.

The highlight of this half term has been our Christmas production of Sheik, Rattle and Roll. We are very grateful for all the help with learning lines and lyrics for the show and were amazed by the tuneful singing and the positive attitude of the children.

Next half term, we are looking forward to reading Iron Man in English, studying electricity in Science and continuing to work on multiplication and division in Maths. Please keep practising times tables on Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) if you have a spare moment over the holidays!

We hope you have a fantastic holiday and we wish you a very happy New Year!

- Mrs Andrews, Mrs Keffler, Mrs Fairbrother, Mrs Gooch, Mrs Thornton and Mrs Mercer.

 

Year 5 

What an exciting and fun-filled term it has been! This term has been another very busy one for Year 5, from creating volcanos to production rehearsals, but great enthusiasm has been shown throughout. We have enjoyed studying The Firework Makers Daughter in English, writing letters as the characters and creating some excellent character and setting descriptions. Year 5 also worked really hard on their Shakespeare projects and we were so pleased with the outcome of these – the children should be very proud of themselves for the effort they put in. Maths has seen work on fractions where children have consolidated previous learning and impressed us with their skills and resilience when new learning challenges have occurred.  

Our Theme lessons have been very exciting as we have learnt about volcanos and earthquakes. The children showed tremendous enthusiasm as they created their own 3D models of a volcano and built a Lego town and used sand and water to replicate an earthquake. We have loved being creative in our learning. In Art, the children have shown great skill as they have learnt, and applied, the Batik technique to create individual pieces of art based on the work of Hokusai.  

Finally, the children have put in a lot of effort this term to rehearse for our production. We are really impressed with their efforts and resilience in learning the songs and we hope you enjoyed the show as much we did.  

We hope you have a restful Christmas break.  

Miss Oxborough and Miss Finch 

Year 6

Wow - what an enjoyable and jam packed first term for Year 6! 

There have been many highlights, which include moments such as the children experiencing the terror of a Victorian classroom - complete with a cane wielding, ruthless teacher! The children were beautifully behaved - just as well! They also enjoyed the practical side of the shocking world of electrical circuits, before turning their attention to the Industrial Revolution. In English, it's been great to see the children's thoughtful examination of the dark, cruel world of Oliver Twist and in Maths they continually impress with a desire to go beyond the basics of operations, percentages and fractions. The tag rugby event was a huge success (the children tried hard) as was the visit to Cemex, which saw the children literally at the top of the tower; they didn't crumble and had a solid attitude. When reflecting on the last few months, it is impossible to not mention the fantastic Lowry inspired pieces of artwork, and it was fantastic to witness the children enjoy drawing using perspective. The children have also taken on roles within the school with much vigour and are doing a great job; from quiet librarians to gentle peer mediators, snappy wildlife photographers to superior play leaders: all are upholding their commitments.

Many children have represented the school at various sporting events including football, indoor athletics and rowing and have done so with a fantastic attitude as well as brilliant sporting spirit. Well done also to those children who participated in the Primary Maths Challenge. Some of the questions were really tricky but you all persevered and tried your best. We are very proud of you. 

Last week's Christmas Fun Day was a roaring success and demonstrated how the children can work as part of a team to both plan and facilitate the running of a stall. 

We know and appreciate that learning happens at home too and the excellent homework projects were testament to this. Many of these projects would not have been possible without your support and we hope that both children (and adults alike) approach next term's project with as much creativity and enthusiasm.

More than anything, we have been so impressed with the maturity with which our year group have approached their final era of primary school. The children have shown themselves to be thoughtful; not just with each other, but with staff and on trips too. It has been a pleasure to share knowledge with them and we are proud of their achievements. Nonetheless, neither adults nor children will rest on their laurels; we all know there is so much more to do. With their attitude (and aptitude), they should look forward to the new year with much confidence and enthusiasm!

Have a peaceful, merry Christmas,

See you in 2023!

-Mr Coppillie, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Cooper

SPACE

 

Sporting Highlights

We have had a super Autumn term of sport!

Year 5 and 6 boys' football team are currently 3rd in the local schools’ league.

Year 5 and 6 girls’ football team won their match against St Marie's, with the girls’ league set to begin early in the new year.

Years 4 and 6 gave a super performance in their indoor athletics events.

The Year 5 Dodgeball  team won all of their seven matches; as you can tell from the photo, they were all very happy!

Thank you to all parent helpers who transport the children to events, especially to football matches. It could not happen without you! 

Finally, we look forward to plenty more sporting events next year and thank you for your continued support. 

Mr James 

 

 

Christmas Fun Day

Last Friday’s Christmas Fun Day Raised £960.

Thank you to the PTA, parents and carers for all of the donations and fund raising efforts. Money raised by the raffle held this week will be announced after Christmas.

 

 

Week commencing 5th December

 

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families, 

What a festive week we have had across the Federation. In both settings, Christmas trees and decorations are up, carol singing and performances are underway, and it is starting to feel very magical once again.

Congratulations goes to the Music Ambassadors who took part in the St. Andrew’s Church festival with Mrs Fairbrother on Wednesday. It was very well received and you did us all proud.

Today has been a real Christmas extravaganza – Santa’s visit, fun activities, the Christmas Fair (thank you to the PTA for your support) as well as

Christmas dress up and lunch. It couldn’t have been any more festive (or sparkly)!

We are very much looking forward to the Christmas performances next week to finish off what has been a really productive term. If the rehearsals are anything to go by, we are all in for a treat, whichever performance you are due to be visiting. We look forward to seeing you there.

A reminder that Friday 16th is our last day of term. We will be finishing at normal time, 3.30pm. The children have asked if this can be a toy day, which we have agreed. The children are welcome to bring in toys and games that they can play with on their own or with their friends. Please do not allow children to bring in electrical gadgets, phones or iPads. 

 

Christmas Fun Day

Today’s Christmas Dinner was a great success. Thank you to our kitchen staff and the children, who behaved so well.  Santa and his Elves visited today to deliver gifts to the children. Thank you to Mrs Hayward and the PTA for organising our Christmas Fun Day. Thank you to all the parents and carers for supporting this event with kind donations.

 

Friday 16th December is the last day of term and the Junior school will finish at the usual time of 3.30pm and is a usual school uniform day.

Woosh Club will be open until 6pm.

 

Divorced and Separated Families Counselling

Starting in January, we have Liz Headley, a trained counsellor, booked to come into school for 6

sessions to work with a group of children linked to Separated Families. Liz has offered this course for a few years now and the children really benefit from these sessions. These sessions will run in the afternoon and a Dunchurch adult will be present too. During the 7th session, there is an opportunity for parents to come and hear about the other sessions and talk to Liz if they want to.

If you would like your child to attend, please let the office know before the end of this term.

 

Sports Hall Athletics

This week it was the turn of Year 4 children who produced an outstanding performance at the  Sports Hall athletics event. They won their heat and did us proud. Well Done!

 

Year 6 Rowers

Last Friday both our rowing teams competed at Harris Sports Hall in the local indoor rowing competition. 

Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams qualified for the next stage of the competition in the Spring term; congratulations!

 

Music Ambassadors Just Keep On Singing!

It’s been a busy week for our Music Ambassadors. Firstly (and despite the cold), many were able to perform on Sunday afternoon as part of the Dunchurch Open-Air Nativity. This annual event always helps to get everyone in the festive spirit. We then travelled to St. Andrew’s church in Rugby town to take part in the Big Christmas Sing on Wednesday afternoon. This time last year we were still having to operate in “COVID bubbles” and so I really do recognise how fortunate we are to have “normal” events like these back up and running again. The children were an absolute credit to themselves, and I am extremely grateful to the parents who not only helped to facilitate the trip (we couldn’t have done it without you), but also to everyone who came along to support our performance at the church.

Speaking of church, both our Music Ambassador singers and instrumentalists will be performing at our end of term church services on Thursday 15th December. They’ve been working really hard and have been juggling production rehearsals and end of term assessments, alongside our lunchtime rehearsals. I thoroughly enjoy working with you all and appreciate everything you do!

Have a brilliant Christmas, and for those who wish to do it all again next term, rehearsals recommence in January! 

Best wishes,

Mrs Fairbrother

 

Week commencing 28th November

Dear Families,

Although there are only two weeks left until the end of term, we are still full steam ahead.

The past week has been a combination of undertaking end of term assessments, as well as many different sporting events taking place (indoor athletics, rowing and football). It has been really pleasing to hear how well the children conducted themselves in both assessments and when representing the school.

Next week sees more of the festive aspects kick in at school: performance rehearsals and an end of week PTA Christmas Fayre are both great ways to start to get into the Christmas spirit.

Before that, we are fortunate enough to also be taking part in the turning on of the Christmas lights on Sunday 4th, and look forward to hearing a number of Dunchurch pupils singing carols. We look forward to seeing many of you there in support. We will also be looking forward to attending St.Peter’s on the evening of Tuesday 6th for the Rotary Christmas celebrations.

Please check the diary dates to know what is coming up. We are very much looking forward to inviting as many of you in school as possible.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend.

-Mr Andrews

 

Christmas Fun Day—Friday 9th December

Next Friday 9th December we have some Christmas themed activities planned for the children.  Children can wear a Christmas jumper and non-school uniform.

In the morning there will be craft activities and at break time a tuck shop will be available to the children.   Please can they bring in a £1 for the tuck shop.

At lunch time the children will have a Christmas dinner menu.  If your child does not normally have a hot school dinner on a Friday, then they just need to order their lunch with the class teacher on the day at morning  registration.  Please pay £2.50 via ParentPay for their dinner. 

In the afternoon the PTA have organized a selection of Christmas stalls in the hall which will only be running during the school day and are for the Junior school children only. Children will also run stalls in the classrooms. Unfortunately we are not inviting parents into school to join in.

If your child would like to use the tuck shop and visit the stalls, then please send them into school on Friday with a named purse or envelop with a maximum of £5 (in change) to give to their class teacher at morning registration.

Thank you for your contributions and support with this.

 

Year 3

This week in Year 3 the children have been showing great resilience while working through assessments for Maths, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Reading. We are very proud of their efforts and the calm attitude they have shown throughout these tests. Our RE studies have

 included exploring ‘Why People Pray’ with some really interesting conversations and insights into the similarities and differences between talking and praying for different believers. Our book ‘Traction Man is Here’ will be coming to a finale with writing a story beginning, describing a

mission that takes place in our very own classrooms with various interesting, but evil villains! No doubt Traction Man will save the day!

There is an air of excitement as classes plan for their stalls for the Fun Day next Friday. They will bring home a note to say what their stall will be and what they need to bring in next week.

It is lovely to hear children singing the songs for the Christmas productions, which we will start to rehearse next week.  

-Mrs Buckley, Mrs Coupe and Mrs Hayward

 

Year 4

This week in Year 4, we've been taking end of term assessments, and have been so impressed with how maturely the children have approached these, trying their best and showing us how much they've learned already this year. We've also continued with our Science unit about solids, liquids and gases, in particular trying to prove that air exists! This included looking at dancing raisins - we found that they move up and down in sparkling water due to the buoyancy of gas bubbles. In Computing, we've put our photo-editing skills together to create a composite animal, a Magibeast - if any are interested in using these skills at home, we've used a piece of software which is new to us called paint.net - it's available free at https://www.getpaint.net/ .  

As part of our action plan to make our grounds more biodiverse, the most popular aim was to create a hedgehog house, so this week we made and installed one, complete with dry leaves and a tunnel to protect from predators. We hope it will be used for hibernating hedgehogs this winter.  Finally, in RE we've continued our learning about the Trinity, a difficult concept for adults and children alike, so we've thought about helpful ways to understand it, including a Twix bar - try asking your child to explain that!

 

 

-Mrs Keffler, Mrs Andrews, Mrs Fairbrother and Mrs Gooch

 

Year 5

Year 5 have had a fantastic, and busy, few weeks. 

This week Year 5 have shown great resilience and perseverance as they have carried out their assessments. Well done for all your effort. 
In Geography, the children applied their knowledge of volcanoes to create some outstanding 3D models. We also learnt about earthquakes and some of the children re-created an earthquake using Lego figures, sand and water - it was messy but great fun!

In art, we have started our new topic, Hokusai, and the children have had the opportunity to create watercolour pictures inspired by Hokusai, as well as working to create a piece of art using a technique called Batik. There has been lots of creative ideas. 

We were extremely impressed by the Shakespeare projects that the children brought in this week. All children have worked really hard to research and present the information they have found, whilst being very creative. We have loved seeing the PowerPoints, 3D models, quizzes and board games that the children have spent hours creating. 

The children have shown great enthusiasm and have loved having the opportunity to be very creative recently. Well done Year 5!

-Miss Finch/ Miss Oxborough

 

Sports Hall Athletics

A huge congratulations to our Year 5 & 6 children who represented DBJS this week at Sportshall Athletics. They certainly did us proud with outstanding performances from start to finish, securing a great second place finish overall. The children showed great support for each other.  Well Done!

 

 

Divorced and Separated Families Counselling

Starting in January, we have Liz Headley, a trained counsellor, booked to come into school for 6 sessions to work with a group of children linked to Separated Families. Liz has offered this course for a few years now and the children really benefit from these sessions. These sessions will run in the afternoon and a Dunchurch adult will be present too. During the 7th session, there is an opportunity for parents to come and hear about the other sessions and talk to Liz if they want to.

If you would like your child to attend, please let the office know before the end of this term.

 

Funding from The Dunchurch Festival Group

We are delighted to announce that The Federation have received £1000 from the Dunchurch Festival Group this year. We will be spending this money on outdoor clothing for when children access The Haven. We like to support the group by attending the fete every year and are grateful for this donation.

 

Year 6

We thought that we would dedicate this week’s round up to a celebration of the fantastic projects the children completed at home. We were really impressed at the originality of the ideas and loved finding out some fascinating facts.

Year 3 were also equally impressed when they were invited to see the projects and discuss not only the subject matter but also how the projects were made.

Thank you to those people who were able to come into school and see the projects. It is great that the children have an opportunity to share their achievements.

We are already looking forward to the next round of projects.

 Have a lovely weekend,

- Mrs Cooper, Mr Coppillie and Mrs McMahon  

Barvember

Barvember is an initiative, organised by White Rose Maths, to encourage everyone to use bar models to solve daily challenges in the month of November. We use bar models in school to help visualise and solve mathematical problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. Pupils are taught to use them from Year Three right through to Year Six. To celebrate Barvember, pupils tried to solve some challenges in Maths lessons, at lunchtime Maths Club and at home. Mrs McMahon was very impressed at the number of challenge solutions handed in. Well done to Lizzie who was selected at random in our prize draw and won their very own cuddly Tiny the tortoise!

 

Week commencing 21st November

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

Another productive week this week across the Federation. It was lovely to see the work around charity and fundraising last week continue into this week’s values.

Over the past week, we have had the opportunity to welcome a number of prospective families to each school and it has been fantastic to hear our pupil guides, particularly at the Junior school, sharing what is so special about the school and their pride in their work and the learning environment. Thank you to everyone who attended either a reception or Year 3 prospective parents/pupils session.

Tomorrow is a training day, hence the newsletter coming out today. We will be in school working on curriculum development, phonics and reading and looking forward to moving our provision forward even further.

With just three weeks left and much to enjoy, please ensure that all letters, consent and payments are completed ASAP, so we can ensure that events are able to take place.

Thank you also to everyone who has completed each school’s parent survey. Your feedback is vitally important to our development and we will share further correspondence with you soon.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend.

  • Mr Andrews

 

Assemblies and Collective Worship

This week we had an informative assembly from Severn Trent, who are doing some work with Year 4 this year. We continued with our theme of Compassion and about having the right attitude. Today we had an early Celebration assembly. It was great to hear about all the wonderful achievements.

 

Rules- Ready, Respectful and Safe / The Golden Table

We have a new display in the hall, which will be used by our MDS staff to put names up of children showing our rules of: Ready, Respectful and Safe. We will then lollipop stick children from this list to be on The Golden Table in the hall for lunch on a Thursday with a member of staff.

 

Year 6

Cemex

Year 6 have had a very action-packed week this week! On Tuesday, the children visited Cemex as part of our forthcoming Geography unit. The children learnt about how cement is made, where materials are gathered from and the impact of the business on those who live in our locality. The children were praised by site staff for their wonderful behaviour and excellent answering and asking of questions. 

Open Evening - Thank you

Thank you also to the Year 6 children who toured visitors around school at Open Evening last night. The Year 6 teachers were incredibly impressed with how well they articulated their learning over the last 3 years and the positivity they exuded when answering questions and interacting with the visitors. They were a real credit to the school.  

 

Book Fair

Thank you to all parents and carers who have supported the school by purchasing books at the Scholastic Book fair. Thanks to your support and funds raised, we will be able to purchase over £600+ of books to go into the school library and challenge reading sections. The Year 6 librarians have also been very busy helping Mrs Cooper with the book fair and have demonstrated our school values of generosity, patience and honesty exceptionally well - thank you for all of your help, it has been very appreciated. 

 

 

Week commencing 14th November

A message from Mr Andrews

We’ve had another busy week across the Federation, but again, one full of purpose and mature discussion.

As seems to be the way, many national events have occurred all in one week. From Anti-bullying to road safety across to the Shoebox appeal and Children in Need, we have covered a wide range of topics – without compromising on our curriculum learning. Not an easy task!

It has been fantastic seeing the generosity of children younger and older, when talking about bullying and friendships, the importance of charity work and the positive impact any individual can have. The work our two school councils are doing and the support from other pupils and staff is very inspiring and I am pleased to see the effort your children are putting in to support one another and the local, national and international communities.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we will turn our attention to termly reviews, end of term assessments and then in the Christmas performance and celebrations – there’s much more to come so watch this space!

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend.

-Mr Andrews

 

Year 3

This week has been another busy and exciting week in spite of the damp weather! We all had a fun Thursday with the Children in Need cake sale. Thanks for your donations and support.  

In English we have been enjoying continuing the Traction Man is Here book and  learning to use prepositions in writing sentences. It has been great to see children expand their vocabulary and vary their sentences structures. In Maths we have been building and consolidating the understanding of addition and subtraction. Thank you to all the effort that is going in to ensuring homework is completed, as this also builds up the core skills. 

In Science the properties of materials were explored with magnets, in an investigation into which materials are magnetic. Then we started the Geography unit learning about the countries, counties and major cities in the UK. It has been good to hear children’s understanding develop through connecting the knowledge being taught and their own experience of visits to places and relations who live in different parts of the UK. On Fridays it is exciting to get logged on to the computers and explore coding with the scratch programme.  

Just a quick reminder that next week, Friday is a teacher training day and we will not be in school. 

-Mrs Coupe, Mrs Hayward and Mrs Buckley

 

Year 6

The second half of the Autumn term continues to be busy for Year 6. English continues to be based on the dark, twisted world of Oliver Twist in Victorian London. This week,  the children have been looking at formal writing within a newspaper article. Both classes continue to show some mature inference skills when reading this sombre tale and are working hard on improving their comprehension skills. In Maths, our fabulous pupils are working their way through pieces of the world of fractions, including addition, subtraction and simplifying.

Theme lessons continue on the art of Lowry, with the children sketching out their ideas and then producing a major piece of work in the form of a painting. The children have impressed us with their willingness to embrace new skills such as using a vanishing point to create perspective. They also have a great knowledge of Lowry's colour palette and figure making and are putting this to good use.

Well done to those children who entered the Primary Maths Challenge this week and demonstrated resilience as well as many of our other learning behaviours - we hope that you enjoyed the challenge.

Next week looks to be busy, with nurses in school delivering flu immunisation on Monday and an exciting trip to the Rugby Cemex plant on Tuesday. We are also looking forward to seeing the children's finished projects in school on Thursday, before the children have Friday off due to teacher training (we promise to have a growth mindset, children!). 

Take care and have a great weekend,

-Mr Coppillie, Mrs Cooper and Mrs McMahon

 

Scholastic Book Fair

We will be holding a book fair in school from Monday 21st November–Thursday 24th November. There will be a full range of children’s books aimed at Key Stage 2 and lots of the latest titles. This is a great opportunity to get some bargains for Christmas! The fair will be open at lunchtimes for pupils and again between 3.30pm and 4pm for adults and children – please access via reception so you can be signed in and out.

 The Year 6 school librarians are also running two competitions. One competition is for the children to design a book cover of their favourite book, and the other is a “…guess the book from the blurb”. A winner from each year group will be announced on the last day of the book fair and a prize given.

All profits will be used to buy books for the school.

All purchases are cash only. Please send all money into school with your child in a named envelope or purse, which should be handed in to their class teacher.

 

Barvember

Thank you to all of the children who have had a go at a Barvember challenge so far this month-I have really enjoyed looking at your solutions. It has also been brilliant to see all year groups represented at our Friday lunchtime Maths club. Barvember continues for the remainder of November so there is still time for children to hand in their solutions and be in with a chance to win a cuddly Tiny the tortoise! Remember that challenges are available from your child's class teacher or can be accessed from: 

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/barvember#problems

Happy bar modelling!      

- Mrs McMahon 

 

Children in Need

Many thanks to all who have supported our fundraising for Children in Need, whether bringing or buying cakes, entering the colouring competition or bringing in money to wear non-uniform. A special thanks to our school councillors, who ran the cake sale at break and lunchtime so enthusiastically.

We'll let you know the grand total raised next week.

 

 

Week commencing 7th November 

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

On a day of such reflection, we come together as a community to remember those who have served and those who have lost loved ones.

I have been inspired by the response of children during our collective worship and our moments of silence. The respect, patience and growing    understanding has been extremely heart-warming and demonstrates the importance of school and British values, as well as the development of a wider understanding of the world.

This continues next week with two further events to raise awareness. Monday 14th sees the start of anti-bullying week. We are asking all children (and staff) to join us in the national awareness by wearing odd socks on Monday. At the end of the week, we celebrate Children in Need and children will have the opportunity to wear spots/dress up and raise money for the charity.

Wishing you all a peaceful and reflective weekend,

-Mr Andrews

 

Assemblies and Collective Worship

This week, the children have had the opportunity to learn about Sikhism and the birth of Guru Nanak. They enjoyed watching the video clip about his life. On Monday all the children made poppies for our Remembrance assembly on Thursday. The children showed great thoughtfulness and respect during this assembly. Year 6 children sang "Where have all the flowers gone." Well done to all the children. Today, we held a 2 minute silence.

 

Parents’ Survey 2022

Each year we like to ask the opinion of our parents about a range of matters relating to life at Dunchurch Boughton Junior School by asking you all to complete our parents’ survey.  The online survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and will close on Friday 25th November.

 

Church Helpers

We will need some parents/carers to help us walk to church and join us for The Christmas Services.

If you are able to help please contact the school office.

Infants - 13/12/22 Whole School and Nursery - Depart School at 9.05 and return by 10.25.

Juniors - 15/12/22 Year 3 and 4 depart at 9.25 and return by 10.30. Year 5 and 6 depart school at 10.10 and return by 11.15.

 

Year 3

Last week it was exciting to experience holding sparklers and watching the embers burn in the firepit prepared by Mr Mills and Mr Freeman. This experience inspired the children to think of interesting and adventurous vocabulary and write some great firework poems. It was a memorable and fun event! 

This week the children began their English text Traction Man. They worked on the skill of inference and looked at Traction Man’s feelings and thoughts. Also, the children identified and used expanded noun phrases. They looked at a picture and choose a variety of adjectives to describe the noun. They learnt the important skill of finding words in a dictionary and used this, along with their prior knowledge to clarify vocabulary very successfully. 

In Theme, we continue our science topic - Forces. The children planned their own investigation – ‘Which surface material has the most friction’ which is linked to our Traction Man text. The children behaved really well and thoroughly enjoyed the practical activity.  

In Maths, we are coming to the end of our block on addition and subtraction. The children are showing a good understanding of the written methods. Our next block is a multiplication and division. If anyone wants to complete ‘Barvember’ problems there will be some available in class. A prize is to be given by Mrs McMahon. 

Mrs Coupe, Mrs Hayward and Mrs Buckley

Year 4

This week in Year 4 has been another very busy one, including great excitement yesterday, when having obtained permission from Mr Andrews thanks to our extremely persuasive letters, we excavated part of one of the raised beds.  As you can see from the photos, we found a whole variety of ancient-looking artefacts, including pieces of pottery, bracelets, mosaic tiles and even some armour!  We now await confirmation from an archaeologist friend of Mrs Andrews as to whether these are indeed the Roman objects we're hoping for - watch this space!  

In addition to all this, we completed our own colourful mosaics in the style of Gaudi,  and are now preparing to write an alternative ending to the thrilling if gruesome tale of Beowulf, the Danish hero who succeeded in defeating a series of terrifying beasts.  Finally, to help us relax as well as learn some new skills. we are enjoying our yoga lessons on Tuesdays, and are also reminding ourselves about protective behaviours - how to look after ourselves, including using our early warning signs to make sure we stay safe. We'll be bringing home our network cards this week to let people know who we'd like to talk to if we're not feeling safe, so please look out for those.

Mrs Keffler, Mrs Andrews, Mrs Fairbrother and Mrs Gooch

 

Year 5

It’s been a busy start to the half term for Year 5. 

In English we have started our new text The Firework Makers Daughter and have been looking at formal versus informal language, the format of a letter and subordinate clauses. The children have showed great enthusiasm with reading the text and are keen to find out what happens next.

Last week in Science we tested the Vetruvian Man theory and completed an investigation to see if our arm span is the same length as our height. The children showed great teamwork as they worked together to complete this. We had some interesting results and the children particularly enjoyed measuring the teachers! 

We have also just started our new Geography topic  Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Year 5 have shown great prior knowledge and we are very impressed with all the things they already know. We are really excited to see the learning which takes place in this topic. 

A great start back after half term, well done!

- Miss Oxborough and Miss Finch 

 

Year 6

Another busy couple of weeks have seen children from Year 6 continue their foray into the dark world of Oliver Twist, looking at the feelings and viewpoint of the Artful Dodger through some great drama lessons. The children have produced some excellent diaries written from this character's viewpoint, and have thrown themselves into the old Cockney dialect with great gusto. In Maths, we have applied our calculation methods to multi step problems and have started a unit of work on fractions. 

Last week also saw us finish our History unit on the right track, with us looking at the impact that the Railways had during the Industrial Revolution. There was a buzz in the classroom when we revealed that we are moving onto an Art unit based on the artist Lowry. The children had some insightful questions and thoughts on Lowry's work and were impressed at the detail when the paintings are viewed closely. This week we have continued to formulate opinions of Lowry's work, in addition to turning our hand to sketching local industrial buildings and experimenting with shading. This has all followed a fun outing on Monday, with the children tackling a tag rugby afternoon at St Andrews. They remained grounded at the venue, tried hard to win, and converted their great behaviour into a fantastic afternoon of sport, friendship and fun. Well done Year 6 - you're no dropouts!

Mr Coppillie, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Cooper

Children in Need Friday 18th November

Next week is Children in Need, so here is what School Council are planning in school, to raise money for this very worthy charity:

Thursday 17th - there will be a cake sale at break in the hall, so please send in homemade or bought cakes on the day (no nuts, please).  They will cost 50p per cake, and children can buy one, with any left over to be sold at lunchtime.  If possible, please bring change.

At lunchtime there will also be a 'Spotacular' colouring/doodling competition, which will cost 50p. There will be a small prize for each year group.

Friday 18th - this will be a non-uniform day - either wearing pyjamas, or general non-uniform if you prefer. If you do wear pyjamas, please make sure that they are warm enough to be outside. This will also cost £1.

Thank you for your support.          

- Mrs Keffler and School Council

 

Road Safety Week

14th-18th November is Road Safety Week in school.  The children will have various activities and discussions over the course of the week.  There will be the option for the children to buy reflective keyrings during the week at a cost of 50p each.

 

Shoeboxes

As in previous years we are asking as many children as possible to fill a shoebox for the charity Teams4U, which this year are being sent to Ukraine.  Your child will have brought home a leaflet with the instructions of what to include, but if you have any questions, there are ideas and videos to help on https://teams4u.com/shoebox-guide/

Please bring your filled boxes to school any time until Tuesday 15th November.

 

Week commencing 31st October 

A message from Mr Andrews

Dear families,

As we move into November, we have certainly felt a difference in temperature. This certainly hasn’t dampened spirits across school, with the children coming back from half term very positively.

It has been a particularly enjoyable week in terms of welcoming parents back into school for the first Learner Review meeting of the year. Many of you I have met for the first time, which still seems quite extraordinary given the time I have now been here. That being said, we have really appreciated the positive feedback from those who have been able to join us, and hope that you have also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with your children’s teachers, view their learning in books and walk around school. The teachers certainly appreciated the chance to meet in person and discussing how your children have settled into their new classes.

I would like to thank the teachers for the two later nights and all the preparation for the evenings. You may notice this is a briefer newsletter this week as a result of the shifting focus. It will be back to full force next week with more highlights from each year group.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend,

Mr Andrews

 

Assemblies and Collective Worship

This week we welcomed Reverend Pat into assembly and she talked to the children about Saints and All Saints Day.  The children were told that they were all Saints.  We have started a new theme this week, which is Compassion. This links to our School Value of Kindness.

Next Thursday, we will hold our Remembrance assembly and children will make poppies to bring to the hall. Our Reflection Areas in School are going to be set up with the Remembrance Theme and children will be able to say or write their own prayer in these areas.

 

Barvember

Bar models are a powerful pictorial representation for revealing the structure and patterns within Maths problems and are used as part of our Mastery approach to Maths.

Throughout November, we will be taking part in some Barvember questions from White Rose Maths. These questions lend themselves to being solved with the use of a bar model. Your child will have the opportunity to have a go at some questions within their Maths lesson. Why not have a go at a challenge at home too? Please bring in any questions you have tried at home and every attempt will be entered into a prize draw with the winner chosen at random at the end of November. Please hand in any entries to Mrs McMahon.

A new set of questions are uploaded daily and are available from:

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/barvember#problems 

Question 1 is aimed at KS1, question 2 is aimed at Years 3 and 4 and questions 3 and 4 are aimed at Years 5 and 6. The daily challenge is aimed at children and adults alike! We would love to see any challenges that the children have a go at.

Any child who wants to try some extra problems in November, can go to 6CM on a Friday lunchtime between 12.30-1pm

Happy bar modelling!

 

Poppy Appeal 2022

From Monday 7th November we will be selling poppies in school in support of the Royal British Legion.  If your child would like to purchase a poppy, please can they bring in their donation next week.  We recommend a minimum of 25p per poppy.

 

Road Safety Week

14th-18th November is Road Safety Week in school.  The children will have various activities and discussions over the course of the week.  There will be the option for the children to buy reflective keyrings during the week at a cost of 50p each.

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