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Week commencing 19th February

 

Dear families and friends of DBJA,

Please note that we have a new contact email address since joining The Diocese of Coventry MAT; many parents and carers are still using the old email address! Our new email is: office.juniors@dunchurch.covmat.org

 

I hope you all enjoyed pancakes over half term (we enjoyed them at school actually, the day we broke up – Kerry in our catering team made an impressive 150 pancakes!) Thanks to our wonderful PTA for marking this day with a fun competition….find out below how they did this.

 

For Christians, Shrove Tuesday marks the start of Lent (which begins the following day on Ash Wednesday). Lent lasts for 40 days and represents the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, enduring temptation from Satan. Last year, I recall my priest talking about what we choose to “give up” during Lent; he suggested that instead of giving up chocolate or cake or caffeine, we should consider giving up “hate”, “fighting”, “anger”, “war” – which makes a lot of sense to me.

 

The Church of England have the theme of “Watch and Pray” this year; with this newsletter, we will email out their ideas for how families can prepare for Easter together. You are all no doubt aware that the 3 pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving (this is the act of giving charity to another). We have the perfect opportunity “to give” this week – please see the inspirational piece in this newsletter from Ms Oxborough. Additionally, we are collecting food items in our main entrance; please encourage your child to donate something from your cupboards at home to support somebody locally who might be living in desperate circumstances.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Ms Donnellan

Headteacher

 

 

World Book Day - Thursday 7th  March

We are extremely excited to be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. 

 

We want everyone to have a chance to develop their love of reading and share which books they are passionate about. 

 

We would like all children and staff to bring in their favourite book and be ready to share this with others - maybe talking about the author, characters or plot - but not giving away the ending!

 

Children and staff may also choose to dress up as their favourite book character or accessorise with props from the story. Be creative! We love home-made costumes. Please do not feel like you have to purchase a special costume.

 

Teachers will be planning activities for the day, linked to a book that they want to share with their class. Staff will also be offering story telling sessions during break and lunch for children to join in with.

 

 

Well done to 4KG for accumulating the highest number of minutes played on TTRS over the last week.


A big well done to the following individuals who have been awarded the class certificate for the most minutes played on TTRS over the last seven days:

 

3B - Evelyn

3CE - Aurelia

4B - Avyaan

4KS - George

5O - Henry H

5CT - Flynn

6CM - Charlotte

 

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to recognise the class with the greatest level of participation. The winning class will be awarded the TTRS trophy in assembly and individual certificates will be awarded to recognise children’s efforts. Happy practising!

 

Year 4 – Guarderobe Viking experience

The Year 4 students embarked on a thrilling journey through time on their first day back, diving deep into the fascinating world of the Vikings. Their day was filled with exploring the life of Vikings and their fantastic craftsmanship and discovering the materials and techniques used to create their famous long boats and tools.

 

The highlight for many was the hands-on experience with Viking armour, weapons, and shields. The excitement peaked as the students formed their shield wall, unleashing their fiercest Viking battle cries. This activity left a memorable echo in the ears of their teachers!

 

This immersive introduction to Viking life has set the stage for their upcoming history lessons, where they will delve even deeper into Viking history. The students' enthusiasm, insightful questions, and active participation on Tuesday were a testament to their engagement and curiosity. Clearly, these young historians are on an exciting path of discovery, and we can't wait to discover and learn more about the Vikings during our History topic!

 

   

 

Indoor Rowing - School Games Final

Following their success in the Rugby rowing competition, both the boys and the girls teams went to represent Dunchurch at the school games, county finals in Solihull.

 

The children have been practising hard since they qualified in December, showing determination, passion and great team-work.

 

There were 16 teams from across the county. The children rowed individually for 1 1/2 minutes each, and then took part in a 4-minute relay.

 

The boys ( Hunter, Ethan, Max and Nooran) finished in an impressive 7 place. However, the girls' team (Holly, Fayth, Jemimah and Florence) had an amazing competition and won - becoming county champions. Well done everyone - you all did a fantastic job of representing our school.

 

  

 

Taking challenges to new heights! 

 

In January, I set myself the target of raising £1000 for Myton Hospice by carrying out a number of challenges. Thanks to people’s incredible generosity, £700 was raised by the end of the first challenge in January! In March, I will be abseiling 90ft down Coventry Cathedral. I have already raised another £320 for this, taking me over my target for the year!  

 

I made a pledge whereby if I met this target, I would complete the Myton Skydive in June….It seems a lot of people wanted this to happen, hence the generous donations! 

 

So now I am reaching out to you, the fantastic Dunchurch community, to ask for your support.

 

Myton Hospice is an incredible local charity, and one that has recently become very close to my heart. Along with many others, I am incredibly thankful for the dedicated care they provide patients and their families. Each year they rely on raising £10.5 million to be able to provide their service. 

 

Jumping out of a plane at 14,000ft is very different to running round the field dressed as a shark and as time ticks on, the nerves are setting in!

 

If you are able to donate to show your support, it is hugely appreciated. I will leave a link to my JustGiving page but there will also be a donation box at Reception, should you wish to donate this way. 

 

Thank you for your support, and of course, words of encouragement are equally appreciated (but please no horror stories!!)

 

Miss Oxborough 

 

https://www.justgiving.com/page/imogen-oxborough-skydive

 

  

PTA Pancake Flipping Competition

During half term, the PTA held a pancake flipping competition. Well done to all children who entered, there were some very impressive scores! Also, a special shout out to Mrs Everitt for her efforts and commitment to the competition. 

 

The overall winner, with a very impressive 106 flips was Holly in 6HA. Well done Holly! 

 

Thank you to all families for their support with PTA events so far this year. 

 

  

 

 

 TJ SPORTS ACADEMY is back in the holidays for 4 DAYS of action-packed sporting FUN! We are running Multi-sport days on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March. Following this we are hosting our FOOTBALL FUN DAY on Thursday 28th March.

 

Letters have been handed out at the Junior and   Infant schools. Thank you to everyone who has signed up already! There are still spaces remaining on all 4 days, letters are available from either school office or myself (Mr James). We are SUPER EXCITED for this one with all our usual sports (plus more) and brand-new PRIZES!

 

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE DONT HESITATE TO CONTACT US.

 

PHONE- 07979800418

EMAIL- tjsportsacademy1@gmail.com

Week commencing 5th February

 

This week, I’d like to thank the school team for marking “Children’s Mental Health Week 2024” with aplomb. Mr Coppillie started us off by delivering a superb assembly on e-safety, which reminded us all of the need to keep safe in the digital age we now live. Please can I remind everybody that social media apps such a X, Snapchat, What’s App & Facebook should not be used by children under the age of 13.

 

Thanks to Mrs Clusker, we were lucky to secure the services of Sam and Sue (from the Mental Health in Schools Team) to lead Thursday’s assembly, which was followed up by workshops for each class. The children created wonderful “speech bubbles”, creating a character that represented them. It was very interesting to read what these “characters” had to say.

 

I was very impressed with Alex in year 4 this week - knowing his class were studying Judaism in RE, Alex wanted to share how he worships within his own faith (Christian). To do this, he brought in a wonderful prayer book from home and shared his favourite prayers with the class—fabulous!

 

 

Update on Times Table Rockstar (TTR): we have moved from 12th place to 11th place in the leaderboard of local schools doing TTR….although this is progress, I know we can do better than this! The children now have over a week to get online daily (for just 10 minutes!) and place us in the top 3 (and more importantly, commit these facts to memory). C’mon pupils of DBJA!!

I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable half term. Ms J Donnellan

 

 

Well done to this half-term’s Music Stars and Commended Musicians! Year 3 classes have performed as an orchestra, playing both the accompaniment and melody of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. Year 5 are currently exploring the 12-bar blues and can add a given melody to it, along with an improvised fill (I’d expect Year 8 pupils to be able to do this, so this shows just how talented and focused DBJA pupils are!). Year 6 are exploring the history of Pop Music and have mastered the chord sequence of the iconic “Let It Be” by the Beatles. However, a special mention needs to go to our Year 4 children as firstly, 4K have been busy learning to play a brass instrument since September and have now mastered the basics – well done 4K! 4B swap to whole class brass lessons after half-term, but they have finished their main class Music lessons on a high, and have produced some really effective compositions inspired by various pieces of art. They were a pleasure to listen to!

 

 

Well done to 4KS for accumulating the highest number of minutes played on TTRS over the last week for the second week in a row. A special mention to 5O who had 83% of the class practising their times tables during the last seven days.

 

A big well done to the following individuals who have been awarded the class certificate for the most minutes played on TTRS over the last seven days:


3B - Ryan

3CE - Samuel

4B - Imonikhe

4KS - William

5O - Henry H

5CT - Sophia W

6HA - Ranveer

6CM - Florence


Over the next few weeks, we will continue to recognise the class with the greatest level of participation. The winning class will be awarded the TTRS trophy in assembly and individual certificates will be awarded to recognise children’s efforts. Happy practising!

 

Sensory Bookmarks

 

Thanks to all those who bought a sensory bookmark from Felicia, Molly and Megan in Year 4. They raised a total of £56.75, which will be paid to the mental health charity Young Minds.

 

We hope that they have helped you stay regulated and focused so that you can learn and enjoy being in school.

 

 

 

PTA Teacher Challenges

As you are aware, the teachers agreed to do challenges suggested by the children once the PTA had met their £5000 fundraising target. As this target was met by the end of the Autumn term, the teachers have begun to compete their challenges.

 

Miss Oxborough was challenged to run around the field at breaktime in an inflatable shark costume. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing her in her costume and running around the field with her. Well done Miss Oxborough. Mrs Keffler successfully completed the crossbar challenge, kicking a football into the crossbar on her second attempt (to her own astonishment!), despite being unsuccessful when she practiced at the weekend. Will R, whose idea it was to set this challenge, also successfully hit the crossbar. Well done both!

 

  

 

Year 4

Yesterday in Year 4, our PSHE unit for this half term finished with a collaborative project to practise our teamwork skills, designing and making a Potato Head! Here are a few of the entries being presented, with the back story of their lives! 

 

 

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

This week has been Children’s Mental Health Week, with the theme ‘my voice matters’. We have had a visit from Sam and Sue from the Mental Health in Schools Team. They spent the morning in all classes working with and discussing what matters to them. The children really enjoyed this.

In the Hive, we have had lots of lovely activities going on, such as cooking, drawing, planting and many more to give the children relaxed opportunities to talk. After half term there will photos to follow.

 

Finally, attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week.

 

Have a great half term,

 

Mrs Clusker

Pastoral Mentor

Mental health lead

Week commencing 29th January

 

Dear families and friends,

 

Can you believe that we have just one school week left before half term is upon us? This short term has literally flown by, yet what we have achieved as a school community is immense.

 

This week, you can read about the success of our football team, where we rank on the TTR leaderboard (if you want to know what this is, please ask your child!) and there is a reminder about which day each class has PE as too many pupils are forgetting their kit (or sometimes, they have their kit but not the correct footwear and in this weather, we cannot let them go out on the field in their school shoes).

 

We have been speaking a lot this week about our school value of kindness. I’m sad to report that not all pupils are modelling this value and some are using especially hurtful comments and words to one  another. I would like to share quite a powerful image with you.

 

 

I have been asking children “Who are you when nobody is watching?” - a powerful reflection for us all. It’s easy to be good in front of your parents or teachers...are you the same person with just your friendship group in attendance?

 

A reminder - we have peer mediators on the playground every lunchtime (they wear a pink bib so pupils can identify them) - we are trying to encourage pupils to use these (trained) peers as a support mechanism. This is Sam (below) on duty today! Please encourage your children to use this resource.

 

 

Have a great week ahead all.

 

Kind regards, Ms J Donnellan

 

Science Fair - Tuesday 12th March

As explained in assembly this week, we are going to hold a science fair on Tuesday 12th March - our first ever one in Dunchurch was last year, and showed how many enthusiastic scientists we have, so we're looking forward to your entries this year. We would like as many of you as possible to think of a question you'd like to find the answer to, and to carry out a fair test to investigate this. Then write it up with any photos and diagrams that would help, and bring it in as a poster to display at the fair. We would love parents to come and have a look at all the entries after school on the day, and we have a guest judge to award prizes for the best ones. All the details of what you need to do are attached - do ask your class teacher or Mrs Keffler if you have any questions or need any help.

 

 

 

Forest School

Year 4 have just started taking part in Forest School on a Monday afternoon, and 4KS had a great time this week enjoying being outside and collaborating on different activities, including den building and a bug hunt.  It will be 4B's turn next week - and then 4KS's on February 26th. Please remember to bring in a waterproof coat, wellies or old trainers, and old or waterproof trousers, so that we can be out in all weathers.

  

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Dunchurch Boughton Junior Academy

This week we have been looking at self-esteem and positive affirmations. We have worked on finding the positive in each day even when it has not gone as well as we like.

 

The children have made I believe hands, where they have put 5 things they believe about themselves. Others have made graffiti walls about themselves; with positive words they believe about themselves. We have also explored the depth of emotions.

 

We look forward to welcoming Sam and Sue from the next Thursday to help support us for children’s mental health week. The theme is “My voice matters”. We have lots of lovely activities planned to give the children opportunities to talk and express themselves.

 

If you do anything at home around this theme, we would love to see some pictures.

Finally attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week.

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Clusker

Pastoral Mentor

Mental health lead

 

 

Well done to 4KS for accumulating the highest number of minutes played on TTRS over the last week.

 

A big well done to the following individuals who have won the class award for the most minutes played on TTRS over the last seven days.

 

3B - Ryan

3CE -Elsie

4B - Marci

4KS -William

5O - Henry H

5CT- Ziyaanah

6HA - Ranveer

6CM - Jemimah

 

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to recognise the class with the greatest level of participation. The winning class will be awarded the TTRS trophy in assembly and individual certificates will be awarded to recognise children’s efforts. Happy practising!

 

Right now, we are ranked 12 of all the 30 local schools who play TTR. As a school, our average speed at answering questions is 3.57 seconds per question. The number 1 ranked school (locally) has an average speed of 2.02 seconds per question...I present a challenge to you all, pupils of Dunchurch - I want to see us in the top 5 by next Friday!

 

Football tournament

On Monday, the Year 6 boys’ football team travelled to Binley Woods Primary School, for a local football tournament. The boys had a fantastic start, winning their first three games before drawing their final match. This was enough to win their group and take them through to the      final. In the final, a superb effort was made by all, but Dunchurch could not quite find the net resulting in a penalty shootout. Dunchurch scored all their penalties and Paddox missed, so Dunchurch went on to be crowned champions. Really good team spirit was shown throughout the tournament, which really carried the team to go along with some superb goals. 

 

 

Week commencing 22nd January

 

Dear families and friends of DBJA,

 

I am delighted to share that the spring term continues to progress in a positive manner; I (and the rest of the school team) are delighted to see significant improvements in the choices some children are making, creating a far calmer and productive school environment. I am especially proud of the children who sometimes find school life tricky - they have shown me this week how prepared they are to make necessary changes to their outlook and approach and this makes my heart sing!

 

I will continue to share this week how amazing the staff team at DBJA are. Mrs Cooper (Assistant Headteacher) has taken on a variety of roles this week; she was our “emergency” plumber when we had a small flood in a year 3 toilet on Friday, she has been IT guru extraordinaire to multiple staff (including myself) since the start of term and she was the brains behind the new               arrangements for the year 5 residential (when the original trip was cancelled last minute, causing a flurry of angst amongst the year 5 team). My sincere thanks go to Mrs Cooper for her commitment, dedication and passion for the children and their experience of school.

 

I am very much looking forward to meeting our PTA soon; they have a packed schedule of events planned out (we are very lucky to have this team at DBJA). As they raised £5000 for the school in the autumn term alone (which was their target for the whole year), staff agreed to accept “reasonable” pupil challenges. I would just like to add here: these “challenges” did fill me and the rest of the teacher team with some apprehension! Mrs Buckley (year 3 teacher) was the first teacher to accept her challenge on Friday! Her class wanted her to have lunch with them (in the Dining Hall) and then play football outside with them - Mrs Buckley rose to the challenge, giving up her lunchtime, and was made to feel like a “superstar” when the pupils gushed how lucky they felt to eat and play with her...thank you Mrs Buckley - what a champion!

 

Reminder: school doors close at 08:50 sharp each morning; if you arrive after this time, please bring your child to the front office. We would like to improve punctuality to school this term please - lateness causes embarrassment and anxiety to pupils and can disrupt learning.

 

 

 

I wish you a great week ahead.

Warmest regards, Ms J Donnellan (Headteacher)

 

Year 3 Dentist Visit

Last Friday afternoon year 3 were very lucky and excited to have a dentist come and visit us.  Alexia from Courtyard Dental in Dunchurch came to talk to both classes about teeth. We learnt about the structure of teeth, their names and functions. It was also interesting to find out about what food choices were good for our teeth, this confirmed what we learnt in our lessons doing experiments on eggshells. Finally, Alexia enjoyed using some big teeth to remind us how to brush our teeth thoroughly.  Our thanks go to Alexia who volunteered to come and talk to us.

 

 

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing on visions and goals for 2024. Setting goals can be wonderful for mental health, as when they are achieved it gives our self-esteem a real boost. They are great for well-being, as they motivate, building confidence and relationships with others.

 

Some of the children who work in The Hive have created vision boards for 2024, with specific goals they hope to achieve, detailing how they can achieve these, what they need to enable success, how they will feel when they meet their goals, who can help them on this journey and how they can relax their minds.

 

Others made agamographs, based on one or two words, that will represent their 2024 and what they want to achieve. They look brilliant, when you look from one side you can see one word and when you look from the other side you see the other word. We had a lot of fun making these and the children found it amazing that they actually worked!

Do you have a goal for 2024?

 

 

Mrs Clusker

Pastoral Mentor & Mental health lead

Week commencing 15th January

 

Mental Health and Well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

Part of working with the Mental Health in Schools Team (MHST) means we are able to access workshops for parents as well. This benefits you, the children and school in supporting them with mental health. If you are interested in taking part in any workshops, please use the link below to indicate which workshops you would be interested in and what times of the day would best suit you, so they we can get some workshops set up.

Mental Health Workshops For Parents and Carers – Expression of Interest Form

 

Finally, attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Mrs Clusker

Pastoral Mentor

Mental health lead

 

Week commencing 8th January

 

Dear Families,

 

It is with heartfelt gratitude I thank you all for the very warm welcome you have given me since I started as new headteacher this week.

 

The staff team are excellent; not only do they show extreme care and nurture for each child in this school, but also I have witnessed some incredible teaching over the short time I have been in post. There are many exciting initiatives in the pipeline – more of these to be shared next week.

 

Please do not hesitate if you would like to meet me in person or have a phonecall, to contact the school office.

 

Warm regards

Ms. J Donnellan

Headteacher

 

 

 

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

An exciting week this week, we have chosen the mental health logo designed by the children that we will use in school. The winner is Flynn in year 5, congratulations Flynn.

 

Congratulations also to Rasha in year 3. We have chosen your design to be the mental health poster displayed around school. I was so overwhelmed by the number of entries I had, I have posted a picture below of a few plus the winners. The logo will go along with our school definition of mental health.

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy


An exciting week this week, we have chosen the mental health logo designed by the children that we will use in school. The winner is Flynn in year 5 , congratulations Flynn.

 

Congratulations also to Rasha in year 3. We have chosen your design to be the mental health poster     displayed around school. I was so overwhelmed by the number of entries I had, I have posted a picture below of a few plus the winners. The logo will go along with our school definition of mental health.

 

 

 

 

“At Dunchurch Junior Academy, mental health is looking after our minds when we feel all     different emotions such as sad, happy, stress and anxious. Knowing how to cope with these  using different tools so we can contribute successfully in all areas of school.”

 

In February we have children’s mental health week. The theme this year is “ my voice matters” over the next couple of weeks I will be working with Sam and Sue and the children on how we will celebrate this week. If anyone has any ideas they wanted to share or put forward that would be appreciated.

 

Finally attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week Have a great weekend.

 

Mrs Clusker

Pastoral Mentor

 

Week commencing 18th December 

Dear Parents/carers,

 

As my rewarding career comes to an end, I wanted to thank all the children and staff at D.B.J.A. for the kindness they have shown to me over the years. The community of  Dunchurch have always supported me and I have enjoyed being part of it. (I won’t miss dressing up for Fete Day! Or perhaps I will…)

 

Thank you to all the parents/carers for supporting my book gift idea. I have pledged to send a book to school each month in the future from Kenilworth Books that can be opened in assembly. Thank you also for the kind gifts and cards given. Most of all thank you for the kind words you have shared with me in the last few weeks.

 

A special thank you to Jane Le Poidevin, our Chair of Governors, who has been a great support to me over the last two years.

 

Two very special people, who have helped the school as volunteers for over 25 years, are John Mills and Phil Freeman. I am in awe of them and they have positively impacted so many young people who have attended the school. They have encouraged me and supported me too.

 

In my mind “Dunchurch is the best school in the world” and I will enjoy volunteering in the future on trips and residentials. I know that the new Head Teacher will be welcomed by the school community, and I wish her well. I will be working closely with her and the S.L.T. during the holidays to make sure there is a smooth transition.

 

I would like to wish all our families a “Merry Christmas” and I hope 2024 is good for you.

The staff would like to thank families for all the kind gifts received.

 

Best Wishes

Tracy Miller

 

P.T.A. News

Thank you to the P.T.A. for organising a very successful Christmas Fair. In September, the P.T.A. set a goal of raising £5000 in this academic year. I am pleased to let you know that they have already raised £5199. This is a remarkable achievement, and my sincere thanks go to Jodie and the team.

 

Visit from Brian Borrows (Ex professional football player)

Thank you to Brian for coming yesterday to talk to some Year 6  children and hold a training session with them. It was great to see him inspiring our youngsters and talking about resilience and perseverance.

 

 

Music Performances Roundup

It's hard to believe that it's already over a week since we performed Dunchurch Tonight and Five Gold Rings. However, we wanted to reiterate how proud we are of the children for performing so well. We are really pleased that our CEO, Michael Cowland, and Chair of Governors, Jane LePoidevin, were able to watch alongside families. They were both really impressed.   

 

There has been no rest for the Music Ambassadors this week, as they performed in not one, but two church services on Wednesday. They really are such an amazing group to work with and sang no less than fourteen times!

 

Finally, a big thank you to the many children who created front cover designs for our performance      programmes. Congratulations goes to Glennesha and Elizabeth (Year 3), who created fabulous front covers for church, and then Amrin (Year 4), Aston and Florence (both Year 5) and Anika (Year 6), who created impressive front cover images for our productions. Competition was fierce this year and it was hard to choose! However, these pupils thoroughly deserve to have been singled out - well done!

 

 

Week commencing 11th December

 

Dear Parents/carers,

 

As we enter the last week of term, I have been reflecting on all we have achieved.  It has been the longest term, but with so many positives.  This last week, we have seen four wonderful performances by all the children in school.  Many schools do not have all their children involved in a Christmas performance and it is something to be proud of.  It was lovely to see Michael Cowland (CEO) of the MAT at the Year 3 and 4 concert performance and our Chair of governors Jane Le Poidevin at the Year 5/6.  Thank you to all the staff, parents/carers and children for their commitment.

 

Today was filled with excitement and Business Enterprise, as all the children ran their Christmas stalls for the Christmas Fair. I was talking to a boy in Year 4 who explained that his job in his group was a salesman!  This really was a wonderful opportunity for the children to work in groups and to learn a little about running a business.  Thank you again to all parents/carers for supplying the children will prizes and money to spend.  A huge thank you to the P.T.A. for their hard work organising stalls in the hall and the raffle.  Thank you also to Santa, who visited the children this morning.

 

Next week we will be having our Star of the week assembly on Thursday at 9am instead of Friday.  We will visit church on Wednesday for our Christmas service and the children can bring in games and toys on Friday. Please do not send in any electrical toys or phones or tablets. The last day is school uniform and we finish at the normal time.

It will be my last week in school next week and I am looking forward to spending lots of time with the children. They are the reason I have enjoyed my career so much and they make our school great. Thank you to all the children who have written Christmas cards to me.

 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and you can enjoy some family time.

 

Best Wishes,

Tracy Miller

 

 

 

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

 

This week Sam and Sue have joined us again, this time they worked in year 3 to deliver emotional regulation workshops to both classes. The children participated well and I hope they have taken away some valuable skills.  

 

Following on from the assembly two weeks ago, I used the children’s ideas to write two definitions of mental health. The children have all voted as classes as to which definition they prefer for our school. 

 

This is what they have chosen for the definition of Mental health at Dunchurch Junior Academy. 

 

At Dunchurch Junior Academy, mental health is looking after our minds when we feel all different emotions such as sad, happy, stress and anxious. Knowing how to cope with these using different tools so we can contribute successfully in all areas of school.” 

 

I think they made a great choice of what mental health means to them. This will be used as our school definition.  

 

They have also been busy designing a logo to go with this that represents mental health, the entries I received this week have been amazing. I will meet with school council next Monday, we will choose a winner. This logo will then be used around school wherever we talk about mental health.  

 

Finally attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week. 

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Mrs Clusker 

Pastoral Mentor 

Mental health lead  

 

Speed Stacking Competition

8 children from Year 4 competed at the speed stacking competition at Harris on Thursday 15th December. The children had a great time and represented the school showing great teamwork and determination. We narrowly (by 1 second) missed out on gold but were very happy with our silver.  Congratulations goes to Nathan in 4KS who was the top boy speed stacker at the competition. Well done year 4!

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Year 4

Well, what a hectic couple of weeks it's been in Year 4! It's hard to believe that only a fortnight ago, we hadn't even started rehearsing for our TV report version of the nativity, Dunchurch Tonight. Yet this Wednesday the children sang their socks off, delivered their lines clearly and did it all with great enthusiasm - well done all of you, and thanks to parents for helping with learning lines and providing costumes.  In particular we have been so proud to see those who were nervous or initially found it challenging to engage with rehearsals participate fully in the performances - it's been great to see your resilience and determination.  

 

Alongside this, the children have also completed end of term assessments as well as learning and writing about the water cycle, explaining such complex terms as condensation and precipitation, something we've experienced plenty of recently as rain - we can only hope to see it in the form of snow before too long!

 

Our RE lessons have also involved learning about complex ideas, in this case about the Trinity of God the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit - many of us thought that a good way of thinking about it is like water, one thing that can be in 3 forms i.e. ice, water and steam.  Finally, we still have one topic left before the end of term - we're going to be making money containers i.e. purses and wallets, so you can look forward to seeing those come home by the end of term.

 

If we don't see you before then, we wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and a good rest for the children after such a long term. Keep reading, and practising your times tables!

Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year,

 

The Year 4 Teachers

Week commencing 4th December

 

Dear Parents/carers,

What a busy week it has been in school. I wanted to share some good news stories with everyone this week.

We had great P.T.A. organised discos this week. The children behaved so well and I was really proud of them all.  Thank you to the P.T.A. helpers and the teachers who stayed late to run this event.

 

The Jingle Bell Jog last Friday raised £ 1880.04. Thank you for all your support and for the kind sponsors. Class 3CE were the winning class. Also a special mention to class 5O who were only £13 behind 3CE. What an amazing effort by all involved. George M in 4KS won a prize for having the jingliest costume.

 

Next Friday is our Christmas Fair. The children will visit Santa in the morning and organise their Christmas stalls. In the afternoon at 2pm the children will be able to visit other classrooms to visit stalls. They can bring in some money to spend. Please provide them with some change. We suggest no more than £5 is needed. Thank you to parents for making donations for the stalls. They will return to class at 3pm. At 3.30 pm, they will come out of school through their normal door. If you want to bring them back in to visit the hall, where there will be P.T.A. stalls, please come and queue at the front door. This will end at 5pm. We will be sending out a FORMS form at the beginning of next week to find out exactly what your child will be doing at 3.30pm. Please fill this in to help with safety.

 

The Dunchurch Boughton Trust have kindly agreed to give the school £30,000 to employ another Pastoral Mentor in school for a year. This will really help support all of the children. We are delighted that this has been approved.

Church - Please can you let the office know if you are able to help walk the children to and from church on 20/12/23 for our Christmas Service. Year 3 and 4 will depart at 9.45am and Year 5 and 6 will depart at 10.15am.

Christmas Concerts - Please can all children return to school at 5.45pm promptly on their day, so we can begin the shows at 6pm. Year 3/4 are performing on Wednesday 13/12/23 at 2pm and 6pm and Year 5/6 are performing on Thursday 14/12/23 at 2pm and 6pm.

 

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and the children come back to school on Monday rested and ready for another busy week.

 

Best Wishes

 

Tracy Miller

 

Poppy Appeal - Thank you

 

Thank you to everyone who bought a poppy this year. This raised £123.36 for the Royal British Legion charity.

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

 

This week started with an assembly based on mental health and what it looks like for our school, the    children talked about what Mental health is, what it looks like what it feels like. We then talked about the importance of talking about mental health and who they know they can talk to. They had some amazing ideas, really great to know they have lots of trusted adults in and out of school. We also made a list of what they know we do in school already for mental health and then what else they would like us to do, again some brilliant ideas. I am hoping to action some of these in the near future.

 

Lastly, we talked about the definition of mental health and the logos that mental health charities use. I have set a competition to the children to design a logo to represent Mental health in our school. This will be displayed wherever we talk about Mental health. They have until Tuesday the 12th December to      submit their design to me. There is a prize for the winner. This is an exciting opportunity for the children to take ownership over Mental health at our school and work along side myself to help me understand what they need.

 

They wanted me to ask you if you know the definition of Mental health?

 

We were also joined by Sam and Sue this week from the MHST. They ran a couple of workshops around creating calm and coping with change. They were really pleased on how these went and also how welcoming all the children have been to them. They will be in school again on the 12th to run some more workshops.

 

Finally attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Mrs Clusker

Pastoral Mentor

Mental Health Lead

 

 

Year 5

Year 5 have had a fantastic fortnight. All of the Year 5 staff have been incredibly impressed with the playscripts the children created based on the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream". They applied their learning from our trip to Stratford so well and the finished pieces are amazing.

 

We have been so pleased with the efforts all children have made in play rehearsals. They have clearly all been practising their lines a lot at home and we think that you will be very impressed with their singing too!

 

We have also concluded our Geography learning on volcanoes and earthquakes. The children have now gained a good understanding of how these natural events occur and the impacts they have on human and physical features around them. They also linked this learning very well to their Year 4 studies of the Romans and the events of   Pompeii. Very well remembered Year 5!

 

We look forward to welcoming you all to our play "Five Gold Rings" next week and would like to thank all parents and carers that have supported the excellent events the PTA have been putting on these past 2 weeks. 

 

Have a great weekend, 

 Mrs Cooper, Mrs Tildesley and Miss Oxborough  

 

Year 6

What a busy couple of weeks we have had in Year Six!

In English, children have continued their foray into the dark world of Oliver Twist and they are excited to see how the story all comes together: will Oliver end up happy, or is someone from the evil underworld set to finish him off? As part of their learning, children have been summarising chapters, clarifying vocabulary, and raising questions about the final third of the story. The children have also completed a newspaper report on the death of Nancy and it has been great to see their journalistic writing style.

 

In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions: specifically, adding and subtracting. We have continued to    refine our simplifying and manipulation of numerators and denominators, with our pupils fast becoming more   competent and confident. Last week also saw us finish our Science unit on electricity, with the planning and execution of a physical experiment into lightbulbs, which our pupils did brilliantly, alongside a look at the life and work of Nikola Tesla, the troubled genius responsible for many innovations in technology.

 

We have started our DT unit of work on slippers and we have looked at and evaluated some examples in preparation for pupils designing and making their own pair. Before the making begins, we are going to practise the different types of stitching and think about who we are designing the slippers for so that we can create a design brief for the slipper designs. As a school, we will be providing felt, some fabric and the material for the sole of the slipper. However, what has also worked well in previous years, is children bringing in fabrics from home to upcycle - for example, old cushion covers, fleecy materials and thin  towels. Your child may also wish to add some buttons or beads to their slipper design and your support in resourcing this would be appreciated. A final plea for any Hello Fresh insulation which you may have at home-this material is really useful to use as wadding. Thank you in advance for all of your support with this.

 

Last Friday, the PTA organised a 'Jingle Jog' fundraising event and we were incredibly proud of every child for participating and giving the challenge their all despite the rather chilly conditions! Thank you also to the PTA for giving up their time to organise the event.

 

Now that Christmas is only a few weeks away, rehearsals for the school production are underway and we have a busy final two weeks of term ahead. We are pleased to see that children have been working hard on learning their lines for the play at home-thank you for your help with this.  Please can costumes be bought into school on Monday ready for the dress rehearsal on Tuesday. We look forward to seeing many of you at next week's Christmas performances.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mr Coppillie, Mrs Hayward, Mrs Andrews & Mrs McMahon

Week commencing 27th November

 

Dear Parents/carers,

 

Well December has arrived and the weather has definitely turned colder. Thank you to the PTA for organising the CD decoration competition. It was very hard to judge this, as there were so many marvellous designs. The winners from Year 3-5 were presented with a prize in assembly today. We will judge Year 6 on Monday, so still time for our Year 6 children to join in. The children also enjoyed the Jingle Bell Jog today and we had a  surprise Santa guest too! It was a great start to December.

 

Please can I ask parents/carers to remind the children that there should be no jewellery worn to school apart from stud earrings or very small hoops. These should be removed for Games and PE for safety reasons.

 

Can all parents/carers please use the front office door, if they need to come into the building. Please can parents not enter through cloakrooms. Our doors in school are now all swipe out and swipe in with a swipe card, which helps to make our school safer. I am pleased that the MAT supported this, as it does make us very secure.

 

Next week, the children will start rehearsals in the hall for our Christmas performances and there are the school discos. I know the staff and children are all looking forward to these festive events. Thank you for all your support to prepare the children.

 

On Saturday at 12.00, I am attending the cheque presentation from the Dunchurch Festival Committee. They are kindly giving us £500. I am looking forward to seeing lots of families at the Turning on of the Lights and Nativity in the village at 4pm on Sunday. We will need to wrap up warm.

 

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

 

Best Wishes,

Tracy Miller

 

 

Dear Parents/carers,

 

Well December has arrived and the weather has definitely turned colder. Thank you to the PTA for organising the CD decoration competition. It was very hard to judge this, as there were so many marvellous designs. The winners from Year 3-5 were presented with a prize in assembly today. We will judge Year 6 on Monday, so still time for our Year 6 children to join in. The children also enjoyed the Jingle Bell Jog today and we had a     surprise Santa guest too! It was a great start to December.

 

Please can I ask parents/carers to remind the children that there should be no jewellery worn to school apart from stud earrings or very small hoops. These should be removed for Games and PE for safety reasons.

 

Can all parents/carers please use the front office door, if they need to come into the building. Please can parents not enter through cloakrooms. Our doors in school are now all swipe out and swipe in with a swipe card, which helps to make our school safer. I am pleased that the MAT supported this, as it does make us very secure.

 

Next week, the children will start rehearsals in the hall for our Christmas performances and there are the school discos. I know the staff and children are all looking forward to these festive events. Thank you for all your support to prepare the children.

 

On Saturday at 12.00, I am attending the cheque presentation from the Dunchurch Festival Committee. They are kindly giving us £500. I am looking forward to seeing lots of families at the Turning on of the Lights and Nativity in the village at 4pm on Sunday. We will need to wrap up warm.

 

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

 

Best Wishes,

Tracy Miller

 

 

P.T.A. Wreath Making

Mrs Miller would like to say a huge thank you to the P.T.A. for organising this event. It was  extremely popular and had a lovely community feel. The wreaths look amazing.

 

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

Following on from last week's creating calm workshops, some of the children who work in The Hive have been looking at the book Charlotte and the quiet place. It’s a lovely story about the discovery of a quiet and peaceful place that Charlotte can then recreate in her busy world.

 

The children listened to the story, talked about finding their own quiet and calm places. What that looked like for them, how it feels. They had some brilliant ideas and all very different. They then used acrylic paint pens and wooden slices to recreate their quiet places or a symbol that represents them. They can keep these in their draws or at home when they need that reminded to find their quiet place.

 

They would like to know what is your quiet place? Is it the beach? The forest? What do you see? smell? hear?

 

We talked about how a quiet place we can go to in our minds can help with our mental health, when we feel anxious or worried, we can think about this place. Close our eyes, relax and take ourselves there to find our calm. Even in the busiest places.

 

Finally attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week.

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Mrs Clusker

Pastoral Mentor

 

 

Sportshall Athletics Competition

 

On Thursday, a group of children from Year 4 and a group of children from Year 6 took part in the Sportshall Athletics competition at Harris Sports Centre. They competed well, showing great effort in what was a very strong heat. They should be very proud of themselves.

 

  

 

Year 3

In year 3, these last two weeks we have been busy as usual!  

 

Phew! Thank goodness we have finished our assessment week – the children have worked very hard to show off their knowledge. I would say next week will feel a bit more normal, but with all of the Christmas activities it will still be a bit different from the usual timetable!   

 

In maths we finished our topic on addition and subtraction and have moved onto multiplication and division.  We are starting on multiplication, looking at grouping and arrays. 

 

In RE we have been thinking about why people pray, we have looked at different religions, and thought about how many similarities there are between many religions and the reasons why prayer and where we pray is important to so many. We have also celebrated the differences and reflected on why these are important too. 

 

Our taking care work was completed this week. An important part of safeguarding at our school is for every child to know their early warning signs – these are ways that their bodies tell them that they may not be feeling safe. We also stress every child has ownership of their own bodies. If a child has any concerns or worries about anything, however small, they should tell a trusted adult. Please take time to ask their child who their trusted adults are – these should be a mix of adults from home, school and clubs. 

 

We have enjoyed reading Seven for a Secret in English, and early next week will be using all the letter writing skills we’ve learnt over this topic to write our own informal letters.  We all look forward to seeing what the children produce. 

 

Over the next few weeks we are looking forward to rehearsals for the Christmas play, costume letters should have come home with the children this afternoon. We are also excited to see the Christmas jumpers next Friday whilst we enjoy Christmas lunch. 

 

Mrs Everitt, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Coupe 

 

Year 4

Year 4 have had such a busy term! They have been learning all about the water cycle in science and  conducting experiments with ice cubes.

 

Last week we finished our alternate ending narrative writing which was fantastic! So many amazing  writers. We have also just completed our jingle bell jog today, which looked exhausting for the children (and the adults that took part!). Fantastic running year 4!  

 

Year 4 have done an amazing job during their assessments this week, but it is onto the Christmas fun, rehearsals and a DT project.  Our classrooms are looking very festive, and they will only get more paper snowflakes as the days go on. There are so many already! 

 

Well done year 4 for trying your best this term! Only a few more weeks until Christmas!

 

   

Week commencing 20th November

 

Message from Mrs Miller

Last year, the staff across the Federation all read the book by Paul Dix called “When the Adults Change, everything Changes”. We have implemented lots of ideas from this book to help relationships and to promote positive noticing. At the Parent Forum, I discussed sharing a book written by the same author for parents. It is not surprisingly called “When the Parents Change, everything Changes” Here is the link to his website When the Parents Change. You may find this an interesting read.

 

Homework - Please encourage your child to complete their homework and bring it into school.  Reading is so important and really helps all areas of the curriculum. If you want your child to do extra homework, please see our website for extra resources and a book list. This is under the Children’s section. We also want to make you aware that White Rose do a homework book. You would need to purchase these.  White Rose Maths homework books | Oxford University Press (oup.com)

 

Please can I ask all families who park in Don Cerce Close to be careful where they park and how they drive.  It is dark now after school early and we do have children leaving after school clubs. There was an accident this week. Everyone is safe, but I fear that a child could be hurt, if the parking and driving are not safe. Thank you for your support.

 

As December approaches, we are looking forward to starting the Festive season with our PTA organised Jingle Jog on Friday. Please read the attached poster.

 

We now have the Year 6 homework projects (Victorians) on display in our entrance hall.  Well done to the children. There are some very creative ideas. I know the children enjoyed looking at them all.

 

A huge thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis for planting up The Haven today with the help of some children. These plants were donated by parents in the summer.  It is looking great. They also planted some spring bulbs.

 

Mrs. Miller

 

    

 

Mental health and well-being at Dunchurch Junior Academy

On Wednesday we welcomed Sam and Sue from the Mental health in schools' team. They did an assembly around mental health and their roles in school. They then spent some time in year 5 and 6 delivering ‘creating calm’ workshops. The children really engaged in these and gave some insight into mental health in our school. Sam and Sue will be in school again soon to deliver some more workshops.

“The aim of the creating calm workshop is to help us to understand what anxiety is, and what that looks like for us and those around us. We also aim to learn helpful skills for managing anxiety, and how we can help each other to manage theirs”.

 

Following on from antibullying week last week it was also world kindness day. Some of the children who work in The Hive have been completing activities based around this. We looked at the book A world of kindness and have discussed what kindness feels like? What it looks like? How can we be kind? We also made clay models of what kindness means to us. How being kind can have a positive impact on our own and others mental health. Here are a few of the activities we have completed.

 

They would like to challenge you all to complete one random act of kindness. How does that make you feel?

 

Finally, attached is a copy of the MHST top tips for this week.

 

Have a great weekend

Mrs Clusker

(Pastoral Mentor)

 

  

 

Year 6 Indoor Rowing

A group of rowers from Year 6 took part in the Level 2 Indoor Rowing School Games competition. The boys won gold and the girls won silver, but both rowed 888 metres. Both teams qualified for the County Finals. Hunter and Fayth were the top individual rowers in the competition. Well done all!

 

Year 5

Year 5 have had yet another fantastic few weeks. We couldn’t have been prouder of the exceptional    behaviour on our trip to Mary Arden’s Farm last week and their participation in our workshop “Best Will in The World”. The group leaders said that they were so impressed with both the acting and original ideas of how to interpret the script. This brilliant learning experience has really made a powerful impact on the start of our studies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The children already have gained a good understanding of the storyline and we can now dig a little deeper into the character’s thoughts and feelings.     

 

Please can we extend our thanks again to the parents that accompanied us on our trip; without your help, these learning opportunities cannot often take place. 

 

In Science, we have been learning about gravity and have investigated Newton and Galileo’s work on falling objects. We even managed to conduct our investigations outside to make the most of our outdoor learning spaces! 

 

  

 

Year 6

 

It has been another jam-packed couple of weeks for our Year Six children. This week, in both English and Maths, the children have taken SATs style assessments so that we can continue to familiarise them with the test style they will see in May. The assessments are also an important tool in helping both staff and children to identify strengths and areas for development. We are really proud of how the children have approached the tests and we commend their willingness to learn where they need to improve. We also hope that the  children are proud of the progress they have made so far this year. In addition to the tests, in English, we have been examining the features which we would expect to see in any newspaper - in   anticipation of children writing their own newspaper report based on a scene from ‘Oliver Twist’. Our work on fractions has continued in Maths and we have been comparing, ordering, simplifying and adding fractions.

 

As part of our Science topic of electricity, both classes have enjoyed the practical part of building circuits, alongside some more typical classroom learning on renewable energy: a fascinating topic itself. Our pupils are fast becoming experts by understanding and using electrical symbols and knowledge of volts and power in their experiments – they’re clearly bright sparks!

 

Thank you for all of the support you have given the children with their Victorian projects. It was fantastic to see the diverse and unique models, games and information booklets produced. We hope the children enjoyed making the projects as much as we enjoyed looking at and discussing them. It was also great to welcome parents and carers into school to see both these great projects and the childrens' recent Lowry artwork - thank you to those who came into school.

 

At the end of next week, we begin our DT topic on slippers. We would be grateful if children could bring in a pair of slippers from home on Thursday for us to evaluate. We are also looking for donations of old pairs of slippers (both child and adult size) which we can deconstruct to show the children the individual components of a slipper.

 

Have a good weekend,

 

Mr Coppillie, Mrs McMahon, Mrs Hayward, and Mrs Andrews.

 

 

 

Week commencing 13th November

 

Message from Mrs Miller

It has been a very busy week in school again.  Year 5 have enjoyed their trip to Stratford today and engaged really well with the Shakespeare workshop.  All the children were well behaved.  Today, the whole school enjoyed dressing in their own clothes and buying cakes to support “Children In Need”.

 

On Tuesday night, we held our first “Parental Forum.” It was very positive, and I would like to thank the parents who joined.  I will be sending the minutes out by email next week. Mrs. Andrews and I will be meeting with Mr. Hibbert, who is a headteacher, to discuss how we introduce “Class Dojo” in the future.

 

I wanted to update you on how the Coventry Diocese Multi- Academy are supporting us.  We had a visit this week from our School Improvement Partner to conduct a Learning Walk with Mrs. Cooper.  She is an experienced educator and is supporting the school with the curriculum and teaching and learning.  We are also being supported with SEND and how we work with our most vulnerable children in school.  We can use the H.R. team, when needed to help and I am finding it beneficial to have someone on the end of the phone that can support me in my leadership role. The I.T. department have worked hard to transfer us over to the MAT systems and to make sure we are working securely.

 

I would like to officially welcome Clare Baxter to our team. Clare is our new Academy Business Manager and she is working at the Junior Academy on Mondays and Fridays. Sadly, Mrs. Jackson is going to retire on December 15th.  This is her second retirement from the school.  She has worked incredibly hard and she will be missed. Also, Mrs. Dewes is leaving at Christmas. I know she will be missed and I want to personally thank them for all their hard work.  We are busy   recruiting, for these roles and the jobs are advertised on West Midlands Jobs.  Please do  contact me on tracy.miller@dunchurch.covmat.org if you are interested.

 

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Mrs. Miller

 

Assembly and Worship

We have had a focus on anti- bullying this week. It is important that children have a good understanding of what bullying is and know how to report it. We have “chatterboxes” in all classrooms that children can drop a note into, if they feel they cannot talk to an adult. We have a zero tolerance to bullying and we will follow up immediately if any concerns are raised.

Our poppies are now displayed in the entrance hall. Thank you to Mrs. Kavanagh for giving up her time on Tuesday to make the display for us.

 

Year 3

The last 2 weeks have been very lively and stimulating in Year 3. Last week Mr Mills and Mr Freeman came to light a brilliant fire and we held sparklers, very carefully, and enjoyed the thrill and the sparkles. This generated lots of adventurous vocabulary and inspired our fire and firework poems. We have had brilliant writing sessions and the firework poems were wonderful! This week in maths, Year 3 have been very busy consolidating learning and finding out new knowledge and skills. There have been lots of  successes with recapping addition and subtracting with exchanges and most of the children have mastered the skills for this written method. The homework this week will allow children to consolidate this learning further.  Also this week, we began our new science unit about forces and magnets. Lots of new learning and discussion was involved. It was very exciting investigating how friction can make a difference to the way a skateboard travels on different surfaces. Interesting predictions were made and the children worked very well together investigating with the ramps, skateboards and materials. More predictions were made in English as we started the new texts Harry’s Home and Seven for a Secret. The connection of the authors (Laurence Anholt) and the letters was noticed and there were many other interesting ideas and connections made. We had a lot of fun on the Children in need fund raising day. Thank you for supporting this event. Thank you to our volunteer helpers Mr Mills and Mr Freeman and thank you to you for your support of your children through reading and ensuring they have all they need for each day at school. It is great to have Mrs Buckley back after she was poorly. We hope parents, carers and children stay well and healthy now.

 

Year 3 Teachers

 

 

Year 4

Year 4 have come back after half term full of energy and enthusiasm for their learning, and are thoroughly enjoying discovering more about the Anglo-Saxons in History. So far we have found out why they came to Britain, where they settled and how they lived.  We have also been wowed by the amazing  artefacts discovered at Sutton Hoo and what these tell us about the mystery king who was buried there, discovered how Christianity came to Britain, and have practised writing as Anglo-Saxons - why not see if your child can write their name in runes?

 

Linked to this has been our English, reading the thrilling legend of the hero Beowulf, as he battled against one monster after another. Next week we shall be writing our own version of his final fight against a terrifying dragon, so this week we have been building our skills to prepare, including speech punctuation, fronted adverbials and powerful verbs - we hope your children can explain to you what all these mean!

 

As well as all this, we have been relaxing and stretching through learning some yoga poses in PE, thought about cyber-bullying as part of anti-bullying week, and even started singing Christmas songs for our end of term production.

 

Finally, our PSHE so far has involved a very important topic, thinking about protective behaviours - what we can do to stay safe, and what to do when we feel our early warning signs because we don't feel safe.  The children have chosen trusted adults to be on their network, people they can come to if they are worried, who they know will listen and act to make sure they stay safe.

 

We wish you all an enjoyable weekend, and thank you for all your support - please keep up the reading with your children at home, as well as the times tables practice.

 

Mrs Keffler, Miss Bridgens and Mrs Simmons

PS from Mrs Keffler: I am really happy to be back in school teaching 4KS - I have missed being with the children and have been welcomed back by them with great kindness.

Week commencing 6th November

 

Message from Mrs Miller

I hope you have all enjoyed a good half term. The children have all come back well and settled into our school routines.

On Tuesday next week, we will be holding our first Parent/Carer Forum. We will be sending out notes after this meeting to all parents. I hope this will give you a better understanding of school life.  I am looking forward to working with this group and holding our first meeting.

 

We are delighted that we have a very active P.T.A. this year led by Jodie Jackson. We have a great team and they have already organised Hot Chocolate sales and lots of fun activities leading up to Christmas. They have purchased some great new play equipment for lunch times. I would like to thank them for their support.

 

 

Assembly and Worship

This week we thought about Remembrance and the children all made poppies. They showed great respect and thoughtfulness as we also spoke about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I want to thank the Worship Ambassadors - Caitlin and Niamh, who set up our Worship Table every day. In class worship this week we have been making Diwali cards, and would like to wish anyone who celebrates a Happy Diwali.

 

Year 5

Year 5 have made a fantastic start to the new term!  

 

In English, we have read the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Nobel. The children have enjoyed exploring the language used within the poem and we have been very impressed with their understanding of poetic features. Next week, we will be writing our own narrative version of the opener to the poem and the children will get the opportunity to share their own interesting character descriptions and use their own ambitious vocabulary! 

 

We have also been continuing our R.E. learning and have linked what we learnt about Christianity and Judaism in our previous unit to our new learning on incarnation. We hope to discover how stories from the bible have impacted the ways in which people celebrate Christmas today.  

 

In Science, we will be starting a new topic on forces. There will be lots of opportunities to complete investigations and for the children to apply their learning on fair testing and recording data.  

 

16 children from Year 5 also had the opportunity to attend an event at the Harris Sports Centre where they were able to participate in several workshops focusing on new sports such as lacrosse and volleyball as well as visiting the gym. The children’s behaviour was impeccable and they all had a wonderful time!

 

 

 

Year 5 enjoyed a visit from the fire service on Thursday. The children looked for hazards in the home, learned about water and railway safety as well as how to respond to a house fire. The fire officers also advised us to check our smoke alarms every week.

 

In the next few weeks, we will be sending a letter home about the Year 5 homework project for this term. These projects are undertaken in Year 5 and Year 6 as an opportunity to extend and deepening the children’s learning. 

 

Year 6

Our first week back has been jam-packed with learning. In English, children have dramatized a scene from ‘Oliver Twist’ before turning the action into a diary entry from the point of view of the Artful Dodger – cor blimey; what fun! In Maths, children have been practising their skills of division and multiplication, applying their knowledge to solving word problems. Next week, we are moving onto a unit of work on fractions and consolidating some work from Year 5. We would be grateful if you would continue to support your child with the learning of times tables as we are finding that a number of children are not confident in the recall of these number facts and it is holding some children back.

 

At the end of last half term, we finished our LS Lowry style artwork and we think the children should be really proud of their fantastic final pieces. We hope the children continue to practice their perspective drawing skills.  Both classes were really reflective when evaluating their own creations by looking at the strengths of each piece, as well as what we would improve. This week, we have started our new RE topic looking at the statistics of how many religious people there are globally. The children have been very   engaged and respectful of differing views of religion, which is fantastic to see.

 

Hopefully you will have seen the letter regarding Victorian projects-we are looking forward to seeing them on November 23rd. It would be great if you could join us at 3:30 on the 23rd November to see the projects as well as the Lowry art. We hope to see you there!

 

Finally, a plea for any of the wadding type material which is used in the Hello Fresh! food parcels. We  recycle this material and use it when making slippers in DT. If you have any of this material, please can you send it into school no later than 29th November. Thank you in advance for your help.

  

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs McMahon, Mrs Hayward, Mrs Andrews and Mr Coppillie   

 

Week commencing 23rd October

 

Message from Mrs Miller

What a productive first half term this has been and what a long one! 

 

It was lovely to see so many families at our Learning Review meetings this week.  There was so much to celebrate.  It was also great to welcome Sam and Sue from the Mental Health Schools Team, who attended both evenings and offered advice. Thank you to the teachers for preparing well and working late.  A special mention to Holly and Harriet (2 pupils) who wanted a job on Wednesday evening and helped me unload and load the dishwasher!  Because the teachers have worked hard to prepare for Learner review Meetings, there are no year group sections this week.

 

We have sadly said goodbye to Miss. Cresswell, who has worked at the school as a T.A. for 3 years.  We wish her all the best. We are currently recruiting for her role. We also said goodbye to Beth Morgan, who worked at WOOSH club. We wish her all the best with her new photography career. Mrs. Shilton has retired as a MDS.  She has worked for the school for 16 years. We wish her a happy and long retirement. 

 

I would like to thank Mrs. Birch for covering 4KS this half term.  We are looking forward to seeing Mrs. Keffler back after the holiday. 

 

During the half term holiday, we are having new LED lights fitted throughout the school and all of our ICT is being updated to link to the Coventry Diocese MAT. 

 

I will have a new email after the holiday, so if you need to contact me, please use                      tracy.miller@dunchurch.covmat.org 

 

Please can I remind all parents and carers that children should not be on the school site before 8:40 unsupervised. School staff do not supervise them until this time. 

 

Also, for safety reasons, children should not be riding bikes or scooters in the school grounds.  They should also not be on any play equipment before or after school. 

 

Many thanks for all your support this half term.  I hope you all have a well-deserved rest and that the children come back refreshed and ready for a busy half term leading up to Christmas.  I know our brilliant PTA have got lots of fun events planned for us. 

 

Tracy Miller 

 

Assemblies and Worship

 

It was lovely to hear the children singing the hymns this week. They sang “Jubilate” and “When the Saints” with great gusto. Today, I gave lots of Bronze house point certificates out.  Congratulations to all the children who have received 50 house points. 

 

It was lovely to see so many families at our Celebration Assembly today. 

 

Music Update - Autumn

Whilst it’s been a long first half-term, it’s been an absolute pleasure to hear and watch the many fantastic performances each class has produced this week.

 

Year 3 have shown that they can write their own 8 bar rhythms, and have been learning to perform them on a percussion instrument. Their musical journey at DBJA has truly begun!

 

Year 4 are currently pursuing two different musical paths. 4KS have been making the most of the Upbeat! brass lessons with Mr Stoneman, and have already learnt three notes and are playing simple melodies. 4B, meanwhile, have produced some beautifully expressive performances of Kije’s March with me.

 

Over in Year 5, the focus has been on exploring the music of India. This has meant digesting a range of new vocabulary, and pupils have improvised on an Indian raga, producing a clam and serene atmosphere. They have also learnt all about bhangra and Bollywood music, with some  individual children have shared their own family stories and languages with us.

 

Finally, Year 6 have produced some really rather excellent raps this half term, covering a whole range of topics. It has also been a good project to get over the fear of performing, and some children have really had a breakthrough moment in class where they have dug deep and performed, despite their nerves.

 

Next half-term, our focus shifts to rehearsing our Christmas productions. Watch this space for more information!

 

Autumn Term 1 – Star Musicians

 

3B

 

Star: Rasha

Highly commended: Zuzanna, Johan & Jian

 

3CE

 

Star: Elizabeth

Highly commended: Sophia, Kai, Aiza & Eddie

 

4B

 

Star: Seth

Highly commended: Edith & Ananya

 

4KS

 

Stars: Erin & Rory

Highly commended: George & Nathan

 

5CT

 

Star: Arthur

Highly commended: Pippa

 

5O

 

Star: Joshaan

Highly commended: Lawrie

 

6CM

 

Stars: Sophie, Keona & Queen

Highly commended: Ethan

 

6HA

 

Star: Sam

Highly commended: Felix, Bethany & Emily

 

 

Week commencing 16th October

 

It has been another action packed week at school.  Year 3 and Year 6 attended the Harris School partnership Rugby tournament.  After a frosty, cold start, the children really  competed well and showed great sportsmanship. Their behaviour was exemplary.

 

Mr. James took our girls to a football tournament on Monday and they competed well and came away with medals. On Thursday evening, he took a team of Year 6 boys to play at Paddox School. The score was 2-1 to Paddox, but the boys played well. Thank you to Mr. James for accompanying the children this week and arranging the fixtures.

 

Year 3 and 4 children are looking forward to the trip on Tuesday next week to the Macready Theatre in Rugby to meet Ross Montgomery. Please can you make sure you have filled in the FORMS form giving permission.

 

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the support and lovely comments I have received linked to my recent bereavement and my decision to retire. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown.

 

I hope you are all able to enjoy some family time this weekend, before our last week of a long and busy half term. I look forward to seeing you at Learner review meetings next week.

 

Tracy Miller

 

Assemblies and Worship

This week the focus has been Harvest. On Monday, we welcomed Ellie from Rugby Food Bank. She talked to the children about her voluntary role and what type of foods and goods were needed. Thank you so much for all the kind donations that the children brought into assembly on Thursday.

 

 

Girls Football Competition

On Monday 16th October, the Girls Football team took part in a 7 aside tournament at Binley Woods Primary school. The girls were fantastic winning 2 games, drawing 1 and losing another in the group stages. With the top 2 qualifying, this meant that Dunchurch finished second in their group. In a tight third and fourth playoff match they ended up losing 1-0 coming in fourth place over all. 

 

A super effort by all!

 

 

Year 3 

We are approaching the end of the first half term with our new year 3s and Mrs Buckley, Mrs Coupe and Mrs Everitt have really enjoyed getting to know our classes well over these last seven weeks. 

 

Since the last newsletter we have enjoyed two trips, one to the Bucks County Roald Dahl museum and one to Tag Rugby. We think we are confident to say the children had a fabulous time! At the Roald Dahl museum we enjoyed being hands on with lots of great Roald Dahl based inventions – we wiggled The BFG’s ears to hear across a room, got sucked up a tube from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and the children saw their teachers get eaten by The Enormous Crocodile on green screen! The children were also challenged to create their own dream that they got to put in a bottle to take home – did they enjoy having their dreams that night? The tag rugby trip was a fantastic opportunity to try a new sport with many of the children feeling proud of their new playing skills. Thanks again to those parents who made our trips and events possible with their support in accompanying the classes. 

 

We have another trip on Tuesday 24th October, to the Macready Theatre at Rugby School for a visit and activities with the author Ross Montgomery. If you have not yet signed the permission slip, please do sign, using the forms document which you received via e mail.

 

In maths, we have been continuing with addition and subtraction and have just started using the column method for addition, which we are very excited about. In English our unit on the Enormous Crocodile has drawn to a close, with an extended write in which the children came up with some fabulously creative ways for the Enormous Crocodile to trick the children – fortunately he was foiled every time! Our theme has been Science where we have been looking at light and shadow, and investigating what happens to shadows at different times of day. We also enjoyed practical work to find out how light reflects. We are now moving onto Geography and will be looking at the countries, counties and rivers and mountains of the UK. 

 

Thank you for your support with maths homework which we are pleased to have in on Tuesdays. We will have another recap homework over the half term. Please ensure you are also reading with your child 3 times a week, with an adult signing the reading record. This is to be handed in on Tuesdays for 3B and Wednesdays for 3CE. 

 

We look forward to meeting with many of you in next week’s parent consultations. 

 

Mrs Buckley, Mrs Coupe and Mrs Everitt

 

 

 

Year 4

We have been learning about so many fantastic topics! Firstly, we have learnt so much about the Romans and what effects they still have on current Britain. We gathered information about the Roman army,   Boudicca and the invasion of Britain. We have also made some beautiful Roman inspired mosaics out of sugar paper to finish of our topic.

 

In RE we learnt about the Gospels and discussed the qualities a person may have to become one of God’s disciples. We then listed these qualities onto our decorated paper fish and we have them hung up in our classroom. They look beautiful!

 

We have just started our Art topic where we are investigating the Famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. We have already created amazing observational drawings of some of his buildings, our top five drawings are now in our newspaper this week!

 

In our Maths lessons, we have just finished our topic on addition and subtraction and are now moving onto measurements, Miss Bridgens’ personal favourite maths topic!

 

In English, we are getting ready to write our best persuasive letters to convince Mrs Miller to let us dig up the field to find precious fossils and artefacts. Next week we are off to see the author Ross Montgomery at an exciting author event organised by the one and only Hunts bookshop! What a great way to finish the busy half term!

 

Year 4 Teachers

Week commencing 9th October

 

Message from Mrs Miller

It has been an action packed week at the Junior Academy.  On Monday, our Year 3  children had a great trip to Bucks County Museum with a focus on Roald Dahl. Thank you to the teachers, children and helpers. All had a thoroughly good time and many  children are now inspired to read his books. On Wednesday evening, we welcomed our new families into school for our Open Evening. Many current children helped to  demonstrate our learning in school. Thank you to them all.  A special mention to our Year 6 children, who acted as tour guides. They were articulate and knowledgeable. Also, a huge thank you to the P.T.A. for providing refreshments on the night and to the teachers for staying late.

 

Thank you to all parents/carers who have voted now for the representatives for their class parent forum. We will be holding our first meeting on 14th November at 6pm.  If there were a parent/carer from 6HA who could volunteer that would be helpful.

 

Here are the class representatives for the Parent Forum:

 

3B Mr Hibbert

3CE  Mrs Leyshon

4B Mrs Millington

4KS  Mrs Nuss

50  Mrs Eastwood

5CT  Mrs Burton

6HA No current rep

6CM  Mrs Heckford

 

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.  I know the staff are looking forward to a well-deserved rest.

Tracy Miller

 

Assemblies and Worship

We have focused on our value of Kindness this week in  assembly. We read a story called “True kindness” This was set in Palestine and the main message was that sometimes it is poor people who give more than rich people do. It was from the book below. If anyone is looking for a book to buy as a Christmas present, I can recommend this.

It was lovely to hear the children saying the Lord ’s Prayer this week.  Many of our children know this off by heart.

 

Author Visit – 10th October

We were very excited to host the best-selling author Dhonielle Clayton at our school on Tuesday. The children were spellbound by the journey she took us on through the magical land of The Marvellers. It was a brilliant opportunity for the children to hear first-hand how authors create their characters and settings based on their own life experiences. Year 4, 5 and 6 were all captivated by the character's backstories and motivations with many eager to read both the first book and its sequel, The Memory Thieves. After her presentation, the children asked many insightful questions about her book series but also about her experiences as a writer. As a by product of this fantastic event, some children were desperate to purchase a copy! Our contact at Kenilworth Books has kindly left a limited number of signed copies of the books with us in the school office which are available to buy either today or Monday (cash only - please bring the correct change). 

 

 

Year 5

Year 5 have had a tremendous couple of weeks. We were fortunate enough to have a visit from a jungle explorer to kick off our Maya Civilisation topic. The children took part in a captivating workshop where the explorer was able to share all of his knowledge about different aspects of Maya life - the children completed a variety of activities and some children were able to dress up as Maya kings.

 

 

In English, we have been exploring character descriptions in more detail. We have been practicing using evidence from the text to gather ideas of characters appearance and personality, which has allowed us to generate our own vocabulary to describe the characters of Razvani and Lila from The Firework-Makers Daughter. This week, the children have applied these to skills to write their character descriptions of Lila. 

 

There has been lots of resilience shown in Maths this week as we complete our ‘addition and subtraction’ unit. The children are now mastering the skill of completing word problems and multi-step problems. 

 

In Forest School this week, 5O did a fantastic job at den building! They showed great creativity and   teamwork with the dens they created.

 

 

Finally, on Tuesday we had our author visit from Dhonielle Clayton, who inspired lots of children. It was very interesting to hear the questions the children had for her and her responses. Perhaps we have some future authors in the year group…

Miss Oxborough, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Tildesley

 

Year 6

The busy weeks continue in Year Six!  We finished our History topic of the Industrial Revolution after a visit to the Victorian Village of Blists Hill. Everyone enjoyed the trip, where we got to see and interact with a village from a long time ago. The children were wonderfully behaved and represented our school brilliantly. It was lovely to hear members of the public comment on the excellent behaviour of the children and for employees of Blists Hill to remark on the great questions asked.

 

In English, we are reading the classic novel 'Oliver Twist' - the children are intrigued by this dark tale, and have been formulating opinions of the main character through their reading so far. Next week, the children are looking forward to retelling the first part of the story.

 

In Maths, children have been identifying and working with prime numbers, square numbers and even  cube numbers; it is fantastic to see them work so hard on some new concepts.

 

We have moved onto Art as our Theme topic - specifically, the work of LS Lowry, who is famous for his industrial landscapes inspired by Salford and Manchester. The children have been studying his biography and his most famous works; some of which have fetched millions of pounds at auction! We are all looking forward to learning to draw using perspective next week.

 

Your support is always appreciated; please encourage your child to read at home - it is one thing that  really makes a difference to their knowledge and writing ability. Also, please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school everyday.

 

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

 

Mr Coppillie, Mrs Andrews, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Hayward 

 

Week commencing 2nd October

 

Message from Mrs Miller

It was lovely to see all our Year 3 children dressed up today as Roald Dahl characters. They had a fun day in school and did lots of great learning. I know the Year 5 children also enjoyed the Mayan Day on Wednesday. This was a very informative and interactive day.

 

New Information about Mental Health in Schools Team

I would like to inform you of an exciting project that the school is involved with. We are working with the Mental Health in Schools Team (see attached information leaflet). I applied to get this support last spring and we are now launching the project. Mrs. Clusker and Mrs. Andrews are liaising with our lead practitioner, who is called Sam McMorran.

We are working with the team, who are based in many Coventry and Warwickshire schools and offer short-term support to children and young people who are experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate mental health difficulties. This might include anxiety (for example; separation anxiety, panic, some lower impact obsessions and compulsions, generalised anxiety (worry and social worries) and low mood. They are also able to offer some support for difficulties that might require a more intensive approach and will signpost to other services if they aren’t the right   people to help.

The team will be available on the Learner Review evenings from 3.40-5.00 pm in school to meet you or answer any questions. Year 4 and Year 5 children will complete a student resilience survey next  Wednesday to help identify the school’s needs, so that we can use a whole school approach.

They will then be leading some group workshops, linked to needs identified. They will also meet the school council and staff.  You will receive a parental survey to complete at some point in the near future.  They will also be able to work with individual identified children.

Mrs Miller

 

Assemblies and Worship

The children enjoyed the assembly led by Chris Burgess from Rugby Youth for Christ on   Wednesday.  This assembly was linked to our school value of thankfulness. There was lots of laughter.

Next week, we will be having our first certificate assembly, so it will be great to see lots of children getting their bronze certificates.

Thank you to Jessica in Year 3 for writing her own prayer. It was shared in assembly today.

 

Year 3

We have now finished our 5th week with year 3 in the juniors and there is so much we have done. The main highlight has to have been our Roald Dahl dress up day. We had many Enormous Crocodiles and our very own Matildas. 

Over the past two weeks the children have created their final descriptions of the Enormous Crocodile. We were so impressed with their first piece of writing. It was evident that everyone tried really hard to produce the best piece of writing they could and also include the skills we had learnt the previous week. We are very excited to continue our Roald Dahl theme with our trip next week and with another piece of writing about how the Enormous Crocodile tricks the children. 

 

In maths, we have started learning about addition and subtraction and we look forward to introducing column addition and subtraction to the children. Thank you for helping your children with their maths homework. It was great to see so many children had completed it. 

 

We have now completed our Portraits in Art; they look fantastic! We have learnt all about the story of creation in RE and now we are learning about light in science lessons. Our 2 classes will be carrying out their own investigation next week. We will be seeing how the length of shadows changes throughout the day.

 

We have achieved much already and have lots to look forward to. On Monday the 16th of October we will be going to Harris school in the morning to play tag rugby as a year group. We also have a school trip on Tuesday the 10th of October to the Roald Dahl Gallery at Bucks Museum. 


For the Roald Dahl trip children are to be at school for 8:15am (drop off at the Year 3 cloakroom entrance) ready to leave at 8:30 am. We are aiming to be back between 3:30 and 3.45pm.

Children will need a small bag with a packed lunch and a drink (no fizzy drinks or glass bottles and no foods which may contain nuts). Children should wear school uniform and a lightweight waterproof coat. We are really looking forward to the trip and the next few weeks!

 

 

 

Week commencing 25th September

 

Message from Mrs Miller

It has been a busy week in school again. We had our Year 6 pupils giving their Head Pupil speeches on Thursday in assembly and all the children have now voted.  Other Year 6 Leadership roles will be decided in the next week.  It was great to hear the excitement as Year 6 left to go to Blists Hill this morning.

 

On the 10th October, we have an author coming to school to talk to Year 4, 5 and 6. The author is Dhonielle Clayton. There is an opportunity to buy her books at a reduced rate.  Please see the attached letter and order form. Year 3 are out on a trip this day.

I had a really positive meeting with Jodie Jackson, who is the new PTA Chair. They have so many great activities planned for the year, which will be shared shortly. Thank you to all those parents/carers, who have joined the group.

 

I have some news about the Parent Forum group to share. We need to have a vote in some classes and this will happen next week. I hope to meet with this group after half term for the first time. I will let you know the agenda nearer the time.

 

6HA - No parent/carer put himself or herself forward. Contact Mrs. Miller if you are able to do it.

6CM - Mrs. Heckford

5CT - Mrs. Burton

5O - Mrs. Eastwood

4B - Voting taking place- Parents please watch out and please do give your opinion.

4KS-  Voting taking place- Parents please watch out and please do give your opinion.

3B- Voting taking place- Parents please watch out and please do give your opinion.

3CE- No parent/carer put himself or herself forward. Contact Mrs. Miller if you are able to do it.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and that the children come back energized and ready for learning next week.

 

Mrs Miller

 

Assemblies and Worship

This week we have stayed focus on our theme of “Thankfulness.” Some children from Woosh helped act out Psalm 148.  This Psalm reminds us to be thankful for all the aspects of the world that God created.  We also found out about the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur.

Our cross on our school badge is the cross of St. Chad.  We also have this cross in our quad.  We learnt about the life of St. Chad.

 

Primary Schools Football league at Rugby Borough Football Club (Future Pro)

Dunchurch have had a super start to the new 2023/2024 season and remain undefeated in their first four games - winning two and drawing two. This leaves Dunchurch joint top of the table after the first round of fixtures. Thank you to the parent helpers who help transport the children, we couldn't do it without you!

 

Year 5

It has been another busy couple of weeks in year 5. 5F experienced their first Forest School session and enjoyed getting stuck into all the activities this entailed. The children also continued with their art topic where they learnt more about printing techniques and have now created some fabulous pieces of printing, based on Hokusai’s work of Mount Fuji.  

 

The children have also completed their first piece of extended writing based on The Firework Maker’s Daughter. In the lead up to this, some of the skills we learnt were subordinating conjunctions, the use of apostrophes and the features of a letter – the children then applied this to create their own letter to Lila as Lalchand.  

 

In maths, we have begun our addition and subtraction unit and focused on adding and subtracting numbers with 4 or more digits and rounding to check answers. We have been pleased to see the children have remembered their learning from previous years and been able to apply this.  

 

Next week, we will begin our history unit ‘The Mayan Civilisation’ and we have a very exciting workshop on Wednesday with a real life explorer.  

 

Well done year 5 for all of your hard work and we hope you have a restful weekend.  

 

Miss Oxborough, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Tildesley  

 

 

Year 6

It's been another busy week in Year Six! In English, our pupils have been writing their own version of the nonsense poem 'The Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. It is so fantastic to see them apply everything that they have been learning about vocabulary and expanded noun phrases into their own creative writing.

 

In Maths, children have been comparing and ordering integers as we continue our work on place value. Next week, we are moving on to applying our understanding to addition and subtraction as well as looking at the properties of number. Our Theme work continues to be on History; specifically, the jobs that children did during the Industrial Revolution. Our pupils were suitably horrified at what small children went through in the 19th Century - let's just say that modern chores don't seem so bad after all! We have also looked at early locomotives, in preparation for our visit to the Victorian village of Blists Hill today; we hope the children really enjoy it and look forward to sharing with you some photos of our trip.

 

We were incredibly proud of the children who delivered fantastic speeches in the head pupil elections. You were all brilliant and have made the decision on who to vote for very tricky!

 

Wishing you a great weekend,

 

Mrs McMahon, Mr Coppillie, Mrs Hayward and Mrs Andrews

 

 

Week commencing 18th September

 

Year 3

It is hard to believe that we are now coming to the end of the 3rd week. However, the new year 3 classes have settled very well and are very familiar with our routines and the school environment. We have been so pleased with the way they have managed themselves through assemblies, having lunch and going to clubs. They are also well into their learning and have shown great learning skills in the lessons. The learning in maths has been about place value which has been supported by the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations and the children have done really well in showing their understanding and following new learning. The English lessons have been based on the Enormous Crocodile text with the children demonstrating good understanding of the story and the reciprocal reading skills and grammar lessons, which we have linked to it. In art they have been learning about drawing the proportions of a face and have produced fabulous portraits with collage backgrounds.

 

Next week in English we will be supporting the children in their first piece of extended writing, which will be a description of The Enormous Crocodile. We will complete our first maths block on place value and then go onto addition and subtraction in the next week. This week we will begin the RE unit about creation and will have some interesting activities linked to the creation story and what it means for some people. We are learning about symmetrical and asymmetrical balances in PE and about networks and digital systems in computing.  

 

It is good to see many children are reading their reading books with you. Please help your children with this important skill and enjoy reading with them 3 or more times a week, then record their reading in the reading record. Questions to ask around their book will be stuck into the record. Maths homework will follow shortly.  

 

On Friday 6th October we are planning a Roald Dahl dress day. More details to follow but it will be an  opportunity for children to dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character or in yellow (his favourite colour) or something related to the books. Homemade and spontaneous ideas are more than welcome, so please do not put yourselves out too much in creating elaborate costumes. Please see your child's teacher if you are having any trouble. Thank you! 

 

Another date for your calendar is the trip to the Bucks County Museum and the Roald Dahl gallery which will take place on Tuesday 10th October. More details to follow.  

 

It was really good to see many families joining us for the New to Year Group meeting on Tuesday. We look forward to getting to know you and your children even more throughout this year. 

 

Year 3 Teachers 

Mrs Buckley Mrs Coupe and Mrs Everitt 

 

Week commencing 11th September

 

Message from Mrs Miller

We have had another busy week at school. The children in Year 3, 4 and 5 had an action packed 15-minute slot of Basketball with the Hotshots coach. The enthusiasm could be heard from my office.

It was lovely to see our after school clubs commence this week and Forest School sessions for Year 5.

Tracy Miller

 

Assemblies and Worship

This half term our Roots and Fruits theme is Thankfulness. This week the children thought about the meanings linked to famous quotes. This one especially resonates with me. “Write your troubles in the sand, but carve your blessings in stone”.

We also learnt about how colour is represented in the church and how we use different colours on our worship table to represent different times in the church year.  Thank you to Niamh in Year 6, who has helped set up our Worship table this week.

 

Year 5

Year 5 have made a great start to the year so far. They have remembered our school rules and values well and have been working hard to show these in the classroom and around school.  In English, we have started ‘The   Firework Makers Daughter’ and focused on clarifying vocabulary, retrieving information from the text and formal and informal language. Our first Maths unit is place value and we have been focusing largely on writing our numbers in words and numerals. The children have been showcasing their ability to read and write numbers up to 1,000,000 and have mastered using place value charts to represent numbers. During theme lessons we have  started our Art unit, focusing on printing. This week the children have learnt about Hokusai, a Japanese artist who used woodcut printing. They have also been identifying warm and cool colours and experimented with mixing paints to create their own colour strip which show these. The children also enjoyed the first lesson of their science topic ‘properties and their materials’ last week. They are looking forward to the investigations which will take place.  5O had their first forest schools session this week and showed great enthusiasm as they got stuck in to lots of different activities. Make sure you ask them which they did! 5CT will have their first session on Monday (18th), so please ensure they have their forest school kit with them.  

 

Thank you to all parents/carers who have signed our home-school agreement letter. Please could we ask that any outstanding ones are sent into school next week. Thank you. 

 

Miss Oxborough, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Tildesley  

 

Year 6

Wow - what a fantastic first few weeks our new Year Six cohort has had! All the staff are very pleased with how well the children have settled into their new school year. We hit the ground running with some fantastic learning - and had some feathery visitors along the way!

 

In English, the children have been interpreting the nonsense poem 'The Jabberwocky', gaining a deeper understanding of the English language in doing so. Deciphering the vocabulary of poetry is no easy feat, yet the children have delighted us with their maturity and knowledge.

 

In Maths, we have started with some work on place value, including multiplying by 10s, 100s and 1000s. The children have impressed us by showing secure understanding of these basic concepts, which nicely paves the way for the learning to come throughout the year.

 

Our Science topic has been Evolution. On Tuesday, a falconer came into school to show us how owls and falcons have evolved some special adaptions which enable them to survive in their environments. The children enjoyed getting so close to the birds of prey and produced some great work on what they had learnt. It's been a fantastic start to the year. 

 

Next week, we begin our History unit of work on the Industrial Revolution and you should have received an email about a trip to Blists Hill. Previously, this trip has been a pupil highlight and we hope that this year won't disappoint! 

 

Thank you for your continued support with the completion of reading homework - it is very important that the children continue to read aloud to an adult and answer some of the reading questions which have been stuck into their reading diaries. Weekly Maths homework starts this week and we thank you in advance for your support.

 

Good luck to any children who are taking the Eleven-Plus test this weekend - believe in yourself!

 

Well done children - you're flying high!

 

Week commencing 4th September

 

Message from Mrs Miller

Well, what a great start back for all the children and staff. The children have all settled well and are working hard to show our school values.  They have settled back into our routines very quickly and I am incredibly proud of them.  A special mention to Year 3 children, who have transitioned really well and are enjoying our huge outdoor space.

 

On September 1st, we officially joined the Coventry Diocese Multi- Academy Trust and are now called “Dunchurch Boughton Church of England Junior Academy.”  Senior Leaders have already welcomed staff from the MAT to support our development as a school.

 

We have welcomed new members to the Dunchurch family. Mrs. Neale, who is covering Mrs. Jenks’ maternity leave as SENCO. Miss. Bridgens, who is teaching 4B. Mrs. Everitt, who is teaching 3CE. Mrs. Simmons, who is teaching 4KS and Mrs. McLaren, a new teaching assistant. We wish Mrs. Jenks all the best as she starts her MAT leave. We also wish Mrs. Keffler a speedy recovery after her surgery.

 

You may have heard from the children that I often refer to our school as: “The Best School in the World.” and how we are working together to achieve this. I feel very privileged to be leading the school that I have worked at for over 20 years and appreciate the support from families in my first week.

 

I have set each class a challenge of looking after a Cyclamen plant this year and am looking forward to watching the children grow and flourish too. Well done to George M in Year 4, who knew the name of the plant and could tell the whole school in assembly. I wonder which class will keep their Cyclamen alive all year?

 

Next week, I will be sharing news on how I would like to involve parents in a school forum this year, so we can take feedback from our families and work even more closely together.

 

I hope you are able to enjoy the sunshine this weekend and also manage to keep cool.

Mrs. Miller

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