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                                                                  Summer Term number 7
                                                                  9th June 2017

Dear Parents, 

It has been an exciting week with our Mock Election which the children really enjoyed and learnt so much about the process.  A huge thank you to the Form 6 children who represented the main parties.  

It is Stuart Charity Day next Thursday and the children should wear all the colours of the rainbow for the Rainbow Centre.  Please bring in £1 donation.  

Please could you also bring in any Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers so that we can select our goodies.  

Don't forget your Wind in the Willows tickets - they are going fast so please email the office with your requests.

Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 21st June. The children will take part in a range of activities at school in the morning before we go by minibus to The Gregg School for the track events in the afternoon. Races will start at 1.30pm, please do not arrive before 1pm. Please make arrangements for children to be collected at The Gregg School at 3.30pm. There is no minibus returning to school and there is no After School Care on this day.  

Also, the Summer Fete is looming fast on Saturday 17th June we look forward to seeing you all there.  

Best wishes 

Jan Caddy 
Arrangements for the annual Summer Fete are under way! The PTA and Staff are busy putting together a range of exciting stalls and activities are being made. Do not miss your chance to win one of the amazing prizes in the raffle, have a go on the bouncy castle or enjoy a treat from the cake stall!

We would be most grateful for your assistance in making this year's Fete a great success. Donations would welcome for the following:
  • Children's books
  • Soft toys - clean and suitable as a gift
  • Jam jars (pre-filled with prizes such as sweets, bouncy balls, stickers etc)
  • On the day - cakes, muffins and bakes for the refreshment stall 
Empty jam jars, to be filled, for the Tombola will be available at the School gate on Monday afternoon, 5th June. All other donations are welcome to the School from Monday 5th June. We will be running a hot dog stall (vegetarian option available) from 12.30-13.00. To simplify things on the day, the hot dogs will be available by pre-order and paid for in advance by Wednesday 14th June. The cost will be £1.50, please visit the School Office after half term to place your order.

As in previous years all games and activities will be run using "Winnie" tokens (equivalent to 50p each) which will be available on the day or in advance at a special rate of £5 for 11 tokens. Tokens will go on sale from Monday 12th June . 

If any parents are willing to help with preparations ahead of the Fete and on the day itself please speak to Mrs Cooper who is coordinating the event.
Form 6 this week
In English this week, we will be starting a new unit on 'debate poems', looking at the effectiveness of different poetry techniques, and basing much of our work around an Arabic debate poem translated into English called 'The dispute of tea and coffee'.

In Maths, we will be looking at multi-step word based problems and designing some of our own problems for others to solve.

In Science, we will be completing our 'Living things and their habitats' topic by revising what we have covered and doing our end of unit assessment.

In our 'History of flight' topic, we will be following up on our recent visit to Solent Sky museum and looking at the contribution of the Wright brothers to early progress in aviation. And in R.S. we will be continuing to work on an assembly presentation in groups to share all we have learned in the subject this year.
Form 5 this week

In Maths next week we will be continuing to look at converting between different units of measure by looking at imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints. The assessment will then follow.

In English we will be looking at tension and atmosphere in writing and how authors create both. We will then attempt to write our own short stories packed with tension and atmosphere.

In Humanities we will continue with our Leisure and Entertainment unit by continuing to look at aspects of the Beautiful Game following on from last week.

In Science we will be starting our last unit of the term finding out about famous scientists and how their discoveries changed our world.
 
Coming up in Form 1
Maths: This week the children will be continuing to look at money. They will start the week by consolidating their ability to recognise different coins and their value. Later on in the week they will be looking at the different strategies they can use to help them to subtract different amounts from one another and also at using these to work out the change they would get if purchasing different items from the sweet shop owned by 'Mr Willy Wonka'!

English: This week the children will be continuing to look at a range of fantasy stories. They will be recalling the story that they chose to focus on last week and thinking about how the story could have ended differently. They will also be looking at how some of the main characters and settings may change once they have altered their chosen story to have a different ending.

In Science this week we will be continuing to look our topic of materials. The children will be investigating about ice and how different factors can increase or decrease the rate at which it melts. They will be carrying out an investigation to test this, predicting what they think will happen and then moving on to carry out a simple experiment, finally recording their results and evaluating their predictions.

Coming up for Form 3
In English, we will continue our topic of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This week will focus mainly on writing recounts in the first person and using powerful vocabulary.  The children will have an opportunity to do some hot seating, by asking each other questions based on the story of King Arthur and other characters. 
 
This week in Maths, we will continue with our unit on multiplication and division. We will scale up by multiplying by 4 (doubling twice) and by 10. We will scale down by dividing by 4 (halving twice) and by 10. We will also divide numbers just beyond the times tables.
 
In Science this week, the class will look at a naturally occurring magnetic rock called lodestone (magnetite). The class will learn about the origins of, and myths about magnets, find out how a compass works, and make a simple one. The children will also have fun using mnemonics to learn the main four compass directions.
This Week:

Summer  menu week 2

Thursday 15th June
Stuart House Charity Day
Rainbow Centre

Friday 16th June
Forms 1 and 3 trip to 
Portchester Castle

Saturday 17th June
Summer Fete 12.30-2.30pm
Advance Dates:

Wednesday 21st June
Sports Day
1.30pm at The Gregg School
All pupils to be collected at 3.30pm from The Gregg School
NO After School Care 

Wednesday 28th June
Wind in the Willows 4pm

Friday 30th June
Wind in the Willows 4pm

Friday 7th July
Speech Day

Saturday 8th July
The Gregg School 

Wednesday 12th July
12noon End of Term


 
In Form 2 this week

English - We will begin a new block of work about favourite poems. The children will read and listen to a range of poems of different types. The children will discuss their likes and dislikes giving reasons for their preferences. We will look in detail at the vocabulary choices that the poet has used and try to think of alternative words that they could have used. In groups the children will choose a favourite poem, memorise it, compose a musical accompaniment and perform them to one another.
 
In Maths lessons next week Form 2 will revisit number and place value with the focus being on 3 digit numbers. We will order and compare 3 digit numbers and place 2 and 3 digit numbers on landmarked lines looking at which multiples of 10 and 100 the numbers are between. We will round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. Finally, we will practise place value addition and subtraction for 3 digit numbers.

Science- We will begin to look in detail at minibeasts. We will go on a minibeast hunt around the school grounds, including checking our minibeast hotels for 'visitors'. We will identify the minibeasts found using an identification chart. We will learn about the different minibeast groups and sort and classify them in different ways, including using a simple classification key.

Topic - We will begin to look in detail at the local area. We will create a simple map of the location of the school and the buildings in the immediate locality. We will use the bee-bot to follow routes around Southampton, using directional vocabulary. 

  
Reception and Preschool in the coming week


Early Years will be listening to and discussing the story 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson.

In Reception the children will be investigating floating and sinking.  How do fishing boats stay afloat?  What materials and shapes make the best designs for boats?

Reception will write a set of instructions on how to look after fish. 

In Maths, they have really enjoyed exploring money so we will continue to develop and embed their understanding in this area.

In Preschool, we will continue talking about sharing and what makes a good friend. We will be doing some Tiddler's friends storytelling, encouraging the children to tell a story like Tiddler's with their own characters. Continuing the theme of Tiddler we will be searching for him and counting how many times he can be seen around the setting. We will also be practising some of the activities in preparation for sports day on June 21st.

Phonic of the Week: f

Letters and Sounds focus: Environmental Sounds

Speech day is fast approaching and we would like your help.  The children have started to learn a couple of songs to perform to you at speech day.  Please can you provide plain, bright t-shirt and shorts/leggings.  We will then work with your child to create a tabard in school around our under sea theme.  Please can we have the outfits, named in a carrier bag by 21 June 2017.  As always we appreciate your support.
 
Form 4 this week
English: We complete our poetry topic with performances of poems chosen by pupils. They will learn a poem off by heart to perform, and use these poems to inspire them to write their own, and perform to the class.
 
Maths: Pupils will look at multiplication and division this week. They will be finding factors of numbers less than 50 and then use those factors to carry out mental multiplication. Our knowledge of times tables and place value for mental division of multiples of 10 and decimals for some. We will use these skills to then solve scaling problems (by whole number factors) with conversions from centimetres to metres.
 
Science: We make a call to Alexander Graham Bell this week as we learn about his telephone invention as we revisit how sound waves travel and the use of electricity to transmit these waves.
 
Topic: This week we shall be looking at features of European capital cities. Pupils will be presenting their research posters on their chosen cities and we will be identifying similarities and differences between cultures as well as physical and human geography.
 
RS: We look into the main beliefs of Buddhism and children will design and create their own game to explain the concept of enlightenment.
After School Clubs week beginning 12th June

MONDAY
Dance Club with Miss Cutler
Preschool and Reception 3.30-to 4pm
Form 1 and Form 2 from 4 to 4.30pm
Homework Club for Forms 3 to 6 3.30pm to 4.15pm

TUESDAY
Spanish Class with Ruth Kibble for Forms 1,2 and 3 from 8.15-8.45am
Board Games Club for Form 1 and Form 2 with Miss Tunmore 3.30pm to 4.15pm
Outdoor Book Club for Form 1 and Form 2 with Mrs Carrett 3.30pm to 4.15pm
Drama Club for Forms 3 to 6 with Mrs Caddy and Miss Cutler 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Jewellery Club for Forms 3 to 6 with Mrs Jolley 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Running Club for Forms 3 to 6 with Mr Pascoe and Mr Milton 3.30pm to 4.30pm
*Please note running club is only to pupils not signed up to the Drama club

WEDNESDAY
Spanish Class with Ruth Kibble for Forms 4,5 and 6 from 8.15-8.45am
JUDO with Judo Jill.
Form 1 and Form 2 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm
Forms 3 to 6 from 4.20pm to 5.10pm
Outdoor Art Club for Reception, Form 1 and 2 with Mrs Presland 3.30pm to 4.15pm
Recorder Club for Form 2 and Form 3 with Mrs Baldwin 3.30pm to 4.15pm
Set Design and Prop Club for Forms 3 to 6 with Mr Papps 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Homework/Music Practice Club for Forms 2 to 6 with Mrs Caddy 3.30pm to 4.15pm
NO further Booster Clubs for Form 5 and 6 this term 

THURSDAY
CHOIR for Reception to Form 6 with Mrs Caddy from 3.30pm to 4.15pm.
Multi Sports Club for Reception, Form 1 and 2 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm

FRIDAY
Homework Club for Forms 2 to 6 3.30pm to 4.15pm