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HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

4th December 2020

Wootton Community

Primary School

Dates for your diary:

 Thurs 17th Dec— Christmas Dinner

 Fri 18th Dec—PJ’s and Popcorn (letter to fol-low)

 Mon 21st Dec— Provisional day for Xmas Parties  Tues 22nd Dec— Development day— school closed  Weds 23rd Dec—Fri 1st Jan—Christmas Break Mon 15th—Fri 19th Feb—Half Term  Fri 26th March— Development day— school closed  Mon 29th March—Fri 9th April—Easter Break  Mon 10th May—Year 6 SATS  Mon 31st May—Fri 4th June—Half Term  Sat 26th June—Mardi Gras (details to follow)

 Fri 23rd July— Development day— school closed  Mon 26th Jul—Monday 30th Aug—Summer break

More dates to follow

Dear Parents,

I can always remember the first day when I came to Wootton to support the school during the interim period when the school was recruiting a new Head. At this stage I had not considered applying for the post, but was so quickly drawn into the school that I applied, and I am so glad I did! The initial ’feel’ that you get when coming in to Wootton Primary is the sense of a wonder-ful community, from the children, staff and parents. This is always the feedback we get from visi-tors and again over the last few weeks this continues to grow and grow. Even though we cur-rently find ourselves living within a pandemic, the families within Wootton Primary continue to support one another and in particular support the school. I was absolutely amazed by the incred-ible generosity shown from the contributions given for the children’s mini marathon. The grand total was £1,236.50! So many people supported this event with a range of amounts of which we are so grateful for, as every penny helps. However I wanted to express a particular thanks to Daniel in Year 6 who raised £115, Brooke in Year 1 who raised £80, Bailey in Year 5 who raised £75 and Sophie also in Year 5 who raised £65. Along with the raffle, which we need to confirm the final amount, the school will look forward to being able to extend the computing offer we have for the children through the purchase of IPads and laptops etc. Thank you again for all your support.

Talking of raffle, I hope you have been getting the daily texts with the details of the lucky win-ners. Each day I get the exciting job of pulling a name from the huge bag of all the names of peo-ple who purchased raffle tickets. Still lots more prizes to come, so good luck!

Thank you so much for all your donations today for the Wessex Cancer Trust Jolly Jumper Day - the children look amazing and so far we have counted £194.20 and with a few more donations promised for Monday. Yet again I am blown away by the incredible support Wootton families give to our local charities - thank you all so much.

In our virtual assembly today we congratulated Bailey in Year 5 for his bravery when having his first blood test this week where he was awarded a lovely certificate from the hospital, well done Bailey. We discovered that there was a battle between Year 5 and 6 with our top five scoring Timetables Rockstars this week. Congratulations to Scarlett in Year 5, Cian in Year 6, Iwan in Year 6, Imogen in Year 5 and Bobby in Year 6.

With only a few weeks left of term, school doesn’t feel quite the same this year with the lack of Christmas events happening. We are trying hard to bring Christmas into school as much as we can and I am looking forward to filming the class dances next week. We are hoping that we will then be able to put this onto a CD for you to purchase for a very small price, more details to come next week. Please remember that next Friday, 11th December, is the last day

for children to bring in Christmas cards for their friends. We are also looking forward to

our PJs and popcorn event on Friday 18th December. Thank you so much to the staff for supporting this event and to the PTA for organising the lists, popcorn and drinks. If your child would like to attend you must write your child’s name and class on an envelope along with a £2 payment per child and place in the PTA post box by Friday 11th December. Children attend-ing can wear warm nightwear to school on the 18th but please ensure that this is suitable for school. Physical tickets for the event will not be given as a list for each class will be generated. For more information please see the attached poster.

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WHAT YEAR 1 HAVE BEEN UP TO

WHAT YEAR 3 HAVE BEEN UP TO

WHAT YEAR 2 HAVE BEEN UP TO

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This week in English year 2, we have been researching Arctic animals

and writing descriptions of them. In Maths we have been learning the

names of 2D and 3D shapes and discussing the properties of them. In

Geography we are learning about the human and physical features of

Bembridge and comparing this to other villages. We have also been

busy practising our Christmas dance and learning Christmas sign

language.

This week in year 1 we have been busy creating our own fact files about

animals. We have looked at the different features of fact file and have started

to create some about our own animal. We also became mini teachers this

week and had a go and marking someone's writing and correcting it. We had

to look for capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and make sure the sentence

made sense. In math we have continued to work on counting in 2s. We have

moved onto problem solving using our 2s. This has been tricky but we have all

given it a really good go and have now confident doing it independently. In

geography this week we looked at London. We thought about our journeys to

school and then watched the journey of a little girl who lives in central

London. We discussed how our journeys were different and how long we

thought each journey would take.

This week in year 3 we have ‘cracked’ our use of division and the concept of sharing!

As a result we are now able to problem solve with division and using multiplication

(the inverse operation) to check our answers. We have also started to learn the x4

tables which we will continue to practice at home. Science this week was all about

exploring if rocks were waterproof and we investigated if they were permeable

(allowed liquid to pass through it). We made some great observations and then

discussed which rock was suitable for a particular job and why. In our History

lessons we have been learning about Stonehenge and we took a virtual tour online

as we were unable to visit on this occasion. We looked at sunset pastel paintings and

created Stonehenge Silhouettes against the sunset backdrop.

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WHAT YEAR 4 HAVE BEEN UP

WHAT YEAR 6 HAVE BEEN UP TO

WHAT YEAR 5 HAVE BEEN UP TO

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In year 6 we have started our new topic of South America. We have looked at which

countries make up the continent, as well as the physical geography of the area,

Including the Andes and the Amazon Rainforest. This ties in with our work in English,

where we have been writing a report on some of the monkey species in the

rainforest. In maths we have been looking at different ways of doing mental

calculations, as well as factors, multiples and prime numbers.

This week we have been working on our own suspense stories in English, drawing together all our

skills from the Learning Journey so far. I have been so impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm

displayed, and the use of different devices to build suspense for the reader. There are some budding

authors in Year 4! We are continuing our work on Fractions this week, looking at adding and

subtracting fractions, and how to create tenths. In Art we have continued with our printing project,

beginning our designs of illuminated letters based on our initials.

This week in English, year 5 have taken on the role of Vita in our book and

written formal letters in the style of the character. The children have tried really

hard to apply all the taught skills. I have really enjoyed reading their work. In

maths the children learn about equivalent fractions and fractions greater than one.

The children have been problem solving and really developed their detective skills.

In science the children made sundials to tell the time. Unfortunately, the sun

wasn’t out, however we were able to recreate the idea using a torch.. The

children have really worked hard creating and learning their Christmas dance

routine, I can’t wait for you all to see it!

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MONDAY— Chicken Curry, or Vegetable Bolognaise, with Cauliflower,

Broccoli and a Cookie.

TUESDAY— Beef Burger in a Bun or Quorn Burger, with Coleslaw, Salad

and Fruit or Yoghurt.

WEDNESDAY— Roast Chicken, or Lentil & Basil Whirl, with Carrots,

Cabbage and Lemon Drizzle Cake.

THURSDAY— Macaroni Cheese, or Sweet Potato Curry, with Vegetable

Medley and Chocolate Orange Cake.

FRIDAY— Fish Fingers, or Vegetable Pasty, with Baked Beans, Peas and

Vanilla Shortbread.

DINNER MENU

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Carisbrooke

Hayley

Bembridge

Ewan

Newchurch

Jessica

Newtown

Laura

Freshwater

Katie

Appley

Lucas

Star Pupils

This week in Early Years we have been using real broomsticks to look at

length and have been learning to use the correct vocabulary. We have

ordered 4 brooms according to length. We have also started to learn some

‘tricky words’ but I have been blown away by the children’s efforts to write

these words independently. The children have been very excited about

opening their advent calendars at home and there has been a lovely

atmosphere in class as we begin to feel a little bit festive!

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PHOTOS OF ACHIEVEMENTS

The class with the best

attendance last week

was:

Newtown

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Attendance Last

Week (%)

Rolling Attendance

since Sept (%)

Yaverland

94.8

96.7

Carisbrooke

95.9

97.2

Bembridge

97.9

98.5

Newchurch

97.6

98

Newtown

100

97.2

Freshwater

96.6

98.1

Appley

98.7

97.3

Whole School

97.2

97.6

Lates Last Week

Lates since Sept

Yaverland

4

7

Carisbrooke

2

5

Bembridge

0

0

Newchurch

1

1

Newtown

1

3

Freshwater

0

2

Appley

1

4

Whole School

9

22

Total Minutes

255

423

Our school target is

96.5%.

We are currently

ABOVE target, and

aim for our children

to be in school 100%

of the time!

Please ensure

you email an

absence note

within 2 weeks

of your child

being absent,

otherwise it

will be marked

down as

unauthorised.

Bailey with his

certificate

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CONTACT

DETAILS

FOR

SCHOOL

ALL OUR CHILDREN CAN ACHIEVE SUCCESS

Wootton Primary School, Church Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight PO33 4PT Phone: 01983 882505 E-mail: office:@woottonpri.iow.sch.uk https:// woottonprimaryschool.c o.uk/

An opportunity to attend some supportive workshops

through Penny Crossley and the Adult Learning package

has come to our attention. Please contact Victoria Paris

(details below) for more information.

These sessions will be running over the next few weeks/

months with dates and times to be confirmed. You need to

register with Victoria Paris up to 24 hours before the

ses-sion.

They are being offered through IWC Adult Community

Learning –

at no cost to you.

These are the sessions being run:

• 90 Minutes to Family Calm

• Taming the Emotions Monster

• Bucket Filling for Self-Esteem

• Sensible About Our Senses

• Calm Kids in Chaotic Times

To book please contact:

Victoria Paris

| Public Health Practitioner|

Public Health

Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | PO30 1UD|

Isle of Wight

Tel: (01983)821000 Ext: 6138|

Email:

Victoria.Paris@iow.gov.uk

Speech and language parent carer forum

The Schools Speech and Language Support Team want to work

more closely with parents and would really love your input. Our

next parent/carer forum will be taking place virtually on

Tuesday

8

th

December

and will be focussing on planning a free training

workshop for parents and carers that will be delivered later this

year. The forum is open to all parents and carers (your child does

not have to be open to the speech and language therapy caseload

or have identified speech and language needs). If you would like to

be involved in this event or contribute to the parent forum please

get in touch at

schoolsSLST@iow.gov.uk

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