Our mindful meditation in May! Our golf photos above show the wide range of golfing achievements that happened last Friday from Y3! And Year 5 and Year 6 visited the Nissan factory. We now have two classes of budding engineers who were shown a fully working car assembly line as well as hearing all about how the robotics work to design and make the vehicles. They were delighted with their goody bags and the Japanese lucky charm gift that they returned to school. Thanks Nissan!
Welcome to the summer term and our new topic is well and truly launched! (‘Where will our stories take us?’). Year 5/6 visit the Theatre Royal – Pupils in Year 5 and 6 have launched this term’s topic with a learning expedition to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal where they had training from a real actor, and went on stage and back stage to see how the theatre worked.
A Happy Easter holiday to all our CVPS community! Community Forest School Day Our other highlight this week has been the tremendous efforts that took place last Saturday as we hosted another community forest school day. A huge thank you to everyone who visited and enjoyed contributing. We now have an amazing bird table, relocated storage and a special space for our pallets, a wormery, repainted Pinkie’s pen, repainted the pond fence, a fully weeded herb garden, a painted rainbow frieze, and lots lots more!
A week to welcome parents to visit a STEAM showcase reading workshops and a CLV visit! Well what a week since the last newsletter! We welcomed parents in last Friday to showcase the amazing learning that had taken place in our steam week. The children were so proud of their achievements. From experiments with forces and magnets, to the creation of green
energy using solar power and mini wind turbines, games and activities with seeds and growth and other exciting investigations allowed even our knowledgeable parents to learn something new!
STEAM week success inspires our super scientists!
STEAM week is a huge success
The children were immersed in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematical experiments this week as staff delivered a fantastic STEAM week. The excitement, engagement and enthusiasm has been inspirational to see.
EYFS from CVPS are the first to visit Walker’s Urban Mushroom Farm! We are so proud of the children, staff and parents who were the first ever school visitors to Walker’s Urban Mushroom Farm on Thursday this week.
Accelerated Reader programme is our highlight of this week.
Accelerated Reader Programme
Our children are becoming more immersed in reading than ever before! Staff were trained this week for the implementation of the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme after a full review of many reading schemes. Already harnessed by the local high school, we chose AR because it has been so successful at inspiring children to read. There are quizzes
at the end of reading every book, and the programme allows us to carefully monitor pupil’s reading abilities while they have a wider range of choice of reading materials, more loosely based around their ability. The focus is very definitely on providing reading material that aligns more carefully with children’s interests and the quizzes ensures the
understanding and themes in the books are adequately understood. We are delighted to be cataloguing all the books we currently have over the next week but would welcome any parent helpers if you can spare any time!
Welcome back to World Book Day and Y5/6 introduction to politics!
World Book Day 2019
As always parents (and children) did themselves proud as they dressed as an array of favourite characters on Thursday. It was great to see the enthusiasm from the children about their chosen characters and wonderful that so many of them were able to bring their books! Thank you so much for all your support both with costumes and books. Year 6 held a book sale/swap too which was so successful we plan to repeat it in the future. So lovely to see the kindness of the children towards one another as some children came unprepared for the book sale and had not remembered about costume day either.
Families, fashion and fun in the run up to half term! A huge well done to the children in nursery and reception classes this week as they wholeheartedly threw themselves into parading around in their recycled fashion creations. They did exceptionally well at such a young age and were a credit to their families, and the staff who helped them prepare to perform their fashion show on Thursday. We were so appreciative of all the families who came in to support their children too as there was a great attendance from all families.(more…)
Our mid-year assessment time is here! This week the children have all been busy with assessment tasks throughout the school. The end of the February half term is mid way through the school year and we use our mid year review assessments to celebrate the great achievements being made. This helps us to give pupils positive feedback, as well as to highlight target areas for individuals to work on. All the children from Y2 upwards have their own records that they use to track their targets. Ask them if they know their reading targets – and remind them to check targets if they can’t yet remember!(more…)