Well done to our fabulous phonic champions! This week pupils in Y1 and some of Y2 have been doing their phonic screener checks with our KS1 leader Lisa. They have all done exceptionally well and shown significant progress across the year with phonics. Phonic knowledge is only part of reading – and once children achieve what is expected of them we then work hard to develop their reading abilities. We are looking forward to hosting parent workshops and regular updates about the different skills we teach in schools now to improve reading abilities. The children appear so much more engaged since our increased focus – and astound us with their ever increasing knowledge.
Tag rugby success at the end of a busy half term! We were delighted not only with the competitive outcomes of the two groups that represented CVPS this week at the Tag Rugby competitions, but also with the excellent sportsmanship demonstrated by the children. Year 5/6 showed a huge passion for the sport, achieving 3rd place in a competition with 16 teams! Then Y3/4 made it to the final from a similar number. Both teams received compliments from other adults at the competitions about the great sportsmanship our children showed too. Thanks to Nicole Weatheritt and Michael Mullaghan for organising and Connor’s Dad, Arron for the coaching support! Well done CVPS teams!
Our Y4 Robinwood Rangers return! We were delighted that our Year 4 pupils enjoyed a fabulous time in Robinwood adventure centre, Cumbria last week. This allowed the children to practise team building skills, to challenge themselves and to be able to show courage and resilience during physical and emotional challenges. A huge thanks to the staff who accompanied them there too!
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!