Welcome back to some of my old squirrels and to some brand new ones! Hope you all had a fantastic summer and are back full of energy and enthusiasm!
We are the Red Squirrels class taught by Mrs Martin. There are only 19 lively squirrels in our class this year!
My door is always open and I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to pop in and introduce yourselves or come for a chat at the end of the day.
On Tuesday, some of our Year 5 children who are in the school choir, had a fantastic experience at Sheffield Arena, singing with 5000 other children.
We arrived just after lunch and rehearsed all afternoon with the conductor and band.
At 6.30 parents arrived and the stadium was full.
At 7pm the concert began. After the months of learning the songs and dances, it was time to sing our hearts out! We all loved every minute from start to finish. The lighting, band and special guests( especially Tony Hadley!) were all amazing. So proud of John Hunt- you rock!
We hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas , the children have certainly come back refreshed, with energy and enthusiasm!
We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all the lovely gifts at the end of term. Thank you very much.
It's going to be a really busy term - please find the Spring newsletter below.
Please encourage the children to read every night, learn their spellings ( using the correct unit in their spring term spelling log) and complete and return homework by the deadline. Many thanks.
As our new science topic is Space, we are hoping to arrange a visit to the award winning National Space Centre this term . Details to follow.
You all looked great in your Christmas jumpers!
We had a lovely afternoon on Friday and enjoyed working with our friends, parents and grandparents.
Thanks for joining us, special thanks to Mrs Kirk for making the beautiful calendars with the children.
We loved the idea of the project launched by the team at Newark Parish Church to 'flood the town with encouragement this Christmas'
We thought of all the people we appreciated and wondered if they knew how valued they were? Some of these people are just doing their everyday jobs and don't expect any thanks.
We talked about how good it made us feel to be encouraged by others but also how good it feels to encourage others.
We all wrote a message to someone - they were to Mums, Dads Grandparents, hospital staff, swimming teachers, opticians and paramedics to name just a few . We hope they enjoy a lovely surprise!
We enjoyed our Christmas Party on Tuesday. We had fun and played the usual favourite games! Thank you to you all for your generosity - we had so much food!
We enjoyed dropping water from a pipette onto different papers today to see how absorbent they were. We tested a variety of papers including tracing paper, chip shop paper and kitchen roll.
We made some really sensible predictions , but were amazed how the tracing paper kept all the water on the surface in a globule. We found out that the Jey cloth and kitchen roll were the most absorbent.
What a great day we had on Friday. It certainly was a day to remember!!
We came dressed in spots, placed any loose change that we had on an image of Pudsey bear. Then we voted for the teachers who had bravely put themselves forward for the 'pie in the face' extravaganza! ( Thank you to my lovely children for not voting for me!!)
Mrs Mole, Mr Betts and Mr Jones had the most votes and what great sports they all were!
As part of 'Materials and their Properties' topic we investigated the effects of heat on certain materials. We tested a variety of materials including chocolate, butter, material and metal.
We enjoyed watching the different reactions. We found out that some materials can have a reversible change - for example chocolate, which melted and then hardened when refridgerated. Some materials have an irreversible change, where the change lasts forever and a new material is formed.
We all came to school dressed in blue to support the work Beaumond House Community Hospice does in Newark.
As a school, we raised over £350 . Well done everyone.
We have signed up to a great interactive Maths game called Prodigy. It can be played both at home and school.
Your child will bring home their username and password tonight, ready for the weekend! Enjoy!
We had a lovely morning with our visitors this morning. It was so lovely to see grandparents sharing books with their grandchildren. Thank you all for coming.
Last week,the children that wanted to stand for school council presented their manifestos to us.
I have to say I was impressed with each and everyone of you, it takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of the class and speak on your own.
We then went to the polling station to cast our votes on secret ballot papers.
After the votes were counted and verified , I am pleased to announce our school councillor for the Red Squirrels is Teya Phillips , supported by her deputy Beth Royle.
Congratulations to you both.
Well done squirrels. We managed to get joint first position on the FAB 4 league table for our regular reading this week. What a great start. Keep it up!
On Friday Matt Elsey led our harvest assembly for the whole school.
It was great to see all the food on the tables as we came into assembly.
Matt and the Salvation Army will be delivering it to food banks in the area.
Thank you for your generosity.
For those who were unable to make the meeting last week . Please see the PowerPoint attached below, which gives details of what was discussed at the meeting. Thank you.
It's time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We're going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island!
Can you find the gold hidden deep in the Island's mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure
On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island's team of ace alchemists! Will they praise your scientific expertise?
You've got your map, co ordinates and everything else you need to make your way across the island. Don't forget to pack your imagination!
Year 5 will be swimming every Monday afternoon until February half term.
Please ensure your child is able to remove earrings themselves, tie their hair back and wear the correct swimming attire.
Girls -one piece costumes. Boys no 'surfer style shorts'. The swimming teachers request that they wear trunks.
Year 5 are trialling the 'daily mile' this term. We have had a successful week so far, running or walking (or a bit of both!) 4 laps of the field. The weather has been kind to us and it has been a fantastic way to start our mornings, running in the fresh air with our friends.
The aim of the daily mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and well being of our children.
We put on our trainers and are out first thing in the morning. It's lots of fun! We are certainly starting to feel fitter and we have our own little goals to achieve each day.
"I believe The Daily Mile will have a huge impact on young people's lives, helping children across the UK to be fitter, healthier and happier. I'm delighted to be supporting The Daily Mile, and hope that every child has the opportunity to take part in this fantastic initiative."
Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles Medallist