Skipping and Circus Day Reminder for Owls, bees and Squirrels

We have invited Mr Dan to teach our KS2 children some exciting new skills. On Tuesday 8th June KS2 will have the opportunity to take part in a speed rope skipping workshop followed by a Circus day on Tuesday 22nd June. We would like to ask for a contribution of £6.00. This includes both workshops and food. Payment can be made via ParentPay. Consent for your child to take part in the activities will also be required when paying. Children will need to wear their P.E kits for these days.

Celebrating reading at Wadworth

All classes took part in dressing as a book character day at Wadworth, yesterday and as usual the effort the children and their families made to celebrate the day was amazing. We had witches, wizards, superheroes, sports starts, monsters, magical nannies, carton characters, princesses, stickmen, tigers, giants, and almost everything else in between. The children had a wonderful day doing activities based around their favourite books including writing riddles to identify book characters, designing and making cakes based on scenes from favourite books, art based on stories and listening to and watching different versions of well loved tales.

Frogs

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Parents’ Evening Appointments

I have uploaded the instructions to help you join your Parents’ Evening appointments.

Please make sure you can find the appointment before next Tuesday or Wednesday. On Google Chrome, visit google.co.uk then click the apps link (the nine dots in a square next to your profile picture on the top right hand corner of the screen) and select Calendar. Sometimes moving between apps makes the computer flip back to a different sign in account, so if your appointment isn’t there, please check the icon is what is should be (usually the first initial of your child in a coloured circle). You might need to sign in again.

Navigate to Tuesday 23rd March or Wednesday 24th March to find your appointments. You can join the meeting by clicking on these at the allocated times, then selecting ‘Join the Meeting’

Step by step instructions

Year 6 to Year 7 transition

Year 6 children found out which secondary school they will be going to in September last week.

Normally, children would take part in a number of ‘transition’ activities that their school would co-ordinate to make the jump from one year group to another a little easier, such as taster days with their new teacher/class, work books to sample their new lessons and so on.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, unfortunately these normal activities are unlikely to ahead in their normal format, however all primary and secondary schools along with the council have worked together to consider how best to support families during these uncertain times. A virtual transition offer has been created, as well as the ‘Flying Start’ transitions workbook which will support transition to all mainstream secondary settings in the coming months.

Every child going to a mainstream secondary school will receive a hard copy of the transition workbook delivered to their home with information on how they can access their allocated secondary school google classroom for transition. If they are in school, then Miss Krasauskas will be able to support them to complete the booklet and access their classroom. There is a parent’s guide in case they are unable to attend any of the sessions.

Using Whatsapp and other online messaging apps/websites

I am writing another article this week to remind parents about the importance of monitoring their children’s internet and mobile phone use to ensure that the children are sticking to the rules to keep themselves safe and to use the platforms responsibly.

I received a few emails from parents this week who had followed the school’s advice when they noticed some inappropriate messaging during an online gaming session. We advise parents to:

  1. Firstly  screen capture any inappropriate inter actions or conversations (photograph the screen with your mobile phone if necessary)
  2. Then block and report the child sending the inappropriate messages.
  3. Finally, send a copy of the offending photographs to school
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Owls and Squirrels Bubble Closures

Unfortunately, on Friday, we had to send children in Owls and Squirrels home when we heard 2 children from these classes had tested positive with Covid-19. The children have been isolating since Wednesday, and were last in school on Tuesday 26th January. Consequently, children in these two classes need to isolate until Sunday 7th February and will be able to return to school on Monday 8th.


We hope the children who tested positive make a speedy recovery and our thoughts go out to them and their families. Online learning will of course continue for these classes next week, so please login to Goggle classroom each day and take part in the live lessons.


Parents of children in these classes eligible for free school meals can expect a 16 digit code to arrive in their email inbox on Thursday. These codes can be redeemed for a £15 supermarket voucher for each child by visiting: www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk.  

Changes to 2021 national curriculum assessments

The government made an announcement last week concerning the plan for assessments at primary and secondary schools next summer. They recognise the challenges that schools are facing in light of the ongoing disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) and have decided that they will focus on the most important summer assessments for schools, pupils and parents.

For 2021, the government have removed:

+ all key stage 1 (KS1) tests
+ the key stage 2 (KS2) English grammar, punctuation and spelling test
+ the requirement to make and report teacher assessment judgements for science at KS1 and KS2

This means that the following statutory assessments will continue in 2021:

+ the phonics screening check for year 1 pupils (and year 2 pupils who have not met the expected standard previously)
+ KS2 English reading and mathematics tests

+ KS1 and KS2 teacher assessment (excluding science).

Year 6 art and maths shape topic

Mr McLean’s maths group have spent this half term learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have been:

  • solving logic problems,
  • writing computer programs,
  • looking at art,
  • drawing,
  • using origami,
  • measuring lengths and angles,
  • using protractors and compasses,
  • making 3D models,
  • completing jigsaws and
  • calculating missing angles, volumes, surface areas, perimeters and areas. 

In the photo, you can see some of the work they have completed which is on display just outside the classroom. They have all enjoyed the topic, produced some fantastic pieces of work and learnt all about shapes while having fun, investigating and working collaboratively. After Christmas, we will be moving on to graphs, charts and algebra-which will be just as creative and colourful.

Bug Hotels and … Beautiful Butterflies

On Thursday, Mrs Land and the Brainy Badgers spent the afternoon in Forest School busily preparing a bug Hotel to keep the minibeasts of the forest comfortable and cosy for the colder, winter months. The children enjoyed it so much, that several have gone home and created their own bug Hotel in their back garden. The creep, crawlies of Wadworth don’t know how lucky they are!



Year 6 Mathematicians have been using protractors and rulers accurately to improve their ability to draw, measure and calculate angles to draw some beautiful butterfly designs. They have also used a computer program called Scratch to write algorithms to get the computer to draw similar butterflies using their knowledge of exterior angles and properties of regular polygons.

Secondary School Admissions closing shortly

The closing date of 31st October for secondary school admissions for 2021-22 is fast approaching! Applications for secondary school places are NOT done on a first come, first serve basis, so you still have the opportunity to consider the best options for your child or children before completing your application. You can find the full 2021-22 secondary school booklet, and start your application by visiting: https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
Whilst there is still time, please remember to make a note of the national 31st OCTOBER deadline in your diaries – if your application is after this, your child is more likely to miss out on their preferred school choice!