Welcome to Primary News
It has been a busy week in Primary with a book look, visit from Peter Jones from Happy Kids to read his new book and International Day rehearsals, performances and celebrations. There has been time for lots of lovely learning in class too.
Parent Workshop: Year 3 CAT4 Reports
Parent workshop: Calculations and Mental Maths
Year 1 Tropicarium Trip
Parent Workshop: EAL support and strategies
KS1 Winter Concert
Winter reports out to parents
Parent Workshop: Reporting and Assessment
Brilliant Britannica Christmas Fayre
School ends 14.30
Spring Term begins
Y5 Thames discussed portraits and the artist’s feeling about it. They also had a go at creating their own portraits. Please see the gallery for pictures.
On Thursday, students of the Year 6 Hungarian groups experienced how it feels to be a film star! Sára's mother, Ms Mária kindly offered to bring costumes for the children for our International Day Hungarian production, and dressed them up with her costume designer team. They had their own hangers and name tags, and the Hungarian department took some lovely photos. The children could really feel the atmosphere of the story of the Paul Street Boys, that takes place amongst the gangs of Pest about a hundred years ago.
Y4 Taw had a surprise didgeridoo performance to send off a classmate who is moving to Australia. It was much enjoyed by all! Please see the gallery.
Y2 Medway have been studying habitats and why certain animals are able to live in these environments. The children got creative and worked in pairs to create their own chosen habitat for a particular animal - the children worked incredibly hard and the habitats are beautiful!
International Day Thanks
A huge thank you to everyone involved in international day! It was a wonderful success and a highlight of the year for our children.
Thank you to the children for their enthusiasm in rehearsing, performing and participating in the activities. Thank you to the teachers and teaching assistants for their organisation and their enthusiasm which rubbed off on the children! Thank you to parents for coming to see the performances and making it all so special and worthwhile, for providing costumes and for practising at home. A special thank you must go to the parents who prepared food form their home countries for children to sample in the food hall. It was a wonderful end to the half term!
The Key Stage and Subject Coordinators for English and Maths (Miss Lorna and Mr Kyle) have been looking at the workbooks across Primary over the last couple of weeks and have been impressed with the range of activities and quality of the learning.
These Book Looks are an excellent way of sharing good practice and it’s great for coordinators to have an overview of the activities and learning that is happening in classes across the key stage.
Peter Jones: Author Visit
Peter Jones visited Years 1-4 this week to read his books to our children. They very much enjoyed listening to the stories, which have important themes and messages and our children asked some good questions. Please see the gallery for pictures of Year 4’s experience.
I know there have been further parents registering and logging on to the Parent Portal this week. I hope that you are finding some useful resources stored there.
If you would like some extra online Maths practice for the half term break, there are some great links for websites for practising basic facts and skills. The quick recall and understanding of times tables and quick mental addition and subtraction of numbers to 20 underpins all other areas of maths and provides your child with an excellent foundation.
The Online Maths Practice document links to some fun game-based methods to practice which your child will enjoy and is an excellent rainy-day activity for the holiday!
School Information – Document and Files – Curriculum – Maths – Online Maths Practice
As always, if you find any information missing or unclear, do either let me or your class representative know so we can continually improve what we communicate and do.
Year 3 CAT4 Parent Workshop
Last week, Year 3 children undertook some online CAT4 ability tests. On Wednesday 6th November, I will be running a parent workshop on these CAT4 tests before the reports go home on the same day. The workshop will be in the auditorium immediately after drop off. If you would like to attend, please indicate your interest here.
This week, assembly was divided into Years 1,2,3 and Years 4,5,6 for the International day celebration. We viewed songs and dance from Hungary, the UK, New Zealand, Poland, Japan, Italy, Greece, France and even traveled around the world or back in time to WW2!
Congratulations to the children, their teachers and teaching assistants for creating such a wonderful show!
Concerns and Queries
This is a reminder to parents that if you have any concerns or worries, please contact your child’s teacher. You can find all email addresses under the teacher’s picture on the school website: https://britannicaschool.hu/staff
The Key Stage Coordinators are also very lovely and willing to help. You can contact them here:
KS1 Coordinator - Rosie Wolland: firstname.lastname@example.org
LKS2 Coordinator - Justyna Bilski: email@example.com
UKS2 Coordinator - Ryan Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday with your families,
Head of Primary