For the Planning overviews for the term for each year group see the 'Current Studies' page under the relevant section of the website.
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Spelling Bee 2018
The Spelling Bee will take place during the Summer Term, with three rounds in each half term. After each round, your child will be able to ascend the class spelling ladder. The child at the top of the ladder, at the end of the six rounds, will be that class’s Spelling Bee Champion. In the event of a tie, there will be a ‘Spell Off’. All rounds will be completed by Monday 25 June. Each class winner will receive a certificate. A grand Inter-House final will be held on Thursday 28 June. The grand final will consist of the Arkwright, Bradshaw and Oldknow top scorers from each class.
The aim of the Spelling Bee is to promote Spelling within the School and support the children's learning and progress in spelling. The words the children will be challenged with are taken from the following age appropriate most frequently used word lists:
You may wish to work with your child/children on learning or securing their spelling of these words. They will also continue to study the words in School as appropriate.
Some Handy Hints
Most importantly, use the words in context so your child/children understand their meanings
Discuss derivations, prefixes, suffixes etc as appropriate
Write them on Post its and stick them round the room
Colour chunk them
Cut them into pieces and rebuild them
Let the child test you
Paint, draw, collage, build, handwrite, imprint them
Look for other words hidden within them
Use Scrabble or Bananagram tiles etc to create them
Write them on steamy windows, sand, flour etc
Write them incorrectly for your child to recognise the error and correct it
Spend time practising the words in different environments – we would love to see your ‘extreme spelling’ photographs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading really is amazing, and is the key which unlocks the door to education. In a bid to improve the children’s reading skills, a new Guided Reading policy was introduced at the start of this academic year: 2017/18. The purpose of the policy was to further enhance our teaching of reading, especially in terms of encouraging, developing and extending independent reading skills. Read the latest Guided Reading Policy here.
We know that parents like to help their children however they can. Please find the following suggested questions and activities, which support Guided Reading. These questions and activities will be beneficial for developing your child/children’s independent reading skills.
National Story Telling Week
As you may (or may not) be aware, from 27 January to 3 February 2018 it is National Storytelling Week. We will be celebrating this week at Brabyns and encourage you and your families to tell at least one story that week. Any photographs of your storytelling will be gratefully received - the more unusual the location the better! Please send these photographs to email@example.com
One useful website to visit is https://www.sfs.org.uk/nationa...
See a quote from The Society for Storytelling below:
'Over the past 24 years The Society For Storytelling has achieved much in its mission for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.
2018 marks the 18th year of its Annual National Storytelling Week.
National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes (where this event has been steadily growing each year!) Where ever the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breathe of the teller and the ear of the listener.
National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly.
Remember everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best and as it is only the beginning, the stories you will tell might begin with...Once upon a time or not in my time, not in your time but in someone's time...'
Learning Pit – We often talk to the children about being in the ‘Learning Pit’ when they are working and this is a journey for them to climb out of to develop their understanding and in doing so they may make mistakes. Copies of this are up in classrooms and a copy of it can be viewed here.
Headteacher Assemblies - Mr Sanders, January 2018
My assemblies so far this term have focussed on children’s “Individual Liberty”, with the children reflecting on their aims for the year (Click here) who their heroes are and how they can be a hero and honesty. I use my assemblies in various ways to get messages and morals over to the children and more importantly to give them the chance to discuss and form their own opinions to help them make the right decisions in life. The base of the assembly may come from religious (incorporating different religions) stories from the past, stories I find or make up to support a point with the emphasis always to get the children to think for themselves. They also incorporate British Values.
The honesty assembly this week linked in to the Senior School exam process and was based around the moral: is it is best to do something fairly to the best of you capability, than to cheat and be awarded a prize. My final question for the children to ponder is below – it brought up some interesting thoughts! Chat it through with your child/ren.
You are asked to complete a project on Victorians as a group of 4, with the main success criteria being teamwork and all contributing fairly. 2 of you are much more knowledgeable than the other 2 so do all the work. When you hand in the project Mr Higgins the teacher gives you all 20 House Points.
Questions we then discussed were - Is this fair? Is it cheating? Who is the cheat? Should you own up?