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20th September 2013

Term 1 Newsletter 3

Items this week:


Questions for the Croc! Harvest Festival NEXT WEEK Pupil Achievements This Week Primary Science Quality Mark Artist and Musician of the Week Bayeux Tapestry in Enrichment Time Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning NEXT FRIDAY Next Weeks Menu & Dates for the Diary

Dear Parents
It has been another busy week for all the children and adults; it was great to catch up with many of the Reception Class parents at their get-together on Tuesday evening and I look forward to seeing Nursery parents on Tuesday 1 st October between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. We are also delighted to have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (details below). Lets hope the weather at the weekend improves! If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. Rob Dell (Head Teacher)

Questions for the Croc!

Harvest Festival Week Next Week

Years 2/3 have been focusing on Roald Dahls The Enormous Crocodile and the children have created a great little video of them undertaking a Q and A session with the infamous croc! This video demonstrates their sheer enthusiasm for the book that they have all got fully immersed in. Well done to you all! Press here to view.

Harvest Festival is around the corner and wed be grateful if you could have a look in your larders and kitchen cupboards for some tins and other long-life consumables and drop them off in the box by Alannahs office. All contributions will be warmly received. Please ensure they are dropped off by Monday 30 th September. We are giving our harvest to Christ Apostolic Church on Kingsland Road who will distribute to the local homeless. Thank you in advance for your contributions. Press here to see what we did last year. In school we will have a special assembly to show the children all that we have collected and we will exchange thoughts about the importance of sharing with those less fortunate than ourselves, what Harvest means and Paul has been teaching the children to sing the Harvest Song.

Pupil Achievements This Week


Certificates (Stars of the Week) Thalia Nursery Olivia Violet Alexis Reception Zak Year 1 Year 2 Prizes Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2 River Alexi Hugo Freya Zaia Markia Cosmo

Primary Science Quality Mark Success


I am delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) Bronze award this year. Last year we invested in a specialist science teacher, Dorothy, to come in one day a week to deliver hands on science teaching to the children and to work with the other teachers to develop their teaching of science. Dorothy was also asked to assess our science resourcing and to support Rob with the teachers Continuing Professional Development, and with observations and assessments of their teaching. Furthermore, Dorothy was to set in place the necessary systems and resources to ensure that our science teaching was maintained at a high standard over the coming years. To reflect the work the school is undertaking in science, we applied for the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). Our PSQM assessor praised our 'wonderful submission' and judged that we had a clear list of science principles, with very good Continuing Professional Development of our staff. The assessor recognised the richness of teaching [and] learning approaches to science and our great system of resource material to support teachers [and] sufficient material for the children to have hands on experience and not just enough for the teacher to demonstrate. The assessor said that our science action plan had been the driving force behind all the wonderful work that has gone on across the school. Maintaining our Commitment to Science Dorothy has now retired and this years subject focus is on Music, so we have put in place plans to ensure that we retain our standards in science teaching. Throughout the past year Rob and Dorothys observations of our teachers practice in science has assessed all teachers at Rosemary Works as delivering good to outstanding teaching on all occasions, and they have worked well to embed science teaching within the curriculum and enrichment time. The PSQM assessor made the following comments about our continuing dedication to science: The subject leader has implemented a range of assessment strategies every year that have supported both the pupils and teachers to ensure progression...as an ongoing developmental theme, the introduction of APP; Rosemary Works has a clear long term plan for science that ensures that there are ample opportunities for a balanced science curriculum across the school; The subject leader had made a very clear reflection of what has gone well this year and also used this to identify very good developments into the future. Rob and the teachers are working together to develop their Science Action plan for the current academic year, following the same format as last year. We are also introducing APP (Assessing Pupils Progress) in science this year, and so will be able to share the childrens achievements based on national standards henceforth. We would like to thank all of the teaching staff, and Dorothy, for their excellent work!

Certificates (Musician of the Week) EllieReception Mae Certificates (Artist of the Week) Year 1 Thomas

This week, the certificates and prizes were for all kinds of lovely reasons and particularly for not only settling well into school life, but showing a good example to their friends. Well done to these children for going above and beyond to achieve their certificate or prize. Next week, the focus for Star of the Week certificates is working together. Watch this space to see which children are good collaborators.

Jacqueline Logue (Director)

Artist & Musician of the Week

Bayeux Tapestry in Enrichment Time

David has created his weekly comic strip that shows the work Enrichment Time pupils undertook this week. They looked at, as part of their Turrets and Tiaras topic, the Bayeux tapestry and began hand-stitching their own depiction of scenes from this magnificent piece. Press here to see the entire strip. We cant wait to see how it will look by the end of the topic!

Our Artist of the Week goes to Thomas in Year 1 for his Enormous Crocodile clay work. The detail and care he put into all aspects of this piece is worthy of the Artist of the Week accolade Great job!

Jeans for Genes Day

Our Musician of the Week goes to Ellie-Mae in Reception Class whose concentration and enthusiasm is a great inspiration to her friends. The effort she puts into singing and her natural timing and rhythm is amazing! Well done! Today we hosted Jeans for Genes Day and it was great to see

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

children taking part in this worthy cause. By noon we had raised 39 compared to the mighty 157 raised last year. If you can donate early next week, please do so and I ll reveal the final figure in next weeks newsletter.

Next Weeks Menu


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Lunch

Pizza

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Spaghetti al Pomodoro

Chilli Quorn Carni

Jacket Potato

Tomato Pasta

Beans on Toast

Cheese Sandwiches

Tomato Pasta

Tea

Soup

Next Friday we are hosting the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning in the hall from 8:30 to 10:00. Please drop by for a coffee and to make a donation to the Macmillan Cancer Research and if you cant make it, please send your donation in with your child. There will be delicious cakes and hot drinks to mark the occasion and we hope to raise more than last years total of 186.50. Press here to see how we did last year.

Dates for the Diary


September 23rd Harvest Festival Week 27th Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning October 1st Nursery Parents Get-together 25th Halloween Party (after school) (details to follow)