# School News

Keeping you informed

We want to keep parents informed of their child's progress, and about other activities in school. We recognise that good communication benefits the whole school community.

In this section you will find information about everything that is happening in and outside of our school as well as photographs and videos of our amazing children in action.

• ## World Book Day 2020

Published 06/03/20

A good book can take you to another place.

On Thursday 5th March 2020,  when the children came into school, they found their classrooms had transformed into scenes from well known books.  Previously ordinary rooms had transformed into forests, chocolate factories, space and even an air raid shelter. The children spent all day surrounded by stories and the characters who live in them.

Children and staff had an amazing day and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

• ## Y2 Road Safety Workshop

Published 14/02/20

On Tuesday 4th February, Kirklees Road Safety trainers came into school to deliver pedestrian training to the Year 2 children, to help them begin to learn and understand important road safety skills.

The trainers set the hall up as a basic road layout in order to develop the skills and awareness required for young children to cope with today's traffic.  The children were taught how to practice crossing the road and staying safe.  They learnt about the key messages of holding hands with adults, stopping at the kerb and looking and listening for traffic before crossing a road.

• ## Mathionaire

Published 14/02/20

In the week beginning Monday 3rd February, the school held an annual ”Mathionaire” competition for the children. The children who were chosen to participate were given specific areas of maths to revisit in advance. On the days, children were given random combinations of questions to calculate using their prior knowledge. There were 16 questions altogether for each year group. Each child faced 4 questions which were more challenging as they advanced. The first set of questions were worth 1 housepoint, 2nd = 3 housepoints, 3rd = 5 housepoints and 4th = 10 housepoints. The questions were read out to the children and they could use their whiteboards to calculate these. Children were also able to use two lifelines – 1) ask a teacher (method only) 2) 50/50. We aimed to have a champion house, which was yellow house with 110 points. Overall, all the children prepared fantastically well. I would like to thank all the children, parents and teachers for helping the children to prepare and learn these words - fantastic!

• ## Y3 York Chocolate Story

Published 23/01/20

Our trip to York’s Chocolate Story

Year 3 had the magnificent opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate at York’s Chocolate Story. We went back time to discover the origin of chocolate and how it was founded by the Aztec people. They valued the cocoa bean and formed a basic drink that tasted very bitter at first. We learned how it changed from 1800 onwards where milk and sugar were added to create the most famous brands like Aero, Kit Kat and Terry’s chocolate orange! As well using our 5 senses to judge ‘good quality’ chocolate, we watched professional chocolatiers make chocolate moulds with a delicious passion fruit flavour inside. We even got to make our very own chocolate lollipops with different toppings! Take a look at the photos to see what we’ve been up to.

• ## Hamlet Workshop Y6

Published 22/01/20

As part of our topic in English this term, Year 6 are looking at Hamlet and the format of Shakespeare’s play scripts. On Monday 13th January, Year 6 children were fortunate enough to watch a performance of Hamlet, and many had the chance to play main roles . The children were able to dress up as these characters and perform for their classmates. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and have also memorised many key events.

• ## Autumn Spelling Bee

Published 09/12/19

On Thursday 5th December, for KS1 and Friday 6th December for KS2, the school held a spelling bee challenge for the children. The children who were chosen to participate were given words to learn in advance. On the day, from those words children were given random combinations to spell correctly. We aimed to have a champion per year group, but for many this wasn’t possible because of how well prepared some of the children were! The children subsequently won points for their team: 40 for the winner, 30 for 2nd place and so on. All children were very enthusiastic through this and enjoyed this event very much. I would like to thank all the children, parents and teachers for helping the children to prepare and learn these words. Fantastic!