School Newsletter – 22 Jan 2016
Posted by: Debbie Rutter on January 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm
Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion Challenge
Following the interesting presentation by Mrs. Gail Caldwell during Monday’s collective worship, I am pleased to announce the challenge which will be undertaken by the Year 4, 5 and 6 children.
Please read below, taken from the maths challenge website: http://www.mathschallenge.co.uk/
The Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge is now in its 15th season and, if the emails and teacher evaluations we receive are anything to go by, it is getting more popular than ever before! It has engaged and motivated more than 1,000,000 young people over the last decade. Our aims are simple; to help raise standards of achievement in mathematics across an age range of 8 to 16, to help motivate students generally, to show students of all abilities that maths can be fun and that there is a reason for doing it! We are also committed to helping them consider taking up careers in engineering wherever possible! Using tried and tested ‘Cloud’ based software that simulates the setting up of a racing car, students, working in small teams, complete a series of STEM relevant tasks in an effort to produce the perfect car. This ‘virtual’ car is then entered into a competitive race in the hope of winning it. The Challenge also involves students racing against teams from other schools and countries. The competitiveness of the Challenge will keep your students focused for months!
The governors would like to thank Debbie and Stuart Rutter and Emma Moore for all of their hard work in creating the new website and to Sue Clifford and Suzie Horlock for some new photographs that have been taken. Please take a look. We appreciate the many hours of effort that they have put into it and also the assistance of the many testers.
The governors held their Full Governing Body meeting on Tuesday 19th January. Amongst the many items discussed was the provision of school uniform. It has been decided to look into widening the number of providers for school uniform to give parents more choice.
Enquiries are being made with possible providers and we will up-date parents as soon as possible.
Lastly it may interest parents to know that the minutes of governor meetings are held in school and that parents can view them on request.
The Reception children have now been allocated their team points. They will now be fully involved in collecting individual team points and for their teams.
The PowerPoint presentation from the Year 6 SATS meeting on 20th January will be posted on the website.
A reminder that the Christingle service is on Wednesday 27th January at 2pm for Reception and Key Stage 1, 6pm for Key Stage 2. The Key Stage 2 children need to be in school for 5.45pm for the evening service. The children need to wear a shirt and tie please.
Talking to pupils about their work is a key feature of monitoring and evaluating. The focus for this week and next week is the quality of teaching and learning in maths. Following lesson observations, analysis of data and looking at work books, a few children are chosen from each class to talk about their work, the depth of challenge and homework……… So, if your child says they have been talking to myself, Mrs Burchell, Mrs Perry or Mrs Maddock it is for a positive reason!
School Council Non- Uniform Day
It was lovely to see the children in their own clothes this week. Congratulations to the school council for raising £164. As promised to the children I will match this money from the school fund. Hopefully, the children will have new playground equipment soon.
Athletics Tournament (years 4, 5 and 6)
A large group of children went to Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School this week. It was a very busy afternoon which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to the parents who were involved in supporting the children and helping with transport.
On Wednesday 27th January during the morning, Craig’s ‘pop band’ will be performing to all the classes.
On Friday 22nd January, I will be attending a course at HQ in Chester in relation to the ‘Prevent’ agenda (called train the trainer). Following this I will complete the prevent duty risk assessment and action plan for Lower Peover Primary School, which will be posted on the website.
Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance and punctuality was reported to the Governors at our Full Governing Body meeting this week, which have both improved- thank you!