Here are some of the stars we celebrated this morning. An over arching theme of being kind and helpful shone through.
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Here are some of the stars we celebrated this morning. An over arching theme of being kind and helpful shone through.
My name is Kathryn Cummings but I tend to be called Mrs. C. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone at Langton Primary school really well. I live in York and love being outside in the countryside with my dog, I also enjoy cricket, James Bond films and reading books.
I am delighted to have joined the team here at Langton and I am really enjoying my new role at the school. I have been teaching now for many years and I have previously taught across all ages in Key Stage Two with the majority of my experience being in Year 6. I have come from a much larger outstanding primary school where my responsibilities were behaviour and safeguarding. At Langton as well as being Class 3 teacher it is my role to lead Maths and PE.
I live in a small village on the outskirts of York with my wife and two young children. My personal life revolves around my family and I really look forward to the time we spend together. We go on camping holidays and days out whenever possible and I also have a keen interest in sport, cinema and music. I really enjoy participating in most sports although I seem to spend more time cheering for my children than playing myself now!
First of all, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope that you have had a great Christmas. The children came back into school this week with many stories of exciting presents they had received and interesting places they had visited over the festive period. Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Rye Class will be covering this term.
Our topic for this term is ‘Off with Her Head!’ During this topic we will be travelling back in time to meet the terrifying Tudors. Online research will help us to write biographies about influential people from the Tudor period and create a timeline of significant events. Our geography skills will help us to compare maps of Tudor London to present day London and plot Anne Boleyn’s journey to her execution. Our research will help us to learn more about Henry VIII – his life, his marriages and his break from the Roman Catholic church. We will also be writing persuasive letters, newspaper reports, poetry and creating our own Tudor portraits.
In Literacy we will be progressing with our class novel ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian which the children have really enjoyed so far. We will be also be writing persuasive arguments and debates as well as entering the BBC ‘500 Words’ short story competition. There will be a focus on grammar-based activities in class and we will be continuing to send home spelling, reading and homework as normal.
In Maths the children will be increasing their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. This is an area lots of children find tricky so we will be working hard to improve their skills and confidence. The children have been working hard to learn their times tables so this should really help. All children in class are set Mathletics activities to do at home whenever possible which covers the whole maths curriculum and really improves their mathematical knowledge. If you could encourage them to do this at home it would be very much appreciated and really beneficial.
We were slightly depleted in numbers today, due to illnesses. However these are the children we were congratulating this morning. Well done Superstars!
On a beautifully bright and breezy Autumn afternoon, the entire school set out for our annual welly walk. The theme this year was wizards and a few hats and signs of them were found along the route. All the sponsor money raised is for our school funds. Well done to all the walkers, it is a fair way for little legs, and to the grown ups who came to help and support. A very big thank you to Jenny Johnson for organising, preparing and arranging our afternoon and to Mrs Howard-Vyse for allowing us access to her land. We returned to school for refreshments just before hometime.
First of all I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope that you have had a great Christmas. Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Class 3 will be covering this term. This term’s topic is Britain since 1948. Class 3 will be investigating what every-day life was like in post-war Britain and how it has changed through the decades. The children will also be looking at the changing trends in music, fashion and pastimes; how working life has changed; changes in population; and advances in technology. This time period is also home to some amazing people and events and the children will have the opportunity to explore some of these historic milestones.
Our topic will start with a cookery lesson where the class 3 will prepare and sample meals made only with ingredients available during rationing. From there we will work our way through the decades, ending with a quick look to the future at where some of this decade’s breakthroughs could take us. Throughout the topic, the children will be gathering information which they will bring together in the form of a multi-media presentation. Throughout our English lessons we will investigate key figures since 1948 in the form of autobiographies and biographies, the use of instructions that present detailed guidelines as well as looking at the difference between formal and informal writing. Class 3 will also evaluate reports, information texts and create comparisons for a travel catalogue along with writing stories & poetry associated with key events since the 1940s. We have also entered the Ryedale Debating competition based on ‘Is Social Media a danger to children?’ so be looking out for debaters coming home!
In Maths the children will use steps to solve word problems, look at number equations and be able to use their multiplication skills to work on all Maths based activities, particularly when using fractions decimals and percentages. They will also learn about algebra, graphs, space and measurement whilst also producing 2D work based on the properties of shape. We will continually use the online system, MyMaths, and another maths resource, Abacus, throughout maths lessons so that children can learn in a variety of ways.
In Science this term our topic is electricity. We will begin with a revision of simple circuits and then we will have lots of hands on experience with symbols, diagrams & incomplete circuits. We will inquire about the length of wire in a circuit, the use of cells, compare series & parallel circuits whilst doing lots of practical experiments. In RE this half term, the children will study about key inspirational leaders, including looking in depth at influential people like Martin Luther King.
Each year a number of our Year 6 pupils are selected to become prefects. These children have demonstrated that they are role models to other children within school and are given the title of prefect as a reward for their efforts.
Prefects are given extra responsibility such as lunch-time monitors, office monitors and playground buddies.
At Langton, we also employ a "Buddy System" for our new Reception pupils in order to help our new pupils settle in, build relationships across the year groups, and to give responsibility to our older pupils. Year 6 pupils are paired with a new starter, and will, for example, help reception children during playtimes. The system works extremely well, and many pupils stay in touch with their buddies after they have moved to secondary school.
Langton School runs a House system, with the four houses named in memory of some of those from Langton who lost their lives in the Great War - Howard Vyse, Hill, Turner and Boyce. On entry to the school, each child is assigned a house (the same as an older sibling if applicable) and remains a member of this house throughout their years at Langton.
House points can be awarded by any member of staff for effort, attitude and achievement and for competitions run at various points during the year, e.g. Sports Day, quiz competitions, Maths challenges etc. The house system fosters good relationships between children in different year groups and encourages a sense of team work and working together.
School Council Update - December 2017
It has certainly been a busy term for our School Council. Class 3’s Ella tells us about some of their achievements so far this term….We’ve put posters up around the school for the Book FairWe’ve addressed envelopes for the FoLS Christmas RaffleWe have had a look through some catalogues to choose some new play equipment—nothing chosen yet!We made up the Operation Christmas Child boxesFor Children in Need day, we made some posters fro the Bake Sale, and we sold cakes and raised £89.75!We also posted FoLS Christmas Fair posters to the people who live around the village.
Next on the agenda will be Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 22nd December—we are asking everyone to bring in a £1.00 donation in exchange for wearing their Christmas jumpers, and the School Council will collect this in aid of Save the Children.
A big welcome back to everyone in Ouse Class and a special welcome to Alice and her family who have recently joined Langton Primary. I hope everyone had a nice rest after the long Autumn Term and had a fun and happy Christmas and New Year! Both Mrs Jackson and I are very excited for the term ahead and looking forward to 2020!
Please be reminded that nest week (Tuesday 14th January 2020) will be our class trip to The Deep in Hull to launch our exciting new underwater themed topic ‘Blue Abyss’.
EnglishOur English this term will be linked to our topic ‘Blue Abyss.’ Within this, we will be studying the poem ‘The Sea’ by James Reeves. We will be looking at language features such as alliteration, personification and metaphors. Building on this we will write our own personification poem about a creature we observed during our visit to ‘The Deep’.
We will read a short narrative story about the effects of plastic pollution on our ocean wildlife and using research, will write our own short narrative tale, incorporating the grammar we have learned.We will be learning and researching the life of Jacques Cousteau, including why he is an important figure and then write a short biography of his life.
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A big welcome back to everyone in Foss class, especially to those new parents and children! I hope everyone has made the most of the holidays and the fact it hasn’t been too bad weather wise! I am excited for the term ahead and looking forward to it and the work and activities we have planned. As with last term, the Foss class team is myself with Mrs Huntriss supporting the class on a Monday, Mrs Camps on a Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs McAfee on a Thursday and Friday. For two months Miss Emma Pearce, a PGCE student teacher from York St. John’s University, will be working with us. Her teaching, planning and work commitment will increase as her time with us develops. She will be working and planning alongside myself and other staff. I will be having my PPA time on a Friday afternoon and Mrs McAfee will also be covering this, taking the class for R.E and PHSE and Citizenship. Mr Cairns will also be taking the class for specialist PE focussing on games and orienteering this term. Children will also continue to be split into small groups for phonics with different members of staff leading and organising spelling, sound and reading work.
EnglishMuch of our language work will be intertwined with our topic work through related books and text types. A large portion of this term is taken up by non-fiction reading and writing; using recipes, instructions, captions as well as reports and explanations. There will also be some time and weeks allotted to poetry work.
In all these aspects we will be both reading and writing in these different styles. Guided Reading will continue in groups and children will continue to bring home reading records and colour band readers, some in addition are also bringing library books. We are more than happy for any books from home to also be written into reading records and be used to supplement the books school has to offer and to link with your child’s interests. It is of great help if reading records and books are in school every day. Bug Club reading will be continuing also.
...our Class 1 teacher, and English & Literacy lead for the school.
Q How long have you been a teacher?
A For many years, in a variety of schools in East and North Yorkshire.
Q Which Key stage do you enjoy teaching the most?
A During the course of my career I have taught in EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2 and have enjoyed teaching in all of them but I am particularly enjoying EYFS and KS1 at the moment as every day is different and fun.
I hope that you have had a lovely Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy 2020! The children all seem to have had a wonderful time during the festive season and are now settling back into the routines of the school day.
Our topic for the first half term is Bright Lights, Big City! The children will take tea with the Queen when she visits on Friday and they will visit Buckingham Palace online! They will learn to identify key members of the royal family and develop an understanding of their roles and responsibilities. In their geography work, the children will use maps to locate Buckingham Palace and other famous London landmarks, to follow compass directions and plan routes around London. The children will learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom and about their capital cities. History this term will involve the children learning about the sequence of events that led to the great fire of London and about what life was like in the capital city then. In design and technology, the children will work in groups to make models of famous London landmarks and to recreate Pudding lane as it would have been in 1666. They will bake bread rolls or buns like the ones sold by Thomas Farriner in his bakery. In science they will think about the materials that the houses and bakery were made of and how this could have contributed to the spreading of the fire, as they explore the properties of everyday materials in science.
During the second half term the topic will be Why do zebras have stripes? In this topic, the children will be learning some African dance and songs and they will be tapping out rhythms on drums. In Geography they will learn where Africa is and what the landscapes, people and wildlife are like across this stunning continent. Who are the Maasai? What is camouflage? Where is the Serengeti? These are all questions that they will be finding out about. They will learn about what school is like for African children, use their senses to explore a ‘market stall’ of African foods and make African-style pancakes to fill with delicious ingredients. In science they will learn about what African animals eat and their characteristics and physical features. They will create African landscape pictures and try their hand at African printing in art. They will count African animals and create African patterns using shapes in maths.
In addition to the English and Maths work that they will cover through topic, the children will have regular practise of the basic skills. In English they will have daily guided reading activities, phonics and grammar work. They will learn and perform poems and study a range of texts linked to their topics to support their English written work: - Paddington at the Palace, This is London by Miroslav Seek, Katie In London by James Mayhew. The Great Fire of London by Susanna Davidson and the Town House and Country Mouse. During the second half term the texts will have a flavour of Africa. Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, Secrets of Animal Camouflage by Carron Brown and Wesley Robins, The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr and A village Tale from Kenya by Mary and Richard Chamberlin.