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!
Rye Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021
It has been lovely to welcome your children back to school this week. They seem to have really enjoyed their break and have come back to school full of enthusiasm and ready to begin the new school year. Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Rye Class will be covering this term.
Our topic for this half term is ‘A Child’s War’. This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and cook ‘delicious’ wartime food. At the end of the topic, we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.
We will be reading ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and Year 5 are reading ‘Carrie’s War’ to go alongside our topic. There will also be an emphasis on grammar-based activities in class and we will continue to send home weekly spellings.
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 2020
The School Council have been very busy sorting Christmas Raffle tickets, sorting and giving out Christmas cards and making posters for the Reverse Advent Calendar collection boxes. We were also very excited to see that some of the resources that we chose for the Learning through Landscapes Nature Grant have arrived in school!Next week, we will be collecting money from classes for Friday’s Christmas Jumper Day! (11th December).
School Council Update - November 2020
Our new KS2 School Council are newly elected and are already down to business. Emily (Rye Class) tells us about some of their achievements so far this term….
Ouse Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021
I would like to begin this Curriculum newsletter by extending a warm welcome back to everyone! It has been lovely to see a class full of happy and enthusiastic children as we begin the new school term. I have to say, the Year 4 children are setting an excellent example to the new Year 3 children joining Ouse class this year, who are settling in well, and who I am very much looking forward to getting to know better over the next few weeks after being in separate bubbles last year.
As you may be aware, the children in Key Stage 2 this year will be taught in 3 groups for English and Maths this year, Purple, Green and Orange. This allows for smaller class sizes and more focused teaching in these areas. The children in Ouse class will be in either Purple or Green group, and the coverage for the upcoming term is specified for each group below. In addition, we will be operating a carousel of activities on a Friday in Key stage 2, with the children being taught Music by Mrs Huntriss, PE by Mr Walker and French by myself. The children in Ouse class will be taught as Year 3 or Year 4 group.
EnglishBoth Purple and Green group children will base their English learning around a key text. This term, Green group will be reading the text Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden with Mrs Huntriss. They will study the plot, characters and setting to teach the children about the effect of the Second World War and develop their empathy for what it was like to be a child at the time. Over the course of these lessons, they will apply their learning to writing letters and diaries, and exploring persuasive posters and effective dialogue.Purple group’s text will be ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King with myself. We will develop our understanding of setting, characters and plot, before we plan, write and edit our own adventure story based on the text. We will also write information texts, instructions for making stone and bronze age tools and cinquain poems. In our SPaG lessons, we will focus on recapping and securing prior knowledge, including word classes such as adjectives and adverbs, extending sentences and using apostrophes for both contraction and possession.
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Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021 Foss Class
A big welcome back to school after the holidays. I am looking forward to getting to know you all over the next year as I take up the role of class teacher in Foss Class. We are joined by our wonderful Tas - Mrs. McAfee is back from maternity leave and will be with us on a Monday & Tuesday. Mrs. Gwatkin will be with us from Wednesday to Friday. Mrs C will help to cover the class when I have my PPA on Tuesday.
TopicOur topic this half term is Magnificent Monarchs. We will be exploring significant Kings and Queens throughout history, from King Alfred to our current monarch Queen Elizabeth II. We will be reading books about royalty in our reading castle, completing a timeline of six significant monarchs and painting royal portraits to go on display in our classroom art gallery. After half term we will be exploring space with Moon Zoom. This topic will help us to develop our knowledge of technology, space and materials. We will learn how to design and make model spaceships, considering the properties of materials. We might even meet an alien...
...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.
Derwent Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021
It is lovely to see the children back in school after the holidays all looking very smart in their uniforms. We have had a good start to the new term and the children seem to be quickly settling into the routines. We have an exciting term ahead in Derwent Class. Outlined below is a summary of the learning that will be taking place between now and Christmas.
Our first mini topic this term is Me and My Community. This supports the children with settling into the new rules and routines of school and encourages them to make new friends and feel confident in their class. This project helps teach the children how they are unique and special, the importance of friendship and how people in their family, school and local community are important and can help them. Our second mini topic is Exploring Autumn. Through this topic the children will learn about the natural changes that happen during the season of autumn, including how the weather changes, why trees lose their leaves and how wild animals prepare for winter. Our main topic this term is Once Upon A Time…..This topic supports the children to develop a love of stories and reading by encouraging the children to learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales.
Throughout these topic the subjects in the curriculum will be taught. Each week the learning will be based on a different story. ‘Once There Were Giants’, explores the changes that take place from a baby to an adult. Leaf Man and Squirrel’s Busy Day will support children’s understanding about the changes that occur in autumn. Whilst studying the more traditional tales the children will find out what happens when we plant ‘magic’ beans in the school garden. They will make wanted posters to help find the wicked queen who delivered the poisoned apples. They will write instructions for making perfect porridge and wear a crown when they are the ruler for a day making their own rule! The children will look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’ and they’ll create story maps to retell familiar tales. The children will have the opportunity to play imaginatively with story boxes, model castles and small world characters and use varied materials and shapes to build castles and palaces.