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DIARY DATES

Tuesday 2nd October - Flu Vaccine for reception-Year 5

Friday 5th October @ 14:30 - Grandparents Assembly

Monday 8th October - Harvest Festival @ 9:15 (Produce donations will be greatly received)

Tuesday 11th December @ 14:00 - EYFS Nativity

Wednesday 28th November - Bags2School Collection 

Wednesday 12th December @ 14:00 - KS1 Nativity

Tuesday 18th December @ 14:00 - Christingle Service

Thursday 20th December - School Pantomime Trip

Thursday 20th December - Christmas dinner day 

Friday 21st December - School Closes

Tuesday 8th January - School Opens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES 

A letter is being sent home today with our Y6 pupils regarding applying for a secondary school place. A copy of the letter can be found here.

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Bookclub leaflets have now been sent home. Please ensure any orders are returned to the school office with payment by Friday 28th September.

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There has been a slight change to our menu. The revised menu can be found here. If your child only has a school dinner on certain days, please make sure you check this and alert the office if you need to make any changes to your plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing at Kirk Smeaton School

 

Writing is so important, we ensure that all children are confident when writing and to do this we use a range of support strategies.

Talk4writing- this approach allows children to talk the writing, they create a memory map of a fiction or non-fiction text and this then allows children to focus on the key information when writing.  Talk4writing supports all elements of writing i.e. sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, dialogue, grammar.

Drama- We use a range of drama techniques to support children when reading and understanding texts.  Strategies such as hot seating or conscience ally allows children to develop empathy and character description which is so important when up levelling writing skills.

Kung fu punctuation- is a super strategy to use punctuation within a range of sentences/paragraphs.  The children act out the punctuation to remember and support their understanding of what punctuation does to a sentence.  This strategy is also used to discuss how different punctuation can change the mean of words and sentences.

Handwriting- handwriting is so important when developing the flow of writing.  Within the new curriculum children need to join to be deemed at expected level in Year 6.  We teach handwriting regularly and set high expectations. At the beginning of each piece of work the children write a line of expectation, this is their very best handwriting, they are then expected  to write in line with the expectation set. 

Spellings, punctuation and grammar-Spellings and grammar are taught daily, we use a range of tools such as espresso, SIMS and schofield spelling scheme, read, write inc and Pie Corbett games and ideas. 

Widget- we use this program to support meaning and clarification of vocabulary, this is especially used with SEN children.

IT- we use computers, IPADS and online dictionaries to support writing skills.  Children often use these to find an alternative word.  We draft work on a range of programs. 

Writing in everything we do - We write daily in a range of curriculum areas and ask children to show high expectations at every point.  We have a pink pencil, this is so that every child can highlight all the things they have done correct in a piece of writing, a purple pencil is used to show up levelling and making a piece of work even better.  Our school aim is always being the best we can be and that is why the purple pencil is so important!

Homework- Children are encouraged to write  a diary at home.  We have SPAG text books which are used weekly and focus children on spellings, punctuation and grammar. 

Spelling ideas- please click here for some great ideas for learning spelling

Reception spelling words

Y1 spelling words

Y2 spelling words

Y3 spelling words

Y4 spelling words

Y5/6 spelling words

We use the Milestone Chris Quigley assessment.  We have designed milestone mats which are used in class and books.  The children use these to peer assess, self assess and the teachers give targets almost immediately, so that children can make accelerated progress within the lesson.  Please click here to download these.