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I start this evening’s blog with an apology.  There are so many acronyms in the world it is becoming increasingly difficult to remember them all.  Next week pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 will sit a series of assessments in the IT room called the InCAs (Innovative computer-adaptive assessments) organised by the CEM (Centre for Evaluation and monitoring) and Durham University. Phew!

Pupils cannot revise for these assessments.  Each pupil will do six tests- General Maths, Mental Maths, Reading, Spelling, Developed ability and Attitudes.  I’m always slightly sceptical about pupils being assessed in the IT room.  Will they look at their neighbour’s answer?  Well possibly, but that won’t help them as each pupil will be asked different questions based on their answers- hence the name ‘computer adaptive assessments’.   I hope to use the data to aid teaching and learning.

For more information, please do follow the link below.

http://www.cem.org/incas

Keeping with technology, parents may well be interested in the article below (Jessica Elgot, The Guardian 5.1.2017); our current pupils at Stoneygate are part of this “Ipad generation” and educators and parents need to be aware of both the brilliance and the dangers of this technological age.

Children are being left to fend for themselves in the digital world, regularly signing over rights to their private messages and pictures unknowingly and with scant advice from parents or schools, according to England’s children’s commissioner.

Almost half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed impenetrable terms and conditions to give social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram control over their data, without any accountability, according to the commissioner’s Growing Up Digital taskforce.

The year-long study found children regularly signed up to terms including waiving privacy rights and allowing the content they posted to be sold around the world, without reading or understanding their implications.

Instagram, the photo sharing social media site used by more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds, and 48% of eight- to 11-year-olds, had terms and conditions that none of the young children in the taskforce’s focus group could fully understand. Only half of the eight- to 11-year-olds could even read the terms, which ran to more than 5,000 words on 17 pages of text.”

Thank you to Mr Hackney for his inspired message to the pupils on New Year Resolutions (do find out what Mr Hackney’s are) and Mrs Hadfield for her important and amusing assembly on ‘Friendship’.

Congratulations to all our sports teams this week.  I spent far too long watching the boys playing football on Thursday that I missed the girls’ netball.  Apologies girls- I promise I will watch you first next week!SONY DSC

Stoneygate boys in action against Bilton Grange

Stars of the week:

Leo (Reception) and Maanav (Year 1)

Please don’t forget the SSA ‘Quiz and Curry evening’ on Wednesday evening at school (7pm start); enjoy the weekend,

Mr Dobson

Year 3

This week in Geography we looked at compasses,using them around the classroom to find out which way is north.

In ICT we have really enjoyed beginning to create our own school prospectus using the Publisher program.

We visited the book fair. Not only did we enjoy looking at and buying the books but we also used our maths skills to help us work out how much the books were – as it was a half price sale.

Cook club round 3

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The third batch of children (and helpful parents) arrived last Monday for Cook Club take 3. Mrs Angell is now a dab hand at steering us through the pitfalls of cooking lasagne so, apart from Harry losing his eggs, and Jo needing an egg free sauce due to a family egg allergy, all was perfect and we all enjoyed making and, of course, eating our fantastic dinners.

Here’s Edwards lasagne! Nice one Ed!

Year 2

 In art and craft this week Year 2 went into the art room and produced some lovely wintery silhouette scenes. They worked using wintery sky colours to create the sky then glued cut out silhouettes of birds and trees.

They were finished off with a dash of glitter for a frosty feel!

 

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Happy New Year to you all.

Q1. Which British celebrity claimed he finished reading his first book at the age of 38?

Q2.  If J K Rowling is the best-selling author of all time, who is the second best?

The answer to both is…Jamie Oliver.  As a child Jamie Oliver struggled with his dyslexia and found reading ‘boring’.  Jamie’s love of cooking and his successful books have now brought him a vast fortune!   Reading is important to us at Stoneygate.  From Reception upwards we instil a love of reading; reading should be seen as something that is enjoyable and not a chore.  One of the first rooms to be decorated over the summer holidays was the library and under Mrs Stocks’ guidance, this room will continue to flourish.  Whenever I visit the library, I’m always delighted to see our pupils either enthralled in a novel or excitedly searching for one.  Next week we welcome the publisher Scholastic to our school- their Book Fair will take place in the foyer of the new build (from the 18th– 22 January) and pupils will have an opportunity to buy books.  I hope to see many of you there.

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This week, as a school, we pondered the question, “Were Mary and Joseph refugees?”  I challenged the pupils to think about ‘what happened next following the Christmas story?’

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Mary and Joseph, who were forced to flee Bethlehem as it was too dangerous, found safety in Egypt.

Thanks to Mrs Ashwin for also leading an assembly on “the attitude of gratitude”- in which the pupils paused for a moment to realise just how fortunate they are.

Congratulations to the following students for their recent sports success:

George and Harley (both in Y3) for their concentration, determination and skills on the rugby pitch.

Izzy (Y8) for winning the ‘Leicester Mercury Young Sports Woman of the Year’ Award.

For more details about this week’s sports fixtures, please do visit our Facebook page.

Enjoy the weekend,

Mr Dobson

Year 4 eat a rainbow

Year 4 are learning about healthy eating. We now know that we need to eat carbohydrates for energy (rice, bread, potatoes, pasta) , protein for growth,(meat, fish eggs, beans)   and vitamins and minerals for good health. (fruits and vegetables)

We put our learning into practice by making a salad out of every colour of the rainbow, then we ate it! Or most of it… Or we tried to…

There were some interesting moments, like when Henry turned the colour of his red cabbage, Emily tasted a radish, Jacob tried his first blueberry and Tahliya thought she might die if she ate a blueberry. Josh got momentarily upset when the piece of lettuce he particularly liked, ended up in the bin but the reward of a jelly bean for dessert soon cheered everybody up.

Here we are with our rainbow salads…

 

 

Year 4’s feline visitor.

Year 4 are learning about teeth and digestion and just before Christmas our lesson came alive with a visit from Zippy the carnivore cat. Mrs Angell’s cat was most intrigued by all the children and dutifully ate his raw chicken drumstick in front of them, every last bit, so we could see how he used his sharp canines to rip up the meat. He had a good mooch about and said hello to all the children too. Here he is with 4DS.