Its that time of year again when the Year 6 children are gearing up to their end of Key Stage Two tests. It has become a tradition that Mrs Aitken reads them a book called 'Worry Guts' in an effort to reassure them that its ok to worry about SATs but that there are lots of strategies they can use to deal with the worry and try not to get too stressed and anxious.
Using FIMO the children create individual 'monsters' which range from scary, wart-covered monsters that are the embodiment of SATs as they see them to cute, friendly mascots to see them through the next couple of weeks.
SIAMS 'OUTSTANDING' 2017
We are very proud to share the fantastic news, that following our recent SIAMS inspection, High Coniscliffe CE Primary School has again been credited with Outstanding status.
All church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005, the same Act that Ofsted inspections come under.
The report really captures all that is special about our wonderful school, and in particular the strength of the relationships within our community.
Please have a good read of the report - the children know how proud we are of them all and we want you to know how privileged we all feel to be able to share and have an impact on their years at our school.
As one parent beautifully articulated to the inspector, High Coniscliffe truly is a 'school with a soul!'
Following the success of last year's first school sleepover, we repeated the event on Friday night.
The evening began with everyone setting up their beds. Mrs Davison and her daughter then made 'Fifteens' out of digestive biscuits, condensed milk, marshmallows, cherries and coconut. They were put in the fridge to set for supper later.
We then watched a film and then played hide and seek in the dark. First of all Mr Toner and Mrs Aitken hid, the lights were switched off and all the children had to search the school by torchlight. Mr Toner was eventually found in one of his classroom cupboards, followed by Mrs Aitken who had climbed to the top shelf in the PE cupboard! Miss Wheldon and Mrs Boyce then hid but were found fairly easily as they were chatting while 'hiding'!!!
Next everyone got ready for bed, had a story and hot chocolate and of course the delicious 'Fifteens'.
Settling down for the night and actually getting to sleep took a while but everyone was in the land of nod by about 11.30pm.
Up at 6.00pm for Mr Toner's delicious bacon butties and cereal. It was then time to pack and go home.
Yesterday, we celebrated Harvest at St Edwin's Church with our village community. This year, Harvest Service was all about thankfulness and the new hope that God gives us through generosity.
Each class kindly brought items to donate which will be given to the food bank, to give emergency food to people in our community who are in need.
The children in each class created Harvest artwork linked to the items that they were asked to donate. As each class brought their artwork to the altar, a prayer of thanks was read out by the children. They did very well to speak in front of so many people.
All of the children brought their offering to the front of the church as we listened to the song 'Give thanks with a grateful heart'.
The children from Class 4 then performed their song 'The streets of Darlington' to which the words they had written themselves. It was very a very moving moment and they performed their song beautifully.
Here are the lyrics to their song...
Revd David Railton then closed the service with a blessing and the Lords Prayer.
Thank you to all who came to celebrate Harvest with us this year.
A fantastic afternoon was had by all at our family learning afternoon last Thursday. An amazing 85% of families were able to engage with the afternoon and enjoy joining in with a range of activities throughout the school. It was great to see the children spending time with their grown-ups and showing off what they can do. If you weren't able to make it this time - don't worry, we will be holding another two family learning sessions within the coming terms.
Here are some photos that capture some of the learning and activities that took place...
ONLINE SAFETY WORKSHOP
Thank you to everyone who attended our Online Safety Workshop yesterday evening ran by PC Holly Dobson. The session proved to be a great success and highlighted issues around the importance of keeping your children safe online.
Evaluations of the session show that 100% of attendees strengthened their understanding on how to keep their children safe online. Everyone who attended would also recommend the session to other parents.
This is what people had to say about the session...
"A good talk! Very open, relaxed and informative."
"Please make this a regular event."
"Highlighted the importance of correct security settings on social media."
"I am going to educate myself to use the internet safely."
"Thank you for a clear, concise presentation."
If you did not manage to make it to the session, we have put together some useful information drawn from the key messages. Also, there are some handy leaflets left in the School Office if you wish to pick up a copy.
TOP FIVE E-SAFETY TIPS FOR USING THE INTERNET AT HOME
- Have family rules about how the internet will be used at home and be clear about what information is safe to share online.
- Discuss rules about making and meeting online friends.
- Make sure you know what your children are doing online much like you would in “real” life and use parental controls (on computers, mobile phones and games consoles) to help you. Remember that these cannot always be 100% effective.
- Make sure that your children are aware that people or websites can lie online.
- Make sure your child understands that online actions can have offline consequences.
WHO ARE INTERNET MATTERS?
Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.
We aim to bring you
- Advice on important e-safety issues
- News and advice from industry experts
- Guidance on setting parental controls and filters
- Reviews on the latest technology and apps
This is a really useful site to help you protect your children on the internet.
Below is a link to a handy resource you may find useful. It has links to appropriate websites to report concerns you may have over online safety and security.
There are also some useful tips and hints about how to keep yourself and your children safe online. Please visit:
A Useful List of Apps that the children use
PC Dobson talked about the different apps and websites that children use and she shared some important messages about internet safety. She advised that if a child has any concerns, that they can be logged via CEOP. She also provided a list of apps that the police are aware of that children use; you can download and read the list by clicking the image above.
Internet Safety Guides
In order to stay safe online, have a look at some of this safety guides to popular web services:
Further information about internet safety can be found on the following sites. Click the image to visit each site.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE LUMLEY TROPHY
THE BLUE HOUSE TEAM (Eagle)
(for the 3rd year in a row!!)
Brilliantly led by their House Captain
Huge thank you to the fabulous House Captains 2016 - 2017. Throughout the year they have inspired, supported and encouraged their teams as well as setting up the assembly for me every Thursday afternoon.
The whole school had an afternoon of fun on Monday 3rd July 2017. Skills were practised and a variety of races were undertaken.
Year 5 and 6 had a Harry Potter race and some found this rather tricky!
Many children were proud of their accomplishments and happy to score points for their house teams. All we need to know now is, which house team is crowned the winner for 2017?
A great High Coniscliffe tradition is the annual creation of SAT Monsters by the children in Year 6 as they enter their final preparations for their end of Key Stage Two statutory tests.
Mrs Aitken reads the story 'Worry Guts' which helps the children to see that everyone has worries and eveyone has different ways of dealing with them. Based on the story and the saying, 'a trouble shared is a trouble halved', they then make little characters using Fimo. Some children make these ugly, warty monsters symbolising how they feel about the SATS, while some produce cute, lovable figures that will support them through the week of tests.
We know that lots of past pupils still use their SAT monsters during their secondary, college and university exams!
Working with our PE and Sport partners, Liam and Katie from Sporting Futures, this year we told the Easter story through dance. Each class worked hard to tell the story with their movements and expressions.
We hope you enjoy their interpretations.
Class One Palm Sunday
Jesus went to Jerusalem on a donkey. Everyone shouted "Hooray for Jesus”
Thank you God for happy times
Class 2 The Last Supper
Before the disciples and Jesus shared supper together Jesus washed each disciple’s feet. When Jesus had supper with his disciples there was a lot of talking and laughing but Judas remained silent. Jesus took bread and blessed it. He then shared the bread with his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body." Jesus took a cup and said a prayer. He filled the cup with wine and said, "Drink it and remember me. "Judas left early after they had shared the bread and wine. The other disciples thought he had an errand to do.
Class Four The Crucifixion
Class Three The Resurrection of Jesus
God of Love, passionate and strong, watch over us and hold us all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
We are very proud to announce that we have achieved the UK's Rights Respecting Schools' Recognition of Commitment Award in regard to our work to promote and realise children's rights and our encouragement of all to respect the rights of others in school.
For more information click on this link to the RRSA website
There was much hilarity during House Team Assembly as the jokes were told! The staff chose their 'top ten' then the children chose the winner and runner up through the 'laughometer'!
Ruth's joke caused the most laughter - what do you think?
Why did the lobster blush?
Because the sea weed!
Ted was the worthy runner up with:
Why did the mushroom go to the party?
Because he was a fungi!
Here are all the other hilarious entries - click to enlarge
This was a tricky one! Even the staff had difficulty identifying who was who. We had to use all the clues although some were easier to identify than others!
Many congratulations to Amber Batty from Class 4 who correctly identified the most and the runner up, Abigail Smith. Well done!!
Here's each House Team looking amazing this afternoon. The range of scientists and inventors they represented was incredible.
I wonder if a child in the future will choose one of these children to dress up as and and use as their inspiration!
It was extremely hard to judge the poster competition as the children had put in so much thought and research into the information they presented. However, the House Team Captains judged Reception to Year 5 and the teachers judged Year 6. Congratulations to the winners - they all received an Easter egg and resources to do a colour experiment at home.
Mrs Aitken couldn't resist 'borrowing' some of the outfits!