Dear Parents /Carers,
As this term draws to a close, I am relieved that we are finally leaving the wintry weather behind us and are starting to see the signs of spring that we have been waiting for. This week the days have been longer and slightly warmer and school has been overwhelmed with chickens, eggs and Easter bonnets!
I am writing to thank you for all your support this term particularly with the challenges faced by such extreme weather. Keeping the school open or having to close due to factors beyond our control is never easy and I would like to thank you for your patience throughout the severe cold and snow that we have had at times this term. Despite the weather, we have achieved so much this term and below you should find a summary of some of the things that we have to celebrate this term. We have also added some information about upcoming changes and events.
· Mrs Reason is returning to school after her maternity leave, she will be joining the team in Year 2.
· We welcome Mrs Smith and Mrs Wooton who have joined EYFS as support staff.
· Mrs Brooks and Mrs Thompson who currently work in Year 2 are leaving at Easter for new career opportunities – we wish them well as they move on.
From the school office
Please note that Friday 30th March is a bank holiday and school will be closed. Children will return to school on Monday 16th April – Have a lovely Easter break.
Should your child not be attending school due to an illness or appointment, please call the school office on 02476 613932 before 9am to report this. This will allow us to keep your child’s attendance data up to date and prevent unnecessary phone calls home.
News from EYFS …..
It has been a pleasure to see all of the children in EYFS blossoming into fantastic, independent learners this term. They have all worked so hard and should be proud of the progress they have made.
Nursery have enjoyed tasting a range of fruits and vegetables and learning all about how we can get fit and keep healthy. We have been introducing some phonics sessions into Nursery this term and the children have all been really keen to learn the letter sounds and show us the matching actions too.
Reception have thoroughly enjoyed learning about a range of topics this term including Dinosaurs (that pooped planets) Space and more recently Life Cycles and Spring. Our focus has been on becoming independent writers and joining our phonics skills with our tricky words to produce some super sentences! Our trip to Ash End Farm was a huge success and the children were very brave when feeding the goats and the sheep. They were all very well behaved and are a credit to Wyken Croft and to you also.
We have ended the term with a fantastic display of Mother's Day cards, Easter cards and a colourful, 'wiggly' Easter Bonnet Parade. Thank you for all of your support in helping the children to decorate their bonnets and we hope you enjoyed seeing them modelled on our catwalk! It is lovely to see how much they have all grown in confidence and thank you again for your continued support.
News from Year 1 and 2 ……
The children in year One and Two have had another wonderful term with lots of achievements and progress to be proud of.
Year One have enjoyed learning about London in their topic work, and had found out about the Great Fire of London. They have also begun to work with Commando Joe working on many of our ‘Seven Steps’ through fun and exciting challenges. The children have embraced these sessions with enthusiasm and it is a joy to see them working so well together. We were very proud of the children as they joined other schools from across the city for a Morning of Music. The children worked hard to learn songs to come together and perform. It was a pleasure to see so many parents join Year One at their celebration assembly when they performed these again.
Year Two have been researching animals and insects during their topic Wriggle and Crawl. Across all subjects they have learnt skills to help them to present this information in a wide variety of ways. The children have produced some wonderful non-fiction texts and presentations.
News from Year 3 and 4 …….
It has been another exciting and adventurous term in Years 3 and 4.
Since Christmas Year 3 have delved back in history to the Stone Age during ‘Tribal Tales’ and explored the animal kingdom in the wild world of ‘Predators’. The children produced a range of fascinating projects at home and some striking art work during their investigation of the prehistoric times and whilst investigating predators, the children visited Twycross Zoo and learned about the habitats and diet of some amazing creatures. The children of Year 3 also use their entrepreneurial skills to hold a cake sale to raise money for their trip to Twycross; raising over £200. Well done Year 3! During this term the children also took a walk through our local environment to see how different types of rocks are used;
Mrs Johnson took several of the Year 3 and 4 children to the Tokyo 2020 pupil conference at the AT7 Centre; here the children learned about many of the traditions of Japan as well as learning about the events building up to the 2020 Olympics being held in Japan. In their role as Tokyo 2020 Ambassadors, the children will play a part in Coventry’s preparations for this exciting event and over the next 2 years will be involved in opportunities across the city.
The Spring term saw many of the children in Year 4 venture to Kingswood, Staffordshire, on our first residential trip of the year! We had an amazing time and the children were a credit to the school and to their parents. The children showed incredible resilience and aspiration as they tackled new and daring activities such as the zip wire and the climbing wall. For many of our children it was their first time away from home and this enabled them to demonstrate independence and a new found self-belief!
For those of you who were able to attend, I’m sure you will agree that Year 4’s end of term Morning of Music celebration was superb! The children thoroughly enjoyed working together, alongside other schools in the local area, to sing, play and choreograph this musical extravaganza! What a wonderful way to end yet another successful and enjoyable term!
News from Year 5 and 6 ………
What a fantastic term the children in years 5 and 6 have had. The children have worked incredibly hard and have made fantastic progress. It has been a delight to watch and celebrate the many successes the children have achieved.
In Year 5 the children have begun their journey into Mastery Maths, showing tremendous amounts of resilience, self-belief and aspiration to adapt to the raised expectations expected. Fantastic! We have had the pleasure of having representatives of Coventry City Football Club working with all of the children, learning about the importance of healthy eating and exercise, as well as being expertly coached in football, experiencing what a professional football session is like. It's been a creative term with the children visiting The Space Centre in Leicester, learning all about space exploration and what life as an astronaut is like. The children have used all of the knowledge they have acquired to design, adapt and build a space vehicle, a joy to see. Please feel free to have a look at them, you will not be disappointed.
In Year 6, we are fast approaching the SATS and the children have all been working incredibly hard, they have approached this term with self-belief, resilience and aspiration to be the very best they can be. I have been very impressed with the levels of maturity the children have shown. Aside from preparing for the SATS, the children have enjoyed learning about the polar regions in Topic, exploring what it would be like to be in the extreme conditions through first-hand accounts, film and literature. I would like to thank the children and their families for the continued effort and support given ensuring that the children can be the very best they can be. Have a restful break and see you all for the summer term, raring to go!
It has been a very exciting time this term in terms of sport. As you may know, the nation was challenged to walk a billion steps. Every child (and teachers!) was given a pedometer to see how many steps Wyken Croft could contribute. Every day, everyone went out of their way to be more active and do as many steps as possible. On the Friday of Sport Relief week, the children were also challenged to run 5k around the playground. The staff and children showed excellent resilience and aspiration. The collaboration between year groups was outstanding as the year groups cheered each other on.
Year 2 and Year 6 have been extremely busy winning competitions this term!
After winning the heats last term, 30 Year 6 children took part in the in the level 3 final of the Sports Hall Athletics Competition at the Alan Higgs Centre, the children should be very proud to have reached the county finals!
Year 2 took part in the Agility Competition also held at the Alan Higgs Centre. The 30 children who participated should be extremely proud finishing in 1st place in their heat. Overall, the Year 2 Agility Team finished 3rd in the city! The children of Year 2 also took part in the Gymnastics Competition held at Tribe. After winning the heats by 0.1, the team went on to compete against the 14 other winners from the County. The hours of training the children paid off as they ended up finishing in 1st place and Wyken Croft became the gymnastics county winners! What a fantastic achievement for all involved.
On a final note, the P.E. team would like to thank the Year 6 leaders for supporting the Year 2 children. You are a credit to the school.
30th March- 13th April Easter holiday
16th April- Return to school
17th April- School Council to visit Charter Primary School
23rd April- Y3 golf competition at the AT7 Centre
24th April- PTA coffee morning
30th April- 3V trip to Hatton Locks
1st May- 3J trip to Hatton Locks
3rd May- 3PS trip to Hatton Locks
3rd May- Year 4 trip to Think Tank
4th May- 3B trip to Hatton Locks
7th May- Bank holiday
8th/9th/11th May- Year 5 trip to Drayton Manor
8th May- Fire Brigade to visit year 4
14th May- Year 6 SAT week
18th May- Whole school Royal Wedding Celebration in school
21st May- Year 6 trip to Butlins week (trip 1)
22nd May- Commando Joe Inflatable assault course
25th May- PTA non-uniform day
28th May- Half term week
4th June- Return to school
4th June- Year 6 trip to France week
11th June- Year 6 trip to Butlins week (trip 2)
22nd June- PTA Summer Fete
17th July- Year 6 Awards evening
19th July- Year 6 performance to parents
23rd July- Year 6 Prom
25th July- Teacher day
Seven Steps to Success
Throughout the Spring term we continue to develop our 7 Steps to Success and it has been a delight to see so many children wearing stickers with pride, brandishing the coveted wristbands and sharing their post cards in assemblies.
In January, we looked at our Aspirations for the future. This created a beautiful display of kites and balloons up the central staircase with children from across the school, Phoenix Nursery to Year 6, drawing and writing about their future jobs and career aspirations.
Darren Harris, Paralympian and England's all-time leading goal scorer for the Blind Men's Team, came to visit the school in February and showed us how important Resilience and Self-Belief have been to his success. As part of our day with Darren the children raised a staggering £2680 for Sports for Schools.
Commando Joe continues to work throughout the school with children to complete missions; solving problems whilst developing their Collaboration and Communication skills.
In the Summer Term we will be supporting Nick Carter, part of the CommunityProject.org whilst he walks a thousand miles from John O'Groats to Lands’ End. Watch this space for more news to come after Easter!
Website / Twitter
We have been delighted to share the many experiences that have happened at Wyken Croft over the term. It has been wonderful to utilise Twitter as a way to show what the children have been involved with, the many events that they have been involved in and the visits that they have been on. We would like to remind everyone though that our Twitter feed is used for information purposes only and the school will not reply to any personal tweets. We are currently in the process of redesigning our school website ready for the next academic year, however until then; we would like to encourage you to check the class pages and the blogs to keep up to date with what is happening at Wyken Croft.
In my first year here I have thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with such delightful children, hardworking staff and supportive parents and I am looking forward to further developments over the coming months.
Enjoy the next two weeks,