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DIARY DATES

Wednesday 22nd May @ 14:00 - Lions Play

Thursday 23rd May - Eagles Rounders @ Campsmount

Thursday 23rd May - Went Valley Pre School Closed

Friday 24th May - School Closes

Monday 3rd June - School Opens

Wednesday 5th June @ 9:00 - Class Photographs

Thursday 6th June - Dolphins Football @ Campsmount

Friday 14th June @ 12:30 - Teddy Bears Picnic

Friday 14th June @ 13:00 - Sports Day

Thursday 20th June  @ 9:30-11:30 - Swimming gala 

Friday 21st June - Reserve Sports Day

Friday 28th June - Careers Day

Wednesday 3rd July - Lions Trip to Jorvik

Wednesday 3rd July - Y5's to Campsmount

Thursday 4th July - Starfish and Dolphins Trip to Doncaster Wildlife Park

Tuesday 9th July @ 14:00 - Eagles Play

Friday 12th July - Y6 Trip to Xscape

Monday 15th July @ 9:15 - Y6 Leavers Service (school hall)

Tuesday 16th July @ 9:15 - Reception Graduation 

Wednesday 17th July to Friday 19th July - Robinwood Residential 

Thursday 18th July - Friday 19th July - Forest School Residential

Friday 19th July - School Closes

 

 

 

 

NOTICES 

Please return your meal choice forms for the Teddy Bears Picnic to the shcool office no later than Wednesday 22nd May

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If your child leaves school unsupervised, please ensure you complete this form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

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

 

Good websites

Spelling for R-Y6- https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Phonics for Nursery-Year 2- https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Phonics for Nursery- Year 2- https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds

Spelling games for Y1-Y6 https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar