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DIARY DATES

Thursday 21st March - Lions Netball @ Campsmount

Thursday 21st March - World Down Syndrome Day (Wear Odd Socks)

Friday 22nd March - Non Uniform Day (Mothers Day Gift Donations)

Tuesday 26th March - Parents Evening

Tuesday 26th March - The Secret Room Opens

Thursday 28th March - Parents Evening

Thursday 28th March - Eagles Multi Skills @ Campsmount

Friday 5th April - Y3 Swimming Lessons Start

Thursday 11th April - Dolphins Gymnastics @ Campsmount

Thursday 11th April @ 14:00 - Easter Service

Friday 12th April - Y3 Swimming Lesson

Thursday 2nd May - Went Valley Pre School Closed

Wednesday 8th May @14:15 - Lions Play

Wednesday 5th June @ 9:00 - Class Photographs

Wednesday 12th June - Sports Day

Wednesday 19th June - Reserve Sports Day

Friday 28th June - Careers Day

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

 

 

 

 

NOTICES 

Admissions for starting in Reception from September 2019 have now closed. If you are yet to submit an application, please contact your home council to submit a late application.

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

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 Bookclub leaflets have now been sent home. Please return any orders, with payment, to the school office by Friday 29th March

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Our Y6 parents should now of received this years SATS information. If not copies can be found below:

SATS Dates

SATS Survival Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.