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Diary Dates 

W/C 30th Nov - Christmas Cards to be posted

Friday 4th Dec - Raffle prizes due in

W/C 7th Dec - Raffle tickets on sale

Tue 8th Dec - Bags 2 School

Thu 10th Dec - Reception Parents Information Session @ 10:00

Fri 11th Dec - Christmas Jumper Day 

W/C 14th Dec - Christmas Raffle

W/C 14th Dec - Christmas Gifts For Sale

Thu 17th Dec - Christmas Dinner

Fri 18th Dec - School Closes

Tue 5th Jan - School Opens

Tue 23rd Feb - Pupil Photos

Thu 4th Mar - World Book Day

Fri 19th Mar - Comic Relief

Mon 22nd Mar - World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Staggered times 

Starfish Explorers 12.30-2.50pm

Starfish 8.40-2.50pm

Dolphins 8.45-2.55pm

Lions 8.50-3pm

Eagles 8.55-3.05pm

If you have several children, they can come to school together, please use the youngest childs start and end time. 

 

After school club needs to be pre-booked and runs from 3-5.30.  Please email admin@kirksmeaton.n-yorks.sch.uk 

 

NOTICES 

The DfE have launched a helpline to answer your questions about COVID-19 in relation to education. You can contact them on:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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

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If your child is due to start secondary school in 2021, applications are open until 31st October 2020. Further information can be found here.

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Please make sure all children have their PE kits on Wednesdays and the below;

Dolphins - Thu

Lions - Tue, Thu

Eagles - Mon, Fri

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 Information regarding our current Y6's applying for secondary schools can be found here.

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Information from our Healthy Child Team for our Year 6 pupils can be found below.

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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.  We use www.spellingshed.com for all children in school, this is an online learning app that supports spellings.  We ask that this is used as part of homework each week.

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/

www.spellingshed.com

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