Congratulations to the Sunflower Class who won the attendance award for their class with 98% attendance! Great job guys, lets see who wins this week...
Whole school attendance last half term was 95.0% which is the highest percentage the school has seen in the last 3 years. We are so proud of this achievement because we know that attendance is central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential.
All pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
At IVJS we are striving to improve our attendance figures each week and we would like to thank all parents and children for their continued support.
The first half term of the school year is now over and soon, all thoughts will be about the Christmas break. But before we get all caught up in wrapping paper and tinsel, let's take a quick look back on this half term and all the wonderful days we have had. There have been so many things have happened, from the Year 6 PGL trip to everyone becoming Superheroes for the day!
To start the new school year, we have started our own before and after school childcare clubs where the pupils can come and have some breakfast in the morning and play some games and in the evening s take part in a range of activities including weaving their own baskets, creating amazing floor murals or learning origami to name just a few things in the evenings after school!
We have had some incredible assemblies, from the Rose Class assembly teaching us morals in a very entertaining way to the Eco-schools assemblies reminding us that the planet we live on takes care of us so we should be taking care if it!
Upper school have been on this year's PGL trip (some Year 6) while others have taken part in Bikeability training to safely negotiate the busy roads on bikes. Some have also had the chance to run in the Hughenden Park run in Wycombe where they raced incredibly, we are so lucky to have such sporting talent within our school.
Year 4 took a trip to Tesco in Gerrard's Cross to learn about food hygiene and where their food comes from (who knew milk doesn't just come from Tesco!). Thank you to the parent helpers who came with us on the day.
Finally, we have had some amazing event days this half term including Prehistoric Day, Saxon Day and Superhero Day! We have learnt such a lot from our new friend Mildred, she has shown us just how people lived and worked so many years ago. Upper school even transformed our playground into the set of an epic Saxon battle! On Superhero Day we were reminded that everyone of us is super in our own way which led to some incredible art work, comics and even a poem from one of our Year 6's that was so good, it earned a place in the local paper.
I'm exhausted thinking about it all already, I can't wait to see what next term has in store for us! See you all Tuesday!
Congratulations to everyone who won one of our fantastic awards and certificates today. We have handed out awards for good attendance, certificates for the winning entries for the Eco Posters created this half term, Times Table Mastery winners for the top ten quickest in the school and the class winners,
chocolates for the 'Super' and 'Outstanding' behaviour raffle and even our 'Simply Behave' certificates for those who are so well behaved, they haven't been moved down a level all half term! Amazing!
This week in school…
Year 3 – have been learning to use written methods to solve addition and subtraction problems. They have also written their own rhyming poems about superheroes after learning all about rhyming couplets.
Year 4 – have been writing poems about their unsung heroes and lave learnt about a variety of poetry techniques. In Maths, they have been problem solving using a variety of strategies and have also been using the inverse operation to check calculations.
Year 5 – have been editing and publishing their Coke and Mentos experiment write up in English and have finished their learning about Saxons. It has been a great week for behaviour and Daffodils moved back into their new (old) classroom!
Year 6 – have been practising methods for multiplication and division, using increasingly harder questions and applying their knowledge to word problems. Well Done!
In English, they have written some wonderful poetry using similes, metaphors and personification. Excellent Writing! This afternoon, they led an interhouse Cross Country event for the whole school, go Year 6!
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We have finalised the after school clubs for next half term and clubs will start the week beginning 1st November, running until Thursday 8th December (six weeks).
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This week in school…
Year 3 – have been thinking about using their maths skills in real life by counting up coins and finding change. They have also worked hard to develop descriptive language in their stories and are ready to be published.
Year 4 – have been creating their very own fables which have a strong moral and teach a valuable lesson. In Maths, they have been consolidating their understanding of estimation and using this to check their answers. They have also learnt how to use the inverse.
Year 5 – have been writing up their Coke and Mentos experiment using detailed scientific vocabulary. In Maths, they have been looking at rounding and estimation when working out word problems.
Year 6 – have been studying poetry techniques and have started to produce some great poems. In Maths, they have started to look at efficient written methods for multiplication and division. Everyone also looked fantastic in their costumes this week!
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