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All Saints' CE VA Junior And Infant School

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All Saints' CE VA Junior And Infant School

Our Core Value this half term is Justice

Psalm 106:3 'Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.'

Speak Out! Stay Safe!

We have been thinking about who we can talk to if we have any worries. We used the NSPCC 'Speak out! Shout out!' campaign to identify our trusted grown-ups in school and at home. We also learned the phone number for Childline and explored the 'Buddy Zone' on Childline's website. The link for Childline is below - 

 

We created our Happy Places on the Buddy Zone. 

 Here are some drawings of our trusted grown-ups at school and home. 

 

Theatre Visit

We welcomed Skylar’s Missing Note into school which is an innovative and impactful education project from Leeds International Piano Competition and Manic Chord Theatre which introduces children to the world of music through live performance. Our reception and key stage 1 children really enjoyed it. They also completed an active workshop.

ASGT 2021

What a great showcase of the talent we have at All Saints'. We made this possible virtually and safely within school to allow our children to shine. The finalists demonstrated all our core values along with the compassion and support from the whole school. Well done to our winners and thank you to everyone who took part and joined in via zoom.

The Big Ask

All of our children this week have taken part in The Big Ask Survey. This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. They will use what we tell them to show the government what we think, and what children need to live happier lives.

The results from this survey will help Rachel de Souza (Children's Commissioner) identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

As a forward facing school we are pleased to be involved in helping put children and young people at the heart of the country’s plans to rebuild for the future.

Skircoat Green Allotment

In Year 3, our current Science topic is plants. On Monday, we took a walk to the Skircoat Green allotments to see lots of different fruits and vegetables that had been planted.
Mrs Shire (our Chair of Governors) took us around and gave us lots of information about the allotment. We saw cherry trees, pear trees, rhubarb, potatoes, tomatoes and lots more!

Roman Dig

This week, Year 3 had the pleasure of welcoming a visitor into school – Jeffrey Andrews. Jeffrey carried out a Creative Archaeology session based on the Romans. Year 3 became archaeologists for the morning and dug for lots of different things, such as seeds, pottery, coins and bones!

World Book Day

Our annual potato competition was as popular as ever with lots of entrants, it was so hard to choose the winners. Each class had two winners who were awarded a £5 voucher to spend in The Thoughtful Spot. Please see below a video showcasing a small sample of our entrants.

SHINE Team

Our wonderful group of children have decided to support this wonderful idea this year. In school our children are going to create a Santagram in the form of a card or a bookmark to spread some festive cheer amongst our local lonely people. 

Our SHINE Team have once again decided to support Mothershare, albeit slightly differently this year. In the past we have provided Christmas boxes and these have always been truly wonderful! This year the charity are supporting the Women’s Refugee in the form of making Christmas special for the families who have had to flee their homes in desperation. They have asked if we can donate items to make their Christmas Day as special as ours. During week commencing 14th December we will place a box at the front entrance of school to gather these items which will then be delivered by our JLT and Mrs Dumbreck on the last day of term. They are asking for crackers, cheese, biscuits, vegetables, chocolates anything that you would love to have on Christmas Day! They are also asking for donations for the vulnerable Mums, this could be a candle, bath set, chocolates etc. Thank you for your support towards these vulnerable local families.

Thank you from CART

Year 5 trying out our new laptops today. A big thankyou to the PTFA for helping to fund the Ipods for year 6 also.

LGBT Week

During LGBT week, we shared a variety of storybooks across school. These books highlight just how different and varied families can be whilst simultaneously identifying that it isn't a particular set of people that make a family - LOVE makes a family. 
In KS2, we explored this theme further through Stonewall materials and resources. We watched films that deepened the children's understanding of the issues prejudices can cause when families don't fit the 'traditional' image.
To end our fantastic week, we all gathered to participate in a Pride Walk. This allowed the children to share and show their flags and banners, as well as being an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the week. The school was a blaze with colour as we all dressed brightly. Please see below our school's 'Wall of Love'. Each class had an opportunity to add their thoughts and ideas.
Our KS2 children quoted:
"LGBT week is important because it's an opportunity to celebrate everybody's differences and the things that make them special."
"I think LGBT week is important because people should be able to love whoever they want to and feel accepted."
"LGBT week is important because we can learn about other people's families and that all you need is love to make a family."

Year Three have taken part in a Roman Day. They were visited by an authentic Roman, who shared with them a plethora of fascinating artefacts which they could handle and draw. The morning session allowed the children to bake bread, sculpt Roman pots and create their own magical mosaics. What a wonderful day indeed.

Our Voice Matters Writing Project
Year 6
Mr Winston who is a poet has been working with year 6 to enable them to share their voice through poetry. In our first we created short poems using words from Winston Churchill's speech. In our second session, as a class, we worked hard to create a 'Blitz-style' poem.  We then sent the completed poem to the man who created the poem format; here is his response-

'Thank you very much for sending this along to me! Please congratulate your students on a job well done. They did a very nice job with the rhythm and the pacing, and I particularly like the section: 

Burning our land 

Land ablaze  

Land armies strike  

Striking down  

With the transition of the noun form of "land" to the adjective form. Very clever! 

Again, please congratulate them on a job well done. You made my day by sending this along! 

- Rob Keim '

We've really enjoyed our time with Mr. Winston, and I am sure you will agree that, the poetry produced is fantastic!

Reception Class 2021

We are so proud of our reception class. They have settled in so quickly to school life and are shining brightly!

World War II Day - Year 6

To celebrate our World War II topic, Year Six have spent the day immersing themselves in activities of the era. We have dressed up as evacuees, participated in an air raid, baked using a wartime recipe, and listened to the chart-topping hits for the years of the war. It has been a very exciting experience and one that has allowed the children to fully involve themselves in active learning opportunities. 

Calderdale SmartMove

One of the ways we are courageous advocates is that we support and share the message of SmartMove along with helping them with our actions. Dom from SmartMove visited school to let us know how our fundraising has helped them to support those in Calderdale who are less fortunate and he asked us to collect donations at harvest time. We loved his poem to encourage us to share a smile. We are big on smiling here at All Saints'.

PTA Disco

The Disco was a huge success. DJ Ted was a hit and the party games were a treat.  A huge thank you to PTA who raised £491.50

Courageous Advocates

We have supported Alopecia UK several times in school with our fundraising. However, this is an example of how the children from All Saints' use their voices and share what they have learnt to continue this support.outside school. Some of the children in Year 5 decided to walk 20 miles in September to support Alopecia UK month. They raised over £1000.  Well done children, you are shining your light for others.

Charity Dress Down Day

As you may be aware the coronavirus outbreak in India is at a critical point. As a school we encourage our children to be courageous advocates and instill the value of compassion amongst our whole family. In order to support our Indian community during this difficult time we are holding a ‘Dress In Orange Day’ Wearing this colour has been chosen, as dark saffron appears in the Indian flag and represents courage and sacrifice, which are particularly important during this difficult time. If you would like to support the charity: India COVID-19 Appeal- Oxfam GB, then please send your children into school on Friday 28th May wearing orange and with a donation. Thanks for your support. Let’s raise some much needed funds and awareness!

UPDATE! We raised £233.44 for this fantastic charity, thank to everyone who donated.

National Reflection Day

On Tuesday 23rd March we joined the nation to mark this significant day. We took part in class worship, a minute silence, where we thought of people who have been affected by the pandemic and reflected upon the year. We also created daffodils to display in our hall window- look out for these over the next few weeks!

Hand to Mouth Lent Journey

Our Year two children have taken part in the Hand to Mouth Spiritual Lent Journey. The children were able to enhance their spiritualty and deepen their thinking around lent. The stations posed questions, stories, discussion and reflection opportunities,  they even had the opportunity to taste food, including chocolate!

As our  school is at the heart of our  community, just as Overgate is at the heart of Calderdale. We have faced unprecedented challenges this year as Covid-19 has had such a huge impact on families and schools. At the Hospice, it has also impacted them enormously. They have  seen a dramatic fall in their income as their shops were shut and they are yet to see a time when their fundraising activities can return to normal. Whilst the news continues to focus on the pandemic, there are still local people living with life-limiting illnesses who are facing the end of their lives. They  need our support to ensure Overgate can continue to be there for these people and their families. 

All Saints' are took  part in The Reindeer Run around the local area, keeping everyone safe but offering some much needed fun. 

All children in the school received a pair of antlers and a red nose. All of this is provided free of charge, but each child is provided with a sponsor form and we ask that those who are able, raise much needed money to support the Hospice.

'Big Frieze'

We have created our own whole school 'Big Frieze' which show the 7 parts of the Christian story, from Creation and Fall to Salvation and The Kingdom of God.  We learn this story through our RE curriculum as we move through school.

A visit from Florence Knightingale in Year 2

Thanks to Bankfield Museum, Florence Knightingale was able to make her annual visit via video communication. The children shared some interesting questions with her and her answers really helped to build their knowledge.

 

World Book Day

Don't forget to keep the reading going at home!

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Lent Journey

This week year 2 and year 5 took part in An Amazing Journey into Lent and Holy Week.  The journeys looked at this special time of preparation and reflection for Christians.  The children worked in pairs or alone to take a whistle-stop tour through each of the special days in lent, tasting pancakes, learning about the last supper, thinking how Jesus was in pain, and looking at his special garden and much more.  Each task allowed children to reflect and pray if they wished.  Hand to Mouth work regularly with our school, enabling children to explore Christianity and reflect on their own spiritual journey. 

 

Ancient Egyptians

Our Year Four children visited Bolton Museum to consolidate their learning on Ancient Egypt. They took part in a workshop where they handled artefacts and created a human timeline. They even saw a real Mummy!

Daily Mile

We have started to complete the Daily Mile! Every child in school goes out each day in the fresh air to (run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes). It is not competitive though some will compete and that is fine. Most children will average a mile in the 15 minutes, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but physical activity in a social setting which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health, and well-being. The children run in their ordinary school clothes. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment. And most importantly, the children really enjoy it.  

VICTORIANS!

As part of the Year 1 History topic 'Victorians' they experienced the life of a Victorian school child. Firstly, Miss Paige taught them about the 3 R's; Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Then, they got to play with real Victorian toys! Finally, we practised our cursive handwriting by using a fountain pen. It was very hard!

Year Six have been developing their skills as archaeologists. They  have delved deep into the past to uncover many wonderful artefacts, which they then catalogued. It was essential that they worked collaboratively on their 'digs' to find the lost treasures. In the afternoon, they worked with clay to make their very own Greek pottery following authentic Greek patterns and designs. It was a really exciting day that has been the perfect culmination on all our learning about the Ancient Greeks. Thank you, Jeffrey - you were fantastic!

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