We have begun 2020 by announcing a range of reading challenges across the school. Reading is central to our curriculum and at the heart of our school culture.
Every class has had a set of new books to have read aloud at story time and KS1 and Year 5 have started their reading challenge for home reading. KS1 children are taking part in a reading treasure hunt to read as many different types of books and authors at home. Year 5 children are challenged to read for at least 20 minutes a day at home, keep record of their minutes and count them up at the end of term. The challenges were announced at the class Stay and Read session this month where parents come to class to read with their child.
Parents have also been to class this month at our Reception and KS1 Raising Readers- How to develop reading for pleasure and understanding
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In March, we will be celebrating World Book Day and KS2 parents will be invited to a workshop Raising Readers- The importance of vocabulary and how to help your child. The workshop will be delivered in partnership with the school’s Speech and Language Therapist and follows on from the EYFS and KS1 workshop early this year Communication and Language- developing vocabulary – why and how?
Every child sings at Sulivan and 65% of KS2 play an instrument. This year’s Christmas concert promised to impressed and this is did with great success. A festive feast of music, singing and performing by our KS1 and KS2 children.
The children sang with confidence and filled our hall with joy and festive cheer. From the Christmas Medley sung in 4 parts, the jolly Rudolph song and the mind blowing Twelve Days of Christmas sung and played in 12 parts, it really was treat for us all.
A huge round of applause for our Nursery and Reception children who told the story of the the Nativity song, speech and movement. The audience were so impressed by their confidence and team work. Bravo!
Presentation and performance are core skills in our curriculum as it develops confidence, spoken language and co-operation skills that are needed to learn and in adult life. This term’s class performances have taken us on journeys through WWII, Ancient Greece and the age of the Victorians.
This term Willow Class (Year 4) have been learning about Ancient Greek history, art and literature. They have developed a good knowledge of mythology and the key historical events and people made famous in ancient times. Their visit to the British Museum inspired the children and brought the topic to life.
The class have been learning to present their work to an audience which they did with confidence at their class assembly. Parents, families and the whole school were impressed by their public speaking and performance as they sang, acted and presented information to the audience. They have been studying the myth of King Midas in English and are retelling and analysing it before writing their own versions.
Miss Campbell has noted that “the class have been really gripped by the topic. They learnt key facts and information about the time and used excellent critical thinking skills to ask questions, compare and contrast and view the period holistically; how art, literature and events link together to tell us the story of Ancient Greece in 2019. It has been wonderful to see how much they have learnt and how much they have enjoyed it.”
Our Wellbeing Week was a wonderful way of highlighting the importance we place on caring for the wellbeing of our children and staff at Sulivan. Two years ago we embarked on a refreshed approach and now we are going from strength to strength by improving our staff training, reducing workload, investing in child-centred wellbeing programmes and working with a multi-disciplinary team to improve, safeguard and support the wellbeing of our community.
Children in Year 5 and Year 6 were excited to start their squash club at the Hurlingham Club this week. They all enjoyed being coached by an expert from the club, followed by maths tutoring before having a delicious supper together which is prepared by the club’s chef. The children will be going every Wednesday for 2 hours after school this term and we know how much they will gain from the coaching and whole experience!