Trentside Federation School News – St Martin’s Church of England Primary School, Owston Ferry and West Butterwick Church of England Primary School We are well and truly back in to the swing of things for 2014. We began our new year with a series of Epiphany Assemblies, celebrating the visit of the three Wise Men to Jesus. This is the final part of the Christmas story. There are some interesting themes planned across both schools for this term which will certainly capture the imagination! We continue to plan from the interests of the children aiming to provide them with crosscurricular and meaningful learning experiences that are highly enjoyable, thus maintaining motivation and enthusiasm. Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) at St Matin’s is focusing on ‘recycling’. The children have been sorting our school waste according to whether it can be reduced, recycled, reused or composted. Over the next few weeks, the children will be reflecting upon how people affect the environment and the ways that people attempt to look after the present and safeguard the future through sustainable development. St Martin’s Football Team, comprising of boys and girls in Years 4-6, has been training in readiness for their first tournament at Appleby Frodingham Sports Stadium on Friday 24th January. Their practices have included ball control, penalty taking and fitness to improve their stamina. We wish them well in the tournament! West Butterwick School is to enter a Wake Up and Shake Up Tournament. For those of you not yet familiar with ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’, this is a daily physical programme that engages children of all ages in a fun and lively way. The children learn easy routines to pop music and have a great time doing so! There is a ‘cool down’ and ‘calming’ activity to finish. Having completed this ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’, the children then approach their class work re-energised’ and in a state of ‘readiness to learn’. When done regularly over a sustained period of time, this programme has proved beneficial in lots of ways to the children:enjoyment of school life and a sense of well-being (staff too!), improved self-esteem impacting on other curriculum areas: improved co-ordination (gross motor skills then impacting on fine motor skills), improved rhythm and timing ( this has helped with music and dance lessons), improved concentration and application to tasks immediately after the exercise session, increased stamina, improved behaviour - when done at the end of lunchtime, playground squabbles are forgotten and afternoon class is much better. There appear to be many benefits to this enjoyable and fun physical activity! In Class 2 (Years 1 and 2), at St Martin’s, pupils are studying Winter weather, considering how it affects the school environment and using this as inspiration for writing Winter poetry. Years 1 and 2 will also be studying the village of Owston Ferry and local area which will be compared to a ‘contrasting’ location. Observational drawing skills are also being developed in connection with this topic and pupils’ drawings will be displayed in the ‘Classroom Art Gallery’.
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