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Reception's visit to the local bakery

Reception have had a lovely afternoon visiting the local bakery.

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Have a look at the photographs to see what we bought!







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Sentence Builder App

Sentence Builder (Ages 5-10) Building sentences can be tricky; give your child a leg up with this easy slot machine-esque tool, featuring basic nouns, verbs and articles. Line up the words correctly to match the pictures, and you be rewarded by a cheering animated pal. This app is especially great for practice with grammar and connector words, and is appealing for visual learners because of the graphic illustration of how grammar works. Three levels of play are possible and there are many additional settings, allowing the app to grow with your child.



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Sing First Choir

It has been another busy day today at Unsworth. I have been working with a variety of different classes and groups. If you would like to see some of the children in action, go to the curriculum tab, scroll down to music and click on the “Music in Our School” page. Here you will be able to see some galleries of what different musical activities have been happening in school. Also, it may be of interest to parents, especially those with older children that I have started a ‘Youth Choir’ in Bury for children between the ages of 10 and 16.  The choir meet at the ‘Derby Schools Inspire Theatre’ every Tuesday evening in term time from 4 45-5 45 pm. If any current Y5/6 pupils or past pupils from Unsworth would like to join this choir, please contact school who will provide you with further information. The choir is funded by Youth Music therefore it is free to attend each session.

Mrs Geelan

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Year 3 Enquiry Homework

Thank you for the fantastic pieces of homework surrounding our Ghana enquiry. The children have gathered some interesting facts about the capital city Accra and have produced some interesting information pages. The research that takes place at home really does extend and further their current knowledge and understanding of a particular concept. We will be using this work as a stimulus this week within our lessons. The children have also been working hard within our Science enquiry, ‘What helps animals and humans stay healthy?’. Last week we shared our current knowledge and understanding of animals and gathered questions to which we would like to find the answers. This week we will be looking at a balanced diet and the importance of nutrients and vitamins.

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Reception children visit the local community

To end our ‘Baker’s shop’ topic, the children are going to visit the local bakery to buy an iced finger this week. I believe taking the children to experience this in the local community will be a valuable, learning experience. The staff at the bakery have said that they will serve each child individually to ensure they fully understand and partake in the experience.  I cannot wait!

This term, we also welcome 2 new members to our Early Year’s Team, Miss O’Gorman and Miss Nance.  Miss O’Gorman joined us last week and will be working in Reception full time, Miss Nance will be joining us each morning and dinnertime starting next week.   I’m sure they will have lots of fun working in our class.

Looking forward to another busy and eventful week,

Miss Ashton 🙂

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What a performance

Last week began with our whole school assembly. We found out all about Louis Braille and his ingenious system of reading and writing for blind people. During the week some of the children found some examples of Braille at home and brought them in to show me. It is always a pleasure when the children show such an interest and follow up their learning at home.
On Thursday our Y1 pupils entertained us with their class assembly. They have been reading and writing stories in their literacy lessons and the whole school and their visitors really enjoyed the telling of their class story. It was beautifully done and every child stood up and said their line. Parents supported by providing some great costumes and helping the children to practise and learn their lines. We all really enjoyed watching their confident performances.
On Thursday evening the School Improvement Committee of the governors met for their termly meeting. This committee meets each term to work with myself to make strategic decisions about the school. It is their responsibility to look at issues connected with the curriculum, with inclusion and with the community.
During the meeting we looked at the new National Curriculum and our progress towards its implementation in September 2014. We also discussed issues connected with national changes in the way schools and local authorities provide for children with disabilities and Special Educational Needs and how this may affect our school and our children. The governors were also told about the visits that our children have experienced over the last term to enhance their learning.
The Governing Body consists of 13 members of our school and local community who volunteer their time to work with myself to lead the school. We hold regular meetings and work in sub committees to make decisions about a whole range of things from personnel issues to how to spend our funding and look after our school building. Our main purpose is to evaluate and improve the quality of teaching and learning in our school. We will be providing more information on the work of the Governing Body on our website in coming weeks.




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Year 2 go back in time!

Year 2 have had another busy day today, continuing with their number line additions and subtractions in maths and planning an alternate Traditional Tale, which they will write on Friday morning! This afternoon they had the opportunity to visit our class role play area, which is set up this half term like Scutari hospital. The purpose of the area is for children to be able to take on different roles and develop their understanding of a given theme. Within the area there are costumes, artefacts, books and prompts to help the children to try out different scenarios. Below there is a gallery showing some of the children within the role play area and also some photographs of some of the children working on the netbooks to access our health enquiry learning page on the website!




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Daisy Dino Programming APP!

Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur!  This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen.  Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app’s challenges.  After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game.

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Well done Year 1!

Thank you to all who came along to our class assembly today. I am extremely proud of the children’s performances and the hard work and effort they put in. Thank you for providing some fabulous costumes and for helping your child to learn their lines. We have had an exciting couple of weeks learning about Neil Armstrong alongside reading many fantasy stories. I was amazed by the quality of the children’s homework posters about Neil Armstrong! Next week we will begin to plan and write our own fantasy stories and will be looking at Christopher Columbus and how he became famous. The children are currently working on the skill of collage in Art with Mrs Sherlock and will be producing some work based on the Artist Matisse. I will upload some photos of the children’s collages when they are complete. Please note show and tell will now be on a Thursday afternoon.

Thanks again for your support.

Miss Dooley

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Music in the New Year

Firstly, can I congratulate the children in our ‘Choral Group’ for a fantastic performance at the Parish Church. We helped to raise approximately £1500 for the Bury Hospice which was very gratefully received.  I hope you all managed to see the article in the Bury Times about this event and the lovely picture of the children.  The children were that amazing, we have already been asked to take part in this year’s carol service which will take place in December 2014.

I was amazed by the standard of the work the children produced for the RE Enquiry at the end of last term, culminating in the service where the school hall was wonderfully transformed into a church.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this service which truly was one of the highlights of my Christmas!

Now we have moved into the New Year, music continues to be vibrant and exciting.  The ‘Young Voices’ choir are busy perfecting songs for the event at the Arena on 4th February.  Parents, please support your children by encouraging them to listen to their CD’s and learn their lyrics for this event, so they really do get the most out of the day.  The ‘Choral Group’ will continue to rehearse, and I am hoping to plan some events for the choir to perform at this term.

Brass lessons continue in Year 5, whilst Year 3 will combine learning the recorder with other musical activities, where they will learn about Rhythm, Pulse and Ostinato patterns.

I look forward to welcoming the Reception class to the Music Room where they will have a block of 6 lessons.  The children will be playing our lovely new percussion instruments and learning songs about Winter.  Chinese New Year takes place at the end of the month so our activities and songs will help us to celebrate this important festival.

Finally, if your child does wish to start learning a musical instrument this year, teachers from the Bury Music Service visit our school weekly and welcome new pupils.  Please contact the school office for more information.