Year 5 Parent/Teacher/Child Consultations

We would like to invite you to a 15 minute session with your child and their class teacher to discuss their progress in Year 5.

 

Due to the length of time offered to every parent, the meeting will take place during the day on Tuesday 25th February 2020 from 9.00am to 5.30pm. If you are unable to make this date please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange an alternative date, as we feel it is very important that we meet with all parents and their children.

 

On 25th February 2020 your child will meet you in the reception area 10 minutes before your appointment time, this will give you an opportunity to view your child’s work books.

 

In order for us to arrange a timetable, please select a first and second choice time slot and return the reply slip and we will accommodate you as best we can.

 

Y5 parent teacher consultations jan 20

Newsletter – 17th January 2020

Business as usual in school this week with plenty going on. All our clubs are up and running with more children than ever taking part in something extra-curricular before, during or after school. We have over 700 club spaces filled up with around 80% of our children getting involved which is great. We have been talking to the children about what they would like to do in clubs (within reason!) and we are always looking at ways of getting even more attending.

It was great to see lots of people at our 11+ meeting on Wednesday. If you couldn’t make the meeting, or would just like a recap, the slides from the presentation are on our website in the letters section. https://chalkwellhall.co.uk/2020/01/16/11-presentation/

 

On the sporting front, Year 3 have started their swimming lessons this week, having a great time working on their skills in the pool at Earls Hall and our indoor athletics team have been out training at Southend High School for Girls ahead of their next competition.

 

Our basketball team are playing at the University of East Anglia in Colchester today, representing us in the Essex finals after doing so well in the Southend competition (they had won 3 out of 3 when I had to come back to school so fingers crossed!) and our Year 5 & 6 boys are competing in the finals of the Southend 6-a-side tomorrow at Bournes Green Juniors. Good luck everybody!

 

PTA NEWS

Despite the cold, wet weather, it is now the Spring Term and we are excited for all our forthcoming fundraisers, with dates for your diaries to be advised ASAP. Thank you again for all your wonderful support last term, we had the most successful Autumn Term to date!

 

The 500 Club – Congratulations to the December draw winners – Simone Isaacs (85), Greg Oberbeck (58) and Chloe Danby (176).

 

The 500 Club is our school lottery, with numbers sold to parents, grandparents & carers at £1 per number and you can have as many numbers as you would like! Half of the funds raised are retained to contribute towards the upkeep of our much valued and well used school minibuses and the balance is paid in monthly cash prizes, with 3 winning numbers drawn in assembly by the children each month. If you would like to join, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com … you’ve got to be in it, to win it!

 

Christmas Panto 2020 – We have secured discounted tickets for the opening show of the 2020 Christmas Panto of Peter Pan at Cliffs Pavilion on Saturday 12th December at 2.30pm and Sunday 13th December at 2.30pm. Tickets for both performances will be £33.50 per person (instead of £38 per person at the box office).

  • Saturday 12th December 2020 – seats are in the Stalls, rows D-H
  • Sunday 13th December 2020 – seats are in the Stalls, rows G-J

 

Please email ptachstheatre@gmail.com to register your interest and to secure your tickets at a discounted price through us ASAP. Please note we will not need payment until Easter.

Go Bonkers Inflatable Afternoon – Friday 15th May (3.30-5.30pm / 6-8pm)

Summer Fete – Saturday 27th June (12-3pm)

 

Attendance Matters

This week there were 34 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Thursday 23rd January 2:30pm 6RW  class assembly
Thursday 30th January 2:30pm 3GB  class assembly
Thursday 6th February 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Tuesday 11th February 2:45pm-3:15pm Open afternoon
Tuesday 11th February all day Year 6 parent consultations
Thursday 13th February 2:30pm 6AD  class assembly
Friday 14th February Last day of half term
Monday 17th – Friday 21st February Half term holiday
Tuesday 25th February all day Year 5 parent consultations
Tuesday 3rd March all day Year 4 parent consultations
Tuesday 10th March all day Year 3 parent consultations

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Mr Linfield

Year 6 Parent Teacher Consultations

We would like to invite you to a 15 minute session with your child and their class teacher to discuss their progress in Year 6.

 

Due to the length of time offered to every parent, the meeting will take place during the day on Tuesday 11th February 2020 from 9.00am to 5.30pm. If you are unable to make this date please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange an alternative date, as we feel it is very important that we meet with all parents and their children.

 

On 11th February 2020 your child will meet you in the reception area 10 minutes before your appointment time, this will give you an opportunity to view your child’s work books.

 

In order for us to arrange a timetable, please return the reply slip with a first and second choice time slot and we will accommodate you as best we can.

 

Y6 parent teacher consultations Jan 20

Year 3 Visit to Westcliff Library

This term, Year 3 have been given the opportunity to visit Westcliff Library for a workshop and to explore our local library. The children will have the chance to:

 

  • Learn what they can find and do in the library
  • Experience the range of books that can be found in the library
  • Promote an enjoyment of reading
  • Join the library and borrow books

If your child already has a library ticket and pin, please ask them to bring them along. This will allow them to borrow books whilst at the library.

 

We are also asking for any volunteers that would be willing to accompany us to the library. If this is something you are able to help with, please let your child’s class teacher know.

 

As our year group is particularly large, we will be visiting over two days. As the trip is within normal school hours, the children can continue with their normal lunch arrangements and do not need to bring anything additional with them on the day.   As the weather has now turned colder, please make sure they are wrapped up warm on the day of their visit.

 

3GB – Monday 20th January 2020 – 9.00am to 11.00am

3GT – Monday 20th January 2020 – 10.15am to 12.15pm

3AH – Monday 27th January 2020 – 9.00am to 11.00am

3NM – Monday 27th January 2020 – 10.15am to 12.15pm

Newsletter – 10th January 2020

Welcome back one and all! After a rest and a recharge, the children and staff have picked up where we left off. Diving straight back into our usual busy schedules with year groups getting stuck in to their new topics across the school.

 

Year 6 took part in a crime scene investigation day on Tuesday to support their understanding of their new topic, “Does the punishment fit the crime?”. The Detective Project South East Essex, who are real police detectives themselves, came in and asked the children to solve a murder that took place in the backstage of The Palace Theatre. The children quickly got to work and they spent the day dusting fingerprints, reading witness statements, creating timelines, narrowing down suspects by referencing where they were at the time and analysing data, such as tyre treads and footprints. Their workshops were followed by a science lesson, where the children learnt more about DNA – building double helix models and even extracting DNA from strawberries!

Year 5 are looking at “What makes a great adventure?” and spent a day looking at different cultures and practices from around the globe. Sport from the USA, Aboriginal art form Australia, cave paintings from South Africa, origami from Japan and food from France with Mr Fleury who encouraged children to be adventurous with their food by conducting a taste test for five different French foods. Many children surprised themselves in trying food that they had, up until now, avoided only to find they actually liked it!

Year 4’s topic, “How can you weather a storm?” saw them start the term by finding out all about the beginning of The Tempest through song. They also acted in role as members of the cast, investigated Shakespeare and participated in an art workshop developing their sketching technique and taking inspiration from Hokusai’s The Wave.

 

Year 3 are looking at “Who were the ancient Egyptians?” this term and they started by studying Egyptian artefacts, building pyramids, designing headdresses and even mummifying a tomato!

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 43 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 6:00pm 11+ meeting for parents
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3AH  class assembly
Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 2:30pm 6RW  class assembly
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3GB  class assembly
Thursday 6th February 2020 at 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 2:45pm-3:15pm Open afternoon
Tuesday 11th February 2020 all day Year 6 parent consultations
Thursday 13th February 2020 at 2:30pm 6AD  class assembly
Friday 14th February 2020 Last day of half term
Monday 17th – Friday 21st February 2020 Half term holiday
Tuesday 25th February 2020 all day Year 5 parent consultations
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 all day Year 4 parent consultations
Tuesday 10th March 2020 all day Year 3 parent consultations

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, schools are required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to Year 4 pupils.  This will take place during a 3-week window in June.

 

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables (up to and including 12 x 12) fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics, eg. supporting work in fractions, division and word problems.

 

During the Spring Term, we will continue to administer our fortnightly Times Tables Stars challenge.  In addition, in Year 4 we will be carrying out a ‘Cold’ Test on Mondays (on a specific table or tables) and a ‘Hot’ Test on Fridays, to encourage the children to improve their times tables recall.  The children will be made aware of the focus times table(s) on Friday for the following week.

 

Regular practice of times tables at home is extremely beneficial and we would appreciate your support. This can be carried out in a variety of ways, including the use of programs such as Times Tables Rockstars and Hit the Button; Sound Check on TT Rockstars actually replicates the online MTC.

 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact Mrs Weir or Mrs Harris.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Newsletter – 19th December 2019

The holidays are here so it is time to say Merry Christmas one and all and our thanks to everyone for making this another wonderfully successful term at Chalkwell Hall. We finished our festive fun this week with our Carol Concert, Christmas dinner, Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children and our Santa Run this afternoon.

 

We had our final celebration assembly this morning where the whole school got to witness the beautiful singing of our choir, who had performed so wonderfully at St Saviour’s church on Monday evening, along with the musical talents of our staff as a bonus surprise too!

 

Our enormous thanks to the efforts of our PTA team and their army of volunteers for helping organise and run so many different events over the course of the year. The money raised means we can keep the minibuses running, which are really important to our children taking part in so many events outside school, and it has helped pay for new playground equipment and new interactive screens in school which make learning a lot more interesting for our children. We wouldn’t be able to stretch budgets as far without our community rallying around us so thank you all for getting involved!

 

Governor news

Mr Neife came in to visit us this week:

I met with Mr Robinson with his year 4 table tennis group and it was overwhelming to see so much enthusiasm from the kids to play. I noticed that there were potential stars among the group as a table tennis player myself. The kids were hitting very tricky shots so I had to dig deep to save face. Anyway, it was worth the visit and I shall be back to help coach them.  The staff have been undoubtedly working tirelessly to help the children, you are all stars and on this, I say THANK YOU and WELL DONE!

Attendance matters

This week there were 40 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Monday 6th January 2020 Children return to school
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 2:30pm 5JT class assembly
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3AH  class assembly
Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 2:30pm 6RW  class assembly
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3GB  class assembly
Thursday 6th February 2020 at 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Thursday 13th February 2020 at 2:30pm 6AD  class assembly

 

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

 

Science Studies in Year 6

During the week commencing 13th January 2020 pupils in Year 6 will be taught the Heart and Circulation unit of Human Biology in line with our Science studies.

 

Year 6 will learn about the circulatory system, the chambers of the heart and the blood. To support their studies the pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in a sheep heart dissection. In this activity, children will benefit from seeing the internal structure of the heart and become more familiar with the four main chambers: the left and right ventricles and right and left atria.

 

The sessions will be strictly supervised and the pupils will be supplied with protective goggles and gloves. Children will have the opportunity to ask questions so that we can address any concerns or worries that they may have, as well as having an opportunity to write about what they already know about the heart.

 

We are fully aware that this activity will not suit all of the children but it is a wonderful opportunity for those that do wish to take part. Activities based around the circulatory system will be provided for those children that do not wish to participate.

 

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 6 team.

 

Please complete the slip on the letter to give your consent to your child participating in this unit of work.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Heart Dissection ltr Dec 19