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Craft Club, run by Juliet every Monday after school, has shown itself to be full of budding Year 4 designers and sewers this week! The group showed us their drawstring bags they’ve been working hard on, sewing all the buttons and decorations on themselves, as well as designing the bags!

Their current project this half term is knitting.

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As part of World Book Week last week, we hosted a ‘book in a box’ competition! The idea was to recreate a story of your choice in a box, using any kind of materials and lots of imagination! We received lots of fantastic entries of all shapes and sizes, and stories, and Miss Bonner had a tough job deciding a winner from each class.

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After considering all of the boxes our winners were:

Nancy – Reception

Ralph – Year 1

Penny – Year 2

Hannah – Year 3

Hollie – Year 4

Noor – Year 5

Pandora – Year 6

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Congratulations to all of our winners, who each received a book card to spend on their favourite stories!

 

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A record sixty-four KS2 children entered our Bananagrams competition this year! There were many impressive and skillful rounds over several weeks and eventually two children were left to battle it out in the Grand Final – Rishi Chohan from Y3 and Kitty Gilbody from Y5. After a very exciting final, Kitty won to become Spring Bank’s Top Banana! She will now battle it out in online rounds against other Top Bananas from schools right across the country. Good luck, Kitty!

 

To celebrate World Book Week this week, our Key Stage 1 pupils were visited by Stephen Waterhouse, an illustrator and author, whose books include ‘My Pop-Up World Atlas’ and ‘The Runaway Chapati’.

Stephen showed the original artwork he created for his illustrations and his own books, and read a story too. He showed our students how to draw a character for a book, and drew an ice-cream, which one lucky student who suggested the idea received to take home! Everyone became illustrators with their own sheet of A3; he helped them draw food as characters, then themselves as characters and finally, the creature who could eat the Runaway Chapati at the end of the book. It was a wonderful interactive assembly!

Visit Stephen’s website here:

http://www.stephenwaterhouse.com/

 

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Today we welcomed Andy Seed, author of children’s books including the ‘Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff’, filled with fun facts and jokes to tell, and ‘Prankenstein’, a mystery novel.

Andy told us some knock-knock jokes from his book, as well as some funny scientific names of animals (who knew a Magpie’s scientific name was ‘Pica Pica’?!), we tried a terrific tongue twister (Irish wristwatch) and we guessed how many Year 6 pupils it would take to balance on a see-saw with a gorilla, a crocodile and a blue whale! Lucky participants who got the correct answers were given a pencil with a moustache on the end and some were given a bookmark. Andy also told us about receiving his Blue Peter award for Best Book with Facts in 2015 and answered questions from our own budding authors about publishers and which writers inspired him.

Check out Andy’s website here:

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As part of our weekly SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) assembly, our dance club performed for the whole school! The theme of our assembly was about the 3 ‘P’s: perseverance, being positive and having patience in order to reach a goal or learn something new. Our dance club have done just that, practising their routines every Tuesday after school and being patient and positive until they had learnt all the steps.

Congratulations to all our performers and their dance teacher for their fabulous show!

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Over the last few weeks, Reception up to Year 4 have been participating in the Move a Mile challenge! The challenge is to complete a full mile by running laps around the school, which our students have done so far with lots of energy and enthusiasm!

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The NSPCC visited Spring Bank to talk about their ‘Speak out, Stay safe’ campaign. They led Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies and did workshops with Year 5 and 6.

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Well done to our Reception class on their fantastic performance of Cock a Doodle Christmas! Many thanks to all the adults and staff who helped behind the scenes with costumes, prompting and line learning; likewise a big thank-you to all who came to watch the play this morning and who donated £70 to Reception’s collection bucket to buy a chick incubator this spring.

 

Year 2 have been working with friend of Spring Bank and local poet James Nash as part of their Fire, Fire topic and also as part of Headingley Literature Festival. They created their very own dragon poem with James’ expert guidance and the quality was excellent, especially their fantastic vocabulary. All of the children read either their favourite lines or their poem to parents, carers and governors in a fabulous celebration assembly – thank you to all those who came to join us. You can see a wonderful description of our assembly on the Headingley Literature blog web page (link below). Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed working with James and have been writing poems of their own and bringing them in to share ever since!

http://headingleylitfest.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/poet-james-nash-at-spring-bank-primary.html

 

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