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04/06/2018

Welcome back to our final term of the year!  I was so proud of the children (and staff) last half-term; particularly those children in Year 2 and Year 6 who took part in the SATs.  I know that they all gave their absolute best and worked really hard.  Thank you also to the parents for ensuring they were all here bright and early and ready to face each day with a smile.

Last term I had the pleasure of being invited into Year 3 for a special ukulele performance – they were brilliant! I am thrilled to see how enthusiastic they have been in learning this new skill, and I must say a big thank you to Mr Isaacs for teaching them.

I received some wonderful, persuasive letters from Year 2 asking whether they can visit Valley Parade this term – I can’t refuse such fantastic requests, and I might even join them on the day as it sounds very exciting…

The children responded really well to the new behaviour systems and we have been learning a lot about personal responsibility and self-awareness.  This will continue into this half term.  I would also like to introduce a ‘kindness award’ for those children who go above and beyond to look after others as this is a really important quality that I would like us all to leave Atlas with.

This term will also be a busy one with the Phonics Screening for Year 1, Eid celebrations, Sports Day, the Year 6 performance and a residential visit – all in 6 weeks!

I also want to thank all of our families for continuing to get the children into school throughout Ramadan – I know that it isn’t easy on these long, summer days.

It will also mark the end of my first year at Atlas.  It has been such a pleasure to get to know you all and I am proud to be part of the family – thank you all for making me so welcome and I look forward to many more exciting times with you all.

Mrs Simpson

 

29/03/2018

Is it finally Spring?

It’s been a strange half-term with ice, snow, hail and all other weathers to contend with along the way. This has made it difficult to fit everything in and we’ve all had to work hard to catch up.

I’ve seen some fantastic work from all year groups this term, including some excellent projects from home – Imane’s Viking longboat was something very special!

This term we have talked a lot about kindness and about growing into responsible citizens. The most important thing for me is that every child leaves here with self-esteem, confidence and happiness, and the only way that can happen is if we are all kind to each other. This will be a continuing theme into the next term.

Next term will also see the introduction of a new behaviour policy for the school; more details will be sent out after the holidays.

Year 6 have been working so hard to prepare for next term’s SATs. Booster classes have been taking place and the children are working their socks off every day. Each and every child in Year 6, however they score in the tests, has so much to be proud of. We have amazing artists, singers, actors, comedians and many more – these skills can’t be measured by the tests. Year 6 – remember you are all brilliant; work hard, try your best and give it everything you’ve got in the next term.

Year 2 will also be taking their assessment tests in May, with Year 1 taking part in the phonics screening in June, so we have a busy term ahead.

Thank you to all the parents and carers for your continued support. Have an enjoyable break and we’ll see you all on the 16th April.

Mrs Simpson

 

26/02/2018

Woah! We’re halfway there!

Well, it’s halfway through our academic year and I can’t believe the changes we have gone through so far…

The teachers have been working with Mrs Day, our fantastic maths consultant, and they have been making changes to the way in which the maths lessons are structured. I have seen so much collaborative working, reasoning, explanation and challenge throughout each year group and it is a joy to see the love of maths coming alive.

Key Stage One had an amazing visit to Chester Zoo, where they met such a vast range of animals (I was so sad that I couldn’t go – the giraffes are my favourite).

Year 3 had a great visit to Saltaire last week and loved their Victorian experience, even if it was rather cold! There are more exciting outings coming up, so watch this space…

Mrs Khalifa has been busy meeting with our School Council and developing their roles. They have come up with some fantastic ideas so far but would like your help – they have made a suggestion box for our entrance hall and would like your ideas, too. Get your thinking caps on!

Our first ‘Play and Learn’ session took place in our new parents’ room las week. I went along and met the children and their parents (I even had a play). This will take place every Wednesday morning from 9.00-10.30am and is open to the whole community, so if you know anyone with younger children (0-4 year olds) please let them know.

Atlas Food Bank is now up and running. If you would like to make any donations, or if you need to use the food bank in any way, please speak to myself, Mrs Khalifa or Miss Snowden.

Thanks to you all for your hard work so far – keep it up!

Mrs Simpson