Just a reminder we have our STEM information workshop for Parents/Carers on Wednesday morning in the KS1 hall 9.15-9:45am. Please can you enter via the KS1 door which is located up the driveway behind Kiddiecare. We look forward to seeing you then www.stem.org.uk www.primaryengineer.com
On Friday 7th of February the children will be taking part in an exciting whole school maths day in aid of the NSPCC. You should receive a letter this afternoon via email with all the details. A copy of the letter along with lots of other information can also be found on our website www.isteadrise.org.uk NSPCC
Year 6 Church Performance
Wonderful performance from Year 6 this afternoon at the church. A huge thank you to all the Parents/Carers who were able to attend. We hope you enjoyed it as much as children and staff.
Christmas Sing Along Show
Congratulations to our Year 1 & 2 children for a fantastic Christmas Sing Along Show this afternoon. The children were wonderful, and even performed a rendition of 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' using sign language. We hope you all enjoyed it us much as us!
Our children had the most amazing time this morning at the Panto! For an hour and a half the children were transported back to the magical setting of Jack and The Beanstalk. They met the characters Jack, Blossom the cow, Slinky McGreedy the evil witch and Jack's Aunty Dolly. There was lots of 'High ya Jack' and 'She's over there' from the children and a huge amount of excitement. We would like to say a very big 'Thank you' to our FIRPS team for organising this fabulous experience for our children.
Our little Acorns performed beautifully yesterday afternoon in their first Nativity. Thank you to all of our Parents and Carers who attended.
We would like to introduce you to our Year 6 Sports Ambassadors, Mackenzie, Rhys, Ghaneem, Lorena, Sarah, Poppy and Preet! The children help run sports competitions and also run games on the playgrounds at break times.
Children In Need
Thank you to all of you for donating today. We had some amazing cakes sent in and have raised over £400 for Children in Need. The children all looked great and have had a fun day while raising lots of money for this important charity. Thank you again for your generosity.
BBC Children in Need
KCC have been in school this week to make the children aware of the importance of road safety. To help with the presentation Mia was 'Stop', Cerys was 'Look', Lily was 'Listen', Carlyle was 'Think' and Blake was 'Hold Hands'!
Foundation Nativity & Christmas Songs
Parents/Carers of Acorns Class, just a reminder if you would like to attend the Foundation Nativity & Christmas Songs on Wednesday 4th December, please respond via the following link (limited to 2 adults per child) https://forms.gle/gUHq8NwppmNUotVQ9 You can find full details of the event on our website under the Foundation Year group setting https://isteadrise.org.uk/
The National Grid
The National Grid came into school yesterday and delivered 'Bug Hotel' workshops to Year 5 and Foundation. The children had a great time and made some fabulous creations! @nationalgriduk
Embracing a Whole School Restorative Approach
The hard work and commitment of staff at Istead Rise Primary has led to amazing results, with the more serious behaviour incidents in the school reducing from 18 in 2016-17 (the year prior to the introduction of a Restorative Approach), to 10 in 2017-18 and 0 thus far in 2018-19.
Congratulations from all at Behaviour Matters who are proud to have been part of their journey to become a fully restorative school. Over the last two years we have run a series of training sessions, training all staff in Restorative Approaches, Year 5 and 6 pupils as Peer Mediators, and parents in Restorative Parenting.
It was great to see their October Ofsted inspection resulting in a rating of GOOD with OUSTANDING features, with the following positive comments:
- “The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”
- “The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. The culture of high expectations, support and nurture that has been established by leaders has resulted in pupils’ exemplary conduct around the school.”
- “Pupils feel happy and safe at school. They feel that the rare incidents of bullying are dealt with very quickly and effectively by adults. They also appreciate the work of ‘peer mediators’, who help to resolve any issues during playtimes.”
Finally, it was very encouraging to see that the historically low rates of attendance across the school have improved, with Ofsted commenting: “Attendance has improved and is currently in line with the national average. Furthermore, the attendance of pupils who have had high levels of absence is quickly improving.”
Congratulations to all the staff for working consistently to do the best for their pupils, to the Peer Mediators who make the playground a happier place and to all the pupils, who together have made Istead Rise a truly cohesive school community.
Acorns have really enjoyed the Forest this term. They have been super excited to make bread over the open fire and made fantastic reindeer’s from natural resources and a few red noses and googly eyes.
UK Parliament Week – Christmas Jumper Money Referendum
On 15th November 2018 the children voted in a mock referendum.
They were asked the question: where do you think the money raised on Christmas Jumper Day should go? a) to a charity b) to the school. All of the children had debates and learnt about how democracy in the UK works. We even had a reply from ‘Your UK Parliament’ via Twitter thanking us for taking part!
Year 1 & 2 Pupil Voice
On Monday 5th November, Years 1 and 2 had a Superhero day!
Everyone was invited to dress up as their favourite superhero, even the teachers! Our heroes ranged from fictional ones such as Spiderman and Wonder Woman to real life superheroes like fighter pilots and the police service. We had lots of fun learning about the different heroes and what they do to help people. To end the day we had a Superhero parade where we got to show everyone our outfits and head judge Mrs Doe was on hand to give out prizes to each class!