End of Year Celebrations!

What a year! This year has been wonderful. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing the children grow and learn; achieve and make progress; investigate and explore; and all the while enjoy their time here at Prince Edward Primary. I personally want to thank all the  governors, school staff, children and families for working in partnership to provide the best possible education and life chances for our children. I feel so proud to be part of this amazing team. 

Today, it is our last day and we had a celebration assembly. Children received certificates for the Children’s University, for knowing all their multiplication facts, for 100% attendance and for homework. Some children not only had 100% attendance for the year, but some children had 100% attendance for two, three and four consecutive years!

One child had five consecutive years of 100% attendance and she was presented with two very special gifts. She loves reading, so she was presented with a bundle of books to take with her when she leaves for secondary school. She also received a glass paperweight with inscription. Well done. We are all so proud and we will miss you. 

There were three sports awards to present too. One child received the school’s Outstanding Contribution to Sports’ Trophy. This was for putting 100% effort in to a range of sports in school. She takes part in the daily mile run, Take 10 daily aerobics, the school’s orienteering team and the girls’ football team. Another child received the Outstanding Sporting Attitude Award. A few months ago when she started swimming lessons at school, she was petrified. With her growth mindset, she persevered, worked on her weaknesses and focused on putting in the right effort in order to get better. As a result she can swim a full length of the pool and has even taken up swimming for pleasure after school. The newest award to add to our huge collection of trophies was a trophy awarded to two girls who took part in speed cycling in the city finals. They came third out of all the competitors. 

Finally, we were proud to present the highest accolade our school can award. It is the Outstanding Approach Cup. This young lady was awarded this for her thirst for knowledge, her love of reading, her consistent 100% attendance, her ambition to be better everyday, her love of school, her love of challenge; and how she can create an epicentre of positivity with all those who know her. We are so proud and we will miss her. 

I sincerely wish everyone a wonderful summer. Please stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in September when you return. I can only hope that next year brings as much success as this one. 

Thank you and best wishes. 

Mr Sieczkarek

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Y6 Story Time Has Started….

One of the highlights of my week is story time with all the Y6 pupils. I think you are never too old to hear a good story. I try to read to the Y6s twice a week, and this quality time I spend with them is fundamental to the development of: inference, prediction and textual justification skills our children need to be ready for their next stage in education when they leave us. 

Our children get so involved with literature, so engrossed in the plot, and are always so eager to find out what happens next. 

We started the year with “The Ghosts of Golfhawk School” by Tessa Potter.

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The children made excellent predictions. The children could infer from the text by using evidence to back up their reasons. I was most impressed with their evaluations of the book. They had really thought about the way the author had “teased us throughout” and “left us small clues along the way”. 

Keep up the great work Y6 and I’ll return with another exciting story. 

Learning at Prince Edward

Today, there is so much going on we just had to share it. Our children, across school are involved in so much today. 

Our resident French teacher, Monsieur Barthelemy teaches all our KS2 pupils weekly. They are making excellent progress and today our Y5s were explaining what the weather was like in France. 

Our pupils in our school learn to play the violin. The whole of Year 5  have just started to learn how to play and follow simple musical notation and some of our pupils have elected to study the violin for a second year and take part in a select group. Heather Cordwell is our resident music teacher.

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Andy Messer (professional story teller and writer) spends a day in our school each week. He’ll be part of our school for the full year! We are so lucky to have our literacy sessions enriched with his skills and enthusiasm. Today he was working with y4 and he led the whole school assembly at the end of the day captivating every single one of us. 

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Many of our year groups have been baking for Macmillan Cancer Support today. Y2s have made flapjack and the Y6s baked vegan brownies! The school has smelt wonderful today. Not only are the children involved in fundraising, but the staff have been baking all week to raise money for this worthy cause. 

Our Y3s have been learning about the Stone Age since they started this school year. They’ve been up to all sorts. Today, they went in to our Secret Garden working as archaeologists to discover hidden artefacts. 

What will everyone get up to tomorrow?

Macbeth

After finishing Wuthering Heights, the Y6 were keen to hear Macbeth! They enjoyed Romeo and Juliet so much, they couldn’t wait to return to Shakespeare. Today, the entire year group were engaged from the beginning, offering ideas, thoughts, predictions and opinions. 


“Maybe the prophesies Macbeth heard, will become true because he wants them to become true?”

“Don’t you think the King will reward Macbeth for his efforts in that battle?”


The children were thirsty for more but we simply ran out of time! They started a debate with hardly any input from me. Read their thoughts. We’d only just met Lady Macbeth. She’d read her letters and had just heard news of her husband’s and the king’s arrival.

“I think Macbeth will have made Lady Macbeth think about becoming Queen.”

“I think if Lady Macbeth knows King Duncan is visiting her castle tonight, she’ll probably plan to have him killed.”

“But will she do it herself?” 

“I don’t think Macbeth will do it to his own cousin!” 

“But will she want to actually do it herself?” 

“Hang on! If they do kill King Duncan, they’ll have to kill the sons! They’re named as heir to the throne. Macbeth can’t become king until they’re dead too.” 

“Maybe they’ll poison them, wait until they’re asleep, then kill all three.”

The Y6s go on residential next week to Kingswood. I’m not sure we can wait until their return. Maybe I should go out there and read it before bedtime? 

World Book Day 2017

It’s been very exciting today. As we celebrate World Book Day, children and staff have come dressed up as their favourite book character. Well done Team Prince for all your efforts! Our School Council have been busy voting too on the best classroom door, front cover! I don’t yet know the results, but I can share the amazing “showstoppers” with you. I would find it too hard to decide! I love them all! See for yourself…

Foundation Stage and Nurture

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