The stories we hear begin to sound familiar: a well-intentioned digital Christmas gift they refuse to put down, familiarity with films classified for those much older, the new app that everyone seems to have but requires you to be 13.
Relax, we are not here to judge. It is important that children feel they can have honest conversations with people they trust about things they see and do online.
E-Safety is a frequent theme in our Computing lessons. However, next week we will also be observing Safer Internet Day (#SID2018).
We are using this opportunity to try something new: a daily blog and teacher’s podcast. The conversation will continue in lessons and assemblies. We hope these conversations continue in the playground and as children return home too.
For more information about e-safety, take a look at our website: easttilburyprimary.thurrock.sch.uk/e-safety
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This week in Reception, we have made some beautiful seasonal art. We looked at the colours used to symbolise Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and used these to create a painting representing the changing seasons.
Due to Road Safety Week, we also collaged traffic lights of our own using a range of materials and spoke about what each colour represents.
This week in Maths, Year 1 have been identifying the names and properties of both 2D and 3D shapes. They have been looking at the number of faces, edges and vertices each 3D shape has and how many sides and corners 2D shapes have. Year 2 have been looking at money and identifying different coins. They have been adding money together and solving problems involving money.
KS2 have been very busy this week in maths lessons. Y3 have been working on perfecting their knowledge of the 4X table and identifying patterns in this X table. They have been trying out different pieces of practical equipment to see which helps them best with their speed of recall for the 4X table. Y3 have also been working on worded problems, applying their knowledge and understanding and skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, which they have learnt earlier this term. Y4 have been learning about perimeter. They have been doing lots of practical work, including measuring the perimeter of items in their classes and walking the perimeter of spaces in the school grounds. Y5 have been working on their short and long division skills, using practical equipment and looking for patterns. Y6 are working on fractions; finding equivalent fractions and ordering and comparing fractions. Year 6 have been using practical equipment and their knowledge of the X tables.
On Friday 24th November Baroness Smith of Basildon will be visiting St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust in her role as our Honorary President.
The visit has been organised to celebrate nineteen members of staff in our Trust who are been presented with a Platinum Award for more than 30 years continuous service in education. They are:
Christine Mitchell Arthur Bugler Primary School
Paul Adamson Brentwood County High School
Paul Callow Brentwood County High School
Dawn Bradley Brentwood County High School
Mary Winn East Tilbury Primary School
Nicholas Davies St Clere’s Secondary School
Elizabeth Grundy St Clere’s Secondary School
Peter Margiotta St Clere’s Secondary School
Marilyn Meadway St Clere’s Secondary School
Gary Rainer St Clere’s Secondary School
Joseph Solis St Clere’s Secondary School
Joy Leader Stanford-le-Hope Primary School
Joseph Parker Stanford-le-Hope Primary School
Jane Thomas Stanford-le-Hope Primary School
Beverley Allinson Thameside Primary School
Lynne Billinghurst Thameside Primary School
Manjee Virdi Thameside Primary School
Paul Griffiths Central Trust Staff
Andrew Pearson Central Trust Staff
We are proud as a co-operative organisation we continue to value continuous service and look forward to the Trust conference later this term when our Bronze, Silver and Gold long service award winners will be recognised.
This visit is also an opportunity to share with Baroness Smith that following the passing of the Trust’s founder Mr Ray Osborne we are in the process of changing our name to the ‘Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust’. While Baroness Smith catches up on the significant success of our Trust in 2016/17 she will also take part in a tree planting ceremony at St Clere’s Secondary School in memory of Mr Ray Osborne. St Clere’s School will also ask Baroness Smith to unveil a plaque in the refurbished community sports facilities, which are now called “The Osborne Sports Complex.”
The CEO Mr Paul Griffiths said ‘”Baroness Smith has supported our work since her days as a local member of parliament. She is always keen to learn about how this co-operative academy trust is positively impacting on school improvement in this community. All our primary schools are now good and St Clere’s Secondary School has gone from strength to strength and is a beacon of excellence in this region.”
Children in EYFS, Year 1,Year 2 and Year 3 will be performing in their Chriostmas Production on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December. There will be a 9.30am and 1.45pm performance on each day. Check below to see the times each group will be performing.
The performance times are:
Tuesday 12th: EYFS/Yr 1 9:30am
Yr 2/Yr 3 1:45pm
Wednesday 13th: Yr 2/Yr 3 9:30am
EYFS/Yr 1 1:45pm
We estimate that the performances will last for up to 60 minutes. For the afternoon performance, we aim to have the children changed and ready for collection by 3.00pm for EYFS/KS1 and 3.10pm for KS2. Parents/carers who have watched the performance and will be collecting their children should exit through the main community doors, walk round to the playground and wait for the children to be dismissed.
Complete the form below to book a seat on the production. Please read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure you book for the correct event.
Each family may have two seats for each of their child’s performance. When you register you will receive a confirmation email. If you register for more than two seats or the names of the persons registered are not known to us as parents/carers, the booking will be removed. If there are special circumstances that require more than two seats i.e. parents have new partners, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the office team will contact you to discuss your requirements. You must bring either a print out of the email you receive or show the email on your phone when you attend for the performance. There is a maximum number of one hundred and sixty seats per performance, once we reach this capacity it will not be possible for you to register for the performance.
Science is alive and buzzing across East Tilbury Primary School. STEM club have been on an adventure looking for mini-beasts within our school environment. We saw giant spiders with skinny legs and woodlice hiding under rocks in out fabulous garden. Year One are investigating nocturnal animals, creating leaf pictures of animals they would only find at night. Year Three have thrown themselves into their learning and understanding of rocks; enquiring about different types of rocks and testing their properties to find which would be the most suitable to build a statue out of.
Year 4 received a letter from Wallace explaining that his inventions had been stolen by a mysterious figure! Have you seen him? He is disguised as a chicken and is on the loose! To help Wallace, the children have worked hard to produce their own blueprint designs of their inventions which all have a specific purpose. To accompany the designs, year 4 have been using sub-headings to organise their information to form part of their explanation texts ready to be delivered to Wallace on Friday.
We have had a fantastic start to Year One, settling in well and enjoying our new routine. This week in literacy we have looked at lots of different poems about toys. We looked at a special type of poem called an acrostic poem. We developed a bank of vocabulary which we could use in our poems and developed different skills throughout the week before writing our own acrostic poem on Friday. We all produced a really high quality of poems and all tried really hard. Well done 1CS!
We have chosen as a class some poems to share with you.
This week, we hosted a Royal Opera House tour and were joined by visitors from another school, keen to gain some insight into the journey of becoming an Artsmark Platinum School. They were treated to snippets of the learning and creativity that goes on here at East Tilbury. This included George and Ellie presenting their Arts Award portfolios, the cast of Carmen, taken from our school choir, singing songs from the opera, children talking about their recent photography project with Emile Holba, an English lesson with Miss Jones, children performing a very amusing scene from the recent Midsummer Night’s Dream Spring Production and Summer and Ricardo working as our photographers for the visit. Visitors were overwhelmed by the confidence and warmth of our pupils, as well as the level of expertise they are saw developed through partnerships such as Trailblazer. They were greatly impressed by the range of experiences made available to our pupils and the breadth and balance of our curriculum.
These are some of the photos that Ricardo and Summer took to document the visit. Thank you and well done to everyone.