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Year 5 Spelling Bee

The end of the half term only means one thing in Year 5…

A Spelling Bee!

The competition was competitive, but full of sportsmanship. All the words from Year 5 weekly tests had a chance of appearing!

After rounds of heartbreak and celebration, Froggatt beat last terms winners in the final! Congratulations!

Safer Internet Day: Consent

Linking to Safer Internet Day 2019, Year 5 discussed what is meant by consent for both the online and offline world.

We had different scenarios and examples of asking for consent including stroking a dog, sharing photos, and allowing apps to use your location. Each one brought up interesting questions and thoughts that showed that our technology has both positive and negative sides.

The most concerning area of ‘consent’  for us was the use of cookies whilst browsing the internet and AI devices -such as Alexa-which listens for certain words to be used, and collects audio data.

Year 1 – Trip to Weston Park Museum

On Thursday 17th January, Year 1 went to Weston park Museum to investigate both old and new toys. We all had a great time and even managed to get dressed up! Thanks to our volunteers for helping us all to have such a wonderful day.

Y6 encourage members of the public to ‘Choose Kind’

On Tuesday, the children took to the streets of Sheffield to campaign for people to spread the idea of choosing to be kind in an attempt to stop bullying.  This followed a couple of months of reading a book called Wonder which is about a boy who is bullied because he has a facial deformity. The children have really enjoyed this text, and it has made them think about the consequences of being unkind. We have done a lot of work and had discussions about what bullying is and its effects. The outcome of this was sharing their learning with members of the public in Sheffield City Centre by handing out leaflets that they had made and talking to members of the Sheffield community. It was fantastic to watch the children approaching people with confidence (even though some were a little nervous!) and having mature conversations. They really showed our school’s golden rules in abundance, especially the rule to be KIND and considerate. Well done, Y6, for making a difference!


Old Victorian Classroom Trip

If you go down to the woods today…

FS2 went on a brisk (and very wintery) walk to the woods today, in search of a bear!

We kicked off our new topic by reading Michael Rosen’s, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and decided that we wanted to find our own bear…

We came in to school, wrapped up warm, wearing our wellies and set off in search of a bear. We travelled through long, wavy grass and LOTS of thick, squelchy mud – there were plenty of stiles to travel over too!

The children were amazing and sang, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ all of the way! Sadly, no bears we’re discovered, however the morning was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we got a chance to explore in the woods, looking for bear clues and making some dens, just in case the bear should return…

Christmas Magic in FS2!

We’ve had a fun packed half term down in FS2 this half term!

The children are now really settled in to life at Totley and are pro’s at the routines and knowing what is expected of them.

We started this half term learning about different celebrations – we talked about how we celebrate Bonfire Night with our families, Mrs Mather taught us about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, and we learnt about Diwali! It was then time to start learning about Christianity and how Christmas is celebrated.

We were assigned roles for our much anticipated performance of ‘The Nativity’ – costume letters were sent out and parents got busy creating some fantastic costumes for us to wear. We learnt lines, practiced songs and had multiple rehearsals in the hall! It all paid off in the end and the children were absolutely fabulous – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

We also had a wonderful afternoon with our parents who came in to take part in our Christmas celebrations – we did lots of crafts, had a dance and completed a treasure hunt!

Burbage House Update

Today all our old books were finally collected and began their long journey to Africa by the Books2Africa charity. Through our readathon we managed to raise a grand total of £335. This meant that we were able to donate 25 boxes of books which had a combined weigh of half a tonne! This really is an amazing achievement and we really are so grateful to all those who took part – you really have made a difference to the people who will receive our donation. Thanks Totley!

Curbar fundraising

On Wednesday, the Curbar house raised money for the ‘Thirst Project’ charity, which is helping to make clean and safe drinking water available to as many people as possible throughout the world. We held a Christmas jumper day and it was so nice to see the whole school looking so festive and bright. Some year 6 children even decided to hold a bun sale after school to try and raise even more funds for such a worthy cause.  Big thank you to all those who volunteered to give up their time to bake at home. The bake sale alone raised £160 but when combined with the money raised for wearing festive attire, Curbar has managed to raise £265. There is still chance to buy a raffle ticket before the draw is made in Friday’s Christmas service. Thanks again TPS

Curbar house captains and their head of house

Tree Planting!

Year 5 children helped plant trees around the school site today. They helped to dig, fill, bash and drill.