Dear Parents and Carers,

A busy few weeks in school has seen many different amazing things happening across the curriculum. Talking to children about their learning is always the highlight of my week. The children are always willing to put their hand up and share their experiences when I visit the classrooms. Their eagerness and positive attitude is a credit to the school. Thank you to the staff for creating these opportunities for the young people at Wigmore. My highlights are listed below:

Year 6

In Maths the children have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes and angles. They have also been writing some fantastic discussion texts on whether children should be spies. The teachers have a very thorough schedule in place in class for children to revise some of the key learning concepts they will need to ensure they are well-prepared for end of Key Stage assessments in May.

For World Book Day the children in Year 6 also wrote some fantastic stories which they have collated and put in an amazing folder to share with parents, carers and their peers over the next few weeks. The standard of work is reflective of the high expectations in this year group.

Year 5

The scientists have been thoroughly enjoying their learning about space in science. The children have also been writing some amazing action scenes involving a monster and a warrior. The children have relished the challenge of learning about fractions and have been able to articulate this learning well. The children in Oak Class did a great job sharing their music learning about The Fresh Prince of Belair. We are fortunate to have Mr Cadger with us at the moment completing his teacher training who is making a valuable contribution to learning, teaching and assessment in Year 5.

Year 4

The children have been enjoying reading and writing about the character of Jack from the book The Tunnel. They have been writing some fantastic diary entries. The scientists have been enjoying their learning about different states of matter. In PE the children have been learning different skills in gymnastics and can use some of the key vocabulary from this unit of work very well. Miss Sultana (Trainee Teacher), Miss Jenkins and Mrs Munkley have been doing a contributing to learning, teaching and assessment in Year 4.

Year 3

The practical element of science is engaging the children in Year 3. They have been learning about magnets and forces and enjoyed sharing their learning about their friction investigation. Grandpa’s Teeth has been an amusing story the children have enjoyed to base their writing on. They have also been captivated by their reading of The Boy at the Back of the Classroom, a moving story about a refugee.

Year 2

The scientists in Year 2 have been investigating what plants need to grow. They have set up a very interesting test in Year 2 which will hopefully answer all the questions they have. The children have also been writing a report based on The Storm Owl and have thoroughly enjoyed guided reading activities based on the The Diary of a Killer Cat.

Year 1

The mathematicians in Year 1 have been learning about greater than, less than and the importance of partitioning numbers. Their learning in science has focused on their understanding of the seasons and they can use a good range of vocabulary to describe the seasons and spot the signs of change. Handa’s Suprise was performed very well by Yew Class in their sharing assembly.

Foundation 

Growing and changing is the theme for learning in early years at the moment. The children have been growing beans, learning about Jack and the Beanstalk and have been able to talk about how their bodies are growing and changing. The children are always friendly and willing to talk about their learning. They have also recently started to use the dining hall at lunchtimes and this is going very well.

The Back Page 

It has been great to see a number of different photos on our Wigmore Primary PE twitter feed of a range of different girls enjoying the “This Girl Can” sports festivals at Inspire.

A number of children have also taken part in the Cross Country relay festivals and Wigmore did very well at this achieving a number of medals in different age groups with first place in the Year 6 boys, Year 6 mixed and Year 5 girls. Third place was also achieved in the Year 5 boys and Year 6 girls.

Some of our children in Key Stage 1 also took part in a tennis festival at Venue 360.

Combine all of the above with some regular high-quality PE sessions, access to after school clubs and the children at Wigmore are definitely reaping the benefits of regular physical activity.

Thank you to all involved who have made these events happen for the children.

Year 3 and 4 Production 

There is nothing better than the sound of music and sight of acting in school. The children in Year 3 and 4 have been working incredibly hard to prepare for their production which they will share with the rest of the school community in the final week of term. Thank you to the staff for all their hard work with the children and to the children for their willingness to take part.

Parents Evening 

The online booking system for parents evening will go live at 3 pm on Monday 21st March and will close on Friday 25th March at 3 pm. Our parents evening will take place in your child’s classroom on Tuesday 29th March (3:45 pm to 7:00 pm) and Wednesday 30th March (3:45 pm to 5:30 pm). We look forward to welcoming you into school for this opportunity to meet with the teachers and have a look through your child’s books to see what they have been learning.

The Big Walk and Wheel 

Thank you to those parents who consistently use the Asda Car Park at school drop off and pick up time. It is these families that are playing their part to keep arrival and departure times at school safe and calm for all members of our school community. Unfortunately we still have a number of parents who ignore our regular requests and this is very disappointing. Unfortunately I was unwell with Covid-19 last week and was unable to provide my regular reminders. On Monday in school we start “The Big Pedal and Big Walk” and would like to encourage all families to walk, scoot or cycle to and from school. Journeys are logged and Wigmore has been consistent winners of this event for the past 5 years so it shows that with a concerted effort amazing things can happen.

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day 

Wigmore is a wonderfully inclusive school and on Monday we are asking children to wear odd socks to school to celebrate inclusion. Mrs Willis has kindly shared information with the class teachers and the children will be doing some focused learning on the importance of inclusion in class on this day. Thank you to Mrs Willis, the staff and all the families that will be helping us mark this day. No donation is required to take part in this.

Developing responsibility at Wigmore 

Thank you to the following children from Year 5 who arrive in school every day early to assist with different jobs around the school.

Gabriela and Holly – Fruit monitors

Jacob, Adem and Callum – Milk monitors

House Points

The children have been working incredibly hard in school to earn points for their House!

Week beginning Aviators Brewers Mechanics Plaiters
7.3.22 401 395 389 416 – WINNERS!
14.3.22 208 263 – WINNERS! 243 222

The Gold Book

Well done to the following children who have been in the Gold Book over the last two weeks.

Class WB 7.3.22 WB 14.3.22
Acorns (Reception) Vlad Moosa
Conkers (Reception) Hasnain Chloe
Pine (Reception) Nehemiah Jayden
Poplar (Year 1) Zachary Lois
Rowan (Year 1) Noah Jai
Yew (Year 1) Julia Alexis
Aspen (Year 2) David Bogdan
Hazel (Year 2) Shahan Zachary
Juniper (Year 2) Isabella Jasper
Elm (Year 3) Jayai Daniel
Maple (Year 3) Emily Laila
Willow (Year 3) Maria Sienna
Beech (Year 4) Taylor Layla
Hawthorn (Year 4) Tobiasz Tyler
Linden (Year 4) Emily Amy
Holly (Year 5) Emily Kayden
Lime (Year 5) Sophie Alfie
Oak (Year 5) Gabriela Pawel
Alder (Year 6) Aafiyah Sameera
Ash (Year 6) Alisha Khloe
Birch (Year 6) Momin Romario

Give Me Ten 

Well done to the following children and their families for working hard to ensure they are reading regularly at home. All these children have been given a special shout in Celebration Assembly and a certificate from their class teacher. Keep up the good work!

Friday 11th March

25 times 50 times 75 times 100 times 150 times 200 times 275 times
Rowan (Year 1) Evie Ellis, Anthony
Hazel (Year 2) Zachary Joshua
Juniper (Year 2) Cosmin James Poppy
Elm (Year 3) Alisha Vir, Sonam Hassaan
Willow (Year 3) Taras Grace Ayaka, Reeva
Hawthorn (Year 4) Aaliyah Gabriela, Matei Tobiasz, Isa, Rafi
Linden (Year 4)
Holly (Year 5) James Kenzie, Ata, Sarae Leah, Mercedes Saleh
Lime (Year 5) Aydon, Deshanae, Alfie Reggie Ayaana Anika, Olivia, Luca Emma, Warren
Oak (Year 5)
Alder (Year 6) Asvanya, Agron Lily Emillie
Ash (Year 6) Adam John, Joanna
Birch (Year 6) Tailen, Stefania

Friday 18th March

25 times 50 times 75 times 100 times 150 times 200 times 275 times
Rowan (Year 1) Mercy, Rocco, Maryam Max
Aspen (Year 2) Adeline Vihaan Harry
Juniper (Year 2) Bella
Elm (Year 3) Samuel
Maple (Year 3) Jannah, Vanessa Carina, Frankie, Lily, Yakub Nicola Max, Aryan
Hawthorn (Year 4) Jacob, Charlie Charlie, Ion, Tyler
Oak (Year 5) Brume Muntazir, Freddie Ollie, Pawel, Sophie
Alder (Year 6) Arzoo
Ash (Year 6) Arham
Birch (Year 6) Liam Tailen

ATTEND TO ACHIEVE!

502 (Week beginning 7.3.22) and  (Week beginning 14.3.22) children’s names were entered into our attendance “Wheel of Fortune” family prize draw. This is the number of children who have been in school every day since the beginning of the term.

At Wigmore we have to aim to be here every day! Excellent attendance is 97% or above. There are strong links between good attendance and good progress in school, both academically and socially.

Attendance for this school year at Wigmore stands at 93.8% which is slightly above the national average. At Wigmore we do not want to be slightly better than average – we want to be the best we can possibly be and reach our school target of 97%.

Class WB 7.3.22 Comment WB 14.3.22 Comment
Acorns (Reception) 95.6% Must improve! 89.6% Must improve!
Conkers (Reception) 92.6% Must improve! 94.0% Must improve!
Pine (Reception) 97.2% WOW! 95.5% Must improve!
Poplar (Year 1) 94.8% Must improve! 92.4% Must improve!
Rowan (Year 1) 93.4% Must improve! 94.1% Must improve!
Yew (Year 1) 92% Must improve! 88.4% Must improve!
Aspen (Year 2) 95.2% Must improve! 94.8% Must improve!
Hazel (Year 2) 94.1% Must improve! 89.9% Must improve!
Juniper (Year 2) 94.8% Must improve! 98.1% Wow!
Elm (Year 3) 97.6% Outstanding! 92.4% Must improve!
Maple (Year 3) 95.7% Must improve! 95.1% Must improve!
Willow (Year 3) 92.7% Must improve! 94.0% Must improve!
Beech (Year 4) 99.3% WOW! 97.1% Outstanding!
Hawthorn (Year 4) 96.9% Almost there! 95.5% Must improve!
Linden (Year 4) 93.2% Must improve! 93.8% Must improve!
Holly (Year 5) 99.2% Outstanding! 97.3% Outstanding!
Lime (Year 5) 94.1% Must improve! 93.1% Must improve!
Oak (Year 5) 95.9% Must improve! 96.9% Must improve!
Alder (Year 6) 97.9% Outstanding! 97.5% Outstanding!
Ash (Year 6) 97% Outstanding! 94.8% Must improve!
Birch (Year 6) 94.8% Must improve! 89.6% Must improve!
Whole school 95.3% Must improve! 94.0% Must improve!

Lateness = lost learning!

5 minutes late every day 3 days of learning lost
10 minutes late every day 6 and half days of learning lost
15 minutes late every day 2 weeks of learning lost
20 minutes late every day 19 days of learning lost

Days off school = lost learning!

97% to 100% attendance  Excellent attendance! This is our goal!
95% attendance  10 days of learning lost per year
90% attendance 19 days of learning lost per year
85% attendance 29 days of learning lost per year
80% attendance 38 days of learning lost per year
75% attendance 47 days of learning lost per year

Staffing update 

At the end of this term Mrs Porteous-Heath will be leaving Wigmore to commence a new role at a school a lot closer to where she lives in London. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her almost 6 years of dedication to the children, staff and governing body at Wigmore.

Since the beginning of this academic year Mrs Roula has been working at Wigmore in a range of different roles and during the Summer term she will be taking on the responsibility for leading teaching, learning and assessment in Year 1 Poplar.

On the last day of this term we will also be saying farewell and best wishes to Mrs Chavda who is moving on to a new challenge of teaching in a middle school in Central Bedfordshire. Mrs Chavda has been at Wigmore in a range of different roles since 1999: class teacher, head of year, Assistant Head and Deputy Head. She has mentored new teachers sharing her knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment. Her commitment and service to the Wigmore community has been a positive one. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for these years of dedication.

The governors and staff have been working hard behind the scenes and have appointed a new Deputy Headteacher who will be starting at Wigmore for one day a week in the first half of the Summer term and full time in the second half of the Summer term. It is an exciting opportunity and challenge I have no doubt that our new Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Willis (currently an Assistant Head and who also worked previously at Wigmore as Acting Deputy Headteacher from September 2020 to April 2021) has the ability to make a significant difference to all members of our school community.

With thanks for your continued support in the work we do with your children,

Mr Johnston