Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well and has settled well back into the routines of the school week.

The children have started 2022 positively with some amazing things happening in and around the school. The following highlights give you a flavour of what has been happening, the children are always very keen to share their learning with me when I visit their classrooms, their enthusiasm and passion for learning is exceptional.

Year 6

The mathematicians in Year 6 are developing their confidence with the challenges of adding and subtracting fractions. There are a good number of children who can teach and explain this concept very well. The scientists have been enjoying their learning about the heart and can clearly articulate how the heart works and what we can do in order to keep our heart healthy.

Year 5

Dreams and aspirations for the new year have been an important focus for the learners in Year 5. The artists have also been learning some very challenging art skills linked to their ancient Egyptian topic. Creating portraits with facial features that will lead on to creating masks for pharaohs. These skills have been modelled very carefully and the children’s work and effort has been exceptional. Well done Year 5!

Year 4

The geographers in Year 4 have started their learning on the rivers and mountains topic. The displays in the classrooms are jam packed with helpful vocabulary that the children will be able to tap into. The mathematicians have also been learning methods for multiplication and the writers have been experimenting with writing the beginning and build up to a short narrative that is set under the sea.

Year 3

A fantastic flying start to the Year 3 topic (Stone Age) created a real  buzz and excitement on Monday. The photos really tell the story of motivated, enthused learners. Thanks to the teachers and the staff from Adventures Into for leading this so well and to the parents for their contributions to this. The children have also had amazing opportunities to develop the skills of reading in Year 3 using different motivating high quality stories. Some children even talked to me about reading these books at home and searching for the stories on-line to find out more – Arthur and the Golden Rope, The Boy at the Back of the Class and The Great Kapok Tree have captivated the imagination of the children.

Year 2

The learners in Year 2 have been learning skills linked to their real-life understanding of money in maths. These are important skills and children are developing a knowledge of a range of different strategies they can use to work with money. The geographers have been able to articulate their knowledge of the continents of the world in their Fruits of the World topic. The writers have enjoyed experimenting with creating superhero stories.

Year 1

The mathematicians have been able to use a range of vocabulary to describe different two and three dimensional shapes. Children learn best by concrete experiences in maths and the shapes have been out regularly to ensure they understand key concepts. The learners have also taken some amazing photos of their houses and homes and have drawn diagrams with a ruler of where they live. They have enjoyed the start to this unit of work. PE is always a popular topic of conversation in Year 1. The children have recently enjoyed playing hockey and have just started gymnastics.

Reception

While conversing with the children in Reception it is clear that their understanding of the skills they are learning in phonics are sticking. They are knowing and doing more in phonics and this will have a positive impact on their ability to read. They have enjoyed their new story – A Very Sleepy Bumblebee and have just started to learn about their new topic for the Spring term – transport.

Physical Education

Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the final of the Sports Hall Athletics on Wednesday afternoon. Well done to those who took part in this.

Also 3 of our athletes qualified for the county cross country finals which took place on Thursday afternoon. In an event which was mainly against Year 7 pupils we had children who finished in 3rd, 7th and 27th place.

Well done to those who took part and thanks to Mr Marshall and Miss Williams who organised these wonderful opportunities for the children. There have also been plenty of other amazing learning opportunities in PE taking place and a new PE reward system that has just commenced.

Well done to everyone who has contributed to all of the above. The children and what happens inside the four walls of the classroom and outside of the playground are so important if we are to continue to make progress as a learning community.

Loyalty

Our value of the month for January is loyalty. Our children have been introduced to this in assembly this week by myself and Mrs Chavda. The teachers will be following up on this key value in class by ensuring the children demonstrate loyalty via showing the key ingredients we have discussed: being respectful, have clear positive communication, take time to show and talk about feelings, care for others and be kind.

Individual Photos

The photographers will be in school to take individual photos and photos of children with their siblings on Wednesday 26th January. There will be no family photos with older and younger siblings that don’t attend Wigmore in order to manage the numbers of people we have in the school building in-line with our Covid-19 risk assessment. Many thanks for your understanding and support with this.

Staffing update

Welcome to Miss Siddique (Year 1 Yew Class Teacher), Miss Combes (Year 3 HLTA), Miss Bolt (Midday Supervisory Assistant), Miss Downes (Midday Supervisory Assistant) and Mrs Bowler (Midday Supervisory Assistant) who started at Wigmore last week. We are also in the process of recruiting teaching assistants and have a job advert on the My New Term website should you be interested.

Today is the last day at Wigmore for Mrs Naidoo. She has done a wonderful job leading the Social Communication Difficulties Provision at Wigmore and has supported a range of children across the school with special educational needs. She is moving on to a job in a neighbouring local authority and we wish her all the very best in her new role.

Geography Award Winners 

Congratulations to Evangeline (Year 1) and Setayesh (Year 3) for completing exceptional work in Geography. They were presented with a prize and certificate in assembly last week by our Geography Subject Leader – Mr Blight. Thanks to Mr Blight for monitoring this subject so well and for organising this award for the children.

Mathletics

We want all children in Key Stage 2 to be using Mathletics regularly at home to reinforce the learning they are completing in school. Mrs Owen and Mr Brady have been working incredibly hard to ensure children are using it regularly and the following prizes were presented in assembly last week.

Grand Total Points across Year 3 to Year 6 – 241,780

Winning Year group – Year 3

Winning Class – Year 3 Willow (this is the second time Willow have won the prize so we need other classes to work harder to try and beat them)

Winning student – Vihan (Year 3) 11,380 points

Should you have any questions about Mathletics or need your child’s log in details please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Give Me Ten

Every Friday afternoon in assembly the children who have achieved different Give Me Ten milestones get a shout out and an award from their class teacher for working hard on their reading at home. Our INSET Day focused on reading and it is clear that our learning from this day shows that high quality reading lessons and regular reading at home can improve life chances.

House Points

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

Week beginning Aviators Brewers Mechanics Plaiters
From 5.1.22 248 221 251 – WINNERS! 163

The Gold Book

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

Class WB 5.1.22 WB 10.1.22
Acorns (Reception) Adib Manasvi
Conkers (Reception) Rishaan Olivia
Pine (Reception) Sara Razvan
Poplar (Year 1) Adele Chloe
Rowan (Year 1) Isabelle Ryan
Yew (Year 1) Jonas Jana
Aspen (Year 2) Oskar Davonte
Hazel (Year 2) Rahul Seyit
Juniper (Year 2) Luis Bella
Elm (Year 3) Evie-May Noah
Maple (Year 3) Lily Jensen
Willow (Year 3) Vihan Keira
Beech (Year 4) AJ Mishka
Hawthorn (Year 4) Leon Charlotte
Linden (Year 4) Lydia Anisa
Holly (Year 5) Moses Aadham
Lime (Year 5) Callum Jodon
Oak (Year 5) Hamza Harley
Alder (Year 6) Arzoo Suhaeb
Ash (Year 6) Joanna Mia
Birch (Year 6) Maggi-Mai Dylan

ATTEND TO ACHIEVE!

480 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 93.7% 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 5.1.22 Comment WB 10.1.22 Comment
Acorns (Reception) 88.9% Must improve! 94.4% Must improve!
Conkers (Reception) 79.8% Must improve! 94% Must improve!
Pine (Reception) 92.9% Must improve! 90.4% Must improve!
Poplar (Year 1) 95.5% Must improve! 85.3% Must improve!
Rowan (Year 1) 95.4% Must improve! 91.7% Must improve!
Yew (Year 1) 84.2% Must improve! 91.7% Must improve!
Aspen (Year 2) 93.2% Must improve! 94% Must improve!
Hazel (Year 2) 91.7% Must improve! 95.7% Must improve!
Juniper (Year 2) 94.2% Must improve! 97.6% Outstanding!
Elm (Year 3) 93.4% Must improve! 96.2% Almost there!
Maple (Year 3) 89.5% Must improve! 96.5% Almost there!
Willow (Year 3) 90.9% Must improve! 92.9% Must improve!
Beech (Year 4) 84.8% Must improve! 95.3% Must improve!
Hawthorn (Year 4) 92% Must improve! 97.2% Outstanding!
Linden (Year 4) 95.7% Must improve! 95.3% Must improve!
Holly (Year 5) 80.2% Must improve! 92.5% Must improve!
Lime (Year 5) 94.7% Must improve! 94.9% Must improve!
Oak (Year 5) 96% WOW! 97.9% WOW!
Alder (Year 6) 94.1% Must improve! 95.6% Must improve!
Ash (Year 6) 92% Must improve! 95.9% Must improve!
Birch (Year 6) 93.9% Must improve! 94.5% Must improve!
Whole school 91.3% Must improve! 94.3% 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

With thanks for your continued support,

Mr Johnston