Dear Parents and Carers,

We have now entered the festive month of December and there continues to be a range of amazing learning opportunities across the school for the children to make the most of. With two weeks remaining of the term it is important that we all try to stay in good routines both in school and out of school to make the most of every opportunity to learn.

Developing children’s writing at Wigmore 

Over the last two weeks children from across the school have been exploring and engaging with an interesting story without any words – Journey by Aaron Becker. The teaching staff have been working hard to focus on effective lesson design and planning that is responsive to the needs of all learners.  It has been great to see staff thinking creatively of how to support learning with different visuals from the story. In order to activate hard thinking the teachers have also been thinking carefully about the resources they use to support children’s writing. In our final staff meeting of the term we will be looking at standards of writing across the school and will be presenting one children from each class with an award in Celebration Assembly for making excellent progress in writing this term. Highlights from different classes related to this learning are below.

JOURNEY by Aaron Becker – YouTube

Early Years Foundation Stage

The children have thought about and have been doing some writing about what might be behind the red door. Predicting what might happen is a very important skill in the early years.

Year 1

The children watched the beginning of the story. They have been talking about different journeys they have been on and have been busy answering the following questions: What is the longest journey you have been on?  What is the most exciting journey you have been on?  If you could go anywhere, where would you like to go?  Would it be real or fictional? What mode of transport would you use? 

Year 2 

The children have been imagining they are the character in the story. Using a line down the middle of the classroom the children wrote on post it notes to stick next to the line. They moved through different settings asking questions about their senses: What might the character see, hear, smell or taste?

Year 3 

Interesting sentence openers to hook and engage the reader have been one of the areas Year 3 have worked on. The teachers have created some fantastic visual resources to support all learners and the children have been coming up with some amazing time and emotive sentence openers.

Year 4 

Regular and irregular past tense verbs has been an area of focus in Year 4. The children have been able to use these accurately in their writing. I look forward to seeing the final version of their journey stories.

Year 5 

Proof reading and editing your own writing is one of the key skills Year 5 have been working on this week. They have been able to identify and edit different errors in short journey stories and apply the skills they have learnt from this to their own learning.

Year 6 

The children have been busy planning their own journey stories. They have been using their planning frames to ensure their writing is well-structured, organised and flows well. Lessons always have a grammar focus and the children are responding positively to the high expectations the teachers have of them.

The Back Page 

On Wednesday 24th November some of our children with special educational needs had the opportunity to take part in a sports festival at Inspire. Curling, table cricket, table tennis, goal ball and hockey were some of the sports on offer. The children, and staff, had an amazing time! Huge thanks to Mrs Godfrey, our team of teaching assistants and Mr Addison for supporting the children so well on the day.

On Friday 26th November Wigmore entered the Year 6 Luton Schools Football Tournament which took place at Stopsley High School. The team did very well, finishing second in their group and going on to win the Plate section on the day. Huge thanks to Mr Brady and Mr Addison for supporting and leading the children on the day.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take part in, observe and enjoy some command style activities with the children in Year 6 Ash Class. Mrs Clark has been leading some brilliant activities and this has resulted in children making good progress with their physical development and their ability to work well with each other solving various problems.

Yesterday our Year 6 Dance group took part in a competition held at Luton Sixth Form College. The group have been working hard over the last month to develop a high energy routine to a very popular song by Rhianna. Huge thanks to Mr Marshall for supporting the children so well with their dance.

Well done to all the children who are making the most of these opportunities at Wigmore and to all the adults who have gone above and beyond to give children the chance to take part and enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity.

Year 1 Trip to Wigmore Valley Park 

Last week the children in Year 1 had the opportunity to visit Wigmore Valley Park to support their learning in Science. The children had a great time stimulating their different senses, autumn is a brilliant time of year to do this. The park is very local to our school and if you have not been before do take some time out to visit this local gem. There is a lot of research that suggests that being out and about in the great outdoors is very good for your mental health and well-being. Thank you to the adults who organised and accompanied the children on the trip.

Staffing update 

This week at Wigmore the children and staff said farewell to Mrs Lepick (Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Year 2). Mrs Lepick has served the children and families at Wigmore for a number of years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her commitment to the school throughout her time at Wigmore. We wish her all the best.

House Points

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

Week beginning Aviators Brewers Mechanics Plaiters
22.11.21 377 412 417 – WINNERS! 346
29.11.21 397 – WINNERS! 293 291 361

The Gold Book

Well done to the following children who have been in the Gold Book over the last 2 weeks.

Class 26th November 3rd December
Acorns (Reception) Bella Callum
Conkers (Reception) Ollie Natalia
Pine (Reception) Aimee Elena Amy R
Poplar (Year 1) Alfie Luana-Mae
Rowan (Year 1) Rocky Lauren
Yew (Year 1) Shivaansh Theo
Aspen (Year 2) Jason Ameenah
Hazel (Year 2) Aron Dominik
Juniper (Year 2) Daisy Frejya
Elm (Year 3) Phoebe Hasaan
Maple (Year 3) Montana Frankie
Willow (Year 3) Taras Safia
Beech (Year 4) Uhmaymah Noah S
Hawthorn (Year 4) Sienna Ioan
Linden (Year 4) Divya Ismael
Holly (Year 5) James Kaiyan
Lime (Year 5) Anika Luca
Oak (Year 5) Jacob Sophie
Alder (Year 6) Lily Milosz
Ash (Year 6) Tajanay Adele
Birch (Year 6) Kayleigh Aisha

ATTEND TO ACHIEVE!

 461 (WB 22.11.21) and 461 (WB 15.11.21) children’s names were entered into our attendance “Wheel of Fortune” family prize draw.

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 94.1% 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 22.11.21 Comment WB 29.11.21 Comment
Acorns (Reception) 71.6% Must improve! 84.8% Must improve!
Conkers (Reception) 84.9% Must improve! 89.1% Must improve!
Pine (Reception) 88.2% Must improve! 90.9% Must improve!
Poplar (Year 1) 91.4% Must improve! 95.4% Must improve!
Rowan (Year 1) 96.5% Almost there! 97.2% WOW!
Yew (Year 1) 87.8% Must improve! 91.8% Must improve!
Aspen (Year 2) 90.6% Must improve! 93.7% Must improve!
Hazel (Year 2) 96.4% Almost there! 96% Almost there!
Juniper (Year 2) 92% Must improve! 93.2% Must improve!
Elm (Year 3) 85% Must improve! 90% Must improve!
Maple (Year 3) 92.1% Must improve! 94.2% Must improve!
Willow (Year 3) 95.7% Must improve! 95.9% Must improve!
Beech (Year 4) 96% Almost there! 92.1% Must improve!
Hawthorn (Year 4) 98.6% WOW! 93.5% Must improve!
Linden (Year 4) 92.9% Must improve! 91.4% Must improve!
Holly (Year 5) 92.2% Must improve! 86.8% Must improve!
Lime (Year 5) 97.9% Outstanding! 94.8% Must improve!
Oak (Year 5) 93.7% Must improve! 89.3% Must improve!
Alder (Year 6) 95.9% Must improve! 95.9% Must improve!
Ash (Year 6) 91.8% Must improve! 96.2% Almost there!
Birch (Year 6) 96.1% Almost there! 86.8% Must improve!
Whole school 91.6% Must improve! 92.4% 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 in the work we do with your children,

Mr Johnston