Minuscule…

Poor old Mr Brian…when we had the Spelling Bee last Friday I made a stupid, stupid mistake with ‘questionnaire’ (which is definitely a word I usually spell correctly) but then I really started to concentrate as I went through the rest of the spellings. However, I got into trouble with the word ‘minuscule’ because I spelled it ‘miniscule‘. I was CERTAIN I was right – but I was wrong and so I got a pie in my face because 20/22 wasn’t good enough for first place (curses Miss Cartwright who got 21/22 and won the chocolates)

But I have been thinking a lot about the word ever since: I found out that if you take all the times that the word is used in print, more people misspell it ( miniscule) than get it right ( minuscule) how funny is that – but it is still the WRONG spelling. I think my problem was that although I may say ‘miniscule’ in conversation, I am not sure if I have ever written it: but I do know that I will never make that spelling mistake again.

What word (s) do you think you have trouble spelling – if you write them in the blog, they will probably stay in your mind and you will never make that mistake again :-).

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Poppy Day – Remembrance Sunday – Armistice Day…

Every year at this time, we talk about Poppy Day and the reason why this time of year is a special time for remembering all the people who have made sacrifices in the armed services of our country. Armistice Day (see word of the week) is always the 11th November and there is two minutes’ silence at 11.00am as it was at 11.00am on 11th November 1918 that the First World War came officially to an end. Remembrance Sunday is the nearest Sunday to Armistice Day when the Queen and the Prime Minister lay wreaths in Whitehall at the Cenotaph.

At school, we have different items from the British Legion that can be bought in support of the Poppy Appeal: we have poppies, snap bands, reflectors ( a poppy attached to a clip to put on your outdoor coat) friendship bracelets and wristbands. The suggested donation for a poppy is anything you like, but the wristbands and reflectors are 50p and the friendship bracelets and snap bands £1. (But don’t forget, we are not allowed to wear wristbands or bracelets in school…)

I would like children to ask parents and grandparents if there have been people in their family in the armed services. My dad was in the army although he was in the Royal Signals and didn’t see action. However, my Granddad was in WW1 (I am very old!) and he joined up when he was 15!!! He got sent home from the front line after being wounded and after they found out his real age.

Let us know if anyone in your family has served in the forces – and make sure you buy something to support the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Ivanhoe Learning Behaviours…

We have now been talking about Learning Behaviour at Ivanhoe for six weeks, since the beginning of this term. Most children know that we are replacing ‘Star of the Day’ post cards with ‘Learner of the Day’ and ‘Star of the Week’ with ‘Learner of the Week’. The artwork has been almost completed on the new designs and we should be getting them soon. The six behaviours we are celebrating are:

  • Determination
  • Independence
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Curiosity
  • Pride

I wonder what children think of this new direction for the school. One of the exciting things for me is that we are changing our Knight logo for some of these cards so that in some the knight is a man and in some the knight is a woman. Tell us what you think of these exciting changes – and tell us about your learning behaviours…

 

A Great Start to the Term…

Even though it has rained so often in September, this has been a great start to the school year. We began with not beginning: we had to close the school on the first day of term because the builders hadn’t made the school safe enough for children by the start of term – and when we did start, the school was pretty untidy and dusty. However, all that is behind us now and we can look forward to a wonderful year ahead.

Please blog and let us know how you are doing. What are you enjoying? What are you looking forward to? Have you been Learner of the Week yet? You can even tell us about your summer holidays if you like…

And what we have enjoyed…

As we get towards the end of term, it is nice to think about what we have enjoyed since the year began. One of the absolute highlights for me was when the choir sang ‘Photograph’ – I found myself almost crying as it was so moving… I also loved going to the West Yorkshire Playhouse with my Shakespeare group where we saw an amazing Romeo and Juliet; I was a fabulous day. On most days, I see or do something at school that is special – most recently it has been my competition with Max to see who wins the Y6 Countdown – today we both got 19/20 having each made one silly mistake! Please let us know what you have enjoyed this term – it can be in school or out…

What we have learned…

As I explained in assembly today, it is important to come to school every day because we learn something new every time we spend a day in school. Even if you miss one day, you are likely to miss out on something that is important: often that can be ‘caught-up’  but sometimes it can’t and then you have gaps in your knowledge

I walked into The Y3 class today and they were having a talk about Jerusalem from a parent who had been there when she was at school; the class learned lots of things for their study on Judaism, and I learned that a place called The Mount of Olives (where Jesus spent a lot of time) is now used as a cemetery… so even old teachers like me can learn something new in school!

Tell us something that you have learned recently…

New Year Resolution 2017…

It is that time of year when people start to think about what they could do to make their lives better by resolving to take up a challenge or to give something up in order to have a healthier lifestyle.  These New Year Resolutions have been around for thousands of years; for some reason, the beginning of a new year seems like a good time to make a change…

I have resolved to read a poem every day from a book of poems that I got bought at Christmas, so I will bring the book to school and read one every lunchtime – that will be good for me and it should also be a pleasure. It would be nice if children thought carefully about what they would like to do – to get to school on time, to finish all their homeworks or maybe to bring PE kit every week. Other children will want to read more or work harder on their sport or a different subject. What is your resolution? See if you can find out if your parents have decided upon a resolution as well…

Enrichment Activity Feedback…

I hope that everyone really enjoys the enrichment choices that they have made on a Friday this term. We have made sure that for every activity we offer, we have an expert on hand to deliver: so we have proper sports coaches; we have Miss Cartwright doing the magazine when she did a journalism degree; Mr Brian did a degree in English and he teaches Shakespeare; Miss Huck is in charge of computers and she does ICT and so on…

At this point in the term, we need some feedback: are you enjoying your choice? What is the best thing about what you chose – and do you think we need to offer any other choices after Christmas? Please give us some feedback so that we can continue to do the very best for you in terms of choices…

Name the Guide Dog…

At Ivanhoe, we are going to spend £2,500 of our charity money on helping to support a guide dog through his/her first year of training so that they can help someone with sight problems to live a more enjoyable life. Because we are donating this money, we are allowed to name the dog! I think we have to gather together a number of names so that the most appropriate name can be chosen. The idea is that the name is a two-syllable word like Romney or Toby or Callie… So if you fancy thinking of a name – a name that our very own guide dog might be called, simply pop it on the blog and we will send some off to the Guide Dog Society and see which one they choose.

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That wonderful summer!!!

The weather is so beautiful this week and the sun is shining so brightly that I am taken back to the summer holidays when every day seemed long, glorious and full of sunshine. However, autumn is upon us and gradually the nights will get dark earlier and the leaves will fall off the trees and soon it will be getting to winter…

Let’s cheer ourselves up by letting people know what we got up to over the summer. I had a lovely time: I went with Jude to the seaside and he got into the sea for the first time – the problem being that he kept eating sand and he wouldn’t come out of the water! I also went on lots of walks with him before taking him camping, again by the seaside.

Let us know what you got up to – and help to take us back to that wonderful summer.