Friday, 28 April 2017

Reception`s amazing dinosaurs and our Open hour for parents

Thank you to all of our Reception parents who came into school on Wednesday 26th April for our Open Hour session. 
Our focus was Phonics and we aimed to demonstrate a variety of ways in which children can learn - both suitable for using at school or at home.
  Firstly the children showed their parents how we practise `Dough Disco` to improve our fine motor control and we demonstrated a typical daily Phonics session where we practised saying and writing some of our Phase 2 and 3 sounds as well as singing their related song and performing their related action. We practised saying some of our tricky words using silly voices and then challenged ourselves and our parents to think of words beginning with `w`- many thanks to the brave parents who joined in!  Following that we sounded out, read and wrote words beginning with `w` and ended by reading sentences with `w` words and other tricky words. 
We then tried out a variety of phonics and fine motor activities around the classrooms- listed below for you to try out at home.

reading words and matching them to a picture
reading words and matching them to a picture- both are attached to a lock or a key, then use the key to unlock the matching lock
reading sentences and matching them to a picture
identifying a picture and matching it to it`s beginning sound ( written on a clothes peg)
using a play dough  `sausage` to make letters
hunting for coins in the sand- reading the words on the coins and sorting the words into `real `or `made up` words
putting letters into alphabetical order
saying words, making them with magnetic letters then writing them down 
writing phase 3/ high frequency words into our Busy Books and making sentences with them
Buried Treasure game- reading 'real' and 'made up' words on coins and sorting them into the treasure chest or the bin
exploring the Letter-join website on our class iPads 
fishing for phonemes in oats
sentence building with the wooden blocks- reading the word on each block and rearranging blocks to unscramble the sentence
using a phoneme frame, write the phase 3 word to match the picture
writing our high frequency words on tinfoil 
letter formation practise with the magnetic blocks 

Please try the `dough disco`, `jolly phonics`, `letterjoin` and `phonicsplay`activities at home- using the following website links
Youtube- search for `dough disco`
Youtube- search for `jolly phonics songs in correct order`
                                 - click on `free phonics play` button

We also all enjoyed showing our families the fantastic dinosaurs that the children had made at home during the holidays. The children have all shown them, named them and described them using the names of 3D shapes. Well done Reception! We are so proud of your hard work !

Friday, 7 April 2017

Year 5 and 6 Swimming Gala

On Thursday 6th April eight children from Chilcote represented the school at a mixed swimming gala. The tournament took place at King Edwards Camp Hill pool.

All of the children participated in two individual races and then swam a leg of the medley relay. The races were front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.

Chilcote as a team amassed 7 wins (including winning both relays), 2 second places, 3 third places, 5 fourth places and 1 fifth place.

This meant that Chilcote scored 63 points in total and finished in second place overall out of 5 schools. They were only 3 points off the winning school.

A fantastic effort by all of the children! Well done to all!!!

Year 4 Mixed Hockey Tournament

On Wednesday 5th April six children from Year 4 represented the school at a mixed hockey tournament. The tournament took place at Hollywood school.

The tournament had the teams split into two groups. Chilcote were in a group with The Oaks, Yardley Wood and Hollywood.

In their first game Chilcote played against Yardley Wood and they won 2v1 coming from behind. In their second game, they played against Hollywood and were unlucky to draw 1v1. In their final game they played against The Oaks and won 1v0. All of this meant that Chilcote finished top of the group.

In the semi finals Chilcote played against Chad Vale. They played really well and hit the post, the bar and had a shot cleared off the line. Unfortunately, Chad Vale managed to squeeze a goal in and won the semi final 1v0.

This meant that Chilcote played in the third and fourth place playoff against St Martins. They played really well and won the match 3v0. 

Well done to all of the children involved who represented the school really well!!!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Easter Bonnet parades in Early Years.

On Wednesday 5th April, ROak, RAsh and Nursery children arrived in school with amazing Easter bonnets that they had created with their families at home. They looked fantastic.

We all took part in Easter bonnet parades with the Nursery children and enjoyed showing off our marvellous headgear to our invited families and friends. We sang some songs and our teachers had the impossible task of choosing winners from all of the incredible Easter bonnets.

Thank you so much to all our families who helped us make our beautiful bonnets.

Year 3's Jam Sandwiches

Last week our teachers followed our instructions to make a jam sandwich. Sounds simple right? No! We realised our instructions weren't clear enough when Mrs Harris cut the sandwich with a pair of scissors, Miss Deneny threw the bread on the floor and they used their hands to spread the butter! Eurgh!

Using our knowledge of what makes a good set of instructions we wrote our own, so they will know what to do in future. Today, we tested out our instructions by making our own jam sandwiches and editing our work as we went along.

The best bit was definitely when we got to eat our creations, yum!

Year 1 Easter Performance

On Tuesday 4th April Year 1 performed in an Easter assembly with a focus on how Easter is celebrated around the world. The children had been preparing for their performance by learning their words to beautiful songs, using hand crafted props, and learning their narrative lines.

The assembly allows every single child an opportunity to have a moment in the starlight, performing in front of their parents and guardians. The children sang three songs which were accompanied by actions and lots of dancing. The children had a great time and showed great resilience. All Year 1 staff were eleated and very proud of the children's efforts! Well done Year 1.

KS1 Multiskills Festival

This week in Years' 1 and 2 had a fantastic time at Billesey Tennis Center taking part in the Multiskills Festival. The children experienced a wide variety of activities, and learnt some great new skills and showed greater progress from their PE lessons this term.

Both years groups showed wonderful behavior and great sportsmanship, representing Chilcote proudly. Well done to everyone! 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Girls football league

On Friday 31st March the Girls Football Team visited Yardely Wood playing fields to play against Hollywood in a well matched game of 7 aside. The girls played good defence and played well against Hollywood alongside Miss Norris as their referee and coach. The girls had fun and drew in their game with an even 0-0. Well done for your defensive efforts girls!