Whole School News

Summer Wishes:        

I’d like to wish our Year 6 children ‘all the best’ as they move on to their new schools in September and I hope that you all have a very happy and safe summer and look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 4th September. (Mr Black) 

Attendance:     

Although we haven’t hit our aspirational target of 97% this year for attendance (for 2017 – 2018) we are still very pleased with the overall final figure of 95.4% (nationally 96% is expected). We would like to say a huge thank you for all your support in achieving this. This week, classes have enjoyed spending their attendance winnings on treats – every week they were able to earn £1 for attendance figures of 97% and above and £5 for achieving 100%. The final amount of money won by each class is as follows – well done to 6CB, who have had the best attendance this year and therefore won the most money!

1EW - £11

2ET - £16

3SH - £8

4HT - £14

5SG - £7

6CB - £50

1LM - £11

2JG - £9

3JK - £4

4LF - £17

5ST - £12

6NL - £29

Year 6 Performance:    

On Wednesday 25th July, our Year 6s performed a stunning end of year performance called the Rocky Monster Show. Every child put in an outstanding effort and parents and carers were impressed with the children’s acting, singing and dancing. The scenery and costumes were of an equal high standard and alongside such brilliant acting, it was very difficult to recognise some of the children!

Talent Show:   

We are so lucky at Moat House to have such talented children and they did not disappoint in two separate talent shows in the final week of the term. The younger children amazed us with their musical skills, hula hooping, magic and joke telling on Monday 23rd July. A special mention must go to Paige, Paloma and Alexandra who were brave enough to sing in front of a large audience. On Tuesday 24th July, Key Stage 2, treated us to a range of acts, which included singing, dancing, gymnastics, piano playing and even puzzle solving with a Rubik’s cube. All of the children put in lots of effort but special mentions must go to Olivia, Daniel, Alanta, Maxine and Keya who were extremely brave and performed on their own!

Year 6 Leavers’ Party:  

On Monday 23rd July, the Year 6 children enjoyed a Masquerade Ball to celebrate their final year at Moat House. All of the children looked amazing and we were very impressed with the effort they all put into their outfits and their masks - some of the children even made their own masks! They danced the night away and enjoyed some delicious food; there were also some tears as we shared a toast to their success throughout their Moat House Primary School journey.  

Foundation Family Fun Day:

On Friday 20th July, families from the Foundation Stage were invited to bring in a picnic to share with their children to celebrate the end of a successful year. Parents and carers were also invited to join in with a variety of fundraising events, including guess the teacher, tombola, face painting and a bouncy castle. The event managed to raise £600 and this money will be used to support trips and activities for the children. The Foundation Stage team would like to thank all of the parents and families for their commitment and support over the year.   

Governors’ Awards:         

On Thursday 19th July, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown excellent behaviour or attitude. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

YN: Adam and Skye

Y1: George and Poppy

Y3: Ashleigh and Tyrelle

Y5: Karina and Salewyn

YR: Poppy-Lou and Rafael

Y2: Harley-David

and Aaliyah

Y4: Riziki and Scarlet

Y6: Alfie and Angela

Year R trip to Twinlakes: 

On Thursday 19th July, the children from Reception (and lots of helpers) went to Twinlakes. They saw lots of different animals at the farm, went on rides, visited Wild West Land and played in the water. They all had a fantastic time!

Year 4 trip to Cadbury World:       

On Thursday 19th July, Year 4 had a fantastic day out at Cadburys' World, learning all about the history and processing of cacao beans from tree to wrapper. The sun shone all day and the children really enjoyed themselves as they explored the factory, especially when they got to write their names in chocolate and choose their own melted chocolate treat! The 4-D cinema experience was a highlight as they 'travelled' around in Cadbury World Fantasyland, dodging flying mini-eggs and bouncing up and down the chocolate mountains roller coaster.

3JK’s Class Assembly:      

On Friday 6th July, we learned lots of interesting facts about the 12 best known Greek gods, including Zeus, Neptune and Aphrodite on Friday. The children explained that the Greeks literally had a god for everything and told us about how they lived on Mount Olympus, a bit like a big family. They then sang one of the songs from the Morning of Music which brought back memories from the 1960s and the time of The Beatles. A great assembly!

Transition Day:   

On Wednesday 4th July, all of our children were excited to be told their new classroom and teacher for September. They spent the whole day in their new classrooms and the children and staff enjoyed getting to know each other. These are the classes for the academic year 2018 – 2019:

Nursery

Mrs Tovey (NAM)

Mrs Tovey (NPM)

Reception

Miss Renshaw (RSR)

Mrs Elms (RHE)

Year 1

Mrs Wilson (1EW)

Mrs Payne (1SP)

Year 2

Mrs Gamblin (2KG)

Miss Graham (2JG)

Year 3

Miss Hall (3SH)

Miss Purewal (3SP)

Year 4

Mrs Turner (4HT)

Miss Lynch (4NL)

Year 5

Mr Gilmour (5SG)

Mrs Rubidge (5SR)

Year 6

Mr Kelly (6JK)

Miss Bird (6CB)

St Chad’s Event: 

On Wednesday 4th July, the choir sang at a special opening ceremony following the refurbishment of St. Chad’s Church. The choir were amazing and sang a selection of songs about empowerment and celebration. It was a wonderful experience and everyone enjoyed it. There were a number of important dignitaries present who were very impressed and Miss Grant and Mr Black were extremely proud of their performance.

Netball Event:     

On Tuesday 3rd July, the Y6 netball teams took part in a tournament at the Xcel centre. Both teams played brilliantly and demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship. Team A won 3 out of 4 matches (7-0, 8-0 and 13-0) and Team B won 2 of their 4 matches (2-0 and 3-0). Although all children played well, three children stood out from the others with their phenomenal netball skills and their knowledge of suitable tactics. Well done Blessing, Maxine and Oliver! 

Health Week:     

Classes in the week beginning 2nd July learnt how to keep safe. They learnt about sun safety, being safe around the water, as well as being safe where there may be big crowds of people. There were lots of important messages for our children to learn and be aware of and we hope that you can reinforce these messages at home.

2JG’s Class Assembly:     

On Friday 29th June, 2JG taught us lots of interesting facts about the Great Fire of London which started in a bakery in Pudding Lane. They explained that after that the houses were replaced with ones that were built from bricks or stone. The reason the fire destroyed so many houses was that they were all wooden. Well done 2JG!

Sports Day:        

Sports day was held on Tuesday 26th June and all of the children competed to earn points for their houses. It was a particularly hot day so the children did extremely well to participate in so many competitive activities. The winning house will be announced soon so watch this space….. We would like to say a huge thank you to parents, carers, friends and family for coming along to support the children.

Year 5 STEM Day:          

On Monday 25th June, half of Year 5 visited Grace Academy for a STEM event (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The children took part in a range of activities, including maths cup engineering, food Pictionary and making bird boxes. They were especially excited about taking part in a forensic science activity, where they had to figure out who had killed Santa! The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it opened their eyes into things they could do in the future.

Year 6 Music:    

On Friday 22nd June, twenty super talented Year 6 musicians went to the Albany Theatre to take part in a celebration of music tuition in Coventry Schools. Our musicians had the challenging task of opening the show but they did Moat House proud with their fantastic performance, using the brass instruments that they have been learning to play. They have worked very hard this year and it really showed. Well done all! 

3SH’s Class Assembly:      

On Friday 22nd June, 3SH produced a superb class assembly all about the fantastic work they did with Highly Sprung last term. We were treated to some video clips of their preparation work, as well as some snippets of their final performance, which was highly professional and included fancy lighting on a purpose built stage. The children demonstrated their knowledge of the planets in the solar system, through the use of words as well as actions and they shared a story that they have been reading called “Here we Are” by Oliver Jeffers.

Early Birds:

A massive congratulations to 6CB who won our Early Bird Week competition. They won because out of the whole week, there was only had one child who arrived after 9 am. A fantastic achievement and they enjoyed their tasty treats on Thursday 21st June. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and hopefully the good work of coming into school early can carry on.

Reception Parent Meetings:                       

On Wednesday 20th June, parents with children who are due to start our Reception in September, were invited into school to find out about the setting, the school routines and the learning at Moat House. The teachers and teaching assistants introduced themselves and parents were given the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have.

Year 6 Bowling Trip:        

On Friday 15th June, Year 6 children were rewarded with a trip to MFA Bowl as a treat for their hard work leading up to SATs. The children all had a brilliant day and many even managed to get a strike - Eidlis got two in a row! Nathaniel, Logan and Cieran were particularly good and scored well into the 100s, while Olesja, who had never played before, also managed to score highly! All children were perfectly behaved and represented Moat House well, with many members of the public commenting on how brilliant their behaviour was. 

Year 2 Art Exhibition:                   

Year 2 children had the opportunity to share their incredible Art with their parents at Moat House Leisure Centre on Friday 15th June. They were treated to squash and biscuits and had the opportunity to look closely at the other children's work to make comparisons. There will be five prizes awarded to the children who showed resilience and determination whilst completing their work based on cycling. The children's work will be displayed in the cafe area of the Leisure Centre for the Summer, if you wish to take a look. We would like to thank all of the staff at Moat House Leisure Centre for all of their support and look forward to working with them again. Well done Year 2.

5SG’s Class Assembly:     

5SG performed their class assembly on Friday 15th June, which had a very topical World Cup theme. We were given facts about the countries involved and we were even treated to a rendition of Three Lions (Football's Coming Home)! Well done to 5SG for speaking so loudly and clearly!

Year 5 Debating Competition:        

On Thursday 14th June, three of our Year 5 children (Charlotte, Brielle and Daniel) took part in a debating competition at Wyken Croft Primary School. The children were up against strong competition and had to speak about the benefits of shopping in a supermarket compared to the high street. The children spoke with knowledge and confidence about this issue and were a credit to Moat House.

Year 5 Rounders Tournament:

Twelve of our Year 5 children went to Henley Green Primary School, on Thursday 14th June, to take part in a Rounders tournament against five other schools. All of the children made an outstanding effort and enjoyed developing their batting and fielding skills. Although they did not win on this occasion, they represented Moat House extremely well.

Nursery Parent Meetings:  

On Wednesday 13th June, parents with children who are due to start our Nursery in September, were invited into school to find out about the setting, the school routines and the learning at Moat House. The teachers and teaching assistants introduced themselves and parents were given the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have.

Year 1 Phonics Screen:

In the week beginning June 11th, our Year 1 children showed off their amazing reading skills in the national phonic screening assessment. They used their knowledge of sounds to read real words, as well as nonsense words. They have all put in lots of effort and we are very proud of them. Year 1 parents will be informed of the results at the end of the school year.

Football Fever:    

In the week beginning, Monday 11th June, the children (and staff) started getting excited about the World Cup. Each teacher drew two teams for their class to support over the tournament. As well as supporting and following their teams, the teachers are focussing on learning about their two countries in their lessons through research, using written information as well as the internet. The teams that each class are following are:

NAM:

Egypt & South Korea

NPM:

England & Peru

RSR:

Croatia & Costa Rica

RKG:

Japan & Columbia

1EW:

Panama & Nigeria

1LM:

Brazil & Serbia

2ET:

Russia & Portugal

2JG:

Senegal & Iceland

3SH:

Saudi Arabia & Argentina

3JK:

Switzerland & Poland

4HT:

Australia & Morocco

4JG:

Spain & France

5SG:

Denmark & Sweden

5ST:

Uruguay & Mexico

6CB:

Tunisia & Iran

6NL:

Germany & Belgium

The school kitchen will also be joining in with the fun and will be holding special themed lunches on the days that England are playing: Monday 18th June – England v. Tunisia and Thursday 28th June – England v. Belgium.  

4HT’s Class Assembly:     

4HT shared lots of information about Brazil in their assembly on Friday 8th June and showed us lots of pictures of different aspects of the country from the wildlife and rainforests through to Rio de Janeiro.  It was well researched and presented and gave us a real flavour of what it would be like to live there.

KS2 Tennis Competition:   

On Tuesday 5th June, some of our Key Stage 2 children represented the school at a tennis competition at Coventry and North Warwickshire Tennis Club. The children: Ryan, Renikah, Hashim and Layla from Year 4 and Nathaniel, Oliwier, Alisha and Jamila from Year 6 were very enthusiastic about the contest. However although they did not win on this occasion, they put in a tremendous amount of effort in the five matches that they each played.

Marvellous Me:     We have recently introduced Marvellous Me, which is an app that you can use on your smartphone, tablet or computer to keep you informed of your child’s activities and achievements at school. In a letter that was sent home are instructions about how you can sign up and this includes a parent join code for your child. Your child’s teacher will be sending messages about his/her school day to help keep you informed – you are also able to interact with the app, for example by sending a ”high five” to show that you have received a message. We hope that through using Marvellous Me we can improve communication and home school links.

School Bank:      

With the long summer break fast approaching, why not make the most of the school’s bank and encourage your children to save some pennies for their free time in July and August? Your child can deposit a small (or large) amount on a regular basis and it is a great opportunity to teach your child about saving for the long term. The Moat House School Bank is open every Tuesday morning from 8:40 am. If you require any further information about this, please speak to the school office. 

Walk to School Week:      

In the week beginning 21st May, many of our children took part in Walk to School Week and as a result of this have earnt stickers, which will be converted to house points for their team. They have also been rewarded with a packet of sunflower seeds for taking part in the challenge. Thank you for supporting us in Walk to School week and we hope that you and your children have enjoyed the many benefits of a daily walk.

Year 2 SATs:     

All of the staff in Year 2 would like to say a HUGE well done to the Year 2 children, who completed their SATs in May. The children all worked extremely hard and enjoyed a well-deserved trip to Bermuda Park, on Thursday 24th May, where they all had fun playing in the floor to ceiling soft play centre.

Highly Sprung:

On Tuesday 22nd May, Year 3 visited the Warwick Arts Centre to perform their piece at the Highly Sprung Outcome event. They got to perform with another six schools, with over 400 children taking part in the event altogether. Through dance and movement, the Year 3s demonstrated how the universe was created and how humans have evolved over time. The children really enjoyed their time spent with the Highly Sprung team and were very well behaved throughout all of the sessions.

Year 4 Quad Event:        

On Tuesday 22nd May, twenty four of our Year 4 children participated in four different athletics events at Henley Green Primary School. The events they completed were as follows: the 400m race, 50m sprint, standing long jump and javelin. All of the children enjoyed representing Moat House and overall they came fifth.

Hordain Football Tournament: Once again, the Moat House team played really well against European opposition over the weekend of May 19th. We played teams from France, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria on the first day. We played well but, despite several chances, we didn’t manage to get on the score sheet. On the second day the boys played even better and won two of their three matches. We played against the Hordain second team (we won 3 – 1), the Hordain first team (they won 4 – 1) and finished off by playing Southfields, who we shared a coach with. We beat them 2 – 1. Our top scorer was Jessy with 4 goals. Nathaniel and Tyreece scored one goal each. The boys had a great weekend and their host families spoke very highly of them.

A Right Royal Day:          

A huge thank you to parents and carers for your support in sending children to school on Friday 18th May dressed in red, white or blue. The children enjoyed learning lots about British traditions and culture and there were some extra special events for our younger children. In the Foundation Stage and Year 1, the children prepared traditional picnics themselves, which included biscuits, scones and sandwiches. We were delighted to invite parents and carers, who came along to enjoy the celebrations with their children.

Year 1 Library Visits:        

On Friday 11th and 18th May, our Year 1 classes each enjoyed a visit to Bell Green Library.  They were shown the children’s section and now know how to look for fiction and non-fiction books in their local library. If the children returned their signed application form into school, they were able to borrow a library book so that they could read it at home. Please may we remind you to return the books to the library by their due date and why not borrow some more books while you are there? 

Year 6 SATs:     

Congratulations to Year 6 on completing their SATs tests in the week beginning 14th May. Everyone rose to the challenge and tried very hard. All of the staff are incredibly proud of their efforts. Year 6 have lots to look forward to in the forthcoming weeks but there is still a lot of hard work to do before the end of the year. We know that they will continue to stay focussed through to the end of their time at Moat House.

Year 4 Art Sculpture Day:

On Wednesday 16th May, Year 4 visited Warwick Arts Centre to spend the day exploring the world of artist, John Piper, who is best known for creating the stained glass window wall in Coventry Cathedral.  The children were treated to a personalised guided tour of his latest exhibition and then created their own Piper inspired art work using a wide range of materials. After lunch, they walked around the sun soaked campus and drew and studied the various sculptures there.  They all had their own favourite works of art but the "Cat in a Suit" sculpture was especially popular.

5ST’s Class Assembly:

5ST gave us a really informative assembly on Friday 11th May. Not only did they teach us facts about the planets in our solar system, they also taught us a rhyme so we can remember their order from the sun. They then went on to explain why we have day and night and how the seasons change depending on which part of the planet tilts closest to the sun. Their rap song about the planets was great. I don't know how they managed to fit in all the words!

Highly Sprung in Year 3:  

Highly Sprung worked with our Year 3 children on Thursday 10th May, for their second session. The children used their bodies to simplify fractions and they also practised the Hacker, which is a type of dance. There was a focus on team work, being willing, curious and becoming unstuck, which support the values we hold highly at Moat House.

Year 4 Warwick Trip:

On Friday 4th May, Year 4 enjoyed the opportunity to visit Warwick University to experience an Engineering and Arts day. In the morning, they designed a 'crumple zone' protection system for an egg they had been given.  This egg was placed in an acceleration chamber and only their system could save it from breaking!  For the first time ever, all of the protection systems worked and there were no damaged eggs. – the Year 4 pupils were very proud of this achievement. In the afternoon, they walked in the sunshine around the campus and investigated the various sculptures - they discussed the materials, colours and techniques used to build them.

4LF’s Class Assembly:

On Friday 4th May, 4LF led the assembly fantastically.  They shared what they have been learning this year and touched on Wind in the Willows, Macbeth and all of their other topics. They included a really catchy tune which Ed Sheeran would be proud of, which they used to learn the names of the continents and specific facts about them.

Dentist in EYFS:  

The children in Nursery and Reception enjoyed a visit from Horace the Horse, on Thursday 3rd May. He showed the children how to brush their teeth and talked about the food they should eat to keep their teeth healthy. They were surprised to learn that they shouldn’t use water on their toothbrush whilst brushing their teeth. The children are looking forward to Horace returning soon to show them what happens at the dentist. Please can you support your children to help them brush their teeth twice a day; they should be helped by an adult until the age of seven. We were also informed that children should visit the dentist on a regular basis from their first birthday.

Highly Sprung:

On Thursday 3rd May, the Highly Sprung team visited Year 3. They worked with 3SH in the morning and 3JK in the afternoon. Children learnt about the differences in atmosphere between Earth, the moon and Jupiter by using role play to pretend they were walking on each of them. Children then learnt all about equivalent fractions by pretending they belonged to an alien family. Children in Year 3 were very excited to begin learning the Haka and look forward to learning more from the Highly Sprung Team next week!

Football Tournament:       

On Thursday 3rd May, ten of our Year 4 children travelled to the Alan Higgs Centre to take part in a football tournament against two other Coventry schools. They battled courageously in both matches but sadly luck was not on their side for the final result. A special mention must go to Renikah, who put in a superb performance in her role as goalkeeper. Thank you to Mr Goodbody and Mr McIlroy who transported the children and supported them throughout the tournament.

Early Bird Week: 

A massive congratulations to 4LF who won our Early Bird Week competition, in the week beginning 23rd April. They won because out of the whole week, they only had two children that missed one day each. A fantastic achievement and they will be enjoying their tasty treats shortly. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and hopefully the good work of coming into school early can carry on.

Early Bird Week: 

We were impressed with the extra special efforts that children and parents made to get into school bright and early for our Early Bird Week in the week beginning 23rd April. It definitely made an impact on the overall attendance for that week. Now that the good habits are in place, it would be fantastic if the improved punctuality and attendance could continue. Thank you.

1LM’s Class Assembly:

On Friday 27th April, 1LM started their assembly with a really bright song which most of the school joined in with.They then taught us lots of things about the weather and performed a class poem which was great. Well done children!

St George’s Day: 

On Wednesday 25th April, the children enjoyed a themed lunch to celebrate St. George’s Day. (which was on 23rd April).  The dining hall was decorated with flags and bunting and the children enjoyed roast beef with all the trimmings and apple crumble with custard.

Year 2 to Warwick Castle:            

On Monday 23rd April, our Year 2 children enjoyed a wonderful and informative day out at Warwick Castle. They spent time exploring the grand rooms inside the building, where they found many objects and lifelike models which showed how people lived and dressed many years ago. The children were able to explore the castle grounds, which included them discovering a dark and dingy gaol. They were treated to a fantastic birds of prey display, watched a bowman show off his archery skills and even watched the launch of a trebuchet.

1EW’s Class Assembly:

1EW performed a wonderful assembly for us on Friday 20th April. They retold the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and added a couple of songs to help to tell the story. Their voices were loud and clear and their singing was beautiful. 

RWI Parents’ Meeting:     

On Tuesday 17th April, we welcomed Jill Crawford (Read Write Inc consultant) into Moat House to work with us on the delivery of our phonics teaching. She spoke with parents and carers in Reception and Year 1, about how you at home can help with your children’s reading. She gave out the following useful websites:

Ruth Miskin Parents’ Page: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/       Ruth Miskin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/

Free e-books for home reading: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/

Year 6 trip to Cadbury World:       

On Thursday 29th March, the Year 6 children started Easter early with a trip to Cadbury World. The day started with an interesting talk about the Mayans and their chocolate production. We even learnt about their very own sport, which was just like football! After this, we explored the chocolate factory, where we learnt how chocolate is made, sampled many varieties of chocolate and even wrote our names with melted chocolate. Everybody had a wonderful time and it was great for Year 6 children to relax after all of their hard work during the Spring term.  

Brilliant Club:     

On Thursday 29th March, some of our Year 5 children (Aaron, Charlotte, Rukiya, Nevaeh and Abubakr) enjoyed a trip to Nottingham University. The children commented as follows: “Our trip to Nottingham University was delightful. We met our tutors and had a tour of the campus. We had to fill in question sheets and I mostly put high numbers and the high numbers are good!” We hope that the trip has inspired our Year 5 children to work hard to complete their course work, so that they can hopefully graduate in September.

Easter Bonnet Parade:      

The children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed parading their home made Easter bonnets around the hall on Thursday 29th March. All of the bonnets were amazing and Mrs Horton (our Chair of Governors) had the extremely difficult job of selecting two winners from each class – the winners each received an Easter egg. We would like to say a huge thank you for your support in helping your children to make their bonnets.

Governors’ Awards:         

On Thursday 29th March, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown excellent behaviour or attitude. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

YN: Bogdan Toader and Annalise Walsh

Y1: Agatha Giwa-Osagie and Rory McEnery-Ward

Y3: Shakir Othman and

Arsema Yared

Y5: Salima Eijkeme and

Jakub Kuczmerowkz

YR: Eshai Mola and Juliette Handley

Y2: Alexandra Arvai and

Scott Torrance

Y4: Naveed Abubakar and

Calli Urch

Y6: Matthew Elliott and

Aathana Anantharupan

99 Club:            

Throughout the Spring term our children have been working extremely hard on learning their times table facts and every week they prove how well they have learnt their facts through a short test. Amazingly, some children have already achieved their end of year targets. These Year 4 children have completed the 77 Club: Abdul, Bart, Hashim, Nasreen and Tobi. These Year 5 children have completed the 88 Club: Salima, Hanlon, Jakub, Filip, Abu, Summer, Amida, Aaron, Thomas and Kyra. Well done children – keep up the good work!

Class Assemblies: Please make a note of your child’s class assembly detailed below:

Date

Class

Date

Class

Date

Class

Friday 20th April

1EW

Friday 8th June

4HT

Friday 6th July

3JK

Friday 27th April

1LM

Friday 15th June

5SG

Friday 13th July

2ET

Friday 4th May

4JG (4VS)

Friday 22nd June

3SH

TBC

Year 6

Friday 11th May

5ST

Friday 29th June

2JG

 

 

6NL’s Class Assembly:      

6NL performed a fantastic assembly on Friday 23rd March that covered many different areas and was full of information. To begin with, the children taught the rest of the school about South America, in particular, the history of the ancient Mayas. We learnt they were responsible for introducing chocolate to the world! They then acted out a scene from the story they are reading in Literacy - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There was some brilliant acting on display, as well as some great singing Oompa Loompas! Finally, 6NL reminded us that today is Sport Relief and ended with a serious message of how we can help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Year 1 Visit:       

On Thursday 22nd March, the children in Year 1 went on a trip to Coventry City Centre as part of their History and Geography topics. They will be learning all about Lady Godiva and talking about what makes Coventry so special. The children were exceptionally well behaved throughout the visit and represented Moat House perfectly.

Year 5 Visit:      

On Wednesday 21st March, Year 5 went to Safeside in Birmingham. The children learnt some very important information about keeping safe in different urban environments, including how to cross the road safely and who can help in difficult outdoor situations. Chelsea commented: “the trip was fabulous and taught us how to stay safe.”

Author Visit:       

On Tuesday 20th March, Moat House gave a very warm welcome to illustrator and author of children’s books, Simon Murray. Simon led a whole school assembly and then worked with the children year group by year group. The children were thrilled to discover that every one of them could not only draw a character, but draw it well, under the careful guidance of Simon. Both children and adults who thought they couldn’t draw, found, to their amazement, that they could. Everybody had a wonderful time creating their version of Icky Doo Dah.

Year 3 Morning of Music: 

On Monday 19th March, Year 3 enjoyed a morning of music, along with two other Coventry schools: Hearsall and Earlsdon Primary. The theme was a Magical Mystery tour so the children sang songs from around the UK and wore decorative crowns, which they designed themselves. The children performed brilliantly and were especially enthusiastic about singing Beatlemania. They were perfect hosts to the other Coventry schools.

Year 1 Morning of Music:  

On Tuesday 13th March, Year 1 enjoyed a morning of music, along with two other Coventry schools: Hearsall and Earlsdon Primary. The theme was a Magical Mystery tour so the children sang songs from around the UK and wore decorative crowns, which they designed themselves. The children performed brilliantly and were especially enthusiastic about singing Beatlemania. They were perfect hosts to the other Coventry schools.

2JG’s Class Assembly:     

2JG produced a very interesting assembly on Friday 16th March about their topic of castles. They used loud and confident voices to tell us some of the facts that they have learnt about castles. They also enjoyed telling us about the fun they have had in Science Week, where they have enjoyed making slime and investigating which materials will best protect Humpty Dumpty when he falls. They concluded their assembly with the song that they learnt for Music Week - Lean on Me. Thanks 2JG.

St. Patrick’s Day:            

On Thursday 15th March, the school kitchen held a St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch so the dining hall was decorated with Irish flags and bunting whilst the kitchen staff wore their green and white hats with pride! Children were able to choose from Irish Stew, cheese and potato pie and sausage and mash, in order to celebrate this patriotic day.

Book Character Prize:       

The winners for the book character competition (held on Friday 9th March) are as follows:

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Jakub, Amiya

Kelsey- Mai, Jacob-Jay

Lacie-Leigh, Harley-David

Arlie-Rose, Amrit

Zuzanna C, James

Felicia, Youssef

Katelyn, Alfie

Jacob, Victoria

Paige, Leo

Mia, Riley

Helin, Regan

Kiera, Kaine

Summer, Connor

Sophie, Adam

These lucky children were rewarded with a trip to Frankie and Benny’s, on Thursday 15th March, where they had an amazing time! They became master-chefs and created their very own pizza! They were very sensible and polite and enjoyed eating their scrumptious pizza. They were then awarded with a one year free pass to eat at the restaurant and a certificate for their hard work. 

Magnificent Seven:         

On Tuesday 13th March, twenty children from Year 4 represented Moat House Primary School at the Coventry-wide 'Magnificent 7' sports skills tournament. This was a set of timed activities, with each pupil trying to set themselves a new personal best in each trial.  From  a range of ball skills to skipping and speed toe tapping, every child chose their own level of challenge and gave their very best all morning.  They were impeccably behaved and a real credit to our school. Each pupil was awarded a special certificate in recognition of the level of effort they showed. Well done all!

Science Week:    

In the week beginning 12th March, Moat House celebrated British Science Week. Throughout the school, classes carried out fun experiments, which included: mixing liquids to make lava lamps; exploring which materials would best protect Humpty Dumpty in a fall; causing chemical reactions to inflate balloon aliens and investigating how to make slime. All of the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed carrying out their experiments and look forward to continuing to develop their investigative skills in their science lessons this year! 

Book Fair:

The Book Fair was in school in the week beginning 12th March and it was very popular. Many thanks to all parents and carers who came along with their children to look at and buy the books. It was our most successful Book Fair ever, which means we will earn lots of free books for the school, for all of our children to use. Happy reading, everyone!

Music Week:   

In the week beginning 5th March, we held our very first Music Week. It was a joy to hear all of the singing, music making and excitement of the children around the school. They learnt about music and life from the 1950s to the 1980s. On Thursday 8th March, members of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire came to visit year 5 and 6. They are recruiting for an exciting new free creative music-making programme on Saturdays for young people aged 10-16. It will be held at Sydney Stringer from April and is free. The musicians performed and created music with the children and it was a brilliant hour. The children had fun and were very creative. This is an amazing opportunity for our children, so if you would like more information about how your child can be involved, please see Miss Grant.

6CB’s Class Assembly:    

We all thoroughly enjoyed learning about what happens in Magistrates Courts on Friday 9th March. 6CB acted out a case and demonstrated how magistrates reach their decisions. In a complete change of direction, they then sang a medley of songs from the 1980s which ranged from Madonna to Van Halen. Some great stuff!

3SH’s Class Assembly:     

Class 3SH produced a wonderful assembly on Thursday 8th March. The class taught us all about volcanoes and earthquakes. They explained what is needed in the event of an earthquake and even packed their very own earthquake survival kit! Then, the children explained how volcanoes erupt. They showed their volcanoes created out of bottles, cardboard and newspaper and we even got to see pictures of one of them erupting in 3SH's classroom! A brilliant assembly with lots of information given by loud, confident voices! 

World Book Day:

On Thursday 1st March, the Foundation children (and staff) all dressed up as favourite book characters. Parents were invited in to classes to share books with their children in the morning and this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all. In the afternoon, the children could choose to listen to a story read by any teacher from YR to Year 2. This meant that they had a choice of six different stories – not surprisingly Miss Graham’s choice of “The Dinosaur that Pooped the Bed,” was very popular!

On Friday 9th March, the rest of the school joined in the fun and children and staff came to school dressed up as characters from their favourite book. There were lots of fantastic costumes, but sadly there could only be two winners from each class, for the best costumes (these will be shared in next week’s newsletter). Each winner will be visiting Frankie and Benny’s next Thursday to enjoy a pizza party. Thank you to everyone for your support.

Marvellous Moat House Mums:  

On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th March, our Foundation Stage and Year 1 mums and special ladies were all invited to school for a memorable afternoon with their children. The ladies all enjoyed spending time with their children and were presented with cards and other special gifts.

Magistrates in Year 6:    

On Thursday, 1st March and Wednesday 7th March, Year 6 took part in a magistrates workshop, where they learnt all about how the court system works as well as the different punishments for different crimes. Once they’d learnt this, they took on the different roles of the relevant people in court and acted out a mock trial. All of the children were fascinated whilst hearing the evidence against the defendant and eventually decided he was guilty! The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning and were all brilliantly behaved. A special well done to Eidlis, Ti-Ann, James, Aathana, Ebalo, Maxine and Redir, whose performances in the mock trial were very impressive. 

Year 1 Gymnastics Success:      

On Tuesday 6th March, a keen group of Year 1 children went to Tribe (gymnastics arena) to perform in a competition against five other schools. The children demonstrated great skill in their performances, which included the vault and a floor routine. They all worked well as a team and did extremely well to come in third place. They thoroughly enjoyed standing on the podium to receive their certificates at the end of the afternoon.

Parents’ Evening:          

Despite the extreme weather conditions, there was a steady stream of parents attending parents’ evenings on Wednesday 28th February and Thursday  1st March. While parents waited for their appointments, they were able to listen to our talented choir, who performed some lovely songs for everyone to enjoy. If you were not able to attend, please speak to your child’s class teacher who will be able to arrange an alternative appointment for you.

Year 3 Rugby:    

On Friday 16th February, a sporting group of eight girls and eight boys from Year 3 took part in a Tag Rugby Festival at the Alan Higgs Centre. Whilst playing against other schools, all of the children displayed the five values the Engage! coaches have taught them in their sessions - integrity, enjoyment, discipline, respect and teamwork. The children from Moat House were brilliantly behaved, had a fantastic time and were a credit to the school.

Nursery Festivals:

Our lucky Nursery children celebrated three different festivals in the week beginning 12th February. On Tuesday, 13th February, parents were invited in to school to join their children for Pancake Day celebrations. The children took part in races and everyone tried a variety of toppings – we weren’t surprised that chocolate was the most popular! The children made cards, flowers and jam tarts for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday 14th February. And finally, on Thursday 15th February, the children celebrated Chinese New Year. Again, parents were invited into school to make lucky red envelopes containing gold coins, Chinese lanterns and to try some delicious Chinese food. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Yang Yang who cooked and donated most of the food.

Chinese Lunch:   

On Thursday 15th February, the school kitchen put on a Chinese themed lunch, so the dining hall was decorated with Chinese lanterns, dragons and bunting. Children were able to choose from vegetable spring roll, chicken curry, chow mein, egg fried rice and prawn crackers to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Highly Sprung:                

Year 3 visited the Birmingham Thinktank museum on Wednesday 14th February and had a fantastic time. The children worked with the staff from Highly Sprung and learnt about how the heart and lungs work, the role that DNA plays in our bodies, the planets in our solar system and how coding is used to control robots. They are thoroughly looking forward to May as they will get to work with the Highly Sprung team again!

Year 2 Sports Event:        

On Wednesday 14th February, thirty Year 2 children took part in a multi-sport competition at the Alan Higgs Centre. The children competed against five other schools in six different events. All of the children took part enthusiastically and showed off their sporting skills. They jumped, ran and threw their way to third place!  The children were well behaved and represented Moat House perfectly. A big thank you must go to the Year 6 helpers (Alisha, Nafisa, Maxine and Aathana), who ran, scored and helped with the organisation – they were fantastic role models to our younger children. 

Pancake Race:    

It may have been a wild, wet and windy day but this did not stop Miss Solanki and the school councillors from organising pancake races across the playground on Tuesday 13th February. Everyone from Reception to Year 6 joined in with the fun by racing with their pancakes in frying pans in a relay style race. The winning team was Herbert and they have been rewarded with extra points for their team.

5SG’s Class Assembly: 

5SG produced a really informative assembly about the USA on Friday 2nd February. They taught us about how it became independent in 1776, how it got its flag and about the national anthem, which is based on a war poem. They also shared some interesting facts and figures about donuts, McDonalds, Bart Simpson, Elvis Presley and Disneyland!

Teddy Bears’ Sleepover:          

Our Year 1 children all brought their teddy bears to school for a sleepover on Wednesday 31st January. They tucked their teddies up for a good night’s sleep in the school library and settled down to read them a story. The children all enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits and couldn’t wait to wake their teddies up from their slumber the next day.

Year 6 at Dol y Moch:  

On Wednesday 31st January, 29 children from Year 6 returned from their residential trip to Dol y Moch in Snowdonia. Whilst they were there, they navigated, climbed, walked, kayaked, mountain biked, learned to make their own beds and even made their own sandwiches. It was a great experience and they were a credit to the school. A big thank you from them (and from me) to Miss Bird, Mrs Dolden and Miss Tuckey who accompanied them from Saturday 27th January until Wednesday 31st January.

PJs and a good book:

On Tuesday 30th January, the Year 3 children and parents were invited to take part in a special reading event. The children (and staff) dressed up in their comfy pyjamas and they all enjoyed hearing different stories in the classrooms or the library, while drinking hot chocolate and munching biscuits. We hope that you can encourage your children at home to listen to adults reading good books, as well as practising reading for themselves. Look out for more of our fantastic reading events in the future.

Competition Time:            

We are currently holding two exciting competitions which we are encouraging children to take part in – the deadlines for both are Friday 2nd February. For Internet Safety day (Tuesday 6th February), the social media campaign this year has the hashtag #ItStartsWithUs. The children have been asked to make a pledge of something kind or positive they will do online. They can draw a picture or write, or both onto a jigsaw template, which their teachers will give them. Designs will be displayed in the school’s Computing Suite.

For World Book Day (Thursday 1st March), children are invited to create an A4 landscape design to demonstrate how children at Moat House “fly high” with their reading. A selection of these will be used to create a whole school display, which will be entered into a national competition, where children could be in with a chance to win a book by Sir Chris Hoy, or even funding to add to the school library.

2ET’s Class Assembly:      

2ET performed a very healthy assembly on Friday 26th January. They reminded us of the things we need to do to remain healthy - eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and keep clean. It was good to hear that we can still eat some cakes or chocolate but just not all of the time.

Times Tables Championship:     

The Year 5/6 competition, on Thursday 25th January, was a thrilling affair and the questions got really difficult towards the end. Congratulations to Ralph, who was the individual champion, Eidlis, who came second and Nevaeh, who was third. In the team competition Mowlam were first, Moorcroft were second, Godiva were third and Herbert were fourth. If you can answer 0.72 ÷ 9 or 0.06 x 70 then maybe you'll get in to the teams for the Summer competition!

StarDome in KS1:

On Wednesday 24th January, Key Stage 1 were lucky enough to enjoy a visit from the National Space Centre's Star Dome. This is a portable planetarium, which spent the day in the school hall. All of the children from Key Stage 1 went inside to have a look at the planets in our solar system and discovered that the sun is really a star! They also looked at some of the constellations in the sky and listened to some of the ancient stories behind them.

Football Match:   

On Tuesday 23rd January, the school football team excitedly travelled to St. Laurence’s Primary School to take part in a Harry Shaw cup match. The team made a positive start by scoring the first goal of the match but the opposition managed to sneak a goal in just before half time to make it 1:1. After the half time break, St. Laurence’s proved to be the stronger team and gained the win, meaning that Moat House have unfortunately not progressed. The Moat House team put in maximum effort and man of the match was awarded to Kian for his all-round enthusiasm and positive 

PJs and a Good Book!      

As part of our commitment to getting more children engaged with reading, we will be holding the first of our 'PJs and a Good Book' events with Year 3 families on Tuesday 30th January. The event is about having fun and spending quality time together. Every parent who attends will be able to choose a free book to take home and share with their child. Watch out for more reading events coming soon!

3JK’s Class Assembly:      

3JK wrote and performed an excellent assembly about the very serious topic of Litter on Friday 19th January. The children shared some really worrying information about how litter affects wildlife and the environment. They also showed us some pictures of animals which had eaten litter which made everyone in the hall think carefully about the impact of plastics, in particular. The posters that the children had made also delivered the message that we should not drop litter and we should recycle as much as possible.

Cool to be Kind week:   

Friday 19th January was the last day of Cool to be Kind week, which was a great success. Children were even kinder and more helpful than usual. Well done everyone!

Reading Challenge:          

Our 2018 Reading Challenge has started! Well done to 2JG, who had seven children achieving their first award on Wednesday 17th January - looks like we might have some contenders for the Showcase Cinema prize! Also, huge congratulations to the Pearson and Goodreid families - two children from both families picked up reading awards this week - a great start towards our £50 voucher competition! Keep reading!

Year 6 Athletics: 

On Wednesday 17th January, 24 Year 6 children attended the final of the Multi-Sports competition at the Alan Higgs Centre. After winning the heats comfortably, our children were hopeful that they could once again be victorious and win the cup. Although the children worked very hard and managed to win many events, they ended the morning in fourth place. The children all behaved fantastically and were great representatives for Moat House. One child in particular showed great sportsmanship by personally congratulating and shaking hands with the winning team, well done Ebalo.  

Year 6 Rowing Competition:           

On Tuesday 16th January, seven Year 6 children (Nikita, Evie-Leigh, Elle, Lilly, Adam, Nathaniel and Maxine) took part in a rowing competition at the Alan Higgs Centre. Their heat was the toughest and closest out of all of the rowing heats across the city. They competed against Pearl Hyde, Stoke Heath, Whitley and St. Bart's. Children had to row for ninety seconds individually and then complete a rowing relay, afterwards. The scores were added together to give the total metres rowed. The girls’ team rowed 1857m and the boys’ team rowed 2018m. The competition was close because only 3m separated the boys from a top spot! In the end, both teams came fourth in their heats. Our children were commended for their technique and teamwork throughout the afternoon. Well done!

New Year's Resolutions: 

 Every year I challenge the children to think of something they could improve at school and at home and adopt these as resolutions. Many have told me that they intend to work more quickly, write more neatly, have a better attitude or be a better friend. I'd like to wish everybody the best of luck with their resolutions. I would hope that you might see the benefit at home too with tidier, more helpful children who argue less with their brothers or sisters - that's what they told me would happen!

Litter Week :    

We spent some time, during the week beginning 8th January, discussing the implications of litter, not just at school but across the country and across the planet. The children were shocked to hear how much wildlife every year gets killed or injured by rubbish that humans don't put in bins or dispose of correctly. The children have all been encouraged to 'do their bit' and only put their litter in a bin. It would be great if you could encourage them to do this at home too.

Reading Challenge:          

During the Spring term (2018), one of our whole school priorities is to encourage our children to read more at home, as well as at school and in particular for their own enjoyment. For this reason, we are relaunching our Reading Challenge, where children can earn rewards and prizes for reading at home. Children will collect stickers in their classes for each occasion that they read at home. Once children have reached their target, prizes will be rewarded in our Wednesday’s reward assembly.

Maths – 99 Club:

This term (Spring 2018), we are putting a greater emphasis on encouraging our children to learn their times tables. We are introducing the “99 Club” as a way of giving children an incentive to do this. Within the children’s maths classes, each child will be given a club sheet to complete starting at the “10 Club” (KS1), which consists of 10 questions all the way up to “99 Club”, which has 99 questions. Children will need to complete each Club sheet three times before they can move on to the next Club and these will be completed twice per week within the children’s maths classes. This will ensure that children become secure with their times tables facts or related division facts and the quick recall of these.

Job Club:          

In order to introduce our children to develop lifelong skills, we have introduced a Job Club. Many children love to take on the responsibility of a job and there are always plenty of these within school that children enjoy, for example: being a reading buddy to support younger children, organising the computer for assemblies or library monitor. As in all walks of life, there is often competition for the most popular jobs so we are asking children to write a letter to apply for the job that they wish to be responsible for. Following this, they will be asked a few questions about why they think they would be the best person for the job. We hope that this begins to introduce children to the real world of the jobs market and encourages them to write and speak for a real-life purpose.  

Class Assemblies: Please make a note of your child’s class assembly detailed below:

Date

Class

Date

Class

Date

Class

Friday 19th January

3JK

Friday 16th February

3SH

Thursday 29th March

5ST

Friday 26th January

2ET

Friday 9th March

6CB

Friday 20th April

4VS

Friday 2nd February

5SG

Friday 16th March

2JG

Friday 27th April

1EW

Friday 9th February

4HT

Friday 23rd March

6NL

Friday 4th May

1LM

KS2 concert:  

Our Key Stage 2 children have been busy practising some festive songs and carols, which led to two end of term performances. On Tuesday 19th December, they performed at St Chad’s Church to the volunteers who help out there and on Wednesday 20th December, they performed to a busy hall of parents, carers and friends. The children did Moat House proud and a special mention must go to the Year 6 children who showed some amazing musical talent with their skill at using the brass instruments, which they have been learning throughout this term.

Governors’ Awards:   

On Tuesday 19th December, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown good behaviour or attitude during the Autumn term. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

YN

Alex and Kiyano

Y3

Amrit and Lacie P

YR

Joshua and Livia

Y4

Tobi and Megan

Y1

Carlton and Leah

Y5

Charlotte and Matas

Y2

Lemuel and Keira

Y6

Nikita and Nafisa

Year 4 Cinema Experience:    

On Tuesday 19th December, the whole of Year 4 had a great afternoon at Grace Academy, where they were treated to a fantastic cinema experience.  They watched the film “Nativity,” which was set in Coventry. The children loved the film but stated that the best bit of the experience was the popcorn and drinks they had!

Fundraising:  

On Monday 18th December, our Christmas Fayre was a resounding success and Santa’s Grotto was a particular hit with children big and small! We would like to thank you for all your support, as well as your donations. We have managed to raise £807.22, which will be used to help fund children’s trips and activities over the coming months. A big thank you as well to Miss Hall, who organised the whole event and ensured that the Fayre ran smoothly.

For Christmas Jumper Day, we managed to raise £161.89, which will be donated to Save the Children. Once again, thank you for all your support.

Parent Questionnaire: 

We would like to say a huge thank you to the responses that we received in the recent questionnaire that we asked parents to complete. We received 137 responses in total and the large majority of these were positive. We are continually looking to develop and improve and will certainly attempt to address any issues that have been highlighted as a result of the questionnaire.

Attendance News:      

We are keen to celebrate our attendance news with you and to say a huge thank you for all your support in enabling us to make these improvements. Our attendance rate is currently 96.7%, which is close to our current target of 97% and an improvement in where we were last year because at this point last year the attendance figure was only 95.8%. So far this year, there are 197 children who have achieved 100% attendance – again this is an improvement on last year when we only had 48 children at 100%. 1LM and 2ET should be congratulated as they have both achieved a week where they have achieved 100% attendance and 6NL have done remarkably well and achieved two whole weeks with 100% attendance. The children are enjoying our attendance initiatives where they can earn money for their classes and extra golden time at the end of each half term for the overall class attendance being 97% or better.

Year 2 Carols:

On Friday 15th December, our Year 2 children delighted us all with their beautiful singing; they sang a mixture of traditional carols with some more modern Christmas themed songs. They looked very festive in their Christmas jumpers and made us all feel very Christmassy.

Christmas Jumper Day:

We would like to say a huge thank you for your support for Christmas Jumper day, which was on Friday 15th December. Watch this space to find out how much money we managed to raise for charity.

Bake Off: 

On Thursday 14th December, four of our Year 6 children (Beverly, Jessica, Katelyn, Wonder) excitedly travelled to Grace Academy to take part in a Bake Off contest against three other primary schools in our local network. Each team had to bake a sponge cake and our children (with the expert guidance of Miss Bourne) decided to bake a victoria sponge. The children felt like professionals because each team were given their own designated kitchen station to bake their creation. The children had to work against the clock with a two hour time limit and did extremely well to achieve third place. The taste testers back at Moat House all agreed that it was the best Victoria sponge they had ever eaten - well done to our Moat House bakers!

Christmas lunch:         

On Wednesday 13th December, we all got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed a traditional festive lunch. The children enjoyed turkey, vegetables, stuffing and gravy followed by mince pies and ice cream.

Christmas Performances:

In the week beginning 11th December, our children in the Foundation Stage produced two fantastic performances, which included songs, actions and acting. The children did extremely well to learn their lines and songs, as well as perform in front of large audiences. We were also treated to two more amazing performances by our talented Year 1 children. The children performed a traditional nativity, which was adapted by Miss Wilson and the children again learnt lines, songs, dances and actions. Everyone was especially impressed with their beautiful singing and surprisingly loud voices!

Times Table Championship:  

In order for children to succeed in Mathematics, it is vital for them to have a quick recall of the multiplication facts - it is a life skill that will help them not just in their education but also in their everyday lives. For this reason, in the new year, we will be placing a greater emphasis on enabling children to secure their knowledge of the times table facts. The school will be holding inter-house competitions to raise the profile of this and prizes will be rewarded to children who make accelerated progress in their knowledge of the times tables facts. We are keen to give you lots of notice about this, so that you can support your child at home with learning the times tables facts over the Christmas break. 

6CB’s Class Assembly: 

6CB produced a bright and colourful assembly on the theme of the Ancient Egyptians on Friday 1st December. They shared lots of interesting facts about them and then focused on Tutankhamun in particular. We learned that he became pharaoh at the age of 9 and then died when he was 18. The children then showed us how he was mummified - in far too much detail! 

3SH’s Class Assembly: 

3SH delivered a really informative class assembly on Friday 24th November. They shared lots of facts about the Romans and explained why the Roman armies were so successful. They showed us Roman shields which they had all made and finished off with a fun song which contained even more facts about the way that the Romans lived and the things they liked to do.

Firefighter Visit in Year 4:  

On Thursday 23rd November, Year 4 enjoyed a visit from the Coventry Fire Service.  The fire fighters came to talk to the children about fire safety.  It was really fascinating as they learned all about how to keep themselves, as well as their families and homes, safe.  The children quickly learned how to call for help in an emergency and how to help fire fighters get to the right place as fast as possible.  Ms Bourne was also dressed up in all the clothing and equipment a fire fighter needs, which was a great way to celebrate her birthday. Lots of thoughtful questions were asked and several children are now keen to become fire fighters!

Author Visit: 

On Monday 20th November, we were lucky to be visited by Chris Davies. Chris has been working as an author since he left Moat House and has now had three books published. During a whole school assembly, he shared extracts from his latest books, which the children helped him to act out. It was really enjoyable.

Football Match:

On Monday 20th November, the A team competed against Sacred Heart in an exciting home match. It was a fantastic start with Nathan scoring the first goal before half time. The defence were on top form, so the ball rarely left the Moat House end of the pitch. After half time, Ebalo was brought on as a sub and managed to score two magnificent goals! Moat House were now 3-0 up! Despite nearly scoring an own goal, Nathaniel, who constantly fought off at least four players, scored a final goal within the last few minutes! All of the players tried their best and man of the match was awarded to Ebalo.

5ST’s Assembly:

On Friday 17th November, 5ST produced a 'wonderful' assembly based on the book 'Wonder' which fitted in perfectly with anti-bullying week. We learned all about the main character, Auggie, and how he struggles to fit in because he looks different to everyone else at school. We also learned about his message: choose kind; and how some of the children are kind to him and look out for him. The class got a well-deserved ovation at the end of the assembly.

Children in Need:       

On Friday 17th November, our children showed their support for the annual Children in Need event by coming to school in non-school uniform and donating £1.00. We had a visit from radio CWR to talk about what we were doing and sold the presenter, Tom, a pair of Pudsey ears! Thanks to everyone who supported this great cause!

Fantastic Footballers:

On Thursday 16th November, the football team took part in another league game that earnt them three points. An away game at Henley Green was the scene for another brilliant result. Moat House started well and took the lead through a snap shot from Nathaniel, who was bossing the midfield in his new role. The game was very even and Henley Green drew level through an own goal. Half time 1-1. The second half started well for Moat House with lots of possession and they got their rewards with goals by Nathan and Adil. Henley Green sneaked a goal in injury time but Moat House hung on for a well-deserved victory. The final score was 2:3 and Man of the Match was awarded to Nathaniel.

Photographs: 

The school photographer was in on Thursday 16th November and the children were photographed individually and with siblings or in family groups. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to all of our children, who were extremely sensible, which ensured that the process all ran very smoothly.

1EW’s Assembly: 

1EW dressed up as superheroes for this lively assembly on Monday 13th November. They discussed 'real life' superheroes like doctors, nurses and firefighters and talked about helping people being something that everyone can do. They then impressed us all with their counting skills by counting all the way to 100. 

Anti-Bullying Week: 

During the week beginning 13th November, the children in school took part in “anti-bullying week.” They discussed the meaning of bullying, thought about how they can recognise it and know what to do if they feel they are being bullied. Children took part in a range of activities, including circle time for discussions and role play to practise dealing with real life situations in an appropriate way.

Year 6 Multi Sports:

After weeks of hard work and training, Year 6 took part in a Multi-Sports competition against four other schools, on Friday 10th November. The children took part in many different athletic events, including relays, throwing and jumping events. All of the children performed brilliantly and most even won their event! This resulted in Moat House winning the competition and qualifying for the final, which will take place in January. We were all ecstatic with the result and the children enjoyed wearing their gold medals home. Well done to Year 6 for their phenomenal performance and good luck for the final! 

Firework Fun in Nursery:

In the week beginning 30th October, our Nursery children learnt all about fireworks and on Friday 3rd November parents were invited in to school, to find out what their children had been learning. The children shared a song and a dance, as well as some very important messages about keeping safe around fireworks. The children and parents all enjoyed hot dogs with tea or milk and everyone agreed that it was a fabulous event.

Herbert Art Gallery  

We were visited by one of the ladies who works at the Herbert Art Gallery on Friday 3rd November and she explained the Crafts of the Punjab exhibition was being put on until next January. There are also lots of other things to see and do at the gallery - and it’s free to get in! It would be a great place to visit one weekend or over the Christmas holidays.

Groupcall Communication:

We have been using Groupcall to send parents and carers text messages for a number of years now and we feel that this has been a very successful method of ensuring that you are kept up to date with things that are happening in school, as well as to inform you about important messages. We have been advised that parents can now download a free app called “Groupcall Xpressions” which will enable you to send and receive messages to us at no cost to either yourselves or us. In order to use this, you will need to provide us with your email address as well as your up to date phone number. Please give these details either to your child’s class teacher or the school office so that you can activate the app. Thank you.

Half term holiday:

We would like to say a huge well done to all of our children for settling into their new classes so quickly since September 2017. They have taken on the challenge of more difficult work and higher expectations in their new year groups and they should be congratulated for the good progress that they have already made. Well done children and a big thank you to parents and carers for all your support. We hope you all have a happy and healthy half term break.

Attendance:  

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody regarding attendance. Currently the school sit on a total of 97% attendance for the whole school, the highest in over 3 years. In the week ending 20th October, there were ten classes, who earnt money through our attendance challenge, which is a fantastic achievement. Please keep up the excellent attendance habits for the new half term.

Parents’ Morning in Reception:       

We were delighted to welcome many of our parents into Reception on Thursday 19th October for a fun filled session, which hopefully also raised awareness about how we teach children in the Foundation stage, especially with their phonics and early reading skills. Following this, they celebrated Divali by designing diva lamps, making Indian sweets and sampling Indian cuisine. Everyone agreed that it was a fabulous and informative morning.

Football Match:

On Tuesday 17th October, it was Moat House’s first league game of the season, away at St. Laurence’s and hopes were high following some very promising training sessions. Moat House started well in their new formation with Oliver bossing the midfield. Nathaniel then gave Moat House the lead with a smart finish giving the keeper no chance at all: 1-0. The Moat House goalkeeper then produced a few neat saves to keep them in the lead. Half time: 1-0. The second half started as the first ended with Moat House dictating the play. There was a corner for Moat House that was cleared well by the St. Laurence defence only to the new Moat House captain, Tyreece. With one touch to control, he then unleashed a venomous shot from all of fifteen yards that nestled into the top corner giving the goalkeeper no chance. Everyone who witnessed this couldn’t believe their eyes: 2-0. With minutes to go, St. Laurence’s converted a penalty to make it 2-1 but Moat House’s defence stood firm to hold out for a thoroughly deserved victory! Man of the match – Nikita for some amazing tackling and sharp passing.

Assembly:    

There was no class assembly on Friday 13th October but Golden Tickets were selected in the usual way to select the children who will be served at Top Table next week. We were also visited by the Deputy Head from Lyng Hall school who presented Matthew Elliot with a Kindle Fire. When our children went to the open evening at Lyng Hall recently they were all entered into a raffle, along with all the children from the other schools who went for a look round. When the raffle was drawn, Matthew was the lucky winner!

Reception Trip to Coombe Abbey:   

On Wednesday 11th October, Reception visited Coombe Abbey to learn all about Autumn. They had a lovely day collecting leaves, conkers and pine cones. The children were amazing and had a great experience, learning about and spotting the signs of Autumn. They ended the day at the playground and enjoyed lots of climbing, sliding and swinging. Well done to all of the children who showed great behaviour throughout the trip and were excellent representatives for Moat House.

The Big Draw 2017:   

This week we have taken part in The Big Draw 2017 - the world's largest drawing festival! All this week, the children have enjoyed various art activities, including getting to work alongside a published children's illustrator, Evgenia Golubeva. Evgenia said. 'Thank you for this lovely opportunity to work with your wonderful children. They are very bright and many are very artistic. I now have lots of new ideas for new characters and books. So inspiring!'

Class Assembly: 

2ET shared the learning that they have done about evacuees during World War 2, on Friday 6th October. They looked very smart with their labels on and told us that if it happened to them that they would feel 'worried, scared, nervous or sad.' They shared their Blitz skyline art work which looked really effective then finished with a song to lift our spirits! A great assembly.

Emoji Themed Lunch:    

On Thursday 5th October, lots of children enjoyed an emoji themed lunch where they ate smiley potatoes, pizza, emoji cakes and lime green jelly.

Harvest Festival:    

Parents and children enjoyed a special assembly on Monday 2nd October, where we all shared our gratitude for the food that we enjoy on a daily basis. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Festival. Your kind donations have been given to St. Chad’s Church and will be distributed to those less fortunate in the local community.

Modern Foreign Languages Day:

In the week beginning Monday 2nd October, the children celebrated Modern Foreign Languages day. Each class chose a country and introduced the children to the traditions and culture of that country. In 5ST, the children made and tasted chocolate and cheese fondue from Switzerland, in 2JG the children learned how to say “hello” in Italian and in Reception the children learnt some words and tasted foods from Poland, France and the Netherlands.

3JK’s Class Assembly: 

3JK gave us an insight into life in the Stone Age on Friday 29th September. They told us about how they lived, their hunting skills, their homes and their diet. We were surprised to hear that when they made a kill they ate everything they could from the animal (including the feet and brains!). They also gave an introduction to the Macmillan Coffee morning, which was really well attended.

Macmillan Coffee Morning:    

Thank you to all of our children and parents who contributed to make the Coffee Morning, on Friday 29th September, a great success. The non-school uniform day, on Wednesday 27th September, enabled us to provide plenty of cakes to sell, so thank you for your generous contributions. A big thank you must also go to Miss Hall, Mrs Kriaun, Mrs Dolden, Miss Bradford, Mrs Bowden, Mrs Aston and the Key Stage 2 school councillors, who worked so hard to make the day run smoothly.

Parents’ Evening:

Thank you to everyone who attended the parents’ evening on Wednesday 27th September. It is important that we meet with you throughout the year so that we can update you with your child’s life at school. If you were unable to make the date, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher, who will be more than happy to meet you at a more convenient time.

Imagineer Trip:

On Tuesday 26th September, Eidlis, Patrick, Olesja and Kellies (from Year 6) spent the afternoon at the Imagineer Festival, where they had the opportunity to perform a pitch to ten judges. This pitch was to convince the judges to build their design for a Marvellous, Moving, Mechanical Machine, which tells a story of part of Coventry's history - The City Wall. Although they were up against stiff competition, the children's pitch won and they will now move forward with a team of designers, engineers and artists to build their machine as part of an arts trail at Charter House! Well done to all four children, they were amazing and did Moat House proud. 

Brilliant Graduation: 

On Monday 25th September, four children from Year 6 went to Oxford University, Keble College, to graduate from their 'Brilliant Club'. The day included lunch in the dining hall, a tour of Keble College and a final graduation ceremony. The Brilliant Club is a programme, which is aimed at gifted and talented children, to raise their expectations and give them a taste of university life.  They had to study a six week programme on 'Fairness', with homework and a final essay of 2000 words.  The children passed with flying colours and Moat House is very proud of them. All the children enjoyed the day and hopefully this will not be the last graduation these children attend as they go through their education.  Set the challenge and our children can succeed!

Homework:   

Can you please support your children by checking that they complete and submit any homework that they have on time. They will often practise skills that they have been taught in class or do research for topic based work and it is an important part of their learning. Children will also have spellings and times tables to learn as well as reading (daily if possible) to an adult. The more opportunities they get to practise reading; the better they get.

Macmillan Coffee Morning:     

On Wednesday (27th September), we will be holding a non-uniform day in exchange for donations of shop bought cakes for our Macmillan Coffee Morning, which is next Friday 29th September. Family and friends are very welcome to join us for the event next week, which will be held in the dining room from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. There will be tea, coffee and cakes available to purchase and enjoy. Classes will also have the opportunity to buy a drink and a cake on the afternoon of this day; these will be 20p each.

Harvest Festival:  

On Monday 2nd October, we will be celebrating Harvest with a special assembly. Parents, family and friends are all very welcome to attend and are invited for refreshments afterwards. We are asking for donations of tins and packets of food that we can distribute to less fortunate people in our local community. Please support us with this annual community event.

Parents’ Group:       

Moat House Parents’ Group will be starting again on Friday 6th October at 2:00pm. If you are interested in joining the Parents’ Group or would like further information please contact Mrs Dolden (Learning Mentor). Non-school age children are welcome to attend with their parents.

5SG Class Assembly: 

On Friday 22nd September, 5SG gave us lots of information about World War 2 and told us about how Britain managed to defend itself during The Battle of Britain, rationing and about how families used to have to take shelter in air raid shelters at night to keep safe from bombs that were dropped. They also told us about children being evacuated to safer parts of the country from larger towns and cities. I was astonished to hear that 38,000 children never got to see their parents again! It was a really informative assembly. Well done 5SG.

4HT Class Assembly: 

4HT's assembly on Friday 15th September, focused on respect and they shared several ways that children and adults often show respect for each other. They then shared the story of Mr Rude, one of the Mr Men, and how Mr Happy eventually taught him to have manners. Luckily, we don't have anyone at school who has the same bad manners that Mr Rude had at the start of the story!

Brilliant Club:

On Monday 11th September, some of our Year 6 children (Eidlis, Oliver, Maxine and Jessica) were delighted to gain the news that they had all passed a university project that they have been working extremely hard on recently. The children had to complete a 2000 word assignment on the topic of ‘fairness’ and they all achieved at least a 2:2 grade for their efforts.

School Council:           

Each class has elected two children to represent their class on Moat House's School Council.  The aim of the School Council is to involve pupils in decision making, in and around the school. During meetings, the School Council discuss any points raised that have been raised within class council sessions and vote on a course of action. 

Class

School Councillors

Class

School Councillors

1EW

Nikodem and Kelsey

4HT

Anthony and Lacey-Mai

1LM

Mersie and Tyreece

4LF

Taylon and Layla

2ET

Joshua and Arianna

5SG

Abubakr and Hillary

2JG

Caitlyn and Hayden

5ST

Summer and Bryan

3SH

Tia-Li and Kyron

6CB

Matthew and Evie-Leigh

3JK

Amrit and Molly-May

6NL

Ralph and Aathana

Attendance:                

We have made a good start here at Moat House for attendance this year and are currently at 95%. In the week beginning 5th September, four classes earned money by achieving 97% or more for their attendance.  1EW and 1LM both earnt £1 but a massive well done to 4LF and 6CB for hitting the 100% mark and each earned £5! To add even more excitement to the challenge, each class has chosen their own unique name. The names are as follows and are displayed in the hall, where attendance news is announced every Wednesday by Mr McIlroy.

1LM – Malik’s Marvellous Minions

1EW – Wilson’s Warriors

3JK – Kelly’s Heroes

3SH – The Hallstars

5SG – Gilmour’s Giants

5ST – Team Tuckey

2ET – Super Troopers

2JG – Gredd’s Mini Mcmarvels

4HT – Real HT

4LF – Phenomenal Francioso’s

6CB – Chelsix FC

6NL – Lynch’s Football Club

Applications for Secondary School:  

Parents of children born between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007 (current Year 6 children) should now be considering where they would like their children to attend secondary school. Applications need to be made online by 31st October at www.coventry.gov.uk/schooladmissions A leaflet explaining the process in more detail has been given out to our Year 6 children.

Welcome Back:    

It was great to see the children back in school on Tuesday 5th September. They were all very smartly dressed and looked wonderful! It’s a shame there was such a heavy downpour at the start of the day. The Year 6 children looked very grown up in their new black sweatshirts and are ready to take on the mantle of being role models for the rest of the school.

This term we will be continuing to use Building Learning Power (BLP) to help the children to develop their learning skills. We will be focusing across the school on children’s reading and comprehension as it is such a vital skill and opens up so many learning opportunities for them. To help support this in school we will continue to hear the children read as often as possible. It would be great if they could read more with an adult at home too.

We will be continuing to focus on raising standards in writing across the school and children will be given lots of opportunities to practise writing in a range of styles and also in maths, focusing on times tables, mental arithmetic and problem solving. 

I am looking forward to another exciting year at Moat House and look forward to meeting you at Parents’ Evening (you’ll get the chance to see the new floor in the corridor and shared areas which looks stunning), class assemblies or on the playground at the start or end of the school day.

Staff:  

I would like to welcome Miss Purewall (Year 3) and Miss Morrin (Nursery) to Moat House. We look forward to them working with our children.

Class Assemblies:

Please make a note of your child’s class assembly detailed below:

Date

Class

Date

Class

Friday 15th September

4HT

Friday 20th October

1EW

Friday 22nd September

5SG

Friday 10th November

2JG

Friday 29th September

3JK

Friday 17th November

5ST

Friday 6th October

2ET

Friday 24th November

3SH

Friday 13th October

4LF

Friday 1st December

6CB

Monday 16th October

1LM

Friday 8th December

6NL

HSBC UK City Ride:               

On Sunday 17th September, from 11am – 3pm, you are invited to ride on traffic free streets around Coventry city centre and enjoy free family activities in Broadgate and Millennium Place. Registration is free or you can join in on the day. Please see the website for further information: www.letsride.co.uk/city-ride/coventry

(The above about bike riding needs to be removed on Monday 18th Sept)

Roald Dahl Day:   

On Wednesday 13th September, it is Roald Dahl Day. Although we are not doing any specific whole school activities, parents can still mark this occasion by using the website below to download a lovely resource pack, which you can use to share Roald Dahl themed activities with your child. The resources are available by following this link: http://www.roalddahl.com/partypack2017

School Bank:      

On Tuesday 12th September, the Moat House School Bank will be open again for anyone who wishes to make a deposit or a withdrawal. Many of our children have now opened accounts and are saving hard for things like spending money for their holidays or Christmas presents. If your child would like to begin saving using the School Bank, please complete an application form and bring your first deposit along to the bank, which is open every Tuesday morning at 8:40 am. Forms are available from the school office.

Headteacher’s Message: 

I’d like to wish our Year 6 children ‘all the best’ as they move on to their new schools in September and I hope that you all have a very happy and safe summer and look forward to seeing you all again in September after we break up next Tuesday.

Staffing News:

We will be very sorry to say “bon voyage” to Mrs Elms, who has worked at Moat House for six years. She has an exciting adventure ahead, as she will be taking some time out to travel the world with her husband. Thank you for all your hard work Mrs Elms – please keep in touch! We also bid farewell to Ms Campbell who has been covering in Year 4 this year. She works for us through an agency so we will be very likely to see her again next year.

Year 2 Coombe Abbey Trip:     

Despite the rain during the morning on Thursday 20th July, Year 2 had a fantastic trip to Coombe Abbey. The children began with a walk around the grounds and they enjoyed looking at the habitats and trying to identify the plants. By the time they had their picnic, the sun was shining, and everyone enjoyed a range of games and activities throughout the afternoon.

Governors’ Awards:     

On Thursday 20th July, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown excellent behaviour or attitude. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

YN: Reagan and Anna

Y1: Michael and Darija

Y3: Abdul and Dareen

Y5: Jaiden and Blessing

YR: Mason and Mersie

Y2: Mariana and Shakir

Y4: Ayobami and Salima

Y6: Kieran and Nai

FS Disco:

After school on Wednesday 19th July, Foundation enjoyed an end of year disco, where there were plenty of groovy moves and balloon popping!  All of the children (and staff!!) enjoyed listening to the music, eating snacks and dancing. The children all had a great time and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the Foundation parents for your continued support this year.

Sports Day:     

Sports day was held on Tuesday 18th July and once again all of the children competed to earn points for their houses. Congratulations to Godiva for being the winning house for the second year. The house captains were presented with their trophy in assembly. The following children were also awarded medals for their sportsmanship: Renikah and Ryan (Year 3), Yagouba and Matthew (Year 4), Kaidyn and Patrick (Year 5) and Jay-Jay and Ya-Awa (Year 6).

Nursery Umberslade Farm Trip:

On Monday 17th July, the Nursery children, parents and staff spent a day on the farm. They learnt how to feed and care for lots of different animals. The guides taught everyone the correct names of the mummy, daddy and baby animals. Feeding the goats was lots of fun, as the animals tickled the children’s hands with their tongues. They especially enjoyed stroking the velvety noses of the horses and enjoyed bumping up and down during the tractor ride. They all had so much fun on the farm that many children fell asleep on their way home after a very happy and exciting day.

Summer Fete:

On Saturday 15th July, we held our very first Saturday Summer Fete and it was a huge success! First of all, we would like to say an enormous thanks to all of the staff and members of the Parents’ Group, who gave up their time because without them this fantastic day wouldn’t have happened. The rain tried to put a dampener on things but with everybody undeterred by the threat of rain we marched on. There were tombolas, inflatable slides, Cats Protection, British Legion, hot food and even a jeep full of balloons available for everyone’s entertainment! The total raised was £673.84, which really is an amazing achievement so thank you all for attending. We would love to recruit even more parent volunteers to be involved with our Parents’ Group so please keep an eye out for texts and the newsletter for the time and day of our first meeting of the new term. We hope to see you soon.

1EW’s Assembly:     

1EW performed a fantastic version of Barry the fish with Fingers on Friday 14th July. They were bright, colourful and brilliant. At various points we saw bubbles, dancing and a fish with fingers - which he liked to use to tickle the other fish. These children would have been at home on a West End stage!

Year R trip to Twinlakes: 

On Thursday 13th July, the children from Reception (and lots of helpers) went to Twinlakes. They saw lots of different animals at the farm, went on rides, visited Wild West Land and played in the water. Paloma said, “When I was on the yellow slide I went down and water came in my mouth.

There was a bee in it but I didn’t swallow it. It was good fun!”

Mason said, “First I went all by myself, then I went backwards, then I went on my bum. I fell on my head and it tasted like salt water. Then I raced Miss Renshaw and I won.” The children really enjoyed going in to the gigantic swimming pool and had a great day out.

Year 3 Coombe Abbey Trip: 

On Wednesday 12th July, Year 3 enjoyed a trip to Coombe Abbey. While they were there they played some team games. One was called ‘Minefields.’ The children had to get from one tree to another without touching the ground. All they had were crates to stand on which they needed to move strategically without anyone being left behind. They also got to make shelters using logs, twigs, branches and leaves. Layla said, “It was really fun. When we did all of the activities we all worked as a team.”

Year 6 tenpin bowling trip: 

On Tuesday 11th July, Year 6 went to Sector 7 to do Laser Quest and tenpin bowling. In Sector 7 they split into a red team and a green team. They had to then shoot each other with laser guns. The winning team were red team. The children then split into groups of 4 to play tenpin bowling. Aliyah did particularly well, as did Bradley. Demi-Lou said, “It was a really good trip!”

Year 3 Library Trips:

In the week beginning Monday 10th July, Year 3 visited Bell Green library for the second time this year. They returned the books that they had borrowed and were treated to two pirate themed story times! They learned that now they have used the library, they need to teach others to use it as it is a vital resource in the community. Across the city, many libraries have had to close and it is our mission to continue to use the library and support it, so ours can remain open.

Year 5 Trip:   

Year 5 had a brilliant time in Derbyshire in the week beginning 10th July. The highlight of the trip was the low ropes course at Conkers but the children really enjoyed all of the activities. They worked brilliantly as a team and looked out for each other. The children were all a credit to the school. It was lovely to hear that members of the public commented on how well behaved the children were.

5CB Assembly:        

On Friday 7th July, 5CB presented an extraordinary array of incredible designs and inventions, which they have made during their Imagineerium project and a scientist and expert from the project joined us for the assembly. They were all based on events from Coventry's history and made reference to clock making, the fall of the Coventry city wall, the invention of the safety bicycle and the battle of Gosford Green (which I had previously never heard of). I was immensely proud of all of the children who participated.

School Council Trip: 

On Thursday 6th July, as a reward for their hard work, our School Council went on a trip to the Showcase cinema. They went to watch 'Despicable Me 3'. They all thoroughly enjoyed the film and had a brilliant afternoon! Well done to all of the children who represented their classes on the School Council this year, you have done an excellent job!

Transition Day:           

On Wednesday 5th July, all of our children were excited to be told their new classroom and new teacher for September. They spent the whole day in their new classrooms and the children and staff enjoyed getting to know each other.

Year 4 trip to Cadbury World:              

On Monday 3rd July, Year 4 had a 'delicious' start to the week with a trip to Cadbury World on Monday, as part of their Rainforests  Creative Curriculum TOPIC.  The children were all in a TWIRL, finding out about how chocolate is produced, from bean to bar, as well as how chocolate bars have changed through time.  After a PICNIC lunch, a talk on the Mayans was given, providing some children with an opportunity to dress up in clothes made from the inside of a cactus plant (well, they used to be, says Miss C in a WISPA!)  All of the children were real SMARTIES and represented Moat House Primary well. They would like to thank Mrs Turner for organising the best trip in the whole GALAXY. 

Health Week:

As part of health week (week beginning 3rd July), our children have been learning about how to keep safe in the sun, the dangers of swimming in the sea and the importance of exercise combined with a balanced diet. The children enjoyed healthy lunches, which included sweet potato pizza as well as fruit pizzas – these were very different to a traditional pizza, but very popular amongst children as well as adults! 

Class organisation for 2017 – 2018:

Nursery

Mrs Tovey (NAM)

Mrs Tovey (NPM)

Reception

Miss Renshaw (RSR)

Mrs Gamblin (RKG)

Year 1

Mrs Malik (1LM)

Miss Wilson (1EW)

Year 2

Mrs Thompson (2ET)

Miss Graham (2JG)

Year 3

Mr Kelly (3JK)

Miss Hall (3SH)

Year 4

Mrs Turner (4HT)

Mrs Francioso (4LF)

Year 5

Mr Gilmour (5SG)

Miss Tuckey (5ST)

Year 6

Miss Bird (6CB)

Miss Lynch (6NL)

Year 2 Assembly:    

Year 2 presented a stunning assembly all about trolls on Friday 30th June! Did you know that there are good trolls and bad trolls, that female trolls get bad tempered when they first wake up and that there are over 1000 trolls living in Britain at the moment - fortunately they are able to make themselves invisible. The children had lovely costumes and spoke really clearly. Unfortunately I got a bit muddled up between trolls and ogres but the children corrected me!

Nursery and Reception Parent Meetings:    

In the week beginning 26th June, parents with children who are due to start our Nursery or Reception in September, were invited into school to find out about the setting, the school routines and the learning at Moat House. The teachers and teaching assistants introduced themselves and parents were given the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have.

4HT’s Assembly:     

4HT presented a lovely assembly on Friday 23rd June. They taught us lots of interesting things about Brazil, mentioning the way that people live, football and other sports. The assembly finished with a rhythmic performance. Many of the instruments that the children played had been homemade.

Happy Birthday:      

We would like to wish our Chair of Governors (Mrs Sandra Horton) a very Happy 70th Birthday. She was invited into Moat House on Friday 23rd June to receive some gifts in our assembly, to celebrate her special milestone.

Imagineers in 5CB:     

5CB's Marvellous Mechanical Machine designs are finally coming together. Their third session (on Wednesday 21st June) involved looking at the mechanics of existing machines, to see which would work well in their own machines. The final session will involve finalising the children’s designs before they visit the Imagineers to share their amazing ideas! 

Brilliant Club:

On Monday 19th June, five children from Year 5 (Jessica, Oliver, Maxine, Aboubakar and Eidlis) travelled to Nottingham to visit the University there, in order to inspire them about life at a university. The children were fascinated by the lecture hall and worked in a tutor group, which was led by a lecturer (Kat Hall) alongside local schools: Potters Green, St Christopher’s and Gosford Park. The children are working on a project about fairness and its different definitions. They have been given an assignment to complete before their next session. Maxine and Jessica said “it was interesting to learn that PhD tutors are called Doctors of Philosophy.”

Frozen Fridays:      

Please look out for our Foundation Stage ice cream and ice lolly sale every Friday and on most hot days. You will find staff outside the entrance to the school kitchen selling ice creams and lollies at 50p each. Proceeds from the sale will go towards funds for Nursery and Reception. Anyone is welcome to purchase a Frozen Friday treat!

Packed Lunches:

During the hot weather spell, it has been noticed that children’s packed lunches are not staying as fresh as when they were first brought into school in the morning. It would be really helpful if parents could provide children with small ice packs to go into their packed lunch box, in order to help the food stay fresh and to ensure that the children’s food is still fit to eat, at lunchtime.  

Summer Fayre:       

On Saturday 15th July, we will be hosting our Summer Fayre at school. This year, there will be lots of fun activities including a bouncy castle, face painting, an inflatable assault course, various stalls and even an inflatable slide! There will also be refreshments available. The fun will be starting at 12:00 pm and will finish at 3:00 pm. If you would like to have a stall to sell your own crafts, please could you speak to Mr McIlroy or Mrs Dolden.

Delightful Dads:      

On Friday 16th June, our Foundation Stage organised a special day for our dads, grandads, uncles or brothers to spend with their children. The special men all enjoyed spending time with their children and were presented with cards and other special gifts including biscuits and cakes.

Imagineer Visit:      

On Wednesday 14th June, 5CB enjoyed another Imagineering session. The children worked with an engineer to start thinking about the mechanics they will need inside their machines. They worked with levers, cogs and gears to explore how different movements can be made and how they can be used to bring their machines to life.

Brilliant Club:        

The Brilliant Club started in Year 5 on Tuesday 13th June. This club is to give some children the opportunity to experience a ‘taste’ of university education. The children met their ‘tutor,’ Kat Hall from Nottingham University, and logged on to a virtual learning environment on which they will complete various tasks on the theme of ‘fairness.’

Sun Safe: 

 For the second year, we are very proud to have achieved the Sun Safe award and were presented with our certificate in the week beginning 12th June. The children are all developing good habits to keep safe in the sun, including using sun hats and applying sun cream. Let's hope the sunshine continues, so that we can all enjoy the sun and use our good habits to stay safe!

Year 3 visits to the Library: 

In the week beginning 12th June, Year 3 visited Bell Green Library. They listened to a talk about the role of the library and what activities they can engage in when they are there. The children then took part in a quiz where they demonstrated what they had learned at the library. All of the children participated in activities with the librarians about their Literacy topic on Shakespeare. The children took part in crosswords, word searches, quizzes and discussions about Shakespeare and his play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ All of the children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and they all had the opportunity to borrow a book. Both Year 3 classes had a fantastic time and can’t wait to start reading their library book.

Sunsafe:  

Thanks to Breakfast Club, who are our weather forecasters every day. They have started to provide information to every class about the weather, including UV levels, so they can stay safe in the sun. We have suncream in school which children can use but it would be helpful if you could put 8 hour cream on your child before they come to school. Please tell your child’s teacher if your child can’t use suncream because of allergies. We still have some sunhats left which are for sale. Please see Dee in the office.

Times tables competition:   

 On Thursday 8th June, a very excited but nervous team took part in the inter schools times tables competition at Potters Green. Rukiya and Thomas represented lower KS2 and Adam and Oliver represented upper KS2. Both teams took on children from two other schools. Although we didn't win either of the trophies, all of the children performed really well and only got questions wrong when they involved thousands (eg 3600 divided by 60) or decimals (eg 0.8 x 0.5). Tricky questions! I was really proud of all of them. Adam said, “I was robbed! I got 4500/50 =90 but they said it was 9.”

Imagineerium:

On Wednesday 7th June, 5CB were visited by three Imagineers, who helped them to start designing some Marvellous, Mechanical, Moving Machines! The children had to consider how their machines would come to life in order to tell a story from Coventry's history. All of the children had a fantastic time! 

Year 6 Big School:   

On Wednesday 7th June, Year 6 visited Potters Green School to watch a production by the Belgrade Theatre. The production, called 'Big School', looked at the transition between primary school and secondary school. They heard the story of two children, Mo and Ash, who were getting ready to leave Year 6. They then thought about the things that may change when reaching secondary school. Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the production and found it extremely helpful in preparing them for secondary school next year!

Football Tournament:

On Saturday 3rd June, our football team were fortunate enough to take part in an international football tournament in Hordain (Northern France). The team played courageously against some very skilful and experienced European teams. They had mixed results but managed to score some crucial goals. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were excellent representatives for their team, school and country! The following email was sent to me from the Friends of Hordain Twinning Committee (who accompanied the school trip): “We felt that we really had to let you know how proud we were of the children from Moat House School. Their behaviour was exemplary.  They played against many international teams and we were so proud of their team spirit.  Thank you so much for representing our twinning.” 

Sunsafe:      

Last year, we acquired the Sunsafe accreditation for our good practice in raising awareness in school about keeping safe in the sun. With the recent heat wave that we have been experiencing, I feel that it is the right time to continue our good practice. Moat House has purchased sun cream that children can apply themselves in school (please let your child’s teacher know if you do not wish your child to use this). We also have sun hats available for parents to buy for £3 each – these can be bought at the school office. Alternatively, you are very welcome to apply eight hour suncream before children arrive at school in the morning and provide children with their own sun hats.  We will be raising awareness through assemblies and classroom activities to educate our children about how they can protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays.

Times Table Championship:  

Moat House will be taking part in a times table tournament against three other Coventry schools in June. Children will be invited to represent the school in the event early in the new half term so we would be really grateful if you can support your children at home with learning their times tables. We feel that all of our children will be winners because even if they don’t get selected, they will at least have improved their knowledge of the multiplication facts, which are vital for mathematics as well as everyday life.

Year 1 Trip to Twycross Zoo:       

On Thursday 25th May, our Year 1 children enjoyed a trip to Twycross Zoo. They were all extremely excited to spend a day out of school on such a beautiful sunny day. They were also looking forward to seeing lots of different animals to support their learning in their Creative Curriculum work. 

Year 2 SATs:

All of the staff in Year 2 would like to say a HUGE well done to the Year 2 children, who have now completed their SATs. The children all worked extremely hard and enjoyed a well-deserved trip to Bermuda Park, on Wednesday 24th May, where they all had fun playing in the floor to ceiling soft play centre.

Year 5 Trip to Charter House:      

On Wednesday 24th May, 5CB visited Charter House as part of their Imagineerium Project. The children were fascinated during a tour of the old house and even had the opportunity to explore the grounds. The children learnt five different stories about the history of Coventry and used their bodies to re-enact different parts of these stories.

Year 5 Trip to Jodrell Bank:

On Monday 22nd May, Year 5 went to Jodrell Bank Space Discovery Centre, as part of their Creative Curriculum topic of Space. The children found out about radio astronomy and they also investigated gravity. “It was fantastic – I really enjoyed the planetarium as I could see the planets and the stars,” commented Nikita.

1LF Assembly:        

Wow! On Friday 19th May, we were treated to a fabulous assembly by 1LF. The children have been reading “Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell and they performed the story brilliantly for us in assembly, with superb costumes and props. They finished off their performance with an energising song, which put everyone in a great mood for the day! Well done 1LF!  

Family Fit Club:      

Despite a heavy downpour, we were pleased to welcome lots of parents and their children to our session on Wednesday 17th May. Families competed against each other in team games, including bench ball, in the school hall. Everyone had a fun time and they are looking forward to next week’s session.

Cats’ Protection League (CPL) Assembly: 

On Monday 15th May, we were visited by representatives of the CPL (including a 6' cat called Honey). We learned lots of interesting facts about keeping cats as pets and heard about why they behave the way they do. It was fascinating! They also left us with lots of mementos which have been shared out with the children.

5CB at Imagineerium:        

On Monday 15th May, 5CB visited the Imagineerium to kick start an exciting project. The children took part in many workshops, including using their bodies to explore movement and forces, experiencing how levers and pulleys operate. They even had a chance to operate a 20ft puppet of Lady Godiva! During the afternoon, the children created their own Rube Goldberg machines, which incorporated dominoes, tubes and other exciting materials, to make balls move across a table in inventive ways. All of the children were fascinated by the activities and their behaviour was exemplary. We are all very excited to see where this project takes us! 

Bees:

After working closely with Cardinal Wiseman last summer term I have obtained a small colony of bees who are living in a hive in the wildlife area (which has an 18 foot fence around it). I am hopeful that we will get some Moat House honey from them later in the term which the children will all get a taste of. We have purchased some extra sets of protective clothing and may let some of the older children watch a hive inspection later in the term. We will ask for parental consent before anyone does this.

Year 6 SATs:

Congratulations to Year 6 on completing their SAT tests in the week ending 12th May. Everyone rose to the challenge and tried very hard. All of the staff are incredibly proud of their efforts and we hope they have a restful weekend as they thoroughly deserve it! Year 6 have lots to look forward to in the forthcoming weeks but there is still a lot of hard work to do before the end of the year. We know that they will continue to stay focussed through to the end of their time at Moat House.

Family Fit Session:   

Another Family Fit Fun session took place on Wednesday 10th May in the glorious sunshine. Once again this proved to be very well attended with both parents and children enjoying healthy competition between themselves and other families. These sessions will continue every Wednesday after school from 3:20pm until 4:20pm. All Moat House children are welcome from Reception to Year 6.

Sunsafe:   

Last year we became a certificated Sunsafe School and we will be renewing this again this year. We are committed to keeping children safe in the sun to help prevent them from getting skin cancer in later years. More details will follow shortly. 

Year 3’s Assembly:

On Friday 5th May, Year 3 shared some of the practical learning that they have done with the Highly Sprung performing arts group this term and performed the 'Learning Haka' which was part of their performance at the Warwick Arts Centre the previous week. It was fascinating to hear about their learning and great to see the haka!

Football Match:      

On Thursday 4th May, our football team competed in a league match against Stoke Heath Primary School. Sadly, the boys did not win on this occasion but they all put a great effort in, especially man of the match Nikita, who steadfastly tackled his opponent throughout.

Google Expedition:

On Tuesday 2nd May, the children from Years 1 – 6 enjoyed a fantastic Google Expedition, which consisted of children being able to experience a virtual reality trip. The children had an amazing time “visiting” places around the world and some even enjoyed an out of this world adventure in space!

Year 3 at Warwick Arts Centre:    

On Friday 28th April, Year 3 travelled to Warwick Arts Centre to showcase the work they have been practising with the Highly Sprung actors. The children all performed brilliantly in front of an audience, around topics including the water cycle, light and plants and the rainforest. Two of our children (Sajda and Abdul) were very lucky and were selected to perform on stage with the professional actors. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were fantastic ambassadors.

Class Assemblies:

Please make a note of your child’s class assembly detailed below:

Date

Class

Date

Class

Friday 19th May

1LF

Friday 7th July

Year 2

Friday 16th June

5SG

Friday 14th July

1EW

Friday 23rd June

4HT

Tuesday 25th July

Year 6

Friday 30th June

5CB

 

 

Ofsted Report:

We sent out a copy of the Ofsted Report on Friday 28th April, which was written following their visit in March. The report highlights many of the strengths of the school, particularly around its ethos and the behaviour and attitudes of the children. It also identifies areas where we can improve. I am pleased to say that we have already drawn up plans and put things in place to address these areas. These will increase the rates of progress for children across the school.

Reading:   

Thank you to everyone who regularly reads with their children at home. The more practice that children get, the better they become. Please look out for new book marks this term which have prompts and questions that you can use when reading with your child. Can I ask that every child has the chance to read to someone at home as often as possible? As well as helping them with their reading, it’s also really enjoyable 1:1 time.

Highly Sprung with Year 3:   

On Thursday 27th April, the Year 3 children worked really hard rehearsing for their “Highly Sprung” performance. The children used different body movements and dance routines to express ideas and messages about caring for and taking care of the environment.

Family Fun:    

Premier Sports held their first Family Fit Fun session on Tuesday 25th April. This proved to be very well attended with both parents and children enjoying healthy competition between themselves and other families. These sessions will continue every Wednesday after school from 3:20pm until 4:20pm. If you would like to come along and join the fun, please let Mrs Dolden know.

Nursery:   

We were very pleased to hear recently that we will be taking on the management of the Nursery which is currently managed through the Children's Centre from September. This is in addition to the School Nursery which Mrs Tovey currently leads. It will give us the opportunity to work with families at an earlier stage and give their 2 and 3 year olds a chance to access the school and prepare them for joining the School Nursery when they are a little older. We are currently planning to run morning and afternoon sessions. There will be more details and application forms after the Easter Holidays.

Family Fun at Moat House:

On Tuesday 25th April (3:30 – 4:30), Premier Sports are leading a fun event for parents and children. This is a taster session which will lead to a twelve week programme, if there is sufficient interest from families. You are welcome to come along on the day – please remember to wear comfortable clothing and suitable shoes for fun activities. 

4BC’s Assembly:           

4BC presented a great assembly on Friday 7th April, based around the learning that they've done about the story 'Toad of Toad Hall'. They shared some drawings that they'd done and lots of examples of how they have improved their writing this term. There was a short scene which was brilliantly acted out, too. They finished with a rousing version of the Pharrell Williams song, Happy, which most of the school (and some of the visiting parents) enjoyed singing along with.

Governors’ Awards:     

On Thursday 6th April, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown excellent behaviour or attitude. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

YN: Aysam

and

Mariana

Y1: Arianna

and

Scott

Y3: Zuzanna

and

Benjamin

Y5: Jamila

and

Matthew

YR: Henley

and

Fatma

Y2: Pa-Musa

and

Danielle

Y4: Karina

and

Justin

Y6: Muhammed

and

Alisha

St. Chad’s Church Visit:         

On Wednesday 5th April, the whole school visited St Chad’s church, where they enjoyed the experience of seeing what a church looks like at this time of year. Reverend Andrew Fisher invited Mr McIlroy, Mrs Turner and Miss Wilson to help him to engage everyone and inform them about the different events and traditions. The children all enjoyed the visit and they all enjoyed squash and biscuits before they returned to school.

DHL Volunteers:                   

I would like to thank all of the volunteers from DHL who came in to school on Saturday 1st April to help work on the Forest Schools area. They worked alongside a few members of staff and made some significant improvements to the area, which our children will benefit from.

Ofsted:   

A huge thank you to everyone for their hard work in the week beginning 27th March when Ofsted were in. They were particularly impressed with the children's attitudes, friendliness and behaviour. We look forward to receiving their report which will be sent to us in a few weeks' time. As soon as it comes I'll share it with you.

SENDCO:     

For your information, our Special Needs coordinator is Mrs Tite. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress or development, then please see Mrs Tite. In liaison with your child’s class teacher, Mrs Tite will be able to give advice, suggest and sign post you in order to support you and your child.

Year 5’s Assembly:     

On Friday 31st March, Year 5 performed their songs from the Morning of Music which we hosted on Wednesday 29th March. The singing was great and it was lovely to see the children performing all of the actions. The rest of the school (and parents who had come to watch) also had to join in with some actions every time the alarm sounded, which was good fun. Fortunately, we all made it back to Earth safely!

Morning of Music:   

On Wednesday 29th March, our Year 5 children joined together with three local primary schools (St. Laurence’s, St Patrick’s and Potters Green) to take part in a ‘Morning of Music.’ The children have been busy rehearsing for a few weeks and enjoyed singing songs with a space theme. On Friday, the children showcased their singing to their proud parents.  

Base Line Measurements:     

On Tuesday 28th March, the children from Year 1 – Year 6 took part in baseline measurements to assess their fitness levels. Later on in the year, the children will take part in a further assessment to judge how much our PE and sports teaching has improved our children’s fitness and concentration levels.

Highly Sprung:

On Monday 27th March, Highly Sprung came to Moat House for their third session with Year 3. They learnt about the water cycle through performance. Charlie said: “I learnt an interesting fact about how denim is made using a chemical found exclusively in two rivers”. Layla said: “I enjoyed learning about the water cycle and using teamwork to create a performance.”

Marvellous Moat House Mums:       

On Friday 24th March, our Foundation Stage and Year 1 mums and special ladies were all invited to school for a special afternoon with their children. The ladies all enjoyed spending time with their children and were presented with cards and other special gifts including biscuits, cakes and flowers.

Twitter:        

Why not take a look at our Twitter account (@moat_house)? We currently have 257 followers! As well as useful reminders, we regularly post photos of events that are reported about in our weekly newsletter.

Family Fun at Moat House:

On Tuesday 4th April (3:30 – 4:30), Premier Sports are leading a fun event for parents and children. This is a taster session which will lead to a twelve week programme if there is sufficient interest from families. You are welcome to come along on the day – please remember to wear comfortable clothing and suitable shoes for fun activities. 

Library:           

The school library will be opening after school every Tuesday for parents to take along their children and borrow books. This will start on Tuesday 28th March and will be from 3:30 – 4:00pm. We look forward to welcoming you in our fantastic library soon!

Year 6’s Assembly:     

Year 6 gave us a really informative assembly on Friday 24th March, which finished off with the Comic Relief School song. We spend a lot of time discussing British Values with our children and it was fascinating to hear how Year 6 had learned about Magistrates court and carried out a mock trial to understand the process and roles of the different people involved. On a lighter note, they shared some of the learning that they did when they had a Maya day (including the fact that the chocolate they tasted was revolting). They also explained some of the reasons that Red Nose Day exists and showed a video to support this.

Red Nose Day:

The themed red noses have once again proved to be so popular that we needed to get extra supplies in the lead up to Friday 24th March! In combination with these and wearing red today, we think we will have raised a lot of money for this worthwhile cause.  We will be able to let you know how much we have managed to raise in a future newsletter.

Highly Sprung:  

On Tuesday 21st March, Highly Sprung once again worked with Year 3 and engaged them with some lively activities. Bart said: “One of the most enjoyable games was shadow mirroring; this involved a child standing up and creating a shape with their whole body while another child pretended to be their shadow and copied their shape while lying down!”

Dol-y-Moch:   

Thirty children and four adults from Moat House spent a few days in Snowdonia from Tuesday 14th March until Saturday 18th. An amazing time was had by all! We were split into three groups and over the stay, every group completed the same activities: kayaking, orienteering and independent walk, beach scramble, mountain biking, a day on the mountain (including exploring old slate mines) and a trip to the world famous Cadwaladers ice cream parlour in Criccieth. During the trip, all of the children had opportunities to try new things and they were admirable in overcoming fears and challenges - which is what outdoor education is all about! We had a mixture of sunshine, showers and murky grey mist but the Dol-y-Moch kit meant that the weather really didn't matter.

Safer Internet Poster Winners:

The following children have won our competition for their poster designs of an emoji in the #giveasmile campaign. The winners were announced in assembly on Wednesday 22nd March and winning posters will all be displayed in our Computing Suite. Each of the winners will receive a prize for their amazing efforts.

Dol-y-Moch 2017

Book Fair:    

Our annual Book Fair was at school in the week commencing 13th March and it was very popular. Many thanks to all parents and carers who came along with their children to look at and buy the books. It has been our most successful Book Fair ever, which means we will earn lots of free books for the school, for all of our children to use. Happy reading, everyone!

2JG’s Class Assembly:

2JG produced a lovely assembly on Friday 17th March about plants and the conditions that they need to grow. The children showed us some of the plants that they have grown from seed and also shared instructions that they have written.

Highly Sprung:               

On Monday 13th March, Year 3 had their first session with the performance artists from Highly Sprung. They were extra lucky this week as they had three artists as well as a videographer! They used their bodies to practise their times tables and to show fractions. They worked really well together and the artists said they had really enjoyed the sessions. Ask your children to show you how they did it! 

Date for your diaries: the children will be performing on Friday 28th April at the Warwick Arts Centre. Parents are invited to attend so please look out for a letter nearer the time.

Year 2 Gymnastics Competition:     

On Friday 10th March, some very eager Key Stage 1 children took part in a gymnastics competition at the Alan Higgs centre. They all performed two routines - a floor and a bench routine. There was some tough competition! All of the children displayed great teamwork and sportsmanship. Team Moat House came 11th out of 12 teams. Well done children!

Red Nose Day:

As it is Red Nose Day on Friday 24th March, we are currently selling Red Noses at playtimes for £1.

Behaviour Notice:       

At Moat House, we are extremely proud of the way that our children usually work, play and get along with each other. There are always going to be times when children fall out with one another and this can involve unkind words or actions. When this happens, we sometimes find that children report to adults that they have been “bullied.” Within classes, teachers regularly remind children about the difference between occasional incidences of unkind words or actions and bullying. Bullying is often defined as repeated, intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally and can be aimed at certain groups eg: race, religion or gender (www.gov.uk). At Moat House, we pride ourselves on having a consistent approach for dealing with any inappropriate behaviour, and where there are reports of bullying, we take these very seriously indeed and have a robust policy in place.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Waste Week:  

As it is National Waste Week, children have been discussing in their classes how to reduce waste and recycle, for example switching off computers to save electricity and giving old clothes to charities to recycle. As part of this, our Learning Mentor, Mrs Dolden has requested that if you have any old wellies at home that children have outgrown, please could these be sent in to school, as we are looking to upcycle these and turn them into plant pots, so that we can make the school grounds look more attractive.

Mayan Day:    

On Wednesday 8th March, Year 6 took part in a Mayan day. The children began their morning by learning Mayan numbers. Following this, they looked at some ancient artefacts and described them using adjectives. Soon after, they created a play about what the Mayans did; this included games, food and sacrifices. All of the children were excited to try some chocolate but they were surprised to find that it wasn’t like the chocolate they are used to! At the end of the day, the children took part in a quiz to discover what they had learnt about the Mayans. The children all had a fabulous time!

Magistrates in Year 6: 

On Monday 6th March, two magistrates came in from the Coventry Magistrates Court to run a workshop with Year 6. They learnt some interesting facts and got a chance to take part in a mock trial. They all played the role of people in the court, such as witnesses, prosecutors, legal advisers and ushers. They also learnt about the law and how to keep safe. 

Parents’ Meeting for Year 2 SATs:  

We would like to say 'Thank you' to those Year 2 parents who attended the Key Stage 1 SATs Parents' Meeting on Friday 3rd March. We looked briefly at the format of the SATs tests, which will take place throughout May. Parents were shown some of the SATs materials, and given some information about how they can support their children.

World Book Day:     

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March, Moat House held a dress-up day, where everyone, including the teachers, came dressed up as characters from their favourite book. There were lots of fantastic costumes, but sadly there was only one winner and one runner up in each phase for the best costumes. Each winner (listed below) received a £5 gift voucher to be spent at our Book Fair which starts on Thursday 16th March and the runners up won a colouring pack (FS/KS1) or a new book from our school library (KS2). Thank you to everyone for your support.

Phase
Winner
Runner up

Foundation

George

Eviee

KS1

Ryan

Arlie-Rose

LKS2

Benjamin

Connor

UKS2

Katelyn

Muhammed

Author Visit: 

On Thursday 2nd March, our children enjoyed a visit from Trish Cooke, a children’s book author. She started the day by speaking to the whole school in an assembly about some of her favourite publications and her main influences. Throughout the day, each class had an opportunity to meet with Trish and ask her some questions, as well as hear about some of the books she has written. We hope that she may have inspired some of our children with their own writing, which could even lead to some future Moat House authors!

Parents’ Evening:

We were delighted with the turnout of families at our Parents’ Evenings on 1st and 2nd March. We hope that you found your meeting useful and informative and we hope that you now have a good idea about how you can help and support your child to continue to progress and succeed with his/her learning at Moat House.

Book Events:  

World Book Day is on Thursday 2nd March and to celebrate this, we are holding a 'Dress-up' day where children can come to school dressed up as a character from a favourite book. There will be prizes for the best costume in each phase. An author (Trish Cooke) will be visiting the school on this day and classes will have the opportunity to work with her. Our annual Book Fair arrives in school on Thursday 16th March. It will be open to children and parents between 3.30pm and 4.00pm each day from Thursday 16th March to Thursday 23rd March. Children will all receive a £1 book voucher, which they can use as part payment towards a book from the Book Fair.

School Uniform:    

Can I please ask that children use half term week to track down any missing sweat shirts or other items of school uniform that they might have lost at home so they can all be neatly turned out in school uniform when they come back after the holiday. Can you please check that their uniform has their name written clearly on the label so it can be returned if it gets lost at school.  It is important that the children are all dressed in uniform at all times (apart from special events like World Book Day, Christmas jumper day, etc)

Year 4 visit to Warwick University: 

On Wednesday 15th February, the whole of Year 4 experienced a special, personalised WOW day at the University of Warwick. The theme of the day was Art and Engineering.  They had lots of help from specialist automotive engineers from the University and WMG. Their task was to design a 'crumple zone' to absorb the impact of their crashing racing car driver (who was an egg!) They used professional technical equipment to find out if they were successful and ALL of their teams were! After lunch they explored the University campus as they took part in an Art and Design treasure hunt, which led them to a big room with chocolate treasure in it! This was an excellent activity day and the children were a credit to the school.

Key Stage 1 Agility Competition:

A team of 30 children from across Years 1 and 2 represented Moat House School in the Agility Competition Heats at the Alan Higgs Centre on Tuesday 14th February. They all performed brilliantly and were excellent ambassadors for the school, coming a very close second in their heat. Well done!

Year 3 trip to Coventry:

Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic visit to the Herbert Art Gallery and the Coventry Transport Museum, on Monday 13th February. While they were there, they worked with the Highly Sprung artists. Jordan said, “When we worked with Ben, we used our bodies to make the shape of a car. I was the spoiler – it was great!” Layla said, “I learned that it takes about a month for the moon to go round the earth. I used my body to be the sun. It was a really cool day because I got to act.”

Class Assembly:

On Friday 10th February, 3ST presented some fascinating facts about earthquakes and volcanoes. They explained how and why they happen and showed us some lovely artwork which they had made. When they all stamped their feet, the ground certainly shook!

Fantastic Fundraisers:  

On Wednesday 8th February, we were able to present a cheque for the grand total of £2593.86 to Claire from Myton Hospice. She told us that it was the most that had ever been raised from a primary school in the local area so we are immensely proud of everyone for their fantastic efforts. We presented all of the children who raised more than £15 with a special certificate and anyone raising over £25 also received small reward. A special mention must go to Zach (YN) who raised £285 and Kailun (Y1) who raised £215. The Myton bears were won by Ella (Y1) and Kian (Y5).

Safer Internet Day:   

On Tuesday 7th February, the whole school spent time within their classes learning about safety around using the internet, which included them being reminded to keep passwords safe and not give out personal information, as well as how to report something on the internet that is either inappropriate or causing them to be worried or concerned. Children were asked to design a smiley emoji with a positive message. The deadline for emojis to be completed is Friday 17th February and prizes will be awarded for the best designs. The following website has lots of really useful information about how your child can stay safe online: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Bookmarks:

The children have all been given bookmarks with their school reading books to use whenever they read at home. Please use the questions that are printed on the bookmarks to support your child's understanding of what they have read.

School Bank:     

Just a reminder that the Moat House School Bank is open every Tuesday morning from 8:40 am until 9:10 am. With Spring just around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity for children to save their pennies for the summer holidays. There is no minimum amount that can be deposited and we find that children enjoy to watch their pennies grow into pounds. We are keen to encourage our children to learn and develop good financial habits to support them in later life. If your child would like to open an account with the school bank, forms can be collected from the school office.

Traffic:  

I was concerned to hear about a near miss recently when a child was crossing Winston Road on their way to school. I spoke with Councillor Patricia Seaman about the issue and she advised that this could be raised at a local residents’ meeting. Her contact details are pat.seaman@coventry.gov.uk telephone Office:   024 7683 1039

Parents in School:       

As part of our drive to improve our contact and communication with parents, we would like to inform you that refreshments will now be available after each class assembly on a Friday morning. We would also like to invite you in for refreshments on the two parents’ evenings that are being held on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd March. Our school choir will also be performing on these evenings and our new school library will be open for children to take out books and for parents to experience.

Mobile Phones:

We would like to remind parents and children that mobile phones are not permitted in school. If Year 5 and 6 children walk to and from school, then any mobile phone that they carry for this purpose needs to be handed in to the school office at the beginning of the school day and can be collected at the end of the day.

Myton Hospice Fundraising:      

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the sponsored ‘Welly Walk’ and ‘Care for a Bear,’ which was held on Friday 27th January. We are delighted to say that your amazing efforts have meant that we are able to hand over an astonishing £2431.76 to the charity.

Class Assembly:

2ET did some wonderful mediaeval dancing as part of their castle themed assembly on Friday 3rd February. It was lovely to see their coats of arms and find out about what it was like to live in a castle. They shared some information about their recent trip to Warwick Castle and their experiences when tasting the food that peasants would have eaten. Some liked it; others hated it!

Y3 Trip to Warwick Arts Centre:        

On Thursday 2nd February, Year 3 visited Warwick Arts Centre to see the performance of ‘Tree.’ The children all enjoyed the experience and commented as follows: Leah - “it taught me about Science.” James - “I liked holding my leaf and I was allowed to take it home.” The play launches the project Year 3 will be experiencing with the Highly Sprung Company, where they will be exploring their learning through performance art.

Football Tournament:   

On Tuesday 31st January, five of our Key Stage 2 boys (Nathaniel, Harry, Adam, Oliver and Matthew) battled heroically against Year 6 boys in a football tournament at the Connexions Centre at Ryton. Although the boys did not win on this occasion, they developed their stamina, team playing skills and enjoyed the competition.

Young Voices:   

On Monday 30th January, our school choir joined over 6500 other choristers at the Genting Arena in Birmingham for the Young Voices 21st annual concert. Although it was a very long day, the children did themselves proud as always and sang their hearts out at the concert. They sang and danced and laughed a lot. There was even a shimmy or two from Mrs Aston! Overall it was a great experience and we are all looking forward to next year. 

Early Bird Winners:      

In the week ending Friday 27th January we held our Early Bird Week and the children really enjoyed the challenge. The class with the best punctuality won the Tasty Treats and the winning class was…….6SH, who only had two lates for the WHOLE WEEK. Enjoy your treats next week guys. As it was such a success we will be holding another Early Bird Week soon, stay tuned. 

HomeHalo:    

We have recently been made aware of a homebase internet filter called HomeHalo which is a company that specialise in enabling parents to keep control of children’s internet access and use. It is a smart box and mobile app combination that offers parental control for your home internet connection. It is simple and easy to use and can support unlimited users and devices to ensure that your children are browsing safely. We will send out more information in the next couple of weeks.

Early Bird Week:       

We have been impressed with the extra special efforts that children and parents have made to get into school bright and early for our Early Bird Week (week ending Friday 27th January). It definitely made an impact on the overall attendance for that week. Now that good habits are in place, it would be fantastic if the improved punctuality and attendance can continue. Thank you.

Myton Hospice:       

On Friday 27th January, many children in Year R and Key stage 2 took part in a ‘Welly Walk’ to raise money for Myton Hospice. They put in lots of effort to walk laps around the school field or playground on a very chilly but sunny afternoon. Key Stage 1 children have also been participating by ‘caring for a bear’. Thank you for all your support in raising sponsorship money for this cause.

Chinese Lunch:

On Friday 27th January, the school kitchen held a Chinese themed lunch, so the dining hall was decorated with Chinese lanterns, dragons and bunting. Children were able to choose from vegetable spring roll, chicken curry, chow mein, egg fried rice and prawn crackers to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Class Assembly:

On Friday 27th January, 5SG performed a very topical assembly which was all about the USA which has been in the news a lot recently. We learned all about the 50 states, their nicknames and their populations. They finished off by singing the Star Spangled Banner, the American national anthem.

Year 2 trip:  

On Thursday 26th January, our Year 2 children enjoyed a wonderful and informative day out at Warwick Castle. They spent time exploring the grand rooms inside the building, where they found many objects and lifelike models which showed how people lived and dressed many years ago. The children were able to explore the castle grounds, which included them discovering a dark and dingy gaol. They were even treated to a fantastic birds of prey display, which involved an eagle and a vulture using their scavenging skills to collect their dinner.

4HT’s Class Assembly:

4HT shared their version of Romeo and Juliet with us on Friday 20th January. It was filmed in technicolour and should be nominated for several Oscars! In short, it was brilliant! Well done children.

Parents’ Literacy Group:

A small group of parents met together for the first time on Wednesday 18th January to look at how to support their children's learning in reading and writing. They took part in some practical activities that they can try out at home with their children. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out a bit more about how your children are taught to read and write. There are still a couple of spaces available, and if you are interested in joining us, please let the staff in the office know.

Reading:  

I am sometimes asked what’s the most important skill we teach at school and always reply that reading is. When children can read they have access to endless information in books and online and they can then find out things for themselves, whether it’s how to solve a maths problem or who the wives of Henry VIII were. To help develop children’s reading, Mrs Moran recently made some book marks which have suggestions about the sorts of things to ask children when they read with you at home. These help to develop children’s understanding of what they have read. Can you please discuss these with your child. Many of our children are fluent readers but they still need the opportunity to read with an adult and discuss what they have read so they can find out the meanings of any words that they don’t understand. I heard some of our older children read recently and had to explain what a few words meant so they could understand the passage, even though they read them perfectly. They then responded with, “That makes sense,” and, “Now I understand!”

Holidays in Term Time:   

Can I remind you that I am not legally allowed to give children time off during term time to go on holiday.  This was a decision made by the Government a few years ago. At this time of the year many families are planning their holidays for Easter or the Summer. Can you please check our holiday dates when booking them. Thank you.

School Nurse:  

We recently received this from the school nurse: Coventry School Nursing is delighted to launch two new health focussed websites for young people across Coventry, one aimed at children and another for teenagers. www.healthforkids.co.uk offers a fun way for children to learn about health with games, activities and quizzes, and also offers advice to parents.

1EW’s Class Assembly:

1EW performed a vibrant and exciting assembly for us on Friday 13th January. It was the first class assembly of the year and it got 2017 off to a great start. We heard (loudly and clearly) what they have been learning in Year 1 and they finished with a song to rival Robbie Williams!

Cool to be Kind week:      

Friday 13th January was the last day of Cool to be Kind week which was a great success. Children were even kinder and more helpful than usual. Well done everyone.

Myton Assemblies:   

On Tuesday 10th January, we had a visitor from Myton Hospice, who came and spoke to us about the amazing work that the organisation does. Myton works with up to 1,000 patients and their families each year across Coventry and Warwickshire. They have to raise over £8 million each year to continue providing their care. In order to support Myton, we will be taking part in some fundraising activities. Years 1 and 2 have been asked to 'Care for a Bear' - they have been given wooden bears, which they have been requested to ask for sponsorship to care for.

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 2 will be able to take part in a 'Welly Walk'. We have requested the children to ask to be sponsored for a walk that we will carry out - as a school - on Friday 27th January. We would be extremely grateful if family and friends could sponsor their children in order to raise money for this great cause. Please ensure that children only ask people who they know to sponsor them. All children who take part and return their sponsorship envelopes will have the chance to win a special Myton bear at the end of the month! Sponsorship envelopes were given out earlier this week and need to be returned to your child’s class teacher shortly after the ‘Welly Walk.’ Thank you.

Early Bird Week:       

The week beginning Monday 23rd January sees the start of our Early Bird Week. This is a chance for your child’s class to earn some tasty treats. All they have to do is come into school before 9:00 am to earn a sticker. The class with the best overall percentage of children earning stickers will win the tasty treats. This is open for Reception to Year 6. Good luck!!!

Uniform:   

I am happy for children to layer up with the weather being as cold as it has been but can you please ensure that they are wearing proper school uniform underneath as well. Thank you.

Severe Weather Conditions:  

In the event of severe weather, which may result in us having to close the school we would like to advise you that you will be able to find up to date information on local radio stations and on the website www.coventry.gov.uk/schoolclosures Closures will also be reported on Coventry City Council’s Twitter account www.twitter.com/coventrycc and Facebook account www.facebook.com/coventrycc  Please do not telephone the school and we have been advised to request you not to telephone the media as this may affect communication between schools and the radio stations. Please note, we will not close the school unless it is absolutely necessary ie: where there is a risk to pupils and staff.

Staff News:

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that Miss Cameron and Mrs Clack will sadly both be leaving us on Friday 20th January, as they have both secured exciting new career opportunities. We would like to say a big thank you to both members of staff for all their hard work over the years and we would like to wish them lots of luck in their new ventures.

Pause for thought:

Here at Moat House Primary School, we are passionate about developing the children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) awareness. Each week, we will be posting a ‘Thought of the week,’ on our newsletters.  Please do have a go at discussing the ‘Pause for thought’ with your child/children at home. You might be surprised at what they come up with!

‘You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.’ – C.S Lewis

What are your goals for the year?

Staff Professional Development:

I am sure it is no surprise that our teachers are always looking for ways in which they can reflect on their teaching and refine it, in order to help them to be consistently outstanding in all areas. To support our continual professional development, the school has invested in a company called Iris Connect who provide us with the tools to be able to video record our practice and then look back on it, analysing areas in which we could improve. Such video coaching techniques are widely becoming more commonplace in schools and we are excited about the opportunities this will provide us to become a consistently outstanding and self-reflective school. Iris Connect provides the highest available security and recorded footage is only used internally for teachers to self and peer review in order to reflect on their practice and demonstrate excellence. More information can be found by visiting the Iris Connect website at http://www.irisconnect.co.uk/. We are informing you of this for your information only; should children come home and mention that they have been filmed in class we can assure that this is the reason and that the footage is highly secure, can only be viewed by the teacher who recorded it and is for internal training purposes only.

Parents’ Group:           

On Friday 6th January, we held our very first Parents’ Group and it was brilliant to speak to parents about their ideas for how they can help within the school. Lots of interesting points were raised and discussed, and the Parents’ Group are looking forward to their future meetings (Friday mornings at 9:45 am). All parents are welcome, as are toddlers so we would love to see you there.

Be like a fish:      

In the week beginning 2nd January, the children were told the story of a fish who always chooses a positive attitude and a seahorse who always chooses to be negative about things. I have challenged them all to be like the fish this term and to choose to have a positive attitude when they're at school. There's no reason why they can't do it at home too...

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. Enjoy the festive holiday with your children, families and friends and please remember, children need to return to school on Wednesday 4th January – there is a teacher training day on Tuesday 3rd January.

Parents’ Group:

Starting on Friday 6th January 2017, and carrying on weekly will be the first ever “Moat House Parents’ Group”. This will be a chance for parents to come into school and get to meet other parents and the Learning Mentors for a coffee and maybe a few biscuits!!! In the future, the Parents’ Group will be able to get involved in school activities like the Summer Fayre, cake sales and various other fund raising activities. If you feel that you can add something to our Parents’ Group, please pop along on Friday 6th January 2017 at 9:45 am.

Christmas Jumper Day: 

We would like to say a huge thank you for your support on Christmas Jumper day – we will be able to let you know how much money we raised for charity in a future newsletter. The children all looked very festive on Friday 16th December and this has helped to get everyone into the Christmas spirit!

Key Stage 2 Showcase:

On Friday 16th December, our Key Stage 2 children performed a collection of Christmas songs ranging from the traditional to the more modern. Each class shared their own individual showcase, which they performed enthusiastically. With our children wearing their Christmas jumpers and festive hats, they certainly ended the term on a high note! 

Governors’ Awards:

On Thursday 15th December, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown good behaviour or attitude during the Autumn term. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

YN

Martin Onyenege and Tyrone Chizanga

Y3

Joshua Coleridge and Eden Monzia

YR

Poppy Dakin and Nikodem Giemza

Y4

Filip Lasota and Julia Gralak

Y1

Rylan Judge-Peebles and Aquila Homela

Y5

Ayanda Chonco and Ralph Pina

Y2

Ali Ali and Nicola Okurowska

Y6

Ciera Gower and Jay Nkurunziza

Church Visit:

On Thursday 15th December, the whole school visited our local church, St. Chad’s, where the children were given the experience of seeing how a church looks at this time of year. As we are a growing school, we needed to go in two separate sittings, however we still managed to fill all of the seats in the church! Rev Andrew Fisher made us all very welcome and shared the traditions that churches follow in December. The children were also treated to an impromptu nativity performance by some surprised staff members, as well as squash and biscuits, before returning to school.

Christmas Performances:

In the week beginning 12th December, our children in the Foundation Stage produced two fantastic performances, which included songs, actions and acting. The children did extremely well to learn their lines and songs, as well as perform in front of large audiences. We were also treated to two more amazing performances by our talented Key Stage 1 children. The children performed “Lights, Camel Action” and again learnt lines, songs, dances and actions. Everyone was especially impressed with their beautiful singing and surprisingly loud voices!

Christmas lunch:

On Tuesday 13th December, we all got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed a traditional festive lunch. The tables were decorated and Christmas music was playing, as the children enjoyed turkey, vegetables, stuffing and gravy followed by mince pies and ice cream.

Winter Fayre:

On Monday 12th December, our Winter Fayre was a resounding success and we managed to raise £623.39, which will go towards trips and activities for the benefit of all of our children. We would like to thank you for all your support, as well as your donations. A big thank you as well to Miss Hall, who organised the whole event and ensured that the Fayre ran smoothly.

Moat House and their Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat: 

On Wednesday 14th December, Years 3 and 4 joined members of Grace Academy to perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. They performed in the afternoon to the Year 7s at Grace and then performed in the evening to a packed house of parents. The performance was indeed 'amazing.' They sang beautifully and were a credit to the school. It was an incredible experience and one which I doubt they will ever forget. 

Governors' Awards Autumn 2016: 

KS2 Showcase:

Key Stage 1 Performance 2016: 

Church Visit 2016:

Moat House Winter Farye 2016:

Santa has arrived at Moat House:

Foundation Stage Nativity: 

6JK’s Class Assembly:            

On Friday 9th December, 6JK’s assembly proved to be an extravaganza of music and history. They began by telling the children all about their Creative Curriculum lessons where they learned about Egyptians. The children told us all about the Gods, jobs and responsibilities of the ancient Egyptians. There was a link to the Literacy lessons too. The assembly ended with the children showing how they are learning brass instruments in school. Moat House is one of only three in the city where the children are learning to play baritones and cornets. 6JK gave a performance of Mamma Mia to end the assembly. Well done everyone.

Football Matches:    

The Moat House football team had a busy week in the week of 5th December, with not one but two football matches. They played Stoke Heath on Tuesday 6th December and All Souls on Thursday 8th December. The boys all worked hard as a team and played extremely well but unfortunately, they were unable to secure a win.

4HT trip to Warwick University:            

On Thursday 8th December, 4HT visited Warwick University to learn all about Chemistry, university life and environmental sciences.  In the morning, a Chemistry professor put on an amazing display, full of colour changing explosions, hot expanding mega foam and hammering a nail into wood using a banana!  After that, they explored the campus to look at the nature that lives there, as well as see all the exciting opportunities universities have. They all received a University of Warwick 'Bright Stars' Science certificate and a yo-yo for completing the science challenge set for the afternoon.

Fire brigade in for Year 4:  

On Wednesday 7th December, Year 4 had a special visit from the Fire Service, who came to help them understand the importance of home, street and car safety.  They learnt lots about how and where to place a smoke alarm in the home, as well as what to do or not do in a fire emergency.  They also saw how important seat belt and booster seats are in cars and how to play safely near roads. They would also like to let you know that if there are no smoke alarms in your home, they are happy to come and fit them, free of charge.  All you need to do is contact your nearest fire station.

Foundation Stage trip:       

On Tuesday 6th December, the children in Foundation enjoyed a walk in a Winter Wonderland! The children, staff and parents went to see a Santa show, meet winter animals including reindeer and play in the snow at Tamworth Snowdome. There was plenty of snowball throwing, sledging, laughter and fun. All had a brilliant time and it has made them feel very festive.

Year 5 trip:    

On Monday 5th December, Year 5 enjoyed a very interesting and informative trip at Holdenby House. They have recently been learning about World War 2 and the trip taught them even more about aspects of the war, including the Blitz and evacuees. The children were shown different gas masks, including ones for babies as well as adults and they were shocked to discover how little food a family were allowed over a week, due to rationing. The children behaved brilliantly and were a credit to Moat House.

2JG’s Class Assembly:             

2JG have been learning about the Leaf Man and they shared some wonderful Leaf Man pictures that they have made, in their assembly on Friday 2nd December. They also explained about adjectives, verbs and adverbs and retold the story of the Leaf Man. They were incredible - they had to practise the assembly at the same time as learning their Christmas Play!

NSPCC:        

On Monday 28th November, a representative from the NSPCC led assemblies for Key Stages 1 and 2 to give information about where children can get help or advice from, if they are worried about anything. Following this, the NSPCC visited school on Thursday 1st December to work with our Year 5 and 6 children. The children were given advice on how to contact the NSPCC if they ever feel that they need this. They also discussed who their trusted adults were, both in school and out of school and considered the importance of keeping themselves safe, both physically and emotionally. 

Parents’ Evening:         

Thank you to everyone who attended the parents’ evening on Monday 28th November. It is important that we meet with you throughout the year so that we can update you with your child’s progress and attainment. If you were unable to make the date, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher, who will be more than happy to meet you at a more convenient time. 

School Library:        

It was exciting to welcome parents into our new library on Monday 28th November. and to hear their thoughts on the changes that have been made and its future development. All of our visitors agreed that the new school library is a big improvement and a more peaceful place for the children to read and enjoy books.

Winter Fayre: 

A huge thank you to everyone who came to school in their pyjamas on Friday 2nd December, along with a contribution for the Winter Fayre. Our Winter Fayre is fast becoming an annual Moat House tradition and we are looking forward to welcoming you to this, on Monday 12th December, from 3:40 – 4:30. 

Staff News: 

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that Mrs Hughes has secured a new and exciting career opportunity in a school in Warwickshire and will therefore be sadly leaving us at Christmas. Mrs Hughes has been part of the Moat House team for over seventeen years and she has played a huge part in the success and progression of the school in many areas and in all year groups. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Hughes for all her hard work over the years and we would like to wish her the best of luck in her new venture.

Parent Support Group: 

After Christmas, the Learning Mentors will be holding coffee mornings at Moat House every Friday from 9:30 – 10:30. As well as enjoying the refreshments, it will be an opportunity to discuss how parents can help to support Moat House, for example in fundraising events. It will also be an informal way to make links with staff and get to know other parents.

Parents’ Evening:      

On Monday 28th November, it is parents’ evening for all of our children from Reception to Year 6. We are looking forward to meeting with you to share your children’s progress over the Autumn term. There will be teas and coffees available and there will also be an opportunity to visit our brand new library which was opened up to the children in September; Mrs Tovey (our school librarian) is looking forward to welcoming you.

 4HT’s Class Assembly:             

On Friday 25th November, 4HT produced a very informative assembly about teeth, which included them reminding us how important it is to keep our teeth clean and healthy. They told us the names of the different teeth and what the dentist might say when you pay a visit to get your teeth checked. Well done to 4HT and a special thank you to Mrs Tite for leading the assembly in Mrs Turner’s absence. 

Superhero Lunch:     

On Thursday 24th November, our children enjoyed a superhero themed lunch, where they dressed up and enjoyed food in the dining hall fit for a hero. They were able to choose from burgers, chicken nuggets or pizza and this was followed by muffins decorated with superhero rice paper.

Wind Turbine Challenge: 

On Wednesday 23rd November, Year 5 and 6 were visited by students from Warwick University, who taught them about renewable energy. They learnt that energy can be retrieved if you use solar panels, the waves in the water, the gas in the ground and natural waste. Following this, they were given a challenge to design and make their very own wind turbine. At the end of the afternoon, the groups presented and tested their designs. 

Children in Need:   

On Friday 18th November, our children showed their support for the annual Children in Need event by coming to school either in spots or in non-school uniform and donating 50p. We will be able to let you know how much we managed to raise in a future newsletter. Thanks to everyone who supported this great cause!

Bishop Sospeter:      

On Tuesday 15th November, Bishop Sospeter visited Moat House to see what schools are like in Britain. While he was here he showed us some pictures of Tanzania and spoke to us about what it is like to live there. He also answered children's questions about himself and his role. It was fascinating.

Family Learning Service: 

COMING SOON! There is an exciting opportunity coming up in the New Year for parents. The Family Learning Service are planning to come in to Moat House to run short courses about how you can help to support your child's learning. Watch this space for more details.

Assembly:  

On Monday 7th November, Darren Gelder, who is the headteacher at Grace Academy, visited Moat House and led a whole school assembly. He talked about how important it is to make the effort to build bridges if you have fallen out with someone and he related this to his previous career in the RAF.

Children in Need:

Starting on Monday 7th November, children from the school’s Breakfast Club will be selling themed goods to raise money for Children In Need. They will be selling the items at breaktime and will be based outside the Reception classes. Items available are: Pudsey ears - £2:50 and wristbands - £1. They will be sold to Year groups as follows: Monday 7th November – Reception, Tuesday 8th November – Year 1, Wednesday 9th November – Year 2, Thursday 10th November – Year 3, Friday 11th November – Year 4, Monday 14th November – Year 5, Tuesday 15th November – Year 6 Wednesday 16th November – anyone.

Poppy Appeal:

Poppies and poppy themed accessories will be available from Monday 7th November for children/adults to make a donation to support the British Legion. A member of the school office team will be at the school gate at the beginning of every school day next week so that you can contribute to this worthy cause and wear your poppy with pride.

Photographs: 

The school photographer was in on Thursday 3rd November and the children were photographed individually and with siblings or in family groups. You will receive the photograph proofs in the next couple of weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to all of our children, who were extremely sensible, which ensured that it all ran very smoothly.

Phonics Award:

We have once again been awarded with the “Ruth Miskin Training Accreditation badge,” (October 2016). This badge recognises that we are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school. We use the successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell.

This badge recognises that we:

  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children.
  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher (Mr Alasdair Black).
  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer.
  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.

To visit the parent pages on the Ruth Miskin website go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
 

Minions Competition Winners:

We would like to say a big well done to those children who were winners in the recent Minions colouring competition. They all won a Minion themed prize for their efforts and the prizes were presented in assembly on Wednesday 19th October. The winners were: Georgia-May (YR), Madison (Y1), Layla (Y2), Letroy (Y3), Hanlon (Y4), Eidlis and Caitlyn (Y5) and Demi-Lou (Y6).

Year 5 Visit to Grace Academy:     

On Wednesday 19th October, all Year 5 children attended a sports competition at Grace Academy. This involved children competing against other schools in three different sports; football, netball and tag rugby. All children tried very hard in all of their matches, which resulted in them finishing in second place! Congratulations to Year 5. The children behaved exceptionally well and represented Moat House brilliantly.

Assembly with Rev. Andrew Fisher:

Andrew and Gareth led our assembly on Monday 17th October. The theme was to always be positive and look on the bright side of things and not to dwell on the negatives. The children enjoyed helping Andrew to retell his story, helping out with the actions.

Glass Project:    

On Monday 10th October, we were presented with a cheque for £897 from Mr Leigh Baildham for our Glass in Society project. We will be purchasing some mini greenhouses so we can investigate how things grow under glass. The cheque came from The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London who support projects in schools.

Minion Lunch:          

On Tuesday 4th October, many of our children enjoyed a Minion themed lunch. Children were able to select from hot dogs, pizza or chicken nuggets and Minion cupcakes for dessert. To add to the excitement, all children choosing a hot dinner on this day were invited to enter a Minion colouring competition. The closing date for this is Monday 10th October, so please send your entries to your child’s class teacher. There will be a prize for each year group from Reception to Year 6 and these will be presented in an assembly next week.

Harvest Festival:

Thanks to everyone who made a donation for our Harvest Assembly on Monday 3rd October. It was great to have so many of you in the assembly. Rev Andrew Fisher led an exciting assembly which involved several characters (children and adults) acting out the story of Stone Soup. This reminded us that life is always better when we work together and support each other.

Rev Fisher asked if we would give the following message: “Thank you to the pupils, parents, carers and staff at Moat House Primary School for your Harvest Festivals gifts.  Altogether, 24 bags of food were collected which will be distributed to residents at Loxley Court, Alexandra House and St Clement’s Court, and also to the vulnerable, lonely and elderly in the parish.  Every blessing from Rev Andrew and all your friends at St Chad’s church, Hillmorton Road.”

School Council Trip:

On Monday 3rd October, the School Council visited the Coventry Council House. They travelled there by bus and when they arrived they were greeted with a snack and drink. They then got to meet the Lord Mayor! He gave the children a tour of the Council House, where they even got to see inside his chamber. They also saw pictures of all of the previous Mayors of Coventry. They all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and all of the children represented Moat House excellently!

Golden Mile:  

Children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are taking part in the Golden Mile to improve their fitness levels. Every Tuesday and Friday the children run/jog/walk around the school field for 10 minutes. Children’s laps around the school field are then collected so that we can track how children’s fitness and stamina improves over the year. It would be very helpful if children can ensure that they have trainers or pumps in school on these days.

Harvest Festival:     

On Monday 3rd October, we will be celebrating Harvest with a special assembly led by Rev Andrew Fisher, at 9:15 am. Parents, family and friends are all very welcome to attend and are invited for refreshments afterwards. We are asking for donations of tins and packets of food that we can distribute to less fortunate people in our local community. Please support us with this annual community event.

Macmillan Coffee Morning:    

Thank you to all of our children and parents who contributed to make the Coffee Morning on Thursday 29th September a great success. The non-school uniform day, on Friday 23rd September, enabled us to provide plenty of cakes to sell. A big thank you must also go to Miss Hall, Mrs Kriaun, Mrs Dolden and the Key Stage 2 school councillors, who worked so hard to make the day run smoothly. Due to the generous donation of cakes that were provided, there will be a cake sale at playtime everyday in the week beginning 3rd October. Children can bring 20p into school and the proceeds of the sales will be added to the Macmillan total. We will let you know how much we have raised in a future newsletter.

Parents’ Evening:        

Thank you to everyone who attended the parents’ evening on Wednesday 28th September. It is important that we meet with you throughout the year so that we can update you with your child’s life at school. If you were unable to make the date, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher, who will be more than happy to meet you at a more convenient time.

Staff News:

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that Miss Richardson will be leaving us on Friday 30th September, as she has secured a new career opportunity. A big thank you to Miss Richardson for all her hard work over the last five years and we would like to wish her lots of luck in her new venture.

Competition Winner: 

We would like to say a huge well done to Nayrat Saeed for winning the Speed Awareness Competition for Moat House. She has been invited to a special presentation on Thursday 13th October at the Lord Mayor’s Suite so we are all very excited to find out about her morning in the presence of important people, including the Police Chief Inspector for Coventry.

Non-Uniform Day:   

We would like to say a big thank you to all of those children who came to school on Friday 23rd September bearing cakes in exchange for coming into school in non-uniform. The cakes will be used for our Macmillan Coffee Morning, which is next Thursday 29th September. Family and friends are very welcome to join us for the event next week, which will be held in the dining room from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. There will be tea, coffee and cakes available to purchase and enjoy. Classes will also have the opportunity to buy a drink and a cake on the afternoon of this day; these will be 20p each.

Road Safety Day:    

On Tuesday 20th September, we were lucky enough to be visited by some representatives from the community police service. They introduced themselves at a whole school assembly and visited each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. They talked about keeping safe while walking near busy roads and how to cross the road safely. The children were also able to find out if they are tall enough to travel in a car without a booster seat. Many of them were surprised to discover that they need to be taller than 135 cm to travel in a car without a booster seat.

Water Assembly:     

On Monday 19th September, we had an assembly led by a man from Severn Trent. He showed us what river water looks like before purification and we decided that we'd prefer not to drink it but we might use it to water plants. He gave us lots of ideas for how to save water, like turning the tap off while brushing our teeth and having a shower instead of a bath. He challenged the children to try and all save a bit every day and explained that this would save the school money. You might like to encourage them to do the same at home.

Roald Dahl Day/Launch of Library:

On Tuesday 13th September, we celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday by inviting everyone to dress up as a character from one of his books. We were delighted to spot some Big Friendly Giants, Charlie Buckets and Matildas as well as many other familiar characters. The children were introduced to our brand new library and enjoyed listening to an extract from a Roald Dahl book there.  They were also given the opportunity to design a birthday card to celebrate the event and prizes were awarded to the best cards. The winning designs were as follows:

Year

Children

Year

Children

Year R (best costume)

Mason and Migel

Year 4

Myah and Karina

Year 1

Faith and Jakub P

Year 5

Phoenix and Alisha

Year 2

Nicola and Nikita

Year 6

Aleksandra and Olivia

Year 3

Olivia and Taylon

 

 

Glass Funding:

At the end of last term, we applied for some funding that will enable us to purchase some mini greenhouses for each of the phases. We are delighted to inform you that we have been successful in our application and will be receiving funding to get the green houses. We will soon be looking out for any children with “green fingers,” to take some responsibility for the greenhouse allocated to their phase.

Attendance:    

This year’s attendance reward scheme is similar to last year’s apart from a few minor changes. Instead of only two classes being able to win money each week, every class will be able to win money if they achieve the figures as follows for attendance for the previous week; so, any class achieving 97% to 99.99% attendance will earn £1.00 and any class achieving 100% will earn £5.00. As well as this, the 100% challenge for individual children will continue this year. This is called the “Are You In” challenge and every child that is in school every day for the half term will be a winner. Last term over 150 children watched a movie in the hall and had a great time.

School Council:           

As it is the start of the new school year, each class has elected two children to represent their class on Moat House's School Council.  The aim of the school council is to involve pupils in decision making in and around the school. During meetings, the school council discuss any points raised that have been raised within class council sessions and vote on a course of action. 

Class

School Councillors

Class

School Councillors

1EW

Lily and Alfie

4HT

Charlotte and Matthew

1LF

Ryan and Lexie-Mai

4BC

Nevaeh and Jessy

2ET

Peter and Vasni

5SG

Keegan and Katelyn

2JG

Makai and Chloe

5CB

Maxine and Ebalo

3ST

Abdul and Olivia

6JK

Kieran and Nayrat

3ZT

Adrianna and Ryan

6SH

Muhammed and Sienna

Parent Governor Vacancy:    

Are you interested in taking a greater part in school life? Can you make a difference to Moat House? Do you enjoy being part of a team? If the answer is “yes,” you may be just who we are looking for! We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor and are keen for someone to join us, on our journey to continue to improve Moat House. If you are interested in being a part of the governing body, please ask at the school office for more information.

Welcome Back:

It was great to see the children back in school on Tuesday. They were all very smartly dressed and looked wonderful! The Year 6 children looked very grown up in their new black sweatshirts and are ready to take on the mantle of being role models for the rest of the school.

This term we will be continuing to use Building Learning Power (BLP) to help the children to develop their learning skills. We will be focusing across the school on children’s reading and comprehension as it is such a vital skill and opens up so many learning opportunities for them. To help support this in school we will be aiming to hear the children read as often as possible. It would be great if they could read more with an adult at home too.

To help raise the profile of reading we have had the music room, which had become dated, converted into a library. This will enable the books to be stored and accessed in a single room rather than spread around the building, as they were previously. The library has been designed and built specifically for us and provides us with an excellent resource, which we will use to promote reading across the school. It will open next Tuesday on Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. To help commemorate the event, children will be allowed to come to school dressed up as a character from a Roald Dahl book. I’m expecting to meet a few Charlie Buckets, oompa loompas, Matildas and BFGs around the school - possibly a few twits and witches too!

We will be continuing to focus on raising standards in writing across the school and children will be given lots of opportunities to practise writing in a range of styles and also in maths, focusing on times tables, mental arithmetic and problem solving. 

I am looking forward to another exciting year at Moat House and look forward to meeting you at Parents’ Evening (later this half term), class assemblies or on the playground at the start or end of the school day.

School Bank:

On Tuesday, the Moat House School Bank will be open again for anyone who wishes to make a deposit or a withdrawal. Many of our children have now opened accounts and are saving hard for things like spending money for their holidays or Christmas presents. If your child would like to begin saving using the School Bank, please complete an application form and bring your first deposit along to the bank, which is open every Tuesday morning at 8:40 am. Forms are available from the school office.

Summer Break: 

We would like to wish our Year 6 children lots of luck and happiness at their new schools along with members of staff who are also leaving us: Miss Scott, Miss Lynch and Mrs Payne. We hope that everyone else has an enjoyable, safe and restful holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

DHL Visit:        

On Friday 15th July, a huge articulated lorry came to Moat House and parked on the school car park. The children from Year 2 to Year 6 all took part in a session to warn them about the dangers of large vehicles on the roads. We feel that it is especially important to remind our children about road safety at this time of year, where children may be out and about more.

Governors’ Awards:     

On Thursday 14th July, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown good behaviour or attitude. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

Nursery:

Crystal Wills and

Jan Kubacki

Reception:

Alicja Bieda and

Makayla Homela

Year 1:

Makai Smith and

Nicola Okurowska

Year 2: 

Ethan Moongo and

Amy-Leigh Gower

Year 3: 

Karina Solovjova and Matas Butkus

Year 4: 

Maxine Adjei and Aboubakar Khatib

Year 5: 

Molly-May Rowley and Hamse Ahmed

Year 6: 

Marks Solojovs and Nicole Carey

Once again the Governors decided to present two special Governors’ Awards to two Year 6 children who we feel have particularly contributed to Moat House throughout their time at the school. These children, Jason Barnes and Esther Afonso, have both made outstanding achievements and have proved to be excellent role models to others. Well done to all of our children, who received awards at this ceremony.

Talent Show:   

On Thursday 14th July, we were treated to a fantastic afternoon full of our very talented Moat House pupils. We were entertained with a range of talent, which included singing, dancing, gymnastics and even martial arts. All of the children who took part received a certificate for their efforts.

Year R trip to Bournemouth:    

On Thursday 14th July, our Reception children travelled all the way to Bournemouth for a trip to the beach, as well as a visit to the Oceanarium. They had great fun playing in the sand and the sea, and were fascinated by the sea creatures, especially the giant turtles. They all enjoyed a traditional seaside meal of fish, chips and ice cream. They all had a fantastic day and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff and parents who helped on the day.

Year 4 trip to Cadbury World: 

On Thursday 14th July, our Year 4 children visited Cadbury World. Everyone had a fantastic time and found out how chocolate was made. They sampled warm melted chocolate with a topping of their choice. They enjoyed a 4D cinema experience where they travelled on a roller coaster through an imaginary Cadbury World. They especially enjoyed spending money on chocolate themed goodies at the end of the day.

Year 6 Prom:

For our Year 6 children, the evening of Wednesday 13th July was the event of the year! Our children arrived in spectacular style to the Moat House Prom. It was fantastic! The children walked along the ‘red carpet,’ were served sparkling lemonade and had their photographs taken, by the ‘paparazzi!’ The children and staff all voted to choose a prom king and queen – the lucky winners were Marley and Jorde. A fabulous night was had by all of the Year 6 children, as well as the staff. We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff, who organised the event.

Year 5 trip to Space Centre:

Year 5, along with some Year 3s, 4s and 6s had a fun packed, educational day at the National Space Centre on Wednesday 13th July. The children designed Mars lander parachutes for their ‘eggonauts’ which were released from the roof of the Space Centre! The planetarium show also added a ‘wow’ factor to the day, showing the children what it is really like for astronauts in space. All of the children were impeccably behaved and were a true credit to Moat House.

Nursery Visit to Hatton Country World:

On Tuesday 12th July, Nursery visited Hatton Country World where they explored the farm, fed the animals and had a fantastic afternoon racing around the soft play area. The children's behaviour was outstanding and the adults were so proud of them. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the adults who helped to support on the trip.

Sports Day:    

Well done to everyone for their fantastic participation in Moat House's 2016 Sports Day, which was held on Monday 11th July. All children could earn points for their team for every race that they participated in, so it was important for everyone to take part. Big congratulations must go to Godiva (the green team), who were the overall winners. They were awarded with a huge trophy in assembly, which is now proudly displayed in the school trophy cabinet. Thanks to all of the parents and supporters who came along to cheer the children on.

School Reports:      

You will have received your child’s school report on Friday 8th July and we hope that you enjoy reading  about your child’s progress and achievement in school over this academic year. On Monday 11th July, you are invited to come into school to speak with your child’s class teacher about his/her school report or any other questions or concerns that you may have about the new school year. This is an informal drop in opportunity so appointments will not be provided. 

Transition Day:           

On Wednesday 6th July, all of our children were excited to be told their new classroom and new teacher for September. They spent the morning in their new classrooms and the children and staff enjoyed getting to know each other. The new classes are as follows:

YN

NNAM – Mrs Tovey,

NNPM – Mrs Tovey

YR

RSR – Miss Renshaw,

RKG – Mrs Gamblin

Y1

1LF – Mrs Francioso,

1EW – Miss Wilson

Y2

2ET – Mrs Thompson (was Miss Tye),

2JG – Miss Graham

Y3

3ZT – Mrs Tite,

3ST – Miss Tuckey

Y4

4HT – Mrs Turner,

4BC – Mrs Carlon

Y5

5SG – Mr Gilmour,

5CB – Miss Bird

Y6

6JK – Mr Kelly,

6SH – Miss Hall

Year 5 Residential:  

 Year 5 had a brilliant time in Derbyshire from Wednesday 29th June until Friday 1st July. The highlight of the trip was the low ropes course at Conkers but the children really enjoyed all of the activities. They worked brilliantly as a team, looked out for each other and one lad even learned how to make a cup of tea! They were a credit to the school.

Year 4 Samba Workshop:

On Thursday 30th June, Mr Fox from the Coventry Performing Arts Service came to Moat House and taught the children about the music in Brazil called Samba. They learnt lots of different rhythms and got to play different Brazilian instruments.  These were called a surgo, tambourin and a repinque which were different types of drums as well as agogo bells and a ganza.  They all played different rhythms to create the sound at a carnival. After lunch they learnt more rhythms and created pieces of music related to the rainforest.  All the children had a great time, even if it was quite loud!

KS1 trip to Skegness:  

On Thursday 30th June, Key Stage 1 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Skegness. The children (and staff!) were all up bright and early to make sure that they had plenty of time to enjoy the beach. Three coaches of excited children arrived in Skegness and enjoyed playing in the sand and splashing in the sea. The children enjoyed a fish and chip lunch as well as a well-deserved ice cream. After a fun-filled and busy day, everyone was glad to rest on the coach, with a few children even nodding off! A big thank you to all of the staff who organised such a fantastic event and to the parents and helpers who came along to support.

Smoothie Maker:        

On Monday 27th June and Tuesday 28th June, children in all year groups made smoothies in a most novel and exciting way! They put bananas, mangoes, strawberries and raspberries into a smoothie making machine then pedalled on a one wheeled bike to power the machine. They found that the faster they pedalled the quicker the smoothie was mixed. They tasted their creation and unanimously decided that the smoothie was delicious.

Drowning Prevention Week:      

As part of Drowning Prevention Week (week ending 24th June), the children learned about the dangers of playing in water without adult supervision and were reminded that the only safe place to swim is a swimming pool or a beach with a lifeguard.

Year 4 Warwick Arts Centre:

On Wednesday 22nd June, the Year 4 children travelled to the Warwick Arts Centre to take part in a Wider Opportunity Event.  They have been learning the ukulele this year and had the chance to perform on a stage in front of an audience of several other schools.  The children sang and played brilliantly and were a very good audience too.  The morning ended with every school playing a part in ‘The Hall of the Mountain King.’ The children are all looking forward to performing to the school and their parents towards the end of term.

Reception Meetings:    

On Wednesday 22nd June, parents with children who are due to start our Reception in September were invited into school to find out about the setting. Staff introduced themselves and parents were given the opportunity to look around the Reception classrooms, to find out where their children will be learning in the new academic year, as well as ask any questions that they may have.

School Bank:   

On Tuesday 21st June, the Moat House School Bank opened its doors and took its first deposits. A number of children have now opened accounts and are saving hard for things like spending money for their holidays. If you would like to begin saving using the School Bank, please complete an application form and bring your first deposit along to the bank, which is open every Tuesday morning at 8:40 am. Forms are available from the school office.

Superspell:      

On Tuesday 21st June, four of our Year 6 children took part in the annual Super Spell contest at Bell Green Library. The children (Leandro, Kamil, Grace and Moza) all put in lots of effort and came second, with only five points fewer than the winning team. Well done children!

Red Cross in Year 6:   

On 21st and 23rd June, our children from Year 6 had a visitor from the British Red Cross. On Tuesday 21st June, they participated in a first aid workshop where they learned the skills to help in a number of first aid emergencies. This included learning how to correctly treat a burn and cut, what to do if somebody has a head injury and the actions to take if somebody is unconscious.

On Thursday 23rd June, in a workshop looking at stigma against migration, they explored the definitions of an asylum seeker, refugee and migrant. They carefully considered the thoughts and feelings of people who may have had to leave their homes due to finding themselves in difficult situations. Thank you to John at the British Red Cross for making the sessions so informative and engaging!

Year 6 Big School:      

On Monday 20th June, Year 6 visited Potters Green School to watch a production by the Belgrade Theatre. The production, called 'Big School', looked at the transition between primary school and secondary school. They heard the story of two children, Mo and Ash, who were getting ready to leave Year 6. They then thought about the things that may change when reaching secondary school. Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the production and found it extremely helpful in preparing them for secondary school next year!

Staff News:

Mrs Malik left work on Tuesday 14th June and unexpectedly welcomed her new arrival (a baby girl called Grace Violet) on Wednesday 15th June!

We would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that Mrs Payne will be leaving us in July as she is keen to spend more time with her family and take the opportunity to travel. Thanks to Mrs Payne for all her hard work over the years and we would like to wish her lots of luck in her travelling adventures.

Sun Safe Schools:       

You should have received a booklet and a letter in the week beginning 13th June explaining about us becoming a Sun Safe school and helping to protect our children from the risk of skin cancer. I have been able to negotiate a discount with a sun hat provider which will enable us to subsidise the costs so we can sell them on for just £2 each. These hats will protect the children's ears and necks as well as their heads. There will be more information about this in the week beginning 20th June.

Year 1 Phonics Check:               

In the week beginning 13th June, our Year 1 children showed off their amazing reading skills in the national phonic screening assessment. They used their sounds to read real words, as well as nonsense words. They have all put in lots of effort and we are very proud of them. Year 1 parents will be informed of the results at the end of the school year.

Football Fever: 

On Thursday 16th June, children were given the opportunity to watch an important football match (England versus Wales) either in the school hall or in their classes. At half time, they were able to eat burgers or sausage batches as part of the event. The children got very excited especially with the nail-biting climax, which saw England score the winning goal in injury time.

Drayton Manor:

Year 6 celebrated all of their hard work this year by enjoying a trip to Drayton Manor on Thursday 16th June. Despite worrying weather forecasts for rain and storms, they were able to avoid everything and enjoyed a great day in the theme park. Everyone enjoyed the rides and even the adults were tempted onto rides such as Stormforce 10 and Maelstrom. Congratulations to Year 6 and well done for a successful trip where - again - Moat House children did us proud.

Nursery Meetings:      

On Wednesday 15th June, parents with children who are due to start our Nursery in September were invited into school to find out about the setting. Staff introduced themselves and parents were given the opportunity to look around the Nursery, to find out where their children will be learning in the new academic year, as well as ask any questions that they may have.

Queen's 90th Birthday:    

To commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday, the Governors agreed to purchase commemorative coins, which the children were presented with on Friday 10th June. Classes also celebrated the event by enjoying tea parties and picnics with flags, crowns and bunting that they made themselves.

Some of our children celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.

Staff News:   

At the end of this academic year, we will be sadly saying “bon voyage” to both Miss Lynch and Miss Scott, who have both secured exciting teaching opportunities overseas. We will also be saying goodbye (on a temporary basis) to Mrs Malik and Mrs Daly, who will be welcoming new arrivals to their families. We would like to thank them for all their hard work and commitment during their time at Moat House and wish them all lots of luck with their forthcoming adventures.

We have appointed four new teachers to replace those who are leaving us; Emma Wilson and Laura Francioso-Hehir will join the Key Stage 1 team while Sarah Tuckey and Beth Carlin will join the Key Stage 2 team. We look forward to welcoming them to Moat House in September. Children will find out their new class teachers on the transition day, which is on Wednesday 6th July.

Year 5 Competition:     

Our Year 5 children have been invited to take part in a competition to design a sign to inform road users about a new 20 mph speed limit which is being introduced onto Deedmore Road. Children will be given a template on which to design their sign and the winning poster will be made into a real sign and displayed on the street for all motorists to see. Entries should be returned to school by 10th June. 

Year 2 SATs:  

All of the staff in Year 2 would like to say a HUGE well done to the Year 2 children, who have completed their SATs in the week ending Friday 20th May. Thank you for working so hard and we hope the children are looking forward to their well-deserved trip to Bermuda Park, on Monday 23rd May.

Italian Food day:        

On Thursday 19th May, the school kitchen held an Italian themed lunch, so the dining hall was decorated with Italian flags and bunting. Children were able to choose from meatballs with spaghetti, beef lasagne or three cheese ravioli followed by chocolate Tiramisu (non-alcoholic). During the day, all classes were also given the opportunity to find out more about Italian food from a trained chef. This included them being introduced to different types of pasta and they even watched pasta being made!

Assembly with Reverend Andrew Fisher:

On Monday 16th May, Reverend Andrew Fisher treated us to an entertaining and interactive assembly, which concluded with a story about how God spreads his word to everyone. Some lucky children were selected to take part in a game, called “broken telephones,” to illustrate how messages can become confused, or how they can be changed. The children (and staff!) enjoyed joining in with the story.

Football Tournament:   

On Saturday 14th May until Monday 16th May, ten Moat House children were fortunate enough to take part in an international football tournament in Hordain (Northern France). The team played extremely well and managed to win three of their matches, which meant that they came seventh overall. This is a big improvement from last year, where they came thirteenth. The boys were excellent representatives for their team, school and country! (See our Sports Section for a full match report).

Questionnaires:       

Thank you to everyone who completed and returned our survey. We had 80 returned. In response to the survey we will be discussing homework and review how this is set from September. We will also be organising an opportunity for the parents of children in 5HT to come in to school to view their work later this half term. Unfortunately, Mrs Turner is still recuperating and we were unable to rearrange the parent meetings which should have taken place last term.

Year 6 SATs:

Congratulations to Year 6 on completing their SAT tests in the week beginning 9th May. Everyone rose to the challenge and tried very hard. All of the staff are incredibly proud of their efforts and we hope they have a restful weekend as they thoroughly deserve it! Year 6 have lots to look forward to in the forthcoming weeks but there is still a lot of hard work to do before the end of the year. We know that they will continue to stay focussed through to the end of their time at Moat House.

Dogs’ Trust:  

On Thursday 5th May, all children had a visit from Emily from the dog’s trust charity.  She carried out workshops with all classes and the topics ranged from writing stories about a dog, finding out how much it costs to have a dog as a pet, to learning about how to care for a dog.  She also led a whole school assembly to teach the children how to stay safe around dogs, especially ones they don’t know.  The children all enjoyed their sessions and the information given is especially useful now that the weather is becoming warmer and dogs and children are out and about enjoying the sunshine.

Highly Sprung at Warwick Arts Centre: 

On Tuesday 3rd May, Year 3 spent the day with the Highly Sprung artists at the Warwick Arts Centre. All the work that they have been doing over the last few weeks at school culminated in a fabulous performance for parents at the Butterworth Hall. The children spent the day with the artists Mark and AJ practising for the evening performance. The evening was a huge success with Moat House performing alongside the five other schools that had taken part in the ‘One Giant Leap’ project. We were so lucky to be part of the project and we would like to thank all our parents for their support. The children were a credit to you and Moat House – their manners and behaviour were impeccable and they gave it their all in the final performance. All the staff are incredibly proud!

Year 5 visit to Grace Academy:


On Friday 29th April, Year 5 visited Grace Academy for a transition day based around the theme ‘Unlock your Potential’. Throughout the day they took part in a variety of exciting lessons. Some of the highlights were: playing cage football, human bops it with Chip K and carrying out Science investigations using Bunsen burners. The children also got the chance to take part in a business lesson where they learnt about logistics and teamwork. Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed acquiring new skills and discovering their potential!

Questionnaire:            

On Friday 29th April we sent out a questionnaire. Your views are important to us, as we are always looking to develop and improve at Moat House. We would be grateful if you could return the questionnaires to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. As an extra incentive, the class with the highest percentage of returns by next Friday (Friday 6th May) will receive a prize.

Highly Sprung in Year 3:    

During the week beginning 25th April, the children in Year 3 enjoyed two days of working with Mark and AJ. On Tuesday 26th April, they learnt about light and dark. They created shadow dances in pairs and began to put their final performance together. On Thursday 28th April, the whole of Year 3 worked together to combine their individual class performances. They are all very excited to be going to the Warwick Arts Centre on Tuesday 3rd May to perform with the other schools taking part in the One Giant Leap project.

Safety Assembly:            

 Mr Pickthorn, who represents one of the local building contractors, led a thought provoking assembly on Monday 25th April, about the many dangers of going on building sites. He showed us a DVD which, sadly, didn't have a happy ending about what happened to some children when they trespassed onto a building site. He then kitted out one of the children with all of the things they'd need to be allowed to work on a building site and explained why all the safety gear is necessary. With the large number of building sites around at the moment it's really important that the children keep themselves safe by staying off them.

School Uniform Challenge:      

You will have received a letter this week clarifying the expectations for school uniform at Moat House.  We are keen to encourage our children to be neatly turned out in their school uniforms, as we feel that this helps children to feel part of the school community and to have a sense of belonging. For this reason, we would like to set a challenge for the children to come into school smartly dressed in their school uniforms from next week and to make it more exciting we will be awarding prizes to the smartest class or classes.

School Bank:

We have been investigating setting up a school bank at Moat House and in the next couple of weeks, you will receive a letter asking if you would like your child to save money, using this provision. We feel that by setting up a bank at school, we can help to teach our children about the value of money and the benefits of saving over time eg: for holiday money or a special toy. Please look out for the letter about this which will provide you with further details.

St. George’s Day lunch:   

On Wednesday 20th April, the school kitchen held a St George’s Day lunch so the dining hall was decorated with English flags and bunting. Children were able to choose from roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, sausage and onions or fish and chips and there was trifle or apple pie with custard for pudding. The next themed lunch will be on Thursday 19th May, where we will be treated to an Italian lunch.

Highly Sprung in Year 3:           

On Wednesday 20th April, Year 3 had their second Highly Sprung session with Mark and AJ. This week there was lots of problem solving, where the children used the model of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man to work out the size of an alien. They used their developing skills of willing, curiosity, teamwork and getting unstuck to solve problems. They are very much looking forward to their next session as well as their final performance on 3rd May at Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre. Year 3 parents will have received a letter inviting them to see their children’s hard work.

Highly Sprung in Year 3:        

On Thursday 14th April, Year 3 took part in their first Highly Sprung session with Mark and AJ. In the session, they used mental maths skills to solve problems, involving times tables and fractions. They showed their answers using their body parts to make contact with the floor. They will take part in more sessions with Highly Sprung over the next few weeks, which will conclude with a performance at the Warwick Arts Centre.

Year 2 Wow Day:       

On Wednesday 13th April, Year 2 took part in a WOW day themed around the United Kingdom. During this special day, the children tasted food from each country which included; Welsh cakes, shortbread and scones. They learnt about famous landmarks around the United Kingdom and attempted to build them using cubes - many of them were fantastic! Also, the children learnt about the four different flags for each country and then decided how they would make them. They used paint, glitter, tissue paper or oil pastels to make their flags and were very creative! 

Easter Competition:     

Our judges were really impressed with the entries for our Easter competition last term and they found it extremely hard to make a decision. After lots of deliberation, they managed the difficult task of choosing the winning entries. They were as follows:

Nursery:

Tyreece, Kyia, Crystal, Paige

Reception:

Cain, Ella, Ashanti and Riley

Year 1:

Oskar, Junior, Olivia, Paris

Year 2:

Nasrin, Anthony, Bart, Devan

Year 3:

Summer, Kai, Cameron, Nevaeh

Year 4:

Alisha, Evie-Leigh, Cieran, Patrick

Year 5:

Leah, Connor, Olivia, Mitchell

Year 6:

Kieran, Tyla, Szymon, Cam’Ron

Easter Competition:

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone’s amazing efforts in our Easter competition this year. Our younger children have made some fantastic Easter hats or bonnets and our Key Stage 2 children have shown brilliant imagination with their egg creations. We will be able to inform you of the winning entries in our next newsletter.

St. Chad’s Church Visit:        

On Thursday 24th March, the whole school visited St Chad’s church, where they enjoyed the experience of seeing what a church looks like at this time of year. Reverend Andrew Fisher invited Mr Kelly to help him to engage everyone and inform them about the different events and traditions. The children all enjoyed the visit and they all enjoyed squash and biscuits before returning to school.

Govenors' Awards: Spring 2016

On Wednesday 23rd March, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown excellent behaviour or attitude. The following children were awarded with a certificate and a voucher, in front of a very proud audience of parents, governors and staff, for their hard work and achievements.

Nursery:           Leah and Arqam

Reception:        Koytryna and Michael

Year 1:              Chloe and Arqam

Year 2:             Renikah and Tiago

Year 3:             Jakub and Chelsea

Year 4:             Evie-Leigh and Eidlis

Year 5:             Ya-Awa and Jay

Year 6:             Marley and Charlie

Year 5 Ice Hockey:           

On Tuesday 22nd March, 5NL visited the Skydome Arena to take part in an ice hockey session. Over the last term, the children have received coaching from the Coventry Blaze coaches and they got a chance to put their skills into practise on the ice! They put on ice hockey equipment, learned the key skating skills and played different hockey games. The children were fantastic ambassadors for Moat House and really impressed the coaches!

Year R Parents’ Event:   

On Tuesday 22nd March, Reception opened their doors for a parents’ Easter craft open afternoon. The children, along with their mums, dads and grandparents enjoyed a variety of activities including Easter bunny masks, iced bonnets and Easter boxes.  This was all followed by an Easter egg hunt and hot cross buns.  A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

Year 4 Wow Day: 

On Monday 21st March, Year 4 enjoyed their WOW day.  As their topic has been Europe and the Mediterranean, they celebrated by cooking Mediterranean food, sketching and learning a Mediterranean dance.  At the end of the day, they got together for a Mediterranean feast, where they tried the food they had made and performed the dance.  It was an enjoyable day and was a great way to conclude this term’s topic. 

Year 3 Trip:

On Friday 18th March, Year 3 visited the Coventry Transport Museum as well as the Herbert Art Gallery as part of their work on the one Giant Leap project. The purpose of the trip was to become inspired by the achievements of people from Coventry and beyond. Nevaeh was inspired by the story of Mary Ann Evans, “I was inspired because she had to pretend to be a man to get her books published. She had to persevere and make sacrifices to do what she loved to do. She wrote under the name of George Eliot.” Amida was inspired by the works of art. She said “I love art and it was great to see so many artists work.” Filip said, “I was inspired by the fast cars because it made me think of the designing and engineering.” Cameron said, “I was inspired by all the engines and the history of making engines.”

Year 6 Live Lesson:      

On Friday 18th March, some of our Year 6 children visited Birmingham Library to watch a BBC Live Lesson entitled 'Shakespeare: Unplugged'. The BBC, in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, looked at scenes from various Shakespeare plays and focused on the characters and the language used. The show was presented by CBBC presenters Karim and Katie. Our children, along with children from three other schools, made up the live audience. They had to get involved by taking part in some drama, where they acted out part of King Henry V's famous speech. They also learnt some interesting facts including, the saying 'for goodness sake' is Shakespearean! 

Year 6 Residential:       

On Wednesday 16th March, Year 6 returned from their trip to Plas Dol y Moch in North Wales. They took part in a range of outdoor activities, which included mine adventuring, abseiling, mountain climbing, kayaking, rock pooling and map reading (they had to make their own way back to the centre following a route on a map). We were really impressed by the team spirit, determination and independence that the children displayed. They were responsible for organising themselves, making their own sandwiches and looking after their rooms as well as taking part in all of the activities. In years to come, the children will no doubt be telling their children about the trip. I'm sure we've got some parents who also went there when they were younger, who have fond memories of their visit. Thanks to all of the staff who gave up their time to accompany the children on the trip.

Book Fair:      

The Book Fair in March 2016 was a huge success and we hope that your children are enjoying reading their brand new books. Thank you very much for your support, as every book bought will contribute to us being able to add resources to our school library or classroom reading corners.

Sports Relief:  

We were very impressed with everyone’s efforts to support Sports Relief on Friday 18th March by dressing up in sportswear and walking one mile around the school playground or field. We would like to thank you all for your £1 contributions to this worthy cause and we will inform you of the amount that we have managed to raise in a future newsletter.  We would like to give a special mention to Nathaniel and Candace from 4KG, as they have both managed to raise extra money by being sponsored for their walk!!

Morning of Music:       

Year 3 enjoyed a morning of music on Thursday 17th March, along with two other Coventry schools: St. Patrick’s and St. John Fisher. There was a Brazilian theme entitled “the Road to Rio” so the children sang carnival songs and wore brightly coloured decorative hats, which they designed themselves. Each school performed their own party piece and Moat House performed a samba, which involved dancing and playing percussion instruments. The children performed brilliantly and were perfect hosts to the other Coventry schools.

St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch:

On Thursday 17th March, the school kitchen held a St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch so the dining hall was decorated with Irish flags and bunting whilst the kitchen staff wore their green and white hats with pride! Children were able to choose from Irish Stew, cheese and potato pie and sausage and mash, in order to celebrate this patriotic day.

Attendance Reward:    

Last term’s attendance reward was for twelve children with amazing attendance to enjoy a movie and popcorn afternoon in school, on Thursday 17th March. One lucky child from every class was picked out of a hat and they watched the movie “Up” while enjoying various little treats including popcorn, squash and crisps. The lucky children selected were: Skye (1JS), Peter (1JG), Avram (2ET), Richard (2CB), Yagouba (3DG), Amida (3ZT), Aboubakar (4KG), Ti-Ann (4SG), William (5HT), Ayomide (5NL), Szymon (6JK) and Kia (6SH). All of the children enjoyed themselves and agreed that we should do it again! Watch this space.

Times tables competition:   

 On Wednesday 16th March, I took a very excited but nervous team to take part in the inter schools times tables competition at Potters Green. Ralph and Aboubakar represented lower KS2 and Adam and Nayrat represented upper KS2. They had won our Moat House competition to represent us. Both teams took on children from three other schools. Although we didn't win either of the trophies, all of the children performed really well and only got questions wrong when they involved thousands (eg 3600 divided by 60) or decimals (eg 0.8 x 0.5). Tricky questions! I was really proud of all of them.

 

Book character day:

To celebrate World Book Day and the launch of our Book Fair, Moat House held a dress-up day, on Friday 11th March, where everyone, including the teachers, came dressed up as characters from their favourite book. There were lots of fantastic costumes, but sadly there was only one winner in each class for the best costumes. Each winner (listed below) received a £5 gift voucher to be spent at our Book Fair which starts on Monday 14th March. The prize for the best staff costume was chosen by representatives from the School Council. This was won by Miss Tye.

Class

Child

Class

Child

Nursery am

Amie

3DG

Abubakr

Nursery pm

Kalina

3ZT

Cameron

RSR

Michael

4KG

Lilly

RLM

Alfie

4SG

Cieran

1JS

Nicola

5NL

Ellie

1JG

Lacie A

5HT

Olivia

2ET

Olivia

6JK

Ethan

2CB

Leigha

6SH

Kieron

Book Author Visit:

On Thursday 10th March, Moat House gave a very warm welcome to illustrator and author of children’s books, Simon Murray. Simon worked with the children year group by year group. The children were thrilled to discover that every one of them could not only draw a character, but draw it well under the careful guidance of Simon. Both children and adults who thought they couldn’t draw found, to their amazement, that they could. Everybody had a wonderful time creating their version of Icky Doo Dah.

Kinetic Theatre:         

On Tuesday 8th March, the children were treated to an afternoon of theatre to help them understand some aspects of Science. The children learnt about states of matter and how liquids, solids and gases are formed; they were also taught about properties of different materials including plastic and glass. The information was all communicated in a fun and entertaining way and included singing and dancing. The children were all able to join in and some lucky volunteers were also invited to take on a role in the show, in front of the whole school.

Year 2 Scientist Visit: 

On Monday 7th March, Year 2 had a rather interesting visit from the Freshwater Theatre Company. An eccentric scientist came along with her 'exploratorium' machine, where the children had to find facts about plants and what they need to grow. The children investigated different types of plants, seeds and bulbs and reported back to the scientist. All of the children learnt lots of interesting facts and had lots of fun!

Moat House Times Table Challenge:      

At the beginning of March, Key Stage 2 classes held contests to select children to represent Moat House at an inter-schools times table contest at Potters Green. Abubakr and Ralph will be the Year 3/4 representatives and Alisha and Adam will be the Year 5/6 representatives. The following children were runners up in the contest and they will be given the opportunity to attend the contest to support the competitors. The supporting children are: Oliver, Eidlis, Jamila, Nathaniel, Katelyn and Jessica. You will receive a letter requesting permission, if your child is representing or supporting.

Times Table Challenge:              

Next week, classes will be holding a times table contest to identify four children to represent Moat House in a tournament at Potters Green, which will be held later on this month. It would be really helpful if you could encourage your children to practise their times table facts over the next few weeks to ensure that they are all prepared and are able to perform to their best ability for the selection process. As well as the times table facts, children will also need to practise the related division facts, as these will be included in the competition.

Book Fair:       

Our annual Book Fair arrives in school on Friday 11th March. It will be open to children and parents between 3.30pm and 4.00pm each day from Monday 14th March to Thursday 17th March. In order to launch our Book Fair, and to celebrate World Book Day, we are having a 'Dress-up' day. On Friday 11th March, children can come to school dressed up as a character from a favourite book. There will be prizes for the best costume in each class.

Warwick Arts Centre:

On Tuesday 1st March, Year 3 went to the Warwick Arts Centre to see the performance of ‘Up, up and away.’ Aaron said “it was amazing because the actors threw clouds into the audience.” Robyn said “when Jo (the main character) was reading his book I thought of my sister. My sister reads books all of the time.” Filip said “I liked the part where Jo had swimming lessons because it was funny. He didn’t want to go in the water.” Lacey said “It was great going to the theatre and seeing the actors on stage.” The play launches the project Year 3 will be experiencing with the Highly Sprung Company. They will be exploring their learning through performance art.

Year 4 Ukulele event:

The children in 4SG have been lucky enough to be learning the ukulele this year.  It is taught by Mrs Clayton from the Performing Arts Centre in Coventry.  On Monday 22nd February we invited parents to come and listen to what the children have learnt so far.  The children performed very well and enjoyed the experience of performing in front of an audience for the first time.  Thank you to those who were able to come and listen.  We hope to do this again later in the year.

Attendance:    

On Wednesday 24th February, we held a draw for our latest attendance reward. Any child that achieved 100% attendance last term was entered into the draw. Twelve lucky children had their names pulled out of a hat and will be enjoying an afternoon of popcorn and a movie in the next couple of weeks. The children are: 1JG – Peter, 1JS – Skye, 2ET – Avram, 2CB – Richard, 3DG – Yagouba, 3ZT – Amida, 4KG – Aboubakar, 4SG – Ti-Ann, 5HT – William, 5NL – Ayomide, 6JK – Szymon, 6SH – Kia.

Chinese Lunch:           

On Monday 8th February, the school kitchen held a Chinese themed lunch so the dining hall was decorated with Chinese lanterns, dragons and bunting. Children were able to choose from vegetable spring roll, chicken curry, chow mein and egg fried rice to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Year 6 Debating Competition:                 

Elias, Mya, Grace and Leandro did a magnificent job at representing Moat House in a debating competition at the Guildhall on Monday 8th February. They had to convince the panel that it would be a good idea to let children vote. The team spoke very confidently and put lots of valid points across.

Year 4 Ukelele event:       

The children in 4KG have been lucky enough to be learning the ukulele this year.  It is taught by Mrs Clayton from the Performing Arts Centre in Coventry.  On Monday 8th February parents were invited to come and listen to what the children have learnt so far.  The children performed very well and enjoyed the experience of performing in front of an audience for the first time.  Thank you to those who were able to come and listen.  We hope to do this again later in the year.

Internet Safety Day:        

In February, our children were invited to create posters to promote safety when using the internet. The winning posters were announced in the assembly on Friday 12th February and they were as follows: Makai (1JG), Riyam (1JS), Amy-Leigh (2ET), Kayleigh (2CB), Abubakr (3DG), Nevaeh (3ZT), Nafisa (4KG), Sajad (4SG), Fatma (5NL), Nayrat (5HT), Kieron (6SH), Grace (6JK). Each of the lucky winners received a fantastic digital watch and the winning designs will be displayed in our Computing Room.

Year 2 Gymnastics event:

On Tuesday 9th February, eight children from Year 2 participated in a gymnastics competition at the Alan Higgs Sports Centre. After weeks of practising and learning their routines, the children were finally able to perform their vault and floor routines to other Coventry schools, as well as a range of gymnastic and sports coaches. All of the children performed incredibly and showed amazing confidence in demonstrating their skills to so many people! The children's hard work over the last few weeks has really paid off and they all did Moat House proud! Well done to Ethan, Renikah, Scarlet, Layla, Hashim, Elijah, Eden and Kiera. 

Year 2 trip:

On Wednesday 10th February, our Year 2 children enjoyed a wonderful and informative day out at Warwick Castle. They spent time exploring the grand rooms inside the building, where they found many objects and lifelike models which showed how people lived and dressed many years ago. The children were able to explore the castle grounds, which included them discovering a dark and dingy gaol and climbing a few hundred steps to the top of a very tall tower! They were even treated to a fantastic birds of prey display, which involved an eagle and a vulture using their scavenging skills to collect their dinner.

Year 3 Rugby:

On Thursday 11th February, some of our Year 3 children took part in a tournament against other Coventry schools to celebrate their participation in the “Something to Chew On” programme. They all enjoyed representing Moat House and were lucky enough to have their photograph taken with former WASPs and England player, Paul Sackey.

Year 4 Homework treat:

On Thursday 11th February, the children in year four who had completed all of their homework over this half term were treated to a Masked Ball, as they have been learning about Romeo and Juliet.  The children made a collage heart to give to someone and enjoyed a drink, crisps and biscuits whilst listening to music.  They all had a great time, wearing the masks they had designed and made!

Reception Open Morning:

On Friday 12th February our Reception parents were invited to a Chinese themed morning in their children’s classes. Parents and children enjoyed working together to take part in activities including making Chinese dragons. writing Chinese numerals and sampling Chinese food.

Story writing competition:    

Chris Evans and BBC Radio are running a competition for children from 5 upwards to write and submit a story online. There are tips and videos at www.bbc.co.uk/500words It could be a fun way to spend a few hours over the half term holidays for writers of all ages and abilities. Winning stories will be read by celebrities and broadcast on the BBC.

Forest Schools:

We have successfully started our very own Forest School, here on site. Since last October, two members of staff have obtained the training and have been working with a group of children on a six week programme, to help build on their outdoor skills, confidence and self-esteem. Each week the children go out to the Forest School site, where they complete a set task and are let loose to explore the outdoors! The types of awesome activities the children have been involved in are: scavenger hunts, making dream catchers, creating tree guardians, safely building a camp fire, identifying the flora and fauna and much more. The ethos of Forest Schools Education is for all children to be able to learn new skills in a fun and exciting way but still linking it to the curriculum. All of the children, who have been involved have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and can’t wait for the next thrilling session!

Building Learning Power (BLP):           

Our children are already engaging positively with the BLP programme. Children have been heard making comments including: “my brain is like a muscle and when I exercise it it gets better" and “mistakes are good because you can learn from them.” If you notice your child persevering with something at home, please let us know as we are creating a display where we would like to celebrate children’s efforts in persevering and it would be fantastic to include contributions from home as well as school.

Active Kids Vouchers: 

We are now collecting Active Kids vouchers which are given to customers who shop at Sainsburys. The vouchers collected will enable us to gain sports and cooking equipment to benefit all of our children. The collection box is located in the corridor just outside the Year 5 classrooms. We will be very grateful for all vouchers collected.

Website:         

We are delighted to share with you that our website has a new look! Over the last few months we have been busy working on it, to give it a more modern look as well as to make it more user friendly, including improved compatibility with tablets and smartphones. We update the website on a weekly basis (at least) and we hope that you find it useful for news, dates and other information. Our website address is as follows: http://www.moathouse.coventry.sch.uk/

WASPs:      

Every Wednesday for most of this half term our Year 3 children are very lucky to be taking part in a programme called “Something to Chew On.” It has been set up by Premiership Rugby and Public Health England to teach children about health and wellbeing. Already the children have learned about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, which has included them developing their knowledge about vitamins and nutrients. Within PE, they are being taught the skills and knowledge to play tag rugby. This will lead to a tournament where some of the children will be given the opportunity to represent the school by playing tag rugby in a competition against other local schools. The staff leading the programme have been extremely impressed by the behaviour and attitudes of our Year 3 children.  Our Year 4 children will have the opportunity to take part in this programme later in the Spring term.

Young Voices:

Our school choir has an annual tradition of representing Moat House at the Genting Arena (formally LG Arena), in Birmingham for the Young Voices event. This year twenty eight children from Year 2 – Year 6 performed a number of songs that they have been practising regularly in Choir Club. There were approximately six thousand children, who took part in the event and our children were delighted to be a part of that. They all had a wonderful time and sang their hearts out!! The children, staff and parents had a fabulous day and evening but were extremely tired the next day, as it was a very late night!!

School 'Hand Values'   

We have reviewed our Mission Statement and combined it with our 'Hand Values'. These state simply and clearly what we aim to achieve and what we expect from our pupils. Each child has been given a copy to share with you. We will be referring to it a lot over the coming weeks and months at school.

New Year Resolutions:    

Children have been challenged to think of something that they can do better at at home and something that they can do more of or improve at school. Please discuss these at home as many children suggested helping around the house, keeping bedrooms tidy or getting on better with brothers and sisters as possible things they would try to do.

Building Learning Power (BLP):           

Staff received further BLP training on the teacher day at the start of the Spring term. The idea behind BLP is that if children learn how to become better at learning they will make better progress and will develop strategies which they can use for the rest of their lives when they come across a problem that needs to be solved. This term we will be continuing to work with children on the subject of Perseverance. They will be covering five areas: what to do when they get stuck; emotional toughness - expecting learning to be 'hard work' and not giving up if things aren't 'easy'; managing distractions - knowing what or who to avoid so they can get on with their learning; dealing with challenge - resisting the temptation to stick with 'easy', can-do activities; and goal orientation - being able to set and work towards achievable goals. Can you please help us by encouraging your children to have a 'can do' attitude. If they tell you that they can't do something, can you please say to them the same thing that we'll be saying at school - "You can, but just not yet!"

Severn Trent Assembly:

On Monday 16th November, we were visited by a teacher, from Severn Trent, who explained how we could save water. He explained that of all the water on the planet, only 1% is fresh water; a surprise to us all! He then suggested several strategies that we could all use to cut down on the amount of water that we use - like turning the tap off while we brush our teeth or spending a bit less time in the shower. NB If any of your children tell you that he said they should not have a bath or a shower to save water this is not true!

Reflection Room:

If children behave poorly at playtimes or lunchtimes, they are required to spend lunchtimes reflecting on what they have done and discussing ways that they could have behaved differently or other ways that they could have handled a situation.  If a child has to stay in on ten occasions, you will receive a text to alert you to this and to request that you speak   with them about their behaviour at lunchtimes and playtimes. We will continue to contact you, as normal, if we need to discuss anything relating to behaviour and won’t wait until a child reaches ten lunchtimes in Reflection before getting in touch. This is purely to alert you that they have now reached the tenth occasion within a term. Before they reach this point we support them and work with them to improve their behaviour, the aim being that they don’t reach a tenth time, but a few children each term find this difficult to achieve.

KS2 Tuck Shop:

From 19th October, Year 6 monitors have taken on the responsibility of running the KS2 tuck shop, which is now located outside Year R. If any KS2 children would like a piece of fruit at playtime, the cost is 20p. It would be very helpful if children can bring the exact amount of money.

Wendy Cotterill:

We are extremely saddened to share with you that after suffering with illness over the last year, our former very dedicated, committed and caring dinner supervisor and cleaner, Wendy, passed away on 13th October. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

Library Visits:

A number of classes visited Bell Green library in the week beginning 5th October: 4KG (Literacy group), 3DG and RSR. Unfortunately, due to the poor weather conditions on Tuesday 6th October, the 5NL trip was postponed. The new date for their visit to the library is Monday 19th October.

Harvest Festival:

On Monday 28th September, we all enjoyed a fantastic Harvest Festival, which was led by Reverend Gareth Irvine and Reverend Andrew Fisher. There were some very brave volunteers, who were willing to sample some mysterious unlabelled food items, which they then had to guess. The children all sang beautifully and we are very grateful for all the donations we received. The gifts have been distributed to residents in the sheltered housing complexes in the parish; St Clements Court, Loxley Court and Alexandra House, and local families who are in difficulty at the moment.

Disney Colouring Competition:

We are delighted to announce that Nathaniel and Julia have won the colouring competition, which was organised by our new caterers, T(n)S. The very lucky children have each won a fantastic scooter, which was presented in assembly on Wednesday 23rd September!

Disney Day:

On Wednesday 16th September, our new catering team invited the children and staff to join in with a Disney themed day. Children dressed up as their favourite Disney character for the day and enjoyed a school meal, which included “Winnie the Pooh” honey baked ham and “Frozen” ice cream sundae.

 

Welcome Back:

It was great to see the children back in school on Wednesday 2nd September. They were all very smartly dressed and looked wonderful! Several staff commented on how grown up the Year 6 children looked in their new black sweatshirts.

We have been working hard over the Summer on several new initiatives which will be starting this term. We will be focusing on teaching the children how to become better learners through a programme called Building Learning Power. You will soon hear about ‘the 4Rs’ of learning and how important it is for children to use their ‘learning muscles’.

We will be continuing to focus on raising standards in writing across the school and children will be given lots of opportunities to practise writing in a range of styles. As part of this, we will also be teaching children how to write more neatly by going ‘back to the basics’ and looking at how they hold their pens and pencils, how they sit and how they form their letters. They will then have daily practise so they can become neater. We will also teach them when to use ‘best’ handwriting (which might take them a bit longer) and when they can use ‘draft’ handwriting (which will possibly be quicker).

Other things which we will continue to focus on are children handing their homework in on time and continuing to read regularly to an adult at home. Assessment without levels now affects all of the children in the school and we will continue to assess them against Age Related Expectations as last year saw the end of ‘Levels’ following the Year 2 and Year 6 SATs. We will let you have more information about this at Parents’ Evenings. The first one is later this month on 22nd September. It’s going to be another exciting term and we look forward to working closely with you between now and Christmas.

House System:

This year we are introducing a House system as an extra incentive to maintain and improve pupils’ attitudes and learning. The four house teams, which were chosen by the School Council, and in consultation with their classes, are: Godiva, Mowlam, Moorcroft and Herbert. The children were keen to choose houses that represent famous Coventry figures from the past as well as the present. All of our children have now been allocated a House team and they will soon be able to earn points for their team. Every week the team with the most points will be announced in assembly and the House Cup will be presented to the House Captain.

School Meals:

Our new school meal caterers have caused great excitement amongst our children with an appetising new menu, which runs over a three week rolling programme. The menu is on our school website and was also sent out to children in a letter this week. The children have been keen to try the new dishes that have been on offer, which include gammon and pineapple and broccoli pasta bake. The caterers are keen to hold a Disney Day on Wednesday 16th September, where children are invited to dress up as a Disney character and at lunch time on this day, they will also be served with a Disney themed meal.

School Equipment:

With many children coming to school so smartly dressed in their new school uniforms, please can we ask you to ensure that all clothing, PE kits and coats are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please can we also remind you to ensure that your child brings in a clearly named water bottle with a sports cap, which can then be refilled during the day.