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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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/
After Easter, we have secured Mrs Barber to teach 1LM for the whole of the Summer term. She has already been working with the class for two days of the week and is getting to know the children well. She has also been using this time to communicate with Miss Wilson and Mrs Moran to ensure that there is a smooth transition into the Summer term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Tiger who Came to Tea:
1 EW and 1LM had a surprise visit from 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' today. We can not believe the mess he made! Ask our children...
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Key Stage 1 Trips:
This Summer, Key Stage 1 will not be organising a whole phase trip to the seaside, as all children in this phase have previously enjoyed a seaside visit either in the Foundation Stage or in Year 1. The teachers will be organising alternative trips that are just as exciting, including the Year 1 visit to Twycross Zoo, on Thursday 25th May.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
2ET 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!
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.
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!
In the week beginning 12th December, our children in Key Stage 1 produced two fantastic performances of a show called “Lights, Camel Action.” They learnt lines, songs, dances and actions and provided us with great entertainment. Everyone was especially impressed with their beautiful singing and surprisingly loud voices!
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.
click on link above. Year 2 on Tuesday 8th November.
2ET’s Class Assembly:
On Friday 4th November, 2ET shared the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. They showed us some beautiful firework pictures and read some of the poems which they'd written. The assembly finished with a really important message about bonfires and fireworks - BE SAFE! Well done 2ET.
Year 2 Wow Day:
On Wednesday 14th September, Year 2 enjoyed their first Wow Day of the year. The children worked on four different activities and were able to compare Coventry to a rainforest. The first activity the children completed was researching animals living in the rainforest and writing a fact file for that animal. The children then tasted fruit from a rainforest and wrote a poem about how the fruits tasted. The children then went on to learn about Coventry and the landmarks in the city. They sketched these landmarks using their artistic skills. The final activity was making a stained glass window using tissue paper. The children and staff had a great day.
This is what Riyam recounted about the day: “Yesterday we had a super Wow Day. First, with Miss O’Donnell we went on the iPads to discover different animals that live in the rainforest. Then with Miss Graham we drew landmarks in Coventry. Next, with Mrs Tedds we made a stained glass window - this was my favourite activity! Finally with Mrs Thompson we tasted fruit from the rainforest and then wrote a poem describing the fruit.”
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.
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.
Year 2 Trip to Bermuda Park:
As a reward for working so hard during their SATs week, all Year 2 children spent the morning of Monday 23rd May at the Bermuda Soft Play Adventure. The children were all very well behaved and represented Moat House brilliantly. Everybody had a fantastic morning and enjoyed playing in the floor to ceiling soft play frame, with one child saying they were “having too much fun!”
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.!
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!
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!
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 to Warwick Castle:
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
Y1 Trip to the Black Country Museum:
On Thursday 4th February, Year 1 enjoyed a trip to the Black Country Museum to find out how people lived a long time ago. They started the day by sharing breakfast together and then set off on the coach. They got to look at lots of toys that children from 100 years ago might have played with. They found out that they would be lucky if they had just one toy to play with, so they felt very fortunate with the toys that they have at home. They also got to look at some houses and a school from 100 years ago; they were especially interested in looking at the toilets from then, although nobody wanted to use one!
Year 2 Wow Day:
On Wednesday 9th September, all of the children in Year 2 had their first Wow Day of the year. They took part in four fun activities throughout the day, which helped them to learn more about Coventry and the rainforest. Each child was given the opportunity to use iPads to explore the local area and design their own map. They also used iPads to research rainforest animals and create their own fact file about their favourite one. They designed and made their own stained glass window and even tasted fruits from the rainforest. Children enjoyed most of the fruits they tried, but the mango and pineapple were definitely the biggest hits!
FS and KS1 trip to Skegness:
On Thursday 9th July, half of the school 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. Four coaches of excited children arrived in Skegness and enjoyed playing in the sand and splashing in the sea. They also learnt about the important job that the RNLI do and were able to stand close to a real lifeboat. 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.
Year 2 Homework Reward Trip:
On Thursday 2nd July, the children in Year 1 and 2 went on a trip to Adventure World Soft Play for their homework reward trip. The children had to complete all of their homework for the term and return it on time, to receive the treat. The children were all very worn out and tired after two hours of non-stop play and fun, which included playing football, going down slides and playing in the ball pond. The children were so well behaved that they received positive feedback from members of the public, who were also there. The children and staff would like to thank Miss Gowlett for organising such a fantastic trip!
Year 2 Visit to Warwick Arts Centre:
This week we received an email to congratulate our Year 2 children on their recent visit to the Warwick Arts Centre. It read as follows: “I would just like to thank you for the excellent manners and fantastic talent that your pupils demonstrated at our Wider Opportunities showcase concert at the Arts Centre. All the children, who performed, were an absolute credit to their schools. This year has been the most successful of these events with the morning concert being heavily oversubscribed. However, it all ran very smoothly due to the sensible way in which the young performers conducted themselves.”
Year 1 Phonics Check:
In the week of 15th 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 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.
Year 2 Visit to Warwick Arts Centre:
On Tuesday 16th June, all of the Year 2 children attended a very special day of music at Warwick Arts Centre. Children from all over Coventry were given the opportunity to showcase the skills they have learnt in music lessons this year and Moat House performed brilliantly with their ukuleles. All adults and children involved had a wonderful day watching the other school’s performances, which included playing recorders, flutes and clarinets. The children particularly enjoyed hearing some of their favourite pop songs being played by a professional jazz band and no one could help dancing along to the music! The children represented the school perfectly and we were all very proud of their amazing performance.
Year 2 Bowling Trip:
On Friday 19th June, Year 2 celebrated their hard work and effort in the SATs that they completed with a trip to Tenpin Bowling. All children enjoyed a meal before playing against their friends in teams. Well done Year 2, a well deserved trip.
Year 2 Breakfast Club:
This week, children in year 2 have been completing their SATs assessments. In order to get the children prepared for their SATs, KS1 staff have been running a breakfast club which most year 2 children have attended. Children were given the opportunity to eat their toast and cereal with friends and to relax before completing their tests. One child said the breakfast club was fun because they loved eating breakfast with their friends and another said it was fantastic! All of the children have worked really hard and have tried their best in the tests. The staff from year 2 are incredibly proud of the effort the children have put in and would like to thank everybody who has supported us with running the breakfast club and carrying out the tests.
Abracadabra in Year 1:
Many of our Year 1 children have taken part in a special reading project to help accelerate and improve their reading. Lots of members of staff have been extremely impressed with how the children’s reading has improved and how their confidence has developed since last November. We would like to say a huge well done to the children and a big thank you to Mrs Tedds and Mrs Newman, who have led the project and who have worked so hard to motivate these children with their reading. We hope that parents at home have also noticed the progress your child has made with his/her reading.
Key Stage 1 Owl Visit:
On Tuesday 24th March, the children were thrilled to meet and hold three of Britain’s native owls. The children spent an informative morning learning about their habitats and diets, as well as their similarities and differences. The first owl to be introduced was Thuggy, the barn owl. Next came Pinch, the tawny owl and then finally Ely, a very tiny owl. While the children were observing and holding the owls, Danielle of Arden Falconry, answered the children’s many questions. A fascinating time was had by all. You can meet all of the owls and other birds of prey at Hatton Country Park.
1JG Visit to Partnership Centre:
On Friday 27th February, 1JG had a very exciting trip to the Jaguar Partnership Centre. The children took part in three activities. First they had to follow instructions and work as a team to make themselves a moving car, which they were then able to sit on and ride around in. Next they designed their very own Jaguar car on the computer. The final activity was making a cup coaster, using leather from real Jaguar cars. The children had to glue the cork and the leather together, then they had to use a special cutter to change their coaster from a square to a circle.
Year 2 Wow Day:
On Wednesday 25th February, Year 2 enjoyed their Castle Wow Day. All of the children came to school dressed up as kings, knights, princesses, dragons, servants and jesters. In the morning they took part in lots of creative activities, where they designed and made a coat of arms, made a castle photo frame and created a medieval character. During the afternoon the children enjoyed a banquet with medieval music and dancing. We hope this has inspired and engaged the children for our topic this term. We would like to say a big thank you to parents for providing the children with outfits and costumes to ensure that their children all looked the part for their special day.
Year 1 Wow Day:
Just after half term, Year 1 enjoyed a Wow day with the theme “Superheroes.” They took part in lots of different activities, which included making superhero cuffs and a superhero logo. They also created a super city and made superhero lollypops. They had lots of fun and are looking forward to learning lots more around this “super” topic!