January 2017

Winton Triumph at Tony Camilleri Football Cup

This week a squad of Year 5/6 children competed in the Tony Camilleri Football Cup at the Littledown Leisure Centre. The cold weather did not put off the Winton team who managed to win all four of their league games to win the overall competition. A 6-0 win over Muscliff was followed by a 2-0 win over Stourfield, then a very tight 2-1 victory over St. James was delightfully finished with a Troy Stafford hat-trick in beating Epiphany 3-0 in the final game. All players gave their all and Winton are very proud to be the first school to have their name on the lovely trophy. 

Outdoor Learning

Finally Finished!

Hooray the outdoor learning environment was finally finished this week for Reception. At the beginning of the academic year we worked together with Rob Fish to design some new, permanent outdoor equipment. Over the past few months, slowly but surely, the equipment has been made and put into the playground.

Winton Come Dancing

This half term's house competition took place on Friday and was a dance off between the houses.  Each house had three weeks to prepare and rehearse their performance and the most impressive will be awarded 50 house points.  Mrs James, Head of School, was the judge on the day and told each house what she thought about their performance and then secretly scored their efforts.  However it is not just the judge's score but also the public vote which will decide the winner.  So take a look and then vote for your favourite.  Feel free to leave the children a comment too if you wish!

Gardening

Busy planting

This half term Miss Weston, our Forest School Leader, is working with Year 2 to ensure they have lots of opportunities to learn outside and take part in forest school activities!  In just a few weeks they have already helped with the gardening tasks to make the courtyard look good, made bird feeders to provide the birds with food through the winter as well as some exciting forest school sessions.  We will put up further posts to show what else they get up to in the coming weeks!

Craft Club Get Messy

Craft club are already off to an excellent start this term and have created folding birthday cards and clay pots! The children arrived at craft club on Thursday to a clay board and instructions to make their own clay coil pot. The pots are currently drying out on 5VT's windowsill and will be ready to paint next week. The children will bring home their pots the week after that (2nd February).  It has been lovely to see the children getting involved in some exciting projects so quickly and applying real care to their efforts!

Home Learning Hero

Today's Headteacher Award went to a pupil who had worked with his family to produce a super home learning project.  Having been given the topic of Saturn's moons he built, with his family, an amazing model showing the planet and its moons.  Independently he wrote up information he had researched on each of the moons and it was the fact that he had produced great written work as well as a model which led to Mrs Tso being so impressed!

Soup for 'Hope for Food'

Last week Year 1 were very busy making soup to donate to 'Hope for Food', a soup kitchen. The vegetables for the soup were kindly donated by the children and the Year 1 staff would like to thank all parents for their contributions. We had so many vegetables donated that we were unable to turn them all into soup. Don't worry they did not go to waste and were also donated to 'Hope for Food'!

The children developed their cutting, grating and peeling skills when preparing the vegetables. 'Hope for Food' were extremely grateful.

What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday I presented a Headteacher Award to children at the bottom of the school, who were starting out on their journey as writers.  Today I was visited by two Year 6 children who had written amazing balanced arguments.  I could see their work clearly met the standard for a good Year 6 writer.  It was well structured and organised, had great vocabulary use as well as being well presented and including a variety of punctuartion.  It really was a pleasure to read and very professionally written.

Headteacher Award

A super writer from Cherry class brought her instructions on how to wrap a present.  She had worked hard to write about how to complete the task and Miss Churchward was delighted with her efforts.  Well done - brilliant to see such lovely writing and to present a Headteacher Award!

Incredible Indoor Athletics League

On Wednesday last week students from years 5 and 6 started their campaign in the indoor athletics league at Avonbourne College. Winton have been placed in a tough group this year with strong teams from St Katherine’s, Corpus Christi and Epiphany. The evening was very competitive and saw all students battle out their events. Winton must now focus on their second league meeting on the 8th February 2017. Mr Millar and Mr Burt were very impressed with the efforts shown by students in particular those that were new to the event. 

Exciting Writing Packs

To start the new year all the children in reception received a gift! The children were all very excited. 

Inside their gifts they found an exciting writing pack which included;

A whiteboard and pen

A cursive writing sheet

An A5 exercise book

A 'Speed Sound Sheet'

A 'Tricky Truck' word mat

A handwriting families sheet 

A pencil