Kimberley Primary School News 2016 - 2017
Mother's Day Assembly - 24.3.17
We celebrated Mother's Day by inviting Bramcote, Clumber and Sherwood mums or other significant female into school in order to sing some songs, say some lovely things and present the person who had come to watch with a lovely card and gift.
We had a fantastic turnout and it was an event that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Comic Relief 2017 - 24.3.17
Our children were sponsored today, by friends and family, to come to school and not use any pencils or pens even though they were still taking part in lessons. Everyone in school has risen to the challenge. There were lots of co-operative maths projects, an outside maths quiz, Rushcliffe class performed their Dream Giver stories that they have been working on to the rest of their class, Sherwood have been looking at capacity, Bramcote made pictures using objects - it really has been a fabulous and interactive day.
We did come up against one major problem though! If any children managed to work really well and display an excellent attitude, they moved up onto the star in their classroom. They realised they couldn't write their name on their star to go on our display. These children decided to cut the letters out of old newspapers and stick them on instead - problem solving at its best!
Our children really do realise how lucky they are to have the chance to come to school - it is estimated that 100 million children don't have access to education around the world - we know that the money we have raised will support those children in the UK and around the world that really aren't as lucky as us.
We need to finish counting up what we have raised by selling cakes and red noses and collecting all the sponsorship money in but, we think we will have raised in the region of £400 for Comic Relief. Well done everybody and thank you for all the cakes!
Reading Millionaires - 20.3.17
World Maths Day - Maths Open Morning - 8.3.17
This morning (8.3.17) we spent our time tackling some tricky maths problems. The classes were mixed up and they moved around solving different problems in different classrooms. It was great to see the older and younger pupils working together, showing resilience, creativity and curiousity when looking at a variety of mathematical puzzles.
The first hour of the morning also saw many parents and carers working with their children and having a look around school.
World Book Day 2.3.17
Following last week's introduction to World Book Day, the children used World Book Day to talk about their favourite bedtime stories and the pleasure of losing themselves in a book before settling down for the night. With this in mind, we came to school dressed in our pyjamas and onesies - even the staff.
Children's Author and The Roving Bookshop visit Kimberley - 23.2.17
Jane Clarke, author of children's books such as 'I saw Anaconda,' 'Shadow Puppet,' 'Gilbert the Hero' and 'Dinosaur Cove' (which she writes under the pseudonym - Rex Stone, visited school today to talk to the children about being an author, finding inspiration and performing your creations. She really was inspirational and everybody in school thoroughly enjoyed her company. The Roving Bookshop was also in school and children were able to use their World Book Day Tokens to purchase Jane's books (which she kindly signed for them) or another book (including the £1 books that were published just for this year's book day). We are thrilled that EVERY child went home with a book today that they could read or share with their families.
Safer Internet Day - week beginning 6.2.17
The children have been thinking about ways to keep them safe online this week and have taken part in a number of lessons and discussions around this.
If you would like advice and guidance on how to support your child please visit:
National Storytelling Week - Week beginning 30.1.17
Our week long focus on reading as part of National Storytelling Week is having a great impact across our school and our families. Our children have taken part in a variety of initiatives to encourage reading for pleasure across the school this week. Monday afternoon saw the whole school share books together, with older and younger children reading and sharing their favourite books and stories. Parents were welcomed into school on Wednesday morning where they were able to read with their children in school and see the high quality texts we have available. Our new Accelerated Reader scheme has really excited the children as they enjoy undertaking quizzes on the books they have read and keeping track of their word counts - they are amazed by just how many words they read! Activities are continuing all week, please find some time to share the magic of reading with your child.
Be Safe, Be Seen - Junior Leadership Team lead assembly
Our Junior Leadership Team led an assembly today on how to stay safe when outside during the darker mornings and evenings. They talked confidently about the reasons for wearing high visability clothing, rucksacks and using the correct lights for bikes.
They also introduced a competition to design a poster to promote 'Be safe, be seen.' The winning entry will have their design made into a school poster to be displayed around the school and their photograph and design announced in the newsletter and on our website. We all look forward to seeing the children's designs.
Happy New Year! 5.1.17
Welcome back. The children have been very keen to share their Christmas stories and experiences, it has been lovely to listen to their excited chatter and to see how much they have enjoyed being back at school with their friends.
Following our INSET day on Wednesday the staff have been talking with the children about what a Kimberley Primary and Nursery School pupil looks like in terms of behaviour, attitude, uniform, being ready to learn and ready for school. It has been really interesting and thought provoking to hear their responses and thoughts. Please take the time to talk to them about what we are doing at school to make sure that we are all being the best that we can be.
Christmas Week at Kimberley - productions, parties, jumpers, lunch and disco!
)What a busy week we've had - we began with our Early Years' Nativity Production (Rufford and Bramcote classes) - the children were fantastic. Lovely singing, loud voices and super acting - enough to bring a tear to everyone's eye in the way a good school nativity should.
It was followed by Key Stage 1's Nativity (Clumber and Sherwood classes). The children spoke clearly and confidently, the costumes looked the part, the singing was lovely and, once again, there was an air of pride and emotion in the school hall from all who watched.
Christmas Jumper Day added to the festive cheer when we had our whole school Christmas lunch. The staff had a lovely time eating with the children and sharing cracker jokes and wearing their party hats. It truly was a lovely lunchtime.
Our Carol concert was held this afternoon and, once again, the children spoke clearly and with so much confidence. The singing was lovely and everyone who came to see it was full of praise.
The Christmas disco was, as always, a frantic affair, dancing, jiving, playing and just having a good time with friends is what this is all about as well as raising funds for much needed equipment at school to support our children. Thank you to our PTA - this event raised £176.48
Some parties have taken place but Clumber, Sherwood, Rushcliffe, Newstead and Wollaton have theirs next week.
We are all Christmased out!
Thought of the Week
Our Thought of the Week has sparked many discussions over the last term. The children have enjoyed our Monday assemblies where we start off by introducing and exploring our thought and then they are given time in class to discuss and respond further. Many of the themes displayed link to British Values. We have had a changeable display, in the entrance hall, where the children's viewpoints are displayed; if you are in school, please feel free to drop in and see our budding philospher's thoughts.
Fire Service visit school 8.12.16
The fire service visited school yesterday - the year 1 and 2 children enjoyed every minute. Thank you to Nottinghamshire Fire Service for providing our children with this opportunity to see such an amazingly complex, life-saving vehicle up close!
YMCA visit school and bring along a climbing wall! 7.12.16
The YMCA visited school today to tell the children about an exciting project run called the 'Adventure Guides.' This project is run to enable families to experience activites which are designed to strengthen the bonds between children and parents - these are free. There are opportunities to climb, camp and have fun. If you would like more inforamtion, please click the Adventure Guides picture to be taken to their website.
They also brought along a climbing wall and an archery set - the children in years 3,4 and 6 were able to take part and they showed us just how determined and resilient they all were. Well done! Year 5 were unable to take part this time due to their swimming lesson.
Christmas Fayre - 2.12.16
The children used their business start-up loans wisely and created some wonderful things to sell at our Christmas Fayre. Each class began with £20 to purchase any materials or prizes they needed and then planned, made and sold their goods. We had hand-made wrapping paper, gift tags, tea-light jars, marshmallows dipped in chocolate, reindeer dust - the list was endless and the competitive spirit high. This was some great business enterprise shown and many of the children really went for the hard sell! The classes alone turned their total start up loan of £140 into £530 - after their loans were paid back, they made a profit of £390 for the school fund! Well done Kimberley.
The Friends of Kimberley also sold cakes, coffee, ran a raffle and a tombola and of course, welcomed Santa who had come to visit the children. Huge thanks for all their hard work over the last few weeks. The raffle will be drawn next week (8.12.16) as tickets are still in demand. Total amount raised will be known next week and published in the newsetter.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event by coming, donating and supporting us all. A true Kimberley Family event.
Book Fair 30/11/16 & 1/2/16
Thank you to everyone who visited our 'half price book fair'. We made a whopping £581 in 2 days and received £58 worth of free books for school.
Singing for the local Pensioners - 30/11/16
School choir and some KS2 children entertained the local pensioners by singing their favourite Christmas and Young Voices songs in the local town hall.
Anti-bullying Week - 18/11/16
There has been lots of discussion, drama, activities and thinking done over the week about the way we treat each other and deal with problems we may have. Our Thought of the Week gave a lot of opportunities to discuss and think about why we may have secrets and when they aren’t good to keep. Many children came to the conclusion that, if a secret had the potential to or was hurting someone in some way, it was not something that should be kept. We have a very strong Anti-Bullying policy and Behaviour Policy – if you would like to see these, they are under the policies section on our website. As always, if you have any concerns or worries about your child or anything else, please contact us.
Spare Change for Children in Need - 17.11.16
We asked everyone to dig deep for Children in Need this year by sending in their spare change instead of a standard donation. We had, literally, thousands of coins! Each class had a go at making Pudsey out of coins on the playground and in the classrooms; they had great fun! It has taken a while to count up the coins but we have a grand total of:
We will need a wheelbarrow to take it to the bank! Thanks to everyone who donated, the Junior Leadership Team who started off the epic counting marathon and the School Council who suggested the idea.
Panto Visit - 16.11.16
The children had a treat today, all paid for by our wonderful, fundraising committee; the panto visited Kimberley! It truly was a spectacular performance which was enjoyed by all our children, from nursery right through to Year6. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts and made this a day to remember for our school.
Remembrance Day - 11am - 11.11.16
During assembly, we talked about the significance of the poppy and how the purchase of it supports those who have been affected by war around our country. We also learnt that the poppy design is different in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
At 11am, the whole school community held a minutes silence to remember all those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.
Divali - Family Craft Morning 9.11.16
Our families spent time together in school this week during our Divali Craft Morning and it was truly lovely to see everyone working together making, sticking, cutting, drawing and creating. Thank you to everyone who was able to make this event.
Governor and Head Teacher coffee morning - Thursday 10th November
Next Thursday (10th November) Governors and myself will be available to meet and have a chat over coffee and a cake. This will run from 8.45 am until 9.15 am. Please feel free to drop in once your children have gone into school.
Governors will be going on to spend the morning in school to monitor all the actions we are taking to improve our school even further.
Harvest Festival 21.10.16
Reverend Barbara came in to lead our Harvest Assembly today (21.10.16). She spoke about the importance of sharing what we have with those who have less - a valuable reminder for us all. The children listened attentively and with respect and sang their hearts out! Thank you to everyone for the generous donations of food which we will be delivering to Eastwood Foodbank so that it can go to those in our community with the greatest need.
Halloween Disco raises £300! 20.10.16
It was a spooky evening of fun for children and parents who attended our PTA's Halloween disco. The costumes were amazing - it was difficult to recognise our pupils! Thank you to everyone who organised this event - we've raised £300 which will go towards paying for our new playground markings. Play leaders will be using these to run sports activities at lunchtime before Christmas.
Attendance Assembly - 20th October 2016
We had a rather long assembly today which celebrated not only our weekly attendance winners but also all those children who have attended school for 95% or more of the last half term; they all received certificates. There were a LOT of children! Congratulations to everyone who has managed this – you’ve all contributed to improving our whole school attendance by 1.6% on the same time period last year. Our school attendance is 96.2% - this is in line with the national average – let’s keep it up!
All our classes who achieved 95% or more over the term have also been awarded a prize – a £5 voucher to save up for a class treat at the end of the year. The more they get, the bigger the treat!
The children who achieved their Gold Attendance Certificate for 100% attendance (up to Thursday 20th October) this half term are:
Meet our new Junior Leadership Team - democracy in action
Democracy was in full swing at school this week when we held our Head Girl and Head Boy elections. Fourteen of our Year 6 childen stood for election which shows just how interested our children are in representing others and having a say in what happens in school. They all spoke clearly and with a complete belief in themselves and we were very proud of them all. Across the school, the children voted and our Junior Leadership Team is as follows:
Head Girl: Skye
Head Boy: Kaiden
Deputy Head Girl: Leah
Deputy Head Boy: Tyler
Congratulations to them all and we look forward to their first meeting with the school council. We can't wait to see what priorities they have for the year.
News from our football team
Our football team were celebrating success on Wednesday night with a 3:0 WIN against local rivals Hollywell Primary School. They've been training hard during their after-school football sessions with Mrs Garner and Mrs Bingham and we are very proud of them all.
Well done and good luck for your next match!
Learning Project Homework
We've had some excellent homework returned over the last week - it is obvious from the quality and quantity how much the children have enjoyed doing this work. They couldn't have done it without the support from home - thank you for making this such a quality learning experience for them.
Jeans for Genes
The children and staff were showing off their denim today (Friday 23rd September) to raise money for Jeans for Genes day. From the youngest children in the nursery to the oldest in Year 6, they proudly wore their jeans and jackets to help raise money for this very worthy charity. A fantastic £162.52 was raised to support children living with genetic disorders.
Thank you for all your support.
It is my pleasure to welcome you all back as the new headteacher at Kimberley Primary and Nursery School.
It is lovely to see the children looking smart and ready to learn. We have had a really settled start to the year and the children have responded well to some of the changes that have been made. Our new behaviour policy has been explained to the children and there is a short overview in their home-school diary. Many of them have made an excellent start on working towards their first Bronze Award.
You may have noticed a change in our morning welcome. Children will now be lining up on the playground in their class lines once the whistle has been blown. We will be back to normal in terms of school entrances next week so this should make it easier. The whistle is blown at 8:40am and children should be in class ready to learn at 8:45am
Academic Year 2015-2016
Year 6 Sleepover
The Year Six children enjoyed their well deserved school sleepover on Friday 17th June 2016. We were glad that the weather stayed fine. Click here to see just some of the pictures taken during the event.
2015-2016 Residential Trip to Wales for year 5 and 6
Click here to see the photographs taken if the year five and six residential to Wales. We stayed at Conwy Youth Hostel for 4 days and 3 nights. The whole adventure was excellent from taking a leisurely tea time boat trip to hurtling down Europe's longest zipwire!
Art Day in school 10th June
New additions to the Photo Gallery
Click here to see the latest photographs in the photo gallery. There are photographs of the year five and six residential visit to Wales and the street party held in school for the children to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
Annual Parent Survey 2016
During this summer term, we are asking all parents to complete our annual parent survey. This is your opportunity to give your views on a range of issues regarding your child’s learning, safety and wellbeing, as well as general feedback about the day to day running of the school. Click here to complete our online parent survey now.
The survey will be open until the end of term and we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete it. Laptops will be available during the summer term parents’ evenings on 12/13 July, for those who wish to complete the survey. Hard copies of the survey are also available on request. As governors, it is really important for us to know what you think so we can take this into account in the decisions we take. Where we take action in response to your feedback we will report this on the ‘You said, we did’ page of the school website. We will analyse the survey results over the summer and report the findings in our Autumn term governor newsletter.
New Parent Governor
Following the recent parent governor election, we are delighted to welcome Daniel Kelly to the governing body. Daniel, who has a child in Bramcote class, brings a wealth of relevant skills and experience from his work as a teacher in an outstanding school and we will working on his induction into the role over the coming weeks.
Support for Sport Relief 2016!
Congratulations to all our children who showed a true sporting spirit when they took part in an endurance run around the school grounds last week to raise awareness of Sport Relief 2016. Click here to see the photographs.
Meet our new Headteacher for September 2016
The Governors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Lisa Turner-Rowe as the new Headteacher of Kimberley Primary School, in succession to Ms Porter who will sadly be leaving us at the end of this academic year.
Mrs Turner-Rowe, who is currently working as Assistant Headteacher at Glebe Junior School, will take up the post here in September and we invited her to tell you a bit about herself in her own words:
“I have been teaching for over 20 years (the last 15 in and around the local area) and love it just as much now as I did when I began my career. I believe that every child has the right to a creative and exciting curriculum and to be taught by staff who care about them and strive to ensure that they meet their true potential. As a parent myself, I know what an important part school plays in my children's lives and I will ensure that the fantastic work that has begun at Kimberley will continue. The children, governors and staff that I have met so far have shown me what a lovely and caring place it is and I am truly thrilled that I have secured the post of Headteacher. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible prior to the beginning of the Autumn term.”
Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) web page has changed!
Because our children have been so busy lately, our web page was getting a bit full, so we have moved things around a bit to help you find information more easily. When you click on the EYFS page now, you have a drop down menu with a number of different pages, so you can see pictures of what we have been doing each term, as well as our termly planning. There is also a page with information for parents and carers.
At the moment, you will find pictures of our most recent activities on the Spring Term 2016 page.
Sherwood Class news reports!
Children in Sherwood class have been writing and creating news reports using their topic work on volcanoes.
They had a lot of fun making them and are really proud of what they produced. Click here to take a look.
Wollaton Class drumming performance!
Click here to go straight to the class page for Wollaton and see many more photographs of the children performing thier drumming skills to an audience of staff, pupils and parents.
A visit by Anna Soubry MP
Our Junior Leadership team had the opportunity to welcome Anna Soubry MP to our school omn Friday 5th February. Together, they spent time touring the school and taking part in a question and answer session. Mrs Soubry was so impressed witht the school and the leadership team, that she has invited us to the Houses Of Parliament in London for a return visit in the summer term.
Acceptance Without Exception
Click here to link through to Wollaton's Class page, where you can learn more about the lessons the children are taking part in under the title of Different Families, Same Love.
Click here to link through to the Stonewall charity Website, giving you more information about the diversity and equality.
Book Fair 2015
This year our Book Fair was the most successful to date. We made over £700 allowing us to spend £70 on books for each class to enjoy. Thank you to all who came and supported us. During Book Fair week we held a competition to win 5 x £5 vouchers to spend on books. The children could draw their favourite book character, design a book cover or write a book review. Here are the winners with their entries. Well done to all those who entered.
With the warmer weather finally here, some children have been given the chance to go to fishing club with You Fish!
Click here to see more photos.
Eclipse of the sun 20 March 2015
The opportunity for experiencing a partial eclipse of the sun was too good to miss, so the children of Kimberley Primary School decided to enjoyed to experience in lots of ways. Some were lucky enough to watch it for themselves through the correct eye wear and they were amazed at what they saw. Click here to see more pictures.
We are promoting British Values!
We are excited to share some details of our forthcoming whole school focus on promoting British values and celebrating difference and diversity.
All of the children in our school will be taking part in lessons covering the British Values of:
- Respecting ourselves and others
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Individual liberty
- The rule of Law
The first phase of the project will culminate in a parents assembly on 1st May 2015 at 9am and celebrate non fiction writing which informs us about the children's learning throughout the project.