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4KG’s Class Assembly:

4KG gave us an assembly which was all about the internet on Friday 14th February. They shared some of the brilliant things that people use it for but also some of the problems that it can cause. They then gave us some really good advice; not to meet with anyone who you meet online, not to share personal information online and to always tell an adult if you come across things that worry you. This all linked to the work that they had done on Tuesday which was Safer Internet Day.

Y3 at Think Tank:

On Wednesday 12th February, Year 3 visited the Think Tank in Birmingham for their Highly Sprung Inspiration day. The children were separated into three groups and worked in different areas of the museum to learn all about the heart and how to keep it healthy. They were treated to a performance, which explored how we can keep our hearts healthy.  The children found the museum truly fascinating and enjoyed learning more about the human body - some children were brave enough to watch a video of open heart surgery too!

Scratch:          

On Wednesday 12th February, Y6 children were lucky enough to be taught by three students from Warwick University. The children spent the afternoon coding and programming on the Chromebooks and ended up designing their own game using Scratch. The children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and are looking forward to trying out different types of coding over the next few weeks. 

Sculptor in Key Stage 2:     

On Tuesday 11th – Thursday 14th February, our Key Stage 2 children worked with a specialist artist (Angela) to develop their creative skills and design their own sea themed creatures. Some of our most talented artists worked with Angela to create a large model of a sea creature out of Modroc. Then all of the children designed and created their own fishy creature out of a small water bottle. The children thoroughly enjoyed designing their creatures and the results look amazing. Angela has now created a permanent display out of the children’s creations, with the largest sea creature as an impressive centrepiece. Next time you are in school, do take a moment to look out for this display.

Safer Internet Day:     

This week (wc: 10th February) teachers in classes taught children about how to keep themselves safe whilst using the internet eg: through not sharing personal details and ensuring that they don’t share their passwords. The theme this year was #freetobeme and older classes gained a greater awareness of how they should be accepting of people’s views and opinions online (as long as these are not harmful or offensive to others). The children designed posters to promote internet safety and prizes will be given out to the best efforts from each year group.

3NL’s Class Assembly:

3NL gave us a great assembly on Friday 7th February. It started off with the toe tapping "Dem Bones." They then shared lots of interesting facts about the human skeleton and digestive system. The pasta skeletons that they made were fantastic!

5SH’s Class Assembly:

5SH produced a super assembly on Friday 31st January. It was all about space, the planets and the environment. They impressed us with their knowledge and understanding, as well as a song they had learnt to help them to remember the order of the planets from the sun. They finished by sharing a video, which showed how much they have enjoyed their learning and included them working in groups to make the planets out of paper mache. Thank you 5SH!

Year 5 and 6 trip to Dol-y-Moch:                 

On Monday 27th January, we welcomed back our Year 5 and 6 children, who had a fabulous time at Dol-y-Moch. They enjoyed taking part in a range of activities, including orienteering, kayaking and climbing mountains. As part of the experience, they made sandwiches for their packed lunches and even made their own beds! Hopefully, you can encourage them to help out with similar simple chores around the house. Check out our Twitter page for lots of photos from the trip: @Moat_House

4SG’s Class Assembly:

On Friday 24th January, we were treated to a fascinating assembly from 4SG all about William Shakespeare. The children had researched lots of interesting facts about the famous playwright and they spoke in loud and clear voices to share what they had found out. We were surprised to discover that Shakespeare invented some very interesting words, including “honorificabilitudinitatibus,” which means invincible, glorious, honourableness. Lots of the Year 4 children even managed to impress us by pronouncing it confidently! Thanks 4SG!

Cool to be Kind Week:  

Cool to be Kind week, held during the week beginning 20th January, was a great success. Children were even kinder and more helpful than usual and. enjoyed nominating each other for acts of kindness around the school. Well done everyone!

Chinese New Year:       

On Thursday 23rd January, the children enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year at lunchtime with a selection of Chinese delights, including Chinese chicken curry, spring rolls, chow mein and prawn crackers. On Friday 24th January, our Reception children invited their parents into school to enjoy a Chinese themed morning, where they made origami dragons, and fans. They all had a wonderful morning and enjoyed some cultural food, whilst listening to music from China.

Year 3 trip to Coventry City Centre:               

On Thursday 23rd January, Year 3 visited The Herbert Art Gallery and The Coventry Transport Museum. At The Herbert Art Gallery, they learned all about Coventry at War. The children took on different roles such as wardens, fire fighters, home guards and factory workers to act out scenes which would have happened during the war. They even got to have a go at winding up an air raid siren and visited two different air raid shelters. At the Coventry Transport Museum, the children learnt more about The Blitz and the blackout. They used their investigative skills to work out which materials would be best suited for blackout curtains and which materials could be used to dim the headlights on cars. Finally, the children followed instructions to make a ration burger and learned about the life of evacuees. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their day and have learned so much about the history of Coventry! 

Year 6 to AT 7:         

On Thursday 23rd January, children from Year 6 went to AT7 to participate in fun activities which included rock climbing, archery and low ropes. The children found the rock climbing a particular challenge, as it was hard to grip and climb at the same time. They all had a wonderful morning and tried their best to complete each activity.

6CB’s Class Assembly:

6CB taught us a lot about the solar system, its planets and how we get seasons, as well as day and night on Friday 17th January. There were lots of interesting facts and practical demonstrations as well as some well sung songs and self written poetry. It was great!

Healthy Eating Week:   

In the week beginning January 13th, our children took part in Healthy Eating Week, where there was a focus on learning about the benefits of eating healthily. The children learnt that it is important to eat a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates and plenty of fruit, vegetables and water and that treats can be enjoyed in moderation. We hope that they can encourage everyone at home to adopt good food habits to benefit the whole family.

Magistrates in Year 6:

On Monday 13th January, 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.

Litter Week:    

We spent some time during the week beginning 6th 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.

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

Date

Class

Date

Class

Date

Class

Friday 17th January

6CB

Friday 14th February

4KG

Friday 20th March

2JL

Friday 24th January

4SG

Thursday 20th February

1ET

Friday 27th March

2EW

Friday 31st January

5SH

Friday 6th March

6JK

Friday 3rd April

1JW

Friday 7th February

3NL

Friday 13th March

3HT

Thursday 9th April

5SP

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!

Christmas Carols:

Our Year 2 children delighted us all with their beautiful singing on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th December. They sang a mixture of traditional carols with some more modern Christmas themed songs. Also in the week beginning 16th December, our Key Stage 2 children performed a collection of Christmas songs and carols with each Year group sharing a chosen song of their own. Our Year 6 children showed off what they have been learning in music lessons, by playing the glockenspiel to accompany Away in a Manger. As always, the children from Year 2 – Year 6 did Moat House proud and sang their hearts out – well done children!

Governors’ Awards:

On Thursday 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

Evie and Darcy

Y3

Paloma and Rory

YR

Olivia and Jan

Y4

Maria and Jakub

Y1

Ezekiel and Seren

Y5

Kristiana and Oskar

Y2

Jakub and Livia

Y6

Jordan and Hana

Christmas Fayre:        

On Monday 16th 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 managed to raise over £1000, which will be used to help fund children’s trips and activities over the coming months. A big thank you must go to Miss Renshaw, Miss Wetton and all of the staff who helped with the organisation and ensured that the Fayre ran smoothly. We would also like to say thank you to the following businesses who kindly donated prizes for our raffle: Pizza Hut, Asda, Nuneaton Bowl, Nandos, Middlemarch Farm and Mega Bowl.

Christmas Performances:

In the week beginning Monday 16th 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, called “I’m Gonna Shine” and the children again learnt lines, songs, dances and actions. Everyone was especially impressed with their beautiful singing and surprisingly loud voices!

Christmas Jumper Day:

We would like to say a huge thank you for your support on Friday 13th December for Christmas Jumper day – we raised a total of £131.25.

Enchanted Christmas at Hatton Country World:

Despite the wet weather the children in Nursery and Reception had a wonderful day out on Thursday 12th December. They fed the goats, sheep and guinea pigs and were able to stroke the donkeys and hold the guinea pigs. They explored the reptile house, looked at bearded dragons, snakes and hedgehogs and some very brave children even stroked the lizard! After lunch, the children had lots more energy to explore the soft play area, where they climbed, jumped and whizzed down some very big slides. They also had the privilege of meeting Father Christmas himself! The children walked through Santa’s magical grotto and were able to find out if they were on the nice list (not the naughty list!) After a little bit of magic, the children discovered a golden key. The magical golden key opened the door to Santa’s toy shop which was mesmerising! The children were able to choose any toy in exchange for the golden key. A fantastic day was had by all 

Pantomime:     

On Wednesday 11th December, the children from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed a traditional pantomime, Cinderella. The children especially enjoyed joining in with some familiar songs and well-known phrases. The Prince and the Ugly Sisters proved to be very popular characters – an entertaining afternoon was had by all.

Christmas Lunch:        

On Tuesday 10th December, we all got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed a traditional festive lunch. The children were served with turkey, vegetables, stuffing and gravy, followed by fruit and ice cream.

Computer Science Week:        

In the week beginning 9th December, our children took part in Computer Science Education Week. This is an annual event dedicated to inspiring children around the world to take an interest in computer science or coding. At Moat House, children participated in this year's event by completing an 'hour of code'. Children learnt how to code using a variety of websites and software such as Scratch. The children were teaching the teachers some new skills too! Search #hourofcode to find out more.

5SP’s Class Assembly: 

On Friday 6th December, 5SP shared a fantastic assembly, which not only informed us about what they have been learning, but it also gave us some important messages about our environment and how plastic on our planet is a serious problem. They gave us all some useful tips about what we can do to help and asked us to remember the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. Thanks 5SP.

Parents’ Evenings:      

Thank you to everyone who attended the parents’ evenings in the week beginning 2nd December. We had a really positive turnout and we hope you found the information about your child’s progress, attainment and attitude useful. 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.

Netball Match: 

On Friday 29th November, our netball team battled courageously against Stoke Heath Primary School in four rounds. Lacey-Mai commented that everyone put in maximum effort and tried their best. It was a positive performance in their first ever competitive game against a more experienced team. Well done to the netball players!

4KG’s Class Assembly: 

Thank you to 4KG for their super assembly about the General Election on Friday 29th November. The children explained how the process works and introduced the main political parties and their policies. They then acted out the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf and shared their thoughts about people who tell lies.

Artsmark visit: 

On Monday 25th November I took our three Junior Arts Councillors to Foxford school to meet with other Councillors from across the city. Whilst there they shared that we have booked an artist to work with us next year on a sculpture project. They also decided that they would like to produce a tapestry using samples from across the school and asked if they could use more digital technology to produce art and animations. We finished the morning by learning and performing a piece using a range of different drums, which sounded awesome!

Anti-bullying Show: 

 On Friday 22nd November, KS2 had a performance of ‘Hope’, where an adult has flashbacks to her time at school and some horrendous bullying from another girl. It was brilliantly acted out and the children got a lot out of the workshops that followed. They had the chance to discuss the play and how they would react to similar situations.

Y6 Sports Athletics:     

On Wednesday 20th November, a group of Year 6 children attended an indoor athletics competition at the Alan Higgs Centre. The children participated in many track and field events including relays, long jump, triple jump and javelin. After a fantastic performance, Moat House finished in 3rd place but unfortunately did not make it through to the next round. Well done Year 6.

3NL’s Class Assembly: 

3NL performed a Road Safety assembly on Friday 22nd November. It was a very useful reminder for children on where and how to cross roads safely, make sure that they can be seen, particularly at this dark time of the year, and wear seat belts when they are passengers in cars. Thank you to 3NL for this vital information!

Road Safety Day:       

On Thursday 21st November, we were lucky enough to be visited by some representatives from the community police service. They lead two assemblies and talked about keeping safe whilst travelling in a car or similar vehicle. The children were 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.

Post Office Visit:        

All of the children in Year 2 wrote a letter home to their parents to explain their learning about the internet. In the letter they explained who invented the internet and what is good and bad about it. The children were also trying to find out whether it was faster to send a letter through the post or send a message using the internet. On Monday 18th November, the children walked up to the post office to buy a stamp and post their letter. The children are looking forward to seeing how long their letters take to arrive.  

Nottingham Theatre Visit:       

On Friday 15th November, Year 6 were lucky enough to visit the Theatre Royal in Nottingham to watch “Tom Gates Live on Stage!” Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand new story of Tom Gates was one of the first performances ever live on stage! All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and are really keen to read the books.

Children in Need:

On Friday 15th November, our children showed their support for the annual Children in Need event by coming to school in their pyjamas and donating £1.00. Thanks to everyone who supported this great cause!

Cinema visit for Year 5:               

On Friday 15th November, Year 5 visited the Vue Cinema in Leicester to watch 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'.  The experience was great in supporting our learning about the Vikings, which will begin next term. The children behaved brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed the film!

1ET’s Class Assembly:                  

1ET entertained us on Thursday 14th November with a great retelling of Room on the Broom. The children were word perfect and we all enjoyed the acting too. They brightened up a really miserable day.

Year 2 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day:  

On Thursday 14th November, Year 2 enjoyed a workshop all about carbon monoxide.  They found out what it was and learnt how dangerous it can be.  Gavin told the children the signs to look out for, which might suggest that it is present at home.  It is important to make sure that any flame is blue and not orange and if you have a chimney to make sure it is cleaned at least annually, so that it is does not get blocked. The children were all given a carbon monoxide detector to put in their home so please make sure they are placed about 3m from the cooker or boiler.  Also, each member of Year 2 will take home Safety Seymour.  Please ensure you look after him and return him to school after two nights so that all children get the opportunity to look after him.  It was an enjoyable session and the children all learnt a lot.

6CB’s Class Assembly: 

6CB performed really well during their class assembly on Friday 1st November. They taught us about why people wear poppies for Remembrance Day and also about some of the major events in WW2, including the Coventry Blitz which destroyed so much of the city centre. They finished off with a lovely song about what it would have been like to have been evacuated. 

Hallowe’en themed lunch:        

On Thursday 31st October, the children enjoyed the build up to Hallowe’en with a seasonal lunch. The children had a choice of hot dog, burger or jacket potato and there were ginger biscuits in the form of pumpkins, skeletons or mummies. The dining hall looked fantastic with lots of Hallowe’en inspired decorations and the DRAs even joined in with the fun and wore witches’ hats!

YR trip to Combe Abbey:          

On Thursday 17th October, our Reception children enjoyed a trip to Coombe Abbey to look for signs of Autumn. The children managed to spot lots of interesting things, such as conkers, pine cones and different coloured and shaped leaves.  The children studied the different types of trees, did some tree rubbings and clambered over fallen logs!  The day was finished off by a little play in the playground.  "It was fantastic," said Nicole . "I loved it, I found lots of conkers," said Awa  "My favourite bit was looking at the sheep." said Jan.

Year 5 Dodgeball Competition:

On Wednesday 16th October, ten children from Year 5 attended a dodgeball competition at The Alan Higgs Centre. The children played a series of games against a range of teams from other schools. The team won four of their matches and should feel very proud of themselves! They behaved wonderfully during the event and represented the school brilliantly.

2EW’s Class Assembly:             

2EW shared their love of reading, as well as their favourite authors in their assembly on Friday 4th October. We were amazed by how well they could remember the words and actions to some of the stories they have been reading recently. Thank you 2EW!

KS2 Sports Event:   

On Wednesday 2nd October, fifteen girls from KS2, attended a football competition at the AT7 Centre. The children were faced with tough competition and unfortunately didn’t win any of their matches. However, this did not dampen their spirits, they showed excellent sportsmanship and were impeccably behaved. We are incredibly proud of all of the children who attended but would like to give a special mention to Riziki who was the top goal scorer and Ndey and Darija who both performed exceptionally well in goal. All of the children will be presented with a certificate for their efforts. 

Class Assembly:          

2JL spoke beautifully on Friday 4th October in their class assembly. They told us the story of Little Red Riding Hood and linked it to advice about how children should keep themselves safe (not necessarily from Big Bad Wolves!). It was great to have so many adults in to watch the assembly. Thanks to everyone who came.

NSPCC:

As a result of the sponsored events that children did in their classes recently, we managed to collect the grand total of £794.51. The NSPCC visited our assembly on Friday 4th October to show their gratitude and announced that 2JL and 4SG had raised the most money. Well done to everyone for their super fundraising efforts!

Phonics in Reception:   

On Tuesday 1st October, we welcomed Reception parents into school so that they can find out how we teach our children to read – they watched (and even joined in!) as teachers taught their children a brand new sound. Parents were also invited to purchase a Read Write Inc parents’ pack to practise and help their children at home. If you would like to buy a pack, which includes all of the set 1 sounds, a handwriting practise book as well as a parents’ guide, school are able to order them at a discounted cost of £5. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like a pack.

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. Last year, the School Council were keen to have a canopy constructed outside the Year 6 entrance, which was a great success and our current Year 6 children are now benefiting from this. Mrs Machin and Mrs Kriaun will be working very closely with the School Council and we look forward to hearing about all their ideas. Here are the new school councillors:

Class

School Councillors

Class

School Councillors

1ET

Ezekiel and Panashe

4KG

Lewis and Elizabeth

1JW

Nadia and Milosz

4SG

Alicja and Hayden

2EW

Demi-Leigh and Philip

5SP

Reegan and Ndey

2JL

Zack E and Laura

5SH

Regan and Helin

3HT

Amie and Tyreece

6CB

Kayleigh and Letroy

3NL

Maicey-Leigh and Patryk

6JK

Abdul and Calli

4SG’s Class Assembly:

4SG shared information that they have learnt about weaving, on Friday 27th September. We found out the history of weaving, the machines that were used and the children even shared examples of their own. Thanks 4SG!

Macmillan Coffee Morning:

Thank you to all of our children and parents who contributed to make the Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September a great success. The non-school uniform day, on Wednesday 25th 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 Mrs Machin, Mrs Kriaun, Miss Jola and the Key Stage 2 school councillors, who worked so hard to make the day run smoothly.

Coventry City FC:                   

We were very lucky to be visited by some familiar footballing faces from Coventry City FC on Thursday 26th September. Jordan Shipley, Ben Wilson and Zain Westbrook took part in a question and answer session from children from Year 1 up to Year 6. The children enjoyed hearing about the experiences of the professional footballers and asked some very thought provoking questions.

Moat House Rocks:    

On Wednesday 25th September, we had a visit from the Coventry Music Hub rock group. They were brilliant! They played a range of tunes from bands like the Beatles, Black Sabbath, the Specials and Foo Fighters, to name but a few. The children (and staff) all loved it and needed little encouragement to join in with We Will Rock You or Shotgun - a real favourite. It was great when they allowed Kedra (Year 6) to sing with them and Tyrone (Year 2) joined them for a jam on the drums. The bass player and guitarist were really impressed with his playing!

Parents’ Evening:

Thank you to everyone who attended the ‘settling in’ parents’ evening on Wednesday 25th 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. There will be a further parents’ evening later on this term, where you will be invited to make an appointment to find out more information about your child’s progress and attainment – please see the dates at the end of this newsletter.

Knife Awareness:       

On Tuesday 24th September, Years 5 and 6 were joined by our community PCSO to talk about knife crime and how to keep ourselves safe. They watched a video, where a man shared his story about how carrying a knife ruined his life and he advised them on how to make sure this didn't happen to them. The children were all very sensible and listened carefully to the message that was being delivered. 

3HT’s Class Assembly:         

Mrs Turner's class taught us some valuable lessons about how we can stay healthy on Friday 20th September.They talked about how important it is to exercise regularly and about the different food groups. They went on to tell us about the benefits of eating a balanced diet and pointed out that we should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day (and not too much sweet stuff!).

NSPCC workshops:   

On Thursday 19th September, the NSPCC worked with our Year 5 and 6 children to help keep themselves safe.. They learnt a lot about online safety and they were taught a rhyme to help them to remember the special telephone number (0800 1111). They also took part in various activities about the right or wrong way to deal with any personal problems. 

Green Token Scheme:

In the week beginning 9th September, Moat House received a £200.00 cheque from the Asda green token scheme, which we will be putting to good use to buy new books for our library, which will benefit all of our children. Thank you to anyone who supported us in the scheme. 

5SH’s Class Assembly:    

On Friday 13th September we enjoyed 5SH’s assembly which was full of lots of things that the children have learned so far this year. I particularly enjoyed the 5SH version of Please Mrs Butler. It was also lovely to see the children's dream catchers and hear about what they want to be when they grow up. If they work hard and put their mind to it they can all achieve their 

NSPCC:                      

On Thursday 12th September, representatives from the NSPCC led assemblies for Key Stages 1 and 2 to give information about where children can get help or support, if they are worried about anything. 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. 

Reading Corners:     

Within school, the teachers and teaching assistants were challenged to create an enticing reading corner within their class to promote a love of reading and to encourage our children to be keen to read more. The reading corners were judged on Friday 13th September and although the judges found it extremely difficult to decide, they eventually came up with the following classes who have been awarded with £50 to purchase new books for their area: Nursery, 2EW, 4HT and 6JK. Well done to everyone for their amazing efforts!

Welcome Back:    

 It was great to see the children back in school on Tuesday 3rd September. 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 year we will be introducing a new curriculum for the foundation subjects. This will result in the children having a wider range of opportunities in subjects such as art, DT and computing. They will also be learning about different things in geography and history. We have just achieved the Sportsmark Bronze award and will be working towards achieving Artsmark. Another big focus, and one of the issues that Ofsted picked up, is that we need to improve our attendance figures. It is really important that all children are at school every day unless they are too ill to be here. Our attendance officer, Mr McIlroy, is happy to support families if they need help with attendance. Please speak with him if you want advice. In extreme cases fixed penalty notices are put in place. Please help us to avoid this happening.

We will also be continuing to work on raising standards in writing across the school and children will be given lots of opportunities to practise writing in a range of styles; there will be a big focus on spelling too.  In maths we will continue to teach the children a range of strategies to solve problems and it is vitally important that they know their times tables to help with this. I am looking forward to another exciting year at Moat House and look forward to meeting you at Parents’ Evening, class assemblies or on the playground at the start or end of the school day.

Ofsted report:     

You may recall that we were visited by Ofsted just before the summer holidays when they carried out a two day inspection. They met with children, teachers, parents, school leaders and governors and watched all the teachers teaching as well as looking at our data and plans. I am pleased to let you know that they gave us the grade of 'Good' which is an improvement on their last judgement from March 2017. This is as a result of the hard work of the staff and pupils. You will get a copy of the report to read shortly. I am very proud and would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way. If you have any questions about anything in the report please contact me.

Staffing Update:  

I would like to welcome Mrs Machin (SENDCO), Mr Wilman (1JW) and Miss Wiltshire (2JL) to Moat House. We look forward to them working with our children.

School Games Mark: 

We have received notification that we have achieved the bronze award for the School Games Mark. This acknowledges that we show commitment to providing our children with plenty of sports opportunities, which includes our involvement with sports competitions and tournaments, as well as offering a range of after school clubs and competitions.

Year 5 Summer trip to Dol y Moch:     

I spent a lovely week at Dol y Moch with a group of our Year 5 pupils at the start of the holidays. We were blessed with glorious weather and got to do some activities, like gorge scrambling, which are not part of our Spring Term visits with Year 6. A highlight of the trip was a visit to the world famous ice cream shop in Criccieth! The children were really well behaved and were an absolute credit to the school. It was a great week. 

 

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 3rd September. 

Year 6 Performance:        

On Friday 19th July, our Year 6s performed a stunning end of year performance called Cinderella and Rockerfella. Every child put in an outstanding effort and parents and carers were impressed with the children’s acting, singing and dancing, especially the very brave soloists! The scenery and costumes were of an equally high standard and alongside such brilliant acting, it was very difficult to recognise some of the children!    

Year 6 Leavers’ Party:     

On Thursday 18th July, the Year 6 children enjoyed a party to celebrate their final year at Moat House. They danced the night away, became quite emotional 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.  

Family Fun in EYFS:         

On Thursday 18th July, parents, friends, family and children enjoyed an afternoon in the grounds of our Early Years, where they brought a picnic and had the opportunity to try their luck on various stalls, as well as play on the bouncy castle and have their faces painted. They managed to raise £682, which will be used to develop the outdoor environment in the Early Years.

Governors’ Awards:         

On Wednesday 17th July, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown good behaviour or attitude during the Summer 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

Bradley and Nicole

Y3

Lewis and Samrah

YR

James and Natan

Y4

Ndey and Oliwier

Y1

Nicole and Tyrone

Y5

Omar and Wiktoria

Y2

Lamin, Njjayo and Jayden

Y6

Chelsea and Salewyn

Year 4 trip to Cadbury World:       

On Wednesday 17th 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.

Year 2 Assembly:            

On Wednesday 17th July, Year 2 held their assembly. They told us about some of the interesting facts they had learned about the Great Fire of London and showed us some fantastic paintings they had done. To end with, they sang a really catchy song that had us all humming along! Well done, Year 2!

Y5 to Derbyshire:    

Year 5 had a brilliant time in Derbyshire from Wednesday 3rd July to Friday 5th July and made the most of the lovely weather with lots of outdoor fun and activities. 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 Moat House.

1EW’s Class Assembly: 

 On Friday 5th July, 1EW retold the story ‘Giraffes can’t dance’ and included lots of different dances in the assembly, even the Highland Fling and a conga to finish off with. I’m sure the Strictly judges would have all given them a 10!

Y2 to Conkers:  

On Thursday 4th July, Year 2 went on a fantastic outdoor adventure trip to Conkers. The children literally rose to the occasion to tackle the low ropes course, 3 metres off the ground! They overcame nine challenges to complete the course. All the staff were amazed at the children’s bravery and determination!

1SP’s Class Assembly:  

The children told us all about their favourite animals and shared some paintings of them on Thursday 5th July. They then told a story about getting a pet and sang about a trip to the zoo.

Transition Day:      

On Wednesday 3rd 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 new academic year:

Nursery

Mrs Elms (NAM)

Mrs Elms (NPM)

Reception

Miss Renshaw (RSR)

Mrs Payne (RSP)

Year 1

Mrs Thompson (1ET)

Mr Wilman (1JW)

Year 2

Miss Wilson (2EW)

Mrs Ling (2JL)

Year 3

Miss Lynch (4NL)

Mrs Turner (3HT)

Year 4

Mr Gilmour (4SG)

Mrs Gamblin (4KG)

Year 5

Miss Hall (5SH)

Miss Purewal (5SP)

Year 6

Mr Kelly (6JK)

Miss Bird (6CB)

Y3 to Beowulf:

On Thursday 27th June the whole of Year 3 went to Warwick Arts Centre for a performance of Beowulf. They had learned the songs at school and, after a rehearsal in the afternoon, performed with a harpist, a narrator, a baroque soprano and the composer in residence. The children really enjoyed the experience and had “lots of fun.”

3SP’s Class Assembly:

We were treated to a fantastic class assembly by 3SP on Friday 21st June. They have been reading “How to train your Dragon” and have done a lot of work about dragons, including writing instructions and stories. In Art lessons, they have used clay to create dragon eyes and they even managed to sing an ingenious song about dragons. Thanks 3SP!  

Year 5 Rounders:    

On Wednesday 19th June, Year 5 hosted a rounders competition. Three schools arrived to compete in the heat: Longford Park, Wyken Croft and St Patrick's. Our Moat House children worked hard in all three games, but unfortunately did not win any of their matches. They displayed some excellent fielding skills and Renikah was the star player! She was the final batter and amazingly managed to score two rounders during this time. 

Staffing Change:

At the end of this term, we will sadly be saying farewell to Mrs Francioso and Mrs Tovey. Mrs Francioso has secured a SENDCO position at another Coventry school and Mrs Tovey will be leaving us for a well-deserved rest after a long and dedicated service of twenty four years!, We would like to thank them both for their commitment and loyalty to Moat House. We have secured two new teachers, who will start in September: Mrs Machin is an experienced teacher, who will take over the SENDCO role and Mr Wilman will work in Key Stage 1.

3SH’s Class Assembly:

3SH treated us to a wonderful assembly on Friday 14th June. The class taught us many interesting facts about the Romans and Anglo-Saxons- even singing an informative song about them! They also shared all of the hard work they have carried out this term in art and DT. A brilliant assembly!

Year 1 Phonics Screen:

In the week beginning 10th June, our Year 1 children showed off their amazing reading skills in the national phonic screening assessment. They used the sounds that they know 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.

Hordain Football Tournament:

Once again, the Moat House team played really well against European opposition over the weekend of 8th June. We played teams from France, Luxembourg and Bulgaria this year, winning two of our 6 matches and losing the final one 5 – 4 on penalties.  I’m proud to say that all of the matches were close and apart from a 3 nil defeat to the home team, we only lost by the odd goal (or on penalties). Jessy (3 goals) and Tyreece (1 goal) both scored in open play. They also both scored in the penalty shoot-out, as did Filip and Nathan. Credit goes to all of the children who took part. We also had some lovely feedback from the host families who all said how well behaved the children were and what good manners they have.

Pride of Moat House:   

On a recent school trip, the coach driver complimented staff about how well-behaved and polite our Moat House children were – he commented that he has driven many school children from all over Coventry as well as Kenilworth and Moat House children were definitely some of the best. We hope you are as proud as we are!

4NL’s Class Assembly: 

4NL produced a really informative assembly about electricity on Friday 7th June. They taught us about the differences between fossil fuels and renewable energy and explained how we should stay safe around electricity and its potential dangers. Their poem was excellent!

Wasps in Year 3:       

On Thursday 6th June, Hannah and Alex from Wasps Rugby came to work with Year 3 as part of the Wasps’ Tackling Health programme. The programme uses rugby to improve children’s understanding of what constitutes a healthy diet and to increase young people’s levels of physical activity. In the first of six sessions, the children learned about the different food groups and then practised some rugby skills in a practical session.

Transport Museum Visit:        

On Wednesday 22nd May, Year 5 had a very enjoyable day out to the Coventry Transport Museum and the Blitz Museum at Coventry Cathedral. They learned lots about how Coventry was affected by the bombing on the night of 14th November 1940. They really liked looking at the Andersen shelters and trying to imagine what it would be like to be huddled inside all night whilst trying to keep safe from the bombs of the German Luftwaffe.

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 over the last couple of weeks. The children all worked extremely hard and enjoyed a well-deserved trip to Bermuda Park, on Wednesday 22nd May, where they all had fun playing in the soft play centre. The children behaved very well and made sure that they were polite and respected the younger children who were also there.

Internet Safety Assembly:       

On Wednesday 22nd May, representatives from Google came to talk to KS2 about internet safety. They explained how to stay safe online and how to behave responsibly. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot.

Netball Match:           

On Tuesday 21st May, the netball team played their final match of the season at St. Anne’s. Despite quickly conceding a few goals, the team fought back and put on a phenomenal performance to equalise. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be and on this occasion they did not win. The children all played brilliantly and showed great sportsmanship. Well done to Jessy who was selected as player of the match.

Year 4 Quad Kids:      

On Tuesday 21st May, twenty four eager and enthusiastic Year 4 children went to Grangehurst Primary School to take part in a Quad Kids event. The children each completed a 400m run, standing long jump, javelin throw and a 50m sprint. There were four other schools taking part and the results were the strongest and closest out of all of the heats across the city. Unfortunately, we did not win the heat but we were the top scoring school for the girls’ standing long jump. All of the children tried exceptionally hard and should be very proud of themselves as it was a tough event to compete in! 

Severn Trent Water:    

On Monday 20th May, Year 4 were taught all about water wastage and how to be more mindful of the water we do use. They investigated the amount of water that different families used with measuring jugs and decided if the families were wasters or savers compared to the average amount of water used per person. To end the workshop, the children were shown a fascinating, educational video which explained how Severn Trent filter and clean the water so we are able to drink it. Year 4 were so inspired by the workshop that they created posters explaining how you can do your bit to save water. 

Year 6 SATs:

Our Year 6 children completed their Key Stage 2 SATs in the week beginning 13th May. Staff were very impressed with the attitude and behaviour of all the children during this week. Whatever the results are, we know that the children couldn’t have worked any harder. We would like to say a huge well done to all of the children (and parents!) for excellent attendance during SATs week.

Netball Match:       

On Thursday 16th May, the netball team played against Willenhall Primary School in the third round of the cup. Unfortunately, the team did not make it through, despite a great performance from all players. Shayla was selected as player of the match, after proving to be versatile in many positions.

4HT’s Class Assembly      

4HT shared the story of the Great Kapok Tree in their class assembly on Friday 10th May. This was linked to their topic on Rainforests and was told from the point of view of all of the animals that lose their habitats when bits of the forest are destroyed. It was worrying to hear how much of the forests are still being removed despite us knowing the impact of this on the planet. 4HT asked us all to do our bit and use recycled products as much as possible.

Football Match:      

On Thursday 9th May, the school football team took on local rivals, Potters Green, in an away match. The team started well and quickly gained an early advantage by Tyreece (which Mr Gilmour likened to a “Steven Gerrard” goal!) whilst at the other end, Harry bravely made a series of brilliant saves. Unfortunately, around the half time mark, concentration lapsed and although Moat House became more dominant towards the end of the match, they could not find the net again. Final score 4:1 to Potters Green.

Year 1 Phonics:        

On Monday 29th April and Thursday 9th May, our Year 1 teachers demonstrated a typical phonics session to give parents guidance as to how reading is taught in Year 1. Sometimes parents are surprised that we use “nonsense” or “alien” words (words that are not real) whilst teaching our children to read but there is a good reason for this – it ensures that children are using their knowledge of phonics to read a word and are not just guessing or using their sight vocabulary.

Netball Match:        

On Tuesday 7th May, the netball team played in a league match against Clifford Bridge Primary School. Although the team managed to score three goals, they ended up losing the match 3:9. Despite this, all children were in high spirits after the match and are looking forward to their next match, which will take place next week.

 

5SG’s Class Assembly:      

On Friday 3rd May, we heard from Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill during 5SG’s assembly which was all about World War 2. The children told us about some of the key events that happened during the war such as rationing and evacuation. If a child was evacuated for the whole war it would be equivalent to being sent away during Reception and then not returning until during Year 6, a total of 6 years! Thank you 5SG.

Young Voices 2019 DVD Screening:     

On Thursday 2nd May, we re-lived this year's Young Voices concert with a special screening of the official DVD. Families of the children who performed joined their children in the hall for refreshments and a cinematic experience! It brought back fantastic memories of a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone who came! 

Year 6 trip to Compton Verney:          

On Tuesday 30th April, Year 6 visited Compton Verney to finish off last term’s topic: The Shang Dynasty. The children explored artefacts from Ancient China that were over 3,000 years old and then had the chance to sketch some of their favourite designs. The afternoon was spent using clay to make their own pots and we were very impressed by some of the children’s sculpting skills! All of the children were perfectly behaved and they represented Moat House brilliantly. Well done Year 6. 

Governors’ Awards:         

On Thursday 11th April, a special ceremony was held to recognise children at Moat House, who have worked hard or shown good behaviour or attitude during the Spring 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: Logan, Hannah (YN), Mikolaj, Seren (YR), Maison, Scarlett (Y1), Paloma, Tyreece (Y2), Robel, Elizabeth (Y3), Lacey, Nicola (Y4), Megan-Leigh, Devan (Y5), Joshua, Poppy (Y6).

Easter Fun:        

On Thursday 11th April, we held a special assembly to judge our children’s fantastic efforts in the Easter egg/Easter scene competition. The lucky winners were: Schako, Elsa, Caius, Lisa (YR), Alicja, Zackarie, Demi-Leigh, Zack (Y1), Rory, Kalina, Kaitlyn, Oskar (Y2), Kailun, Lexie-Mai, Keira, Lewis (Y3), Shannon, Alex, Molly-May, Nikita (Y4), Lacey-Mai, Ben, Kiera, Lexi (Y5), Karina, Sean (Y6). Well done to everyone – the judges found it very difficult to choose winners, as there were lots of amazing entries.

There was plenty of excitement in the dining hall on Thursday 11th April, as the kitchen organised picnic box lunches for all of the children. Some lucky children then found a star in their box and were rewarded with an Easter treat in assembly this morning. The lucky winners were: Mikolaj, Skye (YR), Alexandra, Juilette (Y1), Xavier, Maicey-Leigh (Y2), Angel, Abdoulaye (Y3), Streen, Oskar (Y4), Lacey-Mai, Taylon (Y5), Matas and Demi (Y6).

Our School Council joined with Castlewood’s School Council on Thursday 11th April and enjoyed an afternoon of egg hunting, as a reward for all their work as school councillors. They had a lovely time and we would like to thank Castlewood for hosting this event.

Netball Competition:         

On Wednesday 10th April, eight children from Year 5 and 6 competed in a netball tournament at the Xcel Centre. The children played brilliantly and although they didn't win all of their matches, they all had a great time. All of the children played brilliantly and kept up high spirits, even when they were losing! Well done to Filip, Salima, Brielle, Amida, Jessy, Ayobami, Shayla-Faith and Naila. 

Highly Sprung with Year 3:           

On Monday 8th April, Year 3 enjoyed their last session with the artist from Highly Sprung. 3SH and 3SP worked together for most of the day to put together their performance, which was based on volcanoes. On Wednesday, Year 3 then travelled to Coventry Transport Museum to present their performance, alongside two other Coventry schools. All of the children performed brilliantly and behaved extremely well. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to watch and support the children on the day! 

School Kitchen:   

We are delighted to announce that our kitchen has been awarded with the first Certificate of Excellence for its food safety, from TnS. A huge well done to Sharon and the team!

Elmer is on the move!       

Everyone is welcome here at Moat House Primary and, to celebrate this, the children in the Hive have created a special display on wheels, based on the book, Elmer. The display is moving around the school so that each class can add something to the display to show just how much we accept and celebrate differences. Look out for Elmer in a classroom near you, soon!

3SP’s Class Assembly:      

On Friday 5th April, 3SP produced a fantastic assembly all about earthquakes and volcanoes. They have learnt about dormant and active volcanoes and are now able to use technical language like “tectonic plates.” They shared pictures and a video clip of their very own volcanoes being created and even erupting. They also shared an earthquake survival kit, which hopefully no one at Moat House will ever need to use! Thanks 3SP!

Football Match:   

On Thursday 4th April, the Moat House football team played a friendly match against local rivals Potters Green. Jessy took advantage of the home ground and opened up the score line but sadly the opposition were awarded with two penalties and the final score was 1:2. Man of the match was Igor, who made his debut and defended well in the position of left back.

World Autism Awareness Week:     

As part of World Autism Awareness Week (April 1st – 7th), children across Moat House have been finding out more about autism and how autistic people can experience the world differently to others. We are proud to have many autistic children here at Moat House Primary, who are all valued and who all play an important part in our school community - everyone is welcome at Moat House!

Marvellous Moat House Mums:  

On Friday 29th March, our Reception mums and special ladies were all invited to school for an afternoon with their children. The ladies all enjoyed spending time with their children and were presented with a card and a homemade cake.

5SG’s Class Assembly:           

On Friday 29th March, Year 5 sang the songs that they performed at Clifford Bridge from the Morning of Music the day before. The singing was great and it was lovely to see the children performing some actions as well. They gave us a very positive message about how we can help to stop global warming in small ways by recycling and turning off lights.

Morning of Music:

Year 5 enjoyed a Morning of Music on Thursday 28th March at Clifford Bridge Primary School. Alongside two other local primary schools, they sang six songs with an environmental theme. Ben was very brave and volunteered to perform some creative dance moves to the whole audience. 

Star Struck in KS1:      

On Tuesday 26th March, all of the children in Key Stage 1 were able to go inside the Star Dome, which was visiting us from The National Space Centre. The children were able to see what the stars look like in the night sky, and they talked about the constellations and the ancient stories about them. Although it was a little bit scary in the dark, it was fantastic to hear what people from Ancient Greece believed about how the constellations were formed.

Debating Contest:        

On Tuesday 26th March, four Year 5 children (Zuzanna, Kedra, Hashim and Nasreen) took part in a debate against All Souls Primary. They had to argue that global warming is natural - a topic against everything they have learnt in geography - so it was very tricky! All of the children spent weeks learning their speeches by heart and as a result spoke clearly and confidently in the contest. They represented Moat House brilliantly. 

2KG’s Class Assembly:

 On Friday 22nd March, 2KG shared their learning about transport. They told us about their visit to the Transport Museum and their knowledge about lots of different types of transport – they even created designs about what they think transport of the future might look like. The parents and children watching were especially entertained by a historical video clip which showed people’s different attempts to fly, which mostly failed! Thanks 2KG – a fantastic start to Friday!   

Book Fair:    

The book fair was a huge success during the week commencing 18th March and many children used their £1.00 book vouchers to put towards the cost of new books. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to you all, for your support as the school has managed to raise £896 and will receive a percentage of this in vouchers, which we can put towards buying new books, to benefit all children at Moat House. We hope you enjoy your new books - happy reading everyone!

Magistrates in 6CB: 

On Wednesday 20th March, 6CB were lucky enough to be visited by two magistrates, who taught them all about the court system. They finished off the morning by acting out a mock trial to decide whether the defendant was guilty or not guilty. After considering all of the evidence, it was decided unanimously that he was guilty of committing the crime! The children were all brilliantly behaved and both magistrates commented on how well the children listened. Well done 6CB!

Highly Sprung:

 On Monday 18th March, Year 3 enjoyed their second session of Highly Sprung's 'One Giant Leap' project. They explored the structure of the Earth and used movement to help understand the concept of the Earth having an inner and outer core, mantle and crust. They also worked with a partner to practise a range of different balances and jumps, exploring whether the movements required either a balance or imbalance of forces.

KS1 Multi-Skills:

On Friday 15th March, the Year 2 children represented Moat House amazingly at the Multi-Skills event. They all tried their hardest and participated to a high standard. The score to demonstrate a talent in the event is 300 and our children managed to exceed this and scored 309. They were second out of a total of six schools and were only six points behind the winners. The leader commented that Moat House was one of the highest performing schools in the city. Well done Year 2 – you made us all very proud!

6JK’s Class Assembly:                  

On Friday 15th March, 6JK's assembly was split into two parts. During the first part they shared what they had learned when the magistrates were in school earlier in the week and showed us some photographs of the classroom laid out as a Magistrates Court. They then moved on to the topic of Red Nose day and finished by singing the Red Nose school song. A great assembly!

Red Nose Day:    

On Friday 15th March, we took part in Red Nose Day for Comic Relief and sold the grand total of 400 red noses, which raised £500. Additionally, the children (and staff!) wore red themed non-uniform which raised an extra £140.02 for this worthwhile cause. 

Marvellous Evening:

On Thursday 14th March, we had a huge turnout of parents with their children, who were recognised for good work that they have completed in their classes. Thank you for attending and we hope that you were able to register for Marvellous Me, so that you can see even more of your children’s good work that they complete in class.  

Magistrates in 6JK:         

On Tuesday 12th March, 6JK 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.

Science Week:    

In the week beginning 11th March,, we recognised British Science Week. Throughout the school, classes carried out fun investigations, such as: making parachutes out of different materials, constructing an erupting volcano and making slime. Each class also carried out research around a famous person in the field of science, technology, engineering or maths. 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! 

Highly Sprung:    

This year, Year 3 are once again taking part in Highly Sprung's 'One Giant Leap' project, along with a number of schools across Coventry and Birmingham. They had their first session of their four part workshop on Monday 11th March. With their artist, Ben, they looked at ways of using movement to help understand mathematical and scientific concepts.

6CB’s Class Assembly:           

On Friday 8th March, 6CB taught us about the animals that represent the Chinese zodiac and revealed that they were all either born in the year of the pig or the year of the rat. They then acted out the story of Emperor Di Xin, who was the last emperor of the Shang Dynasty. The song which Miss Bird wrote to tell the story was a great way to end the assembly.

World Book Day:        

Moat House children and staff celebrated World Book Day with great excitement on Thursday 7th March. Everyone looked amazing in their book character costumes, which they had the opportunity to show off in a whole school assembly. There were lots of fantastic costumes, but sadly there could only be one winner and one runner up for each phase. Each winner (listed below) received a £5 gift voucher and the runners up each won a book. The School Council enjoyed choosing the best dressed staff member and the lucky winner was Mrs Tedds, who dressed up as Mary Poppins. Thank you to everyone for your support.

Phase

Winner

Runner up

Foundation

Elsa

Macaullie

KS1

Brooklyn

Nikodem

LKS2

Arlie-Rose

Imran

UKS2

Julia

Nasreen

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 Wednesday 6th 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.

Book Author Visit:      

We were very lucky to be visited by Cat Weatherhill, a professional story teller and author on Friday 1st March. She spent some time with every class and told them a range of stories from around the world. Years 3 and 4, for example, heard the story of pirates who kidnapped a young lad, who was subsequently rescued by a local saint. They really enjoyed hearing the story and also joining in at key points, which really brought the story to life.

Year 2 trip to Transport Museum:

On Thursday 28th February, Year 2 travelled to the Coventry Transport Museum. They looked at how bicycles and cars have changed over the last 150 years. They especially liked looking at the Penny Farthing bicycles and wondered how people managed to get on them, let alone ride them? It was fascinating to look at the super fast cars that broke the land speed records! All of the children had a fantastic time, and were a credit to the school, themselves and their parents.

Parents’ Evenings:       

Thank you for your attendance at our parents’ evenings on 26th – 28th February. We hope that you now have a good understanding of your child’s attainment and progress so far this year and hope that you enjoyed looking at his/her work in their books.

Year 6 trip to Dol-y-Moch:                

We welcomed back our Year 5 and 6 children on Friday 15th February, who enjoyed a fabulous week at Dol-y-Moch. They enjoyed taking part in a range of activities, including orienteering, kayaking and climbing mountains, As part of the experience, they made sandwiches for their packed lunches and even made their own beds! Hopefully, you can encourage them to help out with similar simple chores around the house. Check out our Twitter page for lots of photos from the trip: @Moat_House

1EW’s Assembly:        

On Friday 15th February, the children in 1EW enjoyed showing us what they have been learning about in class. They have been reading Lost and Found and they showed us how well they could retell the story. They shared some fantastic artwork, featuring polar bears and they sang a beautiful rendition of Let it Shine, with percussion instruments as an accompaniment.

Valentine’s Day Events:

On Thursday 14th February, children brought in their favourite book to share with their friends and adults in their class. There was lots of chat about what they love about their book and it has given their friends more ideas about the different books they might like to read next.

The Nursery parents were invited to join their children to take part in lots of Valentine themed activities, including making cards, bookmarks and bracelets. They even enjoyed tea and coffee with heart shaped jam tarts! The children were thrilled to show their parents what they get up to in Nursery and the parents had a lovely time too.

Castlewood Connections:         

On Friday 8th February, members of the School Council visited Castlewood School, to participate in a joint School Council meeting. The children introduced themselves and spoke about the similarities and differences between the meetings at the different schools. They considered joint projects that they may be able to run together, for example: Forest Schools, shared walks and opportunities for children to visit Castlewood, to see what it is like in their classrooms. Watch this space for further details...  

Assembly:          

On Friday 8th February, we reflected on what a marvellous mix of children we have, here at Moat House. They heard a version of the Good Samaritan story and were astonished when the 'respectable' people in the story didn't help the wounded traveller but the people that she was most scared of did. This lead to a discussion about consciences and doing the right thing.

Chinese New Year:          

On Thursday 7th February, the children enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year at lunchtime with a selection of Chinese delights, including Chinese chicken curry, spring rolls, chow mein and prawn crackers. On Friday 8th February, our Reception children invited their parents into school to enjoy a Chinese themed morning, where they made dragons, fans and origami pigs. They all had a wonderful morning and enjoyed some cultural food, as well as listened to music from China.

Football Focus:    

On Thursday 7th February, we played away at Manor Park and it was a classic 'game of two halves.' We didn't really get going in the first half, partly as there were a few new players involved and we were glad to have Harry in goal who kept the score line down to one nil for them. After a rousing team talk from Mr Gilmour, we played much better in the second half and put together some good moves, which ended up with their keeper having to make some good saves. As we pushed forward looking for an equaliser this unfortunately left the defence exposed and Manor Park were able to score again. At this point we went for all out attack!  The final score was five nil to them but if we had got that equaliser...? We were very grateful for the players who stepped in at short notice to enable this match to go ahead.

On Tuesday 5th February, six of our Year 6 children took part in a football tournament at Ryton Connexions. They played with confidence in the first match and won decisively by 2:0. Unfortunately, they did not manage to get through to the next round but Man of the Match was Harry, who managed to keep the opposition’s score line down.

4NL’s Assembly:  

On Friday 1st February, 4NL acted out the story of Henry VIII and his six (yes 6!) wives. We heard about how desperate he was to have a son and heir and that he'd fallen out with the Pope who wouldn't let him have a divorce so he started his own church. We also heard about his brutal approach to two of his wives who he beheaded. He was clearly quite a character!

Coventry City FC:            

We were very lucky to be visited by some familiar footballing faces from Coventry City FC on Thursday 31st January. Michael Doyle and Conor Chaplain showed some of their football skills to Years 5 and 6 and the children enjoyed the experience of learning from professionals. They also enjoyed collecting some autographs and were full of excitement following the visit. 

National Storytelling Week:           

In Year 1, the children have enjoyed listening to stories from different adults, as part of National Storytelling Week. On Wednesday 30th January, 1EW brought their teddies to school and read them a story before the teddies had a sleepover at school.

Netball Match:    

On Wednesday 30th January, the netball team played against St Laurence's Primary School. Although all of the players tried their hardest and worked well together as a team, they lost the match 8-1. Despite this, the children showed great sportsmanship and still gave it their all, even when they were 6-0 down. All of the children said they had a great time and are already looking forward to their next match. Shayla was voted as the player of the match, as she played brilliantly from start to finish! 

Coffee Morning:  

On Monday 28th January, we held our first coffee morning for parents of children with social and communication difficulties, with Amanda Gennoe from the Complex Communication Team. It was such a success that we have arranged to hold more sessions that will focus on specific areas of need that parents would like more help with. Thank you to all who attended!

Young Voices:    

On Friday 25th January, Moat House choir and Glee Club joined 6300 other children at the Genting Arena in Birmingham to make up the Young Voices Choir. It was an amazing night and the pupils did us proud once again. They danced and sang songs of different genres and decades. There were many highlights but the best was singing 'Gold' and 'True' with Tony Hadley. Even though it was a long day, the children were buzzing all the way home. Thank you to all the staff involved, who came to support.

Assembly:          

On Friday 25th January, we looked at some great examples of pupils' work in assembly. Children were challenged to raise their performance to match the work that they were shown. Some of the things that they commented on, were the neat way that it was laid out, the lines all being drawn with a ruler, numbers being neatly written with one digit in each square, handwriting being consistently neat and success criteria all being met. They were also able to tell me what LO and SC stand for and why we have them. Why not ask your child and see what they say? Hopefully you'll get the same answers that we got in the hall but if they are unsure ask their teacher to remind them! A big thank you to the Year 6 child whose work we looked at (who wishes to remain anonymous).

Year 5 Science:  

On Wednesday 23rd January, Mr Spencer and Dr Adams, from Bablake Senior School, visited Year 5. The children conducted a series of experiments investigating forces. They were fascinated by the creation of lightning in the classroom, using a Vandergraph generator.

Education about Youth Violence:    

On Tuesday 22nd January, we welcomed Alison Cope into school who spoke to Year 5 and 6 children, as well as parents, from both Moat House and our neighbouring school, St. Patricks. Alison’s teenage son was sadly killed as a result of knife crime and she shared important messages to help educate our children about how they can keep safe now and particularly as they get older and more independent. Alison left copies of a leaflet about how to talk to your child about knives. There are copies available from the school office.

Year 2 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day:    

On Monday 21st January, Year 2 enjoyed a workshop all about carbon monoxide.  They found out what it was and learnt how dangerous it can be.  Emma told the children the signs to look out for, which might suggest that it is present at home.  It is important to make sure that any flame is blue and not orange and if you have a chimney to make sure it is cleaned at least annually, so that it is does not get blocked. The children were all given a carbon monoxide detector to put in their home so please make sure they are placed about 3m from the cooker or boiler.  Also, each member of Year 2 was able to take home Safety Seymour.  It was an enjoyable session and the children all learnt a lot.

Year 5 Tag Rugby Festival:

On Friday 18th January, sixteen Year 5 children took part in a Tag Rugby Festival at the AT7 centre. They played eight short matches against other schools from Coventry, where they were able to demonstrate the skills that they had learnt during their PE lessons. As it was a festival, there were no winners, but all children played to the best of their ability despite the freezing temperatures! 

3SH’s Class Assembly:      

3SH thoroughly entertained us with their assembly on Friday 18th January, which was all about the Romans. We heard about some of their inventions, like central heating, their well-equipped army and how they used tactics to defeat their enemies. The children then showed us replica shields that they had designed and made. They rounded things off with a song which told us lots more about how the Romans lived.

Cool to be Kind Week:       

Friday 18th 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 and achieved stickers for their actions. Well done everyone!

Year 4 trip to Stratford:   

On Thursday 17th January, Year 4 visited Tudor World in Stratford-upon-Avon. The children learnt about The Plague, crime and punishment, life on a Tudor ship, what it was like to be a soldier and the life of William Shakespeare. After lunch, the children were given a guided tour (by William Shakespeare himself!) of important Tudor landmarks in Stratford, such as the pub, which made his plays famous, the school he attended and his daughter’s home. Year 4 had a fantastic time and enjoyed acting out scenes from the Tudor era - they're really eager to learn more now too!

New Year Resolutions:

During the week of January 7th, Mr Black spoke with the children, during assemblies, about New Year Resolutions. He encouraged them to think about something they can do better at while they are at school and also something they can improve at home. Please talk with your children about their resolutions - you might be rewarded with tidier bedrooms and more helpful children! On a more serious note, several children told Mr Black that they are going to get better at reading this year. The more they read, the better they will get.

Litter Week:

In the week beginning 7th January, we have been working hard to look after the school environment by ensuring that we dispose of our litter carefully and pick up anything that should be either recycled or in the bin. The children have all been encouraged to 'do their bit' - it would be great if you could encourage them to do this at home too.
 
6JK’s Class Assembly:  

JK produced a fascinating assembly on Friday 14th December based on their Science topic of Electricity. We enjoyed their quiz and were relieved that they managed to fix the broken buzzer! There was also important information about staying safe with electricity, which can be lethal!

Christmas Lunch:

On Wednesday 12th December, we all got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed a traditional festive lunch. The children enjoyed turkey, vegetables, stuffing and gravy followed by iced sponge.

Snowdome Trip:         

On Tuesday 11th December, the children in Foundation Stage had a wonderful time at the Tamworth Snowdome, where they enjoyed playing in the snow, throwing snowballs and building snowmen. They watched a Christmas show featuring Father Christmas and this was followed by them meeting some winter animals, which included real reindeer. Before leaving, the children were excited to receive a chocolate treat – they all had a great time.

Christmas Fayre:        

On Monday 10th 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 £762.67, which will be used to help fund children’s trips and activities over the coming months. A big thank you as well to Miss Wilson, who organised the whole event and ensured that the Fayre ran smoothly.

 

 
 

Brilliant Club Graduation:

On Thursday 22nd November, three children from Year 6 (Charlotte, Abubakr and Rukiya) travelled to Oxford University (Keble College) to graduate from their 'Brilliant Club'.  The day included a tour of Keble College and a final graduation ceremony, where they were loaned mortar boards to receive their certificates.  The children were praised for their impeccable manners and they thoroughly enjoyed their special day. 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.  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!

5SG’s Class Assembly: 

5SG delivered a really informative assembly on Friday 7th December. They shared lots of information about the early railways and steam trains, including some fabulous art work. They also told us about how to stay safe by keeping away from railways. We found out that for a modern train to stop it takes the length of 20 football pitches - a very long way!

Y5 and 6 visit to Grace Academy:       

On Thursday 6th December, Years 5 and 6 went to Grace Academy to watch their pantomime called Communinativity. The pupils at Grace used a mixture of narration and music snippets to tell the story of the nativity. The Moat House pupils enjoyed the show very much and were a credit to the school as usual. They even sang the two carols that were part of the show beautifully. Well done to everyone involved. 

Parents’ Evenings:       

Thank you to everyone who attended the parents’ evenings on Tuesday 4th or Wednesday 5th December. We had a positive turnout however 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. Thanks to everyone who completed a questionnaire. We will be evaluating these and will report back in a future newsletter.

Hockey Tournament:    

On Friday 30th November, Year 5 took two teams to the Alan Higgs Centre to take part in East Coventry Schools Hockey Tournament. Both teams played well against three other teams in their heats and 5SR's team made it through to the semi-final where they sadly lost, but came 3rd overall. 

4NL’s Class Assembly: 

4NL gave us a history lesson during their assembly on Friday 30th November, which was watched over by the Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. We learned about the different types of society that the Ancient Egyptians had. I think we all agreed that we would not like to have been slaves. We then heard about mummification, how Tutankhamun's tomb was found and how hieroglyphics were translated. With the addition of 'Walk Like an Egyptian' which was sung beautifully, it made for a great assembly.

Year 5 trip to Hatton Locks:     

On Tuesday 27th November, Year 5 visited Hatton Locks near Warwick to learn why canals were built, what they were used for and how a lock works. Children learnt that there are 21 locks (42 gates!) for boats to go through on their journey through Hatton. Unfortunately, they couldn't open and close any locks due to repair works that were going on but in the afternoon, 5SG were lucky enough to observe the repairs from a bridge. They also designed their own canals between villages, dug them out of sand, 'puddled' them and filled them with water. We received fantastic feedback from the staff at the locks who commented as follows: “the volunteers said how impressed they were with the children's behaviour and the teaching staff support and management of the classes - a great day!”

Christmas Postbox:     

We are very excited to share that this year we have our very own Christmas postbox (designed and created by our SSO – Ric). Children from Years 1 – 6 will be able to send Christmas cards to their friends and teachers by posting their cards into the postbox, which will be near the main school entrance. Please note that the post people will only be able to deliver Christmas cards to people if the envelopes are clearly labelled with name and class. Post people will be invited to apply for this very important position and classes will receive daily deliveries until we break up for Christmas. Children in Nursery and Reception will have their own Christmas postbox.

3SP’s Class Assembly:      

On Friday 23rd November, 3SP shared their learning following anti-bullying week. During anti-bullying week, they were all encouraged to make positive comments about people in their class and they especially enjoyed receiving positive comments from others. 3SP shared some important messages very clearly to a fully packed hall and we all enjoyed their uplifting song at the end! It was a lovely way to start the day – thanks 3SP.

School Council Visit:        

On Monday 19th November, the School Council enjoyed a trip to meet the Lord Mayor at Coventry City’s Council House. They asked the mayor lots of very interesting questions about how the Council runs, and about the office of Lord Mayor. They also got to tour the Council Chamber and sat in the Councillors’ seats, with some children even able to sit in the Lord Mayor's seat! They behaved impeccably, and were a credit to themselves and Moat House School.

Children in Need:             

On Monday 19th November, the whole school excitedly gathered on the school playground to watch the great gunging event! After raising more than £90 for Children in Need, Mr Mcilroy bravely stood beneath a ladder, while Ric delightedly poured a bucket of pink, glittery gunge from high above onto him! The children (and staff!) enjoyed the spectacle and hopefully you will have seen the evidence on our Twitter page (@Moat_House) or on the school website. We are delighted to announce that as a result of your generous contributions, we have raised a grand total of £671.85 for Children in Need. Thank you for your support.

Reading:

At Moat House, we are committed to developing children’s reading ability as we firmly believe that when children can read, it improves their lives and will improve their futures. For that reason, we hear our children read regularly at school either with their reading books, through guided reading or across other areas in the curriculum. Research states that if children read at home for ten minutes, four times a week, this equates to 1,440 minutes of extra reading throughout the school year and astonishingly twenty minutes of reading per day exposes readers to 1.8 million words per year! (Continental Press). Please support your child to become a fluent reader by hearing them read regularly at home.

Class Assembly:  

6CB performed a spectacular assembly on Friday 16th November, which was based on the theme of the Ancient Greeks. They started by telling us about some of the gods that the Ancient Greeks believed in - they seemed to have a god for everything! They then acted out the story of the Trojan Horse and finished with a song, which Miss Bird had written especially for today's assembly. The battle scenes were epic and I was impressed that they fitted 'mischievously' (one of the Year 6 spellings) in at least twice.

Children in Need: 

On Friday 16th November, we enjoyed raising money for Children in Need by bringing in 50p to come to school in our pyjamas. Many children also contributed their pennies to gunge a member of staff, which has been an extremely popular fundraiser! We are delighted to announce that the member of staff who raised the most donations of over £90 was Mr Mcilroy!

Year 3 End Ball Event:     

On Friday 16th November, twelve of our Year 3 children travelled to the Alan Higgs Sports Centre and took part in a festival where they played End Ball. This is a game that is similar to netball but goals are scored by throwing the ball to a member of the team in a designated spot. The children participated with enthusiasm and showed great perseverance, which was especially impressive as many of the children in the other teams were older (and taller!).

Diwali:  

On Friday 9th November, Reception parents were invited to a combined Diwali and Remembrance morning. The children and their parents enjoyed creating diva lamps, poppies and lanterns. The children then acted out the story of Rama and Sita before eating some special Diwali party food. A great time was had by all. 

1SP Class Assembly:         

On Friday 9th November, 1SP spoke very knowledgeably about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and acted out the story of the Gunpowder Plot. They spoke very clearly and recited the whole of the nursery rhyme 'Remember, Remember.' As well as this, the children showed us some of their firework pictures and finished with their firework dance.

Early Birds:

A massive congratulations to 5SR who won our Early Bird Week competition (week ending Friday 9th November). They won because out of the whole week, EVERY child was in before 9:00am. A fantastic achievement and they will be enjoying their tasty treats soon. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and hopefully the good work of coming into school early will carry on.

Football Match:   

On Thursday 8th November, Moat House travelled to Stivichall for their first game of the season in the Harry Shaw Cup. With various players making their debuts, it was an experimental line-up, but Mr Gilmour needn’t have worried as they started off confidently with Jessy close to scoring a few times. With their very first attack, Stivichall scored a good goal giving goalkeeper Letroy no chance. The second half continued the same way with chances being missed by Moat House, but the equaliser couldn’t be found.
A good battling performance by all but the man of the match goes to Jessy for sheer effort and determination. He kept going even without getting the goal he thoroughly deserved.

2JL Class Assembly:        

On Friday 2nd November, 2JL taught us lots about the origins of Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes' attempt to blow up parliament with barrels of gunpowder. They went on to tell us about the end of World War 1 and a story that they have read in class about a dog, who helped soldiers when they were fighting in the trenches. They shared lots of fascinating facts with us and also a few questions about the war which they want to find out more about. They included some really important information that children should follow to keep them safe from fireworks.

Pumpkin Prizes:   

On Wednesday 31st October, the School Council invited children to bring in their pumpkins, which had been designed or carved at home and we were delighted with the amazing response! There were some very creative designs and Mr McIlroy had a very difficult job in judging. Winners were eventually chosen from each year group as follows: Y1 – Zack, Aysam, Livia, Owen, Y2 – Paige, Jaydyn, Tyreece, Lillian, Y3 – Madison, Lexie-Mai, Ashanti, Darija, Y4 – Lewis, Kristiana, Rubie, Nikola, Y5 – Letroy, Kaine, Leigha, Olivia, Y6 – Sean, Lacey, Matas, Caiden.

Sports Hall Athletics:        

On Wednesday 31st October, thirty Year 6 children had the privilege to represent Moat House at an athletics tournament, where they took part in several events including the long jump, javelin throwing and a range of running races. They participated enthusiastically and came fourth out of five schools. Well done Year 6!

Modern Foreign Languages Competition:                  

The following children won the European Day of Languages Competition for their creative t-shirt designs: Laura (Y1), Maria (Y2), Lastonie (Y3), Crystal (Y4) and Abdul (Y5). They each won a bar of chocolate and Elika (Y3), who was the overall winner, won a T-shirt.

Attendance:       

We would like to congratulate the following children who all achieved 100% attendance for the academic year 2017 – 2018. The children are: Kelsey-Mai (Y2), Alexandra, Faith, Michael (Y3), Molly-May, Ruvarashe, Peter (Y4), Bart (Y5), Salima, Caiden (Y6), They have all received a special certificate and a voucher.

 
 

Pumpkin Patch

Year 4 Football Competition:                  

On Friday 12th October, eight eager Year 4 children (Sanjay, Makai, Oliwier, Molly-May, Riyam, Lexie, Tyrelle and Evan) took part in a football competition at the AT7 Centre. The odds were stacked against them with rain pouring down and pitches flooding but that didn't dampen their spirits. They played three matches in total and displayed some excellent defending skills, Makai was particularly impressive! Our goal keeper, Sanjay was a stand-out performer, so much so, that other coaches mentioned how great he was! Unfortunately they didn't make it past the group stages but they all had a fantastic time.

1EW’s Class Assembly:

On Friday 12th October, 1EW retold the story of the Three Little Pigs in their very first class assembly! We were very impressed with their confidence, loud voices and actions, as well as how well they could remember so much detail from the story. They also shared the houses that they made as a homework project. The children especially enjoyed taking their parents back to their classroom afterwards to show the recent work that they have been learning in class.

Year R visit to Coombe Abbey: 

On Wednesday 10th October, Reception enjoyed a visit to Coombe Abbey to investigate and find signs of Autumn. The children had a great time walking through the woods, climbing trees, collecting leaves and creating bark rubbings.  At the end of the day there was just enough time to have fun in the playground.  As Martin said "It is amazing here, I love it, I have had a fantastic day." a view shared by all!

Mental Health Awareness Day:  

On Wednesday 10th October, classes across the school took part in activities to raise awareness of mental health to keep their bodies and minds healthy. In Year 3, the children learnt some yoga poses to help them relax and be conscious of their breathing. In Year 6, the children discussed how diet, sleep and exercise are vital and they talked about who they could turn to, if they have a problem.

Parent Participation:    

We are always looking for ways to improve our links with parents and we have now introduced the opportunity for parents/carers to have a look at children’s books and learning environment on a Friday morning, following a class assembly. This means that you would get an opportunity to visit the classroom every term. If your child is going to be rewarded with a “Well Done” certificate, we would like to invite you into the Wednesday assembly to see your child being awarded with his/her certificate. You will be notified on the Friday before the assembly if your child will be receiving an award, so that you have enough time to ensure that you are able to join us, to celebrate.

2KG’s Class Assembly:  

On Friday 5th October, we were lucky enough to be taught all about castles by 2KG. They shared lots of interesting facts about the parts of castles, including the towers, portcullis and arrow slits, and how these parts helped to protect the people inside. They also shared lots of pictures from their recent trip to Warwick Castle. Afterwards, they sang a catchy song, which had all of the children joining in with the actions! Well done 2KG.

Year 2 visit to Warwick Castle:          

On Wednesday 3rd October, 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 and watched a bowman show off his archery skills.

Read Write Inc Parents’ meeting:        

On Wednesday 3rd October, 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/

Macmillan Fundraising:        

We are delighted to report that we raised a grand total of £255.36 as a result of the Macmillan Coffee Morning that was held at school in September, so thank you once again for all your support.

4HT’s Class Assembly:     

On Friday 28th September, we were treated to a fantastic assembly from 4HT, who were keen to share everything that they have been learning about the Egyptians. It was interesting to learn that the Egyptians worshipped cats and that they were grateful when the River Nile flooded as it meant that their crops would grow and they would not be hungry.

Macmillan Coffee Morning:                       

Thank you to all of our parents, family and friends, who attended our Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September and ensured that it was a great success. The Glee Club, led by Miss Grant, put on a stunning performance and our parents thoroughly enjoyed the accompaniment to their coffee and cake. The children did not miss out and enjoyed buying a cake to support the cause this afternoon. A big thank you must go to Miss Wilson and the school council, Mrs Moran, Miss Wetton, Mrs Aston, Miss Grant and Mrs Francioso, who worked so hard to make the day run smoothly.

Parents’ Evening:

Thank you to everyone who attended the ‘settling in’ parents’ evening on Wednesday 26th 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.

Modern Foreign Languages Day:    

On Wednesday 26th September, it was European Day of Languages. Every class celebrated it this week by designing a t-shirt to promote languages, equality and diversity. In addition, many classes baked famous European monuments out of cakes and/or biscuits, whilst they learnt some interesting phrases. 1SP created a fantastic Custard Cream Colosseum! 

Harvest Festival:   

 On Monday 24th September, we held a special assembly, 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. Mr Tyrrell represented St Chads and asked me to pass on his thanks for your generous donations. At the end of the assembly every class was given a jar of our very own Moat House honey to taste and the feedback so far has been that the children have loved it!

School Council:   

At the start of the new school year, each class 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. Miss Wilson, Mrs Kriaun and Mrs Dolden work with the school council and together they have come up with an exciting action plan for the Autumn term, which includes fundraising, anti-bullying and road safety. These are our school councillors:

Class

School Councillors

Class

School Councillors

1EW

Alexandra and Joshua

4HT

Arsema and Ruvarashe

1SP

Rafael and Scarlett

4NL

Oliwier and Riyam

2KG

Jan and Lilymay

5SG

Ben and Amy-Leigh

2JL

Kara and Tyreece

5SR

Lexi and Tobi

3SH

Michael and Madison

6CB

Salima and Ayobami

3SP

Ella and Kailun

6JK

Julia and Adil

3SH Assembly:    

3SH shared a fantastic assembly, on Friday 21st September, to show us some of the things that they have been learning about The Stone Age. They told us about how archaeologists look for clues about what life was like that long ago. We saw lots of photographs of the marvellous models they have made of Stone Age homes, and they even sang us their own version of We Will Rock You! Well done 3SH!

Year 5 trip to Ironbridge:  

On Tuesday 18th September, Year 5 visited Blists Hill Victorian town near Ironbridge. The children enjoyed experiencing life in a Victorian school where they dressed up in costumes. Girls had to wear dresses and pinafores and boys wore cravats, flat caps and blazers. They were shocked to discover that children were to be 'seen and not heard', so they had to be silent throughout all lessons, sit up straight and bow or curtsy when they were asked to speak. They also walked around the Victorian town where they visited the grocers, bakers, candlestick makers and more. In the photographer's they were amazed that people had to sit perfectly still for at least thirty seconds otherwise the photo would be blurry! Their favourite places were the fairground and the sweet shop. Using Victorian coins (shillings, farthings, ha'pennies etc) was very confusing but they managed it with some help from the shop keepers! 

5SR’s Assembly:  

On Friday 14th September, 5SR performed a really informative assembly about Roald Dahl, on what would have been his 102nd birthday. They shared some of their favourite books and characters as well as information about Roald Dahl's life and his thoughts about writing. There was also a guest appearance by one of his scarier characters - Miss Trunchbull!

Early Birds:

A massive congratulations to 5SR who won our Early Bird Week competition in the week ending Friday 14th September. They won because out of the whole week, EVERY child was in before 9:00am. A fantastic achievement and they will be enjoying their tasty treats soon. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and hopefully the good work of coming into school early can carry on.

Attendance:       

At Moat House we are constantly looking for ways to decrease the number of times children are late for school and increase attendance. With that in mind, this year we will be continuing with the current attendance reward scheme (for Year 1 – Year 6) by giving every class that achieves 97% and above £1 each week and £5 if they achieve 100%. However, to bring down the number of times children are persistently late there will be a brand new scheme. From now on, if a class achieves 100% attendance, the £5 reward will only be paid if every child has also been in on time. For the punctuality reward, classes can earn extra money for every child that comes in on time. If your class has 100% punctuality for the week, they will achieve £1. The children were very excited about this when Mr McIlroy introduced this on Wednesday and they are looking forward to finding out how their class with its own unique name performs in the coming weeks. Please can you support us by ensuring that children have good morning routines to enable them to arrive at school on time. Thank you. The class team names are as follows:

1EW – Wilson’s Whizzes

1SP – Perfect Pains

2KG –Great Gallivans

2JL – Sparkling Star-Lings

3SH – Hall’s Always In

3SP – Purewal Panthers

4HT – Real HT

4NL – Fantastic Four

5SG – The Fabulous Five

5SR – Rubidge Rangers

6CB – Chelsix FC

6JK – Kelly’s Heroes

Welcome Back:   

t was great to see the children back in school on Tuesday 4th September. 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 year 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 also be continuing to work on raising standards in writing across the school and children will be given lots of opportunities to practise writing in a range of styles; there will be a big focus on spelling too.  In maths we will continue to teach the children a range of strategies to solve problems and it is vitally important that they know their times tables to help with this.

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

Year 5 Summer trip to Dol y Moch: 

Mrs Rubidge and I took a group of Year 5 pupils to the Summer Camp at Dol y Moch from 26th – 29th July and we all had a great time. The children had the opportunity to go kayaking, mountain biking and rock scrambling at the beach at Borth y Gest. They also spent an evening on the beach at Black Rock Sands, one of the largest beaches in Wales. As well as the outdoor and adventure activities the children also became experienced sandwich and bed makers. I was really proud of our boys who won the competition to have the tidiest dorm. They achieved a perfect score of 15 (scoring 5 every day.) Well done to everyone. It was a lovely start to the summer holidays.

Staff:  

I would like to welcome Miss Purewal (Year 3) and Mrs Payne (Year 1) 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 14th September

5SR

Friday 9th November

1SP

Friday 21st September

3SH

Friday 16th November

6CB

Friday 28th September

4HT

Friday 23rd November

3SP

Friday 5th October

2JL

Friday 30th November

4NL

Friday 12th October

1EW

Friday 7th December

5SG

Friday 2nd November

2KG

Friday 14th December

6JK

School Bank:   

On Tuesday 11th 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.

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: