EU CODE WEEK 2019
This month, EU Code Week is being celebrated in classrooms across Europe.
During the event, children in Key Stage Two are engaged in coding activities with a focus on app prototyping. Anson is part of a growing number of schools that are utilising the power and versatility of iPad, and Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum to teach coding to the next generation.
Why do we do it? Well aside from coding leading to more engaged, innovative learning practices, the skills coding gives pupils are invaluable in their future.
The beauty of coding is that it teaches us that if you do nothing, nothing happens, so you need to be an active learner. Therefore, you know that if you do something, something will always happen. Of course, it may not be the outcome you were looking for, but this is making our pupils more confident at tackling problems across the whole curriculum. Coding reinforces the golden threads of resilience, risk taking, collaboration and thinking running through our school. In fact, we are encouraging pupils to use the skills of coding all the time. When we write, we go back and edit to improve our sentences - we are debugging. We sequence stories, we sequence events and things that we do in our everyday lives - we are creating algorithms. As a school we are promoting the idea that coding is all around us.
10 years ago jobs such as digital marketing, cloud specialists and data scientists barely existed, we are preparing our pupils for jobs which haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. So EU Code Week is less about the technology and more about building the skillset to be an active, innovative, and prepared lifelong learner.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH : IT’S “BREIS”ING IN HERE
On Monday we were visited by Nigerian Hip Hop rap artist, Breis (pronounced breeze).
As part of Black History Month, Breis came in to share with the children some of his rap lyrics, designed to inspire. The children were treated to a remarkable live performance that fused together hip-hop, jazz and African rhythms. As someone who is passionate about education he then spent the day working with children in Year 5 & 6 encouraging them to share their thoughts, passion and opinions through rap music.
If you would like to find out more about Breis you can visit the studenttolife.co.uk website or purchase one of his books from Ms. Lansiquot.
THE 2019 SKETCHNOTE CHALLENGE - DRAW YOUR HOLIDAY
During each holiday this year we will be running a competition for the pupils of Anson Primary School.
Our first competition of the year is the Sketchnote Challenge, which we ran for the first time last year. Research shows that there is a proven link between drawing, memory and progress in learning.
As you can see from the image, a holiday sketchnote simply shows all the things you do during a holiday. They can be created on paper, cardboard, wallpaper, apps, computers and can be drawn or a collection of tickets, brochures which are arranged as a collage. Entries should be sent to the class teacher by Tuesday 29th October.
PARLIAMENT WEEK: MAKING YOUR VOICE COUNT
This November we will be celebrating Parliament Week in the school with a series of activities to ensure the children know how to make their voice count.
This will begin on Monday 4th November with a special assembly all about the values of democracy and how it can make a difference. One Tuesday 5th November the children will stand for election to the School Council. The new School Council will be elected on the 6th November and meet on Thursday 7th November. The week will end with a Class Assembly by Alexandra on Friday 8th November. As part of the election process the school’s Eco-Council will be formed by the runners-up in Key Stage Two classes.
With the Digital Leaders and Peer Mentors already in place, the addition of the School Council and Eco-Council mean that more children will be involved in structured programmes to help them make their voice heard, change the school, improve the environment and support each other throughout the school year. We can’t wait to see who is chosen to be a part of each team.
THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL
On Monday we celebrated the children of Anson with our first writing showcase of the year.
During the assembly one piece of work was read aloud, by either the author or Mr Waters, from Reception to Year 6. The authors were rewarded with a huge round of applause and a certificate. Congratulations goes to Dean (Reception), Jessica (Y1), Arlo (Y2), Zara (Y3), Charlotte (Y4), Eva (Y5) and Aadam (Y6).
ONE BIG THING
Help at Home is our way of letting you know what your child is learning each week at Anson.
Each week the teachers plan learning experiences to ensure that your child is given the opportunity to cover the Government’s National Curriculum during the academic year. They prepare sessions that will support and stretch each child and decide on what steps need to be take to ensure every pupil makes progress.
We value the relationship between home and school immensely and want you to know what your child is studying and ways you can help them. Each Monday you’ll receive a text message informing you of ‘one big thing’ your child will be learning that week. This will be accompanied with ‘one little idea’ of how you could support this at home. If you can find the time, please try to support them with this activity so they can begin to embed the big thing into their little lives. Thank you.
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY - HOW CAN YOU HELP AT HOME?
Mental health problems can affect anyone, on any time. Thursday 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and to start looking after your own wellbeing.
After all, raising a child (or more than one) is one of the hardest jobs on the planet and sometimes it’s not about how much you help your child, but whether you also help yourself. So this Thursday to celebrate World Mental Health Day we challenge every parent in our community to do something for themselves. Have a cup of tea with friends, watch a film, read a magazine, go for a walk or call a relative you haven’t spoken to for a while. Do something for yourself and have a wonderful day!
CLASS ASSEMBLIES ON ANSON TV - WATCH AGAIN
Primrose began our class assemblies on Friday with a great story all about believing in yourself and never giving up.
Our class assemblies have always been mini-spectaculars and we very much promote the idea of ‘lighting them up and letting them shine’ when we plan these events. However, we also know that many families cannot make it to our assemblies due to work commitments or a host of other reasons. So we always record the assemblies and put them on Anson TV. Why? Well, in part it is so you can experience the assembly even if you can’t be there is person. However, it is also a great way for the children to watch themselves again and see how much their hard work in rehearsals has paid off. It’s also a wonderful way to showcase our school and the confidence, humour, independence and talent on offer if you are lucky enough to be a pupil at Anson.
All assemblies are embedded into the Anson TV portal and cannot be downloaded by anyone at the school or beyond. We hope you take the time to enjoy the assemblies and watch all of them this year.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/AnsonTVchannel to watch the performances.
50 WAYS TO LEARN - WHERE THE FUN CONTINUES
As you will be aware the staff and children at Anson focus on 6 key areas of learning during the school year.
The wheel of learning reminds us of these six areas and allows us to focus on one area during each half term. We are also keen to take learning beyond the classroom and get very excited when we hear about all the amazing activities you are doing at home with your child. We hear from the children every day about how much they love their parents reading stories each evening, how exciting trips to the park can be, how much they love beating you at board games and how they get to lick the spoon and the bowl when cooking at home.
Our 50 ways to learn document - available at: www.tinyurl.com/50waystolearn has lots of these ideas to support the embedding of our learning behaviours beyond the school day.
Collaboration is the focus for this half term and so we’ve added the 9 activities to enhance collaboration on that website link. You can probably tick most of these off already, but if not, see how many you can do before the half term holiday.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CHANGES IN TERM DATES FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, THE 5th INSET DAY (DUE TO TAKE PLACE ON MAY 22nd 2020) HAS BEEN MOVED TO MONDAY 20TH JULY 2020.
CHILDREN WILL FINISH ON FRIDAY 17th JULY 2020