Speed Patrol - October 2023
During the morning of the 18th October, members of the School Council and a pupil who had written a letter highlighting the importance of road safety went out with two police officers and staff members to complete a speed watch on the road near the school. The children really enjoyed using the 'speed gun' and participating in the opportunity.
NSPCC Number Day 2023
At Coates Primary School we have taken part in Number Day this year. It was a fabulous day filled with problem solving, games, challenges all focused around number. We dressed up in digits, learned the importance of the charity NSPCC and why we were raising money as a school. At the end of the day we finished off in style by playing "Play Your Cards Right!" as a whole school.
Sir Harry Smith Science Visit
During the Spring Term Year 6 participated in a very exciting activity. Two members of staff from the Sir Harry Smith Science team came and completed a heart dissection which the children were allowed to participate in too. The children really enjoyed this experience and learnt a great deal as well to enhance their knowledge of the circulatory system.
RAF Wittering Visit
On 17th May, we enjoyed a very exciting experience! Members from RAF Wittering came and brought two vehicles, an RAF Police van and an Oshkosh to the school. We were allowed to sit in the vehicles and look around to see what they were like to be in.
Year 5 and 6 pupils also participated in two STEM activities, learning how to build bridges using a range of materials and making rockets which they then set off to see how far they would travel.
The morning was very exciting and the children really enjoyed the experience!
We are incredibly proud of our Year 4 pupils for their outstanding fundraising for The British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. They have challenged themselves to run/walk/bike/swim 10K for sponsorship and have raised over £2,400!
As a school we were thrilled to be able to support the group to raise even more, by devising activities for the whole school to complete. These included walking the mile (gaining sponsorship to add to their Just Giving page), creating a class sunflower collage, wearing yellow and/or blue and bringing in loose change to donate (raising over £340). The whole school had a brilliant day and through the inspirational thoughtfulness of the group, we raised awareness across the whole school and raised valuable funds.
World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March 2022
For World Book Day, the children and staff came dressed as their favourite characters, they all looked amazing. Throughout the day, the children took part in many different ‘book related’ activities.
One of these was our Zoom assemblies that the children participated in at different times during the day. A variety of staff members read a passage from a text that their character was from. The children then had to guess who the character was, what book the character was from and the genre that the book was (an area that we are currently focusing on throughout the school). The children really enjoyed guessing and were intrigued to see who the characters actually were!
In classes, the children completed different exercises related to reading throughout the day. These included creating fantastic covers for books the children had previously read, creating a sequel to a book the children had enjoyed and a scavenger hunt to find different information using many books from our Library.
Possibly the favourite activity the children completed was our book share! Each class was paired with another class and read with them. The enjoyment the children got out of hearing and listening to others read was such an amazing thing to see, everyone has said how they would like to make this a regular occurrence!
It was a brilliant day that was enjoyed by all!
NSPCC Number Day 2022
On February 4th, we had a lot of fun exploring numbers and number patterns. The children came dressed in costumes inspired by numbers and participated in a variety of activities and explorations throughout the day. At the end of the day, we shared our favourite game from the day. We also played a game, which was back by popular request from last year – Play Your Cards Right! The Office were triumphant winners (followed closely by Year 6)! We all had an amazing day!
Children In Need Day 2021
For Children in Need this year, we participated in a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ themed non uniform day. We also had the pleasure of having a dance session with Mrs Lilley-Creedon.
Attached below is a video of our Year 6 children taking part in the event. We all had a fantastic day.
Anti-Bullying Week 2021 - Odd Sock Day
As part of our work on anti-bullying throughout the week, the school held an odd sock day. This was to celebrate the differences there are in everyone, just like our socks on the day.
We also completed work in our classes based upon anti-bullying. These activities included learning a song, identifying what bullying is, how to support others if they feel they are being bullied and thinking about ways people care about each individual and how they may show this.
Science Day - 17th May 2021
Pyjamarama Day 2021
On the 14th May we took part in Pyjamarama Day. This is an event held by the BookTrust to promote a love of reading whilst fundraising to ensure all children have access to books and a bedtime story. Children and staff had lots of fun making a donation to come to school wearing their pyjamas. During the day they took part in activities linked to their class texts and enjoyed listening to a story with a biscuit in their pyjamas! We want to thank everyone who took part and donated to this cause as we raised a fabulous £214!
Coates Primary School have been celebrating all things Maths with the NSPCC Number Day 2021. Our theme at school this year was "Playing Cards" and the children immersed themselves in all learning related to playing cards. The children had the opportunity to Dress up for Digits to raise some money for NSPCC too. We raised a fabulous £184 to this amazing charity. There were some fabulous homemade t-shirts, some including part-whole models and tens frames!
The children learned how to play different card games such as snap, pairs, clocks, 21 and solitaire. The children also learned about the key skills to be a mathematician.
At the end of the day we had a virtual whole school game of Play your cards right with our host for the day- Mrs Boucher! It was a close call but Year 5 were our worthy winners!
At the end of the day, the children took home a set of playing cards to keep with a Coates playing cards rule book to continue playing cards at home.
In Robins class forest schools has been set up. The children have been practising listening and looking carefully in their environment around them, discussing the changed of the seasons, exploring the animals in the local areas and completing some art work outside. All of the children look forward to Forest schools each week.
"As part of our All about me topic in reception, the children had the opportunity to meet a police officer. The children had the chance to listen to a talk about safety online, stranger danger and crossing the road. Robins class then had the opportunity to look at the police car, and test out the sirens to see how they work."
Pre school and Robins class had their first theme morning. This was all based around careers and aspirations. The children had the opportunity with pre school and test out different jobs at the role play stations. The children also came dressed up as who they would like to be when they grow up.
Forest School Development
It was wonderful to be joined by a group of parents to collect unwanted branches and logs etc from the local lake to use in our Forest School project. Mrs Norris was over the moon with what we brought back to school. Thank you to the parents who gave up their evening to help. More information about how the Forest School project will run will be sent to parents over the summer term.
Visit From Mr Digby regarding Catchment area for Sir Harry Smiths.
On Tuesday 8th May we were delighted to welcome Mr Diby (CEO of the Apsire Learning Trust) to talk to the parents about recent concerns regarding the catchment area with all the building developments in Whittlesey and Coates. I have attached the presentation from Mr Digby to allow all parents who were not able to attend to see what was discussed.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I can forward them to Mr Digby.
Today (28.11.16) we had a visit from John Willis, a founder and CEO of a charity Power 2 Inspire. As someone born without limbs, he has encountered many difficulties in his life and he came to speak to the children about how you can overcome many things to try and achieve your goals in life. The children were extremely inspired by John and I'm sure that they will tell you all about it!!!