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  1. Improving Reading and Spelling

    May 8, 2017 by slawley

    Here are some (but not all) of the children who were chosen as ‘Reader of the Term’, ‘Most Improved Reader’, ‘Spelling Bee Finalist’ and ‘Most Improved Speller’.  Some of the children won a trophy; others will be getting a book when the Reading Bus comes later in this month.  Well done to them all.

          

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  2. Why is maths so important?

    May 8, 2017 by slawley

    On Friday, lots of parents came for a short talk about the importance of maths to children’s lives.  After the talk, parents went into classes to take part in a maths lesson with their children.  It was a great event, and we would like to thank all the parents who came for giving up their time.  For those who couldn’t come, the information has been put onto the parents’ pages that can be found on the maths tab on the website.

      

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  3. Reasoning Club

    May 8, 2017 by slawley

    Apart from the special ‘Reasoning Club Competition’, this was the last session of the year.  The usual group was joined by some more of our Year 6 pupils, whose maths has improved so much that we felt that they really deserved a place.  They were thrilled to go and coped really well with the work.  This will have given them a great boost for their SATs tests to come.

        

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  4. Research Project

    April 27, 2017 by slawley

    On Wednesday, Mr Lawley went with a maths tutor from Liverpool Hope University to talk to the North West Maths Hub 1 group about research that they had done on children’s learning in maths.  It is great that St Silas takes such a leading role in projects such as this.  We believe that improving teachers’ knowledge of how best to teach is the best way of improving and supporting the pupils’ in our care.  It also shows the importance that we place on learning as a life-long journey.

    We are teaming up with Liverpool Hope again to do research into teaching maths at Reception level.  In addition, we are linking with Liverpool John Moores to do research on the involvement of parents in children’s learning and on using PE to improve the health, well-being and development of young children.

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  5. Frank Cottrell-Boyce

    April 25, 2017 by abooth

    We were very lucky this afternoon to have a visit from the children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce. He spent some time in Year 4 where he answered lots of questions and read them a bit of his novel ‘Cosmic’. He then came to Year 6 (who have studied Millions) and answered lots of their questions. After this, he spoke to Year 4,5 and 6 in the hall about what inspired him to be a writer, and what some of his stories were inspired by. He spoke at length about how you need to read lots of books and stories to be able to do any of the amazing things you want to do in life. The children had lots of amazing questions and were really inspired to read more books. What a great afternoon!

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  6. Maths – Reasoning Club and CPD

    April 6, 2017 by slawley

    After a morning spent delivering CPD in Years 4 and 5, Mr Dickinson led another Reasoning Club session during the afternoon.  As usual, this was attended by a number of schools, with the work stretching the minds of the young mathematicians who took part.  Here are examples of Lucy’s work from the session.  Well done, Lucy; it looks like you did a great job!

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  7. P4C – Inter-School Debating Project

    April 6, 2017 by slawley

    Last week, Childwall Primary School sent a group of children for an ‘open debate’ with the pupils who attend our Debating Club.  This was the second time that the schools had got together, after linking up for a trip to parliament earlier in the year.  The motion that the children discussed was whether children such as themselves should be given the use of a mobile phone.  It was lovely to see the respect between the two groups of pupils, with all the children speaking clearly and intelligently on the subject.  We’re now looking forward to having a more formal debate next half term.

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  8. Spring Concert

    April 6, 2017 by slawley

    We were treated to a fantastic display of talent this morning at the Spring Concert.  We had a variety of song and dance performances  by children from Years 2-6.  They were absolutely brilliant.  Well done to them all; we’re already looking forward to the Summer Concert.

     

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  9. A Visit from Dr Waheed Arian

    April 5, 2017 by slawley

    We had a very special guest in school today: Dr. Waheed Arian.

    Dr. Arian came to talk to pupils in Years 4-6 about how, as a teenage boy, he came to England to seek refuge on account of the war in Afghanistan.  He talked about his dream to become a doctor, what inspired this dream and the determination that led him to succeed.  He also talked about the charity that he has set up (Teleheal) – a charity that provides support and guidance to doctors in countries at war.

    The visit was filmed by the BBC as they are making a documentary about the work that Dr Arian is doing.

    The children were highly engaged.  They got to speak to Dr. Arian’s nephews in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.  They also asked lots of really interesting questions to Dr. Arian about his life and work.

    We feel privileged to have had Dr. Arian into school.  He was a great inspiration for the children, with this best summed up by something he said during his talk: “Dream big. Work hard. Be determined.”

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  10. Maths Training for LSAs

    March 7, 2017 by slawley

    Our LSAs received training today on the use of ‘concrete’ resources to support mathematical understanding.  This was delivered by a local provider – The Clever Counting Company.

    The training was a great success, with LSAs enthused by the practical advice and understanding that was developed within the session.

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