Patron of Reading Steve Skidmore

Recently we had a visit from our Patron of Reading Steve Skidmore who gave out awards to pupils who had excelled in a writing competition. The children wrote letters to Mother Nature about how they would make changes to make the world a better place.

Electricity! Quiz machines.

In Year 4 we have been combining our Design Technology, Science and Inquiry work to create electronic quiz machines. We learned about electricity and circuits and then applied this to planning, building, testing and reviewing our work. If you can answer a difficult question about the Romans and the Celts and select the correct answer the circuit will be made complete and the light bulb will turn on. We tested our quizzes on our Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher.

Happy Halloween or as we learned Happy Samhain.

In Year 4 we have been learning about Samhain which was the Celtic celebration that marked the end of their calendar year. They believed that the line between the living world and dead became blurred on the 31st October. We made masks and wrote Samhain poems. Here are the masks that we made. They are terrifying we know!

A new school year and Year 4 are back!

School is back and we are straight into our new inquiry. We are back 2000 years ago in Britannia with the Celtic tribes and discussing the question “Is it better to resist or welcome?”

So far the children have looked at the geography of the British isles and then how Britain was split into different tribes. We are trying to understand what it may have been like for the Celtic tribes when the Romans invaded Britain.

Our class author for this term is Roald Dahl and both classes have so far enjoyed the Enormous Crocodile and The Witches.

In ICT we have been learning how to stay safe on the internet using our SMART rules and in Science we have started learning about electricity.

On top of all that our Patron of Reading Steve Skidmore has been in and we have had a writing competition. It is go, go, go!

Children & Young People’s Mental Health

Dear Parents and Carers,

Due to Government Funding in the Adult Education Budget. We have several Free online Accredited Courses available to Parents to help better understand some key issues around young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We currently have the following subjects available. 

  • Understanding Autism (learn how individuals process sensory information, understand characteristics, understand conditions, learn how speech, language and communication differ in people with Autism)
  • Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health (Understand factors which may affect Young Peoples mental health, the impactthat they have and how to support them with these issues)
  • Understanding Behaviour That Challenges (supporting positive behaviour, effective communication & how to manage challenging behaviour)
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (understand characteristics of ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia & Dyscalculia, importance of early diagnosis, assessment methods available to diagnose learning difficulties)

On average the courses take between 20-30 hours to complete within in a 6-week window and are completed on a laptop or computer at the learner’s home. No Exams, end point assessments are involved, the courses are purely Q&A based and are available to you 24/7. 

 The only criteria the learner must meet to be eligible, is the following..    

  • Aged 19 or over on or before 31st August 2020    
  • Have lived in the UK/EU for 3+ years    
  • Not already on a Government funded course (Apprenticeship for example)    

The course is completely free, but the learning provider reserves the right to charge an admin fee of £150 in the event that someone enrols, but then makes no attempt to complete the course without a valid reasonThat said, the college will grant extensions if the learner has a genuine reason as to why they feel they won’t be able to complete it within the 6 weeks.

If you are interested in undertaking one of these Free Online courses, then please complete the following link asap.  This will then allow me to contact you and send over the relevant Enrolment details.
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Summer Reading Challenge

Encourage your children to keep reading this Summer – Silly Squad, the 2020 Summer reading challenge is here!

You’ll be pleased to hear, that whilst our buildings are still closed to the Public, we’re still able to offer children the chance to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year. The challenge has gone digital, and so have we! Find out everything you need to know about how to join, find events and borrow books below.

Normally, a member of our libraries team would come in to school to tell pupils all about the challenge. This year, we’re bringing assembly home. Watch Apryl and Adam tell you all about the Summer Reading Challenge in Norfolk in this Youtube video.

How to join the 2020 Challenge

Step 1: Join the challenge at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk Parents will need to set up their own account first before setting up their children to make sure they have permission to take part.

Step 2: Set your own challenge.  We’re still encouraging children to read at least 6 books but you can set your own challenge for more – it’s a long time until September! You can even adjust it as time goes on.

Step 3: Get reading!

Step 4: After you finish your first book, log back in at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk and log your book! Get virtual rewards and unlock new buddies as you get closer to your target.

What to read?

You can ANYTHING you like – books you have at home, books you have bought home from school, library books you still have on loan. We’d love you to try out our ebook library, which you can browse here: https://norfolk.overdrive.com/library/childrens you can borrow books to read and books to listen to. It’s free, you just need a library card.

If you don’t have a library card, don’t worry, you can still join the library here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/your-library-account/join-the-library

All of our elibrary is free to borrow, you can use the Libby app on your tablet or smartphone, or read online on a laptop or PC.

As well as books, we have lots of magazines and comics you can read on the Press Reader app or website, wwww.pressreader.com. From the Beano to horseriding, gaming to pets, there are lots of topics to keep you interested.  To sign up for free, sign up with a library card, not a social media account.

If your children are not reading yet, or just starting out, books you read to them, or read together count too. Enjoying books as a family is important too. The library Youtie channel already has some great picture book recommendations (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXWPpCCxMthT-mb3dPdzWZA) and there will be new suggestions added very week for children of all ages.

Events and activities

Whilst we can’t welcome you in to our library buildings for events, our Facebook page, Norfolk Libraries for Families, has lots of different things going on. Storytime, bounce and rhyme, book recommendations and activities – find out the latest events here: www.Facebook.com/NorfolkLibrariesForFamilies

Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm – Storytime – let your children sit and listen to a story from one of our library team – you can even count it as a book toward your target afterwards!

Mondays at 2pm – a new book for our ebook club. Listen to one of the library team share the first chapter of our library book club read and find out how to download it yourself for free.

Tuesdays at 10am – Bounce and Rhyme time. Songs and rhymes for under 5s and anyone else who enjoys a song!

Wednesdays at 4.30pm – Brick builders challenge. A new theme for your buildings set every week.

Thursdays at 10am – Silly Squad book time. A member of our library team will share their favourite book for 7-11 year olds to download from our ebook library, and suggest some book related activities to do as well.

Fridays at 12pm – story and activity time. Another story from our libraries team with a fun activity to do too.

You can even message the children’s team, who’d be happy to help with anything to do with children’s reading.

*Due to publishers’ permissions, story times have to be deleted after viewing. All other videos will be available to watch later and on our Youtube channel.

The Solihull Parenting Course

We offer parents and carers the opportunity to complete the Solihull Parenting Course. This course is open to all parents and carers whose children attend West Earlham Infant and Junior School.

The course can help you to:

  • Understand your child’s behaviour and how they communicate.
  • Recognise how your child is feeling.
  • Reduce the difficulties you face in everyday life.
  • Improve how you communicate with your child.
  • Understand the importance of play.
  • Develop good routines and boundaries.
  • Improve relationships between you and child for a happier and calmer home.

100% of parents who have completed this course said they would definitely recommend it to other parents.

“I really enjoyed the course. I would recommend to anybody to come along and do the course. It really has helped me to think about how I parent my children and I feel stronger to cope with things. Thank you!”

“It was reassuring to know that I am not alone in ‘my battle.’ I have learnt that it’s ok to feel angry/upset and there is always a solution. I have learnt a few techniques and tips for an easier, calmer, controlled life.”

The Solihull Parenting Course is also offered as a free online course to all parents/carers living in Norfolk.  Please click on the link below to find out more:

https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/online-learning

West Earlham Junior School
Scarnell Road, Norwich NR5 8HT

Telephone: 01603 454569
Email: office@westearlhamjunior.norfolk.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Catrin Parry-Jones
School Business Manager: Mrs Beverley Savage