Date: 6th Jan 2021 @ 8:11pm
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Date: 5th Jan 2021 @ 2:14pm
Thank you to all of the Year 5 children who joined me on the Zoom call earlier. It was really great to see you all!
If you had any problems using the technology, contact the school or let me know tomorrow in the chat function.
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!
Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 2:14pm
We have now closed for the Christmas holidays and on behalf of all the staff in school I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we hope that everyone stays safe and well during this time. There were many excited faces to see snow, and Santa waiting to greet everyone in his grotto this week. Our younger children loved hearing the stories Santa shared with them which really brought the magic of this time of year.
If you are an active user of Twitter you will see we have been adding lots of examples of learning. You can see the Twitter feed on the school website to keep you updated with how we share information wider than the school community. Please follow us @Balbycentral to find out more. Next term we will have regular posts on Twitter so please look out for us.
We were delighted to be part of the Rose Learning Trust fund raising appeal, take a look at Rainbows Bereavement Support's website for more information about how all the schools in The Rose Learning Trust have helped support their charity.
This term we have many areas to celebrate and our children again have made us proud of their achievements showing resilience in how they work, build on previous learning and show the progress they have made. Please have a look at the class blog section on the website to find out more information. Our younger children have worked very hard on their phonics and we are proud of their achievements. Children have contiuned to enjoy reading their class books and link text. There has been some excellent writing this term, inspired by lots of different areas including our work with Doncaster Stories.
Our inclusion team continue to support families and children in many different ways, this half term as an example we launched our slow cooker programme and we have received postiive feedback and photos of soup, rice pudding and other delights. We are feeling very proud of our attendance this term at 95.1% we continue to improve. The team will be sending out further information in January with our next challenges and how we can support families to ensure good attendance.
We have been sad to see Mrs Rumley leave us this week. She has worked at Balby Central for 35 years and has so many memories of her time at Balby Central. We will all miss her greatly and wish her a very happy retirement. She has helped many children with their learning, school visits, productions, reading and to learn new skills. Miss Tweed has also left us, however it will only be for a term to work in another school. She will be back with Year 6 after the Easter Break. We will also be welcoming Miss Fitzpatrick to the team in January who will be working closely with classes in Key Stage 2 to support with English and help children in their learning.
We are delighted to welcome three new governors to the governing body who will be introducing themselves to you next term. Please take a moment to read the blog from our Chair of Governors Hannah Freeman for a more information about the work of the Governing Body this term.
Next term we will be ready for any updates from the Government so please keep an eye out for communication from school towards the end of the school holiday.
Enjoy the time in your families and we will look forward to seeing the children back safe and well in school on Monday 4th January.
Take care everyone
Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 9:18am
Year 5 hosted our half-termly competition. We had hockey matches and dance-offs between Green and Yellow.
This half term's winner was Green!
Overall, the score is now Green 1-1 Yellow.
Yellow won our athletics competition in the first half term.
Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 9:11am
Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 8:56am
Year 5 applied all of the DT skills that they had learnt and practised in order to create their final periscope out of wood. They could choose which cutting and attaching skills to use as well as the types of joint that worked best for their product. We will then use our periscopes as part of a big game of hide and seek!
Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 8:54am
Year 5 learnt how to safely saw, use craft knifes, hammer nails and apply their knowledge of joints in order to create prototype periscopes. They then altered their designs accordingly before starting their final piece.
Date: 16th Dec 2020 @ 2:33pm
I write this blog post as we approach the end of the first school term.
The governing board has continued to meet, mostly remotely, this term. We have held meetings with staff on priority areas and held our formal Local Governing Board (LGB) on 30th November. We have focused our attention this term on developing school strategies, reviewing safeguarding procedures, providing challenge to ensure high quality provision of learning, both in school and remote, and reviewing risk assessments for the safe and continued opening of school. We’re delighted to have welcomed three new governors to our board this term, who bring diverse skills and experience to benefit BCPA. You will be able to see updated details of all members of the board in the Local Governing Body section.
Whilst there have been hundreds of pages of guidance to guide schools through this period, there is no perfect way to do things. The governing board has been particularly impressed with the quick judgements made by school leaders to keep children, families and staff safe and the commitment of all in our school community to making improvements and acting on feedback. Whilst there have been some significant hurdles this term when bubbles have had to isolate, there have been highlights too – we have welcomed new staff to the Balby team, attendance and behaviour has been solid this term, the class blogs showcase the learning that has progressed in all year groups and amidst the challenges - we have found new and better ways of adjusting to a Covid world. All children will participate in festive activities this week too.
Thank you to all in our school community (parents, carers, children, staff) for your willingness to try new ways of doing things, your commitment to keeping our children safe and accessing the education they deserve and the compromises you have made.
Very best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year,
Chair of Governors
Date: 3rd Dec 2020 @ 2:56pm
The children have loved learning how to ride the bikes and scooters, it has definitely helped us to understand the importance of sharing and taking turns. The children are being very careful and considerate of each other as they move around.
Date: 1st Dec 2020 @ 2:27pm
Year 5 learnt how to use saws in order to create the prototypes of their periscopes. We will be continuing with this next week.
Date: 1st Dec 2020 @ 12:59pm
Date: 1st Dec 2020 @ 11:19am
Last night a very special visitor came to Balby Central Nursery class and left us a Christmas tree! The children have had a lovely morning decorating the tree and exploring the new Christmas themed provision outside!
Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 8:03pm
Stone Age huts
This afternoon was spent constructing our very own Stone Age houses. We used a wide range of natural materials to create our huts. This posed quite a few challenges, especially when trying to make the houses sturdy and water tight. We applied a range of techniques to construct, improve and repair our huts, such as making knots.
Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 8:04am
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 9:25pm
“The more that you read the more you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go!”
Year 1 are working so hard in their RWI phonics lessons. Every day they engage with the sessions and are becoming super speedy when reading the sounds and recognising them in words.
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 9:15pm
We love PE! Year 1 have been so active especially during Athletics where they have learnt new skills and techniques!
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 9:04pm
In Geography Year 1 have been learning about where they live. They looked at different landmarks in both Balby and Doncaster. They got creative and used Lego to build different landmarks. The children loved exploring what was in their home town so we moved on to learning about the capital city! They recognised that the landmarks were much bigger and that London was much busier. We went on a ‘virtual tour’ of the places we had learnt about then the children had to find all the landmarks and label them.
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:59pm
In Art Year 1 have been learning all about mixing colours, tints and tones and brush strokes using paint. They studied the artist David Hockney and looked at his art to take inspiration from. The children used mirrors to look at their own faces to ensure they used the correct shades of paint and shape of their features. As you can see from the image the artists of Year 1 created some fantastic pieces of art.
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:27pm
Stone Age Boy II
An ordinary boy's life takes a turn when he meets a girl called Om. Together they see and do many exciting things. We have really enjoyed our book study story so we decided to create our own interpretations- some people may say that they are even better than the original! Here are a few sneaky snippets for you.
After talking for a while, the girl who I found out was called Om, offered to take me back to her camp so that they could help. Anxiously, I followed her to her camp to see if her family would help me. As I entered the interesting home, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right in front of me was smoky, crackling fire. Sizzling on this, was a freshly cooked, slimy fish. It caused thick black smoke to fill the air. Om turned to me and said, “You want fish? Lets go river.” Cautiously agreeing, we went on our way. We settled down on the river bank to sharpen our harpoons ready to capture the slimy, scaly fish when all of a sudden the trees started rustling behind us...
In the blazing, midday sun , me and my little sister were playing with my soft , fluffy teddy in the garden. As the wind blew, I could see a violet butterfly flying in the sky. The air was filled with the sound of birds chirping. It felt peaceful and calm. In the distance, I could smell the fragrance of beautiful flowers. Then underneath the fresh, green grass I saw an ancient, fossil. WHen I touched it, a portal came and tried to suck me up. Quickly, I tried to grab on to something but my hand was weak. it sucked me up. I was terrified.
The next thing I know, I’m being held over a camp fire by two men. I was very very scared because I was dangling of a stick . I begged and begged for them to let me go but they wouldn’t listen. I tried again but they still wouldn’t listen. I said, “Please , please, please let me go! I’m terrified! Let me go please!” They smiled and took me off the camp fire. I wiggled out of their hands and got away with the stick still on my back. Then I started getting chased by the two men that put me over the fire which made me even more terrorfied. The huge, outrageous men were catching up with me . I tried to loose them by turning into the bushes but they saw me. All of a sudden…
By Lexi F
Ear-piercing roars came again but this time they were much louder as they were closer. Om hurried back towards her tent but left me in the cage. “Come back come back!” I shouted. I banged the cage sides trying to escape. My heart pounded even more because the lions were so close. The nearby trees were rustling. Desperately, Om came running back with something in her hand. It was the keys!
I ran up a ginormous tree as quick of I could. But the bear came out of nowehere and took me. I screamed out for help buy no one responded until “boom! I got knocked out. I woke up on a red and yellow fire. I was devastated. I shouted for help in the distance I saw a girl not a normal girl. “Its Om” I shouted. She came up to me with a big bucked full of ice cold water to put the fire out. A smile swept across my face. I said to Om “thank you thank you so much.”
“Welcome” said Om.
When I woke up , I was in a dark, gloomy cave that I didn’t know. As I clambered up off the floor, I felt very dizzy and a really bad pain on my cheek was dripping blood down my face. I gently wiped the blood off my face and then I stumbled to the entrance in front of me. When I looked out of the cave, I saw people with funny looking sticks chasing big cows, people wearing odd clothers and people hitting heavy stones on other stones.
As I woke up I tried to look around but it was as dark as the night sky. Slowly, I clambered up from the floor and felt a horrible pain jump on the top of my big, pale forehead. I could feel something sticky trickling down my face . Confused, I walked out of the cave. I saw a strange looking gir chewing a small, brown fish off a stick.
Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:06pm
THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST
We have concluded our learning about the Tropical Rainforest by creating our own knowledge organisers this week.
Date: 27th Nov 2020 @ 1:00pm
This week we have been showing lots of interest in shapes and their properties, have a look at some of the wonderful designs we have created this week!
Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 3:45pm
Year 5 assumed the roles of journalists and characters from our book, "The Polar a Bear Explorers' Club". They took it in turns to interview each other and gathered quotes in preparation for their newspaper reports.
Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 3:39pm
Year 5 investigated area and perimeter using Cusinaire Rods! It was hard but fun!
Date: 25th Nov 2020 @ 7:58pm
We are now movie makers! When we started learning about animation (our computing topic) , we were complete novices.
The first skill we learnt was how to make a flip book which was actually much harder than we thought it would be.
After that, we learned how to shoot frames. When we had mastered this , we planned our own story. This was very exciting as we had to make our own background and characters. Once they were ready, we began filming. Here are our first attempts. Keep a lookout for our next scenes!
Date: 24th Nov 2020 @ 8:35pm
Year 3 have been exploring the properties of rocks again today. They were given four challenges:
- Choose a rock that will be suitable to be the roof of a new building. It needs to be waterproof due to the amount of rain we have in the UK.
- Choose a hard wearing, durable rock that we can use for ramps at a skate park.
- Choose a rock that will be suitable for a new statue in the local park that will not be damaged by acid.
- Find a rock that is suitable for a kitchen worktop.
In order to solve the challenges, the children worked in groups to test a range of igneous and sedimentary rocks to see which were strong, waterproof, hard-wearing and unaffected by acid. Have a chat with them to see what they have found out.
As well as this, we have been learning about how rocks are made. After making their own igneous and sedimentary rocks, they started making comparisons. We are becoming quite the experts!