Headteacher's Blog


Last day of school

It might be the last day of term but school is still looking great!  Wonderful work created by brilliant pupils presented by talented staff!  I do love the displays aroun school.  Scroll through the photographs below.

Wishing everyone associated with Thorogate School a wonderful & safe summer -…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 25 July 2017

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100% attendance

Well done to these 10 pupils who achieved 100% attendance during 2016 / 2017!

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 25 July 2017

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Introducing Chromebooks

Ever wondered what you child means when they say they have been using a Chromebook?  Watch the video below for a basic introduction.  We will be using Chromebooks more and more in the future.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 24 July 2017

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New starters in the morning

Welcome pupils and parents who are joining our FS2 class in September!  We had a lovely induction with parents who seemed to enjoy all the information and walk around school whilst the children played with their new teachers.

Looking forward to the group joining us this afternoon.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 17 July 2017

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Fire Safety

On a termly basis, we practice our fire evacuation in school.  These are very important to ensure all pupils and staff are safe in the event of a fire.   They are not just the same thing each time - we have now taken over the School Bungalow as part of school and will be having pupils and staff…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 30 June 2017

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Playleaders of the future

Playleaders have been undergoing training with Ann Foxley-Johnson from the Anti-Bulling Company.  These Playleaders are fabulous at organising activities on the playground and now also understand a little more about conflict resolution and peer mediation.

Great pupils and great…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 26 June 2017

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Y1 & Y2 at Cleethorpes

Y1 and Y2 have had a wonderful trip to Cleethorpes as part of their Seaside topic.  Browse the photographs below.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 22 June 2017

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2017 Crowden

Wow we had a wet week in Crowden!  This followed a sunny 1/2 term and we know the weather has been great since.  But it just did not matter, as the children were determined to have a good time and when you are waist deep in a stream scramble, rain really is unimportant.  It did mean we had to…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 21 June 2017

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What a great sports day - thank you

Sportsday for 2017 on Friday 16th June was a really enjoyable event for everyone concerned.  Thank you very much to pupils, parents and staff.

It was just over a week ago when I was first approached by a parent who asked "when will know if you need to cancel, I have taken a days a holiday".  I…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 17 June 2017

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Headteacher's Awards 9th June 2017

 

The following pupils have been nomintaed for Headteacher Awards:

FS2:   Layton  for am amazing shape picture of a dog, Alex for trying hard in Phonics.

Y1:  Lacey  for trying hard all week to improve writing, Keanan for trying really hard with his writing.

Y2:  Mia  for lovely…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 9 June 2017

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201705 FS2 afternoon water fun

FS2 afternoon water fun.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 26 May 2017

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Y6 tag rugby

The Y6 pupils who went to Tag Rugby yesterday had a fabulous day.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 26 May 2017

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FS2 classroom

Love our classrooms.  FS2.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 24 May 2017

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Y1 Ocean models

Y1 have gone to town with their topic looking at the seaside and how coasts differ in different parts of the world.  Just look at the models that have been brought into class.

Don't forget to scroll through the phorographs below!

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 23 May 2017

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Do you have parental controls?

Teee heeee.  Can you remember looking in the dictionary and seeing this word?  Well, children still do this.  But now the dictionary could be online.  I do hope your parental controls are set in a way to limited the outcome of such a search on a phone, iPad, laptop etc etc.  

We recommend that…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 23 May 2017

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Y5 loving their science today

Y5 have been enjoying their science today!  Fabulous learning by fabulous children.

 

Scroll through the photographs below.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 22 May 2017

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Love our classrooms - Y1

I love our classrooms - Have a look inside Y1.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 18 May 2017

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Y1 Music Through the ages

Following two parental showings, we have worked out how we can share the video with you.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 18 May 2017

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eCadets taking assembly

eCadets took assembly today - great message.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 18 May 2017

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Y4 is looking great

I love our classrooms - what a great place to lean in.   Have a look at Y4 at the moment.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 17 May 2017

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Tags: displays , Y4

Y6 Skating

On Friday Y6 went to Simply Skate in Eastwood for the morning.  Skating is a great form of exercise and the class had a great deal of fun.  We had the full range of abilities, with some chilren being very new to the idea of skating and others being very accomplished.  I am sorry to say we had one…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 15 May 2017

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Y6 , skating

Playtimes

I posted a video on Facebook yesterday which had our children dancing to music at play time - there was a lovely positive response to it, thank you.  It can be seen below.

I thought I would take the opportunity to explain more about music in school.  About a year ago, school purchased a…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 12 May 2017

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: music

Dinner time - always busy. Wish I was a child at Thorogate School

It is lovely to see all the children so busy at play.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 5 May 2017

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Playtimes

Home Learning

Thank you thank you thank you!

In response to parental feedback on 'Homework', we recently changed how we did things at Thorogate School.  It has been great when parents have supported this.  Our new policy reads:

 

There are many ways that teachers and parents can work together to…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 25 April 2017

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Homework

Indecent Images of children: guidance for young people

 

The Home Office has published some guidance about indecent images of children for young people.  I thought it was worth sharing with you  both as parents of primary school aged children and possibly parents of older children.  

 

The Home Office is working with partner organisations…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 11 April 2017

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2017 - 2018 calendar with main dates

A calendar with the main school dates can now be downloaded from the school website - on the home page, top middle, it says 2017 2018 Calendar download.

These dates have also been added to the school calendar.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 11 April 2017

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Do you know anyone suffering with domestic violence?

Do you know anyone suffering with domestic violence?

 

Rotherham Rise is an organisation that works with survivors of domestic violence.  They are having meetings on Wednesday mornings at Brampton Ellis school.  If you know someone suffering with domestic violence or recently surved it, you…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 7 April 2017

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Police warning about online game

We have been passed the following message from the Rotherham Safeguarding Board

The following has originated from a Police Safer Schools Officer in Leeds:

The Blue Whale game is a dangerous game that is popular at the moment in Russia and spreading across Eastern Europe.

The game is…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 6 April 2017

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Y1 had a great time at Pops Outdoor

Y1  had a great time at Pops Summer-Camp based in Rosehill Park this morning.  Activities included Pizza making and Pond Dipping (not at the same time).

 

Pops Summer-Camp also offer holiday activities (including for this Easter) and after school clubs (they will pick up from school).…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 6 April 2017

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Y1 had a great time with CLC

Y1 had a brilliant time working with staff from Rawmarsh CLC on robotics.

 

They are currently working hard on a green-screen project - watch this space!

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 31 March 2017

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I love technology

I love Technology for Learning.  I love technology for the sake of technology.

I don't play games on it.  I have never been grabbed by that, you have to invest too much time to play games and I just prefer to invest my time elsewhere.  But I know many people - young and old - that love…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 31 March 2017

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FS2 Dinosaur Party

 

What a great time they had in FS2 with their parents at the Diosaur Party.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 24 March 2017

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Operation Encompass

In the interest of transparency, schools have been asked to inform parents about Operation Encompass. It is all about keeping children safe in Rotherham and ensuring settings like schools can support them in times of crisis.  Below is the letter we have been asked share:

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 23 March 2017

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Orienteering

We took 2 girl teams and 2 boy teams for the Y3/4 category and Y5/6 category, coming 1st and 2nd in all the categories. The other Rawmarsh school who joined us was Rosehill  - a shame other Rawmarsh schools did not attend.  Thornhill school also took part . 

The children loved it and found some…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 22 March 2017

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Y4 Exhibition of learning

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported Y4 in their Exhibition and Market Stall on Wednesday. It was wonderful to see so many people and hear all of your fabulous comments. The children and staff are very grateful for your support. Making the chocolates was so much fun, but it was also a great…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 16 March 2017

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School funding

A lot is being written in the press at the moment about schools finding the budget difficult and thought I would explain the situation from a Thorogate School point of view.

Put in a simplistic way (because that is the only way I understand it), this is our financial position:

Income

Per…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 10 March 2017

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Y6 Greek day

 

Y6 were having an afternoon of tasking food with Greek heritage as part of their topic on Greece.  Mixed reaction to the fetta cheese, humous, olives, tzatziki and olives.  

 

 

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 8 March 2017

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World Book Day 2017

What does World Book Day mean to you?

For many, the answer will be very different.  It may include the words stressful or expensive - but yet this is not what it is designed to do.  

To me, World Book Day is there to celebrate books, encourage reading and allow all readers the opportunity to…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 2 March 2017

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Champion of Conker Champions

Blake achieved the status of Champion of Conker Chapions today!  I think we are all conkered out now.  But it has been great fun.  Thank you to all who have taken part and helped provide conkers and a special thanks to Mr Bedford who agreed to run the Conker Championship.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 4 November 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: School Sports

Headterteacher's Awards Friday 4th November 2016

Headteacher awards this week go to:

FS2:  Kyle - amazing story telling, Theo - improved attitude towards his learning

Y1:  Louie - excellent work this week, Kai - settling down straight to work

Y2:  Olli - doing amazing with all of his learning, Jessie - better concentration and doing…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 4 November 2016

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Safeguarding Policy update

We have completed our annual review of our Safeguarding Policy and would welcome any comments from parents before it is taken to Governors on Thursday 10th November 2016.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 25 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Governors , Policy

2016 Cross Country at Herringthorpe

Following qualification in the Rawmarsh Cross Country finals, pupils from Thorogate and across Rawmarsh took part in the Rotherham Cross Country finals.  We were very lucky with the weather and even though it was cold, we had a lovely morning.  For the pupils this event is a real 'step-up' in…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 24 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: School Sports

Headteacher Awards Friday 21st October

Headteacher awards for Friday 21st October 2016

 

FS2:  Scarlett - fantastic behaviour, George - super story reselling of the gingerbread man

Y1:  Kai - an excellent change to attitude, Lexi - being a wonderful pupil - we will miss you

Y2:  Dylan - reading his story to the class so…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 24 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Going bonkers for conkers

During the first week after half term KS2 will be holding conker competitions in year groups.  The competition will be supervised by Mr Bedford.  Safety glasses will be provided.    

Please remember that conkers are only to played whilst supervised and any 'unauthised conkering' will result in…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 19 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Headteacher awards 14th October 2016

The fabulous children in Thorogate School have recieved the following awards:

FS2:  Erica - being a good role model, Macey - improved attitude to learning

Y1:  Alana  - starting her work independently before seeking support, Amelia - always trying her best even when she is challenged

Y2:…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 14 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Free school meals vs universal free meals - please apply!

 

Trying to explain this is tricky without over using the phrase 'free school meals' - you will have to judge how well I do.

All pupils in FS2, Y1 and Y2 are currently entitled to a free school meal under the scheme called 'universal free school meals'.  Also sometimes referred to as infant…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 10 October 2016

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FS2 Gingerbread me

FS2 have been doing lots of work on the gingerbread man this week, today we have made our very own 'Gingerbread Me'. 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 7 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: FS2

Headteacher's Awards

Headteacher's awards this week go to:

FS2:  James - being a good role model to friends, Holly - for making good choices in the classroom

Y1:  Aiden  - improvement with spellings, Olivia - always doing her best

Y2:  Jason - picking up the pace, Harry - pushing himself to achieve more

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 7 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Skipping

Lots of skipping at Thorogate this week!

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 3 October 2016

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Year 2 SATs / KS1 SATs - what are they all about?

This blog is aimed primarily at parents with a child in Year 2, but will be of interest to parents with a child in Year 1 and Foundation Stage 2.

Last year a new testing regime was introduced in schools.  For this year, a new Interim Assessment Framework has been put in place.  Schools are…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 3 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Pupil-led conferences

Headteacher's Awards - Friday 30th September 2016

Headteacher's Awards for Friday 30th September 2016 go to:

  • FS2:  Suzie - always trying her best, Layla - always doing the right thing
  • Y1: Finlay - excellent problem solving in numeracy this week, Lexi - always trying her best in every area of learning

  • Y2:  Evie - producing some…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 30 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Great maths in Year 1

Great maths learning in Year 1 today when I did my quick visit - pupils working hard and making progress.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 26 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Inspire Maths , learning

Using Reading Club to learn spellings

One creative Year 6 member made a game for Reading Club to help them practise their spellings for this week!  Together with a board for the game and all the spelling cards came fabulous instructions to ensure everyone was clear about the rules.  Well done!

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 26 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: reading , learning

Reading in Year 2

I really enjoyed reading with three pupils in Year 2 today - thank you for being such fantastic learners!  Please keep filling in those reading records parents!

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 26 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: reading , learning

Headteacher's Award

 

The following children were nomintated for a Headteacher's Award by their teacher:

  • FS2: Macayla - settling in well, Evie - always doing the right thing
  • Y1:  Finlay - getting straight on with his work, Sophie  - excellent effort in maths
  • Y2:  Amber - always putting her best…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 23 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Y3 at the Wildlife Park

Despite the very wet weather, Year 3 had a wonderful day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.  We saw most of the animals there, took part in a hands on workshop and even had time to go on the huge slide! 

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 19 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: School visit

Headteacher's Awards - Friday 16th September

Well done to the fabulous pupils who have been nominated for a Headteacher's Award!

FS2: James - amazing number work to 10, Charlotte - dressing herself independently

Y1:   Ethan - much improved attitude to learning, Sophie - always getting on with her work

Y2:   Alyissia - pushing…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 16 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Pupil Email addresses

As with all systems, administration is always a chore.  Our pupil email administration is a chore that gets done over the summer break.  Pupil accounts of the Year 6 pupils that have left us are deleted and new accounts for Year 3 are set up.  It is a good opportunity to explain to parents about…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 15 August 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Safeguarding

Headteacher's Awards Friday 10th June 2016

Headteacher's Awards on Friday 10th June go to:

FS2:Sophie  - imporved interest in writing, Sophie - Knowling her doubles to 10+

Y1:  Luke - Asking interesting questions at Whirlow Farm, Jacob - Asking interesting questions at Whirlow Farm.

Y2:  Alex - super behaviour on Whirlow Farm…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 13 June 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

I love playtime

Today was such a wonderful day weather wise.  

Whilst school felt empty - Y6 at Crowden, Y3 & Y4 on a trip - it was lovely to see all the children so active.  Scroll through the pictures below.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 7 June 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Playtimes

Headteacher Awards Friday 20th May

Well done all these pupils in being awarded a Headteacher's Award this week!

FS2:  Seren - super sentence writing, Louis - much improved interest in writing.

Y1: Alex - always trying his best, Amber - fab work in phonics.

Y2:  Lucy - making some smart choices this week, Jayden:…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 24 May 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Headteacher's Awards Friday 13th May 2016

Well done those pupils nomintaed for a Headteacher's Award:

FS2:  Lexi - Creative book making, Aiden - much improved handwriting

Y1:  Harriet - being a good friend and helping others with their learning, Evie - always doing your best with ALL your learning.

Y2:  Ethan - settling into…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 15 May 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Headteacher's Awards for Friday 6th May 2016

The wonderful children of Thorogate School have done it again!  The following children have been nominated for a Headteacher Award by their class teacher:

 FS2: Olivia – Excellent manners and always trying her best, Scarlet – super sentence construction.

Y1:  Dylan – developing independence…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 9 May 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Cars and school: a difficult mix.

On the whole we have a fantastic set of parents and staff at Thorogate School.  There is always a time when someone can have a legitimate moan about something, as there are always times when things are less than perfect.  

This morning our caretaker came to see me.  Apparently a parent was…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 6 May 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Safeguarding

What does a Headteacher do all day?

Every day I start will a long list of jobs to do and at the end of the day the list is longer!

This morning I have:

  • set up three new accounts on GAFE (Google Apps for Education) and RM Easimaths for our three new pupils.
  • observed learning in FS2 and Y1.
  • taken assembly and talked about…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 3 May 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: learning

Does my child know what they should and should not do online?

Last year the NSPCC brought out two videos which address the issue of posting online pictures and agreeing to meet online friends in real life.  We use these videos in school, mainly with the older children.  I think all parents should watch them - no matter how old your child is.  More…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 30 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Safeguarding

Headteacher's Awards - 29th April

Well done these super stars!

FS2:  Harvey - excellent mental maths, Amelia - much improved reading.

Y1: Amber - brilliant attitude towards learning, Livia - being a superstar in phonics.

Y2: Scarlett - super progress in spelling, Libby - stunning story writing.

Y3: Roxy - enthusiasm…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 29 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Public urged to report child abuse and neglect

I have just received a copy of RMBC’s Safeguarding Newsletter, which highlights the work across Rotherham and beyond in this area.   Rotherham has had some high profile safeguarding issues which have been highlighted extensively in the press. 

Luckily, as Headteacher of Thorogate School I…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 28 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Safeguarding

Heart Start April 2016

At Thorogate School, we believe that equiping pupils for the real world is important.  The Heart Start programme is part of this.  Children in Y2, Y4 and Y6 are taught basic First Aid and what they should do if they come across someone who needs help.  

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 27 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Heart Start

Headteacher's awards: Friday 22nd April

Fridays are extra special to me - it means I get to celebrate a range of work from children and award children with a Headteacher's Award!

FS2: Ethan - solving mental maths problems, Amelia - explaining the life cycle of a bean.

Y1: Jack - always being a superstar, Kordelia - reading and…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 22 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Headteacher's awards Friday 15th April 2016

Well done you fabulous children!

FS2: Brooke & Azi-Kai - solving their own maths problems.

Y1: Olli - recalling good facts about mini-beasts, Jason - working hard at his number bonds.

Y2: Lexus - much better effort in all areas of school work, Jessica - her amazing contribution to class…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 18 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

RM Easimaths super star

Bradley is the first Thorogate pupil to get the message on RMEasimaths: you have completed all the activities!

Bradley has worked very hard at his maths.  Constant hard work in class and regular use of RMEasimaths has resulted in Bradley becoming increasingly confident in mathematics with his…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 17 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: RM

Cricket stars

Well done #TeamThorogate for taking part in the cricket tournament held at RCS this week.  

Taking part is always the most important element and Mr Bedford is dedicated to ensuring all pupils experience a range of active activities as part of the curriculum at Thorogate.  But you cannot get…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 15 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: PE

Online payments with ParentPay

Thank you to those parents in Y5 who have agreed to take part in a trial of ParentPay - an online payment system.   It is already enabling us to iron out set-up issues to ensure it can run smoothly.

Many times we have been asked if we will accept either online payments or credit cards.  We…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 14 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Wet playtimes

We all know rain seems to come when we least want it.  It usually starts to rain just before the end of the school day, when parents are waiting on the school yard for the children to spill out of the classrooms.

The other time is dinner time - just when we want the children to go outside and…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 14 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Headteacher's Award Friday 8th April 2016

The fabulous pupils of Thorogate School have been at it again!  These pupils were selected to recieve a Headteacher's Award:

FS2: Finlay - fantastic writing and Eddie - super sentences.

Y1: Xander - great IT skills and Harry - getting his gold award for the times tables challenge.

Y2:…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 13 April 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

FS2 in the mud kitchen

Wish I was in Thorogate FS2 - I would join them in the mud kitchen!

Lovely to have a little sight of the sun today.  The children enjoy putting on the 'jump-suites' and get stuck into the mud.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 11 March 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: FS2

Y1 Reading

How proud was this young lady when she told me she had moved reading bands!  I really enjoyed listening to her read.

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 11 March 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: reading

Headteacher's awards 11th March 2016

Well done to all the pupils of Thorogate School who did themselves and their parents proud this week.  Special mention mentions go to:

FS2 - Kai and Aiden for improved handwriting

Y1 - Harrison for big improvements in his writing, Alyssia for always doing the best she can do.

Y2 - Deborah…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 11 March 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Headteacher's Award Friday 4th March 2016

Headteacher's Awards for Friday 4th March 2016

FS2:  Kai - being kind and helpful, Ezi-Kai - much improved reading skills

Y1: Regan - remembering his tricky words, Dylan - understanding partictioning in maths

Y2: Georgie - great effort in learning, Alex - good progress in maths

Y3:…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 4 March 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

Inspire Maths - great work by Y1 pupils

Y1 pupils are working hard to understand everything related to 10-ness.  When adding two digits, they adjust to make 10.  These two really seem to be getting the hang of it.

The photograph below should explain the process a little more.

 

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 29 February 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Inspire Maths

Headteacher's Awards Friday 26th February 2016

What a wonderful group of children!  We value hard work and progress highly at Thorogate School and enjoy celebrating these with you.

  • FS2: Louie - super reading, Alana - knowing her 2D shapes
  • Y1: Lewis -  Always doing his best, Summer - being a superb role model
  • Y2: Joshua - fabulous…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 29 February 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Headteacher Awards

New Website

Welcome to the new school website.

It has been a big decision (and task) to update our school website and I hope you find it useful over time.  We are still in the process of populating it and some information and functionality may currently be missing - please let us know what is missing…

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Posted by Mr Barnett on 12 February 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Y2 and Y6 SATs - all change or more of the same?

The cohort of children who have just completed Year 2 and Year 6 are the last cohort to sit SATs in the format we have been familiar with. They are the last cohort of children to be awarded National Curriculum Levels: national expectations being 2b at Year 2 and 4b at Year 6.

Those children…

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Category: Headteacher's Blog