We are a group of parents and teachers who help organise and run events at school to raise funds that are spent on the children. All parents are welcome to join in and help out, it’s fun and rewarding. If you would like to find out more please email one of the contacts below.
Mrs Jo Reeves
PTA Vice Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Kate Davies
Thank you to the PTA for the refurbishment of the USL Pond Area
Establishing a pond area provides many opportunities for extending classroom activities. If the pupils are involved in the creation and maintenance of such an area they learn to respect the hard work and skill necessary to produce and maintain an attractive environment. It should also give them a sense of pride and achievement – and hopefully will encourage them to develop a life-long respect for the environment in general. Apart from the benefits to the school itself, some satisfaction can be felt that another small but safe habitat has been provided for Britain’s dwindling wildlife.
Many areas of the curriculum may be covered in the planning and making of a wildlife area. In maths, the children can solve real problems involving estimation, measuring and calculating surface areas. Map work can be undertaken, such as drawing plans and making scale drawings and scale models when designing the pond area. There are opportunities to carry out research on food chains, food webs and other principles of ecology.
Links to new Science Curriculum
KS1 Statutory requirements: Pupils should be taught to:
Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish,amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)
Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.
Identify and name a variety of pond plants and living things in their habitats, including micro-habitats.
Describe how pond creatures obtain their food from plants and other living things, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food
Lower KS2 Statutory requirements: Pupils should be taught to:
Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement
Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
Upper KS2: Statutory requirements: Pupils should be taught to:
Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
By Mr Smith Science Coordinator
Thank you to the PTA for the new Maths resources
The £500 was spent on Numicon equipment which has been really effective with helping KS1 children with understanding number and calculations. We also spent money on larger Numicon shapes for Reception so that children are able to play with numbers during their independent learning time.
In KS2 the resources are proving valuable in the teaching of fractions as children are able to visualise the maths before working abstractly.
By Mr Lewis Maths Coordinator
Fundraising so far in 2016 for our School to benefit the children
Reception Water Bottles and Book Bags
Year 6 Leavers Dictionaries
Refurbsihed Pond Area
After School Club Bean Bags and TV
Books for Reading Corners
Musical Instruments and additional maths resources
USL Team Coaching Kit
School Clothes Labels – order forms to be rolled out in the summer term from Label Planet, commission comes back to us quote Ref 24248 at www.labelplanet.co.uk
Charity Clothes Collection –Please Bag up clothes and use Bin in the Car Park, we receive 50p per kilo
Easyfundraising.org – register for Upton St Leonards Primary School and raise funds for the school when you shop online – it even has a handy reminder tool bar to click on each time you shop, so no donation is missed.