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St. Andrews Samakee Blog

Our regular blogs will keep you up to date with what is happening at Samakee!


Try to imagine…

At Samakee we know that absences and lateness impact significantly on children's ability to learn. Promoting good attendance is therefore a priority for our school and our policy aims to encourage and ensure high levels of attendance and punctuality. All absences are monitored closely via an online registration Programme and records are retained and reviewed throughout a child's attendance at...

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Samakee – Togetherness…

Samakee teachers and teaching assistants joined forces this morning in teams to tackle some practical and mental challenges. It was a valuable experience in terms of cooperation and empathy among the staff body here at Samakee. Staff were encouraged to plan, perform and evaluate as a team to overcome a problem. It was extremely interesting not to mention entertaining watching the...

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Mark Making & Role Play experiences in EYFS

The children show a keen interest in looking after baby dolls and teddies in the school environment so recently we introduced a hospital role-play area in the early years environment. This learning area was very successful and the hospital quickly became a very popular place for many of our young learners. The hospital setting allowed the children to explore their ideas,...

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Freezing Fun at Snowtown

The Year 2 children have just returned from a frosty trip to Snowtown at Dream World. We wrapped up really well with all our winter clothes and braved freezing temperatures to enjoy sledging and snow play inside a snow dome. We also had a chance to visit the Giant’s House and climb inside huge vases and on gigantic furniture to...

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Sing and Sign Club

We can’t believe our Sing and Sign club is nearly over. The children have worked so hard and learnt many new songs and developed an impressive sign language vocabulary. Learning how to sign and sing at the same time is actually harder than you think. Each week we go home with tired voices, hands and brains from singing, signing and thinking...

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Developing Skills for Writing!

Did you know that when your child is having fun exploring the climbing equipment and apparatus at school, they are developing skills ready for writing? Climbing equipment such as our large wooden apparatus is the perfect place for children to develop a stable core. The core muscles are the many different muscles in the abdomen and back that work together to...

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Blast off in Year 3!

Year 3 have been exceptionally busy for the last few weeks. Everything we have been learning about has been based around our topic of Space and the Universe. We tried to present as much of our hard work as possible in our assembly - I hope you enjoyed it. It all started during science week when we learnt about different forces...

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Parking at School

I am writing to give advice regarding driving and parking around the school and to encourage more considerate parking at our school by parents and drivers. We are happy for parents to park on the road outside the school, but please drive slowly and watch out for children crossing. Please do not park in front of the school gate and KS2...

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ISB Swim Fest November 2013

Wow….! Another fantastic Swim Meet for the developing Samakee Swim Squad! An early Warm-Up time for our students, at a huge venue, but everyone turned up extremely excited at the prospect of racing despite the rain on Saturday morning. We had children from Year 1 to Year 5 competing over the two days. Some of our students were competing in completely new...

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On Being a Toddler

On Thursday 28th November, our Toddler Group will come to an end for this term, classes will resume again on Tuesday 28th January. I would like to thank the toddlers and their parents/carers for their enthusiastic participation this term. It has certainly been a pleasure to take part in their explorations of the school environment as they strive to learn...

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