Homework and Topic Grids – Autumn Term 2


Dear Parents and Carers

Below are links to this half term’s homework grids and topic overviews.  Please make sure that your child brings in evidence of one completed homework activity every week on a Wednesday to show their class teacher.  Thank you for supporting your child’s learning at home!

You can also find maths activities to complete at both http://www.mymaths.co.uk/ and http://www.sumdog.com/.  We appreciate your help in assisting your child in learning their times tables facts and number bonds in particular.

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Year 6 – Our Young Entrepreneurs show their Skills!

Our Young Entrepreneurs show their Skills!

 Ever felt like you could impress in the Dragons’ Den? Six of our year six children had the chance to do just that, as they took part in the first Young Entrepreneurs’ Challenge event on Wednesday 12th October. Our pupils visited the University of Sheffield for the day, where they were taught various business skills by a local entrepreneur. The children were delighted to have the opportunity to see the University’s new Diamond building, which is an amazing place to study.

Challenged to come up with their own idea for a new company, they decided on SchoolNAV, an app which helps students find their next class and get there as soon as possible. We thought this was a wonderfully inventive idea!

  The children gave a fantastic pitch and really impressed the judges, who included Lee Strafford, the former Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday.

 The judges were particularly impressed with the quality of all of the children’s pitches. Janet Grant, a judge and mentor from the University of Sheffield’s Enterprise Zone, praised the pupils’ presentation skills, which she said rivalled those of undergraduate students.

 The event is part of a new initiative led by local business, Tutora (https://tutora.co.uk), who help parents find local, expert tutors. They designed the event to inspire children to dream of one day building and running their own companies.

Scott Woodley, Co-Founder of Tutora and event organiser, said: ‘Who knows, perhaps the event will inspire the next Bill Gates or Alan Sugar?’ 

The children enjoyed the event and we are very proud of their business efforts! To read more about the event, visit https://tutora.co.uk/articles/young-entrepreneurs-challenge-sheffield-children-inspired

Y3 Visit to Weston Park Museum – 21.10.16

As part of our ‘Ancient Egyptians’ topic, we will be visiting Weston Park Museum on Friday 21st October. In the morning, we will be taking part in an Egyptian workshop, where the children will be involved in various different activities. In the afternoon, we will be looking around the museum at their Egyptian artefacts.

We are asking for a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per pupil to help cover the cost of the workshop and insurance. Although your contribution is entirely voluntary, you will appreciate that the visit will go ahead only if there are sufficient contributions to cover the costs. Activities such as this are beneficial because they give pupils experiences they may not otherwise have and this impacts positively on their learning and progress.

We will be walking to and from the museum so please make sure your child is wearing sensible shoes and clothing suitable for the weather that day. We are staying at the museum for lunch, therefore children will need a packed lunch, unless they receive free school meals.   We will be leaving after morning registration and will be back at school for 3.15 pm.

Please make sure you sign and return your reply slip by Friday 14th October 2016 to enable your child to take part.

Y2 Visit to Weston Park – 18.10.16

As part of our learning about Journeys we are organising a visit to Weston Park Museum on Tuesday 18th October.

Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for the weather as we are walking there and back. As we are out of school all day a packed lunch will be provided.

To enable your child to go, please complete the reply slip below and return it the school office by Friday 14th October 2016.

Thank you very much for your support.




Bring Our Elephant Home!!!



We need to raise funds to bid to win our elephant! for The Children’s Hospital Charity because It’s not easy being the best children’s hospital!

The Children’s Hospital Charity

We fund over and above the NHS provision to help children get better more quickly


On the 20th of October we have the opportunity to bid on the amazing “All for One” elephant designed by Porter Croft parent & local artist Emma Jackson. The elephant was designed and decorated by Emma and the children in last year’s Y2. You may see smaller elephants in the herd which were decorated by other schools however we were lucky enough to work with an artist such as Emma on a full size elephant!

This is an open auction so our success is not guaranteed but we’re going to do our best!


Remember this is a win-win. Every penny raised WILL go to TCHC whether we are successful at the auction or not. This is fantastic as it’s not easy or cheap to have not just one of the few but also the best dedicated children’s hospital in the UK. So many Porter Croft families have benefited from the amazing service of Sheffield Children’s Hospital and this is an opportunity to give something back.


We need to raise thousands of pounds so please be generous and if you would like to make a pledge towards the auction budget privately please email Neill Birchenall, a Porter Croft parent on elephant@birchenall.com or speak to Mrs. Thomas.

A few very important notes:

  1. Donations made on this page WILL go to TCHC whether we are successful in our bidding or not. There will be no refunds because this is first and foremost about raising money for a worthwhile charity. Winning the elephant would be a fantastic bonus.
  2. Please do Gift Aid if you are able to as this is a donation you are making whether we win the elephant or not however please know that Gift Aid WILL NOT be taken into account in our bid.
  3. Our total “bid budget” will be made up of the donations on this page (excluding Gift Aid and minus the 5% Just Giving fees) plus confidential pledges made by other parents and friends of Porter Croft. If this is unclear please get in touch.


Lyceum Theatre Visit – Reminder




We are organising a whole school visit to The Lyceum Theatre on Friday 16th December 2016 to see this years’ pantomime ‘Snow White’.

The cost of the tickets is £10.00 (this can be paid in instalments).  Activities such as this are beneficial because they give pupils experiences they may not otherwise have and this impacts positively on their learning and progress.

The performance starts at 10.15 am so we will be leaving school at 9.15 am to walk to the Lyceum Theatre. Please ensure that your child has a warm coat and sensible shoes.  The performance will run over lunchtime, so children will need a packed lunch. If your child receives free school meals then a packed lunch will be provided by school.

To enable your child to attend please complete the reply slip below and return it along with your payment to the school office by Wednesday 30th November 2016.