Soccer Champions in Every Sense!

soccer-tournament-2015What a fantastic year it’s been for soccer at Provo Primary! Our weekly Soccer Club was booming this term in preparation for the annual TCI Inter-Island School Competition. With interest high from the children, we were fortunate enough to field 3 soccer teams, an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team for the boys and a girls’ team.

The competition matches were all played over the course of a week, culminating with the finals on the last day of the tournament. After some hard fought games, great team work and sportsmanship, Provo Primary were delighted to walk away with two well-deserved trophies for the boys’ ‘A’ team and the girls’ team.

The ‘B’ team, coached by the magnificent Mr Toby, secured a comfortable 3-1 victory over The International School. They showed a tremendous display of working as a squad and sportsmanship, a promising set of players for the future!

All in all, everyone was able to walk away feeling a champion in every sense!

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Have you heard Provo Primary has a school of fish?

Developing our breathing techniques.

Developing our breathing techniques.

This half term the children of Provo Primary have been taking part in a series of swimming lessons. The staff have been working hard to create a stream of lessons, which cater for all swimming experiences and abilities for children from Kindergarten right up to Year 6.  There is an ocean of talent in the pool each week!

Provo Primary’s swimming policy enables children to focus on water confidence and moving through the water, to the later stages of finely tuning swimming strokes such as: front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke and developing breathing techniques.

At the start, each year group was carefully assessed and grouped so that they could be taught based on their swimming ability and confidence. The progression so far has been immense and there is still two more weeks of swimming sessions to go!  Please take a look at the photos and get a sneak peak of the activities the children have been doing.

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Take a look at all of our amazing Talk4Writing projects

talk4writingTake look at all of our Talk4Writing projects that we engaged in this year at Provo Primary and find out more about this innovative approach to writing.

We want to say a big “Well done!” to all our teachers for experimenting with this teaching technique throughout the year. As part of our ongoing professional development, teachers did a great job in learning, implementing and evaluating the strategy in their classes.

We hope you have enjoyed the diverse range of quality Talk4Writing projects undertaken and we will look forward to seeing this technique develop in the future!

Click here if you want a quick link to an album of all of our fantastic talking text videos.

Parent guides to help you to support your child’s Maths learning.

calculation-policy-imageThese parent guides will help you to see the progression of a child’s understanding of number and calculations from the Early Years through to Year 6. They demonstrate the teaching stages of each of the 4 operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They also include key vocabulary to support each method.
Each guide is designed to assist you with supporting your child at home with their Numeracy learning.  It is often the case that many methods and strategies taught today appear different from those previously used. All children will progress towards using the methods that many adults recognise from their own school days. We do, however, encourage all parents to support their child’s progress through the stages outlined in these parent guides, so that they gain a richer understanding of how complex calculations work. When at home, it is helpful if your child can practice the methods taught in school to ensure the strategies are reinforced effectively.

How do we solve Maths calculations? Our strategies are BIG news!

Last year, when our current Year 5s were in Year 4, the class created a series of Maths videos to demonstrate the strategies and methods we use at school to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations.

These were shared at our recent Maths Calculation Parents’ Workshop and will now be online and forever available as a reference for both parents and children.  If you ever need a reminder, just check out our entertaining newscasts!

Above is our addition video. Click on “Read more” to see videos for subtraction, multiplication and division.

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Talk4Writing: Journeys to other Worlds in Year 4

Take a look at this fantastic Talk4Writing text from the Flamingo Class! As part of their World Exploration topic, students studied stories that take place in other worlds. They set about learning Where the Wild Things Are as a talking text. They were given simple visual prompts in the form of a story map and were challenged to create all the actions for their story independently.

Read on to read some Year 4 imaginary world stories that were inspired through this work.

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Year 4 are ‘Moving and Growing’!

yr-4-moving-growing-mar-2015 (1)What a fantastic half term Flamingo Class has had with our topic of ‘Moving and Growing’! We have learnt so much about our bodies and how they work! It also led us to looking at how our bodies enable us to develop in sport.

Mr George introduced the hypothesis ‘Does the length of our leg affect the distance we can jump?’ This led to a lot of class discussions as you can imagine! So off we went with our Numeracy Investigation.

We started off with planning our investigations in groups. We then looked at all the variables that would affect the investigation and how we could keep it as fair as possible. After this, we measured our legs to the nearest 1cm and recorded our converted measurements in millimetres.


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KS2 Gym and Basketball Showcase

KS2-pe-showcase-feb-2015-gym-(10)On Tuesday, Key Stage 2 took part in our highly successful annual PE showcase. The children modeled all the skills that the KS2 teaching team have taught them in this half term in gymnastics and basketball.

The children of Years 3 and 4 were showcasing all of the hard work and perseverance that they have put into the gymnastics lessons this half term. The focus was balance and control. All the children, regardless of gymnastics background, displayed some fantastic skills – expectations differentiated to their specific level of experience.

With regards to Years 5 and 6, they took to the basketball court and were showcasing all of the skills that they have been working on in the format of a 4 vs 4 tournament.

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Sunsets in the New World!

yr-4-sunsets-in-th-new-world-feb-2015 (7)In year 4 this term we have immersed ourselves in the topic of ‘The Age of Exploration’. The children have enjoyed learning about lots of famous historical explorers.  We have discussed the influence they have had on how people have seen the world through the centuries. We have also considered how the Tudor explorers inspired a generation to take on the mighty North and South Poles, Mount Everest and even the immensity of space.

This led nicely into our art work this term; the focus has been on how these adventures were documented and what was seen by these courageous explorers. The area of focus was Sunsets in New Worlds.

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Curriculum Topic Maps – Jan 2015

Do you have some knowledge, an interest or resources that will help to bring our class topics alive this term?

Our topics will take our children on learning journeys into story lands, into our community, back in time to the age of exploration and early settlements, across the world, out to space and into the future!

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It’s always exciting to see how these topics develop as children’s interests, growing knowledge and questions lead them further into exploration.  If you can support these topics in any way do let us know.

Tickets available on Monday for our Panto – Aladdin!

aladdin-trouble-LARGE-webYears 1 to 6 are excited to present their panto this year, Aladdin Trouble!

A star-filled show you certainly won’t want to miss!

Tickets will be available in the school walkway from Monday onwards.  Community members welcome – pop down to Provo Primary, email, or call 441 5638 to reserve your tickets.

Set within the context of the 1001 Arabian Nights from which the story originates, this panto-style version of Aladdin contains all the traditional elements and characters, alongside a whole host of less conventional ones!

The story begins in the bustling and spice-fragranced Eastern Streets, encountering dancers, musicians and pick pockets through the lively rhythms of our opening number In The Market Place.  Here we meet the hero of our panto…

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Year 4 Learn about Electricity Safety with a visit from FortisTCI

yr-4-fortis-visit-nov-2014 (3) Last week, Flamingo class were fortunate  to have a special visit and talk about electricity safety from our local power company FortisTCI.  This experience allowed us to consolidate some of our recent learning in our Science topic on ‘Electricity’.

During our Science lessons, we have been making a variety of electrical circuits using bulbs, motors, buzzers; we even created our own switches. But first we had to learn of the dangers and safety issues that electricity can have, and this talk really helped to reinforce the importance of being careful in different real life situations.

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Year 4 begin their ‘Let’s Celebrate’ Topic

yr-4-let's-celetrate-nov-2014-1Following the success of their Ancient Rome topic, Flamingo Class has already turned its attention to a new area of learning!

At this time of year celebrations lie around every corner, which is great for their new class topic, Let’s Celebrate! They have already begun their project by participating in and thinking about the origins of Halloween, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. Over the coming weeks they will focus on many other festivals and events as they consider how and why people around the world celebrate together.

The children will explore this topic using the ‘Thinking Actively in a Social Context’ framework.  This promotes problem-solving and thinking skills and encourages the children to be confident, creative, independent learners.

Click here to see their topic map.

School for Field Studies Marine Morning!

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A couple of weeks ago, Years 4, 5 and 6 were fortunate to spend several hours with a group of students from the School for Field Studies (SFS) from South Caicos, carrying out a range of fantastic marine based activities.

This was part of our ‘Keeping Healthy Week, which focused on ‘Healthy Communication’.  What was so special and so perfect for our communication focused week was that the children were interacting with a large group of young adults (18-20 year olds) in small group situations. It was lovely to see how well the children responded to the group of SFS students and how interested both sides were in learning from each other.



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Key Stage 2 Sports Day: Jump, Run, Throw – Repeat!

ks2-sports-day-oct-2014 (11)The walk over to TCI’s national stadium was a colourful one, with nearly 60 Key Stage 2 students decked out in their team colours for their annual sports day. After several months of twice weekly track and field sessions, Teams Green, Blue, Turquoise, White, Yellow, Red and Orange were ready to compete…as individuals in each event and for team glory as well. Rotating through events including long jump, shot put, high jump, javelin, discus, hurdles and a 40 yard dash, each child strived to beat the personal bests they had recorded throughout training.

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Yr 4 Present their Home Projects on the Romans

yr-4-roman-home-projects-oct-2014-4What a wonderful first term Flamingo class have had studying the Ancient Romans! The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Romans during class time as well as producing some fascinating and enlightening homework projects which they then presented to their classmates.



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KS2 Sports Day, 2014

ks2-sports-day2014Key Stage 2 Sports Day:
Thursday 30th October
at the National Stadium Track

All  the children have worked extremely hard since the start of the year in a range of athletic events, in order to learn new skills and set their own ‘personal best’ records. Our sports day provides an opportunity to use these skills in a friendly and competitive setting.

We hope that you will be able to join us for the morning!

Key Stage 1 and 2 Topic Maps – Autumn 2014

ks1-2-topic-maps-autumn-2014What a wonderful range of creative topics our children are learning about this term in Years 1 through to 6. They will take our children on learning journeys around the world, back in time and into the future.

It’s always exciting to see how these topics develop as children’s interests, growing knowledge and questions lead them further into exploring different aspects.

Click on the image to see what your child’s topic involves and let’s work together to bring these topics alive with learning both at school and at home.

School Handbook and Class Information Booklets (2014-15)

class-information-booklets-sept-2014We are very proud of the educational programme we offer to our children and of the cooperative working relationship we strive to develop with our families.

Our 2014/2015 School Handbook and Class Information Booklets have been developed in an effort to enhance this relationship and to provide you with information about the school ethos and expectations, and the curriculum for each class year group.

Please click on the image on the left to download the latest copies of our Class Information Booklets.





Year 4 Loope Poetry with Mrs. Bonnie

yr-4-shell-loope-poetry-june-2014Together with Mrs. Bonnie,  our Year 4 students have enjoyed exploring oranges, shells and flowers with the loupes and wrote these amazing poems.





My Spectacular Shell

My spectacular shell reminds me of a spiral staircase going on forever,

It’s like sweet caramel ice cream on the crunchiest cone,

It’s as soft as a silk web made by a spider,

The top of my shell is a tall pyramid,

My shell is as white as new snow with a little caramel sauce on top of it,

I’d like to go inside my shell right to the bottom of it

And I would enjoy every second in there,

My shell is the light of my life!


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Year 4 Ancient Roman Architecture Treasure Hunt

Flamingo Class set out this week to see if it was possible to find evidence of the Ancient Roman’s influence on Provo. It’s amazing to think that the Romans can still have an affect our daily lives, 2000 years later and half-way across the globe! Our discoveries were quite surprising…you’d be forgiven for thinking we’d actually gone to Rome!

Afterwards, students were treated to a Roman Banquet at Pizza Pizza, consisting of pizza (possibly a Roman invention – Romans certainly ate panis focaccia, a bread with toppings added) Caesar salad (named after Rome’s most famous ruler) and red/white grape juice (even though Romans would have insisted on wine). After seeing our fantastic photo gallery, you’ll understand how we worked up such an appetite!

World Osprey Week – A Fantastic Week of Learning!

wow-march-2014-10Thank you to everyone at the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust for organising this wonderful WOW celebration and encouraging us to learn more about the ospreys that live here in our islands. The week has been a great success and the interest of the children and the support community has been amazing. A true example of learning at its best!

Click on the image left to see some photos of the week’s events and fantastic art work and continue reading all about our different osprey activities below…

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Stepping back in time with Flamingo Class!

yr4-timelines-march-2014 (7)Year 4 were busy creating an enormous timeline of the world’s greatest civilisations today. And wow – what a task it was!

Going back over 5000 years, we plotted 14 major civilisations who have left their mark on world history forever. Whether you want to date the Egyptian Pyramids, climb atop a Mayan temple or sail on a Viking longship – the Flamingo Class timeline will tell you when to set your time machine for!

The project marks the beginning of our new topic on Discovering Ancient Rome where we will be uncovering the amazing history of the period and region. Through archaeology and research, we hope to discover what the Romans did that makes them so important nearly 2000 years later!

Come by Flamingo Class over the coming months to share in our amazing discoveries!

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Showcasing our Maths learning throughout the school

‘Maths Calculations’ was the focus of our 2014 Education Week Theme Week.  Throughout the week we aimed to explore, share and celebrate the amazing range of Maths skills that students have in our school.  Many parents and visitors came along to our Open House and Showcases.  Take a look at all the Maths going on in at these events in our two movies.

Fabien Cousteau Visits The Turks and Caicos Islands!

fabien-cousteau-march-2014-3Fabien Cousteau,  world-renowned conservationist and environmentalist and the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, visited the Turks and Caicos Islands last week.  The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund organised an Educational Outreach event for the TCI Student Community and our Year 4, 5 and 6 students attended an inspiring presentation by Fabien about the importance of protecting the marine environment.


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