A HUGE thank you to local artist Lucie Winton-Stubbs, from Diftwood Studios, for coming in to help create these beautiful paintings together with our Year 3 and 4 children. What a multitude of skills and techniques were taught as she carefully took them through the process step-by-step. I think you will agree that she encouraged oodles of artistic flair and talent to be creatively released onto the canvas. Aren’t they wonderful?! Look closely and you will see lots of individual details – just like their creators, there are many similarities and yet they are unique in their design!
Our Year 4 Flamingo class quite literally dived into the world of the sea turtle, joining Jackie Walker from Amanyara Nature Discovery Centre, and Amy Avenant and Katharine Hart from DEMA at Coral Gardens for an educational visit to witness first-hand how sea turtles are tagged in the TCI.
‘Turtle Week’ was a busy, fun and turtley exciting week in KS2. We are very grateful to Miss Katharine and Mrs. Amy from DEMA and Miss Jackie from Amanyara Nature Discovery Centre for sharing their vast knowledge and for creating such a wonderful collection of fun and exciting turtle activities!
“I felt the turtle activities were really fun and made me really happy,” said BD.
“I learnt that leatherbacks have collapsible lungs so that they can dive deep,” commented ED.
“I enjoyed Turtle Week because it raises awareness of the turtle situation, especially here in the T.C.I.,” added JW.
We started ‘Turtle Week’ first thing Monday morning with a superbly informative talk by Miss Katharine Hart (DEMA) about the current situation of turtles in the world, their life cycle and the different species. Then after break the children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in a round-robin of activities on the benches and field with Miss Katharine, Mrs. Amy (DEMA) and Miss Jackie (Amanyara.)
Chiropractor, Dr Craig Zavitz, and his wife Robin have being visiting Provo Primary for the past 5 years, each time with Dr. Craig sharing his knowledge of the human skeleton – in particular, the spine, neck and nervous system. The Year 4 class has just begun their topic of ‘Moving and Growing’, and Dr Craig’s visit was great way to introduce the topic and inspire the children to want to find out more.
During the session, Dr. Craig shared how chiropractors use their knowledge of the skeletal and nervous systems to help heal injuries and soreness caused by blockages to the delicate spinal cord. Volunteers took part in role-playing injury scenarios, with Dr. Craig demonstrating the treatment he would do.
Congratulations to all of our Year 1 – 6 classes! Our Topic Learning Showcase was a magnificent demonstration of the tremendous talent, hard work, knowledge and creativity of all involved. It was lovely to see so many family and friends come along to support the event and take part in the activities on offer. The children all really enjoyed the experience, both of sharing their knowledge with others, and also getting the opportunity to visit and learn from all the other classes too. An all-round success!
Thank you also to everyone who helped put together all of the amazing costumes – we were very impressed with your creativity, attention to detail and resourcefulness!
We look forward to welcoming parents and friends of Provo Primary School to join us for our fantastic Education Week Showcases on Friday. Find out all the details in our Showcase Booklet.
Each class has a variety of activity stations set up for you to engage in and the children are all very much looking forward to sharing and explaining their learning with you!
EYFS – Toddlers – Kindergarten @ 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Learn more about how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning is incorporated into our Early Years Curriculum.
KS1/2 1 – 6 @ 2:15 – 2:50 PM
Explore how children learn through Topic-based learning, taking them on adventures back in time and around the world!
During our showcases, we encourage you to visit different classrooms around the school and not just the one that your child is currently in. We feel this will allow you to gain a greater sense of how our hands-on approach to STEM and Topic-based learning develops and enhances children’s skills as they progress through the school.
This term Year 4 have been showing Provo Primary that they really are the most WILD of all the wild things! They have accomplished this through a Talk for Writing project in Literacy this half term for their Age Of Exploration topic.
Looking at adventure stories, we focused on the story of Where the Wild Things are (WtWTA). They story of young Max and how he used his imagination to discover a far off land inhabited by Wild Things.
But first we had to learn the story of WtWTA. We did this through story maps and oral recitals. The children really immersed themselves in the Talk for Writing approach and we started to notice some children began to show signs of being Wild Things!
How will you ‘Play Your Part for a Better Internet’?
The Internet is a wonderful tool. It is always available, contains a vast range of information and allows immediate connections with others around the globe. Here at Provo Primary computing is an integral part of our curriculum and the benefits it offers continues to be reaped by students and teachers alike. However, it is important that while embracing a digital world we maintain the same precautions and security that we would apply to the real world.
Please find some useful hints below to ensure that this safety is upheld. February 9th 2016 marks Safer Internet Day and we encourage you to bring this to the attention of your children so that they are prepared and know how to confront any challenges the Internet might throw in their direction.
Please take the time to read through some of the presentations designed by our Year 6 students. These multimedia slides offer valuable advice and suggestions to parents on how to keep the Internet fun and safe!
Take a look at all the photos of our Year 1 – 6s!
On Saturday 5th December Provo Primary for fortunate enough to be invited to participate in the annual TCIRFU TAG rugby competition for all the schools on the island. This term the children in Years 1-6 have been developing their TAG Rugby skills with Mr. George, together with Courtney Tinkler from the TCIRFU. A big thank you to Courtney for all the fantastic help and resources she has provided. The children have all enjoyed this tremendously. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the TCIRFU for offering this support to our school programme.
Provo Primary were able to field two teams in the competition, comprised of children from Year 3 – 6 – Provo Primary Ospreys and Provo Primary Pelicans. Both teams played well throughout the tournament with both reaching the finals for a fantastic head to head game.
Over the next few weeks, our Year 4 students are fortunate enough to be studying the topic ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ In this topic the children will be studying a variety of celebrations and festivals from all around the world. Whether religious, historical or personal, Year 4 will be discussing how they impact people’s lives. By doing so we will be hoping to answer the following questions, Why do we celebrate? Have these celebrations changed throughout history? Should we celebrate our beliefs so publicly?
Fortunately this topic lends itself to many celebrations that are in November. More recently, BONFIRE NIGHT! A national celebration that people in the UK celebrate every year on the 5th of November. Read on to see our amazing storyboard which retells the story of the Gunpowder Plot…
The Beauty of Mangrove Forests
For National Heritage Month our Year 4 Flamingo class have been learning about habitats, and how they CAN and have to help to conserve these for the future. Their studies have focused particularly on the mangrove habitats…Why are our mangrove systems so important? How do these work in unison with the coral reefs? And what would happen to our island if the mangroves aren’t protected.
Please take two minutes to watch the mangrove video above. Filmed in our neighbouring Bahamas, it give us a powerful insight into why we should actively protecting our mangroves here in the Turks and Caicos.
Amy Avenant from DEMA took the Year 4s on a trip to the mangrove system on Flamingo Lake. With her expertise guidance, they observed and learnt about these amazing habitats close up.
Here at Provo Primary School we have launched an exciting new class format called ‘Theatre Arts’ for Years 3 – 6. Taught together by myself, Mrs. Niki, and Ms. Shara, the class incorporates music, singing, dramatic acting and movement through age relevant topics and themes.
This term the children have spent a lot of time working on mime; visualizing scenes, feelings and surroundings, as well as voice projection and word enunciation. The children have learnt through structured, guided games that have resulted in insightful work, as well as lots of laughs.
What 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!
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.
Take 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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…