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Rayyan Report | Monday, 21 October 2019

Dear Parents,

Mathematics was everywhere last week! 

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  • RY World Maths Day
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  • RY Assembly

With year groups taking different aspects of maths to discover, it was wonderful to see such a broad range of learning. In addition to problem solving, pattern finding and measuring, the children were challenged to think of an occupation which doesn’t involve mathematics of some nature. Our conclusion? There isn’t one occupation which we can think of that doesn’t use maths! The profile of this subject was further raised through the study of famous mathematicians throughout history, and the impact that these pioneers have had upon the world. A child-friendly version of Albert Einstein’s life was shared with the children in assembly, with the resounding message that those that ask questions, get answers.

“A seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge” is the dictionary definition of enquiry. Einstein achieved this throughout his life and the children of Compass Rayyan are similarly showing developing enquiry skills each day. World Maths Day allowed the teachers to further delve into the enquiring minds of the children and determine the certificate winners for the week – the staff weren’t happy in having to only choose one child per class!

In a week of celebrating successes, certificates were also presented to children for outstanding progress and/or attainment in mathematics, as noticed by the class teachers. Some of these children scored 100% on their Quizziz, created to look at knowledge and skills taught so far in their year groups. Others used different strategies to find solutions to problems and others still contemplated different equations.

Our Student Voice presented their first certificates of the year as they looked for students who had stood out over the past few weeks. Well done to Huli, Alana and Hamza for being recognised by your peers as fantastic role models.

Our final certificates were presented by Miss Eman and myself to those children who were putting in incredible effort into their reading, as calculated by the Accelerated Reader programme. One of our young readers, Isla from 4B, was the first in the school to reach the Millionaire’s Club, reading over a million words in just over 6 weeks. Well done to Omar and Maryna from 5A and 2A respectively for reading and understanding a wide variety of books. With differentiated levels for books, all children are able to be successful in Accelerated Reader and I look forward to even greater successes in the future.

At the Coffee Morning on Wednesday, we were able to find not 1, but 3 willing leaders of Friends of Compass. Thank you to these wonderful volunteers and I am sure that together, we shall reach out to grow the numbers and participate in events across the year.

The Year 4 Exit Point was a resounding success, with a large number of parents coming to learn about countries in Asia, South America and Europe. The children displayed their knowledge and understanding confidently and clearly and even made time to quiz the adults in attendance – I was proud to pass most quizzes!

In Year 1, the children celebrated the end of their ‘Let’s Celebrate’ International Primary Curriculum unit by planning, hosting and enjoying an amazing party! All students contributed their ideas, skills and expertise in designing games, costumes, masks and even budgeting for food.

Year 5 enjoyed a very practical science lesson this week by planning an investigation into solids and liquids. With the intention of making playdough, all children had to predict what would happen when they mixed certain ingredients. This was followed by writing a method and then investigating. Thankfully, all children were able to make playdough, although not all predictions were correct – it certainly wasn’t edible!

At Thursday’s assembly, I wished all a happy break and requested that the students do three things – be safe, be kind and have fun. I hope that you all enjoy the family time together and have chance to have fun. I am looking forward to recharging my batteries, ready for another half term of ambitious teaching and learning.


Peter Anderton,

Head of Campus, Rayyan

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