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The weekly blog - keeping you up-to-date with school life; Stars of the Week; Housepoint winners and much more..

Thank you so much for all your feedback this week.  It is lovely to see that over 93% of parents feel that we are doing a great job and over 97% of our parents would recommend our school to other parents.  You see all the results on our website by following the link: Parent Questionnaire


The best part for me are your ideas, suggestions, and inquiries about how we do things in the free text part, so thank you for those responses.  It has been lovely to read all the lovely comments about myself and the staff, so thank you dearly.  Thank you for the suggestions on how to improve, I do have some answers for you


Termly topic & Support

Teachers always place the termly topic on the class page, which can be found here: Class Pages 

If children are struggling academically or emotionally (anxiety around work) teachers should be having conversations with you at the start/end of the school day.  Please feel free to also make appointments to see them for a more personal touch.

Changing Reading books more often We follow DfE guidelines around reading.  Reading for fluency, meaning, and pleasure.  The reading book from school is tailored to where your child is.  This could be phonetical, decodable or enhanced for meaning.  With our shorter books, the children should keep these for 2-3 days to make sure they are reading for fluency and then change them.  If they are older and have larger texts, they should be reading smaller pieces and thinking about meaning/author intent.
More Able Pupils being challenged In all lessons, the work is differentiated.  Silver is for all children to achieve as this reflects the learning intent of the lesson.  Gold is for children that need/want to be challenged.  Both teacher and parent work together and decide which learning they are going to do within that lesson, depending on previous learning.
Feedback about how well my child is doing in school.

We give parents feedback about how well their child/ren are doing 6 times per year.  

Term 1: October - parent meeting

Term 2: December - Termly Report

Term 3: February - parent meeting

Term 4: Termly Report

Term 5: Termly Report

Term 6: End of Year Report & parent meeting

Seeing more photos of my children learning

This is sometimes a challenge especially in Key Stage 2 as the teachers 'live mark.'  This means that once they have finished the main teaching, they move around the class marking and supporting the children's learning.  This has more impact on children's understanding than marking at home after the lesson.


I will take this to staff to see if they can upload more photos to the website about things that the children are learning.

Use of Pupil Premium (PP) All schools have to publish the pupil premium strategy on the school website on how they are using the funding in school to support pupils.  PP is no longer used for individual children unless they were previously in care or still in care.  You can find our strategy here: Pupil Premium Strategy
Diversity - more in school, please

Thank you so much for this comment.  I totally agree that we need more diversity within the school.  The school calendar does reflect some of the things we are doing.  Black History Month was mentioned. This is in the diary and we are teaching all-year groups this throughout the month of October.  Our RE curriculum, which can be found here RE Curriculum helps our children look at the 6 major faiths represented in the UK.

However, we need to do more.  We need to make sure that each class is celebrating the different festivals at the right time of year.  

Knowing when children have housepoint & a better system in place for warnings

I totally agree.  Our behaviour policy is all about positivity and rewarding children with housepoints rather than issuing warnings.  We thought that we had mastered letting parents know when their child received a warning.  But our children are smart and have worked out ways of forgetting things.


I have updated the school APP for teachers.  They are now able to send direct communication to you via the school app.  This means that once they put a housepoint or warning on the system, they can copy and paste it into the school app and send it directly to the parent.  This way, you will know instantly or at the end of the day that your child has received a housepoint/warning.


We will launch this system after half term but teachers are going to try this next week.

Knowing what is expected of me as a parent.

I am not making excuses but pre-pandemic, we always held a get to meet your teacher in the first week of term.  This event was attended by all parents in the class.  This way you got to meet the parents of the children in your child's class and the teacher showed you where to go on the website, what was expected for homework, and how to contact the teacher if you could not speak with them at the start and end of the school day.  I will get each teacher to write a letter for each class, so that you know what is expected from us and hopefully next year, our meet the teacher event will be able to go ahead.


Stars of the Week

Nursery Muhammad A & Travis F 🤩
Reception Inaaya A & Skyla L 🤩
Year 1 Mackie C & Junior T 🤩
Year 2 James W & Mbale M 🤩
Year 3 Sade C & Bobby A 🤩
Year 4 Sidney M & George G 🤩
Year 5 Esther BM & Freya H 🤩
Year 6 Ethan L & Charlie J 🤩


Our Housepoint Winners

EYFS Sebastian S 🥳
Key Stage 1 Theo R & Mollie C 🥳
Lower Key Stage 2 Beatrice WT 🥳
Upper Key Stage 2 Freya H 🥳


The winning house this week is: St. Patrick


Our weekly attendance is: 95.03%

Our winning year group with 96.96% is our Reception children - well done.

Please remember that Headteachers are not allowed to authorise holidays and can only authorise exceptional circumstances.


In other news...

As we move into the final week of the term, thank you for following the guidance and helping us keep cases to a minimum.  We are waiting for the DfE and SBC to release more guidance over the break and let us know what we are allowed to do in the following term.


New entrance and exit

During our feedback and watching this term, we seem to be gathering very tightly by entering and exiting via the small gate.  From Monday, Mr. H and I will be at the double gate just slightly along for parents and children to enter and if you can then exit via the small gate, that would be great.  This way, we should stop the bottle kneck and keep us all safer.


For me, slow and steady wins the race.  We will get back to normal but it is essential that we take small steps and keep everyone safe.


We were hoping to have parents in the school to see all the amazing artwork the children have completed this term by having a gallery.  Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to do this but we are going to create a virtual art gallery so that you are able to have a good look around.  Y6 are in a competition as they are studying Banksy and I have said for those that complete excellent stencils, can spray their artwork on some of the outside walls around the grounds.


Next week

Make sure that you have booked to see your child’s class teacher so that they can give you an update on how they are doing academically and what they need to work on during the next term.


The Art Gallery should go live on Wednesday afternoon - who is the next Liechtenstein? Bansky? Monet?


All children from Y1 to Y6 can take part in the Maths Whiz.  Who will be our first champions of the year?  Any budding Einsteins?


And the final day of the term is Friday 15th October.  We come back to school on Monday 1st November when will update you further on any guidance from the DfE.


Once again, thank you for your support and taking the time to complete the parent questionnaire.  The questionnaire is now closed.  Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday 😊

Mr A