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

Welcome to this week's update...

Firstly, I need to say sorry.  It appeared on Wednesday that some children were not able to join the Bedtime Story.  We are working to sort this out on Wednesday.  I will be reading another short book again and children need to log on using their Teams login and they will see the Team that is called Bedtime Story.  


I also need to apologise to Year 1.  For some reason you didn't get the APP message about today's dress-up.  Well done if you managed to find out in time to dress in something sparkly, or Strictly Come Dancing - which meant anything as there are many themes during the show.


Well done to our footballers in Y3 and Y4, who went to a tournament this week.  They showed all there our values and how we are as sports people.  Well done to you all, I am extremely proud of you - see photos below.


Our Stars of the Week

Nursery Roman E & Ben S
Reception Daisy M & Jaxon N
Year 1 William S & Benjamin RP
Year 2 Phoebe D & Nathan K
Year 3 Imogen D & Thomas M
Year 4 Lyla A & George G
Year 5 Castor S & Oscar N
Year 6 Charlie H & Elle W


Our Housepoint Winners

EYFS Arthur WT
Key Stage One Niamh C
Lower Key Stage Two William W
Upper Key Stage Two Esha B


The winning house this week is: St. Patrick


Attendance winners this week, with 99.13% is Year 1

Early Years Attendance: 93.65

Key Stage 1 Attendance: 95.64%

Key Stage 2 Attendance: 95.06%

Whole school attendance: 95.35%, which is 0.85% away from National 96.2%


In other news...

Next Thursday at 14:45 is the Y5 class assembly.  Unfortuntately, we are unable to have parents in to watch the assembly but we will go live on our Facebook group for you to all tune in and see.


Our value this month is equality and we are working with the children on celebrating difference and forming our anti-bullying policy.  As you know, we have a zero tolerance to bullying in this school and although it does happen, we work extremely hard to eradicate it as soon as we are made aware.  If you haven't completed the parent survey that was sent out, could you please complete this at your earliest convenience.


Reading Review

This week we had an expert in to monitor our reading and how effectively we teach our pupils reading.  They worked with our English leads, Miss Dickson and Mrs Brock and put them through their paces.  I must say, the review was extremely impressed with their knowledge of reading and how we teach reading.  This was the main outcome from the report:


As a school

Reading has the highest priority at Chiseldon and reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on life outcomes – the inspector really liked that every class teacher read a high quality text at the end of the day and that pupils were actively motivated to read with clear evidence being seen that pupils discuss texts with enthusiasm.


In the report it was noted that - teachers have an ‘excellent’ understanding of each child’s strength’s and areas of development and that reading is built on progressively throughout the school.


We also all have high expectations for all pupils and this is shown by regular teacher assessments and interventions being put in place.


As an English Team the inspector was pleased with how the subject is monitored, our subject knowledge and the support we offer all members of staff.


Next step – we will be working on monitoring further the impact of reading through ‘pupil voice’ within the school and also some further Sounds Write sessions to help parents.


I must say that this is a lovely report, so well done to the English Team and all those involved.  


I hope you have a lovely weekend and we shall see you on Monday.


Mr A