As you will all be aware, on Thursday 12th January Ofsted carried out a routine inspection of our school to check on the progress we were making. It had been over 5 years since our last inspection. I can now officially announce that the findings of the inspection was that our school continues to be graded as a ‘good school’ and you are now able to read our inspection report by clicking on the following link:
Don’t forget that next week we are holding some more parent-pupil workshops where you will be welcome into school to learn with your child between 9:15 and 10:15 am. We had an amazing response earlier on in the year for the Maths Back to School Week – with a total of around 50 parents/relatives coming into school to see how we teach.
Next week our focus will be reading.
Please look below to see when your child’s pupil-parent session is taking place:
Monday – Eager Elms
Tuesday – Wonderful Willows
Wednesday – Hardworking Hazels
Thursday – Outstanding Oaks
Friday – Champion Chestnuts
We hope to see you there!
School has been a very compassionate place this week with children looking out for each other and all staff ‘rallying round’ to support one another, in what has been a busy week. Being compassionate is one of the things that make our school so unbelievably special and it is also part of our new P.E.A.C.E agenda. Sometimes, showing you care can be achieved without uttering any words at all. This week, I have seen many examples of compassion across our school. The sight of Arlo in Wonderful Willows putting an arm around ‘his neighbour’s’ shoulder in collective worship on Monday without any prompting, to comfort them when they were upset, was an immensely powerful thing to witness. Hearing about Jenson from the Eager Elms gallantly offering to swap his lunchtime duties around, so a child who needed to change into their PE kit wouldn’t get cold outside, made me feel proud and Daisy showing her ‘helping hands’ over lunchtime on Thursday was pretty special too. It was a lovely assembly on Friday and it was great to hear about lots of examples of compassion.
A big part of showing compassion is ‘looking out for others’ and doing what is right to keep them safe. On Thursday evening last week, we had a great response to our Online Safety Forum. We really wanted to ensure that as many of you could attend as possible, which is why we timetabled this for later in the evening. It is vitally important, in an ever-changing electronic age, that we educate our children about safe online activity. There are so many things which we have to consider when children are online. Even when playing console games on devices such as X-Box Live, people who are unknown, are able to communicate with our children. The session itself was very informal and was an around the table discussion – thank you to all who attended. We had a long chat about the ‘Coton bubble’ and how we can best prepare our children for when they leave us for Secondary School. We will be following up this session with more Online Safety lessons in school as part of the Computing Curriculum.
Showing compassion is modelled at all times in our school and last Thursday was no different. Our staff team worked hard to support each other through our long-awaited OFSTED visit. The purpose of our OFSTED visit was to check on the progress we were making as a school. This visit had been in the pipeline for a long time as it has been over 5 years since we were last visited. We’ve had to make some very important changes over the last 18 months due to heightened expectations and it was really useful to get some feedback on the changes we have been making. Once again, our children were a real credit to us and I’d like to thank them for being polite and welcoming our inspector in the best way they know. At this stage, we are unable to share the outcome of the inspection with you, until the report is published. Our report should be published within the next 2-3 weeks.
In Collective Worship this week we have been focusing on the art of making choices and also the consequences of decision making. Sometimes no one decision is 100% perfect and we have to work through the consequences if it means achieving our long term goals. This was quite a mature concept for our children to grasp but they all responded brilliantly and gave some super contributions. One child expressed that the role of a leader was important when making choices and on Thursday the children were asked to name a number of leaders from Teresa May (our Prime Minister), Pope Francis and outgoing President of the United States, Barack Obama.
I really enjoyed Privilege Time last Friday – it was a positive experience for me personally. We had a grand total of 43 children who cashed in their Privilege Pass and joined in the fun. Some of these children were attending for the fourth time but we also had some children who were there for the very first time. Don’t forget – once 25 Privilege Points have been collected children can ‘cash in’ their pass and join in the fun. Over the next few weeks, I will be working with Miss Forrest and School Parliament to create a wish-list of new games and equipment which the children want us to purchase to make it even better.
This week our P.E.A.C.E focus will be ‘excellence’ and there are a number of ways that our children will be able to stand out and impress their teacher for a reward in Friday’s assembly. Not only do we want ‘excellence’ in terms of pupils’ work, we also want ‘excellence’ as regards how well the children behave to one another outside. Our Ministers of Anti-Bullying and Playtime are going to be doing a learning walk on Wednesday lunchtime with Miss Forrest and I hope they’ll be able to spot lots of children being kind and respectful.
Also next week, we are hoping for sporting excellence too. Miss Popple is taking a group of children to a 6-a-side football tournament on Thursday at Derby County. I know that as part of our lunchtime sports league, Jacob Wright has been training the children in preparation. We wish the children all the best for the competition, I am sure that they will represent our school impeccably as always.
Don’t forget, Young Voices is edging ever closer. I happened to catch Miss Popple and Miss Forrest going through the songs this afternoon with their classes. Remember, you can access the songs at home by following the link which was posted in the ‘General Announcements’ section on our website. We really want to give a good account of ourselves once again so get practising!
Before I leave you once again – here is this week’s blog box question:
How many children attended privilege time last week?
Have a great week everybody!
Please note that the after school club forms for the Spring Terms, which takes us up to the Easter holidays, are now available to download from our website, click here for the link.
The latest breakfast club forms for Terms 3 and 4 have now been uploaded on to the website, click here for a quick link.
It is important to stress that if you do use the breakfast club facility then can you please book in advance in order to ensure that we have the correct level of staffing and provisions in place – we would hate to have to turn anyone away.
In our current world of ever-evolving information technology it is important that we keep our children safe on-line as best we can. Some of you came along to the Back to School On-line Safety Workshops run by Ms Challinor last term. These sessions were very insightful not just for the children but for the parents as well. If you missed these, there is another session scheduled for 12th January 2017 at 7.30pm as we appreciate that parents can’t always get to the workshops during the day time.
In the meantime, there are various links on the ‘Keeping your child safe’ page of our website to help you understand and best protect your child.
Click here to go to the Keeping your child safe page.
As you are aware, we have another of our ‘back to school’ weeks next week, this time we will be looking at maths, with a ‘reasoning’ focus. These are informal sessions where parents sit with their child and do activities showing you how your child learns and the techniques we use in order for you to best help your child at home. It is interesting how teaching/learning techniques have changed and developed over the years but it is important that we try and use the same methods and terminology to help our children and not cause confusion.
The sessions for the week are as follows:
Monday, 28th November, 9.15 – 10.15am
Tuesday, 29th November, 9.15 – 10.15am
Wednesday, 30th November, 9.15 – 10.15am
Thursday, 1st December, 9.15 – 10.15am
Friday, 2nd December, 9.15 – 10.15am
* This will be instead of the ‘fly on the wall’ session for next week only.
We understand that it is sometimes difficult for working parents to get in to school but if there is someone else who supports your child with learning, for example a grandparent, they are welcome to come along instead or as well as yourself.
Following the recent ballot for the roles of Parent Governor, we have pleasure in announcing the successfully elected candidates:
We wish them well as they start their venture as Governors of our school.
As you are aware, our KS2 children will be joining hundreds of other schools in the mass choir to sing at Young Voices 2017. This is an amazing opportunity for the children and those that have been in previous years have thoroughly enjoyed themselves – it’s like being at a pop concert!
To support the children in getting performance ready, you can download the Young Voices app, which has all the music resources on for the children to sing along to. Just follow the link below to download the app.
Diary dates for the full school year are available on our website under Information / Dates for your Diary but as a reminder, here is what is happening in school next week, including the after school clubs which start back:
Monday, 7th November 2016
After school Dance Club, 3.15-4.15pm
Tuesday, 8th November 2016
After school Multi-Sports Club, 3.15-4.15pm
Wednesday, 9th November 2016
Grandparents lunch, timings as follows:
11.30am Grandparents of children in Outstanding Oaks and older siblings
11.45am Grandparents of children in Wonderful Willows and older siblings
12.15pm Grandparents of children in Champion Chestnuts, Hardworking
Hazels and Eager Elms
Wednesday, 9th November 2016
After school Film Club (Years 1 & 2), 3.15-4.15pm
Thursday, 10th November 2016
After school Table Tennis Club, 3.154.15pm
After school Cookery Club (KS2), 3.15-4.15pm (CLUB FULL)
After school Hockey Club, 3.15-4.15pm
Friday, 11th November 2016
After school Football Club, 3.15-4.15pm
After school Choir Club, 3.15-4.15pm
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO PARENTS ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY, 11TH NOVEMBER 2016.