A new term has started and with it comes a gust of momentum and fresh impetus. Not even Storm Doris could stand in our way this week, although it did take the felt off our school shed and my fence was taken down at home.
Sometimes, the wind can be a real inconvenience to us all. It is very difficult trying to do things with the wind blowing against us, it takes real determination, tenacity and perseverance to stay focused on what is trying to be achieved. On other occasions, the wind can be very helpful to us. Whether it is to keep things moving in a given direction or whether it is the little bit of extra something that we need to give us a kick-start. Things are certainly easier to do when the wind is with us, helping us along.
The high winds didn’t stop our Guided Reading Book Browse session for parents this week, despite a power cut occurring within the first 5 minutes of it! Mrs Smith prepared a useful session where she was able to show all of our new Guided Reading resources to the parents who made it. We had some extremely positive comments about the quality of the new resources and I know all the parents who attended found it informative. Mrs Smith also gave the parents some useful questions to ask when listening to your child’s reading at home. If you didn’t manage to make it but would like a copy of the information then please come into school and request it at Reception.
Unfortunately, the power cut did impact on our Year 6 SATS Prepare Aware session however. This was planned for Wednesday night and we were unsure as to how long we’d be without power so we had to cancel. Without power, it would’ve been too dark at 6pm. We will be looking to reschedule this for another convenient time, we’ll let you know when.
This week the children and staff have started something new in their maths lessons. Over the last few months we have been working hard on the concept of ‘reasoning’ in maths. This was highlighted as a key area for development in our recent Ofsted inspection. Reasoning is a very new concept to many of our children and involves them thinking much deeper in lessons and them trying to apply their maths skills. This is an essential part of the new maths curriculum. At the end of every maths lesson, your teachers will be giving every child an ‘And Finally Ticket’. This will be a problem to solve linked to the aspect of learning focused on during the main lesson, a logic puzzle or a statement to prove or disprove. It will be interesting to see how the children get on with these challenges – at the forthcoming parents’ evening please keep a look out for them. They are all printed on blue paper.
Also this week, the staff received training on the teaching of writing. We are trying to make sure that we explicitly teach the text type features of writing genres and produce child friendly success criteria for the children to follow in lessons. We are working hard to make sure that we model how to use this when working with the children so they are ably-supported to write independently. Keep your eyes out for the displays in the library reflection area – by next Monday these will be changed and you’ll be able to examples of the writing process from the current genre of writing being studied by the children.
Next week school is very busy with one thing or another. On Wednesday, we have some Year 5 and 6 children entering a swimming competition as part of our alliance to the Derbyshire School Sports’ Partnership. We also have auditions taking place for the forthcoming Key Stage 2 production of Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat. Ms Challinor taught the children one of the songs this week in singing practice so they are all well prepared. Rest assured, children do not need to sing on their own if they don’t want to. However, auditioning the children is the fairest way to ensure that every child is allocated the right part for them and it is an ideal chance for them to show us what they can do. Every child in Key Stage 2 will take part in the production on stage and some may be involved in some of the off-stage ‘technical bits’ also.
Don’t forget that this coming Thursday is World Book Day in our school. We will be doing a range of book related activities during the day but don’t forget to get your costume all sorted. I was talking to Mrs Cresswell about her costume ideas for the big day earlier on. It is always good fun to see children dressed as one of their favourite book characters and it links nicely to what Mrs Smith is doing in school next week too. Mrs Smith will be having a nosey in your Guided Reading lessons to see how you are getting on with the new resources which we purchased recently. She’ll be looking to see if you can answer lots of different question types about what you are reading in the lesson.
Before I leave you for another week just a quick reminder – don’t forget to answer the Blog Box Question. I keep mentioning my ‘aspirational’ target of having 30 entries in the box by Friday – so far we have only received up to a maximum of 16 entries in any given week. Please make me a happy Headteacher – I won’t give up on this!
Also, just a reminder that on Friday this week there will be another bake sale. This is being organised by Caitlyn and her friends in Eager Elms to raise money for a local animal charity close to their hearts. Don’t forget to bring some change to donate for a very worthy cause.
This week’s blog box question is: On what day of the week does World Book Day fall?
See you soon.