Exciting times!

My theme for this week’s Headteacher Blog is ‘change’ and there have been a few changes in school lately which will lead to even better outcomes for our children.

‘Change’ is an inevitable process of life – things evolve, things develop and things can’t be the same forever! Change can be a very scary and uncertain process to go through but in the words of our great wartime hero Sir Winston Churchill – “ to improve is to change, to improve often is to be perfect!”

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On the subject of change, we have made some improvements to our classroom environments in school this week. On Wednesday, 4 classrooms were fitted with interactive SMART televisions. These have replaced the interactive whiteboards which have been out of action for a while. This is a really exciting addition to our learning environment because it will mean that lessons can be made much more interactive and engaging. I have posted a picture below, showing Class 4 using the TV in their Maths lesson this morning.

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Continuing the theme of change, in Collective Worship this week, we have focused on how we can change the world, to make it a better place. I was really impressed with the ideas that the children came up with. Most notably Sam in Class 5 who said that it was important not judge people or not to make assumptions without knowing all the facts. I thought this was a really mature perspective and something that we can all bear in mind for society in general. Well done Sam!

The Year 6 children have been working very hard to prepare for the new SATS tests once again this week. Although the tests have changed and the way how a level is awarded still uncertain, I am proud of each and every one of them for their hard work and their effort. Mrs Brace and Mrs Weston in Year 6 are doing a really great job to make sure that all the children are ready for the week commencing 9th May. Mrs Weston has shown me the practice test scores and they are much improved so come on Year 6, one final push!

I had a wonderful time in Class 1 on Wednesday afternoon, they were talking to me about dinosaurs! I have mentioned my fascination for dinosaurs in the past but on this occasion I was fascinated with how much the children could tell me about them! Arwen and Oliver told me the difference between a herbivore, a carnivore and an omnivore! The class could also name some other animals which were herbivores too! Once again, seeing our children so engaged in learning fills me with immense pride! Well done Class 1!

Mrs Billings and Mrs Mailer have been working really hard at breakfast club this week as a number of children have taken up the option of a free trial session! Please remember, if you wish to take up the option of the free trial for your child you need to return the slip which was sent out about a week ago. The letter is also available on our school website. I am really pleased that we can offer our families a breakfast club and we made this change because there was a great deal of demand when I spoke to parents in September. If you have any questions about breakfast club, please contact the school office or visit the page on the website.

I have been really impressed with Class 4’s Rosie, Savannah, Gracie and Keona this week and also Ava from Class 3. They came to ask me if they could do some fundraising for school. These children from Class 4 will be doing a bake sale at next week’s rewards assembly with all proceeds going to the school fund and Ava in Class 3 has been making and selling headbands for St Giles Hospice. Again, I would just like to reiterate how immensely proud I am of them. It is great to see children showing initiative and striving to make a difference. Again going back to my theme of change – in the words of Mahatma Gandhi – “Be the change you want to see in the world!” It is brilliant to see our children being proactive and also leading by example.

Other children who I am proud of this week are photographed below. They all achieved a Smithy Award.

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In school next week, Mrs Smith is going to be doing a learning walk to look at the teaching of spelling, one of our school improvement initiatives. I am well aware that we need to develop greater consistency with the teaching of phonics and spelling across the school and I also know that the staff are trialling a number of great ideas in their classes at the moment. Remember, every morning between 9 and 9:15, your child will be working on spelling activities. This will ensure that there is a prompt start to the school day also.

Also next week, don’t forget our parents meeting about the Shugborough residential trip for Class 5. This will be held on Tuesday 3rd May at 3:30 and we will be asking parents to sign all the important consent forms whilst they are in attendance:

That’s all for this week as I prepare for another busy weekend! A trip to Goodison Park is in the offering to watch my beloved Everton! Let’s hope we get 3 points! I would just like to finish with some words of wisdom from John F Kennedy on change: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”