This half term the children in Willow, Cedar and Maple are focusing their learning about The Monster Machine. They were very excited when the Monster Machine visited them in assembly. The children in Lilac, Beech and Nursery are basing their learning around the thing they know best – families. I’m certain that both themes will give a clear direction to their learning allowing them to continue to make progress.
Last academic year the children all made very good progress with their reading and this is due to the fantastic support you give at home in encouraging your child to follow the Homework Policy and read at home at least 4 times a week and in joining your child for Reading Morning every Tuesday.
We are currently learning about the school rules and good learning behaviour from our ‘Good Learning Team’. The team comprises of eight Disney characters and each one represents a different learning behaviour. The children have explored these behaviours so they know exactly what each one looks like if you are doing it properly. The characters and their learning behaviour are as follows:-
- Mickey Mouse – ‘be curious’
- Minnie Mouse – ‘concentrate’
- Woody – ‘don’t give up’
- Jessie – ‘be co-operative’
- Tigger – ‘enjoy learning’
- Eeyore – ‘have a go’
- Winnie the Pooh – ‘keep improving’
- Piglet – ‘use your imagination’
Our School Rules are:-
- We are kind and polite to everyone
- We allow everyone to try their best
- We do as we are asked, by the adults in school, first time
- We keep our hands, feet and objects to ourselves
- We take care of everything in school
- We all help to keep our school tidy
- We walk inside school at all times
Our School Motto which underpins all of this work is ‘Helping each other towards excellence in all that we do’.
As a school our priorities during 2017-18 are :-
To further diminish the gap so that DPs achieve the same as non-DPs nationally.
• A relentless focus on improving the quality and consistency of teaching. This will be a focus for CPD.
• Monitoring and evaluating the delivery and impact of interventions/provision. This will be a focus for CPD.
• Actively engaging parents/carers of DPs. Achievement for All project at Trent Vale.
To further develop and clarify the role of the Executive Headteacher along with developing leadership capacity.
• Further develop the role of the subject leader
• Further develop governors understanding fo data and its underlying messages
• Achieving the aims of the collaboration
To further improve the percentage of pupils achieving greater depth at the end of KS1 and exceeding at the end of F2 in mathematics
As part of our collaboration with Beeston Rylands Junior School I will be working very closely with children, staff and governors to develop a continuum of education from 3-11 years; an education that encourages every child to reach their potential both academically and socially while at the same time enjoying their learning. Additionally we have also joined the George Spencer Teaching School Alliance to enhance our professional development we offer to staff and extend the number of schools we are working with.