Scholes in Bloom - Silver Gilt award
Posted on 25 November 2018 by Mrs Latham
The school was happy to support Scholes in Bloom this year and contributed to the achievement of a Silver Gilt award in the Britain in Bloom judging. The marks are divided into 3 sections :
- Horticultural achievement- silver gilt
- Environmental responsibility – silver gilt
- Community participation – gold
In the written feedback, the judges said,
Excellent work with the school with the design a bed competition.
The use of recycled material on the school fence is a good educational example of engaging young people with recycling.
Thank you to all the children and families who support Scholes in Bloom and who came to the judging day in August.
Homework review - thanks for attending
Posted on 25 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree
Thanks to all of you who came along to the Homework Review session last Thursday 22 November. Feedback was really positive:
- ‘I think this was the most useful opportunity for parents to come into school… it will really help with homework problems at home and puts homework into context.’
- ‘I liked seeing all the children’s ideas for their homework.’
- ‘It was a very nice and welcoming session.’
- “It was good to see children learn from each other.’
- ‘A lovely, meaningful session.’
In the 2018 annual survey of parents and carers, the vast majority supported our Homework Policy, although a small number had some concerns that it was not marked. Our Feedback Policy states:
Research shows that feedback which is as immediate as possible is recognised to be the most effective way to impact on children’s progress / attitudes. As a result, circulating to give verbal feedback on a one-to-one or small group level, and use of the visualiser on a whole-class level, will be used. Equally, we encourage parents / carers to provide similar feedback at home (including comments in the child’s Homework Books).
Peer assessment is a particularly appropriate way to provide feedback as it is a chance to share and celebrate learning.
We recognise the expectation from parents of at least a tick. However, staff should prioritise verbal feedback and peer reviews because of the above evidence. As a result, homework activities may not always be marked, but they will all have been reviewed and effort will be celebrated in some way.
Parents / carers who came to the Homework Review session will, we hope, have been reassured. Many of the comments afterwards suggest they were:
- ‘The comments by children when they were discussing their homework went well… they really knew what was good and this meant they could get more ideas from others for next time’
- ‘It was a good opportunity to see how feedback is given and gain insight into my daughter’s learning.’
One parent commented the homework and review process would be better if there was somewhere for parents / carers to add their own comment eg on any difficulties their child encountered. As you can see from the extract from our Feedback Policy, above, we encourage parents / carers to provide feedback – we’ll do more to remind you of that… just adding a short note at the end of the page, regardless of what type of homework (Creative, Talk Time or Practice Makes Perfect), is really helpful. Thanks for that helpful prompt.
These open sessions in school are an important way to gain understanding and awareness of expectations so you can support your child at home and track their progress alongside school. Please do keep making every effort to attend – coming up are:
- ‘Watch us while we work’ – a chance to see some English and Maths teaching on Wednesday 27 February at 9am
- ‘Topic review’- a chance to look at Topic Books and join in the review of topics on Monday 25 March at 2pm
Reading workshop - thanks for attending
Posted on 22 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree
Thanks to the Y5,6 parents and carers who came along to our Reading Workshop this week – it is great to know your child is being supported at home in this core life skill.
David Owen, the Sphere Federation English Leader, led the presentation which was also attended by Y5,6 teachers. Read his PowerPoint.
The feedback was really positive:
- ‘We were really pleased we came along. It was a very informative workshop. The slides were great and explained well… All our questions were answered and we were given some great ideas…’
- ‘It was useful to go through the SAT texts… I did not realise how much they needed to read.’
- ‘The workshop was very informative. It set the expectations and explained how we (parents) can help.’
In the annual survey of parents and carers, respondents told us we could do more to provide you with information about your child and their learning. These workshops are an important way to gain understanding and awareness of expectations so you can support your child at home and track their progress alongside school. Please do keep making every effort to attend – thanks again to those who did come along.
Sports Hall Athletics Competition
Posted on 20 November 2018 by Mrs Latham
Some key stage 2 children represented our school at the area heat for Sports Hall Athletics on Monday. They used their Living and Learning skills and showed resilience and resourcefulness throughout the competition. We are proud to say they came 3rd. Well done!
"It's awesome!" - multi-use activity wall
Posted on 19 November 2018 by Mrs Latham
I love it. It’s so good having it on the playground.
Year 6 were pleased to be the first on the rota to use the new equipment. It certainly made playtime and lunchtime extremely active!
Does your child have an app called TikTok?
Posted on 19 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree
Musical.ly has a new name – TikTok. This social network app has often given adults cause for concern because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable. The UK Safer Internet Centre reports:
Because the app allows users to create videos using current and popular music, some of the songs contain explicit swearing, sexual content and references that may be inappropriate for younger users.
As users create their own content some videos posted in the app can contain inappropriate clothing or gestures. According to reviews on Common Sense Media, some parents have also reported seeing videos containing sexually suggestive or even explicit material.
Users also have the ability to interact and chat to other users of the app through the comment section under videos and the private messaging function. Private messages can only be sent between users who follow each other or are ‘friends’ and the messaging function can also be turned off entirely.
Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app. There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent the user from being able to start their own live streams.
Posted on 18 November 2018 by Miss Hague
Don’t forget on Thursday 22 November we are inviting you to come and watch our homework review.
Homework reviews happen every week, and they’re an opportunity for teachers and fellow pupils to share and celebrate (and offer constructive feedback) homework. This is your chance to watch how we review creative homework – a session where you visit your child’s own class.
No need to book in advance – just turn up for a 2.50pm start.
Children in Need
Posted on 18 November 2018 by Miss Hague
A huge thanks for the amazing sum of money we managed to raise on Friday. By coming to school in pyjamas or by wearing your own clothes, we managed to raise £310. I’m sure this money will be put to very good use.
Tree planting - thank you
Posted on 17 November 2018 by Mrs Latham
Thank you to the Scholes in Bloom team, Scholes Countryside and Wildlife Preservation group and Janet Horkan for coming to help plant trees around our school grounds. We now have a crab apple orchard, elders near hedgerows to encourage birds, willows near the natural spring at the bottom of the field, dog roses along the top fence and some birch trees near the existing trees at the bottom of the field. We also found a horse chestnut tree that had been secretly growing near one of the classrooms which we moved to a better spot. We hope they grow into lovely, large trees – making our school and village a happy and healthy place to be!
Let's Get Active - 30 active minutes
Posted on 17 November 2018 by Mrs Latham
As part of our commitment to ensure we meet the government directive for schools to provide 30 additional active minutes during every school day, we have installed some new equipment. Two multi-use activity walls have been installed on the key stage 2 playground and a ball chute on the key stage 1 playground. We can’t wait to start using them!