This week’s message (Friday 23 September 2022)

Friday 23 September 2022

This week’s message has some information about an event coming up for Key Stage 1 and 2 parents and carers. The rest of the message includes some updates about our annual surveys, one for parents and carers and one for children. 

Watch us while we work

Coming up at school is a short open session for current KS1 and KS2 parents/carers to join us in class to watch the teaching and learning of some essential Maths and Reading skills. The session is a great way to find out how you can support your child at home.

The session is at 9am on Tuesday 04 October. You’re welcome to visit us – there’s no need to reserve a place. We invite you to spend time in just one class. (For those of you with more than one child, you might want to come again for a second session on 26 January to visit a second classroom.)

Parents and carers of children in Reception have the opportunity to attend separate Stay and Learn sessions.

Annual survey follow-up

In the summer (18 August), we presented some of the main findings of this year’s annual survey. (You can still read this by scrolling through a few news items here.)

We always consider the feedback we get from the survey.

This year, we’ve taken on board a useful comment about uniform: we’ve dropped the words ‘ideally with logo’ from our uniform policy. This
hopefully makes it clear that we have no expectation that your child should wear a sweatshirt with the school logo.

You also told us that you’d like us to be stricter about branded clothes. We agree. We’ve responded by addressing the fact that some children were wearing branded clothing for PE. We’ve bought spare kit for these children to change into and are regularly sending uniform reminders home.

We hope you’ll agree that the children look really smart when the uniform policy is adhered to.

We’ve responded to other comments, too. The fence around the KS2 wooden equipment has been replaced and our KS2 toilets are being cleaned and monitored regularly.

Some parents mentioned homework. Homework is always a challenge to get right as some people think there’s too much and some not enough. At primary school, we feel that practice is key as far as homework is concerned – that’s why we have prioritised reading, spelling, times tables and number fact fluency. Talk Time and Living and Learning offer the opportunity to join in with discussion with family members. Remember, you might wish to supplement the activities we provide with additional materials.

A few parents mentioned it would be good to have a wider choice of after-school club activities and more sports teams. We’ll hopefully be able to introduce more of these over the next term. If you’ve any ideas for the kinds of clubs you’d like to see, please speak to Miss Hague at the gate.

Pupil survey

At around the same as the parent/carer survey is released, we ask children in KS2 to complete a quick survey, too. This helps us identify strengths and possible areas to develop.

This year, children rated provision in Science, Art, DT, Geography, History and Music and PE higher than nationally, and six of these were rated significantly or very significantly higher.

All statements relating to attitudes to learning in school were recorded as higher than national average; two were rated significantly higher. However, attitude to homework was lower than national – please do make sure your child engages with our homework expectations.

Finally, and importantly, of the five safeguarding statements, four were recorded as higher than the national average, two significantly (with the other one in-line with national).

This all goes to prove that our school is a happy and healthy place to learn.

Talking of which, have a happy and healthy weekend!