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Head Teacher’s Blog

May 2017

We have had an excellent first week back, with all children settling in really well to learning.  They seem to be embracing the topic of 'Cracking Inventions' and we are excited about the activities which we have planned this term.  Please have a look at the class pages and curriculum overviews for more details. 

Please remember that holidays in term time are not authorised.  All head teachers have received guidance from the Local Authority and we are expected to fall in line with LA procedures.  The latest high court ruling ruled in favour of the local authority and North Lincolnshire schools have been told to support this.  Thank you. 

A quick reminder that KS2 tests are the week commencing the 8th May (Monday-Thursday) and KS1 tests the following week (15th May onwards).  The children have worked incredibly hard all year and we ask that all children attend every day of test week. We are proud of the effort they have put in and wish for them to reap the benefit of the work they have done all year.  They will also have a cooked breakfast on the mornings of the tests to make sure that they are as happy as they can be! As the children have been practising all year, we will do our best to make sure that the week is as stress-free as it possibly can be.  Please see your child's teacher if you have any worries or questions. Click on the link below for an important message. 

http://www.sparkyteaching.com/sats/SATS_WhatsYourSpark.mp4

To our sparky Year Sixes,

Over the past few weeks – maybe even months – you have put in lots of effort in preparation for your SATs. You will nail them. We know you will.

At the moment, you’ve been doing lots of English and Maths, but you have lots of other skills. Not every skill is taught in school and even less are tested. You might be a great skateboarder, fantastic at fashion design or have got green fingers... You might be a people-person, a problem-solver or a poet. SATs are never going to show off all these amazing skills.

They don’t test whether you’re a creative person, can write code, whether you are good at teaching IT skills to your granddad or have a rapport with animals. They don’t test your speaking skills or whether you can mend anything put in front of you. They don’t measure whether you’re arty or sporty, musical or love science. Although subjects like Maths and English are important, never forget you’ve been given talents in plenty of other areas too.

Please try your best to think of these tests as “something I’ve got to do, but not the most important thing in the world.” The problem is that sometimes we teachers can make them seem really important, without noticing what we’re doing. We have school targets we hope to meet and our school has Government targets it hopes to meet. It’s like one big chain and there’s only one person at the end of it... YOU!

But remember this: When you were born, no one said “What I want most for this child is a Level 5 in Maths when they hit Year Six!” (that would have been slightly weird!) The big things – the most important things – are things like your personality, what you believe and think, your ideas and that spark inside you that makes you you.

You are sparky. Your parents know it and, as a school, we've seen it during your time here.

There is a video on the internet that asks you to count the number of passes a basketball team make. The passes come quick and fast and you really have to focus on the ball flying from left to right to count them all. At the end of the video it says, “Well done on counting the passes, but did you notice the moonwalking bear?” You see, you were so busy focusing on watching the basketball, you missed a bear in the background, moonwalking across the screen!

SATs can be like that video challenge. We promise as a school not to be so busy focusing on your SATs that we don't notice the amazing Year Sixes you are.

Keep moonwalking and stay sparky!

 

“Don't get stressed.
Just do your best. Remember you've been blessed

With skills SATs don't test.”

Sparky Teaching 

Week ending 31st March 2017

As the weather is finally becoming much nicer, we are starting to let the children play on the field.  Please can you make sure that your child has their PE kit with them every day so that they can change their shoes if necessary.  Most of the time, they will not need to change shoes.  However, the grass has recently been cut and we are trying to protect our school carpets as much as possible.  

Please remember that your child should wear black shoes as part of their school uniform.  A number of children are now wearing brightly coloured trainers.  These are acceptable for PE but all children should wear black shoes or trainers as indoor wear, as stated in our school uniform policy.  A number of children are also starting to wear sports hoodies in place of school jumpers.  We are rightly proud of our school uniform and children are expected to adhere to it as much as possible.  If you are having difficulty in paying for uniform, please have a private word with Mrs Harris.  We do have a bank of pre-owned uniform which may be available if you ask.  If you have any uniform your child has grown out of, we would be grateful of donations.  Thank you. 

We have a busy couple of weeks before Easter.  Class 2 will be participating in an engineering event this week, then a number of children will be representing the school in two Primary Music Celebrations at the Baths Hall. 

You will be receiving information about the Easter Bingo, which has been organised by our newly reformed FLAGS.  

On the last day of term, the children will participate in an Easter Egg hunt.  All children who have consistently read at least 3x a week this term will receive an additional egg as a reward for regularly reading at home. 

Week ending 26th January 2017

Apologies for not posting on here for a while: as most of you will be aware, we are working hard to develop our Facebook Closed Group and we have been overwhelmed by the response. Parents who attended the Forum this week fed back that they are really enjoying seeing what their children are doing in school and we plan to continue to post as often as we can. 

We are also hoping to use a new App called Piota which will help us to move away from paper letters and communicate through one channel.  If you have a Smart Phone, please download the Castle Rise Primary Piota app which is free - this will give you an idea of what ours will look like.  We would really appreciate your feedback before we buy it.  Thank you. 

The children are really enjoying finding out about China.  KS2 have been researching and producing the facts they are learning in a variety of ways.  The older children have made an excellent job of recreating the Great Wall, both using Lego and paint. Class 2 have been exploring Persuasive Writing and designing a brochure in the style of a travel brochure. 

All of KS2 have really enjoyed the 'I want to be' workshops.  For the past few weeks, Addy has been visiting the school and encouraging the children to think about what they may want to be when they are older.  It has been lovely to see such active story telling.  Sadly the workshops are drawing to a close next week but the children will be producing a video which I can't wait to see. 

Miss Eleanor will also be teaching her last dance lesson for now.  She has worked with Class 2 and Class 3 for the last 4 weeks in the village hall.  We hope to see her again in the future.

We have been talking with the children about challenge over the last few weeks.  Your child may have received a postcard to celebrate success.  We are encouraging them to challenge themselves to step out of their comfort zone and try something a little bit harder than usual.   Please spend a few minutes looking at the video I am posting below.  We are striving to create a 'can do' culture, where it is ok to struggle at first. 

On a final note, please remember to click on Ofsted Parent View to give us feedback about the school.  Thank you.  

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Week ending 18th November 2016

This week, the children have been talking about what bullying is and how we can prevent it from happening.  All of Class 3 have now volunteered to be buddies - please see our gallery for photos of them with their badges.  The children have been thinking about different scenarios and what they would do in each situation. 

We have now started rehearsing for our Christmas play.  The children were very excited to receive their parts and the songs are already sounding really good.  Please look on the calendar for details of dates and times for the perfomances.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Dixon would like you to save any cardboard boxes and other recycling items please - her children are enjoying making lots of robots but we are quickly running out of resources.  Thank you. 

Thank you to the people who are reading with their children at least three times a week. A number of children have made excellent progress in their reading and moved up some reading bands.  Please remember to sign in their blue book, even if they are reading at a weekend.

Our first parents forum will be held at 3.45 on Thursday next week.  Please let Mrs Harris know if you plan to come so that I can arrange a suitable space and refreshments.  I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.  Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. 

Thank you

Week ending 11th November 2016

School has again been incredibly busy this week!  Class 3 have had a visitor from a Police Officer, teaching them about the dangers of drugs and how to stay safe.  Mags also visited them to start their buddy training.  The children will work in small groups, taking it in turns to act as buddies both on the playground and within school.  Mags complimented me on how responsive and well behaved the children were; they played some really fun, lively games but were also able to reflect and contribute on some quite serious issues.  Well done Class 3!

We have been trying to encourage the children to wipe their feet well as the playground is now becoming quite muddy.  Please can you do the same so that we can keep our school environment as clean as possible?  Thank you. 

This coming week, we will all be talking about 'Anti-bullying'.  This can sometimes mean that children use the term 'bully' much more because we are thinking about what bullying is.  Please support us to help your child to understand that sometimes behaviour is unkind and not necessarily bullying.  

ABA defines bullying as ...

the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.  

Please be reassured that we take bullying allegations very seriously and would do all we can to ensure that all of our children feel as safe as possible.  If you do have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate in making an appointment to see me. 

I would like to hold our first Parents Forum meeting on Thursday 24th November in the afternoon.  We can either hold it during the school day or after school:  I would like to invite as many parents as possible to become involved.  Please can you let me know which time is most suitable for you and then I will confirm by text?  Thank you.  The first meeting will be to set out the terms for future meetings and I would also like you to talk to me about your views on homework.  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.  Thank you!

Week ending 14th October 2016

We have had another busy week this week - on Tuesday the children in Class 1 took part in a local Dodgeball compeition.  I would like to give a special mention to the Year 6 pupils who accompanied them and worked in a very professional manner to officiate at the competition. 

We would like to invite all children from Reception upwards to our disco on Thursday next week.  Entry will cost £1 and refreshments will be included. 

Please can I remind you that if your child is using the Breakfast Club, he or she needs to be signed in and not dropped at the school gate.  Mrs Gracey does not open up until 8.20 and your child is your responsibility until handed over to a member of staff. The school gate will not be unlocked before 8.20.   We have also spoken to the children today about remaining in Breakfast Club if they have been dropped off there, rather than coming back out on to the playground. Thank you. 

I would like to invite you to be part of a Parent's Forum, which I would like to start after half term.  This will be the chance for you to meet with members of staff once a half term.  Its main aims are:

  • To support and promote children's learning
  • To help the school find out what parents and carers think about important issues
  • To involve parents and carers actively in school decisions
  • To make plans that support the ways the school wants to develop and improve outcomes for our children 

Please can you let Mrs Harris know if you are interested in being a part of the forum.  I will then contact you to set a suitable date and time.  Please remember that this forum will not be in place to discuss specific concerns about your child.  If you do have any concerns, please approach your child's teacher or make an appointment to meet with myself.  Thank you.