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We are all continually excited about learning and aspire to improve our school all of the time.

Times are changing again!

There is a new Ofsted Framework with the focal points of ‘Leadership and Management’, ‘Quality of Education’, ‘Behaviour and Attitudes’ and ‘Personal Development’.

Lisa Moorhouse

Head teacher/ SENCo/ music/DSL/ Humanities

Christina Stirling

Teaching and Learning Lead/ Maths/ PE Year 6 Lead

Hannah Yates

Computing Lead

Katie Friday

Early Years/KS1 lead/ Forest School’s lead/ English/ Science lead

Glynis Taylor

Art/ D+T lead

Emma Bernasconi

PE co-ordinator

Anne Robinson

HLTA-SEN Admin/ TAF/TAC /Children’s Mental Health lead/ELSA/DSL

Sarah Harris

HLTA- School Council/ House/ ELSA

Louise Siddle

SNAST

Geoff Fitzgerald

Chair of Governors

Our School Improvement Plan for this year will therefore focus on these areas.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

We have been building a policy for Learning and Teaching over the last 5 years and our Leadership and Management work will include a drive to completely embed this policy all the way across the school. We have a highly distributed leadership and each one of us will drive towards making our areas the best they can be. We will also endeavour to help you to develop an understanding of what your child is learning at school and help you to support them.

QUALITY OF EDUCATION

The new Ofsted Framework has moved the focus to the quality of education including ‘intent’, ‘implementation’  and ‘impact’ of the curriculum, with more of a focus on  how it can be used to support the development of a completely rounded child rather than just getting good results. At Dry Sandford we are delighted about this change. We are once again very pleased with our children’s results, but this will allow us to decide what wider outcomes are really important for the children and to continue to build our curriculum so we can provide these.

Every area of learning is already built into the class topics. We will continue to develop English skills by using a focus text so that children become totally immersed through the book into the topic, empathising with the characters so they develop a deep understanding of what they are learning about. Our curriculum is quite specific in terms of the core skills. Maths, English, Computing and Science skills are revisited constantly in a spiral of learning which is specifically targeted to meet the needs of all the children in every class. Children are excited by the challenges that their teacher provides, and they work their way up these with guidance from the adults who work with them. Our children have their own age-related targets but many are directed towards a greater depth through philosophy and higher order thinking in all or some areas, which is why many work above age-related expectation. Your child is being observed with great care and we assess their potential and provide interventions to move individuals or groups of children forward either emotionally or academically as required…we will let you know if these interventions are significant, and will involve you if necessary. None-core subjects - Humanities, Arts, PE are also taught through topics and it has never been the case that the topics are specific to particular year groups. What is required is that there is clear progression through each subject from stage to stage…we have a skills-based plan from Reception to Year 6 to ensure that children all make fabulous progress through their topics.

This year we have decided to focus on ‘Community’ through our topics so that the children reflect on what they have learned and how they might apply this to their future lives.

BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES

We are very proud of our children and their attitudes to learning. We believe that behaviour is a communication and as our children are generally very happy, they behave exceptionally well nearly all of the time.

Times of free play are when children demonstrate how they can regulate their feelings and manage their behaviour so this year we are putting in some support to help them. Children in years 1-6 will all do 45 minute lessons of ‘Change4life’ which is designed not only to get children thinking about their physical and mental health, but also to support them to work together and build teams. Children will then be supported in designing games for themselves.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

We have been using Philosophy for Children to get our children really thinking about the choices they make and the reasons they make them. You will  be getting a leaflet about this shortly. Philosophy is used in all areas of our topics but is also used to get children really thinking about the assembly and PHSCE themes.

This term our theme is 'Being me in my world' and thoughts for each week  are as follows…

 

 

Week 1:  4th September

MEMORIES OF SUMMER

Our assemblies will discuss:  which were the happiest memories of their summer and what was it about these times that made them happy.

Children may talk about:

Knowing I am loved

Knowing I am included as part of my team/family                                                                              

Knowing that I am listened to

Lovely things to eat

Feeling well

Achieving/ being successful

Doing things I like doing

Lots of hugs

Lovely weather

Knowing I have helped someone

Knowing I have made someone else happy

Learning something new.

Being care free

In class the children may be asked to represent their memory in their own way.

Music: Here comes the sun- The Beatles

Week 2: 9th September

MAKING OUR SCHOOL A BETTER PLACE BY SUPPORTING EACH OTHER

Our assemblies will discuss:  The people we can go to if we are upset or worried and also think about the advantages of working alone or with others.

In class the children may discuss:

Is it better to work alone or in a team?

Music: Footprints in the Sand- Leonna Lewis
Week 3: 16th September

MOON LANDING

Our assemblies will discuss: The impact of the moon landing on people's lives and how many people were part of the team which put 2 people on the moon.

In class the children may discuss: What is responsibility?

Music: Major Tom- David Bowie

Week 4: 23rd September

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY BY MAKING OUR OWN GOOD CHOICES

Our assemblies will discuss:  The Christian belief that the greatest responsibility is loving each other and that making good choices impacts on others as well as ourselves.

In class the children may discuss:What is the greatest responsibility you have?

Music: Footprints in the sand- Leonna Lewis

WEEK 5: 30th September

REGULATING OUR FEELINGS AND ATTUNING TO OTHERS

Our assemblies will discuss:  Things that happen which may affect our mood and whether we can become more resilient by taking control of our feelings.

In class the children may discuss: Is it our choice to be angry?

Music: I believe the children are the future- Whitney Houston

WEEK 6: 7th October

HARVEST TIME

Our assemblies will discuss: Where our healthy breakfasts come from and the hard work involved in harvest. 

In class the children may discuss:  What are the advantages and disadvantages of eating food from around the world? The wider world community and our responsibility for air miles.

Music:The four seasons, Autumn- Vivaldi

WEEK 7: 14th October

HARVEST DURING WAR TIME

Our assemblies will discuss: The recollections of people who were living in World War 2.

In class the children may discuss:  Who were the greatest contributors to the war effort?

Music: We'll meet again- Vera Lynn

WEEK 8: 21st October

HOW LUCKY ARE WE?

Our assemblies will discuss: Our successes so far this year- the house competition

In class the children may discuss:   The harder you work, the luckier you get. Is this true?

Music: The four seasons, Autumn- Vivaldi

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