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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…

 

Our Spring 1 assemblies are based around 'Goals and Dreams'

Week 1:  7th January

Our assemblies will discuss: What were our best Christmas gifts? What makes gifts special?

Children may talk about:

 

In class the children may be asked to talk about their own favourite gifts and say why?

Music: Imagine- John Lennon

Week 2: 13th January

MY NEW YEAR

Our assemblies will discuss:  New Year Resolutions and why these are important

In class the children may discuss:

10 things they wish to achieve and put them in order in terms of importance.

Music: Obladi- oblada    The Beatles
Week 3: 20th January

BEING HAPPY

Our assemblies will discuss: Things we can do to cheer ourselves up

In class the children may discuss: 

What makes us happy? Use ideas to decorate the poem 'Smiling is infectious'

Music: Here comes the sun- The Beatles

Week 4: 27th January

HOPES AND DREAMS

Our assemblies will discuss:  Techniques for achieving our goals in life.

In class the children may discuss:What it is to be rich.

Music: Let it be- The Beatles

WEEK 5: 3rd February

SETTING GOALS

Our assemblies will discuss:  Dreams- including wild dreams.

In class the children may discuss: Is it good to have wild dreams?

Music: Hey Jude: The Beatles

WEEK 6: 10th February

EQUALITY

Our assemblies will discuss: 'Hope not Hate'- the work done by School Council

In class the children may discuss:  How important it is to include everyone in the community

Music:Beatles songs

 

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