Thursday 13th February 2020
Today I attended Year 1’s Dragon Assembly. Both classes took part and nearly all the children had to speak to the assembly as well as remember rhymes and songs. They clearly had remembered what they had learnt about the book they had been studying and other information as well. The art work was fabulous and some wonderful dragon masks been made. A lovely song at the end with some very good instruments being played. All behaviour was excellent.
Fiona Kemzura Chair of Governors
Monday 13th January 2020
This afternoon myself and Mrs Harrison visited the year 4 classes.
4F were discussing the digestive system in their science lesson. There was a lot of discussion about what the digestive system does, and in a couple of cases they knew more than a lot of adults do!! The class was well behaved and attentive. We also looked at some of 4W’s books. In the handwriting books, the quality was very good but unfortunately when some of the children then wrote in their exercise books their writing was not as good. This was mostly with the boys’ books, so the year 4 teachers are working hard to improve this.
4E were having a dance class where they were learning a new routine. The children seemed to be having great fun and were excited to learn the next steps and eventually danced with the music very well. Great coordination and concentration!
Thank you for a nice afternoon,
Mrs Kemzura, Chair of Governors, & Mrs Harrison, Governor
Monday 2nd December
Today myself and Mr Tobbell conducted our termly walk round. All in the school was good apart from a few minor issues to be dealt with. Our main problem will be how to repair the developing cracks in the back playground. We also had the pleasure of sitting in on the children’s decision on the new charity of the year at upper school. We wish you luck with all your fund raising. Also congratulations to Joe Harrington following his great collection for the British Legion. The display work across the school was wonderful.
Fiona Kemzura Chair of Governors
Les Tobbell vice chair of Governors
The school hosted a sports festival in July, this also involved Abacus and North Crescent schools. The weather was good the children were very excited and enthusiastic.
All children were well behaved and waited their turn for each event (about 6 in total),working very well together in mixed gender groups from each school and making the other schools feel very welcome and getting along fine.
Year 6 from our school helped out, advising younger children what to do and helped by ensuring the children felt included and safe.
Everyone really enjoyed the day and got along fantastically, cheering each other on.
Mrs Joanne Cowgill
10th July 2019
I had the great pleasure, along with other parents of pupils from the school in assessing Year 5 children completing their First Aid course.
This involved lots of demonstrations by the pupils of different emergency situations they may face and what appropriate action they needed to take. We had to ask the pupils lots of questions as well, which acted as another form of assessing them.
We had a criteria checklist which we had to complete to determine whether the pupils passed or not.
I had fun making up scenarios for the pupils and, I am pleased to say, every child I assessed passed!!!
I was so impressed by the way the pupils conducted themselves in these difficult testing conditions; they were extremely knowledgeable and calm.
Thank you so much to Mr Kemp for his time, enthusiasm and dedication for training and organising this First Aid course, which he has done for many years, and to all the parents and staff involved in making this another great success.
Mrs Sue Blake
19th July 2019
I had a great day exploring all the work and creativity going on in the school as part of Art week.
I always enjoy Art week, which involves the Take ONE Picture project. This year the pupils have explored one of George Bellow’s paintings Men of the Docks. I visited Upper and Lower sites and was so impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and engagement with the artist and the painting.
The Take ONE Picture project incorporates all of the curriculum which I find remarkable and fascinating.
Many of the pupils looked at events in the painting that they could relate to their own lives, such as being on a boat/ship themselves, and family members that have worked on the docks.
Lower site pupils impressed me with their drawing and interpretation skills, using view finders to concentrate on small sections of the painting, this terms theme has been sea and sand and they have incorporated this into Arts week by thinking about the Barnacles that may be stuck to the bottom of the ship in the painting.
In the afternoon I attended the play leaders meeting. The pupils volunteer themselves for this role and they were learning about what the role involves and debated how a play leader should conduct themselves.
I found this meeting very encouraging, as all the pupils made really good suggestions about how to conduct themselves, how to support their peers and situations they may need help with. Al the pupils said it was important to listen to each other and not be critical. I also joined in with demonstrations of games to play, very energetic ,I didn’t need to go to the gym that night!!!
Whilst at the school I observed all the displays, they are amazing, informative and really brighten up the school.
Well done to all the pupils and staff
Mrs Sue Blake
Governor 17th June 2019
I have had the pleasure of attending the parent group meetings organised by Mrs Champion since they started this year.
This is a support and networking group for parents with pupils with additional needs. I hope I have been a useful addition to the group as I am also a paediatric nurse. I want to give my warmest thanks to all the parents and Mrs Champion for making me feel so welcome when I attend the meetings, and for sharing their experiences and knowledge with me.
May they flourish and continue in September.
Mrs Sue Blake
Today myself and Mrs Harrison had a look at the children’s work which they were preparing for Arts week. 5w were completing their interpretation of the picture Men of the Docks. Their ideas and different ways of interpretation were varied and very well thought out. I particularly liked a display some of the boys had made of the titanic sinking. Also we went in to watch the rehearsal for the Wickford collaborative dance festival next week. Fantastic dancing especially as they had only had two rehearsals.
Thank you all.
Fiona Kemzura Chair of Governors 21st June 2019
Today I was in lower school, visiting Dragonflies, and Caterpillars. Dragonflies were learning sequencing in maths. They were putting the numbers they were given in the right order eg 17-19 where did 18 go? The whole class were contributing to solve the answer and there were some very quick reactions. Also their times tables counting up and down in 10s, again the whole class were contributing. Caterpillars were doing literacy and extending words eg hard, harder, hardest. The table I sat with soon caught on to the answers and then were adding words that would carry on in the same theme.
Also I listened in on the phonics testing and it was a joy to see the children’s reactions when they scored more than last time they were tested.
Thank you everyone it was a lovely morning.
Fiona Kemzura Chair of Governors 13th June 2019
Today Mr Tobbell, and I conducted our termly walk round both school sites. There are a few minor issues to be addressed, but on the whole the school is in good repair. What we did notice was the amount of excellent display work in both schools. As it was World Book Day it was great to see so many children dressed up and enjoying the day ( and staff as well). I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many wizards outside of Hogwarts! Well done everyone.