Last Friday our International Dance Day Flash mob video had to be postponed at the very last minute due to a rain storm. Thankfully, this week the weather has been much sunnier and warmer and so on Thursday we were able to complete the performance and filming of the dance. Ms Alicia, one of our PE teachers, and Ms Taylor, our Year 2 teacher, have been the main driving force behind this idea to get every member of the school involved in a dance for the special international dance day at the end of international week. It was a real spectacle to see every member of the community show off their moves and bring together a very well-choreographed and rehearsed piece. Thank you to all the staff who helped their children learn the dance and we hope to make it available for all parents to see very soon; we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did performing it.
Both this week and next, all of our children in Years 1-6 are undergoing assessments. These will take place in class and with no extra pressure than the children’s normal day in school. In fact, some children may not even notice they have been assessed. We do carefully select the types of assessments that we use with the children so we gain a deeper understanding of your children’s achievements and progress this year. Some children will simply read to their teacher and answer some questions so we gain an understanding of their early reading level. As the children’s ability grows and they get older, they will take more formal timed test papers. These are always aimed at the level the children are working at so they can access the paper and perform to their best. Assessment weeks are a small part of how your children are assessed although the most accurate information comes from everyday teaching and learning, from marking and feedback their work. It is from this that teachers can formulate their plans for future learning of each individual child, broadly split in to 3 or 4 groups per class. It is the teacher assessments, checked against information from other formative assessments, that you will be able to read about in a number of weeks’ time when you receive your child’s end of year report. As always, you will then be able to discuss your child’s progress and accomplishments with the class teachers in the weeks after their publication.
If you do have any questions about this, or indeed any aspect of school, you are always welcome to contact any of the teachers or me to make an appointment to see us. Have a great weekend.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary