For those families with us for two years or more, you will be able to see the incredible progress of your children, above that which is shown to be normally expected in the UK. You will of course be able to discuss these in great detail with the class teachers over the next two weeks and we look forward to welcoming you all into school again. Your children’s books will also be available in another room to the conference so you can spend time seeing what this progress actually looks like through your children’s learning.
It was whilst formatting some of the reports in the library that I stumbled upon a great lesson in progress. Year 4 were enjoying a library session. However, it was not what you would expect a library lesson to look like. There were different groups given clear tasks to help develop their reading skills, some with the teacher, some with a teaching assistant, and some independent tasks. The level of teacher planning for this is great and this directed teaching of reading skills and research skills truly helps your children develop as readers. This happens in each of the year groups and is raising attainment across the school, I just happened to see it in action, what a nice surprise!
On Wednesday, Year 1 invited parents to be part of their IPC exit point for the end of their building topic. It was a very well attended event and parents enjoyed supporting their children. To begin, after watching an entertaining video tracking the course of the topic, we all had to try and build the highest tower out of a pack of playing cards and one roll of sellotape. We were all impressed by the tallest building reaching 47cm into the sky with many others not much shorter. Many potential engineers amongst the children, and parents! The final challenge was to create a pontoon on which a traditional Vietnamese floating house could be supported. Most teams were successful so well done to everyone in Year 1 for their efforts, great learning and demonstration of their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary