Creative Reading

Mrs Cowgill and I (Mrs Blake) had a very productive visit.
We visited several classrooms who were exploring creative reading, this took the form of children reading books, acting out poems and identifying different types of books.

We attended some Maths lessons and were very impressed with how engaging the pupils were.

Thank you to Mrs Roder and all the LSAs for including us in their SEND meeting and explaining everything so clearly.

The day was rounded off by spending time in Mr Appleby’s class 6F, they were discovering differences and similarities regarding creation and different Faiths. Mr Appleby also up-dated me on his developments as Lead of Gifted & talented, this was very enlightening as I am the Governor for Inclusion.

The school has some amazing displays all around the school, the pupils were all very well behaved and were keen to show us their work and explain what they had been learning, as well as given us their opinions on various matters E.g how the world was created!!! very deep.

Thank you to all the staff and pupils for making us very welcome.
I had lunch at the school, it was lovely and the meals times were very well organised.

Mrs Cowgill & Mrs Blake 15th November 2017

Reading & Inclusion

First I was in 4F with Mrs Scott. All pupils seemed engaged, focused, and interested in the subject King Harold and the Anglo Saxon’s so lots of blood and death involved.

Each table had a plan which had the main parts of the story in a brief description, the children then had to re word their version of the story encouraging them to expand on their vocabulary looking up words in the dictionary and using punctuation.

At the end a few children were asked to read out what they had wrote, some had done well but one had copied the plan down.

Then they moved on to maths 6 times tables. Whole numbers using the multi stick and number lines which seemed such a useful method I believe most of the children understood the methods and seemed pleased with themselves that they were getting the correct answers.

This was rounding whole numbers and rounding decimals the multi stick definitely made it look easy.

Next all the children sat at the front very excited and had a game on the white board with the Bubble Multiples and again it was enjoyable to watch how they were all engaged and helping each other to get the right answers to ensure they won. It seemed a great way of learning times tables and team effort.

After break I was in 5E reading (2d inference skills). Basically all children were listening. Interaction were good. Children could answer questions when asked and they explained and justified their answers with evidence from the text.

They understood all the different kinds of books from fiction to non fiction and could explain what each subject was about e.g. romance : relationships, happy ending; Science fiction : technical, about the future or outer space.

They were then set a challenge – boys on romance. They were offered 10 dojos each to read the book only 1 boy wanted to do it. Would be interesting to find out if they did do it and got their dojos.

Thank you to Miss Hicks and 5E.

Next we went into 3E. They were using background knowledge of what they had read to connect it to the text, My Neighbour’s Dog is Purple. e.g. Was it a dog or crocodile ? This was made up to make the story interesting the class was fully engaged and lots of hands were up to answer questions. They also had actions to do about the story which they all enjoyed.

Very pleasant class and enthusiastic. Miss Quinn always seems to be smiling and I think this helps to keep the class positive. Thank you for letting me come into class.

4W – Hundred mile an hour dog. Jeremy Strong. The children had to learn facts from the books encouraging them to read the stories. They had strategies for readers, Predicting, feelings, words and their meanings, facts about characters. They had to look at the beginning, middle and end of the story what they liked or didn’t like, comment if they liked the book or not.

Everyone was engaged they had mixed feelings about the book, they was very enthusiastic to tell me what they did or did not like about the book. Overall I believe most liked the book. This class was more vocal than any of the other classes we had been into but they seemed more interactive with each other talking about their thoughts and feelings on the book. Thank you to Mrs Yeu for letting me into her class.

I then popped into the LSA meeting in the staff room about encouraging to read.

They were passing around passports about each child on SEN register. What is important about the child, their support, what they are good at or what they need help with. Explaining to each other about each individual child so they all had a basic understanding of each child. I think this is a brilliant idea and must make it easier for each child and LSA who have to sit with each other. I had to leave after this so I cannot comment on anything else in the meeting.

I really enjoyed the morning in with the children I found them all very pleasant and approachable. They used their manners well and put their hands up rather than shouting out. Thank you everyone for a lovely morning.

Health and Safety walk round

Wednesday 29th November 2017
Today I carried out the termly health and safety walk round. All problems that were flagged up in the last walk round gave been addressed. The school looks good for its age; obviously there are still issues concerning the windows and air circulation. We are still trying to get advice from Essex County Council as to what can be done.

There were a few smaller issues relating the back playground Tarmac and the age of the flat roof, but that will be addressed when it’s needed or if we have money in the budget!.

I have to say the classrooms are all neat and tidy with some super displays up.
Fiona Kemzura Chair of Governors

Health and Safety Walk

Thursday 22nd July 2017
Today Mr Tobbell and I had our termly health and safety walk round the whole school.

Due to the very high temperatures over the past week, air conditioning had been brought in to cool the temperature in the classrooms at the front of the school where the temperature is at its hottest. We have been asking Essex County Council to survey our windows as many do not open, to date we still seem to be falling on deaf ears, but we will carry on until we get some kind of solution.

The walk round only flagged a few small issues apart from the heat. I was unhappy to hear that parents are not supervising younger children at home time, who seem to think it’s ok to damage trees and plants, this is not acceptable.

On a happy note the art displays around the school are lovely and well worth looking at.
Mrs Fiona Kemzura Chair of Governors

Foundation Leaders discussion

Several Governors met with different Foundation Leaders to discuss what is entailed with this role, the assessment process of staff and pupils and how they support the staff and pupils.

The discussions were very in-depth and all Foundation Leaders had a vast amount of knowledge and expertise. Constraints were identified which impact on the ability to deliver depth to their subjects. These included time and availability of information from the Government on the new curriculum 2014.

It is to be noted that these meetings took place after the children’s school day, and I would like to thank all the teachers, Mr Flitman & Mrs Ramet for their time and efforts.

Mrs Sue Blake
26th June 2017

School Assembly

Monday 12th June 2017
Today I attended a whole school assembly. The assembly was about children’s rights and responsibilities. All the children were attentive and responded to questions regarding their rights and responsibilities. It is always great to see how calm and quiet the children enter the hall. Well done
Fiona Kemzura Chair of Governors

Pupil Premium Review

Today, I met with Mrs Ramet to look over how the school uses the ‘Pupil Premium’ funding it receives. Pupil Premium is the name for the funding the Government gives to children who may be disadvantaged in some way.
The school is able to evidence what additional support is given to children and how their progress is effected by the support. Pupil Progress Meetings are held to discuss progress and should staff feel that additional support is required they will decide on how best to support the children. These meetings are held on a regular basis.
As a result of my visit, I am confident that the school uses the funding in an effective way and that the monitoring it carries out makes sure that pupils are getting the support that best suits their needs.
If you wanted to see what sort of support is available for children, the school publishes information on the website.
Claire Maynard

Pupil Views

Getting to talk to pupils is always my favourite part of visiting the school. Today, I met with two pupils from each year to listen to their views about homework and how they thought they were doing at school.

Homework:
All the children said that homework is set so that they can apply the things they have been learning in class. They said it was good when they had some help from others at home and that it wasn’t always Mum and Dad, but sometimes older brothers and sisters.
All children said it was better to start their homework early in the week and felt that doing a small amount each night was better than in one hit. Boys did say they would rather be playing computer games than doing homework!
The children all said they preferred doing project homework rather than the maths and literacy but they understood that the ‘every day stuff’ was important.

What will their teachers say about them in their school reports?
The younger pupils said that their teachers would say they were good in class whereas the older pupils recognised that their behaviour was not always as it should be.
It was good to see that some recognised that they had improved in certain areas and that there were areas that they still needed to work on.
All children said they would be concerned about what adults at home would say about their report.

Is the school doing a good job?
The pupils all felt the school was doing a good job and that they enjoyed being at the school. The school has taught them all new things and that there were often ‘fun’ activities such as the book fair.
There was a mention of a ‘shouty’ teacher but the pupils then went on to say that the school dealt with poor behaviour in a fair way.

The children were all happy to talk to me about their views on the school. They were a delight to listen to and a credit to the school.
Claire Maynard

Chair of Governors 5W

Monday 15/05/2017
Today I was invited in to 5W to hear their descriptive writing on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

All the children I listened to had used such lovely descriptions and had set the atmosphere for their stories extraordinarily well. They all read really well to me and I thoroughly enjoyed our chats about the book and Charles Dickens.

Thank you for letting me hear you read today. Well done all of you. Fiona Kemzura