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Our children: Healthy, happy individuals who make the most of what they have

Our children: Healthy, happy individuals who make the most of what they have

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Our children: healthy, happy individuals who make the most of what they have.

 

 Newsletter – September 2017

Dear Parents/Carers                                                                        



 

Welcome to the start of a new academic year especially if you are a new parent to the school.

Website

Our website continues to be packed full of information that is regularly updated with News and Events, Calendar dates, curriculum information, newsletters and blog updates from your child’s year group. The website will reveal your children’s ‘Experiences’ and allow you to feel part of what is going on in the school day. Please visit regularly so you know what is coming up and what the children have been doing.

Pupil Attendance

Throughout last year our attendance remained above National at 96.4% and we continue to push towards 97%. We had the largest number of pupils achieving 100% attendance during 2016 – 17 and it would be great to see even more this year.

Building Improvements

Despite decreasing funds for schools we have continued to make improvements to the children’s learning environment. Over the last two years much work has been undertaken:

4 classrooms completely refurbished

6 classrooms now have colourful storage and lockers replacing the old coat pegs

Flooring replaced in the Breakfast and After School Club room and adjoining corridor

The hall has been decorated and the floor sanded back and re-varnished to reveal its former glory

Completely new heating system in the junior block

Just to name a few!

The Hayes Nature Area

This beautiful spot on our meadow which includes a pond, bird watching area, teaching space and a range of flora and fauna is to receive a freshen up. Last year HSBC bank kindly donated funds for a complete overhaul of this area with many parents, staff and PTA members getting their hands dirty. Once again they have awarded a top up fund and we are hoping to buy extra plants, gravel etc. to ensure this area continues to be a wonderful place to both enjoy and learn from. Thanks must go to Trudy and Steve Hayes for organising this.

Parent and Teacher’s Association

This year, as you will all be aware, has been about funding the pool renovations. This was an enormous task and one that would not have been possible without the hard work of our PTA, in particular Michelle Fleming and Jessica Stupple but also all of you who have supported events. The PTA have managed to raise a staggering amount of money, through both donations and grants, and we have now reached our goal. Over the summer most of the ground work took place but there is still a little way to go. During the October half term the enclosure will be erected and then the ground works finished off. The whole of the area will be completely transformed and a lasting legacy for all those involved. Thank you to everyone involved in this project.

Music

Music on the Meadow was a complete success and we could not have asked for better weather. The two bands Fire Balloons and Ronnie Scott’s Rejects were fabulous and our choir sang absolutely beautifully. Thanks must go to Mrs Quantick, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Gordon for all the time and energy that goes into the rehearsals and the children for working hard to learn the words. This event has grown every year and is such a wonderfully relaxing afternoon (except for those PTA members running around the whole day). If you have not been before speak to those who went and get your tickets early for next year.

Early Years

All 45 of our Early Years children are now in school after a staggered start and we have been very impressed with how quickly they have settled. Looking at their most recent blog they have already ‘hit’ their first goal of 85 Dojo (House) points by earning coloured sticks for their rainbow. Every colour represents a part of the curriculum and encourages the children to be adventurous in their choices. Outside the Early Year’s classrooms is a notice board where ‘A week to shine’ children can be seen alongside other important notices.

We are in our second year of the ‘Experience curriculum’ and the staff continue to provide stimulating lessons that capture the children’s imagination. Already this term our school hall has been transformed into ‘The Stone Age’ a Mayan Civilisation and next week it will be completely filled with an astrodome.

Teaching in this engaging, cross-curricular way provides real reasons to write and high standards have been set right from the start. We want our children to be proud of what they produce and therefore an emphasis is placed on the quality of the work rather than quantity. Each piece has been carefully planned by the child, edited and improved until it is the best they can do and during parent consultations you will notice green pen on the children’s work. This is their self-editing and demonstrates their constant drive to improve their work.

Results

Below you can see the positive effect of a stimulating curriculum that focuses on a deep, secure understanding of each key skill.

Early Years

 

Borough Green Primary School

Kent

National

 Good Levels of Development (GLD)

77

74

71

English

77

76

Not available

Maths

84

81

Not available

2017 KS1 Results

 

Subjects assessed by the SATs

Borough Green Primary School

Kent

 

Provisional

National

 

Provisional

% Expected Standard+

Reading

88

79

76

Writing

80

72

68

Maths

83

78

75

2017 Phonics Test

 

Borough Green Primary School

Kent

National

 Year 1

84

82

81

Year 2 Retakes

78

60

62

2017 KS2 Results

 

 

Borough Green Primary School

Kent

 

Provisional

National

 

Provisional

% Expected Standard+

Reading

73

74

71

Writing

86

80

76

Maths

80

76

75

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

 

86

 

76

 

77

% Combined Expected+

Reading, Writing and Maths all at Expected+

64

64

61

Staffing

Mrs Mott will be leaving us at the end of Term 1. She has been offered a Higher Level Teaching Assistant position followed by an Associate Teacher post in September 2018. As always it is sad to say goodbye to staff but we are pleased that our long standing record of positively promoting the profession of teaching continues.

Library

Each night straight after school our library is open for children (with their parents) to change their books, this may be their Accelerated Reading book or their library book, they may also complete their Accelerated Reading Test. We have a group of wonderful volunteers who will help you find and scan out a book, with each child allowed up to two books at a time. Please do use this service, even if it is to spend just ten minutes hearing your child read before the busy tea time.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Mrs Sandberg

Headteacher, Borough Green Primary