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New Year Newsletter 2010[1]

  1. 1. Auchinairn Primary School & Nursery ! ! ! 10 January 2010 New Year Newsletter School Inspection part of the new curriculum •! The school was very good at Involving a In December we wide range of partners to support had a visit from the children, families and the school more School Inspectors generally [HMIe]. As this was •! The use of ICT throughout the school a mid term visit was developing very well they looked at •! During their visit the inspectors received specific areas of our school but during their Excellent feedback from parents and feedback they did provide us with a general partners review of how they found the school – and the •! The school was having a profound impact feedback was superb! Here are just some of they on supporting families and individuals things that they highlighted as excellent practice •! At all stages children displayed in our school: enthusiasm and confidence •! Health & Wellbeing was a strong feature •! Interdisciplinary Learning was becoming a of the school and was the basis of some strong feature of the school excellent practices which helped the •! The school was using a broad Range of school drive forward many new initiatives. different mediums to meet a variety of •! Drama was used very effectively as a needs vehicle for learning other things, •! Good questioning of children’s improving behaviour and building self understanding was witnessed and was esteem helping to improve the quality of teaching •! The schools progressive work in and learning addressing children’s Attachment and Resilience was sector leading. The feedback highlighted that the new policies •! Motor skills and other groups e.g. and procedures we have been putting in place over Emotional Resilience were very the last 20 months were having a real IMPACT on effectively managed and ensured the quality of learning and teaching throughout individual pupil needs were being the school. Thank you to everyone who is helping addressed us make such a success of our school! •The school was already very well on way to meeting the Building the Curriculum 4 [BtC4] criteria which had recently be published as 1
  2. 2. School Improvement Plan Update - in bold you will see extracts from the content of our improvement plan - followed by a brief update on our progress half way through the school year. Support for learning: •Meeting the needs of More Able pupils – although there was limited feedback from parents we have devised a draft policy for review and have already put in place some new procedures such as the teaching of Latin •Philosophy – this has now been integrated into the curriculum after training delivered to staff by Mr Friel to colleagues •Creativity and the Arts – we have made a number of links recently, such as the Carl Rosa opera Company in London and Scottish Ballet. The new school choir and our violinists are making super progress and have made a number of public appearances. •In-service on current thinking about brain development – this has been delivered to support staff by the Headteacher and will be part of the teachers training programme in the months ahead •Autism awareness – The DHT has delivered staff training on this and on supporting children with dyslexia. We hope to become a Dyslexia friendly school in the coming year •Building resilience in the classroom – training has been delivered to staff and we are to develop this further using the Bounce back scheme we have purchased, as part of new programme in our new room for children and families •Development of a dedicated room to focus, in a nurturing way, on the specific needs of some of our children – this has now been completed and will become a key feature of our school in the months and years ahead. Development of the key areas of A Curriculum for Excellence – we continue to make changes to our curriculum to meet the requirements of the new curriculum. Self Evaluation across the school - The headteacher has put in place a range of new evaluation procedures as part of our strategic management of the school, its functions, policy, procedures, best value and outcomes/ impact. PSHE/Citizenship programme – this has been devised and will soon be shared with staff. Sexual health, relationship [SHaRE] and drug education programme – this has been devised and will soon be shared with staff. Restorative Justice approach to behaviour management – our school arranged training for all of the schools in the area, delivered at a cluster in-service. We have now organised more in-depth training for staff in our cluster schools to drive forward this initiative for better behaviour and discipline. Throughout the session we will continue to implement a range of effective learning and teaching strategies across the school to engage, motivate and involve pupils in the learning and teaching process e.g. : timetable of school based CPD events •Teaching children to become more independent •Develop children’s thinking skills •Co-operative/collaborative Learning developed – staff training started and to be extended •Further develop Questioning skills among staff and pupils We will continue to provide a more extensive range of information leaflets and provide related workshops. Develop new school Website – the new format will soon be launched and will be populated with more information. Homework policy – questionnaires have been issued, information collated and a draft policy devised for consultation and review. Glow- the school is now using this as a tool for managing and sharing information between staff and national groups. Teachers are using it as a tool to develop class forums and we have successfully used the Glow meet facility to work with people on-line – such as the renowned poet, Liz Lochead. 2
  3. 3. Nursery Information - Care **Environment and Staffing were not graded in the very good category because of authority practices, not Commission feedback school issues. The report noted that the Headteacher had already raised these concerns with the authority. !"#$%&'()*(+#,-(#./(0"11),&(2(3(2(4-,'(5))/( Statement 1 5 - Very Good Statement 3 5 - Very Good !"#$%&'()*(6.7%,).8-.&(2(9(2(5))/( Statement 1 4 - Good Statement 2 4 - Good !"#$%&'()*(0&#**%.:(2(9(2(5))/( Statement 1 4 - Good Statement 2 4 - Good !"#$%&'()*(;#.#:-8-.&(#./(<-#/-,=>%1(2(9(2(5))/( Statement 1 4 - Good Statement 4 5 - Very Good What the service does well Service Strengths What we could do better Extracts and feedback from • ‘The nursery had very The report suggested written our report: good methods in place information completed by to ensure that children parents relating to children - Very good progress in and parents views who may have an allergic involving young children in influenced the reaction needs to contain planning for their own provision and more detail - now in place learning – responsive planning development of the The Headteacher should care and support continue to liaise with the - More access to the outdoor provided.’ authority to provide more learning area and the • ‘We found that the midday cleaning; to ask for purchase of more resources. service was very good the nursery to be painted; to at involving parents in provide child height coat - Very good progress in identifying and storage and review the introducing the new addressing the needs position of the changing unit curriculum [CfE] e.g. Profile of their children.’ at the entrance of the CfE Maths/ Language/Match • ‘The nursery had good children's toilets to ensure the CfE Early stage outcomes methods in place to greater privacy. to nursery themes. ensure that children and parents views The Headteacher would like to thank - More effective nursery to influenced the the staff in the Nursery for all of primary transitions developed development of the their hard work. including a more productive P1 environment.’ induction process to build-in • ‘The head teacher teacher exchange, ASN encouraged very good identification and induction communication through activities. staff meetings, an open door policy and having - More opportunities to regular contact with develop emergent writing. 3 staff, parents and The full report can be seen in the Whole day placements now in children within the Nursery or on line at: place for some of our nursery.’ www.carecommission.com children.
  4. 4. Education Newsletter Sunday, 10 January 2010 Events in January Our new telephone number will be 955 2289 as of Wednesday 13th January, assuming there are no technical problems installing our new system. Our Health Week will start at the beginning of February - as last year children will be required to make a small Classroom Monitoring contribution of £2 to help towards all of Last term the Headteacher and Depute the activities we have planned. Headteacher reviewed the quality of learning and If your child receives additional support teaching opportunities by visiting classes and for their learning you should have had a watching lessons. We are delighted to inform you letter inviting you to a progress meeting. that there was clear evidence of excellent practice This will be followed up with a phone call in the school. to confirm attendance. Thank you for your support with this. Obviously there are still many areas we are all Playground working hard to improve yet further. These It is very important for children’s include: Challenging our more able children; development that they have as much increasing the pace of learning in some lessons; active time outdoors as possible - to developing more active and outdoor learning learn and play - in all kinds of weathers. opportunities, improving children’s written As soon as it is possible to do so our language skills - to name but few! children will once again have opportunities to Future In-service and be out of doors. Staff and Curricular As always Development nights please ensure will help us make the they have continuous suitable clothing improvements we want and footwear. for our school. As always, if you have any issues or concerns, please get in touch: ! ! Auchinairn Primary School Some useful websites: Beech Road Bishopbriggs G64 1NE A curriculum for excellence - building the curriculum 3 a framework Tel: 0141 772 3753 Fax: 0141 762 0294 for learning and teaching: office@auchinairn.e-dunbarton.sch.uk http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/Images/ building_the_curriculum_3_jms3_tcm4- Headteacher Mr Garry Graham Depute Headteacher Miss Kirsty Rawley 489454.pdf Principal Teacher Mrs Joyce Barbour Learning and Teaching Scotland - http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/index.asp

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