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Week Ending Friday 15th March - Attendance this week 97.3%

Head Teachers Update

Week Commencing 18th March 2019

 

We have simply had an amazing science week in school with lots of hands on investigations and one day creative workshops for all children. They have loved every minute and the theme of journeys was extended into some high quality writing. A huge thank you to parents, for your donations for comic relief. We will ensure the money is paid to the charity this week.

March is the month of review for Waterside. I will be sending out the parent questionnaires towards the end of the month and conducting staff and pupil surveys also. This helps us to further improve our school to make it purposeful and highly productive for the children. It is all about their education and preparing them for the next stages of their education. At Waterside, we look forward to our two day Ofsted inspection to potentially move to outstanding. We are confident we can and I know all the parents ared behind the school and also want their children attending an outstanding school. We have put a parent drop in to help give both positive and suggestions for improvement. The date of the forum is Tuesday 2nd April. You can drop in between 9 and 10.30am and 3.00 – 6pm. Please come along, we want to work in partnership with parents.

I would like to remind parents that whilst at times, at odd times situations will arise which cause emotional stress or anger, we need to ensure we speak to each other with respect. We will not tolerate aggressive behaviour and shouting towards staff. Therefore, please ensure that you speak calmly, in private and not a public audience and if a problem continues come and see me.

We have had some work carried out in school over the weekend to showcase our curriculum and how it ensures that children at Waterside have a deep and high quality learning journey to reach milestones and to love learning. I am sure they will tell you about some of the fabulous changes. You might even spot some bits in the school entrance?

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 11th March 2019

 

We have simply been so busy in school. We have had World Book Day , Science Week with wonderful workshops and experiences and topic days in school. It has been a hive of learning activity. A huge thank you to all parents for your dedication and support to the school in providing costumes and working in partnership with Waterside.

I am delighted to say that we have been asked to support 2 other schools in sharing our best practice. We love to work with other schools as this offers opportunities for collaboration and this in turn benefits our wonderful children.

You might have seen two new minibuses in school. How exciting, for many years we have saved up and now alongside funds from being a National Lead school and Ofsted work, I undertake, we had enough funds to purchase two minibuses outright. We will now be able to save transport costs to trips and this will mean more experiences, more children going swimming and better opportunities for all. Parents have asked for a morning pick up service. We will take this request to the governing body – thank you as always for ideas to improve our school further.

A polite reminder, school uniform is compulsory and recently we have seen trainers creeping in. We take our policies very serious at Waterside. If your child is not in the correct uniform and it is not immediately rectified, escalation in line with the policy will take place. The policy is on the school website.

I am delighted to say at the half way point of the academic year. The academic performance of children is stronger than ever. We have over 87.5% of the school on track nationally (above national figures) and over 36% of the school working at higher standards. This is incredible. Progress of children is even stronger. We have 99.2% of children making expected progress and 67% making better than expected. This is down to the hard work of the staff, excellent attitudes of learners, improved attendance and parental support.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 4th March 2019 

 

I am delighted to say that this week we have had a 2 day teaching and learning review at Waterside. It was fantastic and the standards at Waterside have been further improved. School was judged to be outstanding in all areas of the current school framework and we are now looking forward to our inspection. The local authority always commision high quality reviewers who cast a critical eye over the work of leaders, evaluating the impact it has. 

As a result of the review we are going to focus on increasing the modelling in maths marking to give children not only high quality verbal feedback but written examples too. 

 

Mrs Knowles

Week Commencing 18th February 2019

 

I hope everyone has had a lovely half term. I have enjoyed spending time with my children and we went on holiday to Yorkshire. The weather was beautiful. I was delighted to hear that over 25 children attended the holiday clubs and parents loved the free facility. We have more days coming up in the Easter holidays. 

 

I look forward to seeing all of our children and their families on Monday 25th February 2019.

 

Mrs Knowles

Week Commencing 11th February 2019

 

I cannot believe half term is here already. Next week we have opportunities for children offering a holiday club for free including lunch. More information will come out from school about this during the week. We want as many children as possible coming to enjoy the activities and fun.

I am out of school this week, working for Ofsted, but will be in school towards the end of the week. The money earnt inspecting this week gives a direct income into the school and we are using this money to buy new maths resources across the entire school for hands on practical maths and fraction work.

Miss Gaskell this week will be working with the other federated schools in Alpha Academy Trust on curriculum. This will be to enhance opportunities for our school. We are going to link with high schools such as Excel to have science lessons and practical science in the science labs. This is most exciting.

Over the holidays the school will be having some work. We are going to be furnishing the outdoor classrooms with furniture and IT equipment and the school is having new carpets in the corridors and stairs. I am delighted to say that we will also be having the stairwells decorated with curriculum information and a new key stage one outdoor area produced.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our team. I am available by email Mon – Wed and will respond as soon as possible.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 4th February 2019 

 

What a fantastic improvement in attendance last week. We reduced lates by 50% and attendance was the highest it has been for over 10 weeks. We peaked at 98.5%. Mrs Vaughan, is ensuring at all times our policy is being followed and encouraging keen attendance. She analyses triggers in attendance and any patterns to ensure that children are in school and learning. A huge thank you for her positive work. I can assure you when in school the children are receiving an exceptional level of teaching from the staff. The quality of teaching and learning is sensational and the teaching staff are committed to continual improvement to be the best we can be. I am delighted to be sharing that we have a number of experience and visits coming up for the children. This is to support the children on their wider curriculum and to further develop connections between vocabulary and experience. This will then help not only develop subject knowledge but reading, writing and maths development. Some exciting news is through fund raising and income from National Leader of Education and my commissioned Ofsted work we have saved enough to buy not 1 but 2 minibuses for the children. This will significantly enhance the experiences of our children. We will be able to access even more sporting events, local trips from Nursery to Y6 in the community and to support more experiences linked to the school curriculum. It will also mean that instead of paying over £5000 for transport to swimming. We will be able to send double the children swimming. We aim to take delivery in March of the new Minibuses. To share with parents, we have a teaching and learning review at the end of this month where we will be aiming to continue our outstanding provision in all areas. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our team Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 28th January 2019

 

School is certainly busy this week with parent consultations for the Spring term beginning. We do ask all parents to attend these meetings as they are so crucial for us to work together in partnership to improve your child’s education. In the meetings, your child will attend, showcase their learning and books and we will review their attitude to learning, attendance, how well they are progressing, what they have been working on and next step targets, so we can ensure every child in our school makes outstanding progress. Our motto is to ‘empower learners to achieve dreams’ and we need parental support to achieve this.

This week the attendance team is tackling lates in school. Being on time is crucial for us to ensure no learning time is lost. Our timetables in all class start promptly. We have phonics in Nursery – Year 2 at 9am and Reading Skills at 9.00am for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6.

This is vital as reading and word development is crucial not only to English but the wider curriculum as the gateway to learning. This week we have text out to let you know of lates. School will be following the Attendance policy and escalating where required with the support of the local authority Education welfare team. I would like to congratulate parents as this week attendance has significantly improved overall and we had our highest attendance week on 97.8% in the past ten weeks. Well done.

Coming up soon we also have some fantastic whole school events for Science week and World Book Day. As always we will aim to give parents excellent notice so you can attend the hands on fun learning activities with your children. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our team

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 21st January 2019

 

School is certainly busy this week with parent consultations for the Spring term beginning. We do ask all parents to attend these meetings as they are so crucial for us to work together in partnership to improve your child’s education. In the meetings, your child will attend, showcase their learning and books and we will review their attitude to learning, attendance, how well they are progressing, what they have been working on and next step targets, so we can ensure every child in our school makes outstanding progress. Our motto is to ‘empower learners to achieve dreams’ and we need parental support to achieve this.

This week the attendance team is tackling lates in school. Being on time is crucial for us to ensure no learning time is lost. Our timetables in all class start promptly. We have phonics in Nursery – Year 2 at 9am and Reading Skills at 9.00am for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6.

This is vital as reading and word development is crucial not only to English but the wider curriculum as the gateway to learning. This week we have text out to let you know of lates. School will be following the Attendance policy and escalating where required with the support of the local authority Education welfare team. I would like to congratulate parents as this week attendance has significantly improved overall and we had our highest attendance week on 97.8% in the past ten weeks. Well done.

Coming up soon we also have some fantastic whole school events for Science week and World Book Day. As always we will aim to give parents excellent notice so you can attend the hands on fun learning activities with your children. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our team

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 14th January 2019 

 

To all parents and carers,

Well what a fantastic start to the new school year we have had. The children have experienced their new topic WOW days and absolutely loved the learning opportunities that have taken place. I am delighted to say that the children are extremely focused in class and showing a fantastic attitude to learning that will only support them to achieve great outcomes.

I am delighted to say that the school has received some funding through the Department for Education Opportunity fund. This will mean that during this term we will be investing £6,000 into our outdoor area development to help raise the fitness levels of our children and healthy lifestyles. We also have active families starting this Friday and this is exciting. You will see examples of the excellent work on our school website.

A reminder to parents that we have weekly blogs online for all classes to support the children with learning and to explain to parents the curriculum content. Please review these blogs as you will be so pleased with the learning your children are completing.

Last week attendance improved significantly and we ended the week at 97.2% this is a great start to the Spring Term. I will be sending out attendance letters this week and currently we are working with families who have poor attendance. The school does not authorise school holidays in term time and therefore we ask that term dates are checked online.

Last week, we had an inclusion review in school by Jan Dodd. I am delighted to say the provision was judged exemplary. The report will be on the external advisor section of the website next week should you wish to read it and about the fantastic provision we offer.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our team

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team. 

 

 

Week Commencing 7th January 2019 

 

To all parents and carers,

Firstly can I wish all parents a Happy New Year!. We are delighted to welcome 2019 after such a successful Ofsted in 2018. We cannot wait for what it brings to Waterside. This morning, I did assembly with the children on our new school resolutions. The children have decided upon areas they want to improve or make a difference on. See the pupil voice page for ideas from your wonderful children. 

Thank you 

Mrs Knowles and the Team 

Week Commencing 10th December 2018 

 

What an incredible term we have had at Waterside. We have been busy, productive and the impact is that 100% of our pupils this year are all making expected progress and 55% better than expected. This is just superb. Children are becoming much stronger at transferring Reading, Writing and Maths into the wider community. Next half term, our focus will be on extending vocabulary, times tables and Science – hands on experiments.

Thank you to parents for all your hard work on reading, spellings and homework with your children. The seeing is believing workshops have been fantastic and parents have commented how much they have benefitted from seeing the wonderful teaching in school. We are hosting lots more demonstration lessons in the Spring Term and you can simply see how well children are engaged and gather strategies to support if required at home. Parent feedback is that you would like the option to buy books to support learning – these will be coming in January.

After half term, we are going to be launching a new impact initiative with parents where you can sign up for a 6 week learn with your child to see the impact parents make on learning. If you would like to be part of this project please email office@watersideprimary.org.uk

This half term we have achieved our bronze status in Philosophy for Children. The impact in school is most certainly evident, with children showing great respect for viewpoints and differences of opinions. They have also begun to think deeper about concepts. A huge well done to the whole school team – consistency is key!

I am delighted to say since half term we have participated in some significant historical and cultural events. We participated in remembrance for 100 years. The children designed a whole school exhibition and took charge of this. It was sensational. See the website. We have also had some sensational nativities already this week from Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.We have been out in our local community this half term, participating in, Christmas carols, community projects, working with the foodbank and much more. The community fund has also given the school £5000 and we will be investing in outdoor fitness equipment for children.  

The extension will take place ready for September 2019. We have met just this week with the local authority who will be funding the entire project. We will grow from currently being a 380 pupil school to 480.

Have a wonderful Christmas break and I wish you all the best for 2019. I hope it is a year filled with love, happiness and memories. We will make 2019 another spectacular year for learning.

Week Commencing 3rd December 2018 

 

To all parents and carers,  We are now officially into December. The decorations are up in school and the winter spirit is embracing the school. We have our school fayre on Friday and so ask all parents to come along with families and friends to support the school and help raise funds whilst showcasing our magnificent school.  

 

I would like to share that Mr Bevan, our Y5 teacher will be leaving Waterside at the end of term. Mr Bevan was a trainee teacher initially at Waterside and has been with us for 5 years. He will be moving to a school in Wilmslow to gain further experiences and opportunities. I am delighted to say that we have appointed an exceptional teacher for January in Mr Bates, who is returning to Waterside. We are thrilled.  

 

Attendance has been poor the past couple of weeks. If children are not in school and on time they miss out on valuable learning. We have analysed data which shows our poorest attending children are achieving lower than their peers. Therefore, we ask you to action this immediately. This week we have complete 5 referrals to the local authority for fines and school as part of our policy has issued over 14 warning letters for close monitoring.

 

 Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team. 

Week Commencing 26th November 2018 

 

To all parents and carers,

Well last week was extremely busy. We had parent consultations for Nursery and Reception, trips out for Y3 and 4, a reading case study visit with our trust and federation schools and workshops for parents. This is what we love about Waterside – bringing our community together. A huge thank you to the staff for your hard work and dedication and also to all parents who attended.

On Saturday, a small group of pupils also represented Waterside dancing at the Regent Theatre. The children were incredible and simply shone on their performance. A huge thank you Mrs Dawson, Miss Bailey and Mrs Mason for your support and time.

This week we lead a case study review at Waterside with our federated schools. It was excellent to work with other schools. The feedback was exemplary and the teaching and learning was simply inspirational. Our children are sensational and show at all times excellent attitudes to learning. Positive feedback was given on the excellent parental support to reading so well done to all of you who are reading at home daily with your children. It is making a significant difference.

We would like to share a huge thank you to all parents who have used the school money. We are now fully embracing the new system and last week we were phoning and chasing arrears. We ask that all parents do pay on time as the arrears will mean that potentially resources cannot be brought in school. Through constant chasing we did reduce arrears from over £2300 to just 350.00.

Attendance has been lower the last two weeks and this is due to holidays. We do not authorise holidays in term time and the governors ratified the new attendance policy which will pursue in fines issued due to the importance of attendance for good educational outcomes. Can you please ensure you familiarise yourselves with the term dates on the school website to make sure term time holidays are not taken?

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 19th November 2018 

 

To all parents and carers,

A huge thank you to all of the parents that attended the art exhibition on our SMSC of remembrance. It was lovely to see the parental support.

I have to say last week I said we were focused on late arrivals to school as this affects attendance. A significant impact could be seen. On Week commencing 22nd October we had 42 late marks in the school and Week Commencing 5th November this reduced to 29 late marks. Last week we reduced to 21. This was brilliant and much improved. In two weeks we have reduced by 50%

This week we have a trip out to Tatton Park linked with the topics. Each half term we aim to either go out on a visit linked to topics or bring a visitor into school. These experiences help children improve their understanding and application into writing.

A big thank you to parents for your support with school money. We are chasing some late payments and most of the teething problems are now sorted. If you need any help come into the school to see myself.

At Waterside we work closely with other schools and leaders and throughout this half term we are all focusing on a reading case study to improve outcomes. Miss Gaskell has been visiting school to review and evaluate practice and this Friday, Waterside will be showcasing reading. This is most exciting. We have ordered some new reading diaries to start in January to check that children are reading daily. We only expect 10 – 20 minutes per day as fluency in reading is important, as a gateway, to understanding the text.

Should you have any questions or concerns come and see myself, a senior leader or the class teacher immediately.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 12th November 2018 

 

To all parents and carers,

Last week the children produced some fantastic art work linked with Remembrance Day and World War 1. This linked with the National Curriculum Art and History requirements for pupils and also interlinked our British Values work. I have to say the work children have produced is spectacular and thank you in advance for all parents who attended the exhibition today (Monday 12th November) to purchase the art work. I was so proud of all their achievements and just shows how respectful and talented our children are.

I have to say last week I said we were focused on late arrivals to school as this affects attendance. A significant impact could be seen. On Week commencing 22nd October we had 42 late marks in the school and last week this reduced to 29 late marks. This week we will be aiming to reduce this to below 20.

The focus of this week is Anti Bullying. Whilst we address this throughout the school year, we do participate in the National Theme Week. I am delighted to say at Waterside, the children have a good understanding of bullying and how we operate a non-tolerance of such behaviours. Our friendship leaders will be working hard this week to promote reporting bullying if they feel it is happening and we as a school will display learning of all the types of bullying and how we can stop it immediately and report. As a leadership team we will be reviewing the school policy and sending home information to parents about successful working and how we can help if parents feel they have concerns. At school in the past 12 months, we have had 11 cases reported of bullying. 8 were not deemed as bullying and problems resolved and 3 cases we have successful addressed and monitored successfully.

Should you have any questions or concerns come and see myself, a senior leader or the class teacher immediately.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 5th November 2018 

 

This week the children have returned from half term and settled beautifully into their learning. They are all certainly working hard and learning new information daily. The progress that pupils made has been accelerated last half term and this half term we are focusing on children now solving problems, challenging themselves and the presentation of their learning. If you can support by focusing on handwriting when completing homework this would be brilliant.

The children will be creating a remembrance garden in the school grounds and have chosen a nurse sculpture to remember all the people who helped during the war but also to remember the people we have lost and how nurses play such a significant role in families, at times of needs. Our children are great! We will be participating in a remembrance assembly on Friday 9th November. This will not be a religious assembly and is simply about what remembering means. We will also be focusing on remembering love ones who may not be with us.

Lates this week have already been significant. Every 10 minutes children learn by being late = 1 hour of learning. 30 minutes is equivalent to half a day. I will be inviting parents into school to discuss lateness as it is affecting learning of the children. Both the child arriving late is missing learning and when arriving it interrupts the other children who are already participating in the teaching. A reminder on Tuesday – Friday we offer Early Birds Reading 8.30 am- 8.50 am. We also have breakfast club from 8am at £2.00 inclusive of breakfast.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 29th October 2018 

 

Have a wonderful holiday and a week of adventures and memory making with your children. I am most excited this half term as I am spending some quality time with my children and wonderful husband. I will however miss my droplets. 

 

Our next newsletter will be out Week Commencing 5th November. We hope you liked the bumper newsletter telling you about everything that has been amazing in school. 

 

Take care

 

Mrs Knowles 

Week Commencing 22nd October 2018 

 

 

What a fantastic start to the new year we have had. The children have all settled incredibly well in their new classes and the progress they are making is superb.

Thank you to parents for all your hard work on reading, spellings and homework with your children. It allows the children to become more confident learners when given the practice to embed their learning independently at home. The next half term we will be focusing on Reading daily at home and we have rainbow readers coming up.

After half term we have some new and exciting adventures for our children. We will be launching Marvellous Me for 2018-19 and your if you can’t access this the new codes will be sent home.  

I am delighted to say the parent drop ins every Friday are working well. You can come every Friday to speak to your class teacher, look at their books and discuss if you have any concerns or want to share information. The door is always open so we look forward to seeing you. This half term over 40 parents have attended to look at learning or speak about next step targets.

This year we are working on sharing our best practice – a recommendation from our fabulous Ofsted inspection. Please make sure you read the report. It is on our website if you want to read it and we will be having a 2 day inspection next time to affirm our move from a good to outstanding school. This is exciting. Please do not get mixed up with reports from other schools called Waterside. They are certainly not reflective of our report and I think you will be highly impressed reading ours.

We have an external review booked with an inspector separately in March 2019 to ensure the exemplary teaching and learning is still maintained  and we are highly confident. The report will be published when complete.

We have held some lovely community events and workshops already this year. The children and parents who participated in the ‘seeing is believing sessions’ have commented how useful they have been. We want you to come into school to see how fantastic the staff and pupils are, you will be amazed by the teaching styles and I am confident you will leave thinking – I am proud my child goes to Waterside – which is how it should be!

I will keep you updated on the school extension. We are awaiting further information from the local authority at the moment.  This will see an additional 120 pupils attending Waterside.

 

Thank you as always for supporting our school community. 

Mrs Knowles and the Droplet team 

Week Commencing 15th October 2018

 

To all parents and carers,

This week we have the amazing Harvest Assembly with the children singing songs to welcome the season. We will be collecting food tins and any toiletries this year to support the local food bank. We will also be preparing soon for our special remembrance celebrations which will be connected to the local community of Joiner Square. The children will be creating a remembrance garden in the school grounds and have chosen a nurse sculpture to remember all the people who helped during the war but also to remember the people we have lost and how nurses play such a significant role in families, at times of needs. Our children are great!

This next term we will be working with other schools in our trust to improve reading both in school and at home. We will have some school challenges with Eaton Park, Sneyd Green and Maple Court so will update you. One will be the reading at home challenge.

I hope you have found the first week of School Money useful. We will be balancing all credits and sending arrear letters to those behind on payments. Remember, we are currently still collecting cash payments at the moments.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 8th October 2018 

 

Last week was wonderful in school. I was monitoring the teaching and learning across school and I am delighted to say the standard of teaching and attitudes and learning of the children was exemplary. All lessons were focused to the children’s needs and the children were motivated to move through challenges to achieve their highly set targets. A huge congratulation to all. If you want to see the fantastic teaching – come in and see our seeing is believing session on Tuesday where you can see how your child learns and how they achieve the challenges in class.

Over this next week, the children will be taking part in environment challenges at lunchtime looking after our school. This will help us look after our school grounds as Autumn approaches. Mr Hughes will be making a new garden area surround and the key stage one outdoor area fencing. If anyone would like to come and help, pop and see us at the office. More hands mean quicker output for our children. We will then finish our Autumn challenge with the ‘Harvest Festival’ which has been moved to the 19th October. All parents are welcome. The children will be singing some Autumn songs and reading special poems.

This week I am working for Ofsted for two days but the senior leadership are all on hand to ensure that the standards are maintained and Waterside is not affected at all.

All uniform is now in stock and therefore from this week routine weekly checks will be taking place. The uniform policy is online.

If you have any questions, come and see me anytime or on Tuesday and Wednesday the SLT.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 1st October 2018

 

Can I just thank parents for your hard work in supporting children with homework. Last week, over 90% of children completed their homework on time and it was of an exceptional quality in some cases. It really does support school if parents can listen daily to the children read and also practising their basic spellings and multiplication work.

I am delighted to say that over 92% of the school is either attending the after school clubs or moving learning forward intervention sessions. Some parents have asked if they can have the learning sent home. If you would like this, please speak with the class teacher at the end of the day and they will organise where possible. This is only for the interventions that children cannot attend.

Over the next couple of the weeks, the children will be taking part in environment challenges at lunchtime looking after our school. This will help us look after our school grounds as Autumn approaches. We will then finish our Autumn challenge with the ‘Harvest Festival’ on the 12th October. All parents are welcome. The children will be singing some Autumn songs and reading special poems.

I am delighted to say that the school has been working with Alpha Academy Trust and as part of our collaboration we will focusing on Reading. We will be working on the love of reading with children and sharing best practice with other schools. This will help improve our wonderful school even more.

If you have any questions, come and see me anytime.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 24th September 2018

 

What a fantastic week of learning the children had last week at Waterside. They were delightful and attendance and attitudes to learning were faultless. Well done to everyone. This year attendance is so important and we expect every child to have attendance above 97%. We will be offering half term prizes to the best class and this half term ‘The Hive Cinema’ has offered us free films as part of our attendance initiatives. As Headteacher, I will be leading attendance this year and we have also brought in an education welfare service to work with families with current and historical poor attendance. Please ensure if your child is ill that you report it to school daily. You can phone at any time even if the office is closed and click option 1. We have to safeguard children so if you don’t phone – we will phone you or even pop on a home visit if attendance has been poor.

This week the children now the children are settled homework will begin on Friday. Each week this needs to be back in school by Wednesday. If homework is not completed, the children will remain in school at lunchtime to complete. If books are lost, parents will be asked to replace them. Your child should have already brought home their timetables and spelling books.

To allow parents to have as much notice as possible we have planned events for the year. Over the page is a list of key dates – add it onto your fridge so you don’t miss any important weeks.

Should you have any questions please do come and ask.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 17th September 2018 

 

What a fantastic week of learning the children had last week at Waterside. They were delightful and attendance and attitudes to learning were faultless. Well done to everyone. This year attendance is so important and we expect every child to have attendance above 97%. We will be offering half term prizes to the best class and this half term ‘The Hive Cinema’ has offered us free films as part of our attendance initiatives. As Headteacher, I will be leading attendance this year and we have also brought in an education welfare service to work with families with current and historical poor attendance. Please ensure if your child is ill that you report it to school daily. You can phone at any time even if the office is closed and click option 1. We have to safeguard children so if you don’t phone – we will phone you or even pop on a home visit if attendance has been poor.

This week the children now the children are settled homework will begin on Friday. Each week this needs to be back in school by Wednesday. If homework is not completed, the children will remain in school at lunchtime to complete. If books are lost, parents will be asked to replace them. Your child should have already brought home their timetables and spelling books.

To allow parents to have as much notice as possible we have planned events for the year. Over the page is a list of key dates – add it onto your fridge so you don’t miss any important weeks.

Should you have any questions please do come and ask.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.

Week Commencing 10th September 2018

 

The children are settled and learning well in class. I have to say the new Nursery and Reception have begun school with confidence. This week we have visitors into Waterside for Viking workshops, Year 5 and 6 visiting the war museum and Year 1 and 2 in the local community engaging in an enchanted woodland adventure.  Experiences are essential for our school curriculum as we believe your children learn best by going out and seeing all the wonders of the world first hand. It is most exciting.

Last week we spoke to the children about the importance of 100% attendance. This year, we will be running a prize box for each class for 100% attendance. Each half term the best class will also win an all expenses trip from PSFA funds for being at school every day. Attendance is vital to ensure not only your child thrives academically but also socially.

This term I can confirm that I have had requests for holidays in term time. I can confirm that holidays in term time are not authorised and have a detrimental effect on pupil’s education. Therefore, we ask you to reconsider the times you book your holidays. We have term dates on the school website for this academic year and 2019/2020.

This week we will be sending out the after school clubs for children along with parent workshops for parents to attend. The booking of activities will be on a first come first serve as they are extremely popular.

Should you have any questions please do come and ask.

Mrs Knowles

Week Commencing 3rd September 2018

 

Firstly may I welcome all of our families, as partners in learning, back to the new school year. We have had a sensational and wonderful start to the new school year with themed days linked to new topics, wonderful new books and changes to our school to ensure this year is the best it can be for the learners of our school. All of the children have settled beautifully into their new classes and the new staff that have joined us have made a sensational difference already. It was wonderful to see parents who attended our drop in evenings last week to meet your new teachers.

 

I am delighted to say this year we are continuing to use our submarine learning space in school with groups of Year 6, along with newly decorated temporary classrooms that are sensational for supporting and moving learning forward. This year is certainly going to make teaching and learning even stronger. This is most certainly an exciting time and this Year we will continue to work with school nationally and as a leading school.

 

In July, we had wonderful outcomes for our data at Key Stage One and Two. The children achieved well above National Average in Reading, Writing and Maths and the progress indicator demonstrate that we were in the top 5% of the country, a fantastic achievement as I am sure you would agree. We believe this is due to the excellent triangulation of partnership where school, learners and parents have worked together to reach our targets. We also had a superb ‘Ofsted inspection’ that was just inspirational and in the next 12 -24 months we welcome Ofsted back for a full inspection to move our school to outstanding. A judgement that Ofsted felt the school was worthy of when they inspected the school in July.

 

The governing body of Waterside have met already this academic year to strategically plan the next steps for Waterside and our School Development Plan underwent final consultation. We will send a summary out to all parents on Friday 14th September 2017 and I thank the parents who attended the consultation meeting in July, we need and want your voice to improve our school. On Thursday 20th September at 6pm we will host an information evening which parents may attend to discuss or ask any questions on our school direction for the forthcoming year.

 

From the questionnaire last year, parents raised that they wanted more access daily to deal with any queries or concerns if they pop up. I have to say this is a rare occasion. We have our new learning mentor in place and daily from 8.30am Mrs Mason will be available in the front office for you to speak with. We aim that a response would be given that day to show we deal with all matters swiftly. The senior leadership team will also be available in the front office from 8am – 8.30am along with myself so if you need us come and see us in the front office or entrance to school welcoming the children in from 8.30 – 9am.

 

Due to the popularity of our revised parents consultations weeks we will be continuing the longer personalised mentoring sessions instead of parents’ evenings. Parents commented they had much stronger knowledge of their children’s attitudes to learning, achievements and next steps targets with the system. This led to high engagement in your children’s learning and at Waterside we never look back and will continue with the positive change. The meetings will continue to be of duration of 30 minutes and you will be able to book direct from your mobile so that you don’t miss any appointments – it will even send you reminders! The parents and pupil learning meetings will take place every term. 

 

Drop in sessions for parents will also continue and will be weekly on a Friday from 3.30 to 4pm. If you need to see the teacher, have a question or want to look at your children’s learning and books pop by and see us. The door is always open. We also have seeing is believing lessons coming up as we want you to see first-hand the sensational teaching your children have every day.

 

I look forward to continuing our positive journey together

 

Mrs Knowles (Head Teacher) and the Team at Waterside.

 

Week ending Friday 25th May

Well I cannot believe we have come to the end of the half term and we have only 7 weeks left until the Summer Holidays!

What a fast-paced term it has been with lots of fun along the way. The children have continued to wow me with their hard work and dedication and just pure sparkle. They are all amazing and we are so proud to have them as part of our Waterside family.

Even though I have not been in school towards the end of this week I know that the children have had a wonderful week.

I have kept myself updated with the blog from Preston Montford - thankyou Miss Wood for updating. I know it means so much to our parents to keep them safe in the knowledge that the children were having an amazing time.

I look forward to the last half term and I cannot wait to see the children, staff and parents on the first day back.

Have a lovely half-term and enjoy the sunshine

Mrs Knowles

Week ending Friday 18th May

 

What a fantastic term we have had so far! I absolutely cannot believe we break up next week ready for our final half term of the academic year!

Year 6 had their SATs last week and as always we were immensely proud of their attitudes to the testing.

Year 2 finish their SATs this week with their last reading paper. Again, it is incredible how the children have approached these tests - completely ready to showcase how amazing they are.

On Friday it was a delight to have in school so many parents to help celebrate with the children the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan. The weather for once was on our side and outside there was a great party atmosphere.

 

I am looking forward to the final term of the year - as it brings with it lots of my favourite things of the school year. We will be having Sports Day, Awards Ceremonies, end of year concerts and as always lots more opportunities for fun and learning.

 

As always, please come and see me anytime to discuss any issues.

 

Thankyou

 

Mrs Knowles

Week Ending Friday 4th January 2018

 

Happy New Year,

 

I am delighted to welcome all of the children back this week to school. They have returned to school focused and ambitious. This week we have reviewed every individual pupils progress and targets. They are all progressing well and making rapid gains. The children that have had interventions to move their learning forward, especially our new gifted and talented groups have made super progress and real impact is evident.

This half term we have set all the new after school clubs and these have been devised by the children in line with their lifelong aspirations. We have some new clubs with a Drama and Dance club and singing with our professional singing leader - Miss Bailey. We are so privileged to have such talented staff teaching the children.

We have our parent forum drop in Tuesday am for a cup of tea, piece of cake and a little chat to speak about how we can work in partnership even more to further improve our school, please do drop in.

 

Thank you

Mrs Knowles

Friday 21st September 2017

 

What a fantastic week it has been at Waterside. The school has been so busy and a hive of activity but the learning has been sensational. This week we have continued with Year 5 and 6 participating in the Game On Workshops - focusing on the British Values, Extremism, Terrorism, Online Safety and much more. They have learnt so much and ask such deep questions that have ensured their natural curiosity has been empowered and misconceptions eradicated. They produced a show - fully self directed by the children from the script, music, backing lyrics - it is sensation. See on our events section the video. You will be impressed.

 

We also were live on Signal One this Friday for the Dougie Mac event. It was brilliant. We spoke about all the baking we had done for the cake sale and how we were raising money for our superb local charity of 2017-18.

 

I am delighted to say the behaviour in school has again been exemplary and all children have been focused and determined to ensure they progress through challenges in their learning tasks. They are most certainly digging deeper and on my learning walks this week - focused on prompts and working walls the practice was just sensational

Wonderful working walls from around school

Wonderful working walls from around school  1
Wonderful working walls from around school  2
Wonderful working walls from around school  3

Friday 14th September 2017

 

We have had a wonderful second week at school. This week we have welcomed to Waterside a 2 week focus project Game on - working with our Year 5 and 6 pupils and the children have just had a sensational time being introduced to their new learning topics for the new academic year. We have had royal parties in the school hall, trips out of school, visitors into school. It is a hive of experiences and love for learning. I am so proud of our school and the hard work the teachers have put in to make learning real, contextualised but also purposeful. There is a such a sense of pride in learning. The classrooms are looking magnificent.

Miss Gaskell and I this week have begun to set all the children's individual targets and overall this year we are excited to see what our learners can achieve. The targets set are challenging but if we reach them then we will certainly be maintaining our outstanding outcomes for all pupils at Waterside.

This year we have set our targets at 85% in all Year groups from Year 1 - 4 in Reading, Writing and Maths and in Year 5 and 6 this has been pushed to 90% at the expected standard for each year group. WE will be hosting so many seeing is believing sessions this year so you come and join in the learning to see how you can help your child at home. Learning is so different today than it was 5 years ago, let alone when I was at school.

Lets see what next week brings.....

 

Mrs Knowles

 

 

 

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