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Week Ending 15th May 2018 - Attendance this week 95.84%

Head Teachers Update

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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