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.
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.
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
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.....