Dear Parents,

What an incredible term we have had at Waterside. We have been busy, productive and the impact is that all of our pupils this year are all making sensational progress. This is just superb. Children are becoming much stronger at transferring Reading, Writing and Maths into the wider curriculum. Next half term, our focus will be on extending Science and Art – exploring and challenge through hands on experiments and learning.

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

This half term we have achieved our silver 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!

We have some sensational nativities shows planned for next week from Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Key Stage 2 are doing their Winter production. 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 extension will be fully finished by January 2019 We have met just this week with the local authority who will be funding the hall extension project.

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 2020 another spectacular year for learning.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside droplet team