02 Feb 02/02/18
Spring term: 35 years of teaching has shown me that spring term is the time when children make the best progress. Children tend to come back to school after the 6 weeks summer holiday very relaxed but also out of tune with some of what…
35 years of teaching has shown me that spring term is the time when children make the best progress. Children tend to come back to school after the 6 weeks summer holiday very relaxed but also out of tune with some of what they learned the term before, especially if they have not done much/any reading or homework over the summer. We have to spend some of the first half of autumn term consolidating learning from the previous year before we can launch into what they should be learning. Before we know it December is upon us. In spring term there are no distractions. Please make sure your child does their homework. Homework reinforces the learning children do in class. Nursery and Reception class have their version of homework based around practising how to correctly write letters and numbers- developing fine motor skills. Reading to your young child and with your child is the most important thing you can do at home. Even older children respond well to this. This develops a love of books, nurtures a curiosity and desire in children to read for themselves and is very good for their overall language development.
It is essential your child makes good progress. There are up to 30 children in every class and every child is different. Some children are very bright and naturally intelligent, some are what we call ‘average’ ability and some need support with their learning. In Moreland we always make sure that children who struggle with their learning receive additional support as and when they need it which is right and proper. They need to catch up so they at least reach ‘average’ ability. In some classes one or two of these children will not reach ‘average’ ability because they have individual needs which mean they make slower progress. However, they do still make the progress they should be making. So within a class of 30 children, one teacher has to make sure that every child makes the right amount of progress. We expect as many children as possible in every class to make more than expected progress. This means that we challenge children who we know have the capacity to fly with their learning.
We have been fortunate to have recruited some excellent additional staff this term. Mr Greco joins us as an experienced teacher from Australia. Laura Turner is our new Home School Support Worker and Beverly Davies is an additional TA.
Teachers sent out ‘What your child will be learning this term’ at the beginning of term. This is a useful reference for you and a talking point because you know what your child will be learning.
We have seen a real shift in children’s mind-set and attitudes to learning. They want to learn, they are inquisitive and we give them ample opportunities to enjoy learning- this is when the best learning happens. The children are becoming more and more aware of words such as resilience, resourcefulness, determination and choices and are becoming more reflective as learners. These are all important learner qualities for them to master as they join up their learning and understand how to solve problems and a great preparation for future life.
Next week is E-Safety week. We do a lot of work with the children about E-Safety as part of an on-going programme. Some children have openly said they are on Face Book. Children should not be using Face Book until they are 13 years old. Please see the list of ‘What’s On’ where you will see we have arranged a workshop for parents which I really encourage you to attend. Children are vulnerable on-line, even when you think they are just playing computer games.
Please encourage your child/ children to wear their gold and silver attendance star badges with pride- they have earned these. I think some children have lost their badges or the backs of the badges so we are ordering more. We are looking for more old fashioned ones with pins and a safety roll because this may be more manageable for the children.