Headteachers Weekly Update – 13th January 2017

It has been a busy week at King Offa and we have welcomed lots of visitors to the school. On Tuesday Headteachers from our other Aurora Academies visited to find out more about how we are using Accelerated Reader in key stage two to increase the number of children who are reading for pleasure at home. Three children from year six spoke to them about how they are using the new system and represented King Offa brilliantly. On Thursday Mr McCarthy and Mr Greenwood came for a look around and met with teachers and children. Mr McCarthy is a former physics teacher and he was amazed by the children in year four explaining to him what they had been learning in science lessons about sound.

In September all staff at King Offa embarked on a two year training course called the Primary Writing Project. It is a very well structured programme of professional development for teachers and teaching assistants that aims to motivate children and teachers as writers and develop classrooms where everyone is passionate about writing and passionate about reading. The impact in school has been really amazing to see. Teachers have really embraced new techniques they can use in class and the children are making amazing progress. Our Paragon curriculum gives the opportunity for parents to come in and see what their children have been learning in school and now we would like to extend this invitation to parents and carers to include the opportunity to visit an English lesson and see the impact of the Primary Writing Project. Primary schools have changed hugely since we attended as pupils and it would be fantastic if you can come and see the great opportunities available to your children at school now. Details of how to sign up to watch and join in with a lesson are in this week’s bulletin. I really hope you will be able to join us. Pictured are children from year three with story maps and writing they have been creating in class.

Finally a big thank you to everyone who has supported our book fair this week and thanks as always to Mrs Denman who runs things for us. Thank you!

Enjoy the weekend,

James Freeston

Headteacher