Head of School Update 25.6.21

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to this weeks update, I hope you are well.

There has been much excitement this week especially in Year 6. They have had their special activity week and have enjoyed lots of exciting opportunities. From mad scientists to story tellers and ‘Go Ape’ to baking. They have had a fantastic time. Most importantly they have represented the school so well when off site. The teachers report impeccable behaviour… so a huge well done to all pupils in year 6. Above photos show a group enjoying their ‘Go Ape’ experience- well done to all pupils who tried new challenges, however small, and also above, the winning group of the King Offa Bake off. I was lucky enough to be asked to be a star guest… yum! All groups did amazingly well and to be honest it was very tricky to decide the winners. Great job to you all!

Year 5 have been writing some fantastic persuasive letters. They are working hard with Miss Andrews on a project to develop and improve our school field… watch this space! I have also seen some fantastic work on ratio in maths too.

Mrs Osman and Mr Dawson have been busy visiting maths lessons this week and have been super impressed by the level of engagement in maths mastery.  Mastering maths means pupils are acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. They can use what they’ve learnt in all contexts. The idea is that pupils experience:

· Deep learning but in small steps

· Building on prior learning

· The ability to reason and make connections

· Have conceptual and procedural fluency

The teachers are working hard to establish CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) in their classrooms and feel this is a great way to embed maths across the whole school. Watch this space for more maths updates!

As you will know the latest government advice has impacted on the transition plans that many schools have organised. Sadly, pupils in Year 6 will not be able to experience transition in the way we wanted. Secondary schools will be in touch with parents of Year 6 pupils and explain their new plans and ways forward. The secondary schools are working closely with primaries to ensure that some form of transition activities can go ahead in the safest way possible. At King Offa, we have arranged an ‘Open Evening’ event for new Reception parents and pupils and thank them in advance for their patience and understanding. We will endeavour to make it as safe and secure for all involved and follow guidelines carefully.

Our plans for pupils to meet their new teacher are under way, we are hopeful that nearer to the end of term we will be able to organise a moving up morning. You will be pleased to know that this will coincide with pupil reports. Teachers are currently writing reports and will be delighted when they can share them with you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss N Baker

Head of School