Hot, hot, hot! Despite the weather, there’s still loads of learning happening at Moortown Primary!
We start this week’s message with with an important change…
Our school day
Some time ago, the Government published a White Paper setting out various proposals which included the strong expectation that schools are open for 32.5 hours each week. Following the consultation, the White Paper was cancelled. We assumed the ‘strong expectation’ would also be no more.
Frustratingly, the expectation remains in DfE and Ofsted publications – this wasn’t clear earlier in the year.
This means we need to add five minutes to the school day. We’re going with the overall preference from the parent/carer consultation earlier in the year, which is to add the five minutes to the start of the day. This means our school day from September will be 08.45 – 3.15, every day.
I’m sorry for the confusion and change.
As always, if you’ve questions, comments or concerns, please do let me know.
The end of the school year brings with it many assessments, some we have to do and others are to help us keep track of all our pupils’ learning.
The DfE has updated its collection of information for parents. This now includes links to all National Curriculum assessment leaflets for parents, including leaflets for the:
- KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests (Year 2 and Year 6 pupils)
- reception baseline assessment (RBA)
- phonics screening check (Year 1 pupils, and some Year 2 pupils)
- multiplication tables check (Year 4 pupils)
In school, we really try to make sure all the assessments are as positive as possible.
Our annual survey
Thank you to everyone who completed the annual survey this year. The survey closed at noon today. We’ve had over 50 responses, almost all extremely positive (for example: ‘This school is a gem… We feel honoured and proud that our child has this wonderful opportunity to be among talented students and looked after well qualified teachers and staff.’).
We’ll spend some time reviewing the responses. Just like in previous years, we’ll get in touch with any individual parent / carer in advance if they’ve raised any specific issue (as long as they’ve provided their name), and we’ll look at some of your suggestions for improvements.
Staying safe in the water
Next week is Drowning Prevention Week. Here’s a few facts to think about:
- around 44% of accidental drownings happen between May and August
- 62.4% of accidental drownings happen in inland water
- accidental drownings takes an average of 402 UK & Irish Citizens every year
- lack of confidence and competence in water affects survival rates
- more than 46% never intended to be in the water
Have a happy and healthy – and safe – weekend.