What parents say
Thank you to all the parents who responded to our questionnaire last summer. Governors are pleased to see how positive the responses were and that parents strongly agree that their children are:
- safe and happy at school
- offered a wide range of learning experiences
- making good progress at this school
- being taught well
- developing their self confidence
As always, we read all your comments on the questionnaires and will strive to ensure that we make communication as good as we can.
Some parents have specifically asked for more PE lessons and for ‘coding’ to be promoted in computing sessions.
- We are pleased to say that we have now employed another sports coach, Dean Pooley, to run clubs before, during and after school.
- Our IT consultant has been in this term to run training for all staff on the new coding apps on our iPads so we’ll be excited to see how the children progress with their programming this year.
Please continue to read the school newsletter each week as it contains all the important news you need, as well as key dates for assemblies and trips
Our Plans for 2017-18
please take a look at our school improvement plan Governors SIP for parents 2017-18 NEW
Quality of Teaching
Everybody at St Thomas’ has high expectations. This year, we are going to try and extend this to include the children’s speaking, listening and thinking skills. Where possible we are going to be giving children more opportunities to talk in lessons, perhaps in pairs, small groups or in front of the whole class as a way to help children articulate what they understand and learn from each other. We want each classroom to be a ‘learning community’ and speaking in loud, clear voices will really help this.
We have made some very exciting links with the education department within the Natural History Museum which we hope to develop throughout the year. Our aim is that science will drive some of this year’s curriculum themes and lead to the children putting on a Carnival of the Animals extravaganza for parents in the Spring term.
Last year we worked hard on using practical resources in Maths to support children’s understanding of new concepts and it had a great impact. Our focus now is on helping children become even more fluent with their mental maths skills and understanding of number. This will involve continued work on learning the times tables, but will also mean that classes will have extra separate, short mental maths sessions each day. Please ask your children about these changes. There will be plenty you can help your child with at home too.
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