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 2018-19
Please take a look at our school improvement plan Governors SIP for parents 2018-19
Quality of Teaching
We are constantly striving to improve and this year is no different. We remind the children in class that
every moment is precious and do all we can to ensure that no learning time is wasted.
But, the teachers are learning too. In staff training this year we are focusing on how to make sure that children are given helpful and precise feedback on all their learning, so that the children are clear on their next steps and make all the progress they can.
Our new school values
As a Church of England school, we want to ensure that the children learn and grow with good values. We have decided that respect, forgiveness, friendship and perseverance should be at the core of our curriculum and underpin all we do at school. We will teach children what these values mean during lessons, collective worship and weekly prayer circle discussions.
When we talk to the children, some of them still believe that reading is purely a way of learning new
vocabulary. As adults, we all know how important reading is. It’s crucial for so many reasons; being able
to read sign posts and road signs, reading recipes and following instructions, reading labels on food products or medicines, or just to help us communicate with each other on our various modern day electrical devices. However, at St Thomas’, our aim is more than just to teach children to learn to read. We want to develop a love of reading; a passion, where children enjoy the simple pleasure of reading purely for enjoyment
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