What we are working on this year.

 

This year the school has set a number of priorities for school improvement as outlined below.

  • Priority 1:

Develop positive learning behaviours across the school that allow all children to fulfill their full potential in all areas of the curriculum.

The staff will be working hard to instill ‘Growth Mindset’ (http://edglossary.org/growth-mindset/)  principles into all aspects of teaching: Challenging children to solve problems independently, persevere, celebrate and learn from their mistakes, stay focused and support one another. Teachers will be using a variety of methods to do this including raising the importance of effort and modifying the language used within the classroom. To help the children understand we are referring to these key learning behaviours as ‘gems’ and ‘gem power’.

  • Priority 2:

Raise standards in spelling across the school so that children are able to meet age related expectations in all year groups.

The school has heavily invested in a new spelling scheme that will ensure a consistent approach to spelling across all year groups. The national curriculum sets clear expectations on which spelling patterns and words children should learn in each year group: (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf)

In order to raise the attainment in spelling we have made a number of changes to the way in which they are taught:

  • Children will receive a 15 minute bespoke spelling session each day.
  • Children will be issued with a log book that identifies words to practice – this book needs to go home each day and return to school each day.
  • Changes will be made to the school’s marking policy to ensure that spelling is made a priority
  • Teaching will focus on age related expectations and opportunities to develop depth of understanding and extend spelling knowledge will be given within English/spelling lessons.
  • Spelling logs will include two types of words: National Curriculum spelling patterns and ‘Golden Words’.

Teachers will identify ‘Golden Words’ for children to learn, understand and use in their writing. These are taken directly from the National Curriculum word lists for respective year groups.

Each week a particular spelling pattern/rule will be highlighted and children will be expected to learn and apply the rule to their written work.

  • Priority 3:

Explore and consider the long term options of Hartpury Primary School as an academy. Last year the Government released its white paper: (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nicky-morgan-unveils-new-vision-for-the-education-system)

Part of this paper was outlining the potential for all schools to become academies. Our Governors will be investigating the benefits and drawbacks of this and other scenarios and develop long term plan for the school.