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Bright Autumn Days At School

Posted on: 02 Oct 2020 by Weston Green School

As the days draw in and autumn begins to bite, our days at Weston Green seem to grow ever brighter as our children demonstrate each and every day their enthusiasm and enjoyment in their learning. From Viking longboats to Egyptain music and dance, from princes and princesses to recreating swishy swashy grass and swirling whirling snow as our Reception children go on an actual Bear Hunt! However this was also contrasted with the utter seriousness with which children from Year 1 to Year 6 are completing their applications to become a school councillor and a member of our new Pupil Parliament. This is an important role and elections will be held soon!

What has impressed me greatly, is the focus and engagement across the school for our priority this year on reading and comprehension. We have made changes to our timetables to ensure each day starts with reading activities, which may be paired reading, a visit to the new library, a time to get engrossed in our own books or enjoy the simple pleasure of listening to a class story read by their teacher. Across the school children are enjoying reading more, supported by a refreshed focus on teaching the skills of reading comprehension. You may hear about VIPERS - an acronym which unpicks and supports effective understanding of a text. With lessons focussed specifically on Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval or to Summarise, children are guided to dive deeper into their books and understand more. With careful introduction through KS1, and then more explicitly across KS2, children are already demonstrating more interest and understanding and getting more from their reading. Adults too are sharing which books they are reading and the walls are full of quotes celebrating fantastic childrens books. We are very pleased with this renewed focus for this year and the impact it is already having on children’s learning and enjoyment. Look out for our parent information event on Tuesday 17th November when we will explain more about our approaches and how you can support at home.

Reading is just one of our priorities for this year, combined with our mastery approach to maths and looking closely at how developing our marking and feedback can have a greater impact on learning progress. Please do view the Vision And Priorities event recording sent out last week where we provide more detail on these.

However we are also particularly pleased to have final confirmation of our new nursery building which will be completed during the next half term ready for our launch in January 2021. If you would like to register your child for our nursery provision for children aged 2 and above, please do contact the school office to reserve your space.

Sarah Evans


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