Lots to shout out about! Year on year, a consistently improving set of SATs scores for end of year six in both the expected standard and the greater depth standard. This year, in some tests, the % of Astbury children working at the expected standard is above the national – well done to all the year six children for their hard work and commitment as well as the teaching and dedication of the staff. I am grateful for all the support that we have received from CDAT, governors and parents in working towards this achievement.
Thank you to everyone who has completed their parent questionnaires, your feedback is really valuable – your responses will be looked at on Monday, with governors and CDAT staff, as part of our INSET day. If you have not yet completed yours, please do so today and return it to the school office tomorrow.
Next year, our three main priorities will be:
1) to embed Power Maths – as teachers continue to question and explore maths, encouraging your child to develop as a mathematician, improving fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
2) English – as we embark on an outstanding teaching training programme to further develop writing. ‘Talk for writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.’
3) to relook at the wider curriculum, checking for progression within subjects across the school ensuring that your child receives a broad, well balanced knowledge rich curriculum which is specific to Astbury.
Well done to St David’s team on being the summer term’s team winners. They joined with St Andrew’s team for a treat on the field to celebrate. Children played their own games while some had a football match, played hockey and tennis, sat on blankets reading and chatting – a well-deserved treat!
Children in classes Mary and Jacob put on two amazing productions this week of the musical ‘Hoodwinked’. Well done to all for truly amazing singing and two great performances. Thank you to all who supported with costumes, line learning, serving refreshments and those who were able to come to watch.
It is lovely to welcome new children to our Astbury family and this week we have welcomed Ella in reception, Joshua in year three and Bella in year five. Please look out for these new families on the playground and extend your hand of friendship to them.
I wish you all a wonderful summer holiday!
Mrs P Worswick
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