My week ended with a delightful trip to Total Fitness with our Y4 class. This year we have decided to use a different provider for our swimming lessons and the class had a strenuous afternoon walking there and back with an hour in the water in between! They were so excited to be starting the swimming programme and had such fun. It was a pleasure to watch them enjoying themselves and working so hard whatever their present skills in swimming. Some children started the afternoon a bit nervously but by the end of the session every child was jumping into the water with enthusiasm. Hopefully, by the end of the year all children will have learned to swim or will have improved their strokes significantly.

On Thursday, we all enjoyed Y3’s class assembly when they showcased their learning about Ancient Greece and demonstrated their Greek dance moves. They all dressed in costume and delighted their special guests who turned out in large numbers. It is always great fun to watch our class assemblies and see the creative ways our class teachers and their classes choose to show their learning.

Across this week I have visited or met with a number of other Bury Headteachers. We are all looking at ways to embed our new curriculum and our new assessment systems. We are also looking at different ways of collaborating or supporting each other. Mr Rhodes and I have recently created a development programme for assessment which we have offered to Headteachers across Bury. We were delighted when 15 schools signed up for the course which will run from our school in the next half term. Our colleagues will get the chance to visit our classrooms and see our children at work and see how we are assessing their learning. We are looking forward to collaborating with so many new partners.

We are still also looking at the possibility of more formal partnerships with other schools. As fewer services are available from the local authority and more demands are put on schools we need to consider the potential benefits of joining with others. There may be considerable benefits in partnerships with other schools, both for our children and for our staff. We are still at the early stages of these discussions but we are very interested in considering the benefits of joining a multi-academy trust. If this were to become a reality we would choose our partners very carefully and ensure that we retain the ethos of Unsworth Primary School.

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