New Beginnings

Last week saw the start of a new beginning for Unsworth with us officially converting to Academy status alongside our new partners Elms Bank and Broad Oak to form Oak Learning Partnership. For myself and Mrs Reynolds it is also the start of something new as we move forward into our different roles. I started at Unsworth thirteen years ago in 2006 as a class teacher within KS2 and when I look back overtime I can reflect on how the school has changed in that period of time. I feel incredibly proud of all of the pupils and staff within the school and it really is a privilege to now be the Head teacher as Mrs Reynolds starts her role as Director of School Improvement and Executive Headteacher of the partnership. It is true to say that Unsworth in 2019 is a different place to what it was in 2006, but what we have always protected at Unsworth and what we will continue to promote is that all our children are at the centre of what we do. I have always believed that “Together We Build Understanding” captures all that we do as a school and community. Our new partnership will continue to take this forward and our colleagues at Elms Bank and Broad Oak will help us to continue to change and evolve. Our partnership unites our schools with one vision: To give our learning community a highly effective education in a truly inclusive environment. At Unsworth inclusion is something that we have thought a lot about and for us it is as simple as providing all of our children with what they need to be successful. For us as a school, the learning environment and the products of learning are what help our children to flourish. This is achieved through our enquiry curriculum, which has been designed by our staff to map out what we want our children to experience when they come to us at 4 up until they leave us at 11. It has been lovely this week to hear from lots of our new families who will be starting with us in September and I look forward to welcoming them into Unsworth with the rest of the staff across the summer term. We see this new beginning as the next chapter in Unsworth’s story; a story that belongs to all of the characters past, present and future who have helped shape it into the place that it is and will be. A place where learning about each other and the world around us is at the heart of what we...

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Digital Worries

Our digital leaders have been working hard across the 1st half term, having weekly meetings and completing weekly challenges. All of the digital leaders have created their own introduction videos for their display board to explain who they are and why they wanted to be a digital leader. Their second task was to check that their class had e-safety rules displayed and to also be able to talk about what the rules mean. Task three was to create a digital worry box for their classroom, where children could post any problems or worries they were having with technology. All of the digital leaders brought in their own boxes and worked in pairs to create a box. The were also challenged with introducing the box to their class and had the additional challenge of recording this through a video, pic collage or comic life. After half term they will be sharing their creations, delivering an e-safety session to their class and meeting with our school governors to explaining their work across the...

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Musical Opportunities

Musical Opportunities

Welcome back to the new academic year where at Unsworth we want to offer your children the very best opportunities for music. I will continue to visit school every Tuesday working with individual Year groups and leading full school ‘Big Sing’ assemblies. Today Year 2 had their first Ocarina lesson! The Ocarina is a small plastic instrument with 4 holes, and is an ideal instrument for KS1 children to learn.  Children will also learn about musical notation and elements of music such as ‘Pitch’ and ‘Rhythm.’ Year 3 had their second recorder lesson this morning. The children are already making amazing progress, as they are able to build on the Ocarina skills they developed in Year 2. We are delighted to have on board exciting instrumental teachers offering a super range of instruments from children in Y1-6. In our assembly today we welcomed Dave from ‘Fidler Music’ who gave a fantastic demonstration to the children on learning the Ukulele and Guitar.  The children were spellbound when he started playing ‘ Despacito’ and other popular songs.  I can highly recommend ‘Fidler Music’ as they visit some of the other schools in our Music Collaborative and are very reasonably priced.  Each child in Y1 and Y2 has a letter about how they can sign up for lessons with this organisation.  Interested children in Key Stage 2 chose to take a letter home. Year 5 had their Brass session today. We welcome back Mr Watkins, who is a Brass specialist and will be working with Y5 all year as part of the Wider Opportunities Programme.  Parents will have received a letter asking permission for children to take their instruments home, so please return the reply slip to school as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so. Choral group will recommence at lunchtime on Tuesdays for any children in Years 5 and 6 that wish to come and sing. We do request that children who sign up for choir remain in it until the end of term, as we have already been invited to participate in numerous events, particularly in the run up to Christmas.  You may like to ‘Save the date’ Monday 11th December, as our choir will be performing at Bury Parish Church in the ‘Bury Hospice’ annual Carol Service.  This is always a wonderful event, and I know from experience, children do get very disappointed if they rehearse all the songs and carols, and are then unable to sing at the actual event. If you wish to speak to me about any musical matters please call in between 8 and 9 am any Tuesday. We truly value music education at  School and strive once again this year to give your child the very best opportunities to shine. Mrs Geelan...

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Reflections of the School Council

This year’s School Councillors have been fantastic! They have been so hardworking and reliable. The Councillors have listened to their classes about ideas for school and have spent a lot of time making things happen, such as Red Nose Day, the Parking Charter and discussions about the cloakrooms. Well done to all of you! Here are some reflections on their year: I enjoyed having meetings with Mrs Reynolds because it made me feel heard,it also made me feel important in helping the school. Oliver Y6 Being a school councillor has made me feel important because we got to have meetings with Mrs Reynolds and have our say in what could improve the school. I liked doing the tuck shop at break time as well as the parking safety topic we did. Layla Y6 This year my favourite part of school councilling is feeling proud that I got to give ideas to make the school better. But overall I loved everything! Laila Y5 This year my favourite thing was doing the tuck shop because we raised a lot of money and got to serve. It was all fun! Oliver  Y5 This year I have enjoyed fundraising because on Red Nose Day we made over £200. Being a school councillor makes me feel like an important person and I liked helping improve the school. Mya Y5 I liked doing Red Nose Day and having school council meetings with Mrs Reynolds . Now I feel like people would listen to me and help me. Ben Y3 I have enjoyed doing the parking charter and having meetings with the cook. Being a school councillor has made me very proud and happy. But most of all I feel like people are listening to me. Charlotte Y3 I have enjoyed fundraising for Red Nose Day but overall I’ve enjoyed everything.Also I have liked helping the school. Elvie Y3 I liked raising money with the tuck shop and helping make the school happy. Zac...

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Parent Hub Communication App

Parent Hub Communication App

We are always looking at ways to develop our communications with parents further and during our recent parent survey most parents felt that the texting service was a valuable way of getting up to date information about what is happening in school. There are some limitations to the service, such as the fact that within the text message we are unable to add direct attachments or images and we are limited to the amount of characters we can add to a text message. Recently our School Management Information System where we store all our pupil data and contact details has joined with “Parent Hub” which is a communications app for parents. The app hosts a messaging service for schools which allows attachments and pictures to be linked with messages, offers no limit on the length of messages and also links to our school Twitter feed. The benefit of this app is that it is completely free both for parents and for us as a school. The text message service does cost us a large amount as a school and in terms of the admin time it takes to update details each year and as changes are made. As the app is linked to our Management Information System, the updating of details would happen automatically and as a school we could save a large sum of money whilst also providing a more advanced messaging service, which would allow us to streamline communications between school and home. We would like to trial the “Parent Hub” app and get your feedback about it. Our aim is to get parents to sign up to the app across the summer term so that we can start to send messages through it, with the aim being that across the autumn term all our messaging goes through the app so that we can make a decision at the end of the autumn term about which messaging system is most effective . It is really simple to set up the app on any kind of phone. If you click here you can  download a poster about how to join the app and once you enter your phone number, it will let us know that you have signed up. The best way to join is by downloading the Parent Hub app (the white app). If you want to know more about the app, do visit the Parent Hub website by clicking here or arrange to speak to Mr Rhodes about it. We feel that this is a great opportunity for us to develop our communication system...

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Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day

The School Councillors are pleased to announce the arrival of Red Noses! From tomorrow they will be sold around school at the cost of £1. Watch out for School Councillors selling them at playtime. Did you know it takes 17 muscles to smile? The children at Unsworth are facing the challenge of smiling for two minutes or more on Friday morning. Please support them and help them raise money for Red Nose Day by donating any loose change you may have.  The School Councillors will be on collection duty on the yard this week. They are committed to raising money for this worthwhile cause and are hoping to raise a lot of smiles doing so!  ...

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