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Freedom to be you

Freedom to be you

I have been really enjoying our Monday assemblies since we have been working on the ‘big ideas’ or ‘values’ that are important to our school. This year we have also introduced our assemblies board at the front of the hall. This has allowed the children to make more of a contribution to the themes by posting their thoughts as the week progresses. This week we talked about freedom. I told stories about Nelson Mandela, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai. One of the children wrote that they thought freedom was ‘the right to be who you are’ whilst another admired the three women highlighted because ‘they said no when things were wrong.’ Great thinking yet again! Mr Rhodes and I spent Tuesday really thinking about our school, our approaches and our beliefs when it comes to education. We set off nice and early to travel to Sheffield to listen to Dame Alison Peacock, the executive headteacher of The Wroxham School which is in Hertfordshire. We were really impressed with her ideas and the approaches being used at Wroxham. We recognised her philosophy as being very similar to ours. We were particularly interested in some of the teaching approaches discussed, in particular the ideas around offering children more choice in terms of the challenges undertaken in their learning. We also felt we could learn something from the systems used to involve parents and children in learning reviews rather than traditional parents’ evenings. Mr Rhodes wrote an excellent blog earlier this week that captures our thinking on this beautifully. Next week we will be welcoming a number of visitors into our school. On Tuesday two Bury Headteachers will be spending the day in school to work with us to look at how our school works. The idea is that we get a different view of our school and get the opportunity to really engage in some professional dialogue with colleagues from a different context. On Wednesday we welcome back some teachers who have been working on the Outstanding Teaching Programme to a training day at Unsworth. They will spend the day with us and will visit some of our classes. We know that all of our visitors will enjoy the time they spend with us. We are looking forward to seeing them. It's only fair to...

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Promoting Creativity

Promoting Creativity

It has been a really busy week at Unsworth this week and I can certainly say that everywhere I turned there were exciting things happening. Over the last few weeks we have been developing our use of technology as  a school and if you have been following us on Twitter you will have seen lots of our tweets about what each class has been up to. We have decided as a school that we will try to do a daily tweet from each class, so that we can share and capture the learning that is taking place. You can see these tweets in the side bar of our website or you can follow us on twitter by searching for @unsworthprimary. We are starting to use technology to promote children’s creativity and we are aiming to make use of it to redefine the way we teach our children. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon year 2 were introduced to three apps called book creator, explain everything and showbie. It is amazing when children are introduced to apps how quickly they can use them. Children are naturally creative and curious  and the use of ipads within school is really starting to open up new ways for the children to share their learning. Children in year 2 really demonstrated how quickly they can be creative when they are given opportunities to present their ideas in a format they choose. Through creating interactive books that involve sounds, music, videos, photographs and text; the children brought their learning to life. Our school is all about promoting children’s independence and creativity. Throughout the week it has been great to see the children in year 2 embracing this and making their own decisions about how they will share their learning. I am very proud of how much the children have grown as individuals and learners across the year and it is a pleasure to experience creativity which inspires me as a practitioner to find different ways to frame learning for the children.   Developing art appreciation Puzzle maths in pairs Using explain everything to share learning from our enquiry Probots being used to develop simple instructions       It's only fair to...

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Bikeability and Baking Bonanza!

Bikeability and Baking Bonanza!

This week we have been taking part in bikeability activities.  We had to learn how to get on our bikes safely and how to be safe on the road.  The 4 coaches, Matt, Matt, Jill and Dallia, all helped us improve our skills on our bikes like signals for left turns, right turns and u turns. We went out of school onto Parr Lane to try out going on the road. At the end of the sessions we were very wet but all very happy because we passed stage 1 and stage 2. Year 5 have been designing cakes. First we got into groups and filled in our design sheet with different ideas.  The next day some of the children walked up to Morrison’s to buy the ingredients. We were supervised by a teacher as we gathered all the ingredients with the money that we had brought in. We had a budget of £23 which needed to be used to buy all the ingredients that groups needed.  It was tricky because we needed to think about which items were expensive and had to change them for cheaper brands so we could buy all the things we needed.   The next day we made the cake and put the toppings on the cake. We enjoyed evaluating the different cakes (by eating them!) and hope our family enjoys tasting them as much as we did when we take the cakes home. WHAT AN AMAZING WEEK Y5 HAVE HAD! This weeks bloggers: Ejaz, Caitlin and Danyal                                                   + It's only fair to...

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YR Buddies, assemblies and school dinners!!!!

Well what a busy start the children have had.  Monday morning was met with lots of smiles for the start of a full day.  The children enjoyed their first school meal, serving themselves and chatting to friends at the dinner tables.  Dinner menus have been sent home already so you will know what your child will be served each day; I stay with the children whilst they have their dinner and will always encourage them to try new food/eat their dinner but I will let you know if your child doesn’t like/eat their dinner-any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. The children met their Year 6 buddy in the afternoon.  Our Year 6,  each year, excel themselves with their ‘buddy’ duties and we are looking forward to organising some fun activities for the children and their buddies. 🙂  You can meet your child’s buddy at the ‘Welcome assembly’ on Thursday. Welcome Assembly-Thursday -9:10> drop your child into the classroom and then take your seats in the hall (via the main entrance) .  The assembly will be finished by approx. 9:30 and refreshments will be served after.  Children will be taken back to class about 9:45/9:50 We look forward to seeing you there! It's only fair to...

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