Headteacher Blog 17/11/15

The past few weeks have been an exciting time for myself as I start to look in greater detail at the teaching and learning that is happening for our pupils.

We are now in week 10 of the year and it is an ideal time to look at how much our pupils have progressed. This can be done through speaking to staff, reviewing pupil books, looking at assessments and listening to the learners themselves.

We currently have the Techniquest Space Dome in our Junior Hall which allows our pupils to have an interactive learning experience about the Galaxy, our Solar System and the stars in our night sky. Pupil engagement is huge in these instances and they gain so much from the lessons.

I have been delighted to see how the Reception pupils are able to share their homework tasks they undertake over the weekend via our Twitter feed. The support that these pupils are receiving at home contributes a great deal to their learning and instills in them a purpose in working together

Another special learning experience that some of our year 5 pupils are taking advantage of is a before school book club. These children are reading Roald Dahl’s Matilda and sharing the experience of the story. The pupils are making sure that they are developing constantly and not just during normal school hours.

An interesting development in the teaching of early number skills is the use of the Numicon resource. This is whereby pupils use different colour shapes with between 1 and 10 holes in them to understand number bonds up to 10. This can be altered, extended and changed so that pupils are supported or challenged. It enables our children to have a solid grasp of basic number concepts.

Our excellent teaching and learning has continued to extend beyond the classroom and we are providing those varied and exciting sporting opportunities. We have recently taken part in a gymnastic competition (a 3rd place), a football match (lost 4-3) and the Sky Sports Cardiff Schools Event (winners!). We are also still top of the Cardiff Games league.

We have also recently launched our School’s link with Spice Time Credits. This is where families can volunteer an hour of their time and receive ‘credits’ which can be used against a range of activities such as tickets for shows or entry to attractions in Cardiff and beyond. We started with a litter pick at the front of the School and more events are planned through the year.

We have also entered the iCans challenge which is a competition between many Cardiff Primary Schools over who can raise the most amount of money in a given period of time. All monies raised will be donated to the Velindre charity.

And all this is before the busy Christmas period!

Again I would like to thank all the members of our School a Community for their support over the past weeks. Remember that it will only ever be that ‘Together we can

all Succeed’.

Mr James