The children enjoyed making snow sculptures and the opportunities to play in the snow last week. It was definitely well deserved after the mature attitude they showed in school during our Ofsted visit. Well done everyone! The children’s igloos were fabulous!
Mrs Longstaff, the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Governors of Britannia welcomes Ofsted inspectors into school this week on Tuesday and Wednesday (20 and 21st Janauary 2015).
Letters will be sent home today regarding the inspection including details of how you can participate in the inspection on the Parent View questionnaire which is completed online. We would encourage you to get involved and complete this questionnaire by 11am Tuesday 20 January.
If you have any queries during the inspection, please call into to see Mrs Longstaff.
After many years of dedicated service to the school and PTFA, our current Treasurer, Sara Young, will be leaving school and the important role this July. We need to find a replacement. Sara has kindly offered to train anyone interested in the post. If you would like to find out more please contact the school office.
We have three vacancies on our Governing Body. If you’re interested in joining, or know someone who may be interested, please call into school to speak to Mrs Longstaff.
Mrs Wroe, Chair of Governors, welcomes anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for helping to drive the school forward. She said: “Our current Board of Governors is made up of a variety of people from diverse backgrounds. At the moment, we are particularly looking for someone with a background in finance or accounting in order to strengthen our team.”
For more information, an application form or an informal chat, please contact school.
Last week’s visit to the pantomime to see Sleeping Beauty was a great success and the children had a fantastic time.
Mrs Longstaff would like to thank all parents and carers for their patience at the end of the day when collecting children. She said: “Your child’s safety is paramount so it was essential that we were able to dismiss children in a lit area from the safety of school. In addition I would like to thank those volunteers who supported us with this trip.”
Thank you to all parents who attended the Maths Calculation Meetings today in school. We hope you have learned more about how and why we teach certain methods of calculations at Britannia.
Our Maths Leader, Mr Overton, gave parents an overview of the different methods used in school to help parents assist their children at home. He said: “It was great to see so many parents interested in the way we teach in school. Some people are frightened that they don’t know enough about maths but we genuinely believe that sitting with your child to help them with their homework and figuring out a solution together, really helps the children gain confidence and self-esteem.”
There will be more sessions later in the term but if you have any queries please contact your class teacher. If you missed the sessions today but would like to know more, there’s an overview of the maths teaching methods here.
Following a phased testing session with children in school and to coincide with this week’s Maths Methods sessions for parents, we are are delighted to launch Mathleics!
This fun, functional and fully interactive e-learning platform enables all children to extend their maths knowledge, challenge themselves and earn points and certificates for their learning. The successful international system supports their learning outside of the classroom and fits with the curriculum taught by our teachers.
Mr Overton, Britannia’s Maths Leader says: “Please support and encourage your child’s learning by visiting www.mathletics.co.uk or downloading the app via your device’s app store – it’s FREE. You don’t need to be a maths graduate to help your child develop a love of numbers. Simply sitting with them to look at Mathletics together really does boost their confidence which helps them in class.”
If you have any queries about Mathletics or require their login details, please contact your child’s class teacher. Or for maths subject queries, Mr Overton is happy to help.
From Monday 12 January, both the KS1 and KS2 doors will be open from 8.45am for a fun and exciting way to start each school day!
Every morning, children will be offered the opportunity to take part in a Wake and Shake activity lead by a teacher either in their classrooms for KS1 or the hall for KS2. This will be available from 8.45am until 8.55am and is a great way to start the day!
From Monday 12 January, our Reception classes will be welcomed into school through the KS1 door. The Reception staff feel that the children are now ready for this transition, but if you have any concerns about this please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher.