Newsletter 34 – 17th June 2016

Dear Parents

Reporting and assessing the new curriculum As we remarked near the beginning of this year, assessing and reporting on the new curriculum has been complicated, with very little information or “steer” from the government. This has meant that we have had to set the standard as best we can. We have worked with colleagues in other schools and with advisors in the Local Authority to try to establish the thresholds which mark whether a child has met the required standard or not. No one is entirely sure what the final outcome will be – the analysis of this year’s SATS, the first written on the new curriculum, will support our work next year. However, it is clear that the whole system is very different from that used previously.

Where you were used to having a 5 point system of reporting for your child


1                              above the standard expected for a child of this age

2                              at the top end of the standard expected for a child of this age

3                              in the middle of the standard expected for a child of this age

4                              at the low end of the standard expected for a child of this age

5                             below the standard expected for a child of this age

We now have to use a 3 point system:

GD:                        Working at greater depth within the standard expected for this age group

WS:                        Working within the standard expected for this age group

TS:                         Working towards the standard expected for this age group

It is possible for a child who was judged to be 1 previously, to be judged now as “Working within the standard expected for their age”, since the “Standard expected for their age” is set at a higher level. To be awarded the new standard, children have to meet every facet of the standard, not just “Best fit” as previously. As far as we can see, the correspondence between the two systems will look something like this:

We do assure all parents that children are being taught outstandingly well, are making outstanding progress and are reaching outstanding levels of attainment for their ability, regardless of how this is measured or reported. This year’s interim measure may be changed again next year – we will be ready to adjust as necessary and will keep you posted as the picture becomes clearer.

D&T at Dauntseys Our Year 6 children had a great time at Dauntsey’s school where they used the Design and Technology facilities to make clocks. We are always grateful for the outreach that provides our children with these opportunities.

Grand Opening of the Outdoor Classroom Do make time to come to the Grand Opening of the outdoor classroom which will take place on Friday 24th June, in place of Sharing Assembly. After that, you are all invited to bring along a picnic and spend the afternoon here, enjoying children’s entertainment and summer fair stalls, provided by our PFA, from 3.00pm – 5.00pm.

NSPCC workshop for children On Thursday 30th June, the NSPCC will be running workshops calledSpeak Out. Stay Safe” for each class to help the children understand how to stay safe and how to report to trusted adults anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Parents are invited to school on Thursday 23rd June at 8.45am to have a presentation by the NSPCC on the programme. If you do not wish your child to attend this workshop, please let us know in writing.

Steam Museum A reminder that Avebury class is going to the Steam Museum on Wednesday 22nd June – please make sure your child brings a packed lunch.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 22nd June Avebury trip to Steam Museum All day
Thursday 23rd June Presentation for parents by NSPCC 8.45am
Friday 24th June Grand Opening of the Outdoor Classroom and Summer Fayre 2.15pm onwards
Monday 27th June French Concert 10.45am
Tuesday 28th June Silbury Class Restaurant Afternoon
Monday 4th July Stonehenge class craft afternoon 1.30pm
Tuesday 5th July White Horse class to Lavington School 1.15pm – 3pm
Wednesday 6th July Year 6 Leavers to Cathedral All day
Thursday 7th July Shakespeare play by Years 3 and 4 One performance at 1.30pm, and one at 5.00pm
Tuesday 12th July New Forest and Mosque trip All day – finishing at 4.00pm
Wednesday 13th July Sports Day 9.15am – 12.00pm then picnic on the field
Thursday 14th July School Eucharist with Bishop Ed as the Celebrant 2.00pm
Monday 18th July Y6 Leavers’ trip All day
Wednesday 20th July Y6 Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Thursday 21st July Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

**Friday 24th June @2.15pm ribbon cutting and musical celebration of the Outdoor Classroom followed by a Summer Celebration from 3-5pm to say thank you from the PFA with Summer Fayre stalls, Pimms, cake and other fun things for the children to do. Bring a picnic**

Your cakes are needed for this event for the cake stall! Please bring in on the morning. Thank you.

Friday Tuck Shop needs cake volunteers. Please put your name down if you can help!

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

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