Mr Ashraf and Mrs Gillen
MS Ellacot and Miss Ragno
Hello and welcome to the this brand new academic year. We hope that you are as excited as the children are!
This term the children will be learning to play a wind instrument. Orange and Laranja, will learning to play the Clarinet on a Tuesday afternoon. Orang'e and Komola learning the trumpet on a Wednesday afternoon. These sessions will run throughout the year. Children will be given the opportunity to take these instruments home and you will shortly receive a letter outlining this.
World Book Day
On World Book Day the children dressed as Horrible Histories characters.
Here are some of our amazing costumes.
In the Ancient Olympics the winners did not get medals. They were awarded laurel wreaths which they wore on their heads to show they were champions.
We have been making our own laurel wreaths.
Trip to Science Museum.
This week we visited the Science Museum. We saw films at the IMAX cinema on Space. We also visited the Space Gallery where we saw Buzz Aldrin's space suit and a model of The Eagle landing craft.
At William Bellamy Primary School we are always looking for ways to encourage pupils to develop their learning and make as much progress as possible.
The school has developed an effective marking policy which focuses on what a pupil has done well and what they need to do to make their learning even better. In every lesson the Learning Goal (what the focus of the lesson is) and Steps to Success (what pupils need to do to achieve the Learning Goal) are shared with pupils. When teachers 'mark' learning this is the focus and next steps are given to pupils. These next steps may be reflecting on how to improve the piece of learning or a challenge. Pupils respond to marking and are very much involved in the process. Even when misconceptions, errors or improvements are identified pupils see this as positive and know that we are all working together to get even better.
To further develop effective 'marking' an integral part of this process is 'peer' marking. This is when pupils use the Learning Goal and Steps to Success to assess each other's learning. Pupils enjoy being the 'teacher' and have developed effective ways of recognising what is good and what could be even better. Peer marking is effective throughout the school. In Key Stage 1 pupils are able to write small comments about learning and by Year 6 pupils are able to give full, thoughtful and effective next steps comments or challenges.
When you look at your child's book you will notice comments made in green by the teacher and comments made in red. These comments are either pupils responding to marking or brilliant examples of peer marking.
Below are some examples of our amazing pupils learning and their brilliant peer marking.
Statement of 'British Values'
The Department for Education recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs’
Each school has been asked to publish a statement about how they ensure that pupils are developing a full and balanced understanding. At William Bellamy Primary School we are proud to represent a number of cultures and faiths and always strive to promote these key aspects of being a well-rounded citizen.
Please find attached the School’s statement.
If you require any additional information please contact the Headteacher through the school website.