I can't actually believe that there is only one more weekend before the new term starts. The school is looking wonderful as staff have worked hard over the Summer to make sure classrooms are ready to inspire learning. Building work has taken place in our Foundation rooms to create an opening between the two rooms to allow for more space and increased activity opportunities.
Hopefully the children are ready to return to school, I am looking forward to seeing them all. I hope to see all children following the uniform code, dressed smartly and ready to learn.
Last year the main priority for the school was improving our teaching of reading and developing the children's collaborative skills. The introduction of reading skills lessons and further use of the Accelerated reader scheme had a positive impact on our end of Key stage data, with a further 30% of children passing the Year 6 Reading SATs paper. This year our main emphasis will be on developing a clear and consistent approach to the teaching of writing at Beckers Green. Our attainment and progress in writing is good, however we want to make sure we help children to develop a love of writing. We are looking to create opportunities that allow children to write with real purpose about topics they are interested in and have experienced. We shall also be focusing on developing our teaching of phonics to ensure that an increased number of children pass the phonics screening in Year 1.
Some of you may have heard that Miss Patterson has relocated to London and will therefore not be returning to Beckers Green this term. Miss Patterson has been an amazing Learning support assistant at Beckers for many years, supporting children with their learning and behaviour. She formed strong, positive relationships with many children over the years, helping them to overcome their barriers to learning and she will be missed tremendously. We wish her good luck in her new role in London and hope she comes back to visit us soon.
Mrs Baverstock, our catering manager has also moved on to a new role and we would like to thank her for all her hard work over the last few years.
Enjoy the weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.