Warnham CE Primary School Newsletter
Autumn 2019

International Awareness

Our Christian Value this term is ‘Love’. Children have been linking love to learning about respect, friendship, kindness and compassion.

We have extended children’s thinking through assemblies this term to gain more understanding about International celebrations and issues.

Children have learnt about a child’s right to learn and how schooling differs in the UK to other parts of the world. We had a detailed look at diversity and we spoke about four different areas of Black History during the month of October.

Children are now looking at aspects of bullying; to raise an awareness and compassion and we will be moving onto learn more about UNICEF and then International Migrants day to link in with Christmas.

School Council

Our School Council team have been very busy during the first half term of the year. The children were very excited to meet the designers and fundraisers for the new Warnham community playground.

All of the reps came up with such fantastic ideas of how to further develop the playground, to make it really fun for them, as well as providing reflective feedback about the designs that had been produced. The adults who came to listen to the children made notes on their viewpoints and are taking them back to the office to adjust their plans, where possible.

Our school council reps also decided that the school would be keen to support the Children In Need charity and so decided to run a cake sale, Pudsey change collection and for children to wear spotty clothes or pyjamas to raise awareness. The school council managed to raise a whopping £393.69 for Children In Need!

Kingdom Kids

Kingdom kids have had lots of ideas about the school reflection area this term.

They have decided to update it monthly with different ‘big’ questions and prayers for the children to respond to.

They are looking forward to inviting children to pray and reflect on the issues surrounding winter weather and homeless people in January.

Eco Council

To reduce plastic waste, the Eco Council have decided to make decorations for our Christmas lunch instead of having crackers.

They are also running ‘switch off fortnight’ from next week, hoping to reduce the amount of energy we use as a school and help our planet!

Maybe you could try this at home?

Librarians

The pupil librarians have been very busy helping to keep the new library in order.  They have worked hard to put together a display board of books that they recommend and are keen to start an author of the month shelf! At the moment the main focus each week is to make sure that the coloured book scheme books are in the correct box.

They are also learning important skills relating to the reference book coding system. Mrs Hoyte is very proud of their help, commitment and enthusiasm.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Year 5 have written excellent letters in French to their new penpals in our link school in Brittany. We are eagerly waiting for their replies! They will also be sending Christmas cards soon, as will Year 6, to their penpals set up last year.

Year 6 were very lucky to have a taster German lesson from students from Tanbridge School just after half term.

They learnt animal names in German, and how to say which pets they had.

Fairtrade

Fairtrade Reps will be helping Mrs Curtis during Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February till 8th March) to organise and lead assemblies, a competition, and a cake sale to fundraise and raise awareness for Fairtrade.

Staff Professional Development

Teachers and TAs have been busy learning too this term. We began the year with a training course run by a child psychotherapist based around attachment and child mental health followed by safeguarding and child protection.

Mrs Hammond, Mrs Moss and Mrs Nicholson are currently undergoing six twilight sessions across the whole year, looking in detail at children and writing – particularly during the transition between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Mrs Thomas has led Science training for all of the teachers and Mrs Stone had led teaching on Computing. Warnham teamed up with 5 other local schools to share a training session in Art, Computing and MFL.

Mrs Fisher and Miss Murphy-Dunn are working really hard together on developing our wider curriculum at the moment and engineering excellent links between subjects to enhance our creative topics. They have been really fortunate to be offered some training from an expert at the Diocese who will work with them on our curriculum design and intent, whilst ensuring that our Christian Values underpin all of our learning across the school.

Miss Main has been undergoing some training about relationships and sex education and Miss Main and Mrs Kirby are due to attend training on safeguarding for education.

Mrs Nicholson went on ‘Calm children’ training and then she and Mrs Smith attended a course about children with visual impairments. Several of our TAs are also booked on further training surrounding mental health and attachment.

Where possible, whoever attends any training then cascades the knowledge to the other members of staff to ensure that all staff are kept up-to-date with developments and new research in education.

Staff Professional Development

Teachers and TAs have been busy learning too this term. We began the year with a training course run by a child psychotherapist based around attachment and child mental health followed by safeguarding and child protection.

Mrs Hammond, Mrs Moss and Mrs Nicholson are currently undergoing six twilight sessions across the whole year, looking in detail at children and writing – particularly during the transition between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Mrs Thomas has led Science training for all of the teachers and Mrs Stone had led teaching on Computing. Warnham teamed up with 5 other local schools to share a training session in Art, Computing and MFL.

Mrs Fisher and Miss Murphy-Dunn are working really hard together on developing our wider curriculum at the moment and engineering excellent links between subjects to enhance our creative topics. They have been really fortunate to be offered some training from an expert at the Diocese who will work with them on our curriculum design and intent, whilst ensuring that our Christian Values underpin all of our learning across the school.

Miss Main has been undergoing some training about relationships and sex education and Miss Main and Mrs Kirby are due to attend training on safeguarding for education.

Mrs Nicholson went on ‘Calm children’ training and then she and Mrs Smith attended a course about children with visual impairments. Several of our TAs are also booked on further training surrounding mental health and attachment.

Where possible, whoever attends any training then cascades the knowledge to the other members of staff to ensure that all staff are kept up-to-date with developments and new research in education.

How is the school doing now?

All of the hard work that the staff put into themselves and the children over the past couple of years is clearly paying off. We had a visit this week from our school link advisor at the local authority. The summary of her visit is quoted below:

‘Leaders remain highly ambitious for the school. They have an innovative approach to embedding new teaching methods which allows staff to fully understand the implications before adopting it across the school.

Leaders have clear plans in place to continue to develop their wider curriculum alongside ensuring the focus remains on reading and phonics.   Leaders are focused on ensuring practice and provision at Warnham continues to move forward.

The leadership team are clear on their priorities and the rationale behind these; they are measured and realistic.’

All staff were delighted to receive this positive external validation. The local authority judged that the school remains a ‘good’ school which is rated as a ‘2’ but they were so impressed by our progress that they have now moved our rating up from a ‘2b’ to a ‘2a’.

Again, we were all so pleased and proud to receive the feedback that we are providing the best educational experiences for all of our children.

School Development Plan:

We are keen to celebrate our achievements but also carry out detailed analysis of what we would like to improve each year.

We were absolutely delighted by our progress scores last summer, that they were all above the National Average, but we are keen to still develop further some of our attainment scores.

Ofsted (2019) stated that we are still catching up from some underachievement from a number of years ago but we would never use that as an excuse.

We are adamant that our children deserve the best that we can possibly provide and so we are working incredibly hard to fill any gaps with expert teaching and interventions.

We have looked at writing across the school in enormous depth. Children have developed their writing in so many ways so we are now looking closely at teaching the children how to develop their grammar. We are working hard as a team to ensure that children’s writing is varied, interesting, and accurate and that it flows in an increasingly mature way.

Science is a focal point this year. It was important for the school to work really hard on Reading, Writing and Maths to turn the school around from the ‘requires improvement’ Ofsted rating so Science, sadly, had to take a bit of a back seat.

Science is under the spotlight now and teachers are inspiring children to become independent problem solving Scientists – the children are responding brilliantly!

As mentioned earlier, we are focussing on developing the wider curriculum further this year. This will ensure that children have rich opportunities to develop beyond traditional academic skills and understanding.

Children are learning more about their wider community and international communities, their health and wellbeing including how to stay mentally healthy.

Finally – and we need your help for this one – we are looking at further developing clarity surrounding our school vision and values.

Currently, we have so many great things going on from children learning about themselves and others through the Jigsaw PSHE lessons, Christian Values through collective worship and metacognition (recognising where they have used perseverance / teamwork / independence etc. to complete a task).

During our INSET day in January, Staff and Governors are going to pick apart what we do alongside the needs of our children.

It is important to ensure that our vision is collective and the values that we would like the children to learn and embody underpin the ethos of the school.

It is our intention to discuss this, in detail, with children and parents in the New Year and we would be enormously grateful for your valuable input on this journey.

If your child left Warnham CE Primary with three personal values, what would you like them to be and why would you see these as the most important?

One to ponder…

Governor Spotlight

Carol King

I’m a mum of two grown up children who used to be a Registered nurse and eventually taught nursing (many moons ago)! I’ve been a Magistrate for 21 years and was previously a Governor of a boys Special School, so you could say I’m a sucker for punishment!

I’ve been a Governor at Warnham for the last six years and absolutely love it. My previous responsibilities included Special Educational Needs and the monitoring of Pupil Premium, but after some re-alignment of work, I now look after Health & Safety and continue with being the Governor for the Reception Class.

I’m in school twice a week with the children as well as attending the various meetings necessary for the Governing Board.

Katie Fisher

Hello everyone. Just a short note to introduce myself as your staff governor. Many of you will have met me before but for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Katie Fisher and I am currently your Year 1 class teacher.

I have been working at Warnham Primary for three years having spent the previous seven years at Desmond Anderson School in Tilgate.

Although this is a relatively new role for me, I really enjoy my position as staff governor; it gives me the opportunity to voice the views of the staff to the governing body and to ensure that the needs of your children and their education are being met.

I look forward to continuing this role and working alongside the other governors to create and maintain the best school for your children.

Carol King

I’m a mum of two grown up children who used to be a Registered nurse and eventually taught nursing (many moons ago)! I’ve been a Magistrate for 21 years and was previously a Governor of a boys Special School, so you could say I’m a sucker for punishment!

I’ve been a Governor at Warnham for the last six years and absolutely love it. My previous responsibilities included Special Educational Needs and the monitoring of Pupil Premium, but after some re-alignment of work, I now look after Health & Safety and continue with being the Governor for the Reception Class.

I’m in school twice a week with the children as well as attending the various meetings necessary for the Governing Board.

Carol King

Katie Fisher

Hello everyone. Just a short note to introduce myself as your staff governor. Many of you will have met me before but for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Katie Fisher and I am currently your Year 1 class teacher.

I have been working at Warnham Primary for three years having spent the previous seven years at Desmond Anderson School in Tilgate.

Although this is a relatively new role for me, I really enjoy my position as staff governor; it gives me the opportunity to voice the views of the staff to the governing body and to ensure that the needs of your children and their education are being met.

I look forward to continuing this role and working alongside the other governors to create and maintain the best school for your children.

Katie Fisher

Carol King

Katie Fisher

Christmas at St Margaret’s

Sunday, 8th December

Carol Singing in the pub
8pm

The Greet’s Inn, Friday Street

Sunday, 14th December

Carols and Cakes
2pm

Come and sing all your very favourite carols, and enjoy a sumptuous tea to boot

Tuesday, 17th December

Carol Singing around the Village
5.30pm

Taking Christmas to our neighbours’ doors
Meet at church and bring a lantern if you have one

Sunday, 22nd December

Carol service with full choir
6.30pm

The traditional Nine Lessons and Carols, with robed choir

Tuesday, 24th December 

Christingle & Nativity Play Service
3.30 & 5pm

Magical Christingles and the story of Jesus’ birth

Midnight Mass
11.30pm

Candlelight and carols as we welcome in Christmas Day!

Christmas Day

Holy Communion (BCP)
8am

Parish Communion
10am

Bring a favourite gift and give thanks for love and joy

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