July | 2019
Good luck to all our Year 6 pupils
As we come to the end of the academic year and start the summer break, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our pupils on their successes and to thank all of our staff for their hard work and commitment over the course of the year.
Last Wednesday at our Education Improvement Team (EIT) meeting we talked about the collective responsibility that we all have, as a group of headteachers, for every pupil in every school. We also talked about the fact that every member of staff from early years up, and every parent, has their part to play in ensuring that our children leave primary school with the skills, attitudes, understanding and knowledge to set them up well for the future. The tests that children take form a part of the overall picture of success that we celebrating. In those tests this year we saw results above national averages in six of our schools, three of those achieving this for the first time. We were delighted to see that maths achievement is now significantly above national figures at The Oaks and St Helen's. Shotley smashed their targets with a massive 23% rise overall. Ilketshall was our highest performing school with an amazing 94% getting to the expected standard in reading. Of course, our aim is that every child achieves and there are many personal achievement stories from across the schools for us to recognise and celebrate as the year comes to an end.
Clare Flintoff, CEO
Mrs Clare Flintoff, CEO
Empowerment is a teaching strategy that is used to great effect at The Oaks, especially within the teaching of PE and sport. Traditionally sports have always been taught in a prescriptive or autocratic environment, with teachers providing the pupils with the knowledge and the answers, creating players that are reliant on instructions given by others.
At The Oaks we believe by empowering our pupils to engage in the decision making process, we promote a sense of belonging within the team and create a shared approach to learning. This empowerment has had a huge impact on our girls’ sports teams over the past few years. By adopting this strategy our girls have acquired the confidence to share and discuss observations they make during sporting fixtures. Often at intervals during these events the pupils will be asked to highlight and celebrate the positives that have taken place and to identify any problems the team may be facing. It is at this point the pupils are asked, ‘How can these problems be solved/overcome?’ A discussion then takes place where ideas are shared and a solution decided upon, all facilitated by the teacher.
The impact of this approach has resulted in creating strong and confidant individuals, that as well as possessing the skills to compete at a high level, they consistently make the right decisions. The girls’ achievements this year include football and netball league winners, three County Finals for football, netball and athletics and one South East England Regional Final for football.
Empowerment at The Oaks
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Congratulations to all our pupil award winners
ASSET Excellence Awards
Amber Cook - Year 6 - Edgar Sewter - Sport
Reece Burt - Reception, Bungay - Creative Arts
Jonah Merchant - Year 5, St Helen's - Literacy
Jessica Saunders - Year 4, Holton - Literacy
Olive Philips - Year 2 Ilketshall - Literacy
Matthew Ryan - Year 6, Whitton - Maths
Saskia Thickitt-Somner - Year 4, Wenhaston - Maths
Gyllis Devonshire - Year 5, Shotley - Science
Caoimhe Keaney - Year 6, St Helen's - Music
Alfie Kelly - Year 3, The Oaks - IT
George Chenery - Year 2, Edgar Sewter - Performing Arts
Esme Paternoster - Year 6, St Helen's - Reading
Sophia Bazalik - Year 3, Edgar Sewter - Reading
Sophie Fenton - Year 5, Bungay - Reading
Robin Moughtin - Reception, Edgar Sewter - Humanities
Nickolas Shumba - Reception, Edgar Sewter - Environment Award
Betsy Breakell - Year 1, Castle Hill - Compassion Award
Bailey Page - Year 5,The Oaks - Resilience Award
Benjamin Sparrow - Year 3, St Helen's - Good Citizen
Ruby Camp, Autumn Walker, Lily Carter
Year 6, Edgar Sewter - Service to the Community
Joshua Harper - Year 1, Shotley - Campaigner Award
Ana Balan - Year 6, Whitton - Languages
Andreja Gruzda - Year 5, The Oaks - Oracy
and last but not least....
Oracy Group Award: Year 1 and 2, St Helen's
Dylan Jeffery, Molly Raishbrook, Woody Cameron, Madeeh Ahmed, Sami Mahmoud, Adnaan Jimaleh, Delfina Palmer-Embeita, Arthur Baggett-Lahav
Our 2019 ASSET Excellence Awards were a wonderful, uplifting celebration of so many children's achievements. Our Vice Chair of Trustees, Eddie Casey told us, 'It was a joy to see the range of achievements across our schools and the proud faces of children, parents and staff. It's a privilege to be a part of the trust and to have seen it grow into a strong community that champions and celebrates perseverance, achievement and delight in learning.'
Thank you Eddie for your kind words and to everyone for championing the children and going the extra mile every day.
July | 2019
Hall of Fame
The Year 6 residential at Cliff Lane this year went overseas! Here is pupil, Connor McGarry's insight into a trip of a lifetime.
It was great to see another country to experience different religions, cultures and traditions. We had to be resilient because it was an incredibly long journey in two different vehicles and we were hundreds of miles from family members. On the other hand, it was great to relax and chat with our friends.
We visited some of Amsterdam's most iconic monuments. I really enjoyed the Anne Frank Museum with the Van Gogh Museum coming second. Everyone made some amazing new memories and really enjoyed themselves. Everything from the food to the staff who came with us was great!
The experiences I had will stay with me forever.
LYFTA: teachers, support staff and even our CEO have received training this month in a new resource that will allow schools to 'bring the outside world in'. Lyfta is an immersive storytelling toolkit that allows children to see other cultures and human stories from across the globe through films and virtual environments. Not only is this very 'twenty-first century' in terms of utilising technology, it is also designed to help children explore their identities as global citizens, something that will be so important for them in their futures.
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On Tuesday 11th June pupils from St. Helen's Primary performed in a unique show 'Vocile Noastre - Our voice', in the main theatre at DanceEast. Organised by the school but incorporating pupils from five other Ipswich primary schools and two secondary schools, this jam-packed event highlighted the community, culture and heritage of the vibrant and diverse Roma Community. The event included personal stories, music and theatre created and performed by Roma pupils in partnership with renowned theatre company Gecko. A mix of pupils and Roma speaking staff members also performed as a choir singing songs in both English and Romanian. It was a wonderful evening with 150 guests showing their support for this marginalised group, who have so much to offer.
Nursery Bid Success
Whitton Community Primary School, one of our six Ipswich schools, heard this month that it had been successful in its bid to a special funding stream to boost nursery provision and places. The School Nurseries Capital Fund had been created to allow schools to widen their reach and provision to increase access to high quality early years education to as many children as possible. Whitton was only one of two Suffolk schools to be successful and this will provide an incredible boost to what the school already offers.
Stephen Capper, headteacher at Whitton says, 'We are delighted to have won our bid to invest in the nursery. The Early Years Learning Centre we propose offers the possibility to really transform the life chances for our children.'
Whitton has already had an exciting year with the building of its new state of the art dining room. The children and community have been involved with choosing the name and the theme and we are all very excited for its big reveal in September.
Many congratulations to all the staff at Whitton. What a year!
Our aim is to be as outward looking as possible. We know that Suffolk is one of the best places to live but we also know we can learn a lot from different places, communities and cultures. Here are some ways we have 'gone international' this term.
New dining room - under wraps until September.....
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 at Shotley had the opportunity to pitch their ideas of new chocolate bars to a Dragon's Den style panel. One of the judges was from chocolate producer Hadleigh Maid and the East of England Co-op also had a member on the panel. The winner gets to see their chocolate bar 'come to life' and a small number will be produced and sold in five participating Co-op stores.
The winner of the competition was 11-year-old Olivia Cresswell who came up with a 'Nutty Stars' bar which combines hazelnut, white and dark chocolate and marshmallows. So keep your eyes peeled as they come to a shop near you. We are sure they will be a sell-out!
Summer reading recommendations: our trust Reading Advocate shares her top reads
Move Over Willy Wonka
Up to 6 year olds
Quill soup - an age old tale is re-told. By Alan Durant and Dale Blankenaar
Grumpycorn - hilarious and colourful.
Can Grumpycorn work with his friends to write his best story?
By Sarah McIntyre
Hotel Flamingo - Anna has taken over the running of the Hotel Flamingo and it is not always smooth sailing....
By Alex Milway
7-9 year olds
Agent Weasel and The Fiendish Fox Gang - a woodland mystery.
By Nick East
A Kid in My Class - A brilliant collection of poems representing a class of children.
By Rachel Rooney and Chris Riddell
Planetarium - planets, sun, moons and galaxies. Perfect to mark the moon landings....
By Raman Prinja and Chris Wormell
Return to Wonderland - a collection of short stories taking us back to our favourite moments in Alice in Wonderland. Various authors.
Everything All at Once by Steven Camden, CLiPPA Award Winner 2019.
Illuminatlas - lens included! Magic pictures of landscapes, plants and animals allowing you to explore famous landmarks.
By Kate Davies and Carnovsky
Many happy returns to Cliff Lane Primary which marked its 80th birthday this month. Children filled a time capsule with drawings and information about the school. This was buried on the school site to be dug up in 20 years time on the 100th anniversary of the school. History in action.
Castle Hill Infants and Junior Schools received the impressive accolade of being one of the first four schools in the UK to be awarded Trauma Informed status by Trauma Informed Schools UK. Gemma Andrews, headteacher, has told us how delighted she was that the school's commitment to nurturing the emotional wellbeing of their young people had been recognised.
Castle Hill even made the evening news and TISUK the awarding body tweeted: "Great to see Castle Hill showcased on BBC Look East last night discussing their whole school approach and Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools award. We were beaming with pride for you!!" We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Many congratulations.
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Happy Birthday to CLIFF LANE PRIMARY
Castle Hill TISUK
What is the Trauma Informed approach? This means emotional health and well-being has the highest priority within a school. In practice this means that there is a strong emphasis on relationships, understanding the needs of children, and providing a reflective and regulating environment to help children develop positive mental health and wellbeing.