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Attached below is a PDF of the SATs Information Evening presentation. If you have any questions regarding the SATs, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mr Steel or Mr Taylor.
Wednesday 28thNovember 2018
Thank you for your response to our homework questionnaire earlier this term. We have used your views alongside research we have conducted, to create homework which will benefit your child’s learning. Our main principles are that homework focuses on the skills the children have been learning in school, allowing them to remember key concepts more easily, and that homework only takes an appropriate amount of time to complete.
Writing homework will be issued on a Wednesday (on a fortnightly basis, alternating with Maths homework), handed in on the following Monday and completed in homework books. The main task will focus upon a grammar/punctuation aspect of a skill they have been learning recently. An additional optionaltask, based on composing a section of writing, may also be completed. Answers to the main task will be present so that pupils can gain instant feedback on whether they have completed the task correctly (pupils will be expected to mark this section of their homework themselves).
Maths homework will be issued on a Wednesday (on a fortnightly basis – alternating with Writing homework), handed in on the following Monday and completed in homework books. The main task will focus on arithmetic questions in order to aid fluency in this area. An additional optionaltask, based on problem solving, may also be completed. Answers to both tasks will be present so pupils can gain instant feedback (pupils will be expected to mark these sections of their homework themselves).
Due to our investment in technology and our commitment to help the environment by reducing our paper usage, Writing and Maths homework will now be handed out in electronic form via the Showbie website (www.showbie.com) or app (available on the Apple App Store). Please select the ‘Sign in’ option rather than the ‘Sign up’ option. Each class will have their own login (SHYear1, SHYear2, SHYear3, SHYear4, SHYear5 and SHYear6) and password (Hardwick) to access their homework. The Writing or Maths homework will then be completed in their homework book. We have also created videos, that explain how to complete the arithmetic questions, which are located in the Showbie website. If you are not able to access the internet, a paper copy of the homework will be provided on request.
Reading and Spelling Homework
Reading and Spelling homework will remain unchanged:
Reading: Each child should be reading at least 4 times per week. Each child’s individual Reading Record should then be completed. Additional guidance about question types for KS2 parents is located on the back of the Reading Record.
Spelling: Each child will bring home 8 spellings on a Wednesday which are tested the following Monday.
If you have any questions about our new homework framework, please contact your child’s class teacher or Mr Taylor through the main office.
Mr P Taylor
Deputy Head Teacher
In recent years, the Year 6 children have enjoyed successful and memorable residential visits and this year we are proposing a similar experience for your children. The visit will be organised and led by the same company as previous years, Thrills and Skills for Life.
Having already worked with Chris Hall, the founder of Thrills and Skills on several occasions, I am excited at the prospect of children in Year 6 being able to experience his well planned and challenging activities whilst developing team building skills in a new environment. These are skills which will benefit the children for the future.
Chris believes that learning and adventure should be safe, fun, inclusive and at the level suitable for children of all abilities, so our children will be encouraged to challenge themselves and develop and achieve success in a wide range of new skills. Chris works with groups of children and adults throughout the country and will organise and adapt activities specifically for our Y6 children.
Accommodation will be provided at Whinshields farm, Twice Brewed (near Hadrian’s Wall) in Northumberland. Children will require a sleeping bag, outdoor waterproof clothing and suitable footwear. Throughout the week, activities will include canoeing, abseiling, climbing, hill walking, navigation exercises and problem-solving tasks. A full kit list of equipment needed will be sent out in May.
We have provisionally booked a visit for three nights and four days, leaving Sedgefield Hardwick on Monday June 10th2019 and returning on Thursday 13thJune 2019. The cost of this activity will include all food, accommodation and transport, and will be priced at £200 per child.
The £200 can be paid in a lump sum or instalments. A potential payment arrangement is set out below.
1stPayment – £29 on 3rdDecember 2018
2ndPayment – £29 on 8thJanuary 2019
3rdPayment – £29 on 4thFebruary 2019
4thPayment – £29 on 4thMarch 2019
5thPayment – £29 on 1stApril 2019
6thPayment – £29 on 6th May2019
7thPayment – £26 on 3rdJune 2019
If you wish to pay weekly, or in different instalments, please contact the school office for further information. In the summer term, a meeting will be arranged with Chris Hall, the founder of Thrills and Skills, in order for parents to gain further information regarding the trip and itinerary.
If you have any concerns regarding the residential, please contact Mrs Newton or Mr Taylor in confidence.
Mrs S Newton
Our Read Write Inc Spelling programme began on Monday and we have made some alterations to how pupils will practise their spellings at home.
What they will practise at home:
Every Wednesday the pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be given a list of eight spellings to be practised at home. Six of the eight spellings will link to the spelling rule that your child is currently learning in school. Two of the eight spellings will be red or orange words (these words do not link to the spelling rule but are words which your child will be expected to spell). They will bring their spellings home in their light blue Spelling Book.
What they will be tested on:
Every Monday (Tuesday for Year 2 pupils) ten spellings will be tested and the pupils will record them in their Spelling Book. Eight spellings will be the words that your child has been practising at home. The extra two spellings will link to the spelling rule they are studying. This is because we want the pupils to focus upon and recall the spelling rule which they are learning.
If you have any queries or questions about Read Write Inc Spelling, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher.
I would also like to express our gratitude for your fantastic response to our homework questionnaire. We are currently collating and analysing the results and are determined to ensure our homework policy is the most effective it can be for our pupils. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
Mr P Taylor
Deputy Head teacher
Knowledge and understanding of online issues is a key part of keeping our pupils safe online. This edition of #Ditto magazine discusses some topical issues including skin gambling, challenges and Fortnite among others.
Ofsted visited our school on the 2nd and 3rd November and concluded the following:
Sedgefield Hardwick is graded as outstanding in all areas.
The full report can be accessed via our website here or the Ofsted website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted from Thursday 23rd November.
The outstanding judgements we have been awarded are testimony to the significant journey of creativity and innovation that we have been on since the time of our last inspection. This amazing journey has been possible because of the talent, determination and brilliance of all involved in our school community. Especially your children who ‘shine brightly in everything they do’. They thoroughly deserve this accolade. Your support and the way in which we work in partnership together have been instrumental in the changing life of the school. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your many contributions.
Congratulations to our outstanding teachers, teaching assistants and all non-classroom based staff who together form an exceptional team who each day strive to achieve the best possible social and academic outcomes for every child.
Our forward thinking and gifted Board of Governors have led our school in the continued pursuit of excellence. Together we will continue to create the best possible opportunities for young people as a positive contributor to our immediate and surrounding communities; instilling success and inspiring learning through innovative thinking.
The NHS have created a guide, giving helpful tips for parents of fussy eaters. Please select the link below:
We have just been told that OFSTED will be inspecting our school on 02 November 2017. The lead inspector will be Belita Scott, HMI. If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at Sedgefield Hardwick, we would like you to share your views by completing OFSTED’s online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk
More information about OFSTED inspections can be found in the links below:
Information on why primary school aged children need sleep and helpful tips to get them into bed! Select the link for more information.