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CLASS 1

Welcome to Class 1

Welcome back to school. We've got a busy and every exciting term ahead of us. 

In English we are learning to retell the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  The children are learning to retell it themselves and act it out using a range of resources. Our Year 1 children are also going to focus on writing in full sentences, starting with a capital letter and finishing with a full stop. We are also going to begin to use a wide range of adjectives to describe the story setting eg. The swishy grass felt tickly against my legs.

Make sure you watch Michael Rosen tell the story of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. We love the way he acts out the story – it really brings the story to life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

Phonics and Early Reading

At the moment our Reception children are just beginning to learn to read. They are learning single letter sounds, identifying the sounds in a word and blending them together to read a word.  Each child should be bringing their phonic flashcards home for you to practice with them at home. Once a child is able to read a variety of simple words they will begin to bring home a phonetically decidable reading book.

Our Year 1 children are working hard during their phonics sessions. They are learning a wide range of digraphs and trigraphs, working on their fluency and beginning to read with greater understanding and confidence. Please make sure you read with your child each day to support them as they learn to read. Please go to our phonics and reading page for further information.

Maths

This term our Reception children are beginning to become familiar with numbers to five and are learning to represent numbers to five in a variety of ways, think about the numbers that are one more or one less than a number and begin to recognise them without counting. They are beginning to learn to use a five frame and a bead string to help them with their Maths.

Year 1 children work with Miss Bramhill in Maths. At the moment they are learning about place value within ten and are soon moving on to addition and subtraction within ten.

At home you could support your children by helping them to learn number bonds to ten (pairs of numbers that add up to ten)

Eg. 10 + 0 = 10, 9 + 1 = 10, 8 + 2 = 10, 7 + 3 = 10 etc.

Hit the Button is a great website for supporting children with their recall of number bonds to ten. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Science

This term in Science we are going to be observing the seasons around us as they change. We will notice as the weather changes and the nights get longer. We will be looking at trees and noticing the changes as we move into Autumn. As scientists we will make observations and ask questions to learn about the changing seasons.

History

This half term our History Topic is called Myself. We are finding out about each other in the class. We are looking at the stages in life we go through eg. baby, toddler, child and adult. The children are learning to order these stages and talk about the different skills we learn at different stages. For example, as a baby we learn to crawl and walk. As an adult we go to work and drive a car.

At home you could find pictures of you as a baby to show your children so they realise that their parents were babies and children before they became adults.

Please make sure your child has :

  • A spare set of clothes, including underwear, which remain in school.
  • Weather appropriate clothing for outdoor learning
  • The correct P.E. kit in school - it is a good idea for girls to wear short white socks instead of tights on P.E days.  Long hair will also need to be tied back and earrings removed.

PE is on a Wednesday and a Friday.

Please make sure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class, which they can access and top up during the day. They may also wish to bring a healthy snack for morning break which they then eat at the beginning of play time.  The children are provided with a healthy snack in the afternoon.
 

CLASS 2

Welcome to Class 2 and an exciting spring term! 

Miss Bramhill teaches in Class 2 with Mrs Green as class TA.

Please do not hesitate to come and see us after school if you have any questions or queries.

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Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class, which they can access and top up during the day. They may also wish to bring a healthy snack for morning break which they then eat at the beginning of play time. They also will have the option to have a school-provided snack in the afternoon.

Class News and learning topics:

In phonics we are continuing to learn about the alternate spellings of phonemes (sounds) such as the many ways to make the sound 'ai' like 'snAIl in the rAIn' or 'ay' in hAY, 'okAY', 'eigh' in 'eight', and split digraph or "chatty friend" 'a-e' in words like 'cAkE', 'mAkE', 'lAkE'. We are also continuing with learning Year 2 key words and common exception words- words that are difficult to sound out, including words like 'school, beautiful, water' etc.

In Literacy we will be recounting our Christmas holiday, looking at letter writing, Traditional Tales, poems and instructions. We are continuing to practice our learning of literacy skills, including capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, finger spaces, cursive writing, use of adjectives to describe things such as beautiful, sparkly, spiky, green and conjunctions or "jigsaw pieces" to join clauses and make our sentences longer, such as 'and', 'if', 'but', 'because', 'so'.

In Maths we will continue to follow the White Rose scheme of work, recapping place value, counting, ordering and comparing numbers, number bonds, counting in twos, threes and fives, addition and subtraction, money, division and multiplication.

 

Science

Our Science Topic is 'Animals and Humans'. We will be looking at the way that animals have offspring, basic needs for survival, importance of exercise, food and hygiene. (Please remember you can use the Curriculum Visions website for extra reading on these subjects).

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Trips/Visits

We are going to Clip and Climb on 30th March as a school! How exciting!

We will be completing our Circus Day to conclude our learning of the circus at some point within this term!

Class Information
We love to watch the birds outside Class 2’s window. They are very hungry so we would welcome any donations of bird food, seeds etc! 

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Homework...
Please help your child to practise their weekly spellings and ensure the spellings book is in school on a Friday morning. Please also encourage your child to read every night even if they could sign and date how many pages they have read to themselves.

Times Tables
We practice mental maths at school, (sometimes just verbally) on a Friday. You can help your child practice mental maths by practicing addition, subtraction, times tables including 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's. 

Reading
Please listen to your child read as often as you can. Just ten minutes every night can really help your child to progress in their reading, it is best to find a routine and try to commit to this. 

Independence
One of the important roles in Class 2 is to develop your child's independence of dressing and undressing themselves for PE, doing up their own coat. Encourage your child to practise getting dressed on their own at home to help them to get dressed more quickly at school. It is also important to encourage your child to have independence and resilience in general, so allowing them to have the responsibility for their own learning and belongings, taking risks in outdoor play etc.

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Spring term timetable

Wednesday - PE with Mrs Sturmey
Tuesday - Outdoor learning with Mrs Sturmey! 
Thursday - PE with Miss Bramhill

Please make sure your child has weather appropriate clothing for outdoor learning and the correct P.E. kit in school on these days - including short white socks for those girls who wear tights to school. Tracksuit bottoms are an essential during the colder months as opposed to shorts or skirt for P.E.

Long hair will also need to be tied back and earrings removed. 

Our class have created a policy list which they all pupils have signed to say we understand and will follow these expectations in school, e.g listening when the teacher, TA or peers are speaking, trying our best with learning and taking care of our belongings and caring for friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Each year we try to 'hatch' new friends, either chicks or butterflies :

CLASS 3

Welcome to Class 3

Mrs Townshend and Mrs Cattermole teach in Class 3 with Mrs Downey as class TA four days a week. Please do not hesitate to come and see us after school if you have any questions or queries

Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class, which they can access and top up during the day. They may also wish to bring a healthy snack for morning break which they then eat at the beginning of play time. 

 
 

We started the topic by studying the reasons why Stone Henge was built and then we looked at cave art.We made our own paint by using things we found in the school grounds such as soil, sand and flowers. We used sticks instead of paintbrushes.

Class News

Welcome back to an exciting Summer Term. 

This term our History topic is Stone Age to Iron Age and our Science topics are Light and Sound. (Please remember you can use the Curriculum Visions website for extra reading on these subjects)

In English, we will be using Stig of the Dump by Clive King, The Secrets of Stonehenge by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom and Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura to inspire the children and develop their writing and reading skills.                     

 

Non-fiction writing will be related to the topic

               

In Maths we will continue to follow the White Rose scheme of work and use Times Tables Rockstars to help with learning times tables. All children are required by the government to know their times tables up to 12x12 before they reach Yr 5. We use a 'Rocket' system so that the children know which times tables they are learning next, please feel free to ask more about this system. Times tables tests are on Fridays. On completing a times tables test successfully, the children the move onto the next number but the tests each week also cover numbers previously learnt to constantly consolidate the children’s learning.

Trips/Visits

We are lucky enough to be having a visit from Memma the Cavewoman in June, Memma will be bringing her bell tent full of artefacts from the past. The children will be dressing up and fully immersing themselves in the Mesolithic Era..

We are hoping to have a one night camp on the Helmingham School field-more details to come

Class information

Class 3 Spring 2 Spellings

Here is a selection of 30 words that the children are to learn this term. This selection is made up of words from either the year 3 and 4 compulsory spelling list or words containing spelling rules which we will be looking at this term.

The children are required to learn and practise these words both at home and in school. There will be a spelling test on the last week before Easter, where the children will be tested on a selection of these words.  

The children will learn a selection of strategies to help them remember how to spell a lot of these words correctly. On top of this, they will learn a selection of strategies to help practise their spellings. At home, they should be given time to practise using their chosen method, independently, as well as spending time going through them and practising verbally with an adult.

This new approach aims to give the children more ownership of their learning and focus more on the rules and strategies of spelling, rather than simply memorising words for a weekly test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic words-(challenge)

Commonly misspelt words

 

 

Numbers

Suffix '-cian' 'tion'

Suffix ‘ous'

Suffix '-ssion' '-sion'

 

Mesolithic

Neolithic

scavenging

hunter

jewellery

weapons

 

with

went

trying

didn't

would

 

 

 

twenty

forty

fifty

eighty

hundred

 

magician

electrician

subtraction

multiplication

addition

 

 

 

 

dangerous

serious

obvious

enormous

hideous

 

 

discussion

permission

possession

explosion

division

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Times Tables
We learn times tables in a certain order. (Please feel free to come in and see our times tables display.) Everyone will start with 2s in September and then move up through the chosen order until they reach 'The Moon'. Children will be tested each week and will move up or be re-tested. Please practise times tables as much as possible over the holidays - car journeys are the perfect time.Times Tables Rock stars is a new and exciting way to learn times tables. Your child has his/her own password.Please encourage your child to use it as much as possible.

Reading
Please listen to your child read as often as you can. Just ten minutes every night can really help your child to progress in their reading. (Even fluent readers may need help with difficult words.)

When you have listened to your child, please sign and date the pages read. Reading diaries will be checked weekly by Mrs Downey and a raffle ticket will be awarded if your child has read five times or more in a week.

Independence
One of the important roles in Class 3 is to develop your child's independence. Being ready for lessons with the appropriate equipment in their own pencil case and having appropriate clothes for the weather that day is all part of this.

PE/ODL/ICT timetable
Tuesday - P.E - Swimming at swim, Clopton ISummer Term only)
Thursday - ICT with Mr Barlow and PE with Mrs Sturmey

Please make sure your child has weather appropriate clothing for outdoor learning and the correct P.E. kit in school on these days - including short white socks for those girls who wear tights to school.  Long hair will also need to be tied back and earrings removed.

Please make sure your child has:
1. A book bag/ folder to protect school library books and reading diaries.
2. Sports kit
3. A pencil case with a selection of HB pencils for writing and drawing, a few coloured crayons, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener etc. Please make sure that the pencil case is small enough to fit in your child's drawer in the classroom.
4. Wellies.

Please make sure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 4

Welcome to Class 4

Mr Hempenstall teaches in Class 4 with Mrs Cable as class TA five days a week. Please do not hesitate to come and see us after school if you have any questions or queries.

Please make sure your child has :

P.E is on a Monday and a Thursday.

Please make sure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class, which they can access and top up during the day. They may also wish to bring a healthy snack for morning break which they then eat at the beginning of play time.  

Upcoming Events

Class information 

Homework 
The children will be given homework every Friday and is due in the following Thursday. Homework will always be based their learning in class that week and the children are expected to have a go at completing their homework tasks independently before asking for a helping hand.

Weekly homework will consist of:

  • Spellings
  • A piece of Maths work
  • A piece of English work
  • And the children are expected to log on to Times Tables Rock Stars regularly every week. 

Topic

 

Reading

As we get further into the year, we expect the children to read at least 10 times a week.  Please listen to your child read as often as you can. Just ten minutes at a time can really help your child to progress in their reading. (Even fluent readers may need help with difficult words.)

When you have listened to your child, please sign and date the pages read. Reading diaries will be checked weekly by Mrs Cable.  Independent readers may complete the reading diary themselves. Mr H will reward every child who read the previous evening with raffle tickets for the chance to win a great prize at the end of every half term.

Independence
One of the important roles in Class 4 is to develop your child's independence. Being ready for lessons with the appropriate equipment in their own pencil case is all part of this.

Writing

We have been doing some amazing writing this term based on Wind in the Willows. 

Here is an example of the amazing pieces of writing we have been producing. One of our students has written a letter to Mr Mole, persuading him not to go into the horrific Wild Wood. 

 

 

 

PE & Outdoor Learning

Click here for PE & Outdoor Learning Kit required for Physical Activity
 

The Trust's PE & Outdoor Learning Expectations can be found here.

PE Lessons

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
Wednesday & Friday Wednesday & Thursday Tuesday & Thursday Monday & Thursday

PE & outdoor learning resources

Ipswich Town PE with Bluey - If your children are keen footballers then they might enjoy a weekly PE session with the Club's mascot, Bluey.  The club are running a series of 10 minute PE sessions to engage with their young supporters and keep them fit and healthy whilst schools are closed. Please visit their website www.itfc.co.uk here, or view the sessions via YouTube or Facebook.

Keep Suffolk Moving - Supporting children that are learning at home isn’t easy, so SCC have produced an online resource to help you build exercise into your child's daily routine.  PE with Joe Wicks, Daily Mile at Home, BBC & Premier League Primary Super Movers, it's all here.  There is something for all ages.

 

 

Autumn Term 2021

 

Summer Term 2021

 

SPRING TERM 2021

Welcome back!

Although PE will be different this term we have some lovely plans to keep you active. At school our subjects are gymnastics and ball skills, linked to either netball or basketball.  If you are at home there is a weekly PE timetable for you to follow, beginning next week.  I will be posting a link on Google Classrooms each Monday morning for you.

I am very much looking forward to you sharing your PE activities on Google Classrooms.  Please send in any photos and let me know in the chat how you are doing, especially if you have attempted something new.

Remember to stay safe and have fun!

Autumn term 2020

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are ball skills (link - football & tag rugby), hockey and dance.  

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are football, tag rugby and hockey during invasion games and dance. 

Henley School Strictly Dance Competition 2020

Although school is a little different this year we were determined to host the annual dance competition and the contestants didn't disappoint.  We grouped the competition into key stages and prizes were awarded to the winners.  Our judges, Len Goodmood, Shirley Balance, Bruno Decamp and Darcy Ballonne had a fabulous afternoon!

The Circus Came to Henley School!

Class 2 enjoyed experiencing lots of different circus skills as part of their topic work this term.

summer term 2020

Support For Parents To Keep Children Active At Home

Since the announcement that schools would be closing and children will be staying at home, we have been working so that we can continue to support you to keep your children active.

We are adding links and resources from Active Schools to support parents to promote physical activity as part of the children’s new daily routine. These can be found at http://www.activesuffolk.org/covidschoolsupport

We Have a Winner!
We are delighted to announce one of our pupils was chosen as a winner in this weeks Staying Active At Home Competition run by Westbourne Sports Games Partnership. There was over 70 photographs entered in the competition.  Anyone for tennis?!

 

spring term 2020

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will once again be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are gymnastics, basic ball skills (link - netball/basketball), badminton and skipping. 

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Through gymnastics they will develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are basketball during invasion games, gymnastics, badminton and fencing (enrichment activity). 

Fencing
This term KS2 are learning fencing as an enrichment activity as part of Henley’s PE & Sport Programme. Laura from Premier Education is leading the sport.  This is great for Henley school pupils have had the opportunity to participate in fencing and as you can see from the photographs it looks great fun.

AUTUMN TERM 2019

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are ball skills (link - football & tag rugby), hockey and dance with Dance East.  

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are football, tag rugby and hockey during invasion games and drama with Dance East. 

Dance East Drama Project 
KS2 are working with Karen from Dance East on a drama project this term.  The focus of the lessons have been linked to the Class topics; Class 4 theme is Victorians and Class 3 is Aztecs. We are so excited to be working towards The Arts Award with Dance East.  This is a new incentive for Henley School. 

Intra-school House Tag Rugby Competition Winners

Dance East Project
KS2 have been working with Tom from Dance East on a project this term.  The focus of the lessons have been linked to the Class topics; Class 4 theme was World Wars and Forces and Class 3 was the Rainforest. Some of the lessons were taught in school and the final sessions were delivered via a computer link, with Tom appearing on screen. Class 4 were excited to perform their dance to the rest of the school at the end of term Strictly Dance Competition. 

Henley Strictly Dance Competition
Once again the annual dance competition was a huge success. Every child took part by competing in the first round and dancers were then chosen to compete in the final. The hall was filled with enthusiasm and fun as the judges took their roles very seriously. 

Summer term 2019

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will once again be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are athletics, striking and fielding skills (link - cricket/rounders) and tennis. The enrichment activity is archery.

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are cricket/rounders during striking and fielding games, athletics and tennis during net games. 

Chance To Shine Cricket
This term we are fortunate to have Ben, an experienced cricket coach from Chance To Shine visit the school to deliver quality cricket sessions. The organisation aims to to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. Henley School has benefited from this coaching for several years both in KS1 and KS2. 

SPRING TERM 2019

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will once again be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are gymnastics, basic ball skills (link - netball/basketball), badminton and skipping. 

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Through gymnastics they will develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are basketball during invasion games, gymnastics, badminton and lacrosse (enrichment activity). 

Whole School Ski Centre Trip
We had lots of fun at the Ski Centre, trying out skiing on the dry ski slope, tobogganing, ringos and mini golf. 

Lacrosse
This term KS2 are learning lacrosse as an enrichment activity as part of Henley’s PE & Sport Programme. James from Premier Education is leading the sport.  It is the first time Henley school pupils have had the opportunity to participate in lacrosse and as you can see from the photographs it looks great fun. 

World Book Day Quidditch 
Being creative with our equipment and using our imaginations we entered the world of Harry Potter by playing quidditch. We had so much fun we decided to start a lunchtime quidditch club so we can continue to play. 

OUTDOOR LEARNING

Outdoor Learning 

We are learning many skills in this blindfold trust game. Can we keep all of our 3 lives when we are instructed around the cones?

A flood is coming!
Children had 2 minutes to get their whole group to safety (on the tyres). Everybody had to be on the tyres. They needed to work together and use their problem solving skills to complete the challenge. 

A flood is coming!
Children had 2 minutes to get their whole group to safety (on the tyres). Everybody had to be on the tyres. They needed to work together and use their problem solving skills to complete the challenge. 

 

PE & SPORT PREMIUM GRANT

Please read the information below which gives details of our PE and Sport Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

As part of the government incentive for PE and Sport we are delighted to advise you that Henley Primary School has been awarded a grant in line with other primary schools which will be spread over the next two years.

We will use the grant to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision so that pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach their full potential.

In order to achieve this we will be inviting specialist teachers to work alongside teachers in PE lessons to increase their subject knowledge, provide qualified coaches to take after-school clubs, develop links with schools and local community sports clubs, purchase special equipment and resources for early years and special needs pupils, provide transport for competition events and expert coaching for gifted and talented pupils.

For a breakdown of how the PE and Sport Premium has been spent at Henley Primary School and the impact seen on pupils' PE, physical activity and sport participation, along with attainment data for year 6 pupils recorded during swimming lessons is included here.

For further information on how much PE and sport premium funding schools receive and advice on how it should be spent, please visit the website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools.

Celebration of work & good behaviour awards

In school, we have set up a reward system which celebrates the effort, behaviour and resilience of children in school. These are given to children for using good manners, looking out for their friends, helping others, helping visitors etc. Children earn points which then in turn can be exchanged for prizes from the reward cabinet. Prizes have been donated by the Friends of Henley School and are updated regularly to keep up with trends and fads, maintaining the interest of the children.

The behaviour points are also added together for the house totals every half term, together with house points which are awarded for achievement and attainment in class. House points are awarded for academic achievement in school and at home for improvements to work quality, outstanding presentation etc.

As well as these reward systems, staff use sticker charts in class, celebrate with certificates and notes home and our Head Teacher certificates are awarded in assembly each week. Other certificates in school include Accelerated Reader and Maths timetables achievements.

We also have a WOW! Board in the school corridor which celebrates achievements beyond the immediate school environment. Children can bring in photographs of their activities and awards to share their successes at clubs outside of school. These have previously included karate competitions, scouting, ballet and dance shows, beekeeping experiences and music awards.

We really like to see what the children accomplish outside of school and share in their successes and achievements. 

The Consortium Trust supports schools through all aspects of school improvement and development, and this is especially true during an Ofsted inspection.  From the point of conversion, the Consortium team work collaboratively with all member schools to build a strong professional relationship. 


Through this close working relationship the central team have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of our schools.  Therefore, from the moment one of our schools receives the Ofsted phone call, the central team are on hand to support and be present during the process.
 

It is likely that one of our colleagues from the Education & Learning Team will join the Academy Head on the day Ofsted call, to ensure they have everything that they need ready for the inspection.  During the inspection process a small number of central team members will be available throughout.  Their support on the day is designed to provide the inspection team with as much information as possible about the collaborative support that has been given by the Trust.  The central team will also support senior leaders at the school to signpost the Inspector(s) to relevant information regarding the school’s current position as measured through the Trust’s audit systems.  


In line with the Confederation of School Trusts and the National Governance Association, governance sits within the responsibilities of the Trust Board.  In line with the Scheme of Delegation, the tasks and functions of governance are delegated to a Locality Committees. Therefore, the Trust Board will take a lead role with regard to governance during an Ofsted inspection.
 

It is important to note that whilst offering this support, the Trust central team will not deliver the school’s general day to day operational activities during an inspection.