Dear Parents/Carers, Welcome back to a new term at Park Hill. I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break. Over the past two days I have been very impressed by how all of the children have started back – there is a real sense of enthusiasm across the school.
In December I wrote to you to highlight a number of key changes that will be implemented across certain areas of the school. The first is based around the use of the Sports Premium Funding – at Park Hill we have committed a significant amount of the money into a partnership with the Coventry Sports Foundation. This partnership will begin next week and run until the end of the summer term in July and will give the majority of teachers within the school the opportunity to work closely over a six week period with a sports specialist. The focus of the sessions is to build on current practice through a team teaching approach. Another feature of this partnership is that we will have specialist sports coaches on the playground at lunch times on Mondays and Thursdays as well as running two after school clubs. One of the clubs will be aimed at Middle school and will be based around the sport of Bocce which appeared at the London Paralympics. The other club will be targeted at Y2 and will be cheerleading. Mrs Kerby will be in contact regarding both clubs.
Homework across KS2 is set to change with the introduction of learning logs – the aim is to encourage children to be more creative in the way that they learn at home and to give them more ownership of their work and how it is presented. Learning logs will be sent home every Friday and will be collected in on the following Wednesday (this will give pupils who are busy with clubs in the week the time at weekends to complete the activities). The first homework task for all KS2 children this Friday is to design a front cover for their leaning log and cover it – this is to be handed in the following Wednesday. The key emphasis of the front cover is for children to celebrate what they love about learning – this could be related to music, art, maths, writing or a combination of themes. We want the children to be proud of this book and therefore this first task is a chance for them to take a real pride in what they produce. If you click on the tab at the top of the page (Learning Logs) you will find examples of how learning logs have been used in other schools and, whilst they won’t look exactly the same as we intend to use them, they will give you a good indication of the direction we aim to take homework. We envisage that the minimum expectation for time spent on a learning log each week to be an hour but if children wish to do more they are welcome. Each learning log will come with a help guide in the front.
This is a significant term for the school for two reasons. The first is that the expansion building works will begin (we still don’t have a definitive date on this but when we do we will write to you). This will be an incredibly exciting time for the school community and the children will have as many opportunities as possible to be involved in classroom design and how the school looks and feels. The second reason for this being a significant term is that it will be five years in March that we will have last been inspected. Whilst we cannot be sure that we will be visited by OFSTED this term, we believe it to be very likely to occur between now and Easter. If you haven’t completed the online Parent View questionnaire www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk then please could I ask you to spend five minutes submitting your views about the school – this is one of the key tools that OFSTED use to help form their judgements on how the school interacts with the community and gauge the views of parents.
Finally, as usual I will be on the school gate as often as I possibly can be; this is to not only welcome the pupils in to school, but also to enable you to discuss any concerns you may have. As an alternative to this you are more than welcome to make an appointment with the office to see me.
Once again I wish you a happy New Year and thank you for your ongoing support.