Posted on Thursday 15th February 2018
Half term is finally here, with our students at home on Friday this week. Friday is a training day for our teachers. On the training day, we will be focusing particularly on the importance of written work: adopting a standard approach to the teaching of literacy across every teacher in school; sharing good practice on how to improve the length and quality of students’ writing; looking at some new teaching strategies to improve progress in classrooms; standardising how we assess students’ work in Years 7 and 8; looking at how we can get the most from revision sessions with Year 10 and Year 11.
Congratulations to our Year 10 Construction group, who have worked really hard again this term. They have gained in confidence and are now beginning to improve their own learning and performance. The students are almost ready for their Assessment in Joinery and after half term they will be assessed individually on this Unit. It’s pleasing to see the students beginning to assess their own work and identify standards to ensure they meet the Assessment Criteria. Peer assessment is also taking place and enabling students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.
The group are working hard to prepare for the functional skills exams and have been working on percentages, area, volume and probability. Although they find this part of the day challenging, they are all showing commitment and determination to succeed. Particular congratulations to Student of the Half Term, Kiahn Hodkinson who has achieved a persistently excellent approach to his learning, 100% attendance and excellent progress towards his functional skills exam.
Miss McSheffrey, our Head of Performing Arts, took a group of Year 10 GCSE Drama students to watch a performance of “Teechers” at Romiley Forum this week, as part of their GCSE course – they will be studying the text in lessons.
Meanwhile Mrs Holden, our Head of Visual Arts, was delighted this week with the visit of some Chinese Artists, who led sessions within Art lessons with a cultural twist of the Far East. Mrs Holden and our fantastic Art team have also been creating an in-school mural at the end of B floor to extend their Art gallery. The mural is being jointly created by students and staff to brighten up this area even further, and to give our students some ownership in their own school building. There will be more opportunities to create a variety of art forms in the summer term as we seek to make our new building a celebration of students’ work.
The holiday pattern for 2018/19 academic year has finally been confirmed today, and I hope to get this communicated to parents in the next edition of the blog. We will confirm it on our website prior to this however so keep an eye out if you need to check those dates.
We return to school on Monday 26th February.
Have a great half term.