News and Updates
It's another exciting week ahead at Crossdale...
Don't forget to bring your money next week for book fair. All children will receive a £1 book token next week and this can be spent in school. There is always a great variety of books to choose from and it is also a fantastic way to support Crossdale.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tuesday: 3:30 - 4pm
Weds - Fri: 8:30 - 9:00am.
Let me also take this opportunity to remind you that World Book Day is the following week (Thursday 2nd March). As part of the celebration we are asking children to dress up as a favourite book character during this day (watch this space for photos of the children dressed up!). A letter will go out next week to invite you into school for our special reading event that is taking place during the afternoon of 2nd March where we hope you will join us to find out a bit more about how we teach children to read and the progression through school, as well as the sort of activities that can help develop reading skills.
As always, pop in if you have any queries.
This week classes have been thinking about how to stay safe online. Ask your children about what they've been doing in school and let us know if you have any questions. See the previous blog below to watch a short film for parents and carers.
Book Fair and Book Week
We have a book fair coming to school from Tuesday 21st February (3:30pm) to Monday 27th February. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy and purchase a variety of books whilst also supporting Crossdale. The fair will be open from 8:30-9am and from 3:30-4:00 every day during this period and all children will be given a £1 book token which can be used against the cost of a book.
The week after, we will be celebrating books again, in a number of ways. We will be doing paired reading activities with different classes, having a teacher from another class read a story to us as well as enjoying lots of different books by one author in our English lessons. On Thursday 2nd March (World Book Day), children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character. We will also be inviting you to come in to school during the afternoon of Thursday 2nd March to read with your child and do some other fun activities (more information will follow in a letter after half term). The week will end with a big celebratory assembly.
Many of you will be aware that the government completely changed the arrangements and expectations for SATs, at Y2 and Y6, in 2016. As documented in the national media at the time, these changes presented challenges for many schools and some of the information needed by schools to prepare for the SATs wasn't issued until just a few weeks before the actual tests. These arrangements have led to many schools not performing as well as they typically do. This is certainly the case for Crossdale, other schools in Keyworth, West Bridgford and across Rushcliffe. Our main weakness in the 2016 SATs, as reported by OFSTED, was in writing. Although some schools did manage the changes better than others, the inconsistencies and unexpected results are such that OFSTED have told inspectors NOT to base inspection judgements solely on 2016 results in writing.
The only significant weakness in Crossdale’s overall attainment data in recent years has been following the 2016 tests. For instance, OFSTED’s analysis of all our externally reported data in 2015 (Y6 SATs, Y2 SATs, Year 1 phonics, and end of Reception data) concluded there were several strengths and that, ‘No weaknesses were identified in this dataset’. This analysis is typical of our results over several years.
Although our attainment data has been very positive for several years leading up to 2016, we do not rest on our laurels at Crossdale! In 2014 we requested a comprehensive Local Authority Quality Assurance visit. The inspector who led the QA visit identified and reported some elements of outstanding practice in our attainment data, the quality of teaching, leadership and management, governance, and behavior. No areas were identified as requiring improvement.
In 2015 and 2016 we have worked with an OFSTED inspector who has visited the school on several occasions, working with school leaders, observing lessons, reviewing work in books and evaluating our overall performance. His reports, and meetings with governors to discuss his findings, have also highlighted our many strengths and no areas of serious weakness. In 2017, we will continue to work with the OFSTED inspector, but we have also arranged for two experienced Nottinghamshire head teachers to carry out a Quality Assurance visit. This will be reported to Governors in March.
I hope you will agree that the vast majority of objective evidence confirms that Crossdale is performing very well. I also hope you can see how committed we are to ensuring the schools continues to operate at the highest standard. Please see Mr Cresswell if you have any questions.
Starter For Ten - Quiz Experts Wanted!
The 2017 Keyworth Quiz has started! This annual competition has been running since 1977 and allows teams representing the many clubs, groups, institutions and businesses in the village to compete in an exciting knockout competition which runs over a couple of months - culminating in a grand final at the end of March.
This year 27 teams have entered - including Crossdale...
In the past we have been champions, runners-up, defeated semi-finalists, defeated quarter-finalists and (though we are trying to forget it) we have even been knocked out in the first round!
The quiz is a genuinely enjoyable event and provides a good test for those who like quizzes. The question topics often include current affairs, local history, science, history, art, music, geography and... just about anything you can think of!
We've already got a few people who have expressed an interest in being on the team. If you'd like to put yourself forward, please email me as soon as possible - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first round match is at 21:30 on Monday 20th February (in the Village Hall).
Midday Supervisor Vacancy
Are you a good team worker? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have some time you could offer over the school lunch hour?
At Crossdale Primary we are looking for someone to join our midday team to cover one of our staff whilst she is on maternity leave. This would involve working for an hour and 15 minutes each day, Monday to Friday over the school lunch hour, at the rate of £7.66 an hour. Duties will include helping to set up for lunch time, supporting the children during lunch, tidying away after lunch and supervising children outside for playtime.
If you are interested in this role and would like more information, please contact our school office on 0115 974 8088.
Roll Of Honour
Freya McMahon (Yr 2) has recently gained distinctions in both her Preparatory Tap and Theatre Craft exams. Well done Freya – what a fantastic achievement!
We are always keen to hear about children's achievements outside of school; if you would like these sharing in the Crossdale News then please email the school office with the subject heading 'Roll of honour'.
We would like to wish everyone a wonderful half term, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 20th February.
Mr Cresswell and Miss Seedhouse