Cakes!

Cakes!

May 26, 2016

We enjoyed selling and eating cakes today to raise money for the Rockinghorse children’s charity. Thank you to all the parents and carers who have supported us!

More assessment news…

More assessment news…

Feb 22, 2016

I have been writing to various organisations to express my concerns with the new assessment systems. The Standards and Testing Agency initially were sympathetic on the phone, but the follow up emails were stock answers and in places contradictory. I also contacted the British Dyslexia Society to see if they would support the issues raised […]

Writing and equality…

Writing and equality…

Feb 1, 2016

To start this post, consider the following. Is it possible to have capable or even gifted writers who struggle with spelling? Can dyslexic children who find spelling a bit of a mystery be gifted writers despite this? I would argue that in many cases yes (consider Henry Winkler above…). One of the most gifted writers I […]

Year 6 SATs information

Jan 18, 2016

We will be holding an information meeting for all year 6 parents on Wednesday 10th February at 6.00pm. This will be an informal opportunity to look at sample papers and ask questions with regard to the Standard Attainment Tests that all year 6 children in the country take each year. This short film provides a […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Jan 11, 2016

Looking back, 2015 for Patcham Junior School was a year of unequivocal success. This time last year we were in an OFSTED category, judged as having “serious weaknesses” and anxiously waiting reinspection. This of course has been completely turned around and now the school’s efforts have been recognised in a ‘good’ judgement. More than this […]

Charity Football Match

Charity Football Match

Nov 7, 2015

Yesterday some of the year 6 boys took part in a memorial football match in memory of Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone, both of whom were tragically killed in the Shoreham Airshow crash. Jacob used to attend Patcham Junior School and Matt attended Balfour Primary. The event raised money for their memorial fund and also […]

2022 – a year to look forward to!

Oct 13, 2015

2022 will be a year to look forward to for junior schools. By this date, we will finally have a baseline measure for pupils from the point they join school in reception feeding through to us in year 6. This promises to level the playing field between primary schools and the infant-junior system! Further to […]

Slaves to technology

Slaves to technology

Sep 21, 2015

Year 6 pupil: “I’m a slave to my technology!” Me: “What do you mean?” Year 6 pupil: “I have to spend time on my tablet. I miss my tablet so much!” I had this conversation, whilst visiting our intrepid year 6 children at Blackland’s farm this Friday. We then started talking about getting home. Pupil: […]

Happy holidays

Happy holidays

Jul 27, 2015

So we reach the end of another academic year and say goodbye to our lovely year 6 children. It has been an emotional day for the children, but also for the staff team as we say goodbye to the children and two key members of staff. I would like to wish both Mrs Parker and Ms Williams […]

Results.

Results.

Jul 13, 2015

I started the week with the kind of gaffe that makes you feel very silly. I was so busy that somehow I managed to send my mum a text to wish her a happy birthday two days early. I had a wry response saying that at least it wasn’t two days late… (sorry mum). Anyway – […]

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