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On the Road to 'Outstanding' - Raising Standards

We are all working hard to ensure that all our pupils are making good or better progress. We are extremely pleased to say that again most pupils leave our school in Year six attaining in-line or above national standards. 

2015 saw us shortlisted by the Times Educational Supplement Awards for Early Years Setting of the Year. Judged against many schools we were the only school in the South East of England to be through to the final 8 unfortunately we didn't win. Our Early Years Team work tirelessly to improve and clearly this was evident when judged by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding'. With continued improvements we are hopeful we may win soon.

We are delighted to say that 'Tiddilywinks at Poverest' is now full, with so many parents wanting to get their 'little ones' in. The nursery integrates as much as possible with the mainstream school for example using our computer suite, attending whole school events. I'm sure you'll agree it will be far easier for these children with their transition to mainstream. They are working closely with us so we have 'outstanding' quality learning from aged two onwards.

We started the academic year celebrating the work of Roald Dahl due to what would have been his 100th birthday. The children did a variety of activities throughout the week including workshops connected to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Some children made for example lickable wallpaper, dream catchers. We were invaded by many of Dahl's characters one day and the children throughly enjoyed being 'in role'.

Our Year Six children enjoyed a challenging and extremely enjoyable School Journey at Sayers Croft in October. They were so proud of what they achieved whilst away including abseiling, hiking and for some their first time away from home. 

Our grandparents for Years 1 to 6 enjoyed our annual Grandparents Concert which, as always, was warmly received by all. Our fantastic PTA, did us proud by setting out the hall for Afternoon Tea. No one went home hungry and everyone enjoyed listening to songs and all the instruments our children are learning to play. Mathematics was celebrated in our Maths Week, much of which was led by our clever Year 6 children.
Years 2 led a super production to finish the term off with The Little Fir Tree.

English

Cursive handwriting continues to help our children with learning their spellings but also should eventually enable them to write 38 words a minute which is needed to pass GCSE English Grade C. Children are showing pride in their recorded learning because it looks neater.

We use Power of Reading to improve our literacy lessons and our children enjoy the quizzes with Accelerated Reader to improve their comprehension skills. We have invested in many new and interesting books. The children are really enjoying the prizes too! 

Evidence of improving writing standards can be seen around the school. Take a look in the children's books during our 'Celebration of Learning' afternoons and on display in our Reception, along with our topic books.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big 'Thank you' to all our parents who come into school to support raising standards in reading. Everyone who has come in is thoroughly enjoying helping our pupils and often volunteer to do other things too! 

Our Reception and Key Stage One pupils begin every morning developing their knowledge of phonics. This is proving very helpful when applying what they have learnt to their reading and writing. Parents/carers are invited every Friday morning to join their child's class where they see what has been taught that week to give them the opportunity to hear the sounds and practise with their child at home.

Mathematics

Our children strive to achieve their Timestable Challenge! This has definitely helped to raise our pupils standards in mathematics with quicker recall and used in multiplication, inverse with division and repeated addition or subtraction. You will hear every class from Reception up to Year 6 begin their maths lesson every day with chanting the times tables they are learning. Did you know that all children by the end of Year 4 should know all their timestables up to 12 x 12! (We think Mr. Cameron must have heard what we've been doing!)

In the Autumn term we held a very successful Maths Week when the children had additional opportunites to do activities related to maths. Our Year 6 pupils held their own Problem solving Day when each class visited them in the hall to have a go at a wide variety of mathematical games. Our Years 5 & 6 also enjoyed using their mathematical problem-solving skills with a Lego Challenge where they had to plan buildings. We wonder if this will have spurred any on to consider architecture as a future career. This term Years 5 & 6 are learning about the world of banking working with the new Metro Bank in The Nugent Centre. Year One are developing their skills with money through their toy shop and petrol station. Do pop in if you need anything!

Science
Several of our classes visited The Science Museum this year. The children were fortunate to be visited by The Health Bus where the children learnt many things from the importance of sleep to drugs awareness with Year 6. Many of the children have been learning about living things. We had The Bug Man come in and the children had the opportunity to see a wide variety of insects and reptiles. Year 6 continue to revise all that they have learnt at Poverest whilst still enjoying investigating e.g. climate change. Year 4 learnt about chocolate and through this were marvelled by the magic of changes with 'solids,liquids and gases'. Year 2 have been learning about the Rainforest and visited many creatures from there at Drusicilla's Zoo. Year 1 were transported into Space this term at The Greenwich Planetarium!

Religious Education
We celebrate many religions. One we particularly enjoyed was a super assembly from Reception who shared what they had learnt about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light . Do look in the classrooms to see what else we have been learning about on our R.E. display board. Last term Year 3  learnt  about Islam and enjoyed joining Bromley Church Schools learning about 'prayer'. Year 6 have enjoyed learning about Buddhism and Sikhism, finding common threads across the two religions. We have welcomed Spinnaker Trust to our school to learn more about Christianity.

PHSE
We follow a PHSE programme called Jigsaw. The children have been learning about values and last term were focussing on relationships. This term we are learning about Dreams and Goals.

Our Tree of Success proves as popular as ever with everyone keen to achieve recognition of their effort to improve their learning. Our School Council has met with some great ideas of how we can improve our School which they will be following up in order to implement them. See if you can see our members who are proudly wearing their School Council badges. Our School Council have embarked on a new project with The Mayor of London!

With the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's reign we learnt more about our royal family and our own values. Our juniors had a visit from Bromley Women's Welcare where they discussed the sensitive issue of domestic violence and what they should do if witnessing it.

Computing
We have invested heavily in improving our computing resources. Every child using the suite has their own laptop and headphones to learn independently. We have sixty new ipads for learning within the classroom and these are coming in very handy with our  reading quizzes. Our teachers are also learning many new and exciting things about using ipads to improve the children's learning experiences and computing skills.

History/Geography
Our children have learnt lots about these subjects through cross-curricular topics. Year Six studied the play 'Macbeth' whilst learning about the Tudors and their lives. Year Five were transported to Ancient Egypt and Year Three became Romans! Our Year Fives also spent a day doing a river study at Lullingstone studying currents and river features. We try as much as possible to give our pupils 'real' experiences and so they go on many educational visits. ... 


SHINE PROJECT

We continue to develop our links with Bromley High School and as a consequence of this ten of our talented pupils will be attending Saturday morning sessions there in the Summer. However, in the Autumn term Years 5 and 6 thoroughly enjoyed attending their drama production of 'High School Musical'.  We are working with pupils from Bromley High and Southborough Primary in developing some of our talented pupils as digitial leaders.

DO TAKE A LOOK ON OUR GALLERY WITH MANY EXAMPLES OF THE FUN WE HAVE LEARNING AT POVEREST or READ OUR PAST NEWSLETTERS FOR WEEKLY ACCOUNTS AND PICTURES.