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Learning, growing and succeeding together

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 nearly all pupils leave our school in Year six attaining in-line or above national standards. 

We were 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 'Tiddlywinks 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 are enjoying using our new canteen, multi-media centre, creative arts room and the staff love their new staff room! Lots of classrooms have been extended and all of the Junior children have lockers in their new cloakroom area. Building works have been completed on the Early Years Centre with a new nursery for babies for 48 weeks a year planned, toddlers till school age and then our two Reception classes moved into the centre in the Spring term 2019. 


We started the school year with a focus on 'Health & Safety'. Each year group had a 'meet the teacher' afternoon with parents and careers which included an Esafety talk. The children have been running a mile every day as well as doing an online workout with the 'Body Coach'. In class, the children have been discussing how they keep healthy, how they keep safe both in school and online and emotional health and well-being. Each year group has an elected  'class representative' to be on the School Council who share their plans for the school year in assemblies and class Circle Times. Year 6 have school roles and responsibilities. These are achieved through writing an application and attending an interview This also includes our LGBT+ ambassadors and restorative justice playground leaders.

 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 Point 6. Children are showing pride in their recorded learning because it looks neat.

We use The Literacy Tree and Power of Reading to improve 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! We are very excited as we are currently developing our own Library Bus! 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 and grandparents 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 and join the T-teams! 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! 

Last academic year, we held a very successful Maths Week when the children had additional opportunities 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 or construction as a future career. 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 have visited The Science Museum already this year. The children are fortunate to  visit  The Health Bus where they are 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 have The Bug Man come in and the children have 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 learn about chocolate and through this are marvelled by the magic of changes with 'solids,liquids and gases'. Year 2 learn about the Rainforest and visit many creatures from there at Drusicilla's Zoo. Year 1 are transported into Space at The Greenwich Planetarium!

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

PHSE/SMSC & British Values
We follow a PHSE programme called Jigsaw which has 'British Values' as a core theme. We also use 'picture news' every week to discuss what is happening around the world. Please see the assembly board outside the hall each week for the children's comments and opinions.

Our Tree of Success proves as popular as ever with everyone keen to achieve recognition of their effort to improve their learning and celebrate key themes throughout the year e.g. good manners, mental health, Anti-bullying Week, Black History Month, Multicultural Week, Autism Awareness Week etc.

Staff and pupils have received training by 'The Metro' on LGBT+ and we now have children and staff ambassadors who are proudly wearing 'Pride' lanyards. We speak to children and parents about how we promote equality and a safe space for children to discuss their sexuality and how we ensure our transgender pupils aren't discriminated against without identifying them.

'Show racism the red card' footballer players come into school each year to promote equality with gender, ethnicity and disability through assemblies and workshops and this will continue in 2019-2020 with a big celebration with other 'show racism the red card' schools taking place in the Summer Term.

In July our Juniors are visited by Bromley Women's Welcare where they discuss the sensitive issue of domestic violence and what they should do if witnessing it. The police speak to Year 5 & 6 about Esafety and online apps and work with Year 4 to solve a crime through working through the clues and using a police dog to track down the perpetrator. The NSPCC  visit us  to discuss the 'Underwear rule' with all children and do individual workshops with the Juniors.

Computing
We  invest heavily in our computing resources. Every child using the suite has their own laptop and headphones to learn independently. Chrome books and ipads  within the classroom come in very handy with for example our  reading quizzes. Our teachers are always learning many new and exciting things to improve the children's learning experiences and computing skills.

History/Geography
Our children learn a lot about these subjects through cross-curricular topics. Year Six study the play 'Macbeth' whilst learning about the Tudors and their lives. Year Five are transported to Ancient Egypt and Year Three become Romans! Our Year Fives also spend 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 enjoy attending their drama productions .  We  work 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.