And so the term begins! Hamer Teachers started back yesterday and the children are back in tomorrow. The school is a hive of activity, getting things prepared. I thought it would be a good idea for me to report to you all on some of the exciting initiatives that are being planned for in order to move forward to further embrace the challenges of the new curriculum and innovate around current Inspection and National Agenda foci.
Hamer is working to develop its own tailor-made creative curriculum. Forging forward with the embedded pedagogies of the IPC, our enthusiastic and motivated teaching team have taken some bold and exciting steps which include:
Planning around texts: Every English Lesson, whether the focus be grammar, sentence, punctuation, genre construction or drama, will stem from immersion in a half termly class novel. This ensures that the thirst for knowledge and enjoyment in reading is at the very heart of all we do here at Hamer. Research shows that this is a highly effective approach to ensuring the link between reading and writing skills is cohesive and implicit. All of the content of the National Curriculum will be delivered through this exciting approach, about which the staff have been incredibly positive and put in lots of hard work to ensure the creativity is flowing from the off!
Breadth of Coverage and Mastery: Further to this, in order to ensure that breadth of coverage is taking place and that we are not seen as a school that focuses narrowly on attainment in Maths and English, (a key focus for Inspection, currently) the Foundation Subjects taught mainly in the afternoon have been re-planned and tailored towards providing a curriculum that is not only about the acquisition of knowledge in other subject areas but also has timetabled opportunities to demonstrate the Application and Mastery of literacy and numeracy skills in exciting, topic-based contexts. Subject leaders are taking increasing responsibility to monitor both coverage and mastery of the skills in their curriculum areas.
Assertive Mentoring: To ensure that repeated measures are taken to embed and assess the development of core numeracy and literacy skills, the school is now fully implementing assertive mentoring practices. These are shorter, skills-based sessions designed to promote the acquisition and maintenance of key skills. Those of you have children in the school will hear all about it through them, no doubt! Those of you who don’t, (or indeed anyone who does), I would encourage to make a 30 minute appointment to come into school so that you can see all of this in action. In this case, I would advise making the appointment anytime from the start of October, so that practices have a chance to become established.
And Finally……(for now!)
The Annual Governors IPLCN training event will be held at St Andrew’s School at 6.30 – 8pm on Thursday 22nd October. Please put this date in your diaries and let’s go en-masse to start the year as we mean to go on. If anyone has transport issues, do let me know and lifts can most definitely be arranged between us.
The children are back in tomorrow and we can’t wait to see them!
Looking forward to an exciting year of moving forward together at Hamer with you all,