• School finishes on Wednesday 17 October (12 at PD, 12.15 at HT). We start back on Monday 29 October

Junior 21/3/14

21 March 2014

Dear Parents

I wonder how we actually improve in any task or learning situation. This is something which educational thinkers are spending a lot of time puzzling over. John Hattie and others have written books which place much emphasis on how we learn successfully and manage to bridge the gap between where a student is now and where he or she is meant to be. Most of these thinkers believe that feedback is one of the most powerful ways to enable teaching and learning.

A useful saying is: “there is no such thing as criticism only feedback”. If we use our critics comments to sharpen our own performance that will be great. For a teacher, giving feedback is a vital tool in the tool kit of moving children forward and bridging the gap. Thus teachers need to know exactly where a child is – assessment and where a child should be – clear knowledge of curriculum and how they are going to enable each child to move from one point to the other. Feedback should give the children clear knowledge too.

This in turn leads us to think about goals and next steps. The end goal should be able to be articulated in terms of ‘master in the skill in…’ At HTPD we are working hard to use these methods to move learning forward so that children have the joy of achieving new skills, knowledge and ultimately wisdom. This produces a climate where errors are welcome because they lead to exciting possibilities of knowledge. Thomas Edison said he tried many thousands of times to find the right material for the electric light filament, he commented that each failure taught him a great deal. An error indicates an exciting tension between what we know and what we could know. Feedback once again is the tool we have to use that tension to achieve success.

We will continue, therefore, to have classrooms where teachers give useful and purposeful feedback, written or verbal, where no student has a fear of making errors and where gaps in learning are closed and new goals set using next steps.

That is the end of the education for today and your next steps are….

With best wishes, Richard


Forthcoming events for March:
Tuesday 25 March - Year 6 visit to Wintershall for “Stations of the Cross”
Friday 28 March - Fluffy Friday
Monday 31 March – Easter Hop: Year 3&4 4.30-5.30pm and Year 5&6 6.00-7.15pm

Forthcoming events for April:
Tuesday 1 April - Science Exhibition in the Atrium at 2pm (Year 4)
Wednesday 2 April - Earth Summit 6.30-7.15pm (Year 5)
Thursday 3 April - Easter Service at 9.30am.
Friday 4 April - End of Term (1.45pm close). No After school clubs
Tuesday 22 April - Summer Term begins at 8.40am.

Sport Relief
There will be a ‘Sport Relief’ football match on Tuesday 25 March after school between staff and pupils. Therefore, there will be no Year 3&4 Football Club. Everyone is welcome to watch and cheer on – please bring £1 per person ‘entry fee’!

Fluffy Friday
If anyone has any yellow wool they are able to donate please give to Mary in Year 6 who will be making fluffy Easter chicks. Please send in £1 to cover activity costs and do contact Alison if you are able to help.

Author Visit
We hope that the girls enjoyed meeting Lyn Gardner yesterday. If you were unable to buy a book at the event but would still like to get one, we will still have them available on Monday.

International Visitors
Our Spanish Partner School from Aguilar de Campoo will be visiting us next week. There will be ten children and their teachers who are staying with Year 6 families. They arrive on Monday and will spending the week at school with a visit to London on Wednesday. Six of our Year 6 children will be visiting their school in May

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school during lunch break on Tuesday 1 April. Please download a copy of the materials/instructions here (a hard copy is available from the office). Please note that the children need to bring their materials to school to assemble the garden, no sweets please!

Lost:
Rufus Bourke (Oak Class) has lost his black North Face coat with distinctive yellow zip (size XS). It is named. It was probably left in HT playground last week.

HTSC (PTA) News

Years 3&4 and Year 5&6 Easter Hop - Monday 31st March
We need a couple of helpers to sign the children in and then serve drinks and crisps during the discos. If you are able to help please contact Caroline Swift at caroline@swifts.me.uk

Dates for the diary
Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 27th March from 8pm in MKB
PTA/HTSC Meeting - Thursday 1st May 8pm in the staff room
Summer Fair - Friday 4th July

Amazing Art Club - Come along and have fun making and doing: This term's theme is portraits: Alexander Calder-inspired wire portraits, learning drawing techniques, painting, making puppets and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Maximum 12 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 x 2 hour workshops. Tuesdays 3.15pm - 5.15pm. All materials included in the price. For more details or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com Summer Term dates: Tuesday 29th April - 8th July 2014 (no class half term 27th May)

Monday 24 March 2014 Will Todd Ensemble at the Electric Theatre at 7.30 p.m. Part of the Guildford Spring Music Festival. Tickets are £15 (£7.50 concessions). Come and enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable evening with jazz pianist and composer Will Todd and his top notch ensemble. “There will be tunes and banter” Will Todd.

Anyone for tennis?
Free tennis coaching this Sunday 23rd March: Merrow Lawn Tennis Club (Epsom Road, GU4 7AA) is hosting a Junior Focus Day between 10.30am-2pm. Move to the beat with Cardio Tennis (at 10.30am), have a go on the Tri-tennis wall or find out who has the fastest serve… this fun-packed day will have something for everyone – of any age! Junior tennis sessions (for 5-16 year olds) are at 11am and 1pm and lunch and games are at 12pm. Email Mayra Spiring (m.spiring@sky.com) to sign up.

Discounted holiday camps at the Charterhouse Club Team games, individual challenges and lots of fun. Indoor back-up is available in the event of bad weather. Call the Premier Tennis team on 0845 475 1147 or email info@premiertennis.co.uk to sign up.

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