Head's Blog

Art Exhibition

We are really looking forward to you visiting our art exhibition on Wednesday. The children and staff are working hard to ensure all the work is finished ready for display.

We all enjoy sharing the children’s work with you and it is lovely to have another opportunity to celebrate our wider curriculum beyond reading, writing and maths.

Whilst our theme has been ‘People in Art’, each class has studied different artists and techniques on which to base their work.

Maple class have looked at the works of Andy Warhol and will also be very busy this week making biscuits for our refreshments.

Oak class have made some stunning portraits based on Picasso resulting in an amazingly colourful classroom!

Willow class also studied Picasso and, with oak class, visited an art gallery in Bedford to learn more about portraits.

Beech class have looked at the Victorian art form of silhouette making and have produced some incredibly striking displays.

Rowan class have concentrated on Lowry and have produced an impressive variety of work based on people. Look out for their life size colourful portrait around the school!

Sycamore class have based their work on Giacometti whose exhibition we went to see at the Tate way back at the beginning of the school year!

We hope you enjoy looking at the children’s work as much as they have done making it. It has been a most enjoyable learning journey!

School results

 

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all.

 

I wanted to share with you some excellent news to start off our New Year.

 

The Government have launched a new web site, that some of you may be aware of, which enables parents and interested parties to compare schools and the progress that the children make.

 

Each school is compared to any within a 75 mile radius which had similar KS1 results and then tracks the progress of these pupils through KS2. I am delighted to say that there is no school within this criteria that outperforms Denton.

 

www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk

 

Just before Christmas data was also released which placed Denton as the 11th highest attaining for progress in Northamptonshire out of 325 schools.

 

These results could not be attained without the sheer hard work of the staff and the support of you parents- so thank you to all!

Pupil Parliament

As you may be aware in September 2014, a new school curriculum was introduced. An addition within the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural part of the curriculum, was to teach the children about British Values.

We have spent considerable time in staff meetings, and over coffee, discussing what this means and how best to portray this to the children. We did indeed feel that many aspects we already taught but we felt that one of the wonderful things about living in this country is our right to free speech.

We felt however that it was very necessary to teach our children to articulate their point of view, to listen carefully to the views of others and to carefully consider their views in light of what they have heard.

We have therefore set up ‘Pupil Parliaments’ and each month every class is set a topic to debate.

To help them to understand the importance of debating we invited Councillor Joan McBride to speak to the whole school and lead a debate. This morning as I write I am delighted to say the MP for South Northants, Ms Andrea Leadsom is leading a debate with Class 5 on ‘Should there be homework?’ after speaking to the whole school about her job in the Houses of Parliament.

We just now have to remind the children that the example set by some of our MP’s in Prime Ministers Question time is not to be copied!

Jill

Many of you will have heard of CEOP who work tirelessly to help keep our children safe and give advice to parents on  use of  the internet and I have just received this information from them , which I have pasted below, that I thought you may find helpful.

Jill

Many thanks as ever for all your work to keep young people safe from harm. We hope you enjoy a well-deserved festive break... but before you do, here's one last update for you from the CEOP Education Team.

New parents and carers website

We're proud to announce that a Beta version of our new website for parents and carers is now live at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents. The new site offers a completely refreshed suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety.

Please take a moment to give us some feedback by taking a look around the new site and then completing the user survey (this appears as a pop up when you visit). Your comments and ideas will help us shape the final content and improve our resources and support to families.

Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.

Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre) where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP. 

Residential

I am writing this as I have just deposited the last of the ‘apparatus’ in my car for taking to the coach on Monday. It is always a relief when I feel that job is done.

Residential experiences are very special, exciting and maybe a little scary for our Year 5 and 6 children and I am sure the children and maybe some parents assume we are off on a holiday.

 I have always been a strong advocate of residential experiences and in my long teaching career I have always either organised or participated in these. The reasons are many and varied. It helps to build the children’s independence- it is great fun to see them trying to manage their clothes and equipment during the week and trying to get all those items back into the suitcase that Mum or Dad had packed so carefully! It also helps them to make friends outside their school cohort which I feel is so important in preparation for their move to secondary school. Being able to communicate well with a wide and varied group of people is an important life skill. Also, although our children are very lucky and have a wide variety of experiences there will be many children for whom the activities will be completely new and they will have to be challenging themselves to participate.

I finish by saying a huge thank you to the staff who are accompanying me, Miss Weston from Denton School, Mr Watt and Mrs Murphy from Yardley School. Without them volunteering and giving up their time this would not be possible. Please look kindly upon them on our return I know how tired they will feel!

Jill Gardner

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