From the Principal’s Desk #2

14th February 2019

As we arrive at the end of the first half of the 2018-19 academic year, I thought this would be an opportune moment to update you about life at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy.

It is a little scary when I think about how quickly time has passed since I joined the academy back in September. Since then, our academy has been on a journey of improvement in all areas. Initially, we looked at behaviour and attendance and made changes where we needed to. All children now have an understand of how both the way they conduct themselves in class and their regular attendance at the academy help to shape their personal successes.

I regularly have conversations around our shared 5 Rules for Personal Success:

#1 Be nice to each other
#2 Dream BIG
#3 It can be done
#4 Hard work works
#5 Give something back

I am proud of the way in which the youngest as well as the oldest children can recite them back to me and offer meaning around them.

This half term, my Vice Principal, Miss. Warner, and I have undertaken systematic lesson observations of all teachers. We implemented, in January, a new lesson framework which we call RTPACE. Within this framework we seek to structure lessons as follows:

R – recapping previous learning using collaboration as a stimulus before delivering new teaching.
T – teaching of the new knowledge or skill.
P – practising the new knowledge or skill, the teacher modelling for the children to replicate.
A – applying the newly received knowledge or skill independently.
C – challenging ourselves to go even further and use our knowledge and skills in different contexts.
E – evaluation of our learning to seek out our next steps.

Just as we expect children to have a thirst for learning, so we encourage the same in our adults. Mrs. Jowett, one of our Teaching Assistants in Year 6 , has embarked on some research around reading and would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes assisting her in completing this anonymous survey. You can find the survey here >> https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FZ5XRC6

We are really excited to have our brand new library stocked and ready for children to access after half term. We are especially grateful to our Site Manager, Mrs. Fiske, for decorating the room and arranging for the carpet to be fitted. Miss. Warner and Mrs. Derbyshire designed and furnished the room before a team of experts from Norfolk Children’s Books Service came and installed our £7500 book investment on the shelves. The next half term is going to give every child in the academy the chance to open their mind and explore their range of exciting new books.

  

With our Year 6 children, the march towards SATS week continues at pace and there are just 45 school days left until the first test at the time of writing this update. We have our FREE Breakfast Club for Year 6 starting on Monday 25th February at 08:00. Following breakfast, children will  access early morning grammar and maths sessions to boost their performance and ensure that they are in the best place possible for these important tests in May.

So, as the first half of the Spring Term draws to a close, let me wish you all a very enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 25th February 2019 at 08:30

Please remember that you can also reach out to me on Twitter at @principal_ewoa 

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