On the road to curriculum recovery
It's that time of the week again when I stand back and reflect on what we achieved at school last week. I seem to have referred to education recovery a great deal during the week and from what I have seen and heard we continue to make careful, well-informed decisions to address every aspect of recovery for our children.
Over the last fortnight in our...
Making things work at the start of a new school year
The first week of a school year is always a busy one and with changes to our operational arrangements due to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, it was always going to be a challenge. Many of the HPS staff team have been in school over the summer and worked incredibly hard so that school was ready to welcome everyone back. As we opened...
Where there's a will, there's a way
We've made it to the end of another school year 👍🙂
What haven't we done 'virtually' this year? From parent's meetings to celebration assemblies - where there is a will there is a way! The staff team have totally amazed me in the creative ways they have found to recreate experiences for the children. Who would have thought that we would bring...
Time for change - transition week
Last week was another difficult one for us, resulting in having to close another 3 class bubbles, two of which were Year 6 classes. It is at times like this that our staff team really show how resilient and creative they are. They will always find a way! 👍🙂
The last sixteen months since Covid-19 changed our lives we have found ourselves constantly...
What a week!
Having managed to keep school fully open since March 8th with only one class bubble closure, it was quite a shock to have to close 3 class bubbles within a few days 🙁. This obviously presented many challenges and we had to manage 19 staff being absent over several days. This was done in such a calm and organised manner which enabled everything to take place in school that had...
Skills, knowledge and understanding 📚👩🏫🖌👨🎨🎭
I am currently reading every child's end of year report, something which I find incredibly rewarding. 😊 What has really impressed me is the breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding the children in all year groups have. Even though we are having to work hard to close the gaps in learning due to time out of school...
Safeguarding, thinking about others, and working in partnership
This week has been a very busy one for me and one which has highlighted the importance of looking out for and working with others. The week beginning 14th June was refugee week and all our classes have spent time reflecting on the challenges of being a refugee. The theme of Refugee Week 2021, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, is an...
The joy of sport
Last week was another very busy, happy week in school. I enjoyed walking around school to look at all the decorated windows in classrooms to showing which teams everyone is supporting during the Euro football tournament. Children and staff are excited and engaged in following their team and lots of children have talked to me about the results, as well as which class is...
There was great excitement in every classroom just before half term when children and staff watched the HPS live draw for the Euros featuring Mr Waddington and members of SLT. Everyone was desperate to know which of the 24 national teams they would be championing throughout the tournament which was of course delayed from last summer due to coronavirus.
Each class was asked to...
Last week all our teachers met with their Assistant Headteacher to have achievement conversations about every child in their class and the progress they have made since school re-opened again in March. At our Senior leadership team meeting the Assistant Headteachers gave some feedback from these conversations. Time and time again they spoke about the in-depth...