July 20th 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

With our Sports Days complete as of today I would like to congratulate the children on their efforts, especially during the heat. It was good to see so many family members out in support. Our Year 5 and 6 children have done us proud by organising many of the activities for the younger children.

Paws and Claws
Well done to Years 5 and 6 on their terrific production last night. They performed extremely well with clear voices and great singing. Well done everyone.

Governors’ News
It has been a year of significant change at Madley Brook. After a lengthy process, the School became an Academy and joined the River Learning Trust (RLT) in April. The conversion was complicated by issues regarding the sharing of the site, some contracts and staff between Madley Brook and Springfield. RLT has been providing strong support and challenge to the school throughout the conversion process and in the months since. Staff and governors are looking forward to that continuing next year.

This year also saw the introduction of three new teaching strategies, Read Write Inc, Maths Mastery and, in nursery and reception, Planning in the Moment. Read Write Inc is a method of teaching phonics that has had great success in other schools and we are already seeing the benefits with a significant jump in the Year 1 phonics test results. Maths Mastery focusses on a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts and problem solving. The initial signs are that this is also having a positive impact on the children’s skill but will take a little longer to see the results. For the early years, the Planning in the Moment approach involves basing the activities on what the child is interested in at that particular time rather than carrying out whole class-based topics. This approach is more free-flowing and brings with it the concept of having one or two focus children in each class. This enables teachers and TAs to get to know the children in much more depth than previously.

The teaching staff have also had to learn to use a new assessment system (Target Tracker) which is proving to be quite a time saver. All of this change has had a huge impact on the teaching staff and the Governors would like to say a big thank you for all the effort they have put in.

Whilst we’re saying thank you, we also wanted to acknowledge all the work done by the volunteers at this school. Without their time and dedication, the school wouldn’t be able to run as successfully as it does. Your help is greatly appreciated.

We hope you all have a relaxing summer and enjoy the break.

New Menu
There is a new menu for September on our website. As long as the weather remains warm we will picnic lunch in Key Stage 2 for the first couple of weeks and a packed lunch will be available to purchase on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Jacket potatoes will be a weekly option on the new menu and not daily. We will see how this goes and review after the first half term to see if children would prefer this option on a daily basis.

Please note that lunch on Wednesday next week will be either fish fingers or sausage, with either chips or pasta, and not a roast dinner (plus jackets or packed lunch option).
Community Garage Sale, Sunday, 10am-2pm
Grab a bag and take a stroll around Madley Park this Sunday to pick up some bargains!
Homeowners are opening up their garages, car ports and green spaces between 10am-2pm.
Maps are available from the Co-op for a £1 donation (raising money for Activate:MadleyPark, for our new play areas) or available to download from www.madleyparkresidents.co.uk

Nursery times on Wednesday next week will be:
8.30 – 10.30am for morning children
11.00am – 1.00pm for afternoon children

Via Pupil Post
Primary Times
Via Parent Mail

Next Week
Monday Year 6 BBQ 5pm to 6.30pm
Tuesday Bake sale in Red Playground after school in memory of Pauline Cuthill
Wednesday Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly 9.30am Parent Invited

Wednesday End of term 1pm

The new school year begin on Wednesday 5th September

And Finally….
It has been an extremely busy year. We began the year post-OFSTED with great drive and motivation and tried a few new initiatives which have proved very successful. Everyone has thrown heart and soul into Read Write Inc and Maths Mastery and the children have benefitted significantly from this new style of working.

We are sorry to say farewell to our leavers, Mrs Clare Collins, Mrs Caz Evans, Mrs Katie Salmon and Mrs Cathy Pritchard but wish them well in all their new adventures.

We wish our Year 6 leavers the very best as they set off on their new journeys to secondary school and hope they take with them the values and principles that we work to at Madley Brook School. They have exciting futures ahead of them and we all hope they work hard to follow their dreams. To those families who are leaving us for the final time I thank you for your support and involvement in our school over the years.

And finally, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone within our school community for making this year a successful one. We have an amazing team of dedicated and committed staff who work their hardest for the benefit of our children and it is a privilege to work with each and every one. To governors and parents I thank you for your never ending support and of course, to the children, for coming to school each day, ready for learning, for enthusiasm and motivation and for their fantastic contributions to our school.

Have a wonderful and peaceful summer.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer