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Date: 17th Oct 2016 @ 11:45am

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy in Ashton Hayes Primary School and have included European Day of languages, netball and football matches, National poetry day and Mrs Cuthbert and Mrs Pond visiting Carcassonne as part of our ongoing project looking at French language and culture.  Last week, I was out of school for large parts of the week including meeting with other teachers as part of our Early Excellence network, where we discuss important information in EYFS and plan further opportunities for children in Reception.

Thursday 6th October saw us celebrate National Poetry Day in school. This year, our whole school writing project is centred around the book, "We're going on a Bear Hunt."  Mr May planned some fantastic poetry activities linked to this fabulous book, practising the wonderful skills of poetry from the national curriculum and inspired by Matt Goodfellow last year. All classes in school have now completed other follow-up tasks linked to the book and everyone will have their writing displayed on our corridor display. The display will be complete on Wednesday and we hope you will enjoy looking at the children's work when you come into school for Parents' Evening next week.

This year, we are part of a social and communication project with the Autism Team.  I will be working with a number of other schools in the local area, both primary and secondary, developing our practice and understanding of the theory of mind, central coherence, executive functioning and sensory processing.  We support children with social and communication difficulties very well in school and will look further enhance our practice to ensure the best possible outcomes of all children.

Last week I attended the Headteacher's Conference alongside other local headteachers where we discussed prevalent issues for schools and pupils within them.  Part of the conference saw a local headteacher present the impact their school had seen after implementing the Daily Mile.  The Daily Mile sees every child complete one mile of physical activity through walking or running, every day.  The impact has seen an increased levels of concentration, increased understanding of health issues and more participation in the physical/sporting activities.  We will look to implement the Daily Mile after half term - further communication will be sent out later in the term.

Last Thursday I attended and HMI briefing, discussing the current themes regarding OFSTED an school inspections. In the afternoon I had the pleasure of taking buzzard class swimming and teaching two groups of children breaststroke. Having not taught swimming for a number of years, it was great to be back on the side of the pool! Thursday evening also saw the return of quiz night in school where over thirty parents tested their general knowledge (and their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar) and sampled the fantastic curry of Mrs Fraser.  It was a wonderful evening although it did highlight some areas for development in the field of grammar!  Huge thanks to the teaching staff who stayed behind and gave up their evening to supply the questions for the quiz. Many thanks also to the PTFA for their hard work in supporting putting this event on. We hope to be able to inform parents of how much money we raised in the very near future.

In school we choose a "Thought for the Fortnight" which is usually linked to an important date in the school calendar. Over the next two weeks we will be discussing poverty as today marks 'End Poverty Day'.  In assembly today we discussed the fact that over 100 million children are unable to access an education and the lengths that some people go in order to be able to get an education that we sometimes take for granted.

I hope to see you all soon either on the playground or at Parents' Evening next week.

Mr Hover

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