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As of 1st September 2014, Charsfield and Dennington Schools are officially part of the 'Charsfield and Dennington CEVCP School Partnership'.
To celebrate, we had a big get together at Charsfield CEVCP School, enjoyed a joint assembly, took part in a shared competition to design a commemorative plate, worked in teams to play challenging games and enjoyed a huge cake and drinks!
Below are some of the pictures from the day...
For many parents choosing a school for their child, class size is one of the fundamental features that they look at when making their decision. However, many people are not aware of the benefits of small class sizes and the positive effects they can have on learning.
Small class sizes are essential for good learning and can hugely influence the level of academic excellence achieved by pupils. A report by Professor Peter Blatchford of the Institute of Education, University of London, found that "in both reading and maths, pupils in small classes performed significantly better than pupils in regular classes."
This academic success comes from teachers being able to spend more one-to-one time with pupils as well as having more time to spend planning and marking work - two key opportunities that are not easily accessible for teachers of regular sized classes. As a consequence of small class sizes, pupils are also better behaved and are more engaged in the learning process. Pupils in small classes ask more questions, discuss subjects with teachers, and are more inquisitive than their regular class size peers.
The evidence in favour of small class sizes combined with exceptional teaching is overwhelming and as a result, there is no better place for your child to flourish than at Charsfield or Dennington school. Small class sizes are at the core of our philosophy and always have been, for a child being a member of a small class can be fundamental in early learning and development and forms a solid foundation for their future.
Our small class sizes allow teachers to spend more time with children individually and with small average class sizes throughout the school - you can be sure that your children will receive the attention and high standard of education that they deserve.
We want our pupils' questions to be listened to and answered, and in a small class, no hand goes unseen and no voice unheard. No child goes without the opportunity to take the lead in a sporting activity or in a school performance and this allows their confidence to flourish in preparation for their move into secondary education. They leave our school fully prepared for the challenges a larger class environment brings with the confidence to be heard and seen amongst their peers.
Our small class sizes allow children to thrive in a productive learning environment where any negative behaviour or educational issues are spotted and resolved quickly. Children can play safely together and learn how to interact with various age groups with no fear of bullying or being scared of the other children.
Every child knows every other child at the schools and as a result learns to interact and communicate with different age groups giving them another essential life skill. Younger children are inspired by the older children, whereas the older children learn how to care and be responsible for younger children. As the high school states, children from Charsfield and Dennington schools “settle easily and are very much prepared for learning in a secondary school.”
Mr Page, Head Teacher.
This year saw a continuing rise in our SAT results for both schools at KS2 with a high proportion of children in the cohort achieving Level 4 and above. We were very pleased with these outcomes and the achievement and progress in other year groups.Through our self-evaluation we have identified the following areas of focus this year:
Attainment and Standards:
English and Maths - We will continue to develop further approaches in English that will make a difference to pupil writing outcomes across the school. These are using strategies that allow teachers and children to identify areas in writing where they could make improvements and focus on very specific aspects of writing. To provide opportunities for children to write for different reasons and without the help of adults. These opportunities are designed to allow the children to write freely, put their skills into practice and allow teachers to identify their next steps in writing and address any weaknesses.
Within Mathematics, we will be continuing to strengthen our use of on-going assessments to differentiate learning using children’s individual targets and assessment for learning. An area we are paying particular attention to is problem solving and how we can apply it to ‘real life’ situations.
Teaching and Learning:
We believe that children should be involved as much as possible in evaluating how successful they have been and what they need to do next. Over the coming year we will be developing these skills through the use self and peer assessment and the further use of open questions.
The Curriculum 2016
A new curriculum was introduced from September 2016. Plans for implementing it are already in place so that we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that promoted children’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development. Pupils are also encouraged to make links between subjects and as a result learn in a “real life” way. A design task might for example involve artistic skills, mathematics measuring skills, instructional writing skills and persuasive writing skills to sell their product. This also explains why we now have very open themes to make the contexts of the children’s curriculum linked and interesting. Wherever possible our themes try to reflect children’s interests and utilise the school’s immediate environment. The reason we do this is because we believe children learn best when they are involved personally in their learning
PE is a major player in equipping children for living a healthy lifestyle. To this end we participate in many activities in school and with schools from the wider community.
As outlined above we try to use visits and visitors as much as possible to enrich children’s learning. In Class 1 we have developed this further over recent years by the development of learning opportunities in the outdoor classroom. We want to extend this to developing the outdoor and adventurous activity part of the PE curriculum.
Charsfield and Dennington Partnership: The benefits of this collaboration are very positive and allow our children to broaden their perspectives on learning and of other children of the same age. Over the next year, it is our plan to establish these links further so that our children’s opportunities are broadened to another level. Already this year Class 1’s have had Australia Day; Class 2’s an Egyptian themed day where Cleopatra made a visit to decide where to bury her king and Class 3’s are working together on More Able lessons for Literacy and Maths.
We also work across the pyramid where we have planned More Able days for IT, Drama and Photography.
Church and School: we aim to further strengthen the links we have with the Christian community in Charsfield and Dennington. This will support and enrich learning in RE and across the school to develop our caring and inclusive ethos. Through our work with the church and also within RE and school assemblies we will also be looking to develop children’s spiritual understanding of themselves and those around them In the current academic year “Open the Book” continues and the visits to the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
OFSTED Actions: In addition to the above areas of school improvement, the school has also since its OFSTED inspection, further refined its use of assessment data, marking and feedback and Parental Engagement. These processes will continue over the current academic year.