Moving on up

Can you believe that it’s only six weeks until the end of the Summer Term? As we look towards the end of one school year and the start of another, we are keen to ensure that the transition to new classes and teachers is achieved as smoothly and effectively as possible for all our children. This starts with the organisation of our classes for September.

For many years at Greenfield all the classes were organised exclusively according to age. However, in 2009 as part of our drive to improve the standards of learning and achievement in our school, we decided to organise the classes differently. The three key aims were to keep the classes as small as possible, to take into account each child’s individual learning needs and to recognise the importance of friendship groupings. This approach has proved to be extremely successful. It has not only enabled us to manage each child’s personal learning and development more effectively year on year, but also resulted in Greenfield children achieving significantly better levels of attainment and progress than other children nationally. As we organise the new classes, our teachers will draw on their excellent understanding of our children and in addition will ask each child to name a list of friends, who help them in their learning. If there are any issues or concerns, which you would like to make us aware of, please see me or your child’s current class teacher by Wednesday 15 June.

We do hope that as many of our Reception and Year 2 parents as possible will be able to come to our Transition Meetings on Monday 11 July. They will enable our staff to explain fully the different learning expectations for Reception children as they move into Key Stage 1 and for Year 2 children as they move up to the dizzy heights of Key Stage 2.

We shall introduce ‘Welcome to Your New Class’ meetings in September for all parents. These will enable you to meet the teaching team in your child’s phase and get important information on the learning expectations, curriculum content, weekly timetable, organisation of homework, educational visits and residentials, significant calendar events and top tips for how you can best support your child in their learning to help them achieve their full potential in their new year band.