Week beginning 29th April 2019
It has been a particularly quiet week this week with lots of great teaching and learning going on, but not too many visits and visitors. This always happens as we move towards national testing.
Our Year 2 pupils have started taking their SAT tests this week, but hopefully, most of them just think they’re doing one of those weird quizzes again and are blissfully unaware. These tests have to be done, but the results simply support teachers in making accurate assessments of each child’s progress. Our Year 6 pupils are more aware of their SATs which start on 13th May, but by now, they know what result they are most likely to get and we use the week to celebrate how much they have learnt.
I have had a week full of meetings. Three of these have been with the Ouseburn Learning Trust and linked to the academisation of Heaton Manor. This process is in the final stages and everyone is hoping it will be completed in time for September. Heaton Manor will change its name and become Jesmond Park Academy, part of the Gosforth Federated Academies. There will be a new uniform and new branding, but the school will continue to operate as it does now under the leadership of Ms Blackburn. Lots of our Year 6 pupils are transferring to the school in September and I am sure that their future and the school’s future is in very good hands.
Year 3 have had a great trip today to Arbeia, the Roman fort in South Shields. This is part of their Roman topic. As ever, they were extremely well behaved and learnt lots.
Just a quick reminder that we are off on Monday for the May Day Bank Holiday and return to school on Tuesday 7th May.