INSET was great with super ideas for teaching, learning and assessment; safeguarding training sobering and necessary - best bit was seeing the kids back. YR had a great couple of days in full time education, happy and enjoying dinners (finished in record time!). Everyone else has settled into their new year groups and a very smart group of returning children we have. Looking forward to starting swimming, and our first educational experiences.
The summer is gone and I do believe I have a UK T-shirt tan! Welcome back everyone and a very warm welcome to our new children and families. I hope everyone had a great break and I look forward to welcoming everyone and seeing our new faces. Looking forward to three exciting, relevant and important INSET days and then the best bit, kids return!
We've worked hard over the summer improving our interior and things appear to be moving forward with the rebuild of our Y1 & Y2 block. The contractors have been on-site for the first time looking at the reality of the plans....we are second on the list for the contractor's list of six re-builds.
A final great week, all done, sorted and tears shed by Y6! Fantastic 2 x shows with Y2 & Y6 shining! 2 x proms and a lovely end of Y6 assembly. Have a great summer break. This is the last update before September.
Great trips, a visit from the Mayor for our 'Big Sleuth' Bear and a fantastic summer fair. Our Friends of Abbey, PTA group, is amazing. So much dedication and effort that we couldn't ask for any more. We really need an influx of new helpers to keep this going - can you help?
Into the last week and looking forward to 2 x proms; 2 x leavers' shows and a final great week before the summer break.
Thank you for visiting!
The end of term is getting close....KS2 results in and an improvement at all key stages - woo hoo! EYFS on the Severn Valley Railway and our summer fair. May the weather be great this week!
Sports days were great! The kids throughly enjoyed them and whilst competition is important, the team spirit is even better - well done us! The weeks are flying by and we've got three left. Looking forward to transition week where our children meet their new teachers, Y6 are also out at their new schools. Y1 are off to a Mosque, so proud of our role in helping to promote tolerance and respect in what is a difficult time for many faiths and religions. Our 'Big Sleuth' Bear will also be launched with 130 others....
What a week of weather and our kids have been fantastic! Dudley Zoo was great and the week ended well with a cooler spell that refreshed us all. Looking forward to our sports days and opening the Big Sleuth bear opening. Eid Mubarak to all of our families ending a very hot Ramadan.
Phonics all done and the Y3 children had a great time in beautiful weather. Y2's Inspire day was so well attended - another great week. Looking forward to Y1 at Dudley Zoo and three more possible 'silverware' cups coming to Abbey at the end of the week.
It's been a fab week with Frack Chapman as the first residential experience away from home. Have a look at the class pages for some great pictures. Weather has been naff but today has been sunshiny, the day after the general election - we won't talk about that!
Looking forward to the last bit of testing (Y1 phonics), Y3 at Hatton, EYFS minibeasts and PCSO road safety.
Hope the holiday was great for you and yours. I'm looking forward to our PCSO working in school, Y2 off to Frank Chapman on a three day residential and the small matter of a general election. That'll do for the first week back!
5/6 of the way there! Beautiful weather and a super end to summer 1 with a disco. Have a great holiday! Looking forward to our PCSO working in school with June upon us. Have a great holiday, may it stay sunny.
Fantastic planting, first aid and three more trophies to add to our cabinet of greatness! Tests all done, just phonics to go and things are looking good! A shorter week ahead but also Y1 at Clent, EYFS 'Let's do it days', PCSO training, discos and our Sun Bear decoration begins.
Tests and task in Y2 this week. It's no problem as it's just regular part of the practice in our school - no big deal and only one part of the evidence. Y6 kids were great during their tests and a joy to see how well they responded. Looking forward to a First Aid day, Musical evening and a special meeting with our Ed Psych.
Lunt was a great trip, really recommend it for schools studying the Romans. It's testing week and on behalf of many schools - good luck! Looking forward to getting the tests finished and then we've got only two weeks till summer 2.
Great week of sport, this time we didn't win but the sportsman ship shown by our children was incredible - sometimes more important I think. A short week with Bank Holiday and we're looking forward to a visiting theatre group working with Y6 of safe social media, Y4 off to Lunt, EYFS moderation and then we are into testing season.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Here we go for the summer term 2017! What an exciting time it is with our children working hard to make great progress before leaving us for Y7 or moving to another new set of staff. Testing season (we are sensible about it and really do recognise that they are children still!) and nearly time for report writing to begin. Looking forward to Y1 going to Think Tank, three sporting competitions and May is nearly in sight!
Wishing all of our children and families a great Easter break. May the weather be kind and enjoy the time with families. Keep using our e-resources! See you all safely on Monday 24th April. This is the last blog update until we return.
Only one entry this week, the retirement of Mrs Cotterill. Thank you for everything you have given to our school - you will be missed. Looking forward to EYFS moderation, Easter bonnet and the end of a long term.
Goodbye Mrs Cotterill!
STOP PRESS - Active Sport Black Country Award for us!
Warley was cancelled due to massive rain but the planting will be re-arranged. Parents' evening was great and 416 people completed our survey, it's really positive and we'll continue to develop our school and listen to feedback. Lots of trips next week with EYFS at Aston Hall, Y1 Gurdwara, Y2 Inspire and Y1 Exhibition. Another great week to look forward to. It's also Mrs Cotterill's last week at Abbey - do wish her well if you see her.
Part 1 filming is finished - woo hoo! Our amazing footballers just lost out in the final so have narrowly missed going to Stanford Bridge but what a difference our team's attitude to the others - really proud of you! Looking forward to budget setting, tree-planting in Warley Woods, Warwick Castle and Parents' evening.
What a great week again with some sunshine! Let's hope that we get even more. School council filming has begun, Y5 out at Chester Zoo and Y1 had a great day. Looking forward to 'Peter and the Wolf' project, Y3 Stoneage Man, Y5 Rainforest Day and more sporting competitions.
What a great week! Check out our Y4 at Edgmond Hall on our 'class pages' section. World Book day was great fun and Y5 had a super time enjoying secondary Hairspray! Looking forward to Y5 at Chester Zoo and their rainforest experience, our EYFS children are starting a rotation of whole days in our forest school area.
What a great first week back, children off to Edgmond Hall, World Book day and pancakes! School council video is progressing nicely and should be finished soon. Looking forward to rainforest, whole days of forest school and Chester Zoo!
Half way through.....have a great holiday! Looking forward to our second residential when we return.
Half way through the academic year and it's looking like a bit of snow in the air. Disco, film night, Valentine's craft and a cake sale to end the week. Had some great in-house Art training for staff and we are looking forward to even more of this.
Great E-safety theatre as the start to 'Internet safety week' - our whole set of assemblies and follow up work in classes will be turned over to this important issue. It's not just one week, of course, we do this all of the time but having a focus week too is good. Looking forward to Y1 at 'Think Tank' and our February disco.
Fantastic 'Soccer Star Challenge' raising money and tremendous fun. Another resounding victory in a football tournament too. Our BEd colleagues have finished their 1st placements and had a great time and we'll keep an eye out for them as teachers of the future. Looking forward to a visiting theatre group for an e-safety performance alongside getting our video channel launched.
Memorable learning with Y1's 'Be Brave' science day - really great attendance from parents. Parent course started really well but a strange week ahead - it's quite quiet! Just kidding! Soccer star penalty shoot out and more sporting competitions. Brrr - cold too!
The 'thunder snow' didn't arrive but it's still been another great week. A tremendous success in the swimming pool along with a great review of our 'bucket list' and 'soft skills' has made for a cold but rewarding week. Looking forward to Y1 'Let's do it day' and starting a parenting course hosted here! Woo hoo!
What a great first week back! Y3 at the theatre; Y6 WW2 sleepover (fantastic group of staff giving up their Friday night and Saturday for our kids); Y1 Mad scientists and our BEd colleagues are doing really well. Looking forward to starting some new subject leader training along with more sporting opportunities too. School Council are beginning their new job to look at an e-safety video.
Happy new year to you all! Back to school on Tuesday 3rd!
Looking forward to our Y1 science afternoon! This will make our first Abbey Lens of 2017.
The last day to end what has been a fantastic week. I'm really proud of all of the staff for working hard to give our children a great time performing. It's been a massively busy week but immensely enjoyable. Merry Christmas everyone and I hope that 2017 is great for our school, children and families. Let's look forward to a happy, healthy and peaceful 2017. This is the last update of 2016 - see you all when dieting begins!
What an amazing Friday at Abbey! The day started so well with Y5 performing 'Lights, Camel, Action' to a packed hall. There was such a sense of enjoyment and fun that every adult walked out feeling proud. Our partner teachers from The University of Wolverhampton worked tirelessly and stayed to support our amazing Christmas fair, they will be great teachers of the future. Our Friends of Abbey and their commitment to our school is second to none. It was a joy to see the school so full and fun at the end of the day too. Hard work but well worth it. Looking forward to our last week of performances galore. What a team!
There's been more theatre this week with even more to come! Two weeks to go and we are in full Christmas rehearsal and performance mode. Looking forward to a manic but great last two weeks. School council have done a great job in helping with our road safety and their plans for Abbey's e-safety will be even better.
Thank you for visiting!
The theatre trip went really well and it was enjoyed by all. Seeing so many parents in school for our 'achievement days' was fab and children really enjoyed showing their work, proudly and justified! Even more parental engagement with INSPIRE style workshops in Y2 & Y1, back to the theatre on Friday and the Christmas tree is going up - wow! Looking forward to all of this and my final OFSTED inspection of 2016, always a privilege. To top it all, it's my birthday!
The mini-bus has been christened and there was no sick! OFSTED is always a privilege and a lovely welcoming school. Anti-bullying week is always important and we keep this fresh all of the way through the year. Looking forward to the theatre and Inspire Y4
Bhangra and 'Let's Do it days' were fab! It was great to see the Y6 Remembrance artwork outside and the observation of the 2min silence was done really well. Y4 Bake off - great creations and great kids. It's our first mini-bus use to transport Y2 to a competition and I'm doing an OFSTED - always a privilege to visit other schools. Looking forward to our new middle leader training.
You must look at the Plan Gwynant Y6 page 2016 - all kids back safe and sound. What an amazing experience and I'm so proud of my staff. They give up a whole week away from home and their families and I couldn't do it without them - I am a lucky HT and I really value what the staff do. Y4 had a slumber party with three great activities ending in fireworks. I don't think they'll ever look at their Grandma in the same way! Another great expereince - memorable learning! Met a lovely group of new parents that are thinking of joining our school and our new intake of BEd students. Great week!
Looking forward to Y1 Let's Do it Days and Bhangra in EYFS.
Welcome back after half-term! Be safe if you are going out and about 'Trick or Treating'. I'm really looking forward to our first residential of the year and Road Dahl fun for Y4.
Our computer room is refurbished - wow! We'll open it to the kids after half term. Discos were fun and our children are so well behaved - really proud of them. Y5's Egyptian tomb and parental workshops were great - stunning would be more appropriate. Two more trips back to the Victorian times all completed and our new mini-buses have arrived! Wooo Hoooo (In an excited and slightly Halloween voice). Looking forward to our first residential of the year and Road Dahl fun for Y4. Have a great half-term!
Google was fab! Weston was lovely! HT conference was inspiring! Great parents' evening ! We are looking forward to Victorian visits and our end of half term discos. So excited with our re-vamped computer room, I can't wait to show you! Unbelievably, we are 1/6 of the way through the academic year.
Bounce was great fun! Here we are, into October! We are having Google visit our school and Y2 are off to Weston. Harvest rehearsals are well under way and we are looking forward to seeing how many tins we can collect for Smethwick food bank. Y4 Roald Dahl night coming up - Whoopsy-Splunkers!
October! Lead inspector training completed. Busy but good week.
The new school council are a fab bunch and we're already up and running with our jobs. Have a look at the School Council page for information. Y6 are choosing Secondary schools; Y2 are applying for KS2 and we are in full swing! The new YR have settled well, just need a few more numbers for nursery. Looking forward to the final phase of Lead Inspector training and then we'll be nudging October.
Abbey made it to London and back - was a very long day but our kids were fab. Well worth it too, if you are studying Egypt and can't get to Cairo then The British Museum is next best. Really proud of my team and the kids for their stamina.
We've been busy electing all of our council members and next week we meet for the first time. Looking forward to that and testing out our new 'meeters and greeters'.
We've seen everyone back safely and our new children have started - great! I've completed the OFSTED training and things are looking quite positive - that's what we like! Looking forward to seeing our new children with specific jobs, like our new school council, and our first educational trip. Abbey is going to London - to The British Museum. Fab start!
Welcome back to the new academic year and a special welcome to our new Nursery & Reception parents, welcome to Abbey! A shorter week with the two INSET (Teacher training) days and then we are back to it. Exciting first meetings about our new school building and I'm off to OFSTED September conference. Looking forward to meeting all of our new children and parents.
Fantastic Y6 Show!
Reports have gone out and we are into the final week. Rehearsals are well underway for our leavers and the last week is going to be exceptionally busy! In addition to all of our end of term round ups, we have an assessment for the ICT Mark and Coachmark.
What a fab end to a great year.
All of the reports are completed and are now being collated, the key stage results are in (we've done well and scored above the national average), final rehearsals for Y2 & Y6 are underway. All of the children have met their new teachers and our new nursery came visiting. Today was our amazing Summer Fair with (again) huge thanks to our Friends of Abbey. Everyone had a great time and there were a few star turns including the staff in the stocks, Emily Allen on guitar and lots of family fun. A personal thanks to all of our staff and FOA who gave up time to help - it is much appreciated. Looking forward to the last two weeks including our assessment for the ICT mark and Coachmark.
The school council had a great time in London and saw a few famous (well, for now!) faces. The tour was super due to the setting and fabulous guides. We met our new reception parents this week and had a great 'Fashion Show' by our wonderful Friends of Abbey (FOA). Next week we have our summer fair and then we've only two weeks to go...gulp!
Sporting fun done! One day with horrendous rain and another with loverly sun - only in Britain! We've been moderated for writing assessments at the end of KS2 and all judgments agreed - well done us! I really enjoyed my 'shadow' lead inspection too. Looking forward to our School Council visiting London and the Houses of Parliament, more trips and suddenly we are in July......
What a week of weather! Let's hope that's not the end of summer as we approach the equinox! Had a great and we are all looking forward to cross school sporting days! I'm doing an OFSTED next week, always a privilege to be out and about.
Euro football begins and we are the champions! We've won the league and the cup will be on the next Abbey Lens. G&T writers, a fun assembly and KS1 data all completed. Looking forward to our upcoming 'shine weeks' and Sports Day. We've also been nominated to join 'Music Mark' to show our commitment to Music at our school! Fab!
Welcome back to summer 2! It's a record - not one spot of rain in Wales! Even got a tan! Hope everyone had a great break. Looking forward to more sporting clubs and then we begin the summer term run of Governing Body meetings, reports and transition to new year groups. It's all go - and I love it!
Summer 2 is nearly here and we say a very fond farewell to Miss Williams who is going on a secondment to a senior leadership position at another school. We are really going to miss her and look forward to her return.
Tests done, dusted and back onto proper matters - do have a look at our Y3 building! Saw the architects for our new school....it's (very) slowly getting closer.
Have a fab half term - I'm off to the seaside so there will be no more updates till we return. Enjoy the time with families!
OFSTED Lead Inspector training complete....shadow followed by lead then that's it! KS1 Sats all gone smoothly as have the Y3-5 optional tests. We said goodbye to one of our maternity crew and said hello to Mrs Williamson who returned! Y3 are cracking in with their stone-age huts and I'm looking forward to Y6 at Liverpool, YR Gruffalo hunt; and a possible trial of a new musical instrument at Abbey! Discos were fab and then we are into the last seven weeks...gulp!
KS2 Sats all done, in the bag(s) and sent off. Really proud of our kids for being so sensible and level headed about it all. I'm very excited about "Abbey does The Apprentice" - check out the class pages for some Oscar winning performances. KS1 next week then we are into the final week, 5/6 of the way through the year. I'm training to be an OFSTED Lead Inspector....that's the end of my forthcoming week. Enjoy Eurovision!
We've got a new award! Last last night we received notification that we have been awarded (with distinction) the afPE Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport! Woo Hoo! Well done us and a special mention to Miss Hinton who put all of the evidence together and who leads on this aspect! Looking forward to visiting Birmingham Museum.....oh....and it's test week for KS2. Good luck to everyone here and across the country - do the best you can for YOU!
It's been a shorter week with a Bank Holiday and I've been OFSTEDing. A Good week for everyone concerned!
The AFPE assessment went really well! We've submitted our evidence and we'll await the decision on May 3rd! Music night was sensational! The atmosphere and pleasure from all, especially our 1st time performers was great (see the blog for more pictures). Had some great news about support for our children and the School Council have finished their DVD on road safety. Looking forward to Y2 going to Frank Chapman next week and then we enter May. Woo hoo!
We won the rugby this week! What a start to the summer term! I've been on OFSTED training and we've had our FOA AGM. Looking forward to our AFPE assessment and the Music Night! Can't believe how time flies and what a fantastic opportunity for our budding musicians to shine.
It's been our music night and what a night it has been! A pleasure and privilege to see so many children and parents enjoy a spectacle. Well done to all our performers, especially the first timers!
Welcome back to the summer term 2016. I hope the Easter break has been good for everyone. Two thirds of the way through the academic year, so much achieved and so much still to look forward to. We have lots more sporting competitions ahead and we are looking to secure the AFPE quality mark.....we'll need a new letter head I think!
It's the end of the spring term and our Parents' evening was really well attended. Great last week with trips, workshops, hats and the FOA Easter end of term. Have a great break and we'll see you all in April for the start of the summer term. This is the last update before 11/4. Enjoy Easter!
What a fab week! Loads of sport, competitions, academic challenges, gymnastics, science fair, theatre at Lordswood and we all ran a mile! Over 800 Abbey miles completed. Look where we could get to! Looking forward to Parents' evening and then it's Easter. Phew! (Note: I'm quite unfit as 1 mile was enough today!!)
Nine teaching days until the end of the spring term. We've been working hard moderating the end of key stage writing against the interim assessment framework, cross school too! It's Sport Relief on Friday and we are going to see if we can all do 1-mile....wish us luck! Also looking forward to Think Tank; Discos; Big Bang Science fair and a Y4 maths competition.
The Papaya that spoke! We've kept the quality lower to fit on our web-space! Listen, watch and enjoy!
It's a chilly start to March but a good one! Quite a lot of training for our staff on dealing with and supporting children and families who find themselves in a household with domestic violence. KS1 writing moderation; Author visits and Drayton Manor have all been on the menu this week and it's been a great week! Friday had 360 children speaking in unison! Have a look below.
The children are all back safely from Edgmond Hall and YR had a great time at the Safari Park. It's carers' day assemblies next week and we set the budget for 2016-17 and the three year plan. I'm very excited about trying our electronic Parents' evening booking system and the school council have started recording our road safety video. Moderating writing coming up and I can't believe it's March.
Welcome back and I hope half term was good for everyone (even those of use with Manflu). Off to Edmond Hall this week with Year 4 and what a short half term it is going to be. Looks like a good one already though and we are all working hard to prepare the children for the new tests. Parents' evening soon too and trying an electronic booking system.....exciting!
Half way through the academic year! We are flying! Had a great end to the week with PWC Theatre and Skins and Feet in Y6. Looking forward to the discos, film night and the FOA cake sale. Thinking about the budget and the future - exciting ideas coming together.
Had a great week doing an inspection, always a privilege to visit other schools and see what they are doing. Great inspection team and a great school (who will have a super weekend!). The chicks have all hatched and are causing quite a stir.....we've been looking at teaching, learning and assessment in our school this week and it's good! Next week we are looking deeply at the books and the 'progress over time' that our children are making - frighteningly we are nearly half way through the academic year. Going to BETT in London too - keeping an eye on the new technologies to make a difference to our school.
The first snow of the year and it's a refreshing change! Our website will always show the status of school should we be closed.....not that deep yet! Looking forward to Y4 hatching chickens and beginning to think of our first residential experiences of 2016. I'm doing an OFSTED next week (good to keep an eye from the inside) and visiting BETT to check out the latest technology to enhance learning.
What a week! Roman Man; Y5 Rainforest; winning the swimming gala; WW2 Y6 sleepover; Forest School back in action and everyone is back safely. Off to the 'dark-side' today for the regional conference (always wise to keep an eye on OFSTED!) and looking forward to working with some great school next week. First chill in the air - about time we had some winter weather!
Great to see everyone back today and what a super start to the year! Happy New Year everyone! Super visitors and super experiences to look forward to this week and if 2016 continues this way - I'll be really happy!
The last week was awesome with all our productions. Enough said! Have a great Christmas and we'll see everyone in 2016!
The disco was fun and the excitement from 'Tea with Santa' was great. It's the first birthday of our 'Friends of Abbey' as 'Tea with Santa' was the first event a year ago.....The end of year productions have started and Y5's 'The boy king' was an amazing beginning to the final week of fun and celebration. Our Xmas Fair was amazing! The school was filled with people having a great time and I am so proud of our Friends of Abbey for all their hard work. Staff from both sites all came together to make this night sensational, our BEd students worked super hard too. So proud! The final week is going to be busy but great with YN, YR,Y1,Y2, choir and orchestra all performing....party day and fun. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....productions on every day!
Christmas is coming and rehearsals are in full swing! Thanks to all of our generous parents for donations to our Christmas Fair....our FOA are working hard to make this a fab event! Theatre trips galore along with an amazing 'Tea with Santa' event, all topped off with the disco. We'll need a Christmas break soon! On a personal note - just made it to 10 blood donations! Woo hoo!
FOA quiz night was great fun! We've held our 'achievement days' where children and staff share something that our kids are really proud of - fantastic attendance and the children are, quite rightly, proud of what we are doing together. We've just been awarded the Sainsbury Gold PE award showing our commitment to sporting competition. Three weeks to go and rehearsals are all picking up pace. It's looking exciting for a fab end to 2015.
We've had our plaque for BSQM and sent the story to the press, they might publish for us....Had a great week reminded everyone about our Abbey 'Let's START..STOP' about anti-bullying. (Start telling other people...several times on purpose). Road safety week ahead and I'm also looking forward to our forthcoming achievement days......then its December and advent calendar time! Friends of Abbey Quiz night (hoping to improve on our 2nd place last time!) and the Christmas Fair will soon be upon us.
It's always busy - Children in Need was fun (also raised just under £300)! We are working in partnership with Wolverhampton University to help train the new batch of teachers - this is exciting! We've just started some work using a 'Forest School' approach in EYFS and I've heard the first rehearsals for Christmas..... I'm also looking forward to our forthcoming achievement days......Half of November gone.....!
Welcome back to the autumn 2nd half term. Residential visits; trips; WW2 arts; our assessment for the Basic Skills Quality Mark.....all exciting. Christmas is coming - rehearsals will soon be under way!
It's half term and what a week to finish! Disco, Eco week part 1 and a lovely leaf bowl sale. Feel old about Back to The Future (those that are old(er) will understand!!) Time to re-charge and come back looking forward to even more.....1st residential in Wales; Eco Bus week 2; Wolf Mountain Y6; Black Country Museum Y1.....have a good half term and don't forget clocks!
It's nearly half term - what a fab week meeting Parents at our second open evening of the year. Trips, discos, and another super Friends of Abbey event with a spooooooky cake sale. Then it'll soon be November. Just had a great sign printed to celebrate 14-15 - looks super.
What a great week of drumming, dancing, story and fun! Meet the teacher evenings went really and the response rate was 414! All of our children have finished their Reception baseline, quite impressed with the reports received. Our School Council and Health & Safety council are working very hard at improving our school. FOA have a great lost of events ahead. A great school!
October is here already! Really proud of our FOA group - another great success at the fashion night and cake sale. Our curriculum trips have stated with theatre groups; swimming for Y4 and lots coming up. Numicon training was great and we will be using this as an early number resource! Looking forward to a celebration of diversity over the next few weeks, especially The Mighty Zulu Nation; Skins & Feet. Fab to be at Abbey!
Our School council is back up and running, proudly wearing new badges! The week has been busy but some great links opening up with Lightwoods House, Lordswood Secondary, and The University of Wolverhampton. Our great FOA have been super busy with a great fashion night for ladies (my profile was VERY low!) and the week finished with a super cake sale for MacMillan that raised £250. Looking forward to Numicon, Y6 theatre and our sponsored bounce.
The INSET was great and all of our staff have been inspired by the Maths work. All of our school councillors have their badges and the first meeting is next week. I'm really looking forward to working with all of the children and using this as a great 2-way communication. Our Health & Safety council has met and started their important work too! We've seen our teachers using Apple TV to help with assessment for learning (AFL) and the future is bright. Fab end to the week with our school turning from blue to green and raising money for Warley Woods - well done us! (£340!)
It's been a good first week! All the new children and families arrived safely and the crying stopped by Thursday (Parents that is, kids were fine!) Had a great 2nd place against schools across the West Midlands in a King Edward's maths challenge. The end of the week saw a lovely coffee morning with our Friends of Abbey (FOA) for our new parents. That's pretty good for week 1! Looking forward to some great INSET (Teacher training) from Laurence Hicks and Alan Peat.
All the staff are back and we've had two great days of training. Our annual safeguarding; school nurse; fire safety and where we are going this year......also a great day using iPads to support teaching and learning through Apple TV and Apps. It's going to be an exciting year and I'm looking forward to seeing all our children and families this week.
The clock turns to September and the new school year is upon us, so much of for the sun over the bank holiday. Enjoy the last days of the holiday and we'll see you all on Monday September 7th!
We approach the end of the summer holiday and I hope everyone has had a good time with their families. School restarts on Monday 7th and we look forward to welcoming all of our new children and families. Have a great bank holiday weekend.....let's hope for sun.
The Year 6 and Year 2 children have all performed for the whole school and all of our Parents. Our whole school community is buzzing with all of the celebrations this week. I am really proud of all the children and everything we have achieved. This is the last update this academic year and I wish all of our children and families a great summer break. Good luck to our leavers and we'll see you all in September. Eid Mubarak to our families celebrating Eid this weekend.
The year is fast rolling on, two weeks to go! This week has seen us win the Champion of Champion's book quiz final (well played St Hubert's); win the 'Spoz' poetry slam; Y2 had their end of year leaving trip; Y6 visited their new secondary schools; all of the Abbey children spent a day in their new year group with their new teachers. Looking forward to Y5 sporting at Lordswood; end of year rehearsals; final Governing Body meeting and then we are into the final week. Fantastic response to our Summer Fair non-uniform day! Thank you to all our great parents!
We've also survived the hottest day of the year!
We've been shining this week! Fantastic two days of creative learning....lego movie maker, 2code game making, cooking, art, music, drama, dance, iMovie, nail art, science rockets, t-shirt making, bag creating, string picture making....what a week! Fantastic sports day at Hadley stadium (well done Seaton!).
Looking forward to welcoming new YR parents, Y2 end of year trip and all of our children meeting their new teachers for a whole day on Thursday.....Wow!
With the exception of some hard to reach high windows, our replacement is complete! What a difference it makes! The singing today was great and our kids were the best (Langley and St Greg's were ok!). It's sports day next week (let's hope for no rain!) and we start to visit the new starters to our school who are at other nurseries. Looking forward to getting the reports finished and out to Parents - can't believe there is only a week and a bit until July.
Seeing our Y2 Inspire workshops and the number of parents/grandparents involved in school learning has been great! Added to that, the Y6 SPOZ poetry slam looked and sounded great! Class photos and reports nearly drafted - shows the end of the academic year is coming!
Y6 enjoyed visiting the Gurdwara, Sandwell Music Support came to host a Singing morning and our first Parent Social event through a quiz night on Friday! Well done FOA!
We are all starting to plan for the new academic year, looking to check on our topics, themes and learning experiences. Our wind replacement is going really well and is on schedule; great to see and it's making a big difference to the look and feel of our school. More sporting opportunities this week along with the last preparation for the Y1 phonic (the sounds that letters make) test.
The sun is also shining - and that makes a difference too!
Welcome back to summer 2! Half the calendar year nearly gone and a good year for Abbey so far! This last half term is always a busy one, goodbye to Year 6, hello to new YN,YR,Y3 children, lots of trips, reports and end of term goodbyes. The final day of summer 1 was great and 'Froggy Friday' was a great success (if we ignore staff Zumba!). Our window renovation plan went really well with the whole of the Barclay Road side fitted and looking great. This half term we start planning some curriculum changes for September and re-jigging, inventing and 'bucket listing' our topics. That's not bad for the first week back. Our OFSTED report should be published on the OFSTED website 1/6 - we've already shared the GOOD news with parents.
It's been a great end to the half term, OSFTED, Froggy Friday and new windows! The bear trail was a great success but our bear has gone missing......have you seen it? (check the news page). Our MacMillan fundraiser was a great success and the partnership with parents through our Friends of Abbey group is growing stronger all the time....Window replacement part 1 went without a hitch and is a good investment for the future; by the end of the summer term nearly all of our junior windows will have been replaced.
OFSTED reported us a 'good school' with some outstanding elements - really pleased with the progress we have made since working together in September.
The last week of summer 2! We leave SATs behind us and look to finish with a great celebration of the life of one of our colleagues who lost her battle with cancer. I'm really proud of our Friends of Abbey group - a fantastic group of parents working to help our school in every way we can.....excellence through partnership. Have a great half term! Fab end with Froggy Friday and new windows....
A special entry - we've received our OFSTED report! It's good! Really proud of our team for all their hard work.
What a week! We've had a financial audit, safeguarding audit and OFSTED! Luckily it's followed by a long weekend to recover! We look forward to sharing the outcomes with you as soon as the reports are published. A short week ahead as we have the last push toward the SATs tests for Y2 and Y6........good luck to all our children who have worked so hard....Y1 phonic test too! We are looking forward to writing our new school improvement plan for 2015-16 - where has a year gone?
Blind Dave was great this week - a truly nice bloke and really down to earth! I've been out doing an OFSTED inspection for two days, always a privilege to work with other schools and share ideas. Got a couple of exciting visitors coming up next week, our local PC and one of our Y2 Parents are coming to lead assembly- should be great, lovely to share skills and experiences. Had some lovely feedback from visitors this week who said how polite and enthusiastic our children are. School council continue their great job of helping to bring the voices of our children into the work we do. Looking forward to the last preparations for KS1 and KS2 SATS - the last year group to sit the tests under the current format. Starting to draft our school improvement plan for September 2015 - time flies, soon be the last half term! Tempus Fugit!
What a great week at Frank Chapman our Y2 have had - fab weather too, let's hope it lasts! Thanks to our staff for going away from home to help our children have great experiences. Sad news about the death of a long standing member of our staff, our thoughts are with her family and friends. We are collecting for MacMillan and will be looking to hold an event to commemorate our missed colleague. Our Y3 had a great visit to Tesco for a free community trip looking at food's journey from Farm to Fork. Looking forward to a visit from 'Blind Dave' (www.blinddaveheeley.co.uk) who should be an inspiration to us all and he will be bringing the Olympic torch and also sharing his recent Easter trek in the Sahara. Y3 are off out again, to the museum and we are holding the second of our achievement days to share with parents. Also reached 10,000 visitors to our web-site - fantastic!
Back to the summer term! I hope that the Easter break has been good for everyone. Nothing like a good break (wi-fi and internet free for two weeks!) to give some valuable pondering time. What a huge amount we have achieved since September - really pleased! Looking forward to the Y2 residential, swimming competitions, rugby competition and a visit of the Anglo Saxon man.....not bad for the first week back!
What a great final week! Music Night (gutted I missed it, our Governing Body was meeting and the original date for the Music night was changed and then clashed) was amazing. Our fantastic Site manager, Mr Edwards, had to step in to thank people (the Governors and I were still hard at it sorting the budget and looking at the term's work and to the future). The feedback was so fantastic and the kids got such a kick out of performing. Our EYFS have had another 'Wow' day as Lords & Ladies; Y2 have inspired everyone with their art workshops.
We'll be back, raring to go on the 13th April.
We've made it to the last week of the spring term, two thirds of the way through the academic year. I am really pleased with the response to our Parent survey over 400 respondents and the comparison to our September survey is great! Every aspect has increased significantly. Looking forward to our Music Night on Tuesday, Easter Bonnets and Friends of Abbey cake sale. What a fab way to end the term. Our new home-school e-resources have also been received well so that Parents can work with their children to support and stretch as much as we can.
Spring has sprung too!
Red Nose Day and Carer's day assemblies have brought a nice end to the week. Our Y4 children did really well at the Maths competition and finished in the top 10. Next week sees our penalty shoot out in KS1; science roadshow in KS2 and our second Parents' evening where we will be launching the online e-resources we have bought to support our partnership working. Two weeks until two thirds of the academic year is gone! Abbey are Smethwick reading champions and brought home the cup, defeating Bearwood Primary in the final! Woo hoo!
Two weeks left till Easter and we are going great guns! We had such a busy week we needed a double edition Abbey Lens to capture all the greatness! World Book Day was great fun (check out the WBD class page and test your knowledge of staff baby photos!). Looking forward to our penalty shoot out and Red Nose Day. Had a great victory in the Semi-finals of the Smethwick library quiz. King Edward's boys came into deliver a 'forensics workshop' and Y4 will return to compete in the Maths Quiz......Wow!
What a great week! A special mid-year anti-bullying assembly and workshop; Year 6 through to the library quiz final; World Book Day; Mathematics open morning; School Photographs and more! Really pleased with the mid-year pupil progress, it's looking good and we are on-track for increasing our SATs results. Our 'Friends of Abbey' group is well on the way to raining it's first £1000 and our school council are about to work on developing our school prayer. Steaming ahead!
Half term gone and almost ready to begin the second half of the academic year. We have achieved a huge amount and are building more partnerships as time evolves. Our next adventure is for Y4 to go to their residential at Edmond Hall and our Y6 begin working with Lordswood Girls on some L6 Maths work! Already have a group who have achieved Level 6 - aiming for 12 more! Looking into a potential Grammar School club and about to launch an exciting iPad masterclass for Y6! All this and a host of on-line resources to launch at our second Parents' evening - not bad for the first week back!
Last day of the half term, half way through the academic year. Really proud of all we have achieved so far, staff and children working hard and delighted to be getting more parents involved too. Have a great holiday and we'll be back on the 23rd February! This is the last update before we return to school.
It's the last week of the half term and half the way through our academic year! Just started using '2build a profile' assessments in EYFS (Reception and Nursery) to capture the children and their experiences electronically! Great use of technology. Managed to be creative and find £8000 to spend on home/school readers and guided reading books too. Also managed to negotiate some great packages for home/school e-learning to launch at our next Parents' evening in mid March. Great cake sale by our Friends of Abbey group - fab way to finish the half term!
Where has January gone? One twelfth of the year disappeared! This week has seen us have a really positive budget meeting with the Governing Body and the work we have done to stabilise our budget looks like it has paid (!) off. Our new ICT kit is finally on schedule to be delivered and this excites me greatly. We've managed to decorate two of three classrooms with the children in situ along with fitting two new hall projectors to support PE and Collective Worship/Assembly at our school. Saw some great teaching and I'm looking forward to even more next week.
Starting to look ahead to the new budget year, wireless fitted and ready this week - really happy with that achievement. Our T4W is working so well, Y6,5,4 all completed a unit yesterday and the results are amazing! Had great fun in our end of week assembly and am looking forward to spending more time in classrooms next week. Dr K.
It was great getting back to school to see all the children and families. I had to complete some mandatory Safeguarding training for OFSTED this week and it was great to see how much we do to support children and families. Very excited about the new 'Friends of Abbey' group that is starting up, it will be a great new addition to our school and further strengthen our home/school partnership.
Happy New Year!
I'm not a natural 'blogger' - I have never really kept a diary or journal but I recognise the importance of capturing moments in our school life that are not ordinarily placed on letters or official publications. Over the Christmas break our site team has been working hard to re-decroate the nursery, install new toilets and upgrade lighting. Along with repairs to roofing matters and supporting our ageing junior building and infant block - lots takes place that staff and parents don't see. Thanks to our building team for doing this, Mr Edwards and Mr Smith do a great job for our school community.
The start of a new year always brings hope and fresh resolutions but I have a longer term view of making our school great. There is no quick fix to school improvement, it's all about making everything that we do good - consistently good - that will eventually lead to outstanding. That's the plan - simple! We need to ensure that we work together to achieve this, no school should sit on its own in isolation and the links to other school and particularly parent partnership working is very important. Our newly created 'Friends of Abbey' parent group is another example of this - looking forward to a fab new year!
Dr K - 3-1-15.
The end of 2014.
We've had a great week! Performances from YN, YR, Y1, Y2, Y5 and the choir have all helped to make this last week of the academic year really special.
I firmly believe in giving children the skills and opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills and the opportunity to perform is one important part of this. I have had a great week and judging by the faces of our parents, so have all of you! The children have been brilliant and their pleasure and pride in performing was clear for all to see.
This is the last update for 2014 and so I wish one and all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
See you all in 2015!
We've made it to the end of 2014 and what a fantastic week to finish with! Great performances, great parental support and great children enjoying showcasing all we do.
May 2015 be as successful as this term - Merry Christmas everyone and see you all in 2015.
Dr K 18-12-14
The penultimate week of 2014 is gone! It's rehearsal fun before performing to our Parents and community, YN, Y1, Y2, Y5, Choir......Y3 have already been to St Hilda's.
The Christmas Fayre was a big success and this followed a great new event of 'Tea with Santa' - many thanks to all our staff and parents who helped with these events, we couldn't have done it without you!
One week to go and looking forward to finishing the end of the year in style.
Dr K 15-12-14
Another great week! Maths Methods and Maths Open morning has been a super success. Had lots of positive comments from parents, our 'meeters and greeters' did a great job along with all of the children and staff! Our website will be updated with information to support these meetings, see the class pages.
Last two weeks of the year and with our Christmas Fayre, performances and festive fun - there is much to celebrate and enjoy! Christmas Fayre was a great success - see what we raised next week. Fab job of 'Tea with Santa' from our new 'Friends of Abbey' group. Choir did a great job at the Church, Thursday night; Y3 at St Hilda's; Choir at the Symphony Hall on Sunday....Wow
Dr K 13-12-14
Everyone in our school is now engaged in the process of Talk For Writing, our new approach to improving attainment and achievement in this key area. All of the staff went through a great INSET (teacher training day) and came away enthused and ready to go. After half term, our year groups all started the process of planning and delivery in this new and exciting way. Y5 have started this week, meaning that all of our children from YN to Y6 are now T4W!
Year four have finished their unit first and we are delighted with the response and outcome.....Y3 and Y1 tomorrow!
We are into December - time is flying and I am having great fun!
Dr K 4-12-14
A new week and a whole school theme to support everyone in being safe. Let's start S.T.O.P! What's it all about? Bullying is a serious but sometimes over-used term. We've defined it as Several Times On Purpose (STOP) and Start Telling Other People (STOP); also the notion that everyone can be pro-active with saying politely, STOP, I don't like what you are doing.
All of our children and staff are wearing a bracelet that contains this idea. Working together we can ensure everyone is aware of how we deal with any form of bullying. There are resources to help children and families on our class pages.
Oh, by the way, there are only 33 shopping days left till Christmas! Gulp.....!
Dr K 27-11-14
Our Year 4 children have just finished their first unit using 'Talk for Writing', I have seen some amazing pieces and look forward to seeing what other year groups achieve too. The structure is really helping the children and staff are weaving through all of the Spelling, punctuation and grammar that we need. Really pleased on a cold Friday!
Dr K 21-11-14
Year 6 are back from Plas Gwynant after a great week! There is a real buzz about starting our 'Talk for Writing' approach to English and we will be running workshops for Parents, before Christmas.
Children in Need this week and our sponsored bounce - all of the money raised on our bounce will be spent on reading books for our children. £3000! Wow! What a school!
Dr K 14-11-14
Winter has arrived and with it a busy but good week. Our Y6 have been at Plas Gwynant residential of outdoor and adventurous activities; Y3/4 won the Cross Country Race; Y3 have used the mobile library and YR have all been to the library to join and take a book.
On top of all that, the school council have continued with their work and chosen how we support Children in Need and we started thinking about our Christmas Fayre.....that's enough for the first week back!
Dr K 7-11-14
Half term has been and gone with hopefully a rest for all our children and staff. This is going to be an exciting half term and there is much that we are pushing forward with e.g. our new 'Talk for Writing' approach to teaching writing across the school. Should be amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing the results in a few weeks time of the first exploratory units.
Dr K 2-11-14
Had a great week (despite the rain!) with our Open Evening and Harvest Festival! Thank you for supporting us and being so generous! All of the contributions for Harvest to the Smethwick Food Bank. Looking forward to our discos and then it's half term! Next week we have exciting Zulus in school! Dr K 16-10-14
Been on the HT conference these last two days, met some good people and had lots of thought provoking seminars. Really looking forward to using these ideas with staff and children. In school I have been talking to groups of children across the school about their learning - really great to hear their views and use it to celebrate and move forward. It was super! The end of the half term approaches and we are looking forward to a training day to refine how we deliver writing outcomes - then it's November and Y6 residential.....time flies!
Dr K 10-10-14
Our school council have made their first decisions and I am looking forward to strengthening this group further. Started our whole school handwriting and I am already seeing children using this in their books - fully joined! Our marking is now consistent across KS1 and KS2 - the 'Meeters and Greeters' are fantastic! The YR child who told me they were 'Child Initiated Learning - fine motor skills' - I hit the ground! Got to October and still enjoying it!
Dr K 3-10-15
Met the school council today for our first meeting - what a great group of kids! Tasked with their first job of finding out about the next disco theme and songs......(modern songs mean nothing to me!). Our next meeting in one week away and I have a sense the kids will have lots to tell me.
Dr K 16-9-14
Had a really busy, really good day! It's been great to see our Y4 children start swimming - and enjoying it; saw some great behaviour with new visitors and a fabulous fire drill! Worked hard with my senior crew on ensuring consistency. Our new marking policy is agreed and work has started on using this. Always a challenge to get so many people to agree and we worked hard to ensure that everyone's voice was heard.
Dr K 11-9-14
Met the Governing Body and set the formal committees up, statutory business at the start of the year. It's been a really busy start to the week and I am looking forward to spending some time in and around classrooms later this week.
Dr K 9-9-14
It's been a good end to the first week. Met some new YR Parents at our coffee morning - many thanks to the ladies who organised and did such a fantastic job. All our YR children are in, nursery pre-visits next week. Our KS1 free meals has also started well and once the YR children settle in even more, I am sure we will keep on time after lunch.
Looking forward to week 2 and meeting the full Governing Body for the first time.
Dr K 5-9-14
It's been a super day moving between both sites and meeting all the children. Had great fun in assembly and enjoyed sharing a key message - we are one team and we do things together. Saw lots of new starters in YR and met with lots of staff to begin building our new team. Tired but happy!
Dr K 3-9-14
Had two great days training and working with staff. It's been great meeting everyone and sharing some of my beliefs about what schools should really be about. One team working together for the benefit of everyone with children at the heart of what we do - parent school relationships strong. It's the best day next - meet the children!
Dr K 2/9/14
The night before a new term always brings nerves - this is a bigger set as I start my new job! Looking forward to finally meeting people officially. Two INSET days at the start, meet the new HT; Safeguarding; Fire and Health & Safety; Performance Management all wrapped up at the start! Then we meet the children and things get more exciting.
Dr K 31-8-14.
The holiday is nearly over.
Had a great day in school, meeting more people and getting ready to start on Monday. Populated the website with a few more pages and working hard on my first session with staff. Hardbound copy of my thesis submitted, electronic version submitted - graduation in December!
Dr K 27-8-14
Our new Blog begins!
We hope to continually populate this area with snippets of life at Abbey, small and big things that are going on that help to share in the life of our school.
Here's one from me. Brought all of the things from my old office over, I've not got enough space! Mr Edwards helped me to find somewhere to store all of my boxes - will need to use the ladders frequently. Put my pictures up and met with some of the teachers - I have a lot of names to start learning! Looking forward to the start of term.
Dr K 22-8-14
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