The school's recent Ofsted report can be found at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ and by entering URN 115685. We are pleased with the result. Ofsted praises the behaviour of pupils, the well-planned curriculum, the outdoor learning opportunities and relationships between staff and pupils. They go on to rate the Headteacher's drive for improvement, the Governors' shared vision for the school, the quality of teaching and learning, and pupils' progress. Areas for development include the use of questioning to check understanding in the Early Years, and to further increase progress in maths. It was pleasing to see that Ofsted thought that 'the school's Christian ethos makes a strong contribution to pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.'
It was a pleasure taking four boys to Cheltenham College Prep School today, their positive attitude and focus was quite remarkable. Woody, Felix, Oliver and Felix took part in a selection of mathematical puzzles and had exactly 8 minutes to complete each one. The pressure was on as Horsley was one of 32 schools competing but we did very well and managed to finish all the questions. Each child received a certificate and particularly enjoyed the tea afterwards! Well done boys.
The core content of the curriculum for maths, english and science has been added to the website under Parents - Horsley Curriculum - Core Subjects. This will be useful if you wish to help your child with their learning in a specific area. Links are available for each year group so that you can see exactly what the expectations are for your child. Files can also be downloaded from here. A useful document on maths vocabulary has also been added to the Mathematics section. It can be accessed here.
Thank you for supporting the bingo event that was held during maths week. We raised an astonishing £206 for new maths equipment. The money will be spent on maths games for the four classes, a pack of 24 game cards and a class set of place value counters. We have also been fortunate enough to receive a generous donation of maths resources from Elizabeth Barr. The children can't help themselves getting excited about numbers now!
Can you make 24 from the card below? You have to use all of the numbers but each only once and you can use any of the four rules. That was the challenge set for nine Y3-5 Horsley pupils on Friday. They competed against Leighterton School and the pace was fast and furious, particularly in the sudden death round.
A specific mention goes to Marcus who happily filled a space on the Leighterton team who also happened to win.... a worthwhile move Marcus! Congratulations to both teams whose attitude, teamwork and enthusiasm (and their mental maths skills) were exemplary.
Activities varied across the school but in all classes the theme was the same. Using number skills to solve every day life problems, with a particular focus on money. The oldest children were calculating the best food options from a range of menus to achieve optimum value for money and a tasty meal. The infants measured and weighed ingredients to bake 150 cakes for a community Bingo event. All the children and many parents took part in several bingo games organised by Badgers Class. Thanks to Y6 who teamed up quickly with their YR buddies to help find their numbers. Special magic maths workshops were also held for all classes.