Health information from the School Nurse, Tracy.
For this newsletter we would like to highlight the issue of Headlice and remind everyone of the current guidance. Headlice are very common in primary school aged children, they are an ongoing whole community issue and something that we all need to check for to manage them effectively. As the feedback from some parents is that this is a recurring issue, we are keen that everyone follows the guidance to check for Headlice and then treats them successfully, should they be found. Please look at our information sheet (insert link) and if anyone has any ongoing difficulties with managing headlice they can get in touch with me for further advice. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Year 6 residential began with a lot of sleepy faces at the crack of dawn on Wednesday.
Nursery have been learning all about colours.
Year 1 had the opportunity to go to Clyst Vale Community College to take part in a multi-skills sports session.
On Thursday 21st and Friday the 22nd November, Year 2 welcomed a visit from Warburton’s, to continue their learning of healthy lifestyles.
Parents of children at BCPS were quick to leap to the defence of the school when the Devon Live article appeared on social media, with many citing the Ofsted outstanding status, as well as criticising the inaccurate reporting.
“Trustees, teachers, children and parents are affronted at this representation of the school,” said Mr Bishop. “The story does not represent the reality of what the children experience on a daily basis.
“Like all the schools in the Trust, BCPS invests heavily in children’s education, delivering an exciting, relevant curriculum in rooms that are modern, efficient and effective in providing an education that fully prepares them for the 21st century.
“The children of year 6 are based in a lecture theatre, taught by two full-time teachers, and there are two teaching assistants also working there. Often the children will divide into smaller groups to focus on work assigned to them and they will work outside this classroom with specialist teachers, often reducing the ratio of teacher to child to 1:15 or lower.
“Each child in the room has their own digital device; a Microsoft Surface where the resources for the lesson are shared via Microsoft Teams and OneNote. This means that the teachers’ board notes are synchronised in real time, via the cloud, to the child’s own device. These resources and board notes can be accessed from home and the learning extended beyond the classroom.
“Throughout the school, children receive a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum which delivers outstanding results. Last year we had a combined score of nearly 90% of children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths and 98% of children achieved the standard in reading. This is well above the national and regional averages.”
In his interview with The Times, Mr Bishop emphasised that it is high-quality teaching with good resources, not class size, that is the main factor in a good education. While BCPS does bring large groups together into the lecture theatre, where one teacher can introduce a new concept to all the children, team teaching and targeted group work ensure the high standards of achievement for which the school has an international reputation.
BCPS has been designated an English, Science and Computing Hub by the Secretary of State for Education, and the Cornerstone Teaching School is based there, forming a centre of excellence providing professional development to staff of other schools.
Following last year’s announcement that BCPS has become one of 32 English Hub schools across England, supporting schools by improving the teaching of early language and reading, the school has recently become part of a Computing Hub too.
Together with Exeter Mathematics School and Uffculme School BCPS is now part of the first 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools.
We are absolutely delighted to be part of this new collaboration, and look forward to running tailored computer science courses and initiatives for teachers across the county.
More than 80 pupils from the BCPS Musical Theatre Club were involved in Mary Poppins Jr at the end of last term. The youngsters, from years 4, 5 and 6, performed in two separate casts, Olivia and Rose taking on the role of Mary Poppins. All the children sang songs including Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Spoonful of Sugar and Step in Time, danced and acted with real enthusiasm and talent and relished the opportunity to perform in front of an audience, on a stage full of chimneys, magical handbags and lots of kites!