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'Learn a New Skill' Week!

By Robert Staples, Headteacher - Monday, 16 May 2016

Mr Staples set us a challenge in assembly today! He asked us to learn a new skill by Friday, ready to share in class or in Achievement Assembly! It could be learning to juggle; learning how to make an origami animal; learning how to build a house of cards; learning a new song; learning how to make a picture using a new media - ANYTHING!

We talked about how we will need Resilience to succeed - believing in ourselves so that, if at first we don't succeed, we TRY, TRY AGAIN!

We will be blogging about our new skills on Friday so please watch out for them!

Working together at Fairlands!

By Robert Staples, Headteacher - Friday, 26 February 2016

 The Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) is an exciting national award that Fairlands is hoping to achieve in the next 12 months. We are really proud of the strong partnership we have with parents at Fairlands and are looking to celebrate the good work going on at the school, as well aim to involve parents more fully in every child's learning experience.

We are hoping to improve communication between school and home and nurture parent/child relationships by highlighting the benefits of adult learning and the positive impact YOU can have on your child's education. At the age of seven, parental influence on children’s learning is six times that of the school, and by the age of eleven it is still a third greater. So, as we all know, working effectively with parents and carers to support children’s learning and development is crucial, right through from reception to Year 6.

The LPPA Programme helps schools to enhance their existing work with parents and carers by, for example:

  -  Encouraging the use of a wide range of communicating strategies, from the traditional newsletter to the use of texting, email and the school’s virtual learning environment.
  -  Giving guidance for simple but creative ways of providing curriculum information and practical advice that will enable parents and carers to support their children’s learning.
  -  Developing joint parent and child enrichment activities, so that parents, carers and their children can enjoy learning together.
  -  Developing effective management strategies to build a sustainable approach to parent partnership across the school.
  -  Providing evidence that meets Ofsted’s requirement for parental engagement. 

This is a challenging award and we need to all work together in partnership to achieve it! Please keep an eye out for any further information about LPPA and make sure you come along to any workshops, meetings or consultations we are offering! 

Sports Premium

By Robert Staples, Headteacher - Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Sports Premium is a grant which is allocated to schools to develop and enhance sports provision. In 2014-15, Fairlands Primary School received £8000 and used this money to contribute to employing a Sports Coach and a Sports Apprentice. These two members of staff work in EYFS to KS2, supporting teachers in delivering high quality teaching of all aspects of physical education. Please take a look at our Sports Premium Report for more information.

Showing Courage

By Robert Staples, Headteacher - Monday, 2 November 2015

Our Value for the month of November is Courage. We will be thinking about having 'everyday' courage, or being brave - with things like going to the dentist or going swimming for the first time.

We will also be thinking about bigger acts of courage - such as those shown by people who have given their lives in war - as part of our Remembrance Day assembly. 

Today, we thought about the courage shown by child refugees when they flee war-torn countries or persecution. We watched the video here about Matiullah, who is a refugee from Afghanistan, and thought about the courage his story showed.

Parent View Survey

By The School Office , - Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Parent View jigsaw

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who completed a Parent View survey at Parent/Carer Consultations last week.

The results are very positive, with 98% of parents agreeing that their child is happy at school, 96% agreeing that their child makes good progress, and 96% of parents saying that they would recommend Fairlands to another parent. You can read all of the results here.

Any parents/carers who did not have an opportunity to complete a survey last week can do so on the Parent View website.


The Value of Tolerance

By Robert Staples, Headteacher - Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Our Value for the month of October is TOLERANCE!

We are thinking about what it means to be tolerant. We have decided it means showing respect that other people can be different to me, look different and have different opinions or beliefs.

We are creating our own Tolerance Zebra, to remind us that beautiful things happen when we all join together to celebrate our differences!