Hayfield Primary School - News and Events

Newsletter 31 - 20th May 2016

Newsletter 31 - 20th May 2016  

Hello Everyone We've had a mixed week in school. The good things have included taking part, along with other schools in PEGS, in the Take One Picture project, which has kept many children busy in a range of very creative and inspiring activities. Some of this work was exhibited this morning at St George's Pri-mary, along with work from other schools, and I had the pleasure of taking James, Alex, Ellie and Zara from Year 4 with me to look at the fabulous work children from across the cluster had done. A truly in-spiring event, which we will definitely take part in next year. Other good things have included the sporting success of some of our gymnasts and golfers in this week’s sporting events outside of school. Also, everyone has been contributing their thoughts, ideas and questions about bullying to the High Peak Kids Council, which met with Steve Boyd from the LA on Tuesday with the goal of making our schools as safe from bullying as we can....more

Newsletter 30 - 13th May 2016

Newsletter 30 - 13th May 2016  

Hello Everyone It’s been a relatively quiet week overall, dominated as it has by this year’s Year 6 SATs. As you will no doubt know, there have been a lot of problems around assessment this year. School leaders, teachers and unions have felt that the new tests have been rushed in, are ill-thought through and much too challenging. They have also been unhappy with the constant change to deadlines, last minute u-turns and leaking of test materials, and not knowing what the new, higher national standard will look like....more

Newsletter 29 - 6th May 2016

Newsletter 29 - 6th May 2016  

Hello Everyone Having spent last weekend at the NAHT Conference in Birmingham, I have been thinking about the increased pressures on both staff and children caused by the higher stakes of accountability, a tougher but narrower curriculum and a new culture of greater testing. It is right that every leader in every school should have high expectations and expect the best for every child, but the frustration lies within the mismatch between what educationalists believe and what the DfE believe is the best for every child. However, I came away with renewed enthusiasm and passion for making sure that our children get the best learning experience they can at Hayfield. Assessment is key to improving teaching and learning and testing is part of this. But in order to learn effectively, it is crucial that children enjoy learning and that our curriculum reflects our shared vision, i.e....more

Newsletter 28 - 29th April 2016

Newsletter 28 - 29th April 2016  

Hello Everyone This week has been a busy one as usual with lots of learning happening as well a wonderful performance by our Y3 and Y4 children and a rounders’ event happening in the most horrendous weather conditions. We shouldn’t have to remind you of this at the end of April but please do send your child to school with a waterproof coat to wear! Mrs Fisher is out of school today for an Ofsted Briefing. She is then attending the National Headteachers’ Conference for next three days. Enjoy the long weekend with school being closed on Monday for a Bank Holiday....more

Newsletter 27 - 22nd April 2016

Newsletter 27 - 22nd April 2016  

Hello Everyone What a gorgeous week we’ve had with the weather! The children have really enjoyed their playtimes , and it’s been wonderful to see them doing their daily one mile (or thereabouts!) run around school. Please see note in this newsletter about children remembering to have trainers in school EVERY DAY! Thank you to parents of children playing in yesterday’s Spring Concert for attending and supporting the children, many of who are at the beginning of their musical journeys! It was a lovely event and it’s great, amidst the ever-increasing focus on academic subjects (important as they are) to be reminded of the significance of music and the arts in school. Individual children played a broad range of instruments and Musical Roots children performed a few little numbers too. ...more

Spring Concert

Yesterday we had our Spring Concert in school.  Thank you to the parents of children playing for attending and supporting the children, many of who are at the beginning of their musical journeys!  It was a lovely event and it’s great, amidst the ever-increasing focus on academic subjects (important as they are) to be reminded of the significance of music and the arts in school. Individual children played a broad range of instruments and Musical Roots children performed a few little numbers too. One of the highlights was the singing performance of Year 5 and Year 6—absolutely beautiful. Well done, children, and thank you to Mrs Horne for pretty much single-handedly organising the whole event. 

Here are just a few photos from our very talented children. 

Musical Roots

Year 4 Amber Cuthbert playing the flute

Singing Happy Birthday to the Queen!

A solo by the very talented Zoe Currie in Year 5

3 beautiful pieces performed by our Year 5 and Year 6 children

Newsletter 26 - 15th April 2016

Newsletter 26 - 15th April 2016  

Hello Everyone Welcome back to school! I do hope you all had a lovely, long Easter break with your children. Two weeks away from school provides a good break for everyone, and a break is just what is needed before the summer term, as we prepare for the very busy term ahead. Teachers will be planning and preparing for end of year assessments this term to establish the attainment and progress of each child. Results of tests this term, along with outcomes of their ongoing assessments will help teachers ascertain the standards children have reached and what their next steps in learning will be, what support they may need and what targets to set. Please see assessments timetable below:...more

Newsletter 25 - 24th March 2016

Newsletter 25 - 24th March 2016  

Hello Everyone We’re always extremely busy here, as you know, but it has been a challenge to say the least to fit everything in this term—it doesn’t seem five minutes since Christmas! Of course, the reason for this, apart from the big DfE changes to the curriculum, assessment, SEN, finance and now academisation, is that Easter is much earlier this year, so we have been trying to fit thirteen weeks of teaching and learning into ten and a half! So a huge thank you to my exhausted staff who have, as always, worked really hard to continue to make learning fun, purposeful and relevant for the children. Highlights of this term have included our fabulous week on Space, which kicked off with class workshops run by Wonderdome Planetarium.....more

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