Sunday, 12 August 2018

New Building - Time Lapse

We are now getting very close to the roof being installed on the new building. In the dry weather the bricklayers have been able to make great progress. They are now up to the top of the first floor and have completed many of the internal walls.

It is still anticipated that the building will be completed ready for January 2019.


Get Caught Reading: Amiens

#getcaughtreading #AmReading #BookLovers #Books #BookPhotography #IReadEverywhere #BookWorld  #globaled #engchat

Here’s Amiens GCR picture taken at Runnymede Park, Egham.
 


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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.


Get Caught Reading: Team Effort!

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Joe, Brooke, Maya & Callie who were caught reading together who were caught reading together!

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher




Saturday, 11 August 2018

Get Caught Reading: Summer

#getcaughtreading #AmReading #BookLovers #Books #BookPhotography #IReadEverywhere #BookWorld  #globaled #engchat

Congratulations to Summer who was caught reading on the bus!


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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



Get Caught Reading: Ethan & Summer

#getcaughtreading #AmReading #BookLovers #Books #BookPhotography #IReadEverywhere #BookWorld  #globaled #engchat

Congratulations to Ethan & Summer who were caught reading in Costa. Ethan was getting his head around some very long dinosaur names... hopefully the hot chocolate helped!

Q. What do you call a dinosaur with one eye?
A. A Doyouthinkhesaurus


 


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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



Get Caught Reading: Danny

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Danny who got caught reading on his search for the Gruffalo at Thorndon Country Park with his cousin.

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.




Friday, 10 August 2018

Get Caught Reading: Ashlee

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Ashlee who was caught reading on Canvey Island beach.

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Get Caught Reading: Isabelle

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Isabelle who was caught reading in the Scottish Highlands. We are very impressed that you managed to teach the stag to read!

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Get Caught Reading: Louie

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Louie who got caught reading at Daddy's work (Loughton Fire Station). He sat in the engine reading Peter Rabbit & then read the tip sheet for a fire call.

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



 



Get Caught Reading: Ethan

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Ethan who was caught reading while he probably should have been going to bed!

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



Monday, 6 August 2018

Get Caught Reading 2018

#getcaughtreading

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



DfE Case Study: Reducing Teacher Workload


Written by Department for Education
Published: 20 July 2018

Broadford Primary School is a large local authority school that’s part of The Learning Federation, alongside Mead Primary School.

It’s a teaching school and member of the Havering Primary Teaching School Alliance.

Broadford Primary School, Romford, Essex
Phase: Primary
Number of pupils: 540
Website: www.broadford.havering.sch.uk

Technology strategy at a glance

Broadford used to have a variety of IT systems that had: different operating controls, processes and passwords, user rights and permissions that were hard to control which limited options for staff to collaborate.

The school decided to streamline to just 2 platforms, both of which could be used by teaching and administrative staff. These were:
  1. The school’s existing management information system (MIS)
  2. Google’s G Suite for Education, a free suite of cloud-based tools that enables: teachers to manage classes and provide timely feedback; students to collaborate easily and learn on-the-go; the school to save money, as it allows teachers to assign work and pupils to complete work digitally, minimising time and money spent on printing
Collaboration and scalability

Broadford was inspired by how the new tools allow teachers to collaborate more easily.

In a new school federation structure, where staff work in a range of different environments, access to everything everywhere was considered crucial. Previously this may have involved using USB memory drives, which could easily be lost.

G Suite also offered straightforward scalability. It simplified administration and integration with social media, making it easier to: archive evidence; share information with stakeholders; celebrate children’s achievements
Introducing new technology

Broadford decided to start small and increase its use of technology once the benefits were apparent and issues ironed out:
  • teacher champions were chosen so everyone knew who they could go to for support, without overloading one individual
  • consideration was given to having the right equipment. For staff and pupils to access everything in the cloud, the infrastructure and devices had to be fit for purpose

Impact on teacher workload
Lesson planning
The introduction of the new tools coincided with the decision to give all teachers in the same year group - across the federation - planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time simultaneously. This means:
  • teachers are frequently collaborating on documents and sharing resources
  • work is either divided, where appropriate, or staff work on documents together, allowing teachers to be more efficient and work more flexibly
  • the federation has ensured there are spaces for all teachers to work together both physically and online
In a staff survey:
  • 98% of staff agreed (72% strongly) that G Suite improved collaboration and the sharing of resources across the school
  • 83% of staff agreed (69% strongly) that the new platform reduced their workload
  • Collaboration and communication between teachers

A range of other school activities have moved away from being paper-based, saving time and reducing workload for teachers:
  • parents’ evening bookings are now completed through Google Forms, leading to a quicker turnaround
  • all school staff have access to G Suite. This allows, for example, kitchen staff to see lunch choices through the system when pupils go on trips
  • year group leaders can see all contact information for their pupils and do not need to chase forms
Recommendations
Remember that file structure and file naming conventions are important. One of the benefits of using technology is that you can use documents again, but you need to be able to find them.

Demonstrate to others how using technology is useful and can save time. Give examples and use champions.

Create policies in Google Docs and link to the document from the school’s website. As you update the policy it will update live on the website. No need to download and upload again.
More information

Contact: Malcolm Drakes, executive headteacher of The Learning Federation, at: executivehead@learningfederation.havering.sch.uk

The government does not endorse any particular commercial products, and any products named in this case study are provided as examples only.


Get Caught Reading: Hannah

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Hannah who was caught reading while she toured Framlingham Castle.

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.




Get Caught Reading: Hannah

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Hannah who, this time, was caught reading while floating in the sea at Holland On Sea, Essex.

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



Get Caught Reading: Summer

#getcaughtreading

Congratulations to Summer who was caught reading while looking for clues during her birthday treasure hunt.

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Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
We believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

What is done with the images?
Our librarian adds the images to the Get Caught Reading Map. We plot the distance from where the image was taken to the school - so that we can see if it is possible to beat the previous year's reading mileage. All the images are posted on our blog and entered into the competition. At the end of the holiday, the most unique and interesting photo wins a prize!

Without a doubt the Get Caught Reading competition has been one of our most successful ways to promote a love of reading beyond the school. Each year, thousands of reading miles are accumulated. Pupils are caught reading in an amazing array of places: pools, on trampolines, in historic castles and even underground. It also sustains the link we have with parents and carers during the holidays and allows us a window into what our pupils have been doing during the break... thank you for your support and for sharing!
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher.



Thursday, 2 August 2018

Super Reader - Javon

Javon has been a super reader this year. Always keen to pick up a book, he has been really enjoying the stories in the library.

Great reading Javon... keep it up!



Mathletics

Mathletics is a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is linked to our maths curriculum. We are just beginning to use it in school with the current Y1 to Y6 children.   Your child was given their login details where, if they wish to, simply sign in with their school username and password using any compatible computer or mobile device.

You can keep track of your child’s maths progress by visiting www.mathletics.com/parent and completing the online form.

The extra Mathletics practice at home can make all the difference to your child’s progress. Encourage them to achieve a weekly target of 1000 points to earn a certificate, building through bronze, silver and gold across the school year. Go for gold! This is not considered another part of our homework expectation but more of another tool to possibly engage children with maths as and when it fits in with your family life.

You can keep track of your child’s maths progress by visiting www.mathletics.com/parent and completing the online form.

If you have any issues with child logins please send an email to the appropriate email account:

year12@broadford.havering.sch.uk
year34@broadford.havering.sch.uk
year56@broadford.havering.sch.uk

The children who will be starting Y1 in September will get logins at the start of the new term.