SATs, reports, open afternoon, Y6 show…

We hope your children are generally pleased with their SATs results. We feel that nearly everyone has achieved well or is on a positive trajectory.

SATs are a moment in time – similar to the public exams to come at secondary school – when the children are asked to show what they can do.   For most children, they are probably a reasonable indication of their working level.  At the same time, tests don’t suit everybody, and any measure on a given day is subject to a certain amount of variation. In particular, for the higher scores (from 110 to 120) the difference between one level and the next is just one or two marks (i.e. a single question).

You will receive your children’s reports on Thursday, where we have written about their progress more generally, and without specific reference to the SATs.  Then there is an open afternoon on Friday when you will be welcome to come into the classroom to look through the children’s books and discuss their progress with us and when we’ll be glad to answer any questions.

Separately, letters will be coming home on Monday about the Year 6 show performances on Tuesday and Wednesday 18-19 July and about costumes for the show.





40-mile night walk!

Call them crazy but starting at midnight on the 15th July, Miss Atkins, Mrs Boothroyd, Mr Criddle, Mrs Salmon and Mr Brokensha will be walking 40 miles along the South Downs Way to raise money for Action Medical Research. This is a charity that funds research into diseases that affect children. They will be ably supported in their endeavour by their driver, Dave – Rosendale’s premises officer – who will hopefully have them back in time for work on the Monday!

If you would like to sponsor them and support the work of this important charity, here is the link to their sponsorship page. Further information about the work undertaken by Action Medical Research can also be found there:

Many thanks from the team
Kate, Jane, Matthew, Debs, Giles and Dave

Summer Fair

Rosendale Summer Fair – Saturday 1 July, 1-4pm 
It’s the Rosendale Summer Fair on Saturday.   A reminder that all this week the PTA is selling raffle tickets in the blue hut before and after school.  The raffle will be drawn at the fair.
 Entry to the fair is via the Turney Road gate. As well of lots of fun activities, and crafts there will be lots of challenges (athletic and fun!) and performances from our very talented KS1 and KS2 Choirs, Steel Pans band and orchestra.
Summer Fair 2017

Sports Day

Sports Day is taking place on Friday at the Rosendale Playing Fields.

A reminder of the timings:

  • The Early Years and KS1 races commence at 10am
  • KS2 children will arrive at the field for a picnic lunch at 12 noon
  • KS2 races commence at 1pm.

Please ensure that your child comes into school in their PE kit and brings a water bottle. A reminder that everyone is having a picnic lunch at the field. Harrisons will provide a packed lunch to all those who normally have a school lunch. Packed lunch children should bring their lunch as normal.   

We hope very much that as many parents and carers as possible will be able to join us at the field.

Parents and carers are welcome to take their children home straight from the field but must sign their child out with the class teacher first.

Great North Wood Education Trust Literature Festival

Here’s a message from Sarah Tyler about a book festival we’re planning, jointly with Elmgreen, next year.

During the next academic year, we will be working with Elmgreen on creating The Great North Wood Education Trust Literature Festival (think of the Hay Festival) …we are looking for Authors, Illustrators, Publishers and Story tellers who would be willing to come into school to run workshops and speak in assemblies. If you are able to help, or know someone who would like to participate in the festival please contact Sarah Tyler.

Is there a ‘right way’ to think and live?

Although China has had many violent periods in its history, there have not been wars fought in the names of the different belief systems that we have studied. The different ways of living (Buddhist, Daoist, Confucian) have coexisted peacefully and complemented one another.

Following from this, we discussed whether there is a ‘right way’ to think and live, which feels like an important question to ask at a time when London and many other parts of the world are subject to terrorist violence.

Here’s a selection of thoughts from the class. The general feeling seems to be ‘yes,’ there is a right and a wrong way, but not just one right way, an infinite number of possibilities – and the world is better for this diversity. As Faith says, difference is a good thing not bad.

Kaliyah. There are definitely right and wrong ways of thinking and some people have definitely passed the limit; they have started to do things that are totally unnecessary: terrorist attacks and killing. There is definitely not just one right and wrong way of living because everybody is different and their brain has developed differently. If we tried to make everyone the same we would fail because we aren’t all the same.

Sylvie. Different people have different backgrounds and different experiences and no-one is the same so why should we try to force people into thinking one idea, to one peephole on the world. Life is much richer if there are more possibilities. There is a line – you cannot accept racism, sexism, violence etc. – but the world is complex and one plane of understanding would be strange, almost inhuman as everyone’s different.

Jim. I believe there kind of is a right and a wrong way of thinking and living but I feel there should be more than one right way. But you should be free to think what you want to an extent. As long as you follow the basic rules of law and rights I feel that is the right way. No one is the same so everyone has a different interpretation of life. Jacob picks up the point about the role law, saying ‘Maybe in some ways all people are the same because of laws but if it wasn’t for laws there would be war at least once a year.’

Emily. There is no right way to understand the world. Everyone has different experiences, so everyone will believe different things because no two people are exactly the same. So if you take an extremist/terrorist and ask why are they like that, because people are not born wanting to kill, it is the people around them and their experiences who shape who they are.

Olivia. We all have different experiences, so having one right way of thinking and living is basically impossible, and it would make our world boring, and no-one would learn from their mistakes, making us unintelligent creatures who do only one thing.

Myah. I think that the wrong way is saying things like everyone should be the same and no-one should be individual, and the right way is persuading people to think for themselves.

Faith. There are 100,000,000,000 ways of thinking. Some people believe in monsters and spirits, some don’t. Different people believe in different things. It would be weird if everyone was alike in the world – our memories are different. Difference is a good thing not bad.

We’d normally stay away from politics on this blog, and President Trump does not get a good press from many in 6CM, but a post today from daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, in response to the latest violence in London, feels helpful to our discussion.  She wrote: “Even if my neighbor doesn’t understand my religion or understand my politics, he can understand my story. If he can understand my story, then he’s never too far from me. It is always within my power to build a bridge. There is always a chance for reconciliation, a chance that one day he and I will sit around a table together and put an end to our history of clashes. And on this day, he will tell me his story and I will tell him mine.”