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Dreghorn Primary School and Nursery Class Standards & Quality Report for Session 2008-2009 Improvement Planning What we planned to do Developing the 3-18 curriculum To further develop provision for early numeracy and literacy through play. Developing our staff To continue to develop more rigorous approaches to monitoring and evaluating the work of the school including more effective use of assessment data to raise attainment To more effectively use observations to support children’s involvement in the planning process. To improve the quality of staff/ child interaction ESR Specific Maintenance Actions: 1. To address issues in relation to the personal safety of staff 2. To share pupil targets with receiving mainstream teachers. 3. To update and revise policy procedures for the ESR. Promoting Self- Evaluation To further improve learning and teaching in Dreghorn Primary School and Nursery Class. To promote higher levels of achievement and attainment in schools: To build on the most effective practice in learning and teaching to ensure greater consistency across the school. To improve the pace and challenge of work to meet the needs of all learners To further develop services to pupils with Additional Support Needs To extend / enhance provision for ASN pupils in the school ESR/ Nursery Developing parental partnerships and wider links with the wider community To use the centenary and the consultation process on the new build to increase parental partnerships. How well did we do? Developing the 3-18 curriculum Children are making good progress in developing early numeracy and literacy skills. All are engaged actively through their daily play. Learning activities are designed to meet the age and needs of children. Almost all children are aware of the 4 capacities for learning. Developing our staff Almost all staff are effective at evaluating learner’s needs and setting targets and next steps in forward plans. Staff are making very good progress in their consistent delivery of quality learning and teaching. As a result of the work undertaken in the nursery children are involved in planning their learning experiences Children are actively encouraged to be inquisitive and ask questions. Promoting Self- Evaluation To promote higher levels of achievement and attainment in schools Results in National assessments show improvement in reading and maths whilst writing has taken a dip. There is improvement in learning and teaching with almost all lessons rated good to very good. Collegiate time events led to the sharing of good/ practice helping to build up consistency in the delivery of learning and teaching. Pupils continue to make good progress from their prior levels of attainment. The pace of learning is appropriate to most of our learners and is based on the rigorous use of attainment data to track progress. The further development of cross curricular approaches provides a stimulating learning climate and has improved the pace and challenge for almost all our pupils. To further develop services to pupils with Additional Support Needs The revised Personal and Social Development programme of study now contains a Promoting Alternative Thinking Skills component for Nur- P7. Early indications are that it meets some of the needs of the new outcomes in health and wellbeing. The provision of education for children in the ESR continues to be very good with almost all pupils continuing to make very good progress towards their personal targets. Opportunities to develop Skills for Life have been extended. Most children are effectively included in mainstream classes for all or part of their week. Developing parental partnerships and wider links with the wider community The Centenary events involved parents and the community in the life of the school. Two open afternoons were used to showcase active learning and “Joined Learning” themes. The turn out was very impressive with almost all pupils having a visitor to see them at work. Feedback was extremely positive. The Parent and Pupil Councils were active in the consultation process for the new build feeding back information to the steering group and education committee. What we are going to do next? Session 2009-10 1. To develop the 3-18 curriculum. To promote literacy skills across the curriculum through the introduction of a new writing programme “Write to the Top” To improve listening and talking across all learning by providing a programme of study (Hearsay) which is stimulating, challenging relevant and enjoyable meeting the needs of all learners. (Cluster Priority) 2. To promote higher levels of achievement and attainment in schools: To further improve learning and teaching in Dreghorn Primary School and Nursery Class.: To draw up and address an Action plan for year 2 in response to HMIe inspection of Dreghorn Nursery , ESR and School Maintenance Aspects to be developed To continue to raise attainment in Reading, Writing and Mathematics To continue to implement Assessment strategies: “Moving forward with feedback” To continue to develop the early years team approach through peer observation and active play working party. To continue to develop Self evaluation and focussed monitor classroom practice. To further develop the pupil focus group approach to assess the impact of new developments. Continue to provide appropriate CPD to meet the needs of all staff members . To review and develop the Science programme using the new outcomes. To redesign planning procedures in the light of 3-18 outcomes (Language/ literacy/ Science) To develop GLOW as a resource for learning and teaching To raise attainment of children with ASN in order to raise the numbers achieving level C by P7. To continue to extend range of opportunities that involve pupils/parents in the life of the Nursery/School (Parent /Pupil Council: Involvement in the design process for the new build.) To continue to provide opportunities to take part in arts, music, sports. To apply for Green Flag accreditation- Eco school To secure a Credit level award as a health promoting school. Standards of attainment Attainment: June 2009 Reading 81% Writing 77% Mathematics 80% Reading: Reading has improved this year. This shows that the rigorous monitoring of progress, our pacing and our target setting programme is effective. Writing: *Writing has dipped and this will be addressed through the introduction of a new writing scheme, advocated by North Ayrshire Council, namely “Write to the Top”. We do need to focus on those children underachieving and try to find additional ways of finding support. Maths: There has been an improvement this year. Maths setting and the target setting process is working. Many children in P2 are now achieving level A. This should mean a further improvement in next year’s data. Dreghorn Primary School and Nursery Class Other Achievements The School ensures that children have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that develop all 4 capacities of A Curriculum for Excellence. A number of our most recent examples include: o Charity Work –Monies were raised for Barnardos, Hansel Village, Children in Need, and Red Nose Day. o A very successful P7 Residential trip to the Sportscotland ( Inverclyde centre) took place in May. o All the children took part in World Book Day and were involved in our development “A Novel Approach to Reading” P5 pupils met with author Antony Horowitz via a live Weblink. o Music continued to be developed through Soundstart. o P6 visits to Day of Dance and Clued up kids were enjoyable and informative. Our P6 chess club made it to the Scottish final in Dunblane. o Dreghorn were North Ayrshire “DJ for a Day” Champions. o A pupil is in training with the Scottish gymnastics squad. o P4 and P7 took part in swimming lessons o Gaelic continued to developed at P2/3 and P3/4. o Eco school committee- The school received an Eco prize sponsored by Seagate Rotary in Irvine. o Pupil Council were busy visiting schools as part of the consultation exercise for the new building for Dreghorn. o Christmas concert o Our own Homecoming Burns event was supported by Dundonald Burns Club. o Open afternoon to showcase work on ACE topics and active learning. o Sports coaching during school time in active health and rugby. o Our active health lunchtime clubs involving parents and pupils were very successful. o Lunchtime clubs- Chess, Rugby, Cheerleading and Street Dance o Runners up in the NAC Chess Championship o Cycling proficiency The work of our Pupil Road Safety Officers. o P7 pupils made ICT presentations to parents. o Centenary Events culminated in an evening to celebrate 100 years at Dreghorn with pupils showcasing their talents and offering guided tours to parents. o NASA visited Dreghorn as part of our celebrations with children given the opportunity to meet and put questions to two astronauts. All achievements are continued to be recognised and celebrated through our assemblies, open afternoons and displays of work.
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