Dear Parents and Carers,
I can’t believe we are at the end of another term! Incredible! And what a term it has been, full of so many events and some great learning. This week, Mrs. Mulvihill-Ellis and I have held Pupil Performance Meetings with all the teachers where we have discussed every child’s progress and the impact of all the interventions this term. It has been wonderful to see that all children have made expected progress in their learning and some have made accelerated progress so are closing the gaps in their learning. I am sure you will also be full of pride when you learn about your child’s achievements on parent consultation day on Tuesday 19th April.
I am certainly full of pride for the Northside team who have completed some actions on our school improvement plan. We have implemented pupil conferencing, low stake tests, the Language Enrichment Programme across the school, the weekly mile, Little Wandle (our new phonics scheme), the Northside Learning Zones, held Africa Day and reintroduced Stay and Play sessions and educational visits. I know our Governors were very pleased with what they saw last Tuesday when they joined us for the day—they mentioned that they could really see a difference from their last visit in the Autumn term. I am sure they will share their news with you at the beginning of next term.
Next term, many of the children will be taking part in the National Assessments; Year 1 will be taking the phonics screening check in June, Year 2 will be taking part in the SATS in May, Year 4 will be taking part in the Multiplication Times Table Check (MTC) in June and Year 6 will be taking their SATS in May. They have all been working hard and practising for these and hope they keep up with their reading and work during the Easter break. We will be holding a Y6 SATs parent meeting on the 22nd of April at 8:45am, it is essential that parents attend so please put it your diary. We will also be holding a Y4 MTC parents meeting on 26th April at 8:45am and again it is essential that parents attend. We will be holding parent meetings for Y2 and Y1 later in the term so will let you know once we have set the dates.
This week has been another busy week! Not only did we have Governor Day on Tuesday but some children and staff were also lucky enough to go to Wembley to see England ‘v’ Ivory Coast at Wembley Arena. Thank you to Mr. Vass and Miss Millwood for organising the trip and to the staff that went as well, it was another late night but worth it to see the look of joy on the children’s faces when England scored! The University of Nottingham also had a local trip to Swan Lane park this week to look at local habitats, the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford went on a local trip to the tube station as part of their topic and Durham University visited Finchley Fire Station. All of the teachers were full of pride as all the Universities showed impeccable behaviour as usual and were a credit to Northside.
Wednesday was also an afternoon of pride when the whole school performed at our Music Concert. Each class performed what they have been learning in Music this half term, with some taking on solos; they were all amazing, such a talented bunch. A huge thankyou to Mrs. Goldhill, not only for her teaching but also for organising such a brilliant event. It was a magnificent event and next year we hope to open it up to parents as well.
Yesterday FON (Friends of Northside) held a school disco across the evening for all year groups. The school council had requested this at one of our meetings and it was great to see it come to fruition. All classes had an amazing time and it was great way to end the term. Thank you to all of FON, but in particular Kineret (Amit’s mum) and Anthea (Zoe and Alex’s mum), for making it such a success.
Today has been all about Easter and you read more about it further on in the newsletter.
Have a wonderful break, Happy Easter to our Christian families, enjoyable Passover celebrations for our Jewish families and I hope the start of Ramadan goes well for our Muslim families. See you all back to school on the 20th. Mrs. Longworth.