Friday November 17th

We held our second training session on written mathematical calculations on Monday night. Alison Jones from the EAS followed up the training she gave last week on addition and subtraction with further training on multiplication and division strategies. Mr Langdon and I then spent a Tuesday afternoon looking at maths books and talking to learners about their maths. I am really pleased with the progress being made in all aspects of maths teaching and learning. Children are benefiting from rich experiences and the opportunities to apply problem solving and reasoning skills in context. We are hoping that our Creative Schools’ project will further enhance this. – more details on this to follow!

I spent Thursday with my colleagues from all over South East Wales at an Education conference held in the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. We were taking a look at the progress made towards planning a new curriculum for Wales. It is an exciting time for all involved as we have the opportunity to shape and develop a curriculum that is fit for 21st century learning. It is encouraging to see how much research and thought is going it to this, particularly the consultation with teachers who are in the best place to decide what and how children need to learn. There are lots of Pioneer schools trialling projects and themed approaches and they are now getting all other schools involved. The Abergavenny cluster of schools will be getting involved in one of these projects very soon!

Well done to everyone who took part in the cake competition or came to school with silly hair on Friday! You helped to raise over £350 for Children in Need. You’re all brilliant, thank you!

Mrs Joanne Bayton

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