Principal's Blog

Date: 14 FEB 2017
This morning, just after Nathaniel had led prayers and the K2 children had hung up their bags and coats, I watched as they came together on the carpet.

There was an air of quiet anticipation as morning greetings ended.

Quietly, efficiently and excitedly the children lined up in different groups with friends from parallel classes and went off to their phonics classes.
The children’s behaviour is striking. They may only be 4 or 5 years old, but they are clear about the routine and expectations and obviously love the session.

I see them watching the teacher so carefully, eagerly awaiting instruction.

Yes, the session is pacey, well planned and well taught, but none- the-less I watch with care. Every day I need to see for myself that the children enjoy the session. The day I see a perceived pressure on a child is the day when I will intervene. Such a day has not come.

I am proud of our phonics teaching. I see the results – first and foremost – the children have convinced me that phonics is a loved lesson that they look forward to, every single day!