At Wingfield results at all key benchmarks this year have been incredible and that is testament to the complete drive and determination of all the staff at Wingfield. Our Year 6 performance of ‘The Lion King’ this week again is a statement of our intent and drive – as a school we are committed to ensuring our learners have full access to the arts as part of our curriculum offer.
Visitors and CPL
This term we have hosted a range of visitors from Kender Primary and John Ball Primary in Lewisham who were extremely impressed by our school, the children and the outstanding teaching and learning that they observed. We have also led the Leadership Pathway training sessions across the year and hosted NQTs and School Directs from across Compass and beyond.
Curriculum and Environments for Learning
This term all children from Reception to Year 6 have attended the Science Museum as part of the whole school project, ‘The Art of Science’. The trips have been hugely successful and the children have returned full of ideas and new knowledge to share and explore further back in school. We can’t wait to see the outcomes in our gallery soon!
We have welcomed 4 new members to our Leadership Team (our Phase Leaders) who are settling in well and working hard currently on writing aspects of the School Development Plan supported by our other senior leadership team members.
At Wingfield Primary we continue to offer our learners the opportunity to voice their ideas and views about the day-to-day running of our school. Issues or ideas about learning, wellbeing, playtime or any other aspect of life at Wingfield can be raised by children in class and then the class reps can bring these to the meetings. The meetings happen on a regular basis throughout the school year. The school council consists of two representatives from each class in years one to six and these children were elected by their peers in a class vote. This year’s school council members were elected at the start of the school year with our biggest cohort yet as the school community continues to expand.
During this academic year the School Council continued to support on our anti-bullying agenda and working towards the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark. Our meetings explored what we felt is happening currently within our school, what the children at Wingfield understand by the term ‘bullying’ and what our next steps will be. In the February 2018 the council representatives supported Anti-Bullying Week where the focus was on how we become an effective anti-bullying school. School Council meetings always include an AOB at the close of each session where we focus on different ideas children bring up. Since we moved into our new building and things settled down after the move, there were a number of requests from different classes to have benches in the playground. The children enjoyed reading and drawing at the benches in our previous playground at our old site and as a result of the school council requests we now have four new benches that have been provided for the children to use in our new playground. Other items that children raised included wanting a class or whole school suggestion and worry boxes and this is something we will work on introducing next.
Buddies are children that volunteer to help and support other pupils during playtimes. Any of the children in year groups one to six can fill in an application form and then, if selected, they will have an interview. Once a child has been recruited they hold the role for a term. We have two or three Buddies in the playground each morning and lunch time play. This job is about helping resolve any problems that may arise in the playground and supporting children who may feel left out or lonely. All the buddies receive training to help them in their role. This included exercises to help with listening skills and thinking about body language, role play activities about incidents and issues that may arise in the playground, different types of games that buddies can lead and also a quiz to provide facts and information about bullying. This was designed to help children spot the signs of bullying and understand the deep impact it can have on both the victim and the bully. This helps us to prevent any bullying issues at Wingfield. We use Restorative Approaches ideals at Wingfield where all children are encouraged to deal with and manage their issues with increasing confidence, this is in support of our learning disposition of independence. Buddies are then trained to intervene and support where necessary.