Autumn 2016

Learning to Think and Thinking to Learn


WELCOME back to all our pupils, parents and staff, with a special warm welcome to all our new pupils and parents across all year groups, including a whole new cohort of Year 3s. We look forward to getting to know you and inspiring you in your journey to achieve success.

All our pupils are encouraged to take pride in their work, aiming high to achieve their very best, learning that success may not come easily at first but can be achieved with a dedicated determination to succeed and a resilience not to give up. This has clearly been seen this summer with our Team GB Olympian achievements at Rio. It was amazing to learn how many Olympians suffered difficulties in their journey to success but throughout they had a determination to succeed and never gave up. A lesson from which we can all learn!

At the end of summer 2016 these are our Year 6 results:

Year 6 % National Standard Expected +
School
National
Wokingham
Reading
77
66
75
Writing TA
61
74
75
GPS
79
72
82
Maths
85
70
77
RWM combined
57
53
61

TA = Teacher assessment, GPS = Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling, RWM = Reading Writing & Maths
Reading is 2% above Wokingham and 11% above national.
Maths is 8% above Wokingham and 15% above national.

GPS although 7% above national is 3% below Wokingham, so we will aim to focus on improving our pupils’ knowledge and use of GPS across the school this year, alongside further measures to improve writing.

Writing is not tested nationally but based on teacher assessment. Every year we moderate writing within school and with other schools in our cluster. In July we were also moderated by the local authority. If anything, we are very tough with our marking, ensuring that our pupils demonstrate they can successfully achieve objectives independently on several occasions. We introduced new features to improve writing during the year that have clearly improved presentation which has been validated externally by our local authority. This year we will be introducing a higher element of modelled writing across the school to clearly demonstrate the thought processes involved in improving a piece of writing. We will continue to aim high to maintain our successes and encourage all our pupils to enjoy their learning, whilst developing their strength, determination and resilience to meet challenges.

Mrs. Hazel West
Headteacher

Oaklands Junior School, Butler Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6QZ Telephone 01344 773496
e-mail admin @oaklands-jun.wokingham.sch.uk