Collaboration

Developing writing

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Leon and the Place Between completed our focus on developing writing in collaboration with others.
Our children visited the Readers organisation Story Barn in Calderstones, worked with Hope University English Tutor Katharine O’Neill on Readers Theatre and slow writing, artist Gill Taylor and Hope Trainees to create responses to the text through mixed media and materials, sculptor Faith Bebbington to create four life size Leon sculptures, explored magical science with Eileen science specialist and had a go at a Solo circus skills workshops with Mr Do, worked with set designers and actors from Travelled Companions to explore set design, music, movement and add drama to Leon and the place between.

“Katharine helped us produce the best writing possible and have fun.” (Y6)

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Our staff worked with all the professionals named above and visited a range of other schools throughout Liverpool, Knowsley, Halton and Cheshire to look at good practice in English. We visited and drew on the experience of Helsby Hillside in particular to inspire our response as a staff team.

We have had lots of visits to see our fantastic writing from our parents, families, neighbours, local community, councillors, tutors from Hope University and teachers from a range of schools.

We are working with our local schools Mosspits, Northway and Wavertree CofE to standardise writing, as well as with our local authority and G10 network schools.

 

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The Nest project encouraging whole school writing was successful in both Rudston and Sudley.

Teacher from Sudley reported that “The Big Egg Mystery sparked creativity, excitement and enjoyment- bringing our whole year group and school together.”

 

 

Collaboration with Hope University

Rudston has a strong Partnership with Hope University, Liverpool.

This year our staff and students are working with Tutors and Students in the areas of Mathematics, SEN, Computing, English and Early Years.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with Teachers of the future and enhance the skills of our children and staff.  Our staff have contributed to

providing resources, handbooks and exemplars for SEND and Early Years.  It is also an opportunity to meet and work with University staff, schools

and settings and staff from across Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley and St Helens.

We have worked with Hope University and the Early Years Development group from across the region to plan an Early Years PGCE course.

This week we were host to a workshop for the ‘Top Five Most Effective Communication and Language Skills’, provided by Liverpool Speech and

Language services.  The PGCE Early Years students were able to take part in this informative and challenging workshop and then to look at the

Communication Friendly Spaces across Rudston Primary School.  This collaboration will involve working with other settings, community groups, Tate

Liverpool, Nature to Nurture and Early Excellence.

Artists who are working with Hope University students will be on site to trial ideas with our pupils and then work with students to enhance their delivery of Art across the curriculum.

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Elizabeth Jarman visits Rudston Primary to evaluate our work in Communication Friendly Spaces

Elizabeth Jarman the founder of Communication Friendly Spaces approach visited our whole site this week to help us to evaluate the work we had done so far and to help move us on further.  Elizabeth was very positive about our Learning environments from Bright Stars  across to our Y6 children’s spaces.  She also challenged us all to improve our learning environments to develop exciting and challenging work spaces which will develop all our learners and gave us some good ideas to make our site more family friendly.

Elizabeth led training for all our school staff (Nursery to Y6) and staff from a variety of local schools – St Gerard’s Primary,  Moorfields Primary , Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Primary and Fairfield Primary.  We all took away a new understanding of how our learning environments impact on our children’s development .

Our staff are very inspired so watch out for any changes…..

School Readiness research Project

This academic year we are working with Wavertree, Childwall and Woolton Children’s Centre to research our local offer for families and children.

The project hopes to engage parents, families, PVIs and local schools  to share good practice and develop further provision for enabling our children and their families to be ready for school.

As part of the Wavertree, Childwall and Woolton Children’s Centre project on School Readiness Wavertree, Childwall and Woolton Children’s Centre  and Rudston Primary have engaged with the following Schools and PVI settings.

All Saints Playgroup

Bright Stars Pre School

Wavertree Garden Suburbs

Kiddy Academy

Greenbank Primary School

Mosspits Primary School

Northway Primary School

Everton Children’s Centre

Granby Children’s Centre

Speke Five Centre

Kensington Children’s Centre

Tuebrook and West Derby Children’s Centre

Tate Gallery Liverpool

We have sought and will be seeking further  parent views in different ways so please take part and help us to improve our practice for all our children.

If you would be interested in sharing with new parents in our new intake in June 2015 please contact [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Impact of attending Children’s Centre Activities on School Readiness.

 

We have tracked the children who have attended Children’s Centre groups or activities into School at key assessed points.  This is a summary of the findings.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

In 2013 and 2014 a new EYFSP was introduced.  A Good Level of Development is when a child scores Expected or above in all the Prime Areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development)  and in Literacy and Mathematics. Attendance at Wavertree, Childwall and  Woolton Children’s Centre has had a positive impact on all children as they are scoring above the local, national and in 2014 above the average percentage in school.

Table 1: End of Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results showing Good Levels of Development(GLD).

Year School GLD Nat GLD Local GLD Children’s centre GLD
2014 78.3 65 54 81.8
2013 80.0 53 47 80

 

In 2014 there was a higher percentage of Boys, who had attended Wavertree, Childwall and  Woolton  Children’s Centre, scoring above the girls at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage and above national, local and overall school performance.  This highlights the benefits of attendance at Wavertree, Childwall and  Woolton Children’s Centre groups for boys.

Table 2: End of Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results showing Good Levels of Development(GLD) for Boys.

Boys%GLD 2014National 2014Local 2014School 2014CC 2014BS
Boys 52 45 75 87.5 83.3

 

Year 1 Phonics Test

Children who attended sessions at the Wavertree, Childwall and  Woolton Children’s Centre performed above the National and School Average in Phonics test at the end of Y1.

100% girls who had attended Wavertree, Childwall and  Woolton Children’s Centre passed the Phonics screening.

Table 2: Phonics Screening in Y1 in 2014 showing percentage of children who have passed.

Phonics 2014 National   Local School  Children’s     Centreattended
All 77 67.4 85.0 86

 

 

Moving into Key Stage 1

Children who attended sessions at the Wavertree, Childwall and  Woolton Children’s Centre (CWC) and had made good progress in EYFSP and Phonics Screening continue to make progress above that of their peers.

Example of End of Key Stage 1 Average Points Score results comparing CWC to the full cohort in school.

Reading Writing Maths Science Average APS
CWC children 18.7 15.7 17.3 15 15.9
School cohort 16.5 14.1 15.7 15.3 15.5

 

Conclusion

The data shows that Wavertree, Childwall and Woolton Children’s Centre is supporting families and children in their early learning and development promoting Child development and school readiness – by supporting communication, behavioural, emotional, social  and physical development through all stages of development from pre-birth to age 5, so children develop as confident and curious learners, able to benefit from the transition to school.

This project has enabled our school to work with all our local partners and to share the information at Children’s Centre local level, Liverpool Learning Parterships, SENISS and Hope University.

 

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Outdoor Learning

We have been supporting schools in our local authority and outside, to develop their outdoor learning provision and structures.

We have shared ideas as to how to support learning through outdoor play.

These collaborations have led to interesting learning provision for our children, children in our community and in the wider area.

We have shown lots of colleagues around our Learning environments and shared our learning journey with the Early Years practioners , NQTs and staff teams from across the city.
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Creative Arts Network 2013-2014

The creative arts network aims to bring together EYFS practitioners from all sectors.

Our staff and children in Bright Stars and EYFS 2  will be involved in this project this Year.

Mrs Mulhaney is supporting other settings in developing this aspect by contributing to training and school visits to collaborate to develop provision.

 

The project will run initially for 1 year and will be a mixture of theoretical knowledge and practical workshops. It will be a research based project looking at the potential of the creative arts to improve outcomes for children across a range of areas.

The aims of the project are:

To research the potential of the creative arts to improve outcomes in PSED,CL, EAD and embed the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

To explore the role of the adult in developing the creative arts in schools and settings.

To develop a repertoire of wide ranging skills that can be used to improve children’s access to a diverse range of creative experiences.

To explore ways of working with parents and the wider community.

 

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During the project we have shared good practice with all the Schools, Nurseries and PVI settings on the course.  We have learned lots from our colleagues across the city.

We have had group sessions  on Winter Art, Woodwork, Drama in Education, Storytelling by Misoshi and dance sessions, all with professional  artists.

Bright Stars have had a Music specialist visit to work with the children, who loved blowing bubbles, twanging elastic and using plant pots to create their own symphonies.

We have cascaded the ideas back into our setting and the children have enjoyed lantern making, making  clay monsters and reindeers, taking part in drama in Pirates and Dinosaur themes, creating large scale shower paintings, ice painting,  environmental art and 3D modelling.   Misoshi, Ghanian storyteller, is visiting our school in June to work with all of our children from Bright Stars to Y6.

 

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Digital Learning

We have shared our ipad  learning journey with colleagues across the city and neighbouring authorities at the Early Years Conference and at the Assessment Conference for Early Years.

Celebrating shared learning

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