We had a very positive meeting today out in the sunshine before it got too hot.
- Many things are going well including football, renewed toys in the playground and the grass has been cut!
- Prefects are going to meet tomorrow at break to draw up a new list and be in charge of the playground equipment.
- P6s are going to look at selling ice poles as a fundraising for their Loch Insh trip.
We then discussed improvements for next session following filling in what we had improved last time. Mrs Laird explained that Creativity would be a key theme for improvement next session. Working with Mrs Laird, the children set out a plan for how they could be involved in leading these improvements and ensuring they had good impact on the children in the school and their learning:
Term 1 – Understanding Creativity – starting with a questionnaire on children’s understanding then delivering an assembly. Each class would take an aspect of Creativity to report back to .
Term 2 – Creativity in Classes – Start with a Creativity Week, sample questions/activities in class, agree and feedback evaluations to teachers
Term 3 – Creativity in Playground/Outdoors – looking at how we can support and develop this
Term 4 – Reviewing what children now know and creating an ‘Our Creative School’ presentation
Finally, we looked at how the Rights of the Child link in with our vision, values and aims. Mrs Laird will now share these with the Rights Respecting group and then they can share at assembly.
Our pupil council have been feeding in to the school’s review of our curriculum rationale. In groups, they looked at each of our areas and discussed what needed changed or added.
They added in some very helpful comments. We will also look to renew some of the pictures within it.
– Older class enjoying Maths Ninja which they feel is really helping them with their mental maths.
– Obstacle courses being set up in the playground using the loose parts. Children really enjoying these.
– Daily mile getting done more often.
– School got a good report from their Quality Improvement Officer who visited yesterday.
– Still ongoing issues with football but, all felt the rules in place should combat them and everyone just needs reminded. Discussed changing lunch time clubs to coincide with the day that football wasn’t on but, HT felt that children needing to find another way of playing. HT to remind PSAs about equipment coming out of sheds.
– Children need reminded about going to the toilet during break (and 5 min whistle to help this.)
– Boys requested a mirror in the toilets and the sink raised again.
– HT to speak with P4/5 about Daily Mile.
– HT to clarify football rules with PSAs and children.
– HT to discuss equipment in sheds with PSAs.
– HT to order mirror for boys toilet and discuss raising sinks again.
The Pupil Council discussed issues with football today and how they could resolve them. They also discussed issues around mud in the school. Finally ,they helped set up the hall for the Parent meetings to show our work.
Actions from last time:
– Reflective bibs found and put in cloakroom for prefects
– Toilets: most issues now stopped after discussing with teachers
– Maths happening most days if not every day in all classes
– RME – Mrs Laird spoke to all teachers when reviewing their planning – RME included in all classes and planned. Children agreed this.
– Daily Mile – still need to do this in some classes. Mrs Laird to speak with class teachers. Ideas to revamp this were discussed included adding up the miles in each class to see how far we could travel and allowing class stages to do it together.
– Education Scotland Awards – Mrs Laird talked through the entries for Health and Wellbeing and STEM learning. All the children agreed with what we had put in.
– P.E. The children would still like more of this in the upper classes. Mrs Laird to talk to teachers. There has been some difficulty with timetable clashes in the hall.
Twitter Wall – The committee group went down and looked at the wall and added some comments. All the children to speak to their classes about not rubbing out comments and get a friend to add a comment.
What makes a good lesson?
– It is the right level of difficulty – it isn’t too easy or too hard but, challenges you and you learn something. (Joshua)
– When it is fun and not boring (Isabella)
– Everyone is included in it – no one is left out from a group. (Ivan) Everyone joins in (Tessa)
– When people are valuing your ideas (Constanza) by listening and then commenting in a respectful way.
– It’s new learning or building on what you’ve done before. (Finlay)
Mrs Laird to add these to the poster and renew with the class teachers.
What have we done to lead the school this year so far?
– Made football and playground rules.
– Looked at prefects’ roles and responsibilities.
– Had a say in procedures and rules
What would you like to have a say in improving?
– Noise levels
– Wasting time
What’s going well just now?
– Football rules
– Staying off the pitch when asked
– Choosing time (infants)
– Agreements last time going well
Review Health and Wellbeing Week:
– Everyone enjoyed the week
– The favourite was Jammin’ Fitness then, Live N Learn then, P.E. for the infants.
– One class is enjoying their Creativity Books
For next year we would like to:
– Only have healthy cereals at breakfast and include porridge.
– Include relaxation and creativity
– Do run a mile every day
– Have more P.E.
What are the issues?
– Toilets – girls are wasting time in them, using soap and blue tac to make slime, wasting soap and putting it every where, putting water in the soap bootles.
Focus on learning:
– Children felt the school were really good at support pupils who need it
– All children felt they were being challenged with maths more
– Middle stages enjoy Writers’ Craft and feels this really helps them
– Children feel there are good examples of work around the school
– Like that we have more parent helpers now.
– Enjoying the new format for spelling – feel this is helping them do better
– Behaviour is good as is respect
– Prefects on duty to wear hi-vis bibs.
– Mrs Laird to talk to upper classes about the girls’ toilet problems.
– P6/7D to talk to teacher about not distracting others
– To keep a note of how much maths completed
– Mrs Laird to find out teachers’ plans for RME and how often Run a Mile is being completed
– Next meeting – to look at Education Scotland Awards together, to review ‘What Makes a Good Lesson’ and to ensure Twitter Wall is being completed by all.
Today we discussed the Learning Walk we had talked about doing. We agreed that Mrs Laird would speak to the other teachers about children joining staff on peer visits to look at a specific area of ‘What Makes a Good Lesson’ then we will come back together to evaluate together.
Following Mrs Laird’s discussion with various pupils this week, we concentrated on playground issues. We agreed various rules and came up with the following;
At our meeting today we were delighted to have Joshua helping us with the Vice Chairperson role which Shannon was at Bike Ability. He was a super support, ensuring everyone got heard and was helped to come to solutions.
Going well? – Good to be Green
Football keeps going into bushes – suggested cutting bushes back
People keep going on the pitch – mark out the pitch
Some children want harder work – HT to speak with teachers
Some people not letting you play at playtime – use of buddy bench discussed
Noisy cloakrooms – add signs to the cloakroom – remind of whispering in quiet areas
The older children then showed the younger children where the Twitter wall was and helped them add their comments to it. They also began pictures to refresh some of the ones on the school website.
At our meeting today we all met each other. We discussed how the Pupil Council is normally run and how this year might be slightly different as Mrs Laird would like us to help look at learning in the school.
We looked at the roles in a committee and then voted for our main members. We agreed:
Vice Chairperson: Shannon
Secretary: Constanza and Tessa
We then looked at’How Good is OUR school?’ with Mrs Laird. We discussed each of the five themes and agreed that ‘Our Health and Wellbeing’ and ‘Our Successes & Achievements’ could be looked at by the other citizenship groups. We therefore voted for which of the other themes to decide what we would start looking at:
Our relationships – 5 votes
Our learning and teaching – 7 votes
Our school and community – 4 votes
We looked briefly at what we could do to evaluate this and agreed that at our next meeting we would discuss how to do a ‘Learning Walk’ and agree what we were looking for.
Our Pupil Council members this year are:
P7 Shannon, Jacob, Katie-Anne, Constanza, Isabella
P6 Ivan, Finlay, Tessa
P4 Chloe, Dylan
P3 Aiden, Kai, Charlie