The snow at the beginning of January meant that we had to delay the beginning of term by 2 days. We did manage to open on Monday 11th although the icy roads prevented quite a few children from reaching us until the following week.
At school, we had lots of fun playing in the snow that was so deep in some places, that some of the smaller children struggled to walk in it. We still had heaps of snow, that Hattie’s Dad had cleared from the car parking area, to dig and transport when Ofsted arrived on 21st, almost exactly 3 years after their last visit.
This time we are delighted to report that we have been upgraded from “Good” to “Outstanding”. In fact we received outstanding in all 17 categories that are assessed. Our inspector told us that we are only her 3rd Outstanding Setting in 8 years and her first to be awarded 17 outstandings! We are understandably proud but at the same time a little daunted by the responsibility we have to maintain such high standards. If you would like to read the full report it is available for download here (PDF 132kb).
At the beginning of February we set up our own bird watch and the children soon learned to identify the robins, blackbirds, blue tits, nuthatches and pigeons visiting our garden. The children also learned the birds’ favourite foods, for example blue tits like caterpillars, but blackbirds prefer worms! During the half term break we have asked the children to make a note of the birds they see in their gardens at home so that we can record the results in school.
Straight after half term, we will be visiting the Cobden’s farm in nearby West Meon to see their lambs. The children benefit in so many ways from first hand experience of nature. There is something very appealing about lambs, which, judging by the number of parents who are more than willing to come with us on this visit is true for adults and children alike.
We are looking forward to spring and the re-appearance of our wonderful daffodil maze. Roessa has very generously offered to help us with our garden this year and she has some wonderful ideas that we hope to be able to start work on soon.