Murphy our Reading Dog's Blog 12 January 2017

Hi there

Well today was a bit different to a normal Thursday at Calmore!  I heard the words "Winter Warmers" and pricked up my ears.

First of all, I sat with Year 3 and I listened to Lost in the Jungle, where it was Mum's birthday. That was pretty normal.

Then I listened to The Mermaid and the Octopus, where the mermaid made a cup of tea for the octopus and gradually gave him different things to take in each of his arms until he couldn't hold anything else.

Next I listened to Apple Seed from a book called Seed Poems.  I really like apples.  Whenever Mum has an apple, she gives me the core to munch on when she's finished - mmmmmmmm!

High School Musical, Heart to Heart was next, and I heard about Gabriella who was fundraising for the Valentines Ball. Hmmmmmm.  All pretty normal so far.

Then things got a bit exciting!  it was time for Winter Warmers, and everyone in Year 3 changed into their jimjams to go into the big hall to read with the adults and have a hot chocolate.  I did see one person in a dog onesie too.  How cool is that?  Some children even had furry slippers on, and teddies under their arms.   I wore my black fur jimjams and furry slippers too, like I always do, 

I noticed that there were lots of Mums and Dads and Carers waiting on the mats for the children, and it was great!  Some children read to me on the mat.  Some had hot chocolate with marshmallows in.  Some had biscuits.  I heard Blue Dog, The BFG and Horrid Henry's Nits and I enjoyed all the stories and pats and tickles so much, I rolled onto my back and stuck my paws in the air.  Doggie Heaven!

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Love Murphy

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Last week 50 parents & grandparents joined us for our year 3 Winter Warmers. Children dressed up in their PJ's and snuggled up and read books with their adults whilst drinking hot chocolate. It was a very successful event that promoted the importance of reading daily to your child.

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Murphy Our Reading Dog's Blog Thursday 5 January 2017

Hi there

It was so great to be back at school today after the Christmas holiday, and I was with year 3 today.  Hooray! Hooray! 

I sat near the poppies and waving puppets, and first of all, I listened to What Happened to the Dinosaurs? and I must admit, I got a bit confused because the person reading it was 88.  That's too old for school isn't it?  I knew she was 88 because she had a badge on which said so.  Well, two badges actually.  Does that make a difference?  I had to have a lie down to think about that while she told me all about dinosaurs.

Next was a book of poems about tickling your granny, being called Sid and having sweet teeth.  Poems were really popular today because later on, I heard some more from Michael Rosen's Something's Drastic.  I especially liked The Itch.  I could write an itchy-scratchy poem!

The Big Bang was next, where I found out that millions of years ago, there was a powerful explosion which started the universe.  Wow!

After that, I listened to Chamber of  Treasures, where Nok was trapped in a hanging cage of rubies and the friends had to make a plan to rescue him.

Lost in the Snow was next, where Fluff the little kitten needed a new home, but Nathan really wanted a tarantula or a snake, not a kitten.

Last today was Middle School, where Rafe and Jeanne were caught in the girls' bathroom and were outside Mrs Stricker's office on the bench of shame.  Uh-oh!

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Calmore Junior School is GOOD

Dear Parents                                                                                                                          

As you know, the school has recently had an OFSTED inspection and we are delighted and proud to be able to report to you that the school has been assessed as being a strong “Good” school overall and in each of four key categories of assessment; Achievement of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management. Attached is the full report for you to read at your leisure.

Some of the real highlights of the report include:

School leaders and governors are ambitious and have set high expectations for staff and for pupils.

Teaching is consistently good across the school.     

Teachers provide activities that are of interest to pupils and inspire them to learn.

A strength of the school is the vibrant curriculum that is stimulating and inspires pupils to learn.

Pupils behave well in class and around the school and have very positive attitudes to school.

The curriculum is underpinned by many enriching experiences that add to pupils’ enjoyment of learning.

Pupils are welcomed into a delightful learning environment that is stimulating and attractive.

A message from your Chair of Governors

 As governors, we have had the privilege of working closely with our school leaders as they have worked tirelessly to meet the challenging demands of the Ofsted Inspection Framework. I know you will join us in congratulating the whole staff team on achieving “strong good” after a gruelling and exacting inspection. Your children did their school proud, speaking confidently about their determination to be the best that they can be, and so impressing the lead inspector, that she wanted to come back the next day! Chris Slater

We are pleased that OFSTED has recognised the vast improvements made to Calmore Junior School over the last few years. We have dedicated these years to school improvement and providing a safe, happy environment where your children can grow into successful, lifelong learners. We have been determined to provide the very best possible teaching and learning opportunities for all the pupils without ever losing sight of the caring and supportive ethos that makes our school’s learning environment so rich.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my excellent staff team and governors for their dedication, passion and hard work. It has been a long, hard road but well worth it. Now we can continue our desire to make Calmore Junior School the best it can be.

Lisa Marshall

Christmas Assembly Testwood Baptist Church 2016

Our Christmas Assembly brought a tear to your eye yesterday as children sang, narrated the story and played instruments. There were lots of family members, friends, governors and visitors to share this special moment with us. Well done to all the children for both their performances and their excellent behaviour.

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