The results of our recent school questionnaire show that you were in agreement that your children are very happy and are coping well at Patcham Infants school. Patcham Infants has been doing very well making the children feel at home even in the current strange and different conditions. You feel strongly that your child has settled happily into their class (77% strongly agreed, 21% agreed), that your child feels happy and safe at playtime. (58% strongly agreed, 41% agreed) and that the school staff is welcoming and helpful (71% strongly agreed, 26% agreed).
Your comments and responses in the questionnaire consistently showed you feel Patcham Infants is communicating with you effectively (60% strongly agreed, 33% agreed). You feel well informed about general school matters (60% strongly agreed, 35% agreed). You also agree that you are well informed about your child’s learning (55% strongly agreed, 35% agreed), and the curriculum (43% strongly agreed, 45% agreed)
In your comments you were in unanimous agreement that Patcham Infants School is managing the current covid situation very well, despite the massive challenges faced by our staff. One parent commented: “We’ve been totally impressed with the organisation and way the restrictions are being considered/worked with by the school”
There is a consensus that it is easy for you to talk to your teacher if you have concerns (57% strongly agreed, 31% agreed). However, a few of you recognised that an unwanted side effect of social distancing and mask wearing restrictions is that there can be fewer opportunities to find out about your child’s classroom activities. Please bear with us, this is also a difficult time for our staff. We can also hope that at some point in early 2021 we can return to a more normal situation.
A number of you said you are finding timings tricky for pickup and drop-off between the Infant and Junior Schools. Please do not worry about it, we completely understand! Please talk to Mr Taylor or your class teacher. We are more than happy to be flexible in helping you with this. Don’t feel you have to run between the schools!
Outstanding outcomes through high quality learning and teaching
Resilient, resourceful, reflective and collaborative children
Engaged and respectful members of the community
Nurturing, stimulating and enabling environment
Some parents also expressed frustration and wanted us to remind other parents to respect social distancing and queue considerately. It is a far from ideal situation. A few reception parents were concerned about accessing the school from the alleyway, that the path is often wet and slippery and it could get worse in winter icy conditions. We are opening up the gates a few minutes early. We would suggest that, if possible, you try to arrive as close to the opening time to minimise any time spent queuing.
Many thanks for taking the time to complete the questionnaire. If you have any further suggestions or comments please email us at:
Outdoor Learning Environment
We also asked you to share your views on the impact the Outdoor Learning Environment has had on your child’s learning experiences and enjoyment at school. We were delighted by the heartfelt responses which you managed to squeeze in whilst hurrying in and out of school.
We have made significant investment in terms of staff time and funding to develop the grounds as a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for the children at Patcham. Forest Schools exemplifies what we are trying to do as a school and is the logical development of the goals we have set ourselves.
Whilst the Governing Board is eager to promote the benefits of outdoor learning, we are judicious in maintaining a fair balance between indoor and outdoor spending – to ensure that, irrespective of current budget constraints, we maximize the benefits to children of both learning environments.
As a school we are creating an environment for resilient, and healthier, happier children. We are increasingly focusing on the mental health and well-being of our children, both for the time that they are at school, and for the future.
As well as being fun and exciting, exploring woodland, investigating habitats, and building dens, Forest School is also about child-led and collaborative learning, and about children putting their Building Learning Power toolkits to the test. Also, as many of you recognized, there are significant mental health benefits of being outside and creative at Forest School.
We are currently working on two initiatives aimed at making the most of the school grounds and having further positive impact on the mental health and well-being of children:
The Daily Mile
We are using sports funding to create a circuit around the windmill playground to take part in the Daily Mile initiative. The Daily Mile is a social activity where the children run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day. It improves children’s physical and mental health, and their focus in the classroom.
For more information please see the web page:
Mosaic wall & Quiet Garden Area
Thanks to the great fundraising work of the PTA, there is a quiet area in the Greenhouse playground. This is fenced off with astro turf laid down to create an area for children seeking quiet time during playtimes. Our children have helped to design a new mosaic wall in this area, incorporating all the class animals (between the sheds and the Trim Trail).
You shared your views on the school outdoor learning environment.
We collected together some of the incredibly warm comments below:
"Really important for children to experience outdoor play to enrich their learning – it’s not all about reading and writing – social development, self-awareness and curiosity just as important "
"I value hugely the development of the school grounds; it creates a welcoming and nurturing environment. My child loves Forest School and playing outside and this encourages his enjoyment and knowledge of nature "
"The grounds are looking amazing! They create a sense of relaxation for all and are enjoyable for both children and adults alike. Thank you!"
"I think it’s key to keeping the children happy and engaged "
"Love it – my children thrive in this environment "
"Massively, it is one of the reasons we chose Patcham. Good outdoor space. I believe is essential for learning "
"I think being outdoors and learning within nature is crucial to children’s well-being. My daughter is very fond of Forest School! Thank you!"
"This is brilliant. Children learn in so many different ways and being able to learn outside when it doesn’t necessarily feel like learning is ace. Thank you!"
"She loves coming to school and learning and it has made her more confident in all areas "
"Very important! They love their outdoor learning and I think Patcham Infants do it so well"
"I think development of the grounds is very important to support learning. It encourages appropriate risk taking and a love/respect for nature"
"This is one of the reasons I love this school – playing outdoors and learning in this environment is essential to my child’s well-being – she feels happier when she’s spent enough time outside! "
"We think outside time is very important and adds another dimension to social, emotional and physical development "
"Very important for outdoor learning and exploration of nature both for learning and mental health "