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Following feedback from parents last year, we ran a 'Welcome to Year 2' information session in September to explain what can be expected in Year 2.  The presentation is available on the 'Year 2' and 'Useful Information' web pages.  Also we have listened to parents' suggestions and are now running Reading Mornings in Year 2 on Fridays after drop off for the first half term, to ease the transition from Year 1. 

 

We have had a few concerns from parents about the number of scooters outside the year 2 classes with insufficient storage for them. We are delighted to inform you that new scooter racks have been ordered and will be installed outside the year 2 classrooms over the summer break. 

 

We have had a few comments from parents about the book bags and in particular that children often find it tricky to carry them when they are heavy as the velcro strap opens easily. We are pleased to announce that we have been in touch with PMG the uniform shop and they are able to supply a more durable book bag which has a strap making it easier for children to carry and they are also waterproof and have a stronger velcro fastening. 

 

Following ongoing concerns about children riding their scooters on the school grounds, we have been putting notices in the weekly newsletter to notify parents that there should be no scooting once inside the school gates. Scooters must be carried and left at the designated scooter parks. Unfortunately, this week (21 June), there was another accident caused by a child scooting very fast on the school grounds. This child has now been banned from bringing their scooter into school. 

 

We have had a number of parents raise concerns around the safety of the access road between the school staff car park and the new development Park House (formerly Lyons solicitors) - that leads into Blagdon Park. We have been in on-going talks with the council who have finally agreed to mark the access road with double yellow lines to stop vehicles parking along the access road and causing issues with pedestrians (often with buggies and small children) having to pass parked cars in a very narrow space. 
 
Please keep an eye out and let the school know if you spot any vehicles parked in the access road as this is the fire emergency access for both schools and must never be blocked. 

 

One parent raised concerns that parents were parking on the Zig Zag lines and across driveways outside the Blagdon gate again. A member of our senior leadership team is now outside on the gate most days. We have also sent out reminders in newsletters to ask parents to park more considerately. School council will be meeting to make posters to help remind parents of the dangers of parking on zig zag lines.

 

 

Your Feedback

Thank you to all our parents for your comments and feedback. Please find a selection below.

Curriculum

Best wishes and thank you to you and all your fantastic team of staff for all that they do to make learning at Burlington both so pleasurable and so productive for the children.

Parents who attended the Year 2 DT Day:

Lovely follow on from the Wetland Centre trip and nice that the children can learn new skills. Great for parents to get involved and see what the children are learning in class.
Great opportunity for the children to learn new skills and be active with it. Lovely opportunity for parents to come into school and see what the children are doing.
Great morning! It’s my first time coming into the class since my daughter had started Year 2. It’s nice to see what the children are doing.

Parents who have attended FUDGE morning

The children were interacting so well with each other and teachers, it was amazing to see.
I enjoyed the mathematical side of net building, the history and the art – love a cross curricular activity!
I enjoyed feeling so welcome and to see how amazing the teaching is.
It was great to let my Y2 child join us in Reception

SEND and Inclusion

Thank you for helping my child this year. I felt that the school was really helpful and supportive and he has really benefited from the interventions that were put in place this year. Thank you to Mrs Docwra and the support staff and Mrs Holbrough for all of your hard work this year. Excellent communication.
Here are some of the things that you really do well:
-Excellent communication!
-Really good advice and steps that could be taken at home to support my child
-Excellent relationships between my child and all of his teachers
-Very good monitoring of my child’s progress and timely interventions put in place when concerns arose
Thank you for listening to my concerns.
My child has progressed so much at Burlington and this is due to the staff understanding his way of thinking, and supporting him through tricky days, as well as acknowledging all of his achievements. He is doing better than I ever could have expected in all areas-socially he is improving. He is learning well and as always, I am so grateful for the lunchtime support. Thank you.
Extremely happy with the progress that my child has made; Staff have been excellent at supporting her and have gone above and beyond expectation. The fact that Mrs Farr remained with the class from one year to the next was key. My child speaks so highly of her and will miss her considerably. She has got to know my child and really knows what makes her tick. The knock on effect of this stability has been profound.
A huge thank you to Mrs Docwra and all of the wonderful staff at Burlington Infants who have all been great with our son. It is wonderful to see how far he has come in just three years. He has loved coming to school and has progressed beyond expectation in many areas.
I cannot praise SEN support my child gets enough. She struggles with transition, communication, anxiety and emotional regulation; this has all been looked at and continually supported. What a difference Mrs Docwra, Miss Dwyer and all that have been involved with her have made to her being able to access learning. From very early on with us working together, my child’s triggers were identified and her signs of anxiety picked up on. Miss Dwyer focused on helping my child deal with and process that, found motivators to get her interested and trying new and challenging things. You all have an incredible passion for teaching and this shows in abundance in the support and care shown, constant communication, ideas, structures, planners and mini support classes. The open door approach is so relaxing and just knowing that you will be listened to lighten the load enormously. Thank you all! You really do a make a difference to our journey.

Parents who have attended the Parenting course

Taking part on the parenting course has absolutely changed my whole life to the positive. I can’t thank Terri and Michelle enough, for doing such an amazing work. You have changed my children’s life for good. Now I feel like I can be the parent that I wanted to be but didn’t know how to do it.  Like Terri said, no one has a baby and thinks right, I’m going to spend the next 20 years being stressed out. That’s where I was heading. 
Before I signed up for the course, I was doubtful. I thought that my kids behaviour was so bad and found it so difficult to cope, that I thought maybe nothing can help me. Maybe I’m just a bad parent and I shouldn’t have had kids at all. On the first session, I remember thinking that my biggest fear is that things will carry on the way they are now, and my kids will grow up resenting me. I didn’t feel like I’m doing a good job being a parent.
During the course while we were self reflecting, I realised that the problem wasn’t my kids behaviour, but the problem was me. I was stressed out, tense and tired.  Once I saw that, I started making small changes. I started sleeping more, exercising regularly, seeing my friends more. I started to feel happier with myself, and this had a massive effect on my children. I had more energy and patience for them, and felt calmer with myself. Around week 7, I suddenly had the thought that “I’m actually happy now.” That was a beautiful moment. I realised that I am actually doing a great job with the kids- it just got a bit too overwhelming at some point and I missed out in seeing the positive. Now I can confidently say, that I am a good parent, and my children are amazing. I’m enjoying spending time with them in a way that I had forgotten how to do.
People around me have noticed a change in me, but find it hard to pinpoint what has changed. My husband said that I’m opening up more and sharing my thoughts. Our communication has definitely gotten better. My friend asked if I’ve lost weight, (I haven’t), because I looked so radiant. I think that’s just the happiness shining through. This doesn’t apply on Monday mornings though so don’t be surprised if you see me then!
The course offered many useful tools in dealing with the kids behaviour. They can be a bit wild at times, but now we have connected in a way that I know I can get them to listen to me and to respond in a positive way. Instead of dreading the summer holidays, I’m now looking forward to having a fun holiday together.
So thank you, thank you, thank you. I am amazed on how wonderful the school is, and appreciate all the hard work you do. 
When I signed up for the course I often felt frustrated and at a loss as to how to handle certain types of behaviour from my children. The course has given me plenty of top tools and tips to use and using them has already had an impact. Putting aside the time to attend the course also gave me the time and space to think about how I was parenting and what I could do differently. The group meetings were very supportive and it was comforting to know that parents had had similar struggles. I now feel calmer and more confident in my parenting abilities.
I have gone from a very stressed place to having the confidence in myself to know I’m doing a good job as a mum, and while I’m not perfect, I am doing my best. The course has given me lots of new strategies and everyone has been so helpful, supportive and fun! It has really cheered me up as I felt a bit of a failure at the beginning. Now I know that I’m far from that!
I always felt so relaxed and at ease within the group. Utmost respect for Michelle and Terri who were brilliant teachers. I wish that I could attend the course every week and am really going to miss it! The tips and strategies are useful and worth their weight in gold. I would absolutely recommend this course to all parents.

Other comments

I am writing to thank you again for the great job that you did in organising the nursery sports day yesterday. It was a really fun event, for both kids and parents alike, and was an excellent example of how you can encourage young children to enjoy competing in a supportive, mutually encouraging environment.
 
You had clearly prepared the children well ahead of time, had chosen a suitable number and complexity of races and organised the children both to race and support each other extremely well,
 
It was great to see the smiles of the children's faces as they raced and a lovely idea to give them all a medal for doing their best.
 
In an age where sporting participation seems to be on the decline and where schools can be tempted to shy away from giving pupils the opportunity to compete, the event that you staged and the manner in which you handled and organised it was a great credit to you all and to the school.
 
As the school year draws slowly to a close we also wanted to say how fantastic it has been for us that our daughter has enjoyed every aspect of her time in Green nursery. Thank you for all you have done to help make that the case.
Parent of a child in Nursery
We are very pleased with our son's report, and the progress he has made this year, especially in his reading and writing skills. The class teachers have really managed to excite the children and keep their interest in a number of topics. He talked a lot about the Great Fire of London and various science topics. He loved having the butterflies to watch. As a summer-born boy, for him to be exceeding his expectations is testament to some excellent teaching.
Parent of a child in Year 2
We'd like to thank all the teachers and the whole team behind Burlington Infant School. Our daughter is very happy at school EVERY SINGLE DAY! Also, she has made such improvement in communication and social development. She loves her teacher and her school so much! Thanks again for all the great jobs the school did!
Parent of a child in Reception
An extremely pleasing report. It is good to know how well our daughter is doing in her writing and reading
- and her weekly spelling tests have also really pushed her further. She has a thirst for knowledge and this has clearly been picked up by her teachers. It is encouraging to read that she has been doing well in all other subjects. Her confidence has certainly strengthend this year too. She has been very happy in her class and with her teacher. Thank you!
Parent of a child in Year 1

 

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