March 2012 News

Benefits of small classes recognised

The benefits of small class sizes and inspirational teaching were highlighted in a recent report which revealed Stoke Goldington CE First School’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as one of the highest performing of its kind in Milton Keynes Education Authority.

The report, compiled by Milton Keynes Council, ranked the School’s EYFS children with the highest number of points overall compared to other schools in Milton Keynes, in the areas of writing and reading plus communication, language & literacy combined with personal and social education.

Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton said: “We are delighted with the results of the report which reinforces our ethos that small village schools such as ours have so much to offer children in terms of one-to-one learning and a nurturing atmosphere in which children can develop, flourish and achieve very high standards in their early learning.”

Before Half Term, the Learning Ladybirds (Years 1 & 2) from Stoke Goldington and their partner school North Crawley travelled through time together during a joint visit to The Coventry Transport Museum, as part of their topic on vehicles and the history of travel. There was plenty of hands-on fun as the boys donned bowler hats and the girls mob caps to perch precariously on old-fashioned ‘bone-shaker’ cycles and penny farthings. A 1950’s fire engine, World War 1 tanker and a ‘Barbie’ car all proved particularly memorable for some of the children!

The children were bursting to tell everyone about their day, Amelie said her favourite things were: “The Barbie car and the tanker in the middle of the room,” George said: “The tanker was the best thing I saw,” and Susie added: “It was really funny sitting on the bicycles.”

This term the children have been working on a whole school project based around the picture ‘Still Life with Drinking-Horn’ by the artist Willem Kalf which is currently exhibited at The National Gallery.