Year Two Exit Questionnaire Responses July 2019

At the end of Year Two we ask the children about their experiences at DVIS and what have been the highlights and where we might improve. Below is a summary of their responses.

  • 98% of the children reported being happy at school.
  • 99% of the children said they had made good friends at school.
  • 98% of the children said they felt safe at school.

The children knew they should go to either a teacher, the headteacher, an adult or a friend if they did not feel safe.

When asked if there were spaces in school in which they they did not feel safe the majority replied 'no'. However a few wrote about a couple of places such as when crossing the road and in particular areas of the playground. (These have been shared with staff so they can be vigilant when in the playground in particular and the children have been spoken to about these areas and where to go if worried. The school also runs a road safety show via the Local Authority each year which encourages safe and careful pedestrian behaviour).

The children find their teachers the most useful resource when it comes to learning followed by their friends and books!

They said they learn best with a teacher present but 50% also said they learnt best working on their own and 50% in a group.

When asked about what they had enjoyed and learnt from worship they said: Values cups assembly, about God, Saints, Jesus & Mary Magdalene, St Francis, new songs, praise party, being a worship leader, music in worship, Bible stories, showing my work, the plays they act, quiet time, to be thankful.

They were asked what they had most improved in whilst at DVIS:

  • 36% said reading
  • 31% said writing
  • 44% said maths.

Children were asked "Is there anything you wished you had learnt more about whilst at DVIS?" Below are some of the responses - we have our work cut out and some fantastic ideas to put in our plans!

Ears, dogs and puppies, spiders and reptiles, how to make cookies, how things work, aliens, lions, music - flute, the different stages of royalty through the ages, our bodies, skate club, humans, Matilda, playing stuck in the mud, engineering and science, cures, climbing methods, the tallest building in the world a.k.a the Burj Khalifa, breeds of animals, history, how to speak Spanish, poetry, unicorns, how to look after animals, chemistry, architecture, gardening, fishing, football, big cats, how did WW2 start, physics and atoms, dolphins because they are endangered.

We asked Year 2 "Which learning powers will you use when you move to your new school?"

Resilience, everything I learnt at DVIS, confidence, self-control, my brain, listening skills, my new sitting skills, my watching eye, perseverance, my imagination, managing your decisions, conscience, curiosity, ignoring distractions, love, kindness, joy, multi-sports, Mr Bump, being passionate, don’t give up, be positive, faithfulness!

They were asked to write down what the ingredients are for making a great teacher?

A cup of kindness and two teaspoons of ‘funness’, a teaspoon of craziness, a cup of fairness, a good splash of cheekiness, speak loudly, confidence, courage, joy, bravery, loads of love for other people, nice, smile, handful of patience, experience, happiness, students, not too strict, firm, sensible, manage your distractions, safe, passion, listening, faithfulness, responsibility, self-control, helpful, always answer questions, smartness, sense of humour, active, talent, athletic, being good, knowledge..... and then a long list of body parts!

The final question...What advice would you give someone who was just about to start Reception?

Hello what is your name? This is a kind, lovely & fun school and you’ll learn lots, so don’t worry, This is a great school & has amazing teachers, Don’t worry I’ll be your friend, Welcome, this is a loving school, Just try your best, There are loads of friends you can make and you can have lots of fun, Be kind to others, follow the school rules and show the school values, Listen to the teachers, Ask for help, Be resilient, kind and loving, The teachers are really nice, Don’t be afraid to talk, I would say use your capital letters!

Our thanks to parents who took time to complete the Curriculum questionnaire.

We really appreciate your support and encouragement as well as ideas for the future.

Headlines are as follows:

  • ​​The 'wordle' picture on this page shows the words used to describe the curriculum...the larger the word the more of you used it to describe the curriculum at DVIS! We are really pleased to see that words such as varied, engaging, creative, fun, diverse and balanced have appeared so positively. 94% of parents scored DVIS between 7 & 10 out of 10 for meeting their children's interest at school.
  • ​​The type of learning children most talk about at school is mainly outside learning, creative play, free-flow, hands-on, active play and investigations.
  • ​​Children positively comment on phonics and reading as well as trips, music and creative play.
  • ​​The children would like to see more small group work, learning through play, creative and scientific activities.
  • ​​Overall people look at the website and newsletters from the year groups for information regarding the school's curriculum.
  • ​​Progress parents have seen this year is fairly equal between reading, writing and maths.
  • ​​Parents see the broad and balanced curriculum at DVIS through experiences such as hands on moments e.g. trips and the chicks hatching, whole school events such as the nativity or Book Week, topic related learning.
  • ​​Parents would like DVIS to cater more for their child's needs through active learning such as through dance, play and drama, more art and science, deeper discussions around topics and further communication about learning in school and ideas for outside school.
  • ​​However parents also felt that their child's needs had been met through outside play, science and nature, reading, art, music, maths and broadly, PE at DVIS.

Moving forward following the questionnaire response we plan to action:​

  • ​​Communicating more of the activities we do in school related to science, nature, outside learning and play through the website and year group blogs.
  • Expanding on the schools work around topics, non core subjects (eg. art and history), free flow play and outside learning.
  • Sharing the children's responses to their topics and from their learning and activities during the school week.
  • Continue to look at the ways in which the curriculum is delivered, utilising the outside learning spaces more, further developing hands on activities, experiments, discussions and role play.

Please do keep communicating with us about what else you thin would support the children, their learning and social development here at school.

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