Headteacher’s report to parents
September 22, 2018, 3:15 pm
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HT report to parents

Graphs and charts
September 21, 2018, 2:17 pm
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It’s the time of year when primary school performance data are released. The first graphs show us again to be achieving high outcomes: I am pleased to tell you that this year’s data show us achieving outcomes in the top 10% of the country (or top 6%, depending on which way you calculate the statistics), and Key Stage Two progress in the top 15% (or 6%).


The data we receive breaks the children into groups, so that we can see whether we are succeeding with all or just some of our pupils. I am delighted that (again) every single group at Hey with Zion has achieved above the national norm progress and the following groups to a statistically significant level:

  • those who achieved Level 2 (the “norm”) at Key Stage One
  • those who are entitled to free school meals
  • those who are not entitled to free school meals
  • girls
  • those without special educational needs or disabilities
  • those who speak English as their first language
  • white children
  • those who have been with us since before Year Five
  • the group in its entirety

All other groups achieved above the national norm rates of progress, just not to a statistically significant level (which can sometimes depend on the number of pupils in that group).

Choir Vacancies still exist
September 18, 2018, 3:49 pm
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Art around Literacy
September 18, 2018, 2:34 pm
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We are trying to link different subjects, where appropriate, with our English core texts being central to the children’s studies. The idea is that learning becomes less fragmented, more cohesive. Hence a comment in a Year Six History lesson recently referred to something they had learned in an English novel set in that historical period.

Below are some pieces of Art up in school currently, art work inspired by the texts the children have studied:



The Lady of Shalott

Today’s Year Five class (5M) working on art to do with Leon and The Place Between.

New football kit
September 18, 2018, 9:35 am
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We have two new kits this season, which is fortunate but also needed when football is thriving as it is at Hey with Zion.

Our first new kit has been awarded to us by Premier League Primary Stars in recognition of our inclusive approach to the beautiful game. Another is on its way next week, given to us by Ultimate Product on account of our partnership with Oldham Athletic.

That kit will be yellow, inspired by the great Brazilian teams of the past, and will be brought to us by Oldham Athletic players.

This one is more reminiscent of Argentina: if we’re going to play like Messi and Neymar, let’s wear the right kit to do so:

The orange is of course the goalkeeper kit.

Taekwondo returns
September 18, 2018, 9:24 am
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Roger Lawrence, five time Taekwondo world champion, will return to Hey with Zion on 25th September for one off taster sessions to Years Six, Two and One/Two. I am thrilled to be able to invite back an athlete of such calibre to work with our children.


safety around school
September 18, 2018, 9:04 am
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Please can all parents and children take care when walking around school in the morning and afternoon. I have had this morning a report of a near miss as a child was walking backwards and nearly bumped into a Hey with Zion parent. Thank you

Oldham S.E.N.D. offer
September 17, 2018, 2:38 pm
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SEND A5 leaflet 2018 2


Free tickets for Oldham Athletic
September 17, 2018, 11:50 am
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Hey with Zion will be receiving free tickets for some matches (whenever there isn’t a team of the week) this year. On those occasions I shall post the information on this blog and distribute as requested.

On 6th October, it is Hey with Zion’s turn to be team of the week at the Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United match, and I shall be able to distribute plenty of free tickets for that match: if you would like to request some in advance, please leave a comment below or your name and number (how many adults and how many children) with Mrs. Hodkinson.

Thank you

Consulting with children
September 14, 2018, 10:38 am
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Oldham Youth Service staff were in school this morning, consulting with our Year Five pupils about our extra curricular activities. We have a very good range of activities currently, but as with our lesson-based curriculum, want to connect as best possible with the interests of the children themselves.

Education of course should be a journey one walks for oneself, not just be transported along. It’s okay to give signposts, though- and metaphors.

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