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Governor update, Oct 2013

Hi everyone,

Here are the latest headlines from our last governors meeting.

DIGITAL MAKEOVER. Our website is becoming more and more important as a way for people to find out what goes on in school. So we’ve started redesigning it — here’s a sneak preview of the homepage with a scrolling photo banner, which will have lots of cool new features — watch out for the launch in January 2014!…


Arnoud FrankenNEW GOVERNOR. Governors are made up of parents with children in Bushfield, teachers and other people who live in Wolverton, who all give their time and talents for free, to make the school as great as possible. Watch out for the Headteacher’s newsletter when we’ll announce another vacancy for a parent, but meantime, a new Parent Governor has just joined us — Arnoud Franken — so watch out for his face around the school! Around says…

My favourite questions have always been ‘why?’ and ‘what would happen if?’. I feel fortunate that I have always had the opportunity to pursue the answers to these questions, both in my education and professional career as a Senior Researcher at Cranfield School of Management, in order to improve people’s lives. It is also this passion for learning and making a difference that motivated me to become a community governor at Bushfield, and to support the School in its mission to inspire pupils to fulfil their potential and ambitions. My family and I have lived in Wolverton since 2004. Our son is now at Bushfield, and his sister is looking forward to joining him there in the near future from Wyvern School.

PARENTS AND COMMUNITY: WHAT DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT? Finally, we know the best schools make really good use of their parents and local communities to add exciting new events in school. A really good example has been the Authentic Inquiry projects (AIP), when Years 5 and 6 spend two whole weeks doing a project that interests them. We get lots of parents and businesses in Milton Keynes involved in those! But we want to have their involvement all year round so if you are a parent or member of the community who is really passionate about a topic (nature? science? fashion? art? drama? geology? woodwork? technology? cooking? — you name it), enjoy working with children, and want to pass your enthusiasm on to the pupils, then get in touch with the school office, and we’ll try to figure out how to make it happen! It might be anything from being a guest in Assembly, to helping out during an Authentic Inquiry, to helping run an After School Club. Let’s talk about it…

Bye everyone,

Simon Buckingham Shum
(on behalf of Bushfield Governors)


My first weeks in year 6!!!

Today was an exciting day for me I found out that I am now a digital leader! That probably doesn’t sound exciting to you but it means a lot to me because it is the first responsibility I have got in year 6. According to the old year 6 they have said that in their opinion year 6 is the best  year they have ever had. In my opinion I think that all the teachers are nice but if I had to pick the funniest I would pick MR WESTON so far! 

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In year 6 my     teacher Is Mr Weston he is also my maths teacher. My literacy teacher is     Miss Balch she is also my guided reading teacher and my science teacher.     Sadly I don’t have Miss Crompton for ANYTHING:     (

That’s all for now keep looking at the bushfield website to keep informed about what is happening this year!



New year

Here at Bushfield we have a new headteacher: Mr springett-McHugh. He has been deputy headteacher and now he is head taking over from Ms Curtis . About a year ago he did an assembly about aspirations and said what his was: to become a head teacher and now he has achieved his. We also have a lot of other changes like new year sixes, new pupils, new house captains, new sixers, new school council and new clubs.

Governors news

Here’s an update from Bushfield’s governors on some of the things we were discussing at our last meeting in July. (Every meeting we’ll pick a few things, so you know what we’re up to!)

Miss Curtis has her last planning meeting with us

July was of course when the whole school said goodbye to Miss Curtis as Headteacher. Since school governors work closely with the Headteacher, and see how hard she works, we really wanted to say a big Thank You to her, just like all the pupils, teachers and parents did in so many brilliant ways. So at the end we gave her a surprise special present, with some very strange objects…


…and hoped that she wouldn’t miss us all too much in her new school, where she will meet a whole new team of governors!

Early signs of good SATs results

As you probably know, every May, Year 6 does special reading, writing and maths tests called SATs, so in July we heard from Miss Curtis some early clues about how they had gone. The answer is really well overall. We don’t have the final results yet, but it looks like Bushfield pupils do better on average than other pupils in the country, so really well done everyone, teachers and pupils!

Authentic Inquiry Projects

All Bushfield pupils learn about their ‘learning muscles‘ right from Year 3. This helps them remember that they can get better at learning anywhere, anytime! We’ve been testing some more exciting learning tools developed by scientists at Bristol University. Our Year 5 and 6 have tested ELLI (which stands for the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) which is a web-questionnaire for staff and pupils to assess their ‘Learning Power’. ELLI creates a visual spidergram, showing how a pupil sees him/herself, which they discuss with their teacher, and try to improve. Here’s an example:


Example ELLI spidergram

ELLI is part of a whole new way of learning called Authentic Inquiry, where pupils are given much more choice about what topic to learn about. The teachers can’t be expert in every subject of course, but they help the pupils investigate it. At Bushfield we have branded this AIP (Authentic Inquiry Projects). At the end of each day, pupils write a diary entry reflecting on how their investigation has gone, in a kind of ‘learning journal’, which is actually a blogging tool called EnquiryBlogger, built at the Open University. A blog is a social media tool, which means that teachers and pupils can read each other’s blog stories, and comment on them. EnquiryBlogger shows the seven ELLI animals who help pupils remember the different ways of becoming better learners, so pupils can think about which aspects of their learning power they feel they’ve been working on.

EnquiryBlogger example

EnquiryBlogger example

While Yr6 started this in 2012, this year was the first time Yr5 have tried it, and they chose which aspect of a Fashion Show they wanted to help create. This was staged in the summer term and the whole process was hugely creative – see some of the blog posts from July!

So, the governors were hearing about how this experiment had gone, and will be doing their own investigation into its impact and how to do it even better next time. Thanks to all the staff and many parents who helped with AIP 🙂

Bushfield Pupils make the finals of the Kodu Cup

Kodu competition- Friday 5th July 2013!!!
After lots of back-breaking labour and preparation, we finally arrived at the centre building at Microsoft HQ in Reading (1 ½ hour drive!) There were five buildings for Xboxes, software and other things but we were in the meeting building. When we got in we had our picture taken next to the golden (cardboard) Kodu and we were greeted with delicious milkshakes upstairs! There was a small bar with plates and jugs of interesting things to put in them like chocolate and even skittles! Next we went outside to practise our words and get our picture taken. We had a picture with the boys but as Nikki (?) wants to get more girls into programming, she took a picture of just the female competitors.

Eventually we were introduced into the main presentation room and we received a Microsoft bag, a Kodu information book, sweets, a notepad and a limited edition Kodu USB stick! We were shown the lovely prizes up for grabs:

An Xbox and a beautiful trophy!

We were then told when we would do our presentation and we were third… or so we thought. We were moved up to second for unknown reasons but we didn’t mind. When we were done we waited for lunch!
Everything there was absolutely delectable! We had mini beef burgers, vegetables, bacon, pasta, chips and so much more. There were even sweet lollipops and fruit kebabs! This was one of my favorite parts of the day. Eventually, we went back in for the second half of the presentations. At this point we learned a bit about the judges and about Nikki’s Geeky Barbie. After all of the interesting performances, we were taken to the gardens outside where we sat down and played a game and talked about the day so far.
We couldn’t wait until we got the results. I think even though we didn’t win, we enjoyed every part of the day and I’m quite pleased that those people did win, they did exceptionally well!



-Maddy   Bethany and Sam