On 5th February Daniel Ball, from the Army Flying Museum, came to Bursledon House to teach the primary and secondary students all about World War I and World war II. It was really fun as the children got the opportunity to wear pilot uniforms, look at pictures and smell different scents from the war. These included smelly feet, rainforest, man-o-war and machine oil. Smelly feet was probably the stinkiest! The children also got to make something called a ‘Rupert’ which were dummy parachutes used in the wars. When they hit the ground in the war they would explode, as they had fireworks inserted in their bodies. The children made their ‘Rupert’ models out of coffee liners and pipe cleaners and dropped them aiming for a target on the ground. It was really interesting to learn all about the aircraft and see the historical artefacts.
By Taylor, Year 5
On 28th February the school was inspected by Ofsted and we are delighted to announce that they judged the school to be 'good' and 'continuing to make improvements' since the last inspection in 2011. A team of two inspectors visited lessons throughout the service and spent time talking to parents, students, governors, Hamwic representatives, education staff from home schools and our esteemed colleagues in the health service. You can read the full report on our website but here are some of the comments made in the report,
- ‘a culture where only the best will do for the children in your care’
- ‘Teachers rightly set high expectations for pupils’ learning’
- 'You put relationships at the heart of everything you do.'
- ‘Parents recognise that the school provides wide-ranging support for pupils’ personal development as well as their learning’
- ‘Pupils’ books show that they make good progress in a range of subjects’
- ‘Teachers provide pupils with personalised pathways through the curriculum that address their individual needs.'
I would personally like to thank everybody involved and am absolutely thrilled that the dedication, expertise and commitment I see in my team every day has been formally recognised in such an important way. What a team!