Learn to Sign our School Values
The children from The Coopers Lane Centre for the Deaf have been busy making a video to help you learn sign language for our school values. Why not learn something new today by watching the video and having a go at signing the values.
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers
I am pleased to announce that, following the Ofsted inspection at Coopers Lane on 21st February, we have had confirmation that we are a ‘good’ school. This is an excellent result and reflects the hard work and dedication from all of the staff. The letter from Ofsted is available to download here and this will also be emailed out to you today.
The inspection was a very positive experience and the feedback from the lead inspector highlighted the excellent progress we have made in moving the school forward. The inspectors have written some lovely comments about our school and they acknowledge the great work being done to help the children make excellent progress across the curriculum. I am incredibly proud of our whole school community and I hope you are too.
Please take some time to read the report and by all means let us know your thoughts. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and pupils for their never-ending enthusiasm and commitment to the school, and to all parents and carers for your continued support. Coopers Lane is a wonderful school and we are all lucky to be part of such a great community.
Science Week 2017
We have had an amazing Science Week at Coopers Lane, full of exciting investigations and experiments. It’s been a fun week and you can see some of the activities in our science week video. Come back soon to see more photos of the science fair we had in the hall today.
Red Nose Day
Friday 24th is Red Nose Day! We cannot wait to see what creative ideas your children have and to see how much we manage to raise for such a great cause. We will have a limited number of noses to buy at school on the day.
World Book Day 2017
We had a wonderful day on Thursday 2nd March, celebrating World Book Day dressed as our favourite book characters. Throughout the day, we took time out to read and whenever the alarm sounded to tell us it was time to ‘drop everything and read’ we stopped what we were doing and started reading!
Virtual Reality Workshops
This week, as part of Safer Internet Day, the children in Key Stage 2 took part in some virtual reality workshops with the theme of Cyber Bullying. Each child was given a headset and placed into different scenarios. They could then see first hand the consequences of their choices.
The children (and the adults) really enjoyed their sessions and were very excited to tell other people all about it. We would like to say a huge thank you to the PTA who kindly agreed to pay for these workshops out of the money they have raised.
Coopers Lane took part in Sign2Sing this week and helped to raise money for this fantastic charity.
What is sign2sing?
sign2sing is an annual event, organised by the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth, which raises essential funds to help vulnerable deaf children and adults.
Why does sign2sing raise funds to help deaf people?
Imagine living in a world where you cannot communicate with the people around you, from your doctor to someone in a shop. That’s what the world is like for many deaf people. Deaf people can often feel isolated, unable to access information and advice that can help help them live happy and healthy lives. Something hearing people take for granted.
sign2sing helps fund projects that improve the lives of vulnerable deaf children and adults by helping them access help and advice on the things that matter to them in their own language – British Sign Language.
Watch the children from Coopers Lane School perform this year’s sign2sing song, ‘We Are Better Off Together’.
We are going paperless!
I am very pleased to inform you that from the beginning of February, Coopers Lane will no longer be sending out paper letters to Parents and Carers. All correspondence will now be distributed to you via email.
We are really excited about this positive change. This will ensure everyone is receiving our letters and help to keep you all fully informed with what is happening in school. This will also enable us to improve our carbon footprint and provide a much more efficient way of keeping you all up to date with events and information.
If you do not have an email address please speak to a member of the school office as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
Young Carers Awareness Day
On Monday 23rd January, we held an assembly and invited Lewisham Council social workers to help us raise awareness of young carers, in conjunction with Young Carers Awareness Day which is on Thursday 26th January 2017.
If you would like more information on young carers please click the link below.
Coopers Lane Through the Years
In August 2016, Coopers Lane School celebrated it’s 80th birthday. This gallery is a collection of photographs covering many of the 80 years and it tells part of the story of our great school. Thank you to the many people who kindly shared pictures with us.
Our production of Panto Pandemonium was a massive hit thanks to all the hard work of the children of Years 4-6. Here are some backstage photos of the children relaxing before their big moment.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
A huge thank you to the 264 parents/carers who took part in our January survey. We will be using your feedback to help us develop the school.
How we listened last year
These are some of the ways we listened to the feedbck you gave us last year:
* You said you would like a better understanding of how the children are making progress in their learning, so we introduced additional parent/carer conferences to tie in with our assessment timetable throughout the year.
* You said you had less knowledge about the wider curriculum, so we created the termly topic puzzles to show you what the children will be learning in all areas of the curriculum.
* You asked for more lunchtime activities, so we introduced a timetable of free daily lunchtime clubs which have been very successful.
* You said that behaviour could be improved, so we re-wrote our behaviour policy and introduced a new strategy for promoting positive behaviour. This is linked to our school values and has has been very successful.
* You asked for our after school tea club to be open later, so we extended the club to 6pm.
* You said that although better than it had been, communication could still be improved. So we built a brand new website and launched the CLS App to keep you up to date with news and events. In September, we also produced a calendar for the whole year, which gave you the key dates of events for the entire year.
Steel Pans Performance
The Coopers Lane Steel Pans Band gave a stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the tube library. Watch their fantastic performance and see if you can guess the title of the well known song they played.
Poems On The Underground
Earlier in the year, we launched a poetry competition inspired by ‘Poems On The Underground’ which has been running across the London Underground network over the past 30 years. As part of the opening ceremony for our Tube Library, some of the children read their own poems to our guests. You can watch the wonderful poetry recitals here.
Children in Need Spotacular!
Thank you to all the parents that bought their child’s spotty canvas and also to those who contributed loose change for the class Pudsey coin collages, that they created for our ‘Spotacular’ event on Friday 18th November 2016 for Children in Need. The children had a fantastic time making them and dancing at our disco during the school day. We are currently counting up all the money you donated and will update you of how much we raised.
During the second week of November, our value of the week was Respect and every child in the school made a poppy to help us understand the significance of wearing a poppy for remembrance. As part of Armistice Day, we decorated the school with our poppies, which helped us to think during the two minutes silence. We also raised an amazing £567.12p for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies throughout the week. We are proud of the awareness the children have of this worthy cause.
Staying Safe Online
We recently held a workshop for Year 4 and 5 parents which gave some excellent advice about staying safe online. You can access the powerpoint here.
Library Opening Ceremony
The school was buzzing with excitement on Tuesday 1st November, when we officially opened our new Tube Library. We were very lucky to be joined by a number of special guests, including the Mayor of Lewisham. Children from each year group read amazing poems they had written, the whole school sang and our steel pan band played a special performance of ‘Going Underground’. It really was a day we will all remember for many years to come!
The Story of Our Tube Train
One of the companies who gave us tremendous help and support with the tube library project is Mace. They have created this wonderful film clip to show how the project took shape. We are really thankful to them and to the many companies who helped us realise our dream.