Dance Off 2016

Last Friday, 21 pupils took part in the Junior Dance Off at the New Theatre Royal. They had been learning a routine for the past 10 weeks with Shannon and Vinay from Portsmouth University. They competed against 10 other Portsmouth schools and the standard of dance was very high. All schools received an award for different categories, ours was judged the Most Creative Performance.

All the children did really well. Their behaviour was excellent considering they had to sit still for five and half hours, after a long day at school!

Victory school won the Best Overall Performance and Jesse in Year 5 won the Coaches Award. Abigail and Danny from Year 6 took part in the individual dance off competition.

Below is a video of their performance.  Well done everybody!

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2016

Saqinsburys Active Kids 2016

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are back!

From today the vouchers are available from any Sainsbury’s store , petrol station and online grocery store. As usual , you will get one voucher for every £5 you spend and they will be available till the 3rd May.

Please help us by collecting and bringing them in to the academy.

We have been able to provide cooking equipment, a second football strip for our team and a new Tri-Golf set for use in games lessons.

Start Collecting and let’s see if we can make this a bumper year!

Reminders for Parents and Carers

Friday 29th January, 8:45 – 10:00:

A morning with the Headteacher. This is an opportunity to discuss the steps that we take to ensure the best standards of teaching and learning within the academy and to review our anti-bullying questionnaire. There will also be a raffle to win an item of school uniform for all attendees.


Monday 1st February, 8:45 – 11:00:

Computing Parent/Carer workshop. Following two successful curriculum mornings last term, we will be focusing on Computing on Monday. This will be an opportunity to find out about the Computing Curriculum available for the children. There will also be an opportunity to watch your child engaged in a Computing lesson.


We look forward to seeing as many parents and carers at these mornings as can make it.


Scholastic Book Club

This month, the Scholastic Book Club is being operated as an online only Club. Your child will be bringing a leaflet home but you will need to go online to look at the books. There is a larger range than normal, many at sale prices.

We are now up and running! Go to to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club,our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by February 4th, 2016.

Please do not send orders to school and if you are having any problems ordering, I will be pleased to help you.

Happy ordering!

Karen Churchill


Governor’s Blog – Post 2

Below is our second blog written by Mike Swann which can also be found over under the ‘Governors’ page:


One of the key tasks for the governing body of any school is to have a strong understanding of the needs of its pupils. Knowing if there are particular areas where the school could be better supported enables the governing body, with the senior teaching staff, to make better decisions strategically about the allocation of resources.

With this in mind, I spent the day in school last week observing the Year R pupil progress meeting. These sessions are held every term for all school years and allow the head and deputy head teachers, with the respective year group teachers, phase leader and SENCO, to carefully consider the progress of each and every pupil across all areas of school life.

Together, the team can agree the best approach to support each child to flourish within the school; this might include specific interventions for particular curriculum areas, making use of additional staffing resources such as the teaching assistants.

This was a great opportunity for me to understand how the decisions that our governing body have made, such as agreeing funding for extra teaching support or specialist workers such as the school’s speech and language therapist, have impacted on the quality of education available at the Flying Bull Academy.

I was able to hear of case-studies where the teaching staff responded to individual pupils’ needs, drawing on the resources that have been made available. I observed the year R teaching team after the meeting, as they worked together to plan classroom activities for the coming weeks, considering every pupil and the discussions that had just taken place.

I was also able to see first-hand the high expectations that Mr Hewett-Dale and Mr Dallinger have for the standards and progress of our children, and how the year group teachers are challenged positively to meet these in their day-to-day work.

I hope to attend more pupil progress meetings in the future, following this year group on their journey through the school and gaining a better understanding about how best to support them all through my own role here at Flying Bull Academy.

My thanks go to every member of the team, for their contribution to a rewarding and informative day for me. I look forward to my next visit to school and to spending some time in the classroom with Year R.

Michael Swann

Year R link governor