CASSA (Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance)
As a partner within CASSA we take full advantage of the strong partnerships around wider professional development and collaborative projects for moderation and subject development. Our Headteacher sits on the Research and Development group and contributes across the alliance in delivering sessions on the Aspiring Leaders and NQT programmes. During 2017 we are developing and delivering a programme for aspiring headteachers.
Linton Cluster and the Sawston and Linton Locality
We work very closely with our partner cluster schools with regular Headteacher meetings, moderation activities, shared projects, school visits and resource sharing. The Sawston and Linton Locality supports our extensive pastoral and welfare work around Early Help Assessments, Attendance, Family Support, Parent / Carer programmes as well as extended services around Educational Psychology and Therapeutic services (Cogwheel Trust).
Learning is for our whole school community - the following projects with the University of Cambridge engage our pupils, staff and wider community. We are all lifelong learners at Great Abington Primary School.
Promoting Quality and Equity: A Dynamic Approach to School Improvement (DASI)
An evidence based approach to improving pupil outcomes. As a school we are working with the team on lunchtime provision and empowering pupils with our embedded Values.
Problem Solving Research Project
After a fascinating project that looked at how humans and birds solve problems Elsa and the team are now working with Great Abington Primary School pupils on a new study investigating children’s understanding of how the world works and the relationship between cause and effect.
This project aims to provide insight into the development of this ability in young children aged 6 to 10.
Social Play Research Project - the role of play and playfulness in young children’s learning and development
The Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) is a new Research Centre funded by the Lego Foundation. The Centre is working with Great Abington Primary School to carry out research on the developmental emergence of pretend play, social skills, social competence and peer relationships in young children as they start their school journey. Children of Class 1 will take part and be tracked over the next three years.
Pretend Play and Counterfactual Reasoning in the First Years of Primary School - the link between pretend play and counterfactual reasoning
The University is working with Great Abington to support a research project that aims to explore an observed link between children’s pretend play tendencies and their ability to engage in counterfactual reasoning. Counterfactual reasoning is the ability to think of possible ways a situation or an experience could have turned out differently.
Specialist Teaching and enrichment
Our partnership with The Perse School enriches the curriculum for our pupils and provides the highest quality professional development for our staff. Currently KS2 Spanish is taught by a specialist linguist and pupils have worked with Physics and Music specialist teachers both at Great Abington and at The Perse Upper school in Cambridge. All pupils have contributed to a whole school Art piece through working alongside a specialist Art teacher.
Specialist Teaching and enrichment
Our partnership with The Leys School enables us to enrich our curriculum and develop specialism in core areas. For this year specialist teachers are providing excellence in dance, hockey, rugby, tennis and cricket. This will prepare our pupils for competitions and improve outcomes for all pupils. Department leads will be providing personalised training and development opportunities on agility and movement as well as core games skills aligned to our curriculum. Our Year 6 pupils will be working alongside the performance director on a three session Shakespeare project analysing and drawing inspiration from Romeo and Juliet. A dance specialist is working alongside our Sports Leaders on further enhancing our Tai Chi offer so that daily routines can be developed and evaluated.
Ambition for our pupils means opportunities to experience the best people and expand horizons. Being part of the community through events and outreach work enables pupils to understand and appreciate how curiosity, resilience, creativity, responsibility and challenge impact on innovative companies every day. Chocolate welding with TWI, site tours, hosting for the Abington 10k, logistical support for high quality printing are just some of the ways we are supported so well by Granta Park.
Working with Google Partners such as Your Cloud Works we are providing tools that enable pupils and the wider community to solve problems and collaborate. As a staff team we are developing how we use technology to drive efficiency and communication.