Self Evaluation

The School Council met in the Autumn of 2018 to discuss a range of questions related to their views about the Southwater Infant Academy.  The questions used were taken from sections of the Academy Improvement Plan and the children thought carefully giving their considered views and opinions. 

The next stage of development of the Children’s SEF is for the School Council to take the initial outcomes back to the class Councils for further discussion.  Any additional views and ideas will be added and fed into the Academy Improvement Plan.  This process is an important part of eliciting children’s’ views, ideas and opinions to ensure the whole school community knows what this important group of stakeholders think.

Mrs Christie Cavallo – Headteacher and Mrs Vicky Dilling – Deputy Headteacher


How do you learn?

  • We learn by doing and trying things

  • Our teachers give us the information and then we try to work out answers

  • We learn by listening really well

  • We learn from our mistakes

  • We learn by working together as a team

  • We learn by using technology such as computers, ipads and kindles

  • We learn by never giving up

  • We learn in our families

  • We learn by doing


To help us learn we need to:

  • Do more practical work

  • Involve our families more

  • Continue to use technology

  • Work in teams with other year groups


To do this we need to...

  • Listen to everyone's ideas so we can work together

  • Invite our families in to work on some investigations in science and maths

  • To use our ipads, computers, tablets and the library to help us with research

  • Children in Year 2 to help out in lessons in Year 1 and the EYFS


What Makes Learning Fun?  

  • Learning is fun when you can show others how to do things

  • Learning is fun when you can talk about your own ideas and everyone listens!

  • Learning is fun when you can work out problems through a game

  • Learning is fun when you debate ideas to hear others views

  • Learning is fun when you can go back to the things you enjoy and be able to do them even better

  • Learning is fun when its new and different

  • Learning is fun when its outside

To make learning fun we need

  • Do more learning outside

  • Work with others

  • Be able to go back and revisit past learning


To do this we need to...

  • Have more practical lessons in the playground, paddock and conservation area.  These lessons could be maths, science, reading, DT

  • Have more Forest Schools activities

  • Work with children in other year groups


Do you feel safe at the Academy?

  • We feel safe because the teachers have taught us what to do it there is a fire or an emergency

  • We feel safe because we are surrounded by a high fence and gates and doors that are locked

  • We feel safe because security cameras tell the adults if there is a problem

  • We feel safe because our friends are around us and help us feel secure (Our friends also help us solve problems)

To learn more about the world we need to:-

  • Make sure we know what to do in any emergency that may happen – not only a fire

  • Training the older children (in year 2) in first aid


To do this we need to…

  • Invite more people in from the community to give us advice on keeping safe i.e. doctor, nurse, police, fireman

  • Have signs up around the academy reminding everyone about how to keep safe

  • Give first aid training to Playground Pals


How do children behave in our Academy?

  • Some children do not always make the correct choice

  • Most children behave well and try to be good and sensible

  • Most children are kind to each other

  • The playground friends help lots of children to play well together

  • Adults help to sort out most problems

  • The Dojo points in some classes help children to behave nicely

To help children behave well we need to:-

  • Have older (year 2) children play with younger children to teach them sensible, good games;

  • Have Dojo points for good behaviour in the playground

To do this we need to…

  • Put up posters of how to behave well in the playground and around the academy

  • Adults to have dojo cards to give out at playtimes / lunchtimes

  • Teachers to have ipads on the playground to add / take away dojo points

  • Have more games to play in the playground not equipment

  • Have adults teach us these games


What do you do to be fit and healthy?

  • We drink water at any time

  • We eat fruit or vegetables every day

  • We have PE lessons twice a week inside the academy and outside the academy

  • We use the playground equipment to exercise

  • We have sports days and a mini marathon each year

  • Some children walk to the academy

  • Some children and adults scoot or cycle to the academy

  • We know why it’s important to eat healthily and exercise

  •  We want to be fit and healthy adults


To keep being fit and healthy we need to:-

  • Play more sports

  • Cook more at home and in class

  • Have exercise classes at lunchtime and playtimes


To do this we need to…

  • Move to Jump Start Jonnie every day

  • Have more sports days

  • Have sports during playtimes


Do you thing the leaders in the Academy do a good job?

  • The leaders do a good job because we are happy at the academy and learn lots

  • Teachers lead us in our learning

  • The Headteacher and the deputies lead the academy like a ship – we have an excellent journey

  • The school council, the ECO council and the Fair-trade Council lead our understanding of what’s important in the academy/Southwater Britain and the world


To help our Leaders keep doing a good job we need to:-

  • Listen and follow their lead

  • Learn what makes a good leader

  • Become council members


To do this we need to…

  • Tell them they are doing a great job and why

  • Interview leaders to find out about leadership and what you have to be able to do to lead other people

  • Interview the School Council members to find out about their meetings


What do you think you will need to be able to do when you are grown up and go to work?

  • We will need to be able to read and write and work out money problems

  • We will need to be able to pay the bills

  • We will need to be able to still learn new things

  • We will need to have a good job with good money to buy a house and a car

  • We will need to be able to work in a team

  • We will need to be able to solve problems

  • We will need to be able to cook

  • We will need to be able to drive

  • We will need to know how to save money


To help us when we grow up we need to:-

  • Keep practising to work as part of a team

  • Keep learning to read and write and understand about money

  • Keep cooking

  • Keep practising working out problems

To do this we need to…

  • We need to work in bigger groups.

  • We need to have more teams e.g. Academy football / Academy Cricket team / Academy Dance Team / have competitions with other teams in West Sussex

  • Use more money activities in our lessons

  • Each class to be given a sum of money (£5).  The class have to make this money grow!  E.g. use the money to buy materials to make some things to sell

  • Bring people from the community in to help us learn to cook different foods

  • Experiment with cooking at home – bring in for taster sessions

Why does the World need you?

  • The world needs each of us to look after the seas, rivers, plants and animals

  • The world needs each of us to look after all of its people

  • Neil Armstrong said ‘the world is our spaceship.  We need to keep care of it so we can all survive’

  • If we don’t take care of the world there will be no world


What we need to do to look after the world:-

  • We need to recycle/reuse more

  • We need to walk more

  • We need to stop making as much litter as we have in the past

  • We need to speak to other children in the world and learn about them and from them


To do this we need to…

  • Have extra recycling bins

  • Have a ‘recycling day’ each month to see how much we recycle / recycle art / DT / Maths / Poems

  • Have more signs in each classroom about recycling / reusing

  • Arrange a Walking Bus by talking to parents who would be willing to collect children from a particular spot on the way to the academy.  They could walk children to the academy certain mornings a week


Why do teachers give you targets?

  • Teachers give us targets so we can aim high

  • Teachers give us targets to show us what we need to practise

  • Teachers give us targets to improve our learning

  • Teachers give us targets to let us know the next steps

  • Teachers give us targets to challenge us


Our targets need to:-

  • Show us what we need to achieve

  • Show us how to get there

  • Change as we improve

  • Challenge us


To do this we need to…

  • Use the Learning Toys to help with our targets

  • Think of targets for ourselves

  • Have our targets pinned up at home

  • Give our mummies and daddies more ideas of how they could help us meet our targets at home


​What have you learnt about the world?

  • We have learnt about the different populations of the world

  • We have learnt about renewable energy and recycling

  • We have learnt how important animals and plants are to us

  • We have learnt about the dangers of climate change

  • We have learn lots about maps and where placers are in the world

  • We have learnt about world religions and their festivals

  • We have learnt that people in the world are our neighbours with the same values as us


To learn more about the world we need to:-

  • Talk more to people in different countries and ask:

    • how they learn

    • What games do they play

    • What food do they eat

    • What do they do throughout the day

    • Who do they believe in


To do this we need to…

  • Make contact with a school in another country

  • Learn their language

  • Talk to them on Skype or on a phone

  • Share our learning with them

  • Talk to their families

  • Exchange ideas, recipes, stories