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Pupil Conferencing 31st January 2020


Year group: Y3 and Y4


How much do you enjoy maths?  What do you particularly like?

·         I enjoy maths a lot – multiplication of bigger numbers.

·         Enjoy – get to solve problems. Remember things by teacher going over things.

·         Think it’s good – like multiplication and adding

·         I like multiplication and division. T helps me remember by showing me a trick for multiplication eg swap digits for 9 times table. I like Maths, art, English and PE.

·         Yes, like how we work stuff out and remember things; the teacher shows us how to do things.

·         I enjoy it – good for your education; keep getting better at timestables. If you get it wrong, it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes. I like maths a lot. Favourite part is 3 Question starter – sometimes easy and sometimes hard questions.


What do you dislike?

·         3 Question starter; some questions are hard.

·         3 question starter because I am a slow writer.

·         The hard questions, but when I learn them they get easier – can ask teacher or friend.

·         3 Question starter – sometimes too easy

·         If don’t know my timestables – can be frustrating and irritating – need to calm down. Can practice at home.


What kind of resources do you use in maths?

·         Place value chart and diennes base.

·         Decimator for division or dividing by 10 or 100

·         Place value counters on the place value chart.

·         Team work is a useful resource eg working with my partner.


Do you think you've got better at maths this year? How do you know if you've been successful?

·         I’m doing well – my teacher tells me.

·         Getting on good; I know because I didn’t know how to use diennes before.

·         In year 2 I didn’t know how to divide but I do in Year 3.

·         Good – I used to ask my partner and the teacher in Yr 3 but I don’t now.

·         I think I’m doing better because I’ve moved to a new group.

·         I’m getting on well because I learn new things every day with my maths teacher.


What have you learned about wellbeing and being healthy?

·         Breathing strategies: hot chocolate breathing, pizza topping method, blowing bubbles

·         Eat vegetables and not just sweets

·         Eat healthy things - fruit

·         Brush your teeth before bed and when wake up. Explained pizza topping method.

·         Not to eat too many sweets and chocolates


Can you explain what British values are?

·         Treat others how you treat ourselves

·         If someone says something mean to you, tell a teacher.

·         I remember it using DR TIM : D for Democracy, R for respect, T for tolerance

·         Respect – show kindness and help each other.




What makes you feel safe at school?

·         I tell my teacher and someone might not be unkind again.

·         I have company from my friends and listen to my supervisor and teacher.

·         If someone hurts you you can tell someone in school and they will sort it out.

·         If something bad happens there are cameras to check.

·         We are surrounded by teachers and supervisors and if something happens we can tell them.

·         I listen to my teacher and my dinner supervisor.

What makes you proud of being at Park Hill?

·         Having good friends.

·         To get a good education and have friends.

·         Have a good education, to have friends and learn things you didn’t know.

·         Lots of friendly children and adults. It is easy to make friends. There are lots of people to be friends with – we are not antisocial. We have dress-up days.

·         You have fun and a good education.

·         To have a good education and a good school year; nice teachers.

What could be made even better at the school?

·         More things to play with in the playground

·         Not have pizza and chips every Friday – I don’t like pizza. More Science lessons.

·         More History lessons.

·         More Art lessons. More skipping ropes at playtime.

·         More writing lessons; I like writing.

·         Make the fences even higher to stop the balls going over.

·         More spelling lessons – I enjoy maths and spellings.

·         More playtime equipment.





What year 6 have said about their learning in History







 ‘I learned about the railways last term. How people travelled and how they moved coal. It used to be on a boat. A small boat. They travelled along the rivers….canals. ‘

‘I enjoyed learning about railways, they used to carry coal and how they changed from horses to boats. I liked it when we went on the trip to the Severn Valley Railway. It helped with learning because we learned about the names of the trains and how much they were worth.’

Then Islamic Golden Age - Baghdad



‘The Islamic golden age. I liked it, we made a poster about it and learned the information. In art we focussed on different Islamic patterns and we designed and created them in needlework.’

‘Genghis Khan – he burned down the round city of Baghdad. Inside they had books and maths papers. All the books were thrown into the water and the leather was used to make shoes. The ink from the books turned the river black.

‘The Islamic golden age – We learned about mathematicians.’

‘The Islamic golden age. They had a lot of knowledge. There was a big library.’

‘Genghis Khan created the Mongol army. He asked them to surrender or they would all die. They did not surrender, so they all died.’

On why learning about history is important…




‘Because in life people might ask you questions about famous people.’

‘If you know history you could be an archaeologist.’

‘Learning about the good things people did. How they stood up for themselves and other people.’

‘Because it might give you motivation. You should never think you can’t do things




 What Year 4 have said about their learning in History last term…




Anglo Saxons

‘I enjoyed learning about Anglo-Saxons because they were creative. They made beautiful weapons and jewellery.’

‘We made brooches. The Anglo-Saxons came from Scandinavia – Norway, Denmark and Germany.’

‘The Anglo-Saxons had houses and they handmade them. The men did it. They built them next to water so they could have showers and drink water. They had little barns for their animals – chickens and cows. They ate nuts, berries and different fruit. The dads would go out and pick them. They would get fish from the lake. Supermarkets didn’t exist.’


‘I liked learning about the Vikings last term. I like them because they made nice things and they had very detailed things like purses and they made different things and they didn’t have much.’

‘The women had to stay at home and cook. The dads would do and teach sons how to fight in battle. Sometimes the boys would stay at home if their dads were in battle. They slept on hay and ate animals. They used to drink wine because the water wasn’t fresh.’

‘They were traditional people. They didn’t use fancy stuff like computers or machines. They did it all by hand. They built materials and kept upgrading them. They raided and settled as well. If the raid was successful they would stay there and start planting crops. They would capture animals for their food. They would use their surroundings to help build stuff.’

On why learning history is important…

‘Because if you learn things from the past you might want to invent something new.’

‘It’s important to learn about history so we can be more respectful and understand what we are living through now.’

‘It’s important to learn about people from the past because we learn more about our own culture.’

‘It’s important because people in the past might have had hard lives and had to sacrifice. They had to do things they were forced to do. The life we are living now is better because we have all these new things like clocks, watches and interesting machines. They didn’t have them. They had to make things differently.’






Pupil Conferencing

December 2018   Year 3 and 4

What have you enjoyed learning this term?

  • In maths I liked learning about time, division and bar models.
  • In maths I have enjoyed rounding up to thousands.
  • What I have enjoyed most is maths. We have done lots of fun activities.         We get lots of problem solving in every lesson.
  • I like English and writing about the Vikings. Recently we heard about Hiccup the Viking and I like that story.
  • I like English because we learned about penguins and the different climates and we did big writes and cold writes.
  • I liked learning about the weather in Antarctica and how it used to teem with life. It is very cold there.
  • I like maths. I like the 2s, 4s, 6s and 3s times tables.

How much do you enjoy maths?  What particularly do you like?  What do you dislike?

  • I like it a lot but sometimes it is hard and tricky but you have to do it because if you don’t you won’t do maths. I like division, add and take away. I don’t like time tables.
  • Maths is my favourite subject. I like doing times tables, dividing and going to the maths competition. I don’t like place value.
  • I like maths 9/10. It is my favourite subject. I like times and adding and problem solving. I don’t like dividing.
  • I like maths, it is my second favourite. Reading is my favourite. I like times tables, place value. I don’t like division.
  • I like it a lot. It is not my favourite but it is ok. I like when we had our maths inspire.       I don’t like it when we have to do hard stuff. It gets too hard.   Whenever it is too hard we use bar models. For divide we do circles and share it.
  • Maths is my second best. Writing is my favourite. I like doing the calendar work- finding the missing days. I don’t like the times - in columns, it is a bit hard.
  • It is my favourite. I like times tables and take aways.

How do you know if you've been successful?

  • If the teacher has explained everything and you still don’t know then they explain it again. If it is right you get highlighted. If it is not you get a red pen circle or dot and you have to re-write it.
  • She normally gives us a LO tick tick or she gives us a 1, 2 or 3. That is how many stickers you get.
  • I check my work and in the next lesson I look to see if I got my answers right. If not there is close the gap and then you have to write the answer again. It helps me with my learning.
  • If you are successful in the lesson then you will understand a lot about the teacher is saying. I know I am successful because our teacher gives us stickers.
  • Because I listen and I get team points. I concentrate. I see that the teacher ticks it and gives LO tick tick.
  • I check my work two or three times. I am unsure if I am successful until my teacher marks it and I see ticks.
  • I see if the teacher gives LO tick tick or she highlights it and it means you have done your work right.

How often do you get the opportunity for discussion in lessons?

  • Sometimes the teacher asks a child that does not put their hand up, then if they are wrong then the teacher says at least they had a try. We do talk to each other.
  • Sometimes I get the opportunity. After a test we discuss the questions people got wrong.
  • Sometimes. In problem solving questions we do. We don’t work in silence all the time. Sometimes we are randomly asked to answer.
  • Sometimes because most of the time in maths we normally do writing. We talk most of the time in problem solving to the person next to you or the child with their hand up, answers the question.
  • We get an opportunity to talk to each other normally in English. We talk to our shoulder partner. We have to talk about what ideas we are thinking of.
  • We talk to the person next to you to help each other.

 Do you think you've got better at maths this year? How do you know?

  • I am better at maths because I practise my tables at home.
  • Better at my times tables, division and rounding.
  • Times table column method and the bus stop.
  • Times table column method and I am better at it.
  • I wasn’t good at number bonds to 10 but I know them to 100 now.
  • Division.
  • Times tables.


What sort of feedback helps you to learn from your mistakes?

  • The teacher puts a similar example to show you how to do it.
  • We have to write two new sentences with the thing we got wrong, correctly.       The teacher shows us an example to show us it correctly. We practise our spellings.
  • The teacher asks to stay in a few minutes and then we work it out together.
  • Sometimes we stay behind just before dinner.
  • Put a dot.
  • Blue pen to correct.
  • Close the Gap


Can you explain what British values are? What do we do at school that shows our British values?

  • You respect the school rules.
  • We follow our rights.
  • We follow the law.
  • We show respect to other people who have different faiths and religions.       Also if you break the law then you can’t have your own opinions.
  • You have to listen to the government and what they say. If someone has a different religion, beliefs and you laugh at them, a really important person might make you learn about British Values to make you understand what others believe.
  • We listen to other people’s opinions.
  • Being kind to others.

What makes you feel safe at school?

  • I feel safe because there are teachers in the school to keep us safe.
  • The teachers and adults in school and the building.
  • I feel safe inside and outside of school because of the number of teachers.       If someone tries to hurt me I can tell the staff or dinner ladies in the building and they do something about it.
  • In the playground you can tell your problem to the dinner lady and inside you can tell the teachers.
  • To keep safe, the fire alarm practise helps us to leave the building and to practise for the real thing.
  • I feel safe because there are fire alarm practises so we will know what to do if there is a real fire.
  • If someone is hurting you, you can tell the teacher and head teachers and they will tell them off.


What makes you proud of being at Park Hill?

  • I started in reception. I was nervous, I got used to it. I am proud when I get highlight and get LO tick tick.
  • Our house nearly winning every year.
  • Every time a house team wins, the team feels proud – my team won.
  • When we have a merit assembly, I do good and I get a prize. Also proud of the school because it gets better and better.
  • When the teachers say you got your work right and you get a prize in the merit assembly.
  • The teachers make you work hard. They still teach us if we get it wrong. We can do it again.
  • I have been here since nursery. It is a school I really, really like.


What could be made even better at the school?

  • I don’t want to change anything.       It is nice how it is.
  • Need a little bit more ipads
  • When we go to lunch, sometimes it is the same meals. They could change the meals more often- Friday when there is only the option of pizza.
  • I don’t think anything. PH is already nice. Nothing needs to change.
  • Nothing.
  • We could more put more things in the playground.






Pupil comments about Maths

Pupil comments from the Peer review

We had a Peer review of Maths teaching in November 2018. Four local Head teachers, from Wheelers Lane Primary, Kings Heath Primary, Swanshurst Girls Secondary and Queensbridge Secondary School, observed lessons and spoke with our pupils.

As part of the review, a group of pupils from Year 4, 5 and 6 were interviewed. This is a section of the report written by the visitors:

Pupil Voice

Children felt that Maths was fun and enjoyed having to prove why their answer was correct. They felt that it stretched them, helps them think more mathematically about the Maths they already know and have a good preparation for secondary school Maths. Two children said that they used to hate Maths but now they liked it because it’s fun and they enjoy it more now they are better at it – Mathletics helped with this. All children except one liked Maths, the other was unsure and felt it had taken her a while to get used to being in the top group and doing the hard work.


Strategies used included partner talk, teacher support (“they give hints, but don’t tell you the answer”), using cubes and counters (“even if you’re good at Maths they help”), jottings (“they have a big impact on us and help us to be clear”). They also said that sometimes teachers let you stay in and go over things if you’re struggling – that really helped.


The children felt that close the gap marking was useful and liked it when the teacher marked during the lesson because “if you get the first one right, it gives you the strength to carry on”.


The pupils had a few suggestions for making Park Hill even better:

Less work and more play

Change the colour of the uniform to anything except red or pink

Have a swimming pool/bigger field and more buildings

Classes relating to the careers we want

Learning French or German

Having exchange students

Better internet connection for boards and IPads

More balls


They were a delightful group of children and a real credit to the school. 


 Y5 Pupil conferencing Aut 18


We regularly speak to pupils in the school to get their views about the school. This term, the children met with Mrs Khan and Mr Malcolm; we wanted to find out their views about a range of areas including Maths, as this is a key school improvement priority.

Pupil Conference December 2018

Year 5

What have you enjoyed learning this term?

  • Almost all pupils said they enjoyed visits and visitors such as Safeside (learning about staying safe at home and on a trip), Think Tank and Professor McGinty.
  • Reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory because it was a challenge.
  • Maths times tables
  • Maths; perimeter and area
  • Guided reading; The Silver sword, we really got to understand it
  • Loved learning about World War 2
  • Maths – challenging questions
  • Maths – we get to do practical, physical things
  • I loved topic – WW2 – it was interactive and we learned about how terrible it would have been if we’d lived in those times.


How much do you enjoy maths?  What particularly do you like?  What do you dislike?

  • I give it 9.5 out of 10 : enjoy learning about factors – help you with multiplication facts but didn’t like revising.
  • I like it 10 out of 10 – writing the hard stuff but also made easier with practical things to make it easier to understand. Dislike prime numbers.
  • I love Maths a lot! My favourite is division and I don’t dislike anything.
  • I like it, I like learning new things I didn’t know before – Miss puts it in deeper detail. I like drawing graphs and dislike difficult times tables.
  • For me, Maths is 5/10 because sometimes it is really challenging but I really like learning about perimeter and area. If it is very challenging, I think about what I know. I don’t like factors and prime numbers.
  • I give Maths 9/10 – I like questions that we had missing numbers and you have to solve them. Nothing I don’t like.
  • I like perimeter and area because you use lots of strategies – I don’t dislike anything.
  • I like maths a lot – I like prime numbers and composite numbers.
  • I like maths – we learn new things and it can help you in the future. I dislike perimeter; find it hard.


How often do you get the opportunity for discussion in lessons?

  • Lots – teacher asks us to explain.
  • We discuss working out or listen to other people’s answers.
  • Every day, we get to hear other people’s thoughts about maths.
  • I put my hand up more so I have the opportunity to share my answer. I talk to other people on my table.
  • I talk to my partner and the teacher explains if I’m not sure.
  • We have discussions in every lesson except in a test.
  • We have discussions a lot, we talk a lot and we do it so we understand what we are learning, we’ll get help if we are not sure.
  • I have a lot of discussions with my partner; if work is really challenging I ask the teacher or my partner.
  • In independent work we can’t always discuss it – I would like to discuss more.


Do you think you've got better at maths this year? How do you know?

  • I think I have, I’ve built on from what I knew in year 4 – I can see from the marking and when I do the Gap task, I check if it is good enough and if I’ve improved.
  • I think I’ve got better, when the teacher explains, I can do the work and answer the questions. When I do my Close the Gap task I can get it right.
  • I think I have got better, when we learn something new, I can think about last year’s work and the marking shows me. Most of the time I don’t need help.
  • I have improved, I used to rush my work but only get a few answers right. Now I have stopped rushing and get more right.
  • I get better scores in test now compared to last year. I moved to a different maths group.
  • Yes, partly because I use to rush and barely get anything right and I used to talk a lot, now I ignore other people and carry on going.
  • Yes, we have learned lots of new things and I get LO tick tick, last year I rushed and barely got anything right.
  • When I moved to this school last year, we had been learning different things at my other school – after I learning everything during the year, I have improved.
  • I am better with explaining in maths. My presentation has improved.


What sort of feedback helps you to learn from your mistakes?

  • Close the gap tells you exactly what you didn’t do well and the comment tells you what to do next.
  • Teacher will give me jottings or comments to think about – that helps.
  • When the teacher says keep on going, you can do this, don’t stop – it makes me feel good and I get encouraged.
  • With my Close the gaps it helps me to learn from my mistakes, if I get it wrong again I can think about improving what I’ve done wrong.
  • It is better if the teacher explains to me face to face and encourage me more than if it is written down – I can understand better.
  • Most of the Close the Gap for me is about doing harder work and extending my work – so I stay confident and get encouraged.
  • Sometimes I get Close the Gaps wrong and the teacher helps me, so I keep on trying – I need to have stickability and resilience.
  • I’m happy when I get Close the Gap because it tells me to try and try again.


Can you explain what British values are?

  • I understand British Values – respect other people and the community.
  • It represents us, show you who you are – part of the British family, a British citizen.
  • Made by the Government to help us fit in. It is important that we should follow the British values.
  • Rules we have to follow – being compassionate and doing the right thing.
  • Democracy – to be fair and we can vote.
  • Rule of law – so people are kept safe; we have school rules that everyone follows including the Corridor Code and Politeness pledge.


What makes you feel safe at school?

  • If there is a fire, we have a fire drill. Teachers and other adults around the school keep us safe. We have security, we shut the gates so that no strangers come in.
  • If something bad happens, I know that I can go to the teachers, lunch time supervisors keep us safe.
  • If you have an injury, first aiders help. The teachers will phone an ambulance and your parents.
  • I feel safe when I step into school, because outside is not safe – people don’t go 20 miles an hour on the road outside, like they should. When we come into school, our parents put our lives in other people’s hands and they look after us.
  • Outside of school you don’t know who is carrying something like a knife and we are safe in school.
  • The environment around us helps us, there is a sprinkler system to stop a fire.
  • Safe storage of assessments on the computer and in folders behind locked doors and bars on windows; it is good to know that it is private and a random person couldn’t jump into the school. Only teacher have passwords and the caretaker has keys. Visitors and teachers have badges.
  • All adults would act quickly and help if we need it, if someone tries to bully you they would protect your rights and help you.
  • I don’t feel safe when we hear about tsunamis, terrorism, leaving the EU and Brexit and I feel unsafe around Birmingham.


What makes you proud of being at Park Hill?

  • To have a good education, some people don’t get to go to school.
  • In assemblies, when we get a prize; people can see you with it and family members can be proud.
  • Visitors and getting involved in charities and dressing up days.
  • Being accepted in the Park Hill family.
  • We all have the Rights of a child.
  • We are a Rights Respecting School.
  • I know that I’m cared for, we are compassionate, we get an education; I could become a teacher too.
  • A big thing is seeing the smiles on the faces of teachers and assistants to show they are happy, I’m being cared for and I know it has been a good day for them.
  • We have charities and Park Hill’s got talent – it is good for us to contribute.

What could be made even better at the school?

  • Have a pyjama day.
  • Improve security with hidden security cameras because we got ipads stolen – put bars on windows so they can’t get in.
  • Climbing frame – something new and put a swing on.
  • Have more children, we have fewer classes now.
  • Add talent activities with more auditions and children voting and judging.
  • Christmas fayre as well as a Summer fayre to raise more money. Other than that the school doesn’t need changing.
  • Have more practical things in lessons like science experiments and other subjects.