Please take part in the Multi Academy Trust consultation.
Over the last few years you will have heard a lot about Academies and Multi Academy Trusts. The Governors of the South West Schools’ Federation (CM, Woolacombe and Bampton) have been looking for ways to help our schools strengthen their positions in the future. Monday 15th January is the beginning of a 6 week consultation to discuss Combe Martin Primary School becoming an Academy and joining a Multi Academy Trust made up of five other local schools – St. Helen’s C. of E. (VA) Primary School, Woolacombe National Support & Teaching School, Bampton C. of E. (VA) Primary School, Dolton C. of E. (VA) Primary School & The Clinton C. of E. (VA) Primary School. All of the schools will be converting to an academy in the same way CMPS will be. We expect this to happen in the Spring Term 2018. Please read the frequently asked questions on the Consultation Page and either attend one of the consultation meetings or send in your views as described in the letters. The Governors would love to hear your views.
This term we will be building our learning power by concentrating on the 4Rs…
Resilience: When you come to something challenging think of how to keep going!
A Super Learner will use their resilience to keep thinking of strategies to meet a challenge!
Resourcefulness: Can you find a different way to explain or try to solve your challenge?
Being resourceful is very important when you are thinking of how to explain your thinking. If you can use a model to help you explain your thinking then you are well on your way to mastering the learning journey you are on!
Reflectiveness: I can describe what I have learned and why I was successful.
Thinking back to why something worked is essential. You need to be explicit in your understanding of what worked and why. That will help you to refine and improve even further.
Reciprocity: I can talk about the ideas we have shared in our learning.
Talking about learning is a great way of challenging yourself as well as others. Joining in conversations about learning show that you have an understanding and can adapt and develop your understanding as you learn.
The children will be given a weekly challenge in assembly and then they have a week to show their teacher how their work is improving. The child in each class who shows the most improvement will be awarded the Super Learner certificate on Friday.
Happy Christmas… Term ends 3.15pm on Friday 15th December and opens again on the 4th January.
Another fantastic KS1 Christmas Performance! Well done everyone for the hard work… Teachers, TAs and parents… not forgetting Barry and Leah for having to clean up for all that hay!!
- Christmas Markets KS1 & KS2 – Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th. Please make sure your child has brought their present money in an envelope on the day of the market. We will be starting with the Older children on Monday and working down through the school over the next few days.
- TIDDLERS – ‘Sing Song Merrily on high’ a family Christmas sing-a-long. – Tuesday 12th December 2.15pm…..with a special guest.
- Christmas by Candlelight – 12th December
- Xmas Dinner – Friday 15th December 2017 – Please if possible book your Xmas lunch by Friday 8th December to enable us to calculate numbers.
- Xmas jumper day – Friday 15th December 2017
— Combe Martin Primary (@CombeMartinPS) October 9, 2017
Mr Hookes has introduced Maths Question of the Week!
The children are set a maths question on Monday in assembly and they have until Friday morning to post their answers in the big blue box – located in the Recepetion area. Just make sure that the children know HOW they got to the answer as Mr Hookes does ask in assembly! There are questions for Reception class, KS1 and KS2 so make sure your child does the right one!
This kind of activity is very important as it raises the profile of maths and breaks down barriers to children enjoying the subject. We have love reading and Mrs Mason has worked all last year with the teachers producing Maths Home Learning which can be found on our website at http://combemartin-sch.org/mathshomelearn/
If you’d like any information or support with maths please see the class teacher, Mrs Mason or Mr Hookes.
Our own journey through the infants at Lucas’s school has come to an end. He’s off to Junior school now. One of the biggest contributions we made as parents was our daily reading. We have been very careful not to be ‘teachers’ at home and we do things for the love of our children… not because we have a particular expertise. In fact… at infant age, neither of us have a particular expertise! We do what any ‘good’ parent would do. Mostly READ with our children. Lucas didn’t get a Good Level of development at Reception (he’s a summer born and was prem). He developed a good attitude to learning as he grew up and he finished off at Infant School with an assessment of ‘working beyond the expected level’. He’s had good teachers and reading with them once a week. So, how did he do it? Quite simply, we have shared our love of reading with him.
As a school leader I want all children to have a successful education. The cornerstone is the ability to read! A school can come up with a million and one different enticements to ask parents to read with their children BUT in the end it is up to them! Do you value your child enough to sit down every night and read with them? I would hope that you do! If you can’t speak to us! We can help.
So… to the enticement… we have a new section on our ‘love reading’ web page! HAVE A LOOK
We’d love to know what your child is reading over the summer… Take a picture of your child and the cover of the book and post it mentioning @combemartinPS and adding the hashtag #cmpslovereading to the text. It will put their picture on our webpage! Your few minutes of fame! Let’s see how many children can post over the Summer (a time notorious for a decline in reading ability due to lack of practice).
Let’s LOVE READING!
You can read our end of term newsletter here.