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!
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I have been very impressed over the last couple of years with the way our children adapt to a new challenge. As with all things, we need to reinvigorate our approach to learning. The GROWTH MINDSET idea has faded a little and doubts have been cast on how accurate the YET message is… HOWEVER (it’s a big however), we never saw growth mindset as a isolated approach. We look at barriers to learning, building learning power, talk expectations, learning dispositions and individual needs when planning our learning at CMPS. This means that we can use the ‘BUILDING LEARNING POWER’ approach to identify and impact on our children where we need to the most. Getting ready for September and the new academic year we are starting by looking at concentration. As you see on the front page and on DOJO, the children have been set a challenge. It will be interesting to see how they interpret that challenge over the week and what they feed back to us. I will let you know!
In assembly we talked about how concentration helps us as learners. We all want to become Super Learners and concentration, absorption or immersion in a task is vital. Can you please talk about concentration at home and discuss what a valuable tool it is for life. Maybe you could show your children how hard you concentrate when doing tasks like driving, cutting…. Thank you.
We will now be serving the main meal as Sausage Roll, Potato Wedges, Beans or Peas; Iced Sponge and Juice for dessert.
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Easter is a time for regeneration, to begin anew.
Summer Term begins Tuesday 8.50am… see you there!
The mind is everything. What you think you become – Buddha
After Easter we look to the new. This is a little out of our educational timeline but we do love to jump on any passing train (of thought) and speed into the new and brighter future grasping firmly onto our rediscovered positive aspirations. We have a lot to look forward to and a lot to be mindful of. With this term come SATS and assessments for the children. this can be viewed as the end of our Y6’s journey at CMPS or the beginning of the next stage in their lives. I much prefer to look on it as the next stage. We know we are doing our jobs when we send young children who are ready to leave us to their next class or school. This need to move on to the next challenge is natural and shows that the child has developed and a love of learning that needs to be continued. New beginnings.
Recently I had a long discussion with a family member who is very dissatisfied with the school her son attends. It got me thinking quite deeply about the role of the parent in education and the changes that we are going to be forced to make here in CM. Budgets are decreasing and they are going to have quite a large impact – however, as parents, we still need to see the best happening for our children. This cannot be done alone. Neither school or home can educate children to their potential in isolation. We have a very good relationship with a lot of parents but hardly see others. I see children immersed in reading and sharing their love balanced against children openly upset because their parent won’t read with them at home. I have parents asking how they can help and give their children the best possible start and parents who we cannot reach. Everyone has their own life and circumstance but when we all come together there is only one possible outcome – the best chance for YOUR child possible. I post as few pictures of my children on Twitter not to show off but to create an opportunity for discussion. My child did not get a good level of development at Reception (putting him in the lowest 20% of his school). He is a summer born child and he was 5 weeks prem. At the last parents meeting we were told he’s on-track to achieve age related (he’s in Y2). This is great to hear but I get more of a buzz from him picking up a book at 6 years of age, sitting in the garden and reading to himself. Unprompted and completely enjoying himself (after he’s played in his tree house, been out on his bike, played with his sister and been out for a ‘coffee’ with the family around town).
We will again be looking at how we can provide this at school and I will be reaffirming the message with the teachers that they must engage with the parents to make this happen. Thank you to all the parents who are there – making it work. To the other parents – how can I / we / school help you? We will be looking at new ways of getting information out to you. I will be asking to see you to talk about your children. It is really worth re-reading some of the material on growth mindset. How we speak to children and each other. What we are trying to achieve. I like to think we are trying to achieve happiness. This video really spoke to me… happiness-v-fun! The key message (and this video is for grownups) is choice. How can your choices make you a bit happier everyday. Obviously, we would be happier if your children were doing really well at school. Education unlocks opportunities and creates chances…
Easter is a time for regeneration… for everyone.