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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.
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You might have noticed this on the front page… Over the next few posts I’m going to have a go at making it a bit more real…
In our school journey we believe… belong… become…
we believe that…
we should all love learning / we should inspire a passion for learning
the best learning is achieved through the provision of broad and stimulating experiences
that only through taking risks and making mistakes can we reach our full potential
we should always reach beyond our own aspirations and we will encourage others to do the same
we should always expect high standards
in belonging we…
are all the heart of our community – local and global
are a community that values the individual first
work hard as a team to improve the outcomes for all
recognise that we are all leaders and seek to develop the capacity to lead in everyone
seek to understand, respect and celebrate the differences of our world (while educating ourselves in and seeking explaining ion for ideals which we cannot reconcile in our community)
we will become…
independent and autonomous lifelong learners
valued members of our communities who have the highest aspirations for ourselves and the highest regard for others
successful, educated, confident and caring individuals
When you read something like that it’s often hard to cut through the words to the actual meaning of the them! Every school has discussions like this. We all want the best for the children and communities that come to our school. All the children. This is when words like this really hit their true meaning. We want to instil these ‘words’ into the life of the school. I often stand in front of the children in assembly and talk about a love of learning. The fact is that this comes from life and the experiences around us. How many questions does your child ask and how do you answer? Is learning a journey you share together? If you all don’t know – do you find out? Together? Children learn from all their experiences. This is why at school we search for the best way to stimulate. The BIG experience is – more often than not – the best option. Going and seeing something is FAR more interesting than looking at a picture or listening to someone telling you about it. This love to find out is something that has it’s roots in a question. Personally I love questions in 3s. More than that and you are into a bit of a problem area. The first question – to clarify something that’s happening. “Dad, why is the sun so hot today?”. What do you answer? Do you state the obvious? Do you push through the question because actually, at the moment, you are doing some really important grown up activity? Do you stop and wonder? The quality of your response (note response – not answer) then sets the bar for the following discussion. If you choose to spend some time and ponder then you are going to have some fun! If you relay the obvious – “It’s summer!” Then you are in for some more questions. Children will ask questions until they understand. Why not take a different approach? “Let’s find out!”. That throws the ball back into learning’s court! Is there a way you can experience why the sun is hotter today than yesterday? Are there other factors your child has noticed? How do you even feel the heat from the sun?
With an eye on our end goal… we will become… how will the approach we take to our children’s questions help them become life long and successful learners. Remember (as I do with my children every day), the adults in their lives are the role models for their future. Those who know no different will not be different.
Be unique… think differently!
Have a happy holiday. Maybe I will get another chance to post on our school vision soon… or… if you have any questions?