Newsletter 3

  1. MICHAEL’S C.E. (AIDED) PRIMARY SCHOOL

“I have come that everyone may have life and have it to the full (John10:10)

Newsletter 3 – Autumn Term 2017

Monday 18th December

May I wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year.

I am sure we are all wondering where 2017 has disappeared!  The Christmas performances of the Nativity and the Carol Service have, once again, been delightful to watch.  So many parents and grandparents have attended our celebrations and we welcome the support of your children’s talents.

SCHOOL VISITS

We have had a great term with much to reflect on – Our educational experiences included:

Y1: Stockley Farm   Y2: Styal Mill   Y4: Ukulele – Whole school project Y5: Time Trips Anglo-Saxon Workshop in school Y6: Jorvick Centre in York Reception: Delamere Forest – Forest Explorers Nursery:  Sale Waterside – The Bear

Other events included an E-Safety theatre show for KS2 and an Autumn Day for the whole school.  Our Gardening Club also volunteered to assist in the planting of seasonal bulbs at Flixton House.  Some of our children attended a concert at the Royal Northern College of Music at the beginning of December and we have also entertained residents at De Brook Court and, in the wider community, Flixton Garden Centre on the last day of term.

ATTAINMENT

The validated results are out for SATs from last year’s May tests. You will be delighted to know that St Michael’s is above the National Average.

EYFS National St Michael’s
71% 72%
KS1 National

Age related expectations

St Michael’s

Age related expectations

National

Greater Depth

St Michael’s

Greater Depth

Reading 76% 83% 25% 28%
Writing 68% 76% 16% 21%
Maths 75% 83% 21% 24%
RWM 64% 76% 11% 10%
KS2 National

Age related expectations

St Michael’s

Age related expectations

National

Greater Depth

St Michael’s

Greater Depth

Reading 71% 78% 25% 38%
Maths 75% 78% 23% 25%
SPAG 77% 78% 21% 41%
Writing 76% 72% 18% 19%
RWM 61% 66% 9% 18%

*Spag =Spelling and grammar

 

CURRICULUM

Staff have been working hard on our new literacy planning and spelling programme which is the focus of our School Development Plan this year.  Overall, the spelling scheme seems to be addressing the issues we identified.  We hope the children can evidence this teaching in applying their knowledge in future tests. Year 3, 4 and 5 have focused very strongly on the tables which we believe are as key to Maths success as reading.

Another part of the development plan is the ‘Growth Mind-set’.  It has been a delight to see children at the achievement assembly who have experienced a “wobble” and kept trying, using the mantra “I can and I will” a quote from Thomas the Tank Engine.

In the New Year we will be looking at mindfulness and developing resilience and wellbeing both as a staff and with the children.

ASSEMBLIES

I have purchased an assembly resource to support a development of emotional intelligence and self-mastery. Heart Smart develops an understanding of what does loving myself look like, what does loving others look like, and is there a way I can love both myself and others.  There are five principles which help guard the heart, process feelings and build resilience and active empathy: Let love in, too much selfie isn’t healthy, don’t rub it in, rub it out, fake is a mistake and no way through isn’t true. The detail of these principles is attached to the back of this sheet.

 

High Five Overview Here’s a quick overview of the five truths that make up HEARTSMART.

Don’t Forget to Let Love in – We start by considering the fact that we are unique, that we’re one in a million and above all that we’re loved. It’s where we start in HEARTSMART because it’s where we start in life. We all begin our days with the need to know that we are loved and safe. This is the foundational truth to HEARTSMART, if we don’t love ourselves it’s hard, some may say impossible, to move onto showing love to others. Don’t Forget to Let Love in helps us value ourselves by understanding that we are valued. We discover that we’re not trash, we’re treasure, we’re not pointless we have purpose and because of love we always get a second chance.

Too Much Selfie Isn’t Healthy – This is about loving others, it’s about realising that although we’re 1 in a million, there’s another 7.3 billion people in the world and it’s not all about me, it’s about we. Selfies are fun, especially if it’s not just us in the frame but sometimes we need to lift our eyes from our phones, flip the camera round and consider the world beyond us. It’s about learning that it’s better to give than to get. Strange as it sounds it brings us more joy too.

Don’t Rub It in, rub it Out – As we open ourselves up to the world beyond and make ourselves vulnerable in friendship we inevitably encounter hurt and disappointment from others. This is about how we handle that. When we’re in emotional pain we have a choice, get even, (rub it in) or forgive (rub it out). Forgiveness is hard but it’s the only option in living HEARTSMART. Forgiveness is the best gift that we can give ourselves. If we harbour forgiveness we only end up hurting ourselves. Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves, whoever and whatever it is, forgiveness shows love to others but it also shows love to us.

Fake Is a Mistake – Why do we lie? Maybe it’s just to get out of trouble or maybe it’s because we want to present a better version of ourselves to the outside world. If we know that we’re loved and if we know that we’re enough as we are perhaps, we’ll feel the urge to lie a little less? Choosing to tell the truth is a powerful way of showing love to ourselves but also to others. For others to trust us we have to show that we are trustworthy. This has an implication on everything that we say. Even white lies, small insignificant lies with no real consequence, impact our trustworthiness. If we’re faithful in the small, we’ll be faithful in the big. But aside from mere truth-telling, Fake is a Mistake means being free to be yourself.

No Way Through Isn’t True – Just because you’ve found something impossible in the past doesn’t mean that it’s impossible today. No matter what problem you encounter there is always a solution and what’s more, you’ll know what it is. If you believe there’s a solution, you’ll keep searching for it. The first thing that makes something impossible is the belief that it is. We are more likely to take risks from a place of love and love of others means seeing the potential in them. Hope springs from love. As we approach problems with hope, we begin to see solutions we hadn’t seen before. There’s always a way through, it might be different to what we originally thought but it’s true.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 4th January when we return for the Spring Term.

Alison Drayton

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