Silchester CE Primary School is comitted to meeting the requirements of the new curriculum from Sept 2014. We have updated our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. Teachers have received training in the key areas of curriculum change and we are ready to provide outstanding curriculum provision. The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. Our curriculum will be exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning.
Please click on the links below for further information about the Autumn term.
Welcome back to an exciting new term at Silchester Primary! In light of our aim to try and keep you informed about our philosophy of education, and building on the positive mindset approach introduced last year, we thought that it was important to update you and discuss a complementary initiative this year. We will of course be encouraging effort from our children above all else and carefully monitoring to ensure that all children are challenged to the limit of their abilities. For children to work to their best requires the right sort of working atmosphere, which accepts mistakes as opportunities to learn, asks for challenge when things are too easy and ignores distractions that threaten their learning. Our challenge is to create this atmosphere in all of our classrooms!
We all realise the importance of having high expectations for pupil behaviour and are very pleased that behaviour on the playground at playtimes and lunchtimes is excellent! As you all know, children need boundaries and consistency for any behaviour management strategies to work. 'Learning Behaviours' in no way contradicts this, but focuses on children being taught and subsequently applying behaviours conducive to learning in the classroom setting. By consistently giving children the message that their learning is their right, and that no-one should be allowed to interrupt it, we are teaching them to value it. These behaviours are therefore very much targeting what the children can actually do to make sure that they get the most out of lessons. Part of this strategy involves making sure the children understand the reasons behind asking them for these behaviours and again consistently reinforcing them through our everyday classroom language.
The children will therefore be having these learning behaviours heavily reinforced for the first few weeks until they become embedded. I am very pleased to report that many of the children already seem to know them after just a few days. The important element of this however is not that the children can remember a list of advice for behaviour, but that this knowledge is then applied in the classroom. Children with 'good learning behaviours' will be clearly engaged in their learning and will therefore go on to make good progress.
We as a staff are very determined in wanting all of the children in our school to demonstrate the core principles of wanting to be challenged and valuing their own learning, and we are very grateful for the support which parents give to facilitate this.
Silchester's Learning Behaviours
1. Sit-up, look, listen, engage.
2. Participate (Have a go!).
3. Independence- get the information/equipment you need, get organised, get started!
4. Move your learning on- what to do when you're finished.
5. Be prepared to help others by teaching.
6. Right to not be distracted from purpose by behaviour not related to the learning task.
7. Talk about your learning.
Please encourage discussion at home about their learning behaviours and ask them to explain each of them and why they help our learning.
I have witnessed this approach being used to great effect in a local school and have attached a short you tube clip of a similar school discussing their learning behaviours in class.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to my 'Meet and Greet' on Wednesday evening and were so patient while we tried to sort out the technical problems! My presentation has been emailed to all parents. The link to the video I hoped to show is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeoKQbT8BKs.
Thank you to the parents who left questions at the end of the presentation. I have replied to most and will reply to the remaining parents as soon as possible. One question that came up more than once was about the Thunk. Some parents asked if we could notify them of the new Thunk in some way as well as posting it on the website. As a result we will now be sending the Thunk by text too. I hope you will find this helpful.
Currently we have 2 vacancies for foundation governors on our Governing Body. If you are interested in becoming a foundation governor, please contact Rev Ken Batt for an informal discussion about the role.
Kathryn Simmons, 21/09/14
Please find below some information on how we are spending our sports funding.
If your child's 4th birthday is between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, you should now be considering your choice of school for September 2015.
Please download our admissions policy below for information about our admissions criteria which includes a SIF form to apply under faith criteria. Admission forms are online via the Hampshire County Council Website. www.hants.gov.uk/admissions.
We will be holding open days in the autumn term for parents of children due to start school in September 2015.
Thursday 13th November at 9:30am
Wednesday 26th November at 1:30pm
Please contact the school if you would like to attend these events.
We also currently have space available in Years 6, 5, 4, 3 and reception class.
A huge thank you to all of the parents who attended the 'mindset' session on the Thursday 23rd Jan. It was as usual very comforting to see the support we have from the Silchester parent body and also the drive that they have to give their children the best possible education!
I do hope that you were able to take something from it and remember the importance of:
- Challenge and struggle
- Not I can't, rather I can't yet
- Praising the process and specific behaviours rather than the person
I do hope some of you have come to terms with the water/wine puzzle.
Attached should hopefully be the powerpoint from the evening.
Once again, many thanks for giving up your valuable time.
Mr Ronnie Green
|Tuesday 16th September|
|Parent information evening Years 4,2,1|
|Wednesday 17th September|
|Meet the Headteacher/Maths information evening|
Regular newsletters are emailed to parents and guardians of current pupils. If you would like to receive copies of important newsletters and information, then please provide us with the following information:
- Your child(ren)'s name
- Your email address
Please send the above information to the school office and we will subscribe your address to our email service. That's it! No more 'missing' newsletters!
26th September 2014
Which is more important, being right or being nice?
From September 2014 we are required to publish a SEN Information Report on our website. This sets out in detail information about implementation of the governing body's policy for pupils with SEN. It includes arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN.
Silchester School community continues to sponsor a child in Swaziland, called Rachel, via the Challenge Ministries orphan care programme. Many of our children have connected with Rachel very compassionately , through Global Citizenship lessons; a visit from the Swaziland choir; profile updates of Rachel; and some video footage of Rachel herself being interviewed.
Please find below further information on how you can help other children like Rachel.
For information on how Silchester School uses Pupil Premium Funding to benefit children please click on the attachment below.