We have had the first of our parent consultation days with class teachers seeing their parents during the school day rather than in one big evening.. This is new and it has been very well received! Teachers and parents have commented on how quiet, private and more personal it has been to actually have a 2 way conversation with parents and children looking through work and discussing progress, rather than being in a loud, crowded hall. The days have also been very well attended. We will definitely repeat this again in the Spring term. We will let you know the dates as soon as possible so that you can make arrangements.
Staff had a session with other local schools on Monday discussing how we approach the teaching of reading. Its good to share ideas with other professionals and to know that what we do at St Michael’s is regarded as good practice. We have now set up our “ outside library” in the outdoor classroom which allows the children to read quietly at lunch times. Every child will be issued with a form for parents to complete to allow their child to have a library card which can be used to borrow books from Chatham Library. We do not qualify for the Mobile library as we are within walking distance from the main library so there is plenty of opportunity to read and get fit. We will be holding our own reading challenges with our first one taking place in December in the run down to Christmas– we are a “reading school” here at St Michaels so please hear your child read at home and use some of the tips you would have picked up from our recent “ Come and see…how we teach reading” sessions last week.
October is Black History Month and on Wednesday 17th October we will have Black History Day. We are inviting all children to come to school if they wish in traditional African clothes or just African patterns when we will be participating in activities celebrating the richness of our school community.
Don’t forget Harvest Caring Hands donations for Thursday and Friday of next week.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs K Sexton
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