Our PlayPods are open in both KS1 and KS2 playgrounds and lunchtime play is now more sociable and creative. The flexible nature and variety of scrap available, means that the PlayPods allow children to build their own environment which stimulates and enhances their play experience. Our children have become more independent by building and clearing away all the parts and we can report fewer playtime incidents. This way of playing, encourages integration across year groups as well as girls and boys. Building confidence and developing self-esteem through helping and playing together. This has only been possible through the hard work and support from Troy our Site Manger, the SMSA and our Governors, 24/8 Architects, the dedicated Grounds Committee and the National Lottery Fund to whom we are very grateful.
Please have a look at our Playpod video. It is password protected and the school office would have sent you the password via email.
Science Week was an enormous success with children of all ages looking at and handling animals many had only experienced in pictures whilst learning new interesting facts about the animals.
Groups of children shared experiences of different aspects of sciences with their peers, working with scientists in a range of fields like extracting DNA from strawberries.
Children across the school worked together using various locations in the grounds, utilising the science room and classrooms looking at different branches of science to develop their breath of skills and knowledge.
Our science week culminated in a celebration of the work achieved across the whole school.
The whole school gathered in the hall last week for the unveiling of our extraordinary school book bench. The book bench was launched by a very special guest; internationally bestselling author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train your Dragon series. Cressida spoke to us about her adventures as a child on a forgotten island off the coast of Scotland and her inspiration for her wonderfully imaginative stories. An astonishing number of children, from Reception to Year 6, brought books along for Cressida to sign and we couldn't believe how many fans she had at St Michael's! After we met Cressida at the launch of her very own dragon-themed book bench last year, it really was a a privilege having Cressida back to do the same for us. If you want to escape to a peaceful part of the school to read or share a story, you will find the book bench situated near the allotment. Have a look at the intricate illustrations and see if you can find your class author. You might even find your own designs tucked away there! See more photos >
Are you looking for a new book to get stuck into that you won't be able to put down? Are you searching for a book for your child to either help them read or to show them the pleasure of reading? Well, if that's the case then I have just the thing! I have compiled 3 separate book lists for children in Nursery and Reception, Reception to Year Two and the Juniors. You will find short book reviews, and my personal recommendations to help you find the right book for you. Copies of the Book Lists can be found in the library. If you would like your own copy or would like to discuss a book review, please speak to Miss Austin. Find the Book lists on the Curriculum Page
When I heard that the Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola, and then she was transferred to the Royal Free Hospital for treatment. I thought that I must do something to help the fight against the deadly virus.
Anti-bullying week involved the children in learning about: 'What makes a good friend for all?' Some children in KS1 looked at the story of 'Humpty Dumpty', and how he could be helped after his fall from the wall. In KS2 the children looked at all the different types of bullying. How we prevent them, and who we seek help from? The children presented their ideas in a variety of imaginative ways. The Anti-bully Ambassadors visited and helped each class working with the children. All the classes presented their impressive work confidently to the whole school in assembly. See more photos