We will be doing an in-depth exploration of Excellence. Starting in Term 1 by looking just at Excellence in our Living Christianly Programmes, Circle Times, and LIGHTS. In Term 2 we will look at how Excellence links with Peace, then in Term 3 we will explore how Excellence links with Love and to finish off the year we will investigate Excellence and Hope together.
Keep an eye on Facebook and the Newsletter to know what we are exploring week to week, so you are able to discuss these with your children at home too.
This year we are launching our LIGHTS programme. This is a learning process for making positive changes (see ‘Curriculum’ for a deeper understanding). Each of the letters stands for a stage in the process. Each term the students will work through the LIGHTS steps in order to take a positive action that reflects the values for that term.
Term 1 – We will be doing an in-depth exploration of water and water quality.
Term 2-4 – From our water exploration there are many possibilities for change and action that will occur. From this the children will go into related LIGHTS projects. These might include things such as rubbish disposal, biodiversity, organics etc
Keep an eye out for ways you can be involved with the learning that is taking place at school. If you are an expert in an area related to water and would be interested in sharing your expertise with the children then please let us know, as it would be great for the children to see the different work that is done.
2017 Home Learning
Home Learning is a wonderful opportunity to reinforce the values we are focussing on at school and discover many interesting new things along the way. The projects are designed to explore our school values in a context outside of school.
As parents you are the facilitators of your child’s learning at home. The projects will generally need the input of you as parents in order to ensure that deep learning is occurring. Please see us if you are unsure of how to facilitate this learning without doing the whole project yourself!
Each term we will update the website with a new matrix of options, but you can continue to choose from the earlier term’s matrix too.
We hope you enjoy the process!
Home Learning Routines
We expect that you will complete the following things with your child each school day:
Middle and Senior Hub
Extra Home Learning
If you have time at home that you would like to dedicate to enhancing your child’s learning then please see the teaching staff for ideas of things that would be beneficial for your child.
Don’t under estimate the value though of doing things such as gardening, cooking, jig saw puzzles, board games, crafts, backyard cricket etc with your child. These activities provide the foundation from which good academic learning takes place. The problem solving, social, and emotional self-regulation skills, along with the development of attitudes for perseverance and determination, and the development of physical strength, flexibility and skill, are invaluable to your child’s success at school.
Writing letters, emails or cards is also another fantastic way to develop your child’s reading and writing skills without making it seem like they are doing ‘homework’. Pop in and ask your child’s teacher what their current writing goals are so you can be sure to tie these into the letter writing experience.
As parents you have a vital part to play in your child’s learning and development. The experiences, conversations and teaching moments you have with your child make a huge impact on their readiness to succeed at school. At RCS we hope to equip you with lots of ideas you can implement at home that will allow your children to really fly in their education.
Practise the basics