About

Gillingham St Michael’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School was built in 1966 and stands in grounds of one and a half acres, which includes a pond area, a quiet area and a developing meadow area.The school serves the parishes of Gillingham, Geldeston and Stockton. As a voluntary aided school the Christian environment is enhanced by visits to St Mary’s Church, Gillingham, St Michael’s Church, Geldeston and Stockton St Michael’s.

We cater for children of 4 to 11 years of age. This covers reception through to Year 6. We have good links with Gillingham Pre School and are pleased to offer many shared learning experiences with their children throughout the year.

Children will usually transfer to Hobart High School in Norfolk, in the September following the child’s eleventh birthday. Close liaison will be maintained with the High School, particularly with regard to the Curriculum and every effort is made to ensure that the children feel confident when they leave us to begin their next school. The children have the opportunity to visit the High School before transfer and also the Year Head and Special Educational Needs teacher visit our school to meet staff and pupils.If you wish to contact Hobart High School their telephone number is 01508 520359 (Headteacher Mr Griffen). http://www.hobart.norfolk.sch.uk/HHS/

Some pupils transfer into Sir John Leman High School in Beccles. Transfer activities are again arranged throughout the year. If you wish to contact Sir John Leman High School theit telephone number is 01502 713223 (Headteacher Mr Rowe). www.sjlhs.suffolk.sch.uk

The School Day:

Reception and Key Stage 1:  8:55 am – 3:15 pm (Lunch 12:00pm-1:15pm)

Key Stage 2:                        8:55 am – 3:15 pm (Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm)

There is a mid-morning break during which children in the Reception Year and Years 1 and 2 have a piece of fruit or vegetable currently provided through the Department of Health’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.  Older children are welcome to bring a piece of fruit or healthy snack from home if they wish.

SPRING TERM 2014 CURRICULUM

Gold Class

English

  • Speaking and Listening including drama
  • Reading – independently, shared texts and guided reading
  • Writing – Poetry (Haikus), Narrative (traditional tales), Persuasion (Adverts), Explanation, Discussion.

Mathematics

We aim to help develop the children’s capacity to think mathematically through a number of open problem solving tasks that incorporate;

  • Number and place value
  • Calculations
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Data Handling
  • Problem Solving

Science

  • Light and shadow
  • How do we see things?
  • Sound and how we hear..
  • Rocks and soils

Design and Technology

 

  • Designing sunglasses
  • Creating original musical instruments in conjunction with our science work on sound
  • Sundials

ICT: 

  • Using the internet for research
  • Year 3 – Word processing
  • Year 4,5,6 – Computer programming

Art:  Drawing in response to artists including Van Gogh and Hundertwasser.

RE:  Following Norfolk Agreed Syllabus

Music:  With music specialist teacher

PE: Dance and Gymnastics

French:

PSHE:

 

Autumn 2013 Curriculum

Gold Class – Autumn Term 2013

Autumn Term 2013

English

  • Speaking and Listening inclsuign drama
  • Reading – independently, shared texts and guided reading
  • Writing – Poetry (similes), Narrative (fantasy settings), Recounts (school trips), Advertisements.

Mathematics

We aim to help develop the children’s capacity to think mathematically through a number of open problem solving tasks that incorporate;

  • Number and place value
  • Calculations
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Data Handling
  • Problem Solving

Science

  • Characteristics of Materials

RE: Program of study from the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus

PE: Games

French:  Meeting and greeting, Introducing ourselves

Topic (including history, geography, art, design technology, food technology):

Autumn term Topic:  Suffolk secrets

This includes;

ICT: Textease Publisher, Google Earth, Scratch, Logo, Google Sketchup, Using an ipad

Music: Composing and performing sea shanties

Art: The Built environment, collage, weaving

Geography: Mapping, local study of business use

History: 

  • Local study of how shops have changed over time
  • Lowestoft fishing industry

 

Blue Class 

Autumn Term

English: Speaking & Listening; Reading; Writing

Maths: Number; Calculating; Shape, space & Measure; Data Handling; Problem Solving

Science:  Materials;

RE: Program of study from the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus

ICT: E-safety; Internet; Textease; Word; Programming

Topic (including history, geography, art, design technology, food technology):

  • Autumn: Houses and Homes

Music: Appraising, singing, composing, performing

PE: Games

 

Admissions Policy

As a voluntary aided school the Governors have decided to adopt the Norfolk County Council Policy on School Admissions

By law, children must start statutory education full-time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. All parents of children born between 1st September  and 31st August must be offered a full time place from September. Parents are entitled to defer their admission or request that their child attend on a part-time basis, however the child must start school on a full time basis  no later than the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. In Gillingham St Michael’s CE Primary School ‘part-time’ will mean mornings only for the Autumn Term.

Children will be admitted in the following order of priority:

  1. Children in public care who are due to start school and live in the area served by the school.
  2. Children for whom their Statement of Special Educational Needs names the school.

Children who reside within the designated area and:

  1. Have a sibling attending the School at the time of their admission.
  2. Have no sibling connection within the school.

Children who reside outside the designated area and:

  1. Have a sibling attending the School at the time of their admission.
  2. Those whose parents seek a Church of England Foundation. (Parents would be expected to provide a letter of support from their minister stating that the family attend at church at least once a month.)
  3. Have no sibling connection with the school.

In the event of oversubscription in any of these criteria then those living closest to the School (as measured on a straight line “crow fly” basis) will be given priority.

If you have any queries about an application for a place at Gillingham St Michael’s CE Primary School please contact the school office.  We are always willing to show prospective parents round the school and discuss any points of interest with them.

Uniform Policy

  • Burgundysweatshirt, pullover or cardigan. Or school logoed fleece.
  • Collared white shirt, blouse or polo shirt.
  • Black or grey tailored trousers, skirt or knee length shorts.
  • Plain black, grey or white socks.
  • Red check dress (optional in summer term)

Embroidered school uniform is available to order through ‘Clothing at Tesco’ – tesco.com/ues 

Hair colour should be natural. For safety reasons, long hair should be tied back/held by simple bands, clips or slides.

Shoes

We ask that children come to school in Sensible, flat, plain black shoes with no platform soles or heels over 4 cm. In summer, sensible black sandals with a back strap (not mules, crocs or flip flops) can be worn. Children may bring in a pair of waterproof wellington boots to change into in wet weather.

PE Kit

For PE children will need a pair of plain shorts, a plain T-shirt (a school logoed t-shirt is available to order if desired) and a pair of plimsolls or trainers. For outdoor games they will also need a change of socks, outdoor sports shoes and a suitable top. When going swimming children will require one-piece swimsuit/trunks (notBermudastyle shorts), a swimming hat and a towel.

Jewellery and Make-up

In order to follow safety regulations, the only jewellery allowed is one pair of smooth, flat ear studs with no rear projection. Pupils may wear watches but the school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage and they should be clearly marked with the owner’s name. All jewellery and watches, including earrings must be removed for P.E. and swimming to prevent injury to the wearer or to others. Make-up, including nail varnish should not be worn.

Water bottles 

We encourage children to drink water regularly during the day, so we like them to bring a bottle of drinking water with them.  There is good research to show that this helps children’s concentration and general well-being.

Looking after your property

It is helpful if items of clothing are marked with your child’s name. Please note that if any items are mislaid, a lost property box is located near the doors to the playground.